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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by CruisingLadyDD: The Allure NEVER ceases to impress!


CruisingLadyDD
2 Reviews
Member Since 2012
60 Posts

Member Rating

Cabin 5.0
Dining 5.5
Embarkation 5.5
Enrichment Activities 5.5
Entertainment 5.5
Family & Children Not Rated
Fitness & Recreation 5.5
Public Rooms 5.5
Rates 5.0
Service 5.5
Shore Excursions Not Rated
Value for Money 5.0

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The Allure NEVER ceases to impress!

Sail Date: February 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

This was our 3rd cruise on the Allure. When the opportunity came up to sail on her again with our community travel club, we siezed the opportunity. Even though we have been on her before, we still found things to do that we loved. We had seen the shows before, but they are still incredible. We dined at Giovanni's Table and Chops Grille. Giovanni's is noisy and rushed like an authentic Italian Trattoria. If you want a quiet evening dinner with great ambiance, I suggest Chops Grille. It has the BEST meats of all the ships we have sailed on hands down! I think that RCCL should have put their other signature restaurant Portofino's on either the Oasis or the Allure. But they didn't do that, so you can make your choices from what they have. We don't do the zip-line or the rock wall, but our kids did and we took many great photos.

We are Diamond Plus status, so we preferred our quiet breakfast in the Concierge Lounge. This amenity overlooks the Boardwalk for those More people-watchers. It also has a great view of the Aqua Theater and the sea beyond. I highly recommend seeing Blue Planet because its special effects are stunning. The slightly abbreviated version of Chicago, the Musical was Bob Fosse at his best. The singers and dancers did a great job. I thought that their choice of "Headliner" for this cruise was sub-standard, but many folks did not agree with me.

We had 8th floor standard balconies which were right near the forward elevators. When we needed to cross to the other side, we went through Central Park. Our cabin was a standard balcony. The closet was okay, but the general storage around the cabin was not really good. The little table that are at your bedside are inadequate. We had to purchase a an item from a catalog company to hold our glasses, key card, etc. so that these items did not get lost on the floor. No bedspreads is the best idea ever. The bathroom was adequate. Our location was right off of the forward elevators and it was quiet and we loved to relax on the balcony. I like to have sheer curtains that can be closed when in port or to block out the sun. Only the inside balconies (Central Park and Boardwalk) have the second layer of sheers. When you are in port with another ship beside you, you lose your privacy and need to close the room-darkening curtains. Sometimes a cost-cutting idea is a REALL BAD IDEA!

This was a memorable cruise for us and I highly recommend it to all cruisers out there. The ship is the destination itself when sailing on the Allure of the Seas. Falmouth, Jamaica was VERY commercialized and we returned to the ship after about an hour. A bottle of beer there was more than aboard the ship! Less


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Cabin review: Allure of the Seas Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony Deck 6

Our cabin was a standard balcony. The closet was okay, but the general storage around the cabin was not really good. The little table that are at your bedside are inadequate. We had to purchase a an item from a catalog company to hold our glasses, key card, etc. so that these items did not get lost on the floor. No bedspreads is the best idea ever. The bathroom was adequate. Our location was right off of the forward elevators and it was quiet and we loved to relax on the balcony. I like to have sheer curtains that can be closed when in port or to block out the sun. Only the inside balconies (Central Park and Boardwalk) have the second layer of sheers. When you are in port with another ship beside you, you lose your privacy and need to close the room-darkening curtains. Sometimes a cost-cutting idea is a REALL BAD IDEA!

Port and Shore Excursions


(5.5)
The experience for cruisers right off of the pier is really good. Want a party atmosphere where you can drink an ice-cold beer for $2.00----try Senor Frogs. Items that were $5.00 in Falmouth were $1.00 in Cozumel. Our kids had a ball there and purchased most of their souvenirs at this port-of-call. We even purchased a hand painted plate from the artisan who was working in his stall. The price was reasonable and our names and the date was put on the decorative plate. Yes, they do have things for sale that say "Made in China", but you just need to be careful. Leather goods like purses, belts, boots and shoes and silver items are great deals. Of course, you need to haggle a bit to get the best price. This is expected of you and not to do so, though not an insult, does make you look foolish.
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We expected something a little different. This was the most commercialized port that we have ever visited in Jamaica. The prices were astronomical for what most Jamaica visitors take for granted as being inexpensive. Red Stripe beer for $5.11 is a lot. If you were able to leave the "compound" at the port, you would find Red Stripe for $1.00 a bottle. Want to drink fresh coconut water, that'll cost you $5.00. Outside of the compound it would be about $1.00! Since the craft people pay a lot for rent, they charge high prices for items. I think that RCCL should have given visitors more of a REAL JAMAICAN EXPERIENCE!
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(5.5)
Of all the cruise lines we have traveled on, this "private oasis" (NOT an island) is the best! We love to swim off of Barefoot Beach because we are seniors and the water there is calm. The food served is average beach barbecue food, so if you don't like that, you can return to the ship and eat there. There are activities galore for every age. The craft market has reasonably priced souvenirs. The tram that takes you to the various stops runs frequently and is free. There seem to be reasonably priced activities which range from zip lines, roller coasters and seadoos to kayak excursions and boat rides for those who don't want an adrenaline rush. There is even an extra charge kids water park area for those with youngsters.
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