September 20, 2021

Cruise Ship Barely Clears Bridge

allure of the seas

The newest mega cruise liner, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, presents new challenges such as fitting under structures while cruising

Royal Caribbean has a new ship called the Allure of the Seas. It’s the twin of the Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise liner. These two ships narrowly pass under the Danish bridge, called the Great Belt Fixed Link.

In order for the ships, with their height from sea level at 236 feet, to make it under the bridge, they have to have calm seas and adjustable smoke stacks. The ships measure around four football fields long and they can hold up to 8,300 crew and passengers. The price tag of these behemoth cruisers are $1.5 billion.

The official at the Korsoer Naval Station, Hans Nilsen said there was about a 20 inch gap when the ship squeezed under the bridge, and that was after lowering the adjustable smokestacks.

The ship has a two deck high dance hall, an ice skating rink, numbers of pools, spas and gyms. It doesn’t  stop there, it also has a park with trees in it. They began building this ship back in February 2008 in Finland.

It was just completed and left the ship yard on Friday. It is expected to reach Fort Lauderdale, Florida in a few weeks. Fort Lauderdale will be the new home port for the ship at this time.

According to this shipping line, cruise travel has picked up in the United States. They even claim that their bookings have been nearly full for almost a year.