Allure of the Sea Misses Bridge by Inches

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The team at Royal Caribbean is breathing easily now that the $1.5 billion Allure of the Seas managed to just squeeze under the Store Belt Bridge on its maiden voyage to Ft. Lauderdale, FLA. With just 20 inches to go between the top of the new cruise ship and the highly trafficked bridge, even a rogue ripple in the waves could have put the ship and the bridge in jeopardy.