Cruise on newest ship to benefit United Way

By Yanet Obarrio Sanchez….

United Way of Broward and Miami- Dade counties are the beneficiaries of the overnight charity cruise, Nov. 28-29, on Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship, Allure of the Seas.

The one-night cruise will offer charitable contributors an opportunity to be among the first to experience this oceanic wonder, the second in a class of the world’s largest and most innovative passenger ships, before she makes her maiden voyage in December. The ship’s naming ceremony, a time-honored tradition rich in pomp and circumstance, also will be conducted as part of this benefit.

In addition, a $100,000 grant from the proceeds will go to support Royal Caribbean International’s education efforts in Haiti.

“Once again, we are so grateful to Royal Caribbean International for giving us this extraordinary opportunity aboard Allure of the Seas. This is truly a gift,” said Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade.

“Over the years Royal Caribbean’s unwavering support of our mission has had a tremendous impact on the lives of thousands of our residents and the community as a whole,” he added.

“We are incredibly excited and honored to be a part of Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas charity cruise,” stated Dr. Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, president and CEO, United Way of Broward County. “The ship is truly amazing providing top-of-the-line entertainment and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the ship’s naming ceremony. The funds raised by the cruise will make a tremendous difference in the lives of those who so desperately need our help.”

Guests aboard the special United Way charity cruise will enjoy the opportunity to mix and mingle with business and community leaders as they partake in around-the- clock entertainment including receptions, theatrical performances and some of the most creative and innovative amenities afloat at sea.

An architectural marvel at sea, Allure of the Seas spans 16 decks, encompasses 225,282 gross registered tons, carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy and features 2,700 staterooms. Like her sister ship Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas will tout Royal Caribbean’s exclusive neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas which include Central Park, a lush, tropical garden the length of a football field that opens to the sky; a nostalgic Boardwalk, complete with one-of-a-kind Aqua Theater and Carousel; a floating bar that moves up and down between three decks; an innovative zip line that has guests racing across the open air atrium nine decks high, and much more. Allure of the Seas also offers incomparable entertainment including Chicago: The Musical, The Dreamworks Experience and Blue Planet.

Staterooms and sponsorships for this United Way charity cruise range from $1,200 to $125,000.

To learn more about ticket and sponsorship opportunities, visit online at or call 305-646-7011.

Additional information about Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas is available at

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