Prior to its December 2010 launch of Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean International has announced the ship will house the first Britto Concept store at sea by artist Romero Britto. A contemporary artist, Britton's paintings and sculptures merge bright colors with compositional elements of Cubism. His relationship with the cruise line's relationship began in 2003 when he designed the pool deck for the Mariner of the Seas.
The store aboard the vessel debuting this winter will be located in the Central Park neighborhood and will display artwork, collectible pieces and sculptures of all sizes. In front of the store, the Central Park gardens will have a sculpture featuring Britto's butterflies.
Inside, the store will be designed in black and white against the artist's colorful work, where visitors can sip wine and champagne while attending art discussions and other Britto-related activities such as a documentary of his accomplishments. For purchase, Britto has created two original pieces exlusive to Royal Caribbean, including a custom painting which will be available as canvas Giclees, as well as a Royal Caribbean-inspired teddy bear. Also available to take home will be artwork, posters, giftware, collectibles and luggage.
Sister-ship to Oasis of the Seas, Allure will accommodate 5,400 guests at double occupancy within its 2,700 staterooms and will feature Royal Caribbean’s neighborhood concept of seven distinct themed areas, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone, Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center, Entertainment Place and Youth Zone. At its inaugural sailing December 5, Britto will be in attendance, with whom guests will be able to meet in painting parties, autograph sessions and meet-and-greet events.