, 2023-01-22 09:20:52,
They say everything’s bigger in Texas. That now includes cruises.
Royal Caribbean has opened a brand-new cruise facility in Galveston, Texas, and it recently moved one of the world’s largest vessels to the port.
I headed to Royal Caribbean’s new $125 million, 160,000-square-foot facility to cruise on the massive ship. Allure of the Seas, which carries 6,700 passengers at maximum occupancy, once held the title of being the largest cruise ship in the world. (It sits in the fifth spot as I write this, though, as Royal Caribbean has continued to build ever-larger ships with its new launches in the years since Allure of the Seas first hit the oceans in 2010.)
On my hosted trip, Royal Caribbean was celebrating placing this vibrant vessel in its new homeport. I was joined by my friend Kevin, and this cruise was particularly interesting for me because I got to see a mass-market cruise on one of the big ships through the eyes of a newbie. You see, this was Kevin’s very first cruise. I, on the other hand, have been on more than 100 sailings.
Having his perspective was incredibly refreshing because I have found myself becoming a little set in my routine while on my voyages, taking much of the joy of cruising for granted.
For this trip, we dove into all that these big and feature-packed ships have to offer, revisiting a lot of the…
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