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Royal Caribbean announces first cruise ship Starbucks
Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas is already an impressive ship, but soon it will be home to the only Starbucks at sea. The big story hit AOL Travel today and we're delighted to bring you the good news: finally, you won't have to give up your Frappuccino habit just to go on vacation.
"We are always looking for unique ways and places to connect with our customers and deliver the Starbucks Experience," said Chris Carr, senior vice president and general manager of Starbucks Licensed Stores. "Starbucks' presence aboard Allure of the Seas is another place where our customers want and expect us to be."
We're not sure we agree with that last part -- we certainly weren't expecting them to be there! Still, we're not complaining. The Starbucks (pictured above) will be open from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM and feature the complete line of Starbucks VIA Ready Brew products as well as signature and seasonal beverages and food. This announcement comes on the heels of Starbucks' plans to serve wine and beer, but there's no indication they'll be bringing booze aboard the cruise. That's okay; there are other places to get it on a Royal Caribbean ship!
"We are passionate about delivering the WOW," said Lisa Bauer, senior vice president of Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean International. "Opening the first ever Starbucks at sea is another example of how Royal Caribbean is delivering distinctive beverage and dining options to our guests and exceeding their expectations. We are offering something that no other cruise brand can."
Allure of the Seas is already the largest cruise ship in the world (along with its sister, Oasis of the Seas), and has a Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. Now, with the addition of the Starbucks, why don't they just put an Empire State Building on it and call it "Manhattan of the Seas"?