“Incomparable! Extraordinary!”
Cruise review of Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas

Flightquarters Allure of the Seas 5 Incomparable! Extraordinary!
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Hard to find new superlatives to those this remarkable ship has justifiably garnered! It really is in a class by itself! We thoroughly enjoyed our Easter Caribbean cruise from start to finish! Some observations/pointers:

• Amber Theater tends to be c-c-cold. The vents are along the baseboard at bottom of the seats. We were freezing during Chicago matinee. Easily remedied by wearing long sleeves and/or pants.

• Be sure and take a goodly number of pictures at night with a good camera. You'll be pleasantly surprised how striking and aesthetic the ship looks when you review the pictures later - as the ship (almost unnoticeably) changes hue throughout.

• Our steward for our sixth deck cabin, Junar - was extraordinary!

• Concur with most that Main Dining Room food was good, but not extraordinary; meanwhile - disagree with others insofar as we found breakfast to be our favorite meal there.

• The hot dog stand sausages are most satisfying.

• We wished Rita's matched its flair for frolic with flavor - which was disappointing. Should add that our twenty-year old daughter was not thrilled to be "volunteered" for an all-girl "dance-off" - which digressed into near burlesque (benefit a few drinks those of age imbibed). In retrospect, should have let her demure.

• Think twice about St. Maarten's "Mountain bike adventure." The island may not have mountains, but the chose route it hilly, through pastures among cows and yes - cow patties (kid you not). Also - goes rain or shine - so be prepared to get wet (just in case).

• Our cruise director Allan Brooks was hysterical! Naturally funny without being obnoxious. Wished we'd seen more of him! We enjoyed the comedians as well.

• 11th deck aft balconies remain well-kept secrets. Only a couple others when I visited; and have choice of shade or sun.

• 14th deck Port Side access to forward-most bridge-wings are not always open due to winds/weather; so make a point of checking as is worth the photo-shop - particularly at sunset.

• As others have observed, embarkation and debarkation were so flawless and smooth we thought we were being punk'd! A case-study in crowd control. BRAVO!

• The well placed touch-screen "What to do now," "Restroom Finder" and "Restaurant Busy Meters" are inspired! Do check them out.

• The underutilized running/jogging track was a treat!

• Do be sure and tour the spa the first day. Even if unable to afford - is well worth a look-see as is striking.

• Do attend the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet. As others have observed, the many no-shows make for terrific odds for winning door prizes! (we did!)

Allure of the Seas Cruises to the Eastern Caribbean
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Cabin review: Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

Published 08/16/11
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