Allure of the Seas Vs Oasis of the Seas

Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas are both Royal Caribbean Oasis class ships. If you’re considering a cruise on one of these ships, you might be wondering which is the best…

While the two ships were originally very similar when launched in 2009 and 2010, Oasis of the Seas has since undergone a comprehensive $165 million renovation that has seen the addition of many new and exciting facilities.

Are Allure and Oasis of the Seas the same?

Allure and Oasis of the Seas are sister ships, but they are not exactly the same. Allure of the Seas is 5cm (2 inches) longer than Oasis and has more facilities including water slides, the Ultimate Abyss dry slide and the Splashaway Bay water park.

Royal Boost

The “Royal Amplified” program aimed to refurbish ten Royal Caribbean cruise ships over a four-year period, adding innovative new features at a cost of more than $1 billion.

Amplification Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas was revamped in November 2019, with a host of added features including the ten-story Ultimate Abyss waterslide, a new Caribbean-style pool deck, The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, and new bars and restaurants.

Allure of the Seas Amplification

Allure of the Seas was due to be amped up in March 2020, but unfortunately due to the global cruise hiatus, the refurbishment has been postponed until further notice.

Instead, the ship only received technical repairs to the propulsion system in May 2020.

As Royal Caribbean no longer has the same budgets as originally planned, it is unclear whether Allure of the Seas will eventually be scaled up or not. That certainly isn’t likely to happen until 2023 at the earliest.

The plan was for Allure of the Seas to receive the same enhanced features as Oasis of the Seas. If the renovation does eventually go ahead, we don’t know if this will always be the case or if the renovation plans will be adjusted in light of the current situation.

Differences between Allure and Oasis of the Seas

The main differences between these two sister cruise ships are due to the fact that the Oasis of the Seas has been completely renovated and the Allure of the Seas has not.

Here’s some additional information about the new amenities you’ll find aboard Oasis of the Seas.

Upgraded Adventure Ocean

Oasis of the Seas now has a bigger and better kids club where kids can choose their own adventures. The upgraded Adventure Ocean area features a children’s theater, science lab and an impressive new teen area with its own outdoor patio.

Slides

Oasis of the Seas has three slides – Cyclone, Typhoon and Supercell. Collectively, these are known as The Perfect Storm. On the other hand, Allure of the Seas does not yet have water slides.

Oasis of the seas
Waterslides at Oasis of the Seas
Photo credit: Royal Caribbean

Children’s water park

Oasis of the Seas benefits from the Splashaway Bay water park which features two giant tipping buckets, three small water slides and a selection of fountains and water cannons.

Allure of the Seas, however, still has the old H2O Zone water park. You can read more about the differences between these two water parks here.

New pool areas

The new pools at Oasis of the Seas are really nice, with a funky tropical theme and the addition of day beds, hammocks, and cabanas. This is where you will also find the new Lime & Coconut bar.

escape room

Oasis of the Seas features an escape game called Mission Control: Apollo 18. This is Royal Caribbean’s newest escape game and is suitable for guests ages 12 and up.

The ultimate abyss

The tallest slide at sea has been added to Oasis of the Seas. Not for the faint-hearted, guests can glide over ten bridges at nine miles per hour.

Oasis of the Seas Ultimate Abyss
Ultimate Abyss Slide
Photo credit: Royal Caribbean

Facilities found on both ships

Oasis of the Seas has a lot more features on board, but Allure of the Seas might also get them in time, we don’t know yet. Even without these new features, there is still a lot to do in Allure of the Seas.

Features you’ll find on Oasis and Allure include:

  • Zipline
  • Climbing wall
  • Arcade
  • Mini golf
  • Ice skating
  • Flow Rider Surf Simulators
  • Carousel
  • Swimming pools and whirlpools
  • Sports field
  • Table tennis
  • Casino
Allure of the Seas Hot Tub
Both ships have cantilevered hot tubs with sea views
Photo credit: Royal Caribbean

Restaurants

There are some differences in the restaurants on board the two ships. The table below shows the restaurants you can expect on Allure and Oasis of the Seas.

Dining room Allure of the Seas Oasis of the seas
150 Central Park* yes
Cafe Promenade yes yes
Chef’s Table* yes yes
Grill Chops* yes yes
Coastal cuisine** yes
Doghouse yes yes
Fresh Loco yes
John’s Table* yes yes
Izumi Hibachi & Sushi* yes yes
Johnny Rockets* yes yes
Main dining room yes yes
Park Cafe* yes yes
BBQ on port side* yes
Room service* yes yes
Saber* yes
Samba Grill* yes
Sorrento Pizza* yes yes
Starbucks* yes yes
Sugar Beach* yes
Vitality Coffee yes yes
windbreaker yes yes
* denotes a specialty restaurant (these cost extra)
** denotes a restaurant only available to Pinnacle Club members

A much talked about highlight of Oasis of the Seas is El Loco Fresh. This Mexican fast food restaurant is included in your cruise fare. The Mexican restaurant on Allure of the Seas, Sabor, has an extra charge.

A new dining venue on amped ships is the Portside BBQ. Allure of the Seas instead has the Samba Grill, which is a Brazilian steakhouse.

Port side BBQ on Oasis of the Seas
Port side BBQ on Oasis of the Seas
Photo credit: Royal Caribbean

Bars and lounges

Oasis of the Seas has more bars than Allure of the Seas. The table below shows the bars and lounges you will find on each ship.

Bar Allure of the Seas Oasis of the seas
Bionic bar yes
Boleros yes yes
Champagne bar yes yes
Dazzled yes
Diamond Club* yes yes
english pub yes yes
Lime & Coconut yes
playmakers yes
Pool bar and sand bar yes
Bar at rising tide yes yes
Schooner Bar yes yes
Solarium bar yes yes
Suite lounge yes yes
Truss bar yes yes
Vintages yes yes
cleaning bar yes
*this bar is for Diamond, Diamond Plus and Pinnacle Club Crown & Anchor® Society members only
Bionic bar
Bionic bar
Photo credit: Royal Caribbean

The Bionic Bar is a must visit, with robot bartenders mixing drinks. The new Lime & Coconut Bar is also a popular choice for poolside drinks.

Book a cruise on Allure of the Seas?

If you decide to book a cruise on Allure of the Seas, you should base your decision on the features the ship currently has, as there is no guarantee that the boost will continue.

If so, this will be a nice bonus for you.

Of course, it’s also important to consider the itineraries offered with each ship, as well as how easily you can get to the port to start your cruise.

There’s still a lot to enjoy about Allure of the Seas. I had a fantastic time when I sailed on this ship in 2013. We didn’t have time to do it all, even with seven nights on board, so I can assure you you won’t run out of things to do to do, even without the renovation.

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