Along with budding reporters from Canada, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom, Allison reported on the ship’s preview cruise Nov. 19 to 24 via blog posts and videos that were featured on USA Today’s cruise log.

Student wins chance of a lifetime trip to be a Reporter at Sea for USA Today

Clemson student Joyce Allison boarded the largest cruise ship in the world the week before Thanksgiving, but she wasn’t there to only enjoy the spa centers, Broadway shows, ice-skating rink, or first-ever cupcake bakery at sea. She was there to work, reporting from the front lines about Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, a 16-deck, 2,700-room cruise ship as it sets sail from Fort Lauderdale.

The Simpsonville native was selected as the United States representative for Royal Caribbean International and USA Today’s Reporter at Sea competition. Voters from around the country selected her 45-second video entry in which she promised to “be their eyes into the largest, most extravagant cruise ship they have ever seen on water.”

Along with budding reporters from Canada, Mexico, Germany and the United Kingdom, Allison reported on the ship’s preview cruise Nov. 19 to 24 via blog posts and videos that were featured on USA Today’s cruise log.

At 225,282 gross registered tons, the Oasis of the Seas is Royal Caribbean International’s 21st cruise ship. The epitome of luxury and design, the ship features a 10,000 square-foot open-air shopping center, a casino and the world’s first at-sea living park, to name a few. With 24 eateries on board, guests are able to try everything from pizza to sushi.

Allison is a senior communications major at Clemson and will graduate in December. She is involved in the Clemson Choir, Clemson University Singers, and an elite, 16-member vocal ensemble called Viva Voce. The 22-year-old singer hopes to one day be a reporter for a local news station or work in public relations.

“I became interested in journalism because finding news and being the one to report on it is exciting and a challenge, so I’m thrilled to go an board the Oasis of the Seas and report on the most anticipated cruise ship of the year” she said before the trip.

Read Allison’s reports at USA Today’s Cruise log at http://www.usatoday.com/travel/cruises/item.aspx?type=blog&ak=620002601.blog. You can also watch her video reports at http://contestus.oasisoftheseas.com/eng/contests/showcontest/7108.