I sat on a brown leather chair under a metal tree and arching skylight sipping a Starbucks iced coffee. It seemed like the right thing to do before debarking for sun-beaten Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private peninsula on the north coast of Haiti, and Allure of the Seas‘ first port. Mandy C. asked the Lido Deck if Allure’s Starbucks, which the line says is the coffee giant’s only floating edition, has the same menu you’d find on land. For the most part, yes. All the standard coffee drinks are available for the expected prices, and you can even use your Starbucks gold card. The selection of edibles is abbreviated, so while you’ll find red velvet pie, croissants and other sweets ($1.50 to $2), the at-sea cafe doesn’t carry breakfast and turkey sandwiches. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that there are free coffee and pastries available all over the ship (the Starbucks-owned Seattle’s Best is the supplier), including the nearby Cafe Promenade.
What about that “first at sea” claim? Needs a qualifier: The Africa Mercy, a peripatetic floating hospital vessel with beds for 78 patients, has a barebones Starbucks Cafe serving coffee donated by the java retailer. The ship entered service in 2007.
From what to do when you first get onboard to a for-fee steak tasting, catch Dan’s other reports from Allure here.