Allure of the Seas Cabin Photos
Like its sister, Allure of the Seas has more than 20 cabin categories, including cruising's only "inward-facing" balconies, accommodations with a view of the sky and either Central Park's greenery or the Boardwalk's machinery (carousel, AquaTheater). There are also all manner of upscale abodes, including two-story Loft Suites and AquaTheater Suites, show-stopping rooms that feature mammoth wraparound balconies overlooking the ship's outdoor amphitheater.
Despite the variety of categories, the vast majority of Allure's accommodations are distinguished by location. In other words, the innards of more than 2,000 of the ship's 2,700-odd cabins look remarkably alike. (There are, of course, modest size variations, and along the corridors, the bed and couch alternatively trade positions between door and balcony.)
Standard balcony cabins in every category -- Central Park, Boardwalk, traditional verandas with ocean views -- are typically 182 square feet with 50- or 52-square-foot verandahs. Bulges, port and starboard, along the ship's superstructure create a number of standard accommodations with more generously endowed balconies (80 to 82 square feet). Regardless of size, each outdoor space is furnished with a table and pair of chairs made of metal and mesh. Windowed cabins may be slightly larger (Central Park View cabins are 199 square feet) or smaller (Oceanviews are 179 square feet). The majority of Allure's inside cabins are 172 square feet, but there are also 53 category Q cabins with just 149 square feet of space.
All standard cabins have two twin beds that convert to queens, small sitting areas and interactive flat-screen TV's, on which passengers can book shore tours, order room service, make dining and entertainment reservations and check onboard bills. A handful of national U.S. networks like CNN and Fox News are piped in, and for the kids, there's the Cartoon Network and a dedicated DreamWorks station. Every cabin also has an iPod dock with speaker, an inclusion so popular that Royal Caribbean is retrofitting a number of older ships to include them. These are great for charging your iWhatever -- or setting a musical alarm to kick off a day in the Caribbean. Another fantastic (but seemingly obvious) cabin innovation: Electrical outlets (three U.S., one U.K.) have been relocated to the tops of the desks. Annoyingly, they were underneath the vanities on Oasis.
Plenty of shelves, cabinets, cubbies and bins will keep at least two passengers happy. Carry-ons fit comfortably under the bed, but anything larger may prove a tight squeeze. You have approximately a foot between floor and bed frame. (We measured using an 8.5 by 11 inch piece of paper.)
Bathrooms feature showers enclosed in clear glass (no clingy shower curtains for the world's largest cruise ship) with shampoo dispensers and foot rests for leg-shaving. Hair dryers, located under the desks in the main cabin areas, are somewhat chintzy, so hair-drying enthusiasts may want to BYO.
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While cabin setup is standardized, location
is vital. Cabin reviews are a would-be Allurean's best friend. For instance, passengers looking to read quietly on a Central Park balcony during a sunny sea day may find themselves being assaulted from above by the pool band's reggae stylings, transforming his or her mood from irie to irate.
For passengers needing a touch more space, 86 287-square-foot Junior Suites
come with 80-square-foot balconies. In addition to having more square footage, bathrooms in these accommodations feature tubs instead of showers.
Allure also has several categories of Family Cabins
, including insides (260 square feet), oceanviews (271 square feet) and balconies (271 square feet with 82-square-foot balconies). Each offers sleeping for up to six via two Pullman beds, a convertible sofa bed and two twins that can be turned into a queen. There are 260 insides and only 8 outsides and 7 balconies, so book well ahead if you're looking to rope a family balcony.
On the suite side, plenty of choices will keep large clans and luxury-minded big-ship travelers happy. Royal Caribbean's 1,142-square-foot Presidential Family Suite
accommodates 14 passengers with four bedrooms and four baths. The suite features a 476-square-foot balcony with a whirlpool, dining area and bar. Allure's more modestly sized two-bedroom Royal Family Suites
(there are four of them, each at 580 square feet) each feature a master bedroom and bath, as well as a guest room with a private bath, and a 238-square-foot balcony with space for outdoor dining and lounging for four. The RFS's can sleep up to eight passengers.
While the two-bedroom AquaTheater Suites
are large -- and feature fancy entertainment centers -- what really stands out are the location and dimensions of their balconies, which are almost as large as the cabins themselves. From the wraparound verandahs, occupants can peer down at AquaThater performances of "OceanAria" or stroll around for unimpeded sea views off the stern.
The Loft Suites, introduced on Oasis, are two-deck accommodations that've been lauded for their layout and criticized for their garish, multicolored shag-modern design. Crown Loft Suites
measure 545 square feet with 114-square-foot balconies and feature living spaces downstairs with pull-out sofas and bathrooms, and master bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs, each with a shower large enough for two (his-and-hers shower heads), fog-free mirrors and limestone mosaic tile accents. The Sky Loft Suites
add some extra space. They clock in at 722 square feet with 410-square-foot dine-on balconies and extra showers in the downstairs bathrooms.
The Royal Loft Suite
is the most opulent accommodation onboard. At 1,524 square feet with an 843-square-foot balcony, it's the size of a modest home. When you enter the cabin on the main level, you'll find a Baby Grand piano, a dining area with a dry bar for entertaining, a bath with a shower, a living room sofa that converts into a double bed and a wraparound balcony with a dining area and private whirlpool. Upstairs, there's a master bedroom and a massive bathroom with a tub, shower, two sinks and a bidet.
Ten 556-square-foot Owner's Suites
feature marble entries, large bathrooms with tubs and two sinks, and a living area with tables and sofas. The balconies are 243 square feet each. Thirty 371-square-foot Grand Suites
feature a similar but significantly smaller layout. Grand Suites offer 105-square-foot balconies.
Passengers staying in Grand Suites and above -- Junior Suites don't count -- have access to the Diamond-plus lounge, which, in addition to the help of a concierge, features a nightly cocktail "hour" from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Suite passengers also get priority check-in; reserved prime seating in the main theater; access to full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus for in-cabin dining; luxury bathrobes and complimentary pressing for formal nights, among other perks.
For disabled passengers, there are three accessible suites (including one Loft Suite with an elevator), 32 balconies, two oceanviews and eight insides.