Thank you for subscribing!
Got it! Thank you!

Explore the Allure of the Seas On Your Computer

The Ice Rink as seen by Street View, complete with creepy blurred faces


Today's latest gimmick: Royal Caribbean has invited Google Street View onto its (current) biggest ship, Allure of the Seas, enabling you to get 360-degree views of the ship from your computer. 

As an idea, it's a great one, although its execution is not as revolutionary as you might suspect. Only a few major public locations and three cabin types (interior with window, oceanview with balcony, Loft Suite) have been offered up for scanning. And of the public areas, you'll spot nary a passenger even though the ship is capable of carrying some 6,000 at a time—when it's full, you really feel it. So what you'll see is like a ghost ship, suited for showing off the design and but terrible at giving you a real sense of what onboard life is really like. 

Still, it's a step better than the flat photographs that we normally have to judge a ship by, and the stateroom views are fairly honest (and you can navigate into the bathrooms).

Have a little fun exploring the Allure of the Seas by going to