Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by jerzeegurl: Yes, a ship can be too big!
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Yes, a ship can be too big!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
I know there are many reviews of the Allure that are glowing but we found the ship to be lacking in a few areas just because the ship may in fact be too big. While there was a great deal to see and do we felt that we may as well be sitting a shopping mall somewhere. Because of the ships layout there isn't a lot of places where you can just relax and watch the ocean go by, the Schooner Bar is inside and if you choose "Mytime Dining" you get a view of the track. Overall it just seemed like too much was a push to make back the money they misspent in building this ship. For instance they actually charged $2.00 for popcorn and $2.50 for cotton candy on the boardwalk. Seriously? They should be ashamed.
The wait staff seemed very stressed most of the time in the main dining areas. The food in main dining room was variable. The second formal night, lobster and shrimp or prime rib was very good. However, the pasta with "beef ragu" sauce tasted like canned spaghettios, really awful. More The Rita's Cantina was a bright spot on the ship! The food was good, the staff was wonderful, and Margaritas were fantastic. Chops Grille food was good but overpriced, you are already paying for your food. Giovanni's Table was a better value, wonderful food and the service was great, although they really should put more pasta on the menu.
The variety of entertainment was very good, but some of it not worth the effort. The Ocean Aria was very good but Chicago was horrible. Comedians and ventriloquist entertaining also.
The ship is also very family centered and we found a large number of people pushing strollers everywhere (back to the shopping mall analogy). The dining rooms also tended to be packed with families and kids just don't generally sit through formal dinners. So for us (we left our kids home, dinner was not always very relaxing.
In the end, we had a fairly good time but we will not do the Allure again. Less
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