Bigger is Horrible: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by Margo1000
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Bigger is Horrible
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Cabin - Grand Suite #14260 Port
Small, not the 371sq' claims & got bad attitude from George at Guest More Relations
Located under the pool deck, lots of noise around the clock. Pick deck 10 instead.
Crowds - I found the ship didn't accomandate them as good as their smaller class ships. Perhaps why they will not be building any more of them. Apparently going back to smaller ones. Just people everywhere, all 8500 staff & passengers.
How anyone could say otherwise shows a lack of experience or knowledge.
Windjammer - Poor selection - venue too small for the hords. RCL wants to drive revenue at the "speciality" dinning options. Reducing the size of the WJ does just that.
Chops - bland, lukewarm filet migon, tastless sides. Not worth the cover $.
Park Cafe - good selection for light lunch
Solarium Bistro - bland flavourless "lighter fare" People sat on the cushions with wet clothes on, so beware.
Izumi - Sashmi had a weird odor/ frozen ? Not worth the cover $
Pools and Decks
What a useless exercise in design. The Solarium is so hot - they built it without the normal "retracable" glass roof. It may be fine during winter months but absolutley horrible for summer months. Pools so small - people looked like upright sardines in a can. No shade anywhere just blistering heat you couldn't avoid.
Two sets of 6 elevators....the same amount on all their ships, but with twice as many passengers, you do the math.
Disembarking - Awful, made to sit and wait for 30 miutes before joining the queue for US Customs, which took another 30 minutes, so be prepared to wait.
What more can we say, we voted with our dollars and cancelled our sailing in November because of this experience. It should account for something...but who really cares ? LOL Less
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Deck 14 SR # 14260 - Grand Suite Port Side Avoid it...constant noise from the pool deck above. People running and thumping all hours of the day & night. If you book Grand Suites, avoid them on this class...they've reduced them to a JS in square footage....never mind what they say in the brochure...Read All Grand Suite with Balcony (GS) Reviews >>
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