Feature Video From August 31- September 2. Allure of the Seas shipyard visit in Turku, Finland.
With its twin funnels lowered for the first time, Allure of the Seas will pass under Denmark’s Storebaelt Bridge on Saturday, October 30, with less than a meter (3 feet) of breathing space.
The 18km long Storebaelt Bridge stretches between the Danish islands of Zealand and Flynn and towers to a height of 254 meters (833 feet) with the road on the bridge standing at 65 meters (213 feet) above the sea.
That poses a bit of a problem, because Allure of the Seas also stands at 65 meters (213 feet) at its highest point – the twin funnel stacks. Architects from Royal Caribbean International, however, developed funnels that retract inside the ship to reduce its height by one meter to allow the ship to pass under the bridge.
The tight maneuver takes place during Allure of the Seas’ transit to its new home, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, via the North Sea, Dover Straits and English Channel. Allure of the Seas leaves the STX shipyard in Turku, Finland, Friday, October 29.
Featuring huge outdoor spaces onboard, highlights of the new Allure of the Seas include an open air park – Central Park – longer than a football pitch, a two-level shopping street, 17 different bars, over 20 restaurants and cafes, two rock climbing walls, two FlowRider surf simulators, a zip wire and even an large amphitheatre outdoor AquaTheater for high diver performances and water shows.