We chose Allure of the Seas because we wanted to experience the largest ship. It exceeded our hopes in all phases: service, entertainment, accommodations, food and excursions. So much more to see and do on this ship compared to our previous cruises. We feel it will be difficult to go back to the smaller ships. We never felt too crowded.
Our balcony room on the 14th deck worked well for us. It's proximity to the pool deck and Windjammer was nice. One room towards the bow (14692) had a bulkhead view obstruction towards the bow. We certainly preferred our room.
We went to the main dining room three nights (both formal nights plus Friday) and went to four specialty restaurants. Giovanni's food was good but the room was quite noisy and we were seated too close to another couple to hold a decent conversation. We certainly heard theirs. We wish we asked for a table out doors there. Samba's was as advertised....meat, meat, meat. We both agreed there was some that was good and More
some not so good. We would not go again. Izumu was highly favored by my wife. Neither of us had previous experience with sushi. We both loved Chops steaks and Mud Pie desert. If we could redo it, we'd go twice to Chops and not to Samba's.
I highly recommend this ship and if you can pay the price go to the specialty restaurants as they are better than the main dining room. Less
Allure of the Seas Cruises to the Western Caribbean
Cabin review: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
14694 Generally bigger than we're used to so we were happy. The bathroom also was bigger than previous ships we've been on. The balcony was adequately sized. We saw the room next to us (14692) had a metal plate bulkhead blocking their view towards the bow. We were glad to be where we were.
Also this room had no noise from above or below. It was convenient to the pool deck one floor up and the windjammer which was two floors up. A lot less need for the elevators and easy access to soda refills (yes I used the soda plan).
Since we hadn't seen any Mayan ruins on previous Cozumel stops, we went this time. If you have no strong interest in seeing ruins, don't go. It is a long day starting off with a motion sickness testing ferry ride to Playa Del Carmen. Remember you have to take that Ferry back too. Many people suffered. Thankfully we didn't and had a decent day even though it was a bit cool. This prevented the beach break, after seeing the ruins, from being as enjoyable as it could have been.
We choose a catamaran / snorkel excursion. They drive you to Montego Bay which takes about 30 minutes or so to get to. As expected the snorkeling was so so but the catamaran ride was very fun. The crew spent time showing and talking about the local waters etc which was interesting to us. The best part was the time spent under sail on the way back (or was it the rum drinks). The combination was great.
Something for everybody here. If the weather co-operates, you'll have a great time. The beach chairs do not cost anything. Locals will try to "help" you find a spot to your liking to set up chairs for you. You do not need to use their help and you are not obligated to tip them. RCI tells you they would prefer you not pay them. We didn't know that and we did tip.