We just returned from our 7 day western Caribbean vacation on Allure of the Seas! First, I have to say that just driving into the port and catching our first glimpse of the Allure took our breath away. She towers high over the buildings and other ships.
Getting baggage unloaded and parking was very quick and simple. We actually rolled several bags onboard ourselves so that we would make sure we had everything that a family of 5 needs for the first afternoon and evening. Check in took about 5 minutes and we were on the boat and in our stateroom withing about 15 minutes of checking in where there were basically no lines. We arrived about 1:30pm so we were able to board before the 2pm time that RCI suggested as our boarding time.
We actually had 2 connecting staterooms with a balcony and it was great! Our staeroom attendant, Hendra, was there to greet us almost immediately and he made sure that the glass panel on the balcony between our 2 rooms was opened up so that we could walk from one room to the other on the balcony and he opened our connecting door for us as well. Having 3 kids, the 2 rooms situation worked well because we had 2 bathrooms to use and a nice wide balcony. Plus 2 TVs to use made it nice for us to watch other things while the kids watched the Dreamworks channel.
Finding our way around the ship was so simple with the big interactive screens they have by the elevators and almost every place we went. We quickly learned that deck 5 was the best way to get from the front to the back of the ship and then using the elevators to get to the correct floor once you are on the right end of the ship was really simple.
The first night we saw Ocean Aria. It was so amazing. Definitley make reservations for it and get there early to get the comfy seats...My daughter loved it and even met a new friend. The places that say," you are in a splash zone" are not accurate...Only the first row really got wet.
The Dreamworks Character breakfast was also great for the little kids. Only 3 characters come out though and they do not play "I like to move it move it" and it's not done as well as the Disney character dining is.... They will probably work out the specifics of it as time goes on. but my kids did see Fiona, Shrek , and Puss in boots so they were happy.
Favorite place for Breakfast was definitley ala carte in the Adagio dining room.... the french toast was amazing!
Windjammer for breakfast was good too, but their french toast was not and it was really busy...still a good experience though.
Johnny Rockets was a good breakfast spot too...Omelets or egss to order...and not busy at all....there is a nice little climbing playset for the kids on the Bordwalk close to Johnny Rockets so our 3yr old and 8 yr old could go play while we finished eating....
The Sports deck on deck 15 is an awesome place.... the pools are great but get out early if you want a seat on the days at Sea. The flowrider is too much fun for almost all ages. The staff is extremely helpful in getting everyone on it and giving everyone a second chance if they fall right away. We did the boogie board one and then my oldest son,17 was a semi pro on both the boogie board and surfing flowriders after his first try.
Our dining experience was so wonderful in the my time dining room deck 4 of the Adagio dining room. Dennis and Elisa were our servers and they could not have been better. They knew us by name and knew that if they brought my 3 yr old strawberries with whip cream he would be happy..... so they did every time. I miss them!
The ports were fun, but the ship was the main attraction and we could have stayed on board and been just fine.
Packing notes.. I overpacked way too much....its fairly casual and even the dress up nights would be fine in a sundress, but men do need at least a jacket those nights.
Labadee- we live in Florida 1 mile from a beautiful white sandy beach so Labadee was a dissappointment with is rocky and coral laden beaches...the excursions here are pretty pricey and the staff on the beach was basically asking for tips even when they did nothing for us..... make surer to take kids to the kids area where they have a little waterpark with fountains. We did not do the blow up water park, which may have been fun, but with a 3 yr old , we just didn't do it. The Labadoozie drink is really yummy though.
Falmouth, Jamaica- port was all under construction and dissappoining, and area outside of port was not very nice. Once we got to Dunns river falls, we loved it though...I walked up the path beside the Falls with the 3 yr old while we watched the rest of the family climb. We were able to get in midway up and do a few pics with the family so it was great! Don't waste money and time going to Dolphin cove unless you are doing a Dolphin swim. The Dunn's river/dolphin cove excursions is reasonable and the lunch is good, but next time I'd opt for Dunn's river express.
Cozumel- super fun...everyone we spoke to loved their excursions, the water is amazing, the people are nice and shopping is fun...bars and restaurants are really fun.
I hope this review helps those of you preparing to go on the Allure! Happy sailing! We are going on the Oasis next year!