Welcome to my home, which I tried to clean for your visit. Of Allure of the Seas‘ 2,706 cabins, more than 2,000 are 180-odd foot rooms, give or take 20 square feet, which look very much the same on the inside. There are modest size variations, and along the corridors, the bed and couch alternatively trade positions between door and balcony. Certainly, location also matters greatly. From verandahs and windows, you may be looking at Allure’s Boardwalk, Central Park or Royal Promenade neighborhoods (and other balconies across the way) … or the ocean. And it pays to read cabin reviews for info on location-specific noise or passenger-specific needs like proximity to the kids club. But know this: Whichever cabin you end up with, it will probably look a lot like mine.
Storage. Richard Fain, Royal Caribbean’s top man, has noted that one of the improvements the line made from Oasis to Allure was to add more in-cabin storage. There are plenty of shelves, cabinets, cubbies and bins to keep at least two passengers happy. To the right, the bureau has bars, top and bottom, for hanging clothes, and eight cubbies, including those housing the safe and bathrobes. Magazine racks are located near the dreaded connecting room door (pictured left), through which giggles, muffled conversations and music can be heard.
The Desk: iPod, interactive TV, outlets. On the 32-inch Samsung, you can order room service, surf the Web, book restaurant and show reservations, check and edit your calendar, and sob at the sight of your bill. You can even have a copy of your bill e-mailed to you so you can access it later and sob once more. The iPod dock and clock is a fantastic touch. It could be the death knell for travel alarm clock and wakeup call industries; I’ve been meeting the day with Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way” every morning. The attached speaker isn’t obnoxiously loud, but I’ve heard music emanating from other cabins (a lot of salsa since we have a large Spanish-speaking group onboard celebrating 18 quinceaneros). On top of the desk is a conveniently placed trio of standard U.S. outlets; below is a drawer with a chintzy hair dryer and the mini-bar.
Bathroom. There’s none of that clingy curtain stuff for the world’s largest ship. The circular shower stall is enclosed by sliding doors. Inside, a solitary shampoo dispenser rests on the wall, its button waiting to be pushed. Containers of body gel, moisturizer, shampoo and conditioner, as well as an old-school bar of soap, are also provided. There’s storage to the right and below the sink, and an outlet for shavers up above.
Bed.. Carry-ons fit comfortably under the queen bed, which was created by smooshing together two twins, but anything larger may prove a tight squeeze. You have approximately a foot between floor and bed frame (I measured using an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper.) To either side of the bed are reading lights and end tables.
Thanks for taking the tour. Now get out of my cabin, or I’ll be forced to use my balloon saber.
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