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10 July 2014 08:52
You can now get a good look at Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas cruise liner via Google Street View
Google Street View allows holidaymakers to get a good look at their destination before they even leave their homes and the same is now true for a cruise holiday.
Travellers were already able to enjoy breathtaking locations such as the Great Barrier Reef off Australia and the Grand Canyon in the US from the comfort of their living rooms courtesy of Google.
Now they can enjoy a similar digital tour of Royal Caribbean International's Allure of the Seas cruise liner from their laptop or tablet - offering views of its surfing simulator, shopping street, merry-go-round and ice skating rink.
The 1,184ft long, 222,900 tonne ship can carry 5,400 holidaymakers plus the many staff that make their cruises 'so' not 'to' memorable.
Royal Caribbean is using Google Street View's commercial operation Google Maps Business View to give its customers a taste of what life on-board is like.
They can see the Sun Deck, Central Park and other parts of the ship, as well as the Flowrider surfing simulator, the 200ft-high Rock Wall for climbers and Aquatheatre. There is also a zip wire located high above the shopping street for adrenaline junkies on board. Viewing these activities are only a few clicks away, according to the cruise company.
It is a good idea to arrange specialist cruise travel insurance when taking to the seas on holiday.
Customers can also use the views to take a good look at the accommodation options on offer when booking a cruise.
The views are created with the use of a DSLR camera with a fish eye lens and wide-angle view on a tripod.
It is the closest customers can possibly get to being on-board without actually being there, Royal Caribbean International's Jo Briody says.
The Allure of the Seas is available for Mediterranean, Caribbean and Transatlantic ocean cruises. Almost all the activities on Royal Caribbean International's cruise ships are at no extra charge other than the cost of the cruise itself.
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