We were in the mood for another cruise and decided to try the biggest ship out there, Allure of the Seas.
this was our fourth cruise and second on RCL. We had not been to the Eastern Caribbean so decided to try this itinerary but were most interested in the ship.
We arrived the day before and stayed at the FL Hilton on the Beach, very nice hotel but in crowded area. We enjoyed the hotel and ocean views. Easily got hotel transportation to port next morning and got there around 11:30. As suite passengers we waited a short time in a lounge area before embarking. Check in was quick and easy.
We walked around the ship and were totally wowed by it all, very clean and beautiful. We had lunch at the Solarium bistro and it was light and very good. Our stateroom was ready near 1pm as advertised. Our suite was lovely, spacious, and had tons of storage options. Large balcony and really love the curtains divide off the bed if DH wants to nap. Fresh fruit and water ready and waiting. Our stateroom attendant Ruth was outstanding the entire week--friendly, cheerful, kind and attentive. You name it. She got a WOW card from us for sure.
We had early seating in the dining room and we enjoyed our table mates most nights and our waiters were great. We did go to Chops Grille one night and the steak was disappointing, dry, bland and tough. I was very surprised as usually they are great at these restaurants. Service there was great, tho. We then went to Giovanni's Table the last night and it was great. Our waiter Mehi (sp?) was a lot of fun and the food was wonderful.
Sea days were relaxing, We enjoyed breakfast at the concierge several times and went to Windjammer once which was okay. Lunch at Park Cafe was good and we enjoyed Johnny Rockets also. Great milk shakes. The food in the dinning room was also good.
Pool areas were a zoo each and every sea day. Solarium is anything but quiet--very loud groups took over hot tubs ( dont really care about hot tubs they are so filthy) but the pools are small, too, I guess to get in the max number of chairs possible. Was able to find a spot but not easy, I am determined as I like to sunbathe and read. Saving chairs was rampant despite many signs and notices that prohibit it.
We enjoyed the entertainment, we had reservations ahead of time which helped. Chicago was well done as was Blue Planet. Ocean Aria was canceled our day and rescheduled for an afternoon. We ended up going to Deck 11 ( our deck) to see it at night the next night from above. Great view. We really enjoyed the comedy live show--a great time.
For the first time ever we won at the casino not once but a few times. Came home ahead. Yeah!
Some areas of the ship became very crowded at times of course ( parades, dinner areas and theater areas as well as pools. But you can go anywhere and find less people and quiet. The elevators were at times annoying due to the crowds and kids punching every button. Took stairs sometimes- neat art on walls there to see.
We took the All Access Tour one Sea day morn. We enjoyed it but way overpriced ( $150pp) We had done this before on Princess and you got more for your money ( pics with captain on bridge, robes)
Our guide made us climb 6 flights of stairs when there was an elevator available. The rest was okay to navigate. We enjoyed seeing the crew areas, galley, laundry, mooring station, behind stage, engine room and of course the bridge, my DH favorite. But no captain or pics with him.
Then week went by too fast of course. We did luggage valet and it went smoothly. Disembarking was easy, lines moved steadily. We were off ship and thru everything to airport in 1 hour.