Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by Margo1000: Bigger is Still Horrible - Revised from September 2012
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Bigger is Still Horrible - Revised from September 2012
This is a follow up review from my posting in September. We left it too long to cancel without penalty (which would have been huge) so we decided to go.
A few things had changed noticeably that earned it a 2.5 star rating.
Our Cabin: Grand Suite - Deck 10 #10660 Starboard
Still the same 300-ish square feet and vastly smaller than Radiance / Freedom & Voyager Classes. In fact everyone we talked to said the same thing, cabins on the Oasis Class are tiny, so be prepared. It was trashy to see people leaving their suitcases on the boardwalk balconies, but they had no room inside the cabin.
Windjammer Food - Noticeably better with standouts on the curry ( lamb & chicken) Someone from the "islands" definitely had input to these authentic flavours.
Chops Grill - Again much better than prior. Filet Mignon was hot and grilled perfect. The sides were also were good.
Now for the awful...again the design of this ship is just plain horrible. The flow of More the staircases to the separated upper decks show just how bad it is. Someone mentioned the basketball court should have been a huge pool. I agree. What a waste of space that was rarely used. People wanting to swim had to use one of the 4 tiny splash pools, not to mention the Solarium pool 12 feet around but deck chairs for 100+ people.
The HVAC ( air conditioning & ventilation) was all over the map. Some places were hot & muggy while others frigid & cold. There seemed to be a smell of diesel fumes in some places while others had the smell of a backed up toilet. For such a new ship, these again say how horribly designed she is.
We will never , and I mean never sail her again. As was the thought of many new guests on board. It clearly was designed to cater to a crowd very different from people who are experienced cruisers.
One final note; Day 5, we arrive in St. Maarten just before 8am. Woken up by night club level music that was blasted dockside with huge speakers from the neighbouring ship - NCL's Gem. We complained to Guest Services but they could do nothing. We posted a complaint on NCL's website. They replied saying how much their customers loved this cruise experience they were creating. Without regard for the other 6500 people on the ship next to them that were visibly upset and yelling at them as they got off the Allure. What a great example of corporate ignorance. Less
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