49 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Caribbean - All Cruise Reviews

First I must give this ship, the Allure, high marks on the Entertainment provided, the quality and excellence of the Specialty restaurants and the fact during the two weeks we were aboard this ship we had an excellent room steward, but as ... Read More
First I must give this ship, the Allure, high marks on the Entertainment provided, the quality and excellence of the Specialty restaurants and the fact during the two weeks we were aboard this ship we had an excellent room steward, but as you will read there were many negatives that had we not already reached DIAMOND status of Royal Caribbean we might not have taken as many cruises aboard this line to do so. We have had some small inconveniences of their smaller ships but the ones we had here were numerous. We had the following issues: -The Sea Pass they provided us had wrong status on it and to obtain the benefits of that status we needed to have it corrected immediately. To do so we were told we needed to speak to the Loyalty Officer. When we arrived there was a rather long line of guests and therefore, it took well over an hour standing on line just to speak to the sole officer assigned this task despite the fact that this ship had over 6000 guests with nearly a third being Diamond status or higher! – the DINE, DRINK & DISCOVER PROGRAM which was part of our initial cruise package was canceled. Hence we were told we would receive a $50 credit. It wasn't included in the credits when we boarded. We needed to see guest services to request that credit and it took over a day before it was finally applied. – Our Diamond status allowed for one specialty coffee per day per person at the main coffee shop (not the StarBucks) at no extra charge. Several times they refused to give us the coffee for free and each time we had to go to guest services to find out why and to get this corrected. – The floor in the common area Men's room all over the ship were filthy, especially under the urinals. I needed to stand with legs spread wide apart to try to avoid the puddles of urine on the floor. Rarely during my two weeks on board did I see an attendant cleaning these restrooms and where the floor was actually clean. Twice I found stalls without toilet paper and/or in bad need of cleaning. I know someone from the crew visited these rooms as the trash bins were being emptied but that was it! – This is a very large ship, and I knew that when we booked it. However, trying to find a waiter to serve drinks while lounging by the pools or in the Solarium was very difficult. Often we'd finally have one come by but rather than the waiter stopping to ask if we wanted something we had to go out of our way to flag them to us. We even had waiters take our orders never to see them or the drinks we ordered, – When in port only one towel station was manned on the pool deck. Rather than maintaining at least one at each end of the ship near the two elevator areas we needed to hike to the middle of the ship and hope we guessed right as to which side of the ship they were situated on. If you have mobitlity issues this is not an easy task as this is a very long ship! – Overall the common area and hallways were not being cleaned regularly. I would see the same articles of debris on the carpets and floor hours and even days after I initially noticed it. - This, the lack of waiters, the too few manned towel stations and the conditions I found in the common area restrooms lead me to the conclusion that the crew size for this large passenger capacity ship was totally inadequate. Several times I tried to locate an officer in the area to report a problem but I could find none. It required a trip down to guest services to report these issues but often even that did not result in an adequate resolution. – The first week we ate our dinners in the main dining room. Although our waiters were very good I can't say the same for the food. Most of it was either over or under cooked. And it appears the chef believed in the heavy use of salt to make up for the otherwise poorly cooked food! The second week we had the Specialty Restaurant package for the entire week, and there the food was excellent! He food in the buffet areas, however, were as bad, if not worse, than the food served at dinner. Only the Park Cafe served a satisfactory salad for lunch. – Breakfast was one disaster one after the other. First time our order took 45 minutes to be served and they got my omelet order wrong. This was a continuing problem until eventually I gave up and went over to the Breakfast buffet Omelet line in order to assure that my order was carried out. – I understand that there was a large contingent of Orthodox Jews on board. I am not an anti-Semite for I too am Jewish. But to accommodate them RC had them take over the Brazilian Steak house for their meals? This created two problems. I purchased their Specialty Dining Package several weeks in advance of the cruise partially because I really like these Brazilian Steak restaurants and thus not to have access to it was a major disappointment. But, as this restaurant was in the Solarium area, whose access is supposed to be restricted for children over the age of 16 and adults only, resulted in the many under 16 year old children they brought with to run havoc throughout this area and even when sitting inside of the restaurant, as there are few walls partitioning off the restaurant from the Solarium itself, the noise and ruckus these children created totally disrupted any peace and quiet I though this Solarium would provide for us during this cruise. Overall between these guests and many other guests there were over 1500 children aboard this ship and I really would have liked to find someplace other than my cabin to find some peace and quiet! – During Mama Mia and other productions in the main theater these children, often including their parents and even Royal Caribbean personnel were talking in the back rows and just beyond it so loudly as to make it difficult to enjoy the shows. Its these shows that really distinguish this class of ship from others and should have been one of the greatest attributes of this class of ships. Yet they had no officers to ensure that quiet and decorum was maintained and in at least one case they actually contributed to the annoying distractions during the shows! – RC was charging money for small bags of popcorn offered at many of the entertainment venues. Really?! How cheap can you get? There were other minor issues that I won't bother to go into here. Early on our second week we spoke to their Manager of Guest Services and laid out many of the above issues to him. He listened sympathetically to us but offered only that he would send our issues up line to be be heard. We heard back from very late in that second week asking us if everything was alright and/or if we had any other issues that he should hear about. Quite frankly, by that time I had was too fed up to bother. One more caveat, if you have mobility issues and you are scheduled to visit Costa Maya in Mexico, be aware that the ship ties up to a dock which is attached to a very long pier. Its quite a hike just to get to the land itself and there is no shuttle. You have to walk it. I saw many individuals with mobility issues stop dead at the end of the ship, peer down this long pier and just give up and get back onto the ship! One of those individuals was my wife who has knee issues!! I will add that my wife and I did what we could to have as good a time as possible aboard the Allure. Please note, again, I must add that had this been my first voyage on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, I really don't know if I would have ever taken enough Royal Caribbean cruises to reach Diamond status and I will probably need to think hard about taking another. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose this cruise for the ship. I have never cruised the Allure or its sister ship the Oasis and wanted to see what they were like. The ship is magnificent, lots to do. I loved central park, the little bistros, restaurants and bars. ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the ship. I have never cruised the Allure or its sister ship the Oasis and wanted to see what they were like. The ship is magnificent, lots to do. I loved central park, the little bistros, restaurants and bars. There is always something to do if you want, even if its just sitting at a park cafe and people watching, or nothing if you choose. I would recommend the meal package. It was an additional $80 (we didnt do it and wished we had). We did get tired of the restaurant food. It seemed to be the same ole same ole every night. We always purchase the drink package, we're not big drinkers, but all your drinks are included, water, soda, wine at dinner, so for us, its worth not worrying about paying $10 every time you order a drink. The boardwalk is fun, there is a carousel, candy store, ice cream shop, hot dog shop, and a few others, it does give the feel of a boardwalk. We have cruised on Carnival, Princess, Norweigan and Royal Caribbean, I have to say, Royals ships are the prettiest, and offer the best shows. Most every show we saw was better than average. There was one piano player at Schrooners that we just didnt care for. It was supposed to be a sing a long which could have been fun, but when the piano player changes the songs so much, you cant join in, it ruins the party. The dislikes: No real place for cigar smokers. They have one small smoking area that cigar smokers and cigarette smokers share. My husband wasnt happy with this, as a lot of cigarette smokers have their kids hanging out screaming (probably justified as I would never force my toddlers to sit in a smokers section while I smoked cigarettes, im sure the kids were miserable) Cigar smoking is a social activity. Men like to kick, back, relax, have a smoke and a drink, the last thing they want is screaming kids there. The lines for the buffet at breakfast is another thing that we have never experienced before. The crew handles it well, and it doesnt take very long, but when you get off the elevator and see a long line, its not a great start to your day. My last negative was about some of the crew. We have taken about 12 cruises. NEVER ONCE, have we run in to so many rude employees. A lot of them just seem like they dont want to be there. Im sure they have to deal with a lot of negative, complaining people and they get tired of it, but we talked to at least four or five other people that felt the same way. This definitely needs to be addressed. People are on vacation, happy, trying to enjoy themselves. If you run in to one rude person, it can ruin your day. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Awesome ship! You will need a whole week to enjoy everything on the ship! Great food in the main dining room which was free breakfast,lunch and dinner.Many choices on the menu,appetizers,soups,salads,fish,pasta,meats.Good choices of ... Read More
Awesome ship! You will need a whole week to enjoy everything on the ship! Great food in the main dining room which was free breakfast,lunch and dinner.Many choices on the menu,appetizers,soups,salads,fish,pasta,meats.Good choices of desserts.Large variety of Broadway type shows and lots of venues to enjoy.Great Crew,friendly,fun,entertaining and helpful throughout the ship.Ten Gold Stars to the crew on the ship!! Getting on and off the ship at all ports is fairly easy.Did our own shore excursions and it did not cost us a fortune to do.Many things to pick from the locals when your at port.Taxi's are cheap to use for trips Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My family loves the allure of the seas! We have been super spoiled as we have had the luxury of going suite class the last few times. If it is at all possible, this is the way to go! Access to your own private lounge, sunbathing ... Read More
My family loves the allure of the seas! We have been super spoiled as we have had the luxury of going suite class the last few times. If it is at all possible, this is the way to go! Access to your own private lounge, sunbathing deck, priority entrance to shows, VIP seating, free food for all meals, free cocktails during the day and an on-site concierge to make all your bookings. We travel with our children who are in their 20's and 30's so the allure has so many options that there is plenty for us to do as a family and plenty for them to do on their own. The gym is massive so we can all find a workout we like, and the dining options cater to everyone's diverse needs. We also have been fortunate to eat in the specialty restaurants which are again, the way to go. MUCH larger servings, multiple options, great service and wonderful settings. We have taken the Oasis class 3x and have booked it for next year it just works for our group!!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
The staff and food, is the best on the seas. will not be let down. getting on and off the ship was a breeze, better then other ships. never felt like 6,000 people were on board. never waitied for anything. Already booked a cruise for ... Read More
The staff and food, is the best on the seas. will not be let down. getting on and off the ship was a breeze, better then other ships. never felt like 6,000 people were on board. never waitied for anything. Already booked a cruise for December on the ship again. don't think I can go back to another ship. mamma Mia was playing it was as good as a New York play. went to 3 stops all were fine. All the food outlets tasted really good. I don't know why anybody would take another ship. went to bahamass, costa maya, Cozumel. Balacony was always clean and the views were great. There is always something going on the ship. you will not be bored. Looking forward to taking or daughter in December for a cruise. we booked awhile we were on board. great deals if you booked so we have everything done. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose Allure of the Seas for a New year's Cruise due to the dates. The cruise was great - Mama Mia was exceptional. The new show Blue Planet?? What the heck was that all about? Terrible!! What a waste of a good night. All six of us ... Read More
We chose Allure of the Seas for a New year's Cruise due to the dates. The cruise was great - Mama Mia was exceptional. The new show Blue Planet?? What the heck was that all about? Terrible!! What a waste of a good night. All six of us left early as it was actually painful to sit and watch. The ice show was very entertaining and a must see (Although the monopoly theme made no sense)! The Beatle mania show was not really our cup of tea but we watched anyways. Best excursion: Jaguar Tours in Cozumel. We had a private beach all to our selves, the crew made us an amazing lunch of chicken fajitas and hibiscus tea (with a little tequila for an added punch). We toured the Eco Park and light house and then chose to ride tandem bikes to the beach. So fun! We spent time on stand up paddle boards in the ocean and even got close to a sting ray. It was the best. The guides were amazing and really really knowledgeable. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TOUR!! We booked through the ship. Well worth the money! Flow rider staff is tops. Everyone enjoyed that tremendously. They taught the newbies how to do it the first ride and made the trip for the "surfers" really fun. Food was plentiful but if you are gluten free it is not exactly the best. It would be so easy for them to label ingredients on their food. Why oh why can they not get that done? Those of us with food allergies would really appreciate that. It is not easy to find someone on staff who can go thru EVERY meal with you to see what foods are safe. Labeling would solve so much of the food problem. We had a really bad waiter on our first night. He was not attentive, was rushed and we could not understand him at all as he spoke so fast! We were moved to another table the following night and had positive service and experiences from there on out. If you are not happy with something the staff does a good job trying to make it right. If you have engineer types in your party I would recommend the all access tour of the ship. The men loved it. They spent 3+ hours touring the ship behind the scenes...it was worth every penny! Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
My wife and I took a 6 night Caribbean cruise on the Allure on Jan. 2nd principally to explore this huge ship and its features. We set sail with 6,550 passengers (normally 5,400) with a large international representation and many large ... Read More
My wife and I took a 6 night Caribbean cruise on the Allure on Jan. 2nd principally to explore this huge ship and its features. We set sail with 6,550 passengers (normally 5,400) with a large international representation and many large families or groups because of the Holidays. We left from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades) and found embarkation to be amazingly efficient (under 20 minutes) and disembarkation at 8:30am to be the fastest we have ever experienced in 20 cruises as we did not break stride and it took less than 15 minutes. The elevators are clustered into 2 sets of 12 (one forward and one aft) at either end of the Royal Promenade, which makes getting around a breeze. In fact, there is a "gangway button" that you press when you are in port and it takes you to the departure deck automatically. The ship is an engineering marvel with many separate neighborhoods: Royal Promenade, Central Park, Sports Zone, Entertainment Zone, Boardwalk, etc. The middle of the ship and aft have an 8 story canyon open to the sky which allows for interior balcony rooms. The aft of the ship has a diving /performance pavilion that hosts the super Ocean Aira show, movies and other performances. There is a significant amount of art in public spaces throughout the ship. Other impressions. Our cabin, a superior oceanview with balcony, was small but well designed. Internet service ZOOM was outstanding and definitely take the streaming service if you are a big user of wifi. We did My Time Dining which is based in the American Icon Grille on the 3rd floor. We found it to be physically crowded and the food average but service was excellent. That dining room becomes a catch all for anyone who is not in a fixed dining time (6 or 8:30) or a specialty restaurant. Our advice would be to take Silk or the other dining room in advance. Production shows were average and the Amber Theater only holds 1,400 people hence it is essential to prebook all of your entertainment before the cruise. If you are not prebooked you can only enter most shows 10 minutes before showtime so the best seats are gone. There is a wide assortment of night time entertainment in the Entertainment Zone on level 4. The Windjammer Marketplace (level 16) was a well organized buffet that held up under a huge passenger load. Food quality was excellent and RCL does things like pre pouring beverages (water, OJ, ice tea) to take some of the kinks out of the process. We did not try the specialty restaurants as we thought they were overpriced relative to other cruise lines, but we heard from others they were excellent. DreamWorks and their characters have a significant presence on the ship and are great for the kids. In fact the kids program is extraordinary and there is a huge themed kiddie waterpark on the top deck. The ports of Nassau, Costa Maya and Cozumel were "ok" but the main focus of our travel was the ship and its offerings. Lots of kids on board and they were generally well behaved. The full sized basketball court also hosts soccer and dodgeball plus there is a twin Flow Rider set up that is included at no extra charge. We would only consider RCL Allure again if we were taking our grandchildren. If it was just us it would be Celebrity Equinox class, NCL, Regent or Crystal driven by the itinerary and ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
While on a Mediterranean Cruise in July 2015 on Royal Caribbeans Rhapsody of the Seas, we stopped by the Next Cruise desk on board, paid a $50 deposit to secure our cabin and booked our Christmas/New Years 2016 cruise on the Allure of ... Read More
While on a Mediterranean Cruise in July 2015 on Royal Caribbeans Rhapsody of the Seas, we stopped by the Next Cruise desk on board, paid a $50 deposit to secure our cabin and booked our Christmas/New Years 2016 cruise on the Allure of the Seas leaving from Ft. Lauderdale. The sheer size of the ship can be a little overwhelming upon first glace but once your settled in, its easy to navigate. The accommodations were first class and the main dining room provided great food. Every day provided many choices of things to do for an entire family. We ate in two specialty restaurants, 150 Park and Chops. AMAZING food and service. The bar staff was extremely professional in every location of the ship. This ship also has a PADI dive shop. With all excursions and diving, the cost is a high but if that's not an issue for you, be sure to book well in advance because they fill up quickly. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This cruise fitted both Christmas and New Year in which was really nice. The ship was nicely decorated for Christmas and the New Years Eve party was just amazing with over 10.000 balloons dropped and partying went on till the early ... Read More
This cruise fitted both Christmas and New Year in which was really nice. The ship was nicely decorated for Christmas and the New Years Eve party was just amazing with over 10.000 balloons dropped and partying went on till the early hours.The ship activities were equally as good and giving no reason to be board. the flow riders were popular as ever with 1 for stand up surfing and 1 for bogie boarding.If it was the high life you were after, then the Zip line certainly takes good care of that as you cross the boardwalk 9 decks below. There are plenty of specialist restaurants to choose from if you wanted other thank the main dining room from chops grill to Zumi sushi. Headline shows in the Alhambra theatre were fantastic Mama Mia was the same as the west endinf London having seen both and was very entertaining. Studio B hosts the ice theatre with two different shows and both excellent. All in all a really good holiday. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Allure on RCCL is a great ship. We have been on 26 cruises so are pretty experienced. Disappointed with breakfast & lunches in Windjammer (Never ate dinner there). No omelette station, no nova platter. Seems like RCCL is cutting ... Read More
The Allure on RCCL is a great ship. We have been on 26 cruises so are pretty experienced. Disappointed with breakfast & lunches in Windjammer (Never ate dinner there). No omelette station, no nova platter. Seems like RCCL is cutting back yet charging more. More like cafeteria food......by the 4th day we were all pretty bored with the buffet lunch offerings. The New Year's Day Brunch in dining room was under whelming to say the least. The 24 hour Promenade Cafe had poor offerings. Ate in 5 Specialty restaurants..................2 nights they really jacked up the prices to 75.00 per person which was not worth it. The saving thing was The Solaruim.............quieter than main lounging pool deck and ate there a couple of times for breakfast & lunch. My group of 8 experienced cruisers was that we all felt Celebrity & NCL were better. We had a great time, but may look next time to a different line. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
The Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship. Almost identical to the Oasis of the seas we took last year. It is a very kid friendly ship with lots of amenities for kids and family's. Not so good for older couples who are just looking ... Read More
The Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship. Almost identical to the Oasis of the seas we took last year. It is a very kid friendly ship with lots of amenities for kids and family's. Not so good for older couples who are just looking for some quiet time sailing in the breeze with a good book in hand. Entertainment is excellent and food is pretty good most of the time. The headliner Tillman was awful but RC recovered by getting a good guy to replace him mid way through the cruise. Not RCL's issue, but biggest complaint we have is the big groups of people who swarm throughout the ship like a pack of bees, moving chairs to form huge circles in small areas like in Dazzles, Bringing noisy kids into adult only areas like the solarium and adult only hot tubs. Where is security? Except for the lack of rule enforcement in the adult only areas, RCL dose an amazing job. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our 4th cruise and first time on Royal Caribbean. We specifically booked this itinerary because of the ship. The good stuff first: Boarding and debarkation all fast and painless. On-board entertainment excellent with the ... Read More
This was our 4th cruise and first time on Royal Caribbean. We specifically booked this itinerary because of the ship. The good stuff first: Boarding and debarkation all fast and painless. On-board entertainment excellent with the exception of the English headliner; embarrassingly bad. Food and drink options and quality all good. Excellent youth/children propgrams and spaces The majority of staff we came in contact with were pleasant and professional. Areas of failure: Stateroom #7700; Our luggage was not delivered timely. Prepaid excursion tickets were not delivered the first day. Had to ask for toiletries when told they would be in room. Also not replaced unless asked for. Bed, linens and pillows of horrible cheap quality. Asked for new bedding and pillows and got the same crap. The ships crew PA system was being broadcast thru the speaker in our bathroom. Strange but true. Our cabin attendant was not friendly or willing to do anything but the basics. Gym: Much of the equipment was in need of repair/was malfunctioning. No head phone provided and for sale. Bar Service/environment: Toddlers and children allowed to hang at the bar if their parent was drinking. Addressed this with bar staff on 3 occasions. No one was empowered to do anything about it. Retail/stores: Lacking of Royal Caribbean logo-ed items and apparel Especially for men. Retail in general not very interesting/worthy of the space allocated to it. We had family members order and pay for a couple amenities to be delivered to our cabin. One item was delivered on the wrong day and the other never made it at all. No follow up, explanation and apologizes was ever communicated either. Maintenance in general looked a little spotty. Burnout or broken lights everywhere in public spaces. Week air conditioning/too warm in many indoor places. Public toilets bubbling up a couple times. Wobble chairs in the buffet dinning room. Hot tub/spa control broken. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Cruised December 18 to 23, 2016 on Allure of the Seas. Embarkation and Disembarkation was stress free and seemless. The shows were Broadway Style shows and the talent was great! The Specialty Dining 150 Park was fabulous! The food was ... Read More
Cruised December 18 to 23, 2016 on Allure of the Seas. Embarkation and Disembarkation was stress free and seemless. The shows were Broadway Style shows and the talent was great! The Specialty Dining 150 Park was fabulous! The food was definitely 5 star and it is worth every dime to spend the extra to experience at least 1 night at the Specialty Dining. My suggestion is to book all reservations, prior to boarding the ship. The dates and times sell out quickly.The Flowrider and Zipline was exhilarating. My suggestion is to get sign the waiver and get your white arm band on the first day of the cruise. This way you won't have to wait in long lines to get it later. This ship had over 6000 guests and 2000 crew and I felt as though, there was plenty of room and you never felt that it was so many people on the ship. RC does a great job in making sure the flow of the ship is consistent and seemless. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I had a wonderful time on this trip because of the people I was with. That being said there was no part of this trip from Royal Caribbean that would convince me to sail with them again. To start with little things like our safe was ... Read More
I had a wonderful time on this trip because of the people I was with. That being said there was no part of this trip from Royal Caribbean that would convince me to sail with them again. To start with little things like our safe was broken when we first boarded and the mini fridge to store my infant son's bottles, and had set up beforehand to have in the room, were things we were stuck dealing with after first boarding, instead of starting to enjoy our trip. Calling room service was a crap shoot to whether or not someone answered and then there was no guarantee that your request was taken care of. There were 24 of us on the trip, separated into 3 tables in the dining room. One night my table was finishing our desserts and we noticed that one of the other tables had yet to be served their main courses. I know we were relaxing and enjoying each other's company, but were usually in the last groups of people to leave the dining room. The pictures they take on the ship are supposed to be linked to the cabin through "face recognition software". One the third day we went to look at the pictures to find out there were none. I was forced to stand at the computer with the associate to look through his pictures to find a few of them. I will not continue on with the photo issues, because there were a lot, except to say my brother's cabin had 9 pages of photos and my cabin only had 1. Hard to get me to spend money on over priced pictures that aren't there. Royal Caribbean started a new program where you can reserve your shows before the cruise and it guarantees a seat. Although I do not think there was a show that people were locked out of, it was still nice to have the reservation and get in first. One night there was a bar that is also an open elevator (goes up and down from floors 5 to 8) and was a good viewing point for the show they were doing on the promenade. They were about to raise the bar for the show and a bunch of people from my group tried to get on and were told we could not because we did not have a reservation. The bar was maybe half full, but we were still denied access and the bar went up maybe half full. The aqua show and the ice show were very entertaining and the comedian had us laughing the entire time. I did not see too many shows because of having an infant and caring more about visiting with relatives from out of town, but there were nice spots to socialize on the ship. The biggest plus I give the Allure of the Seas is there is no shortage of activities. Little disappointments were only getting folding towel creatures 2 of the 5 nights. They no longer have a drink of the day. The popcorn, from the carnival style hot air machine, was a $2.50 charge, instead of free like the last time I cruised with them. Repeated food items in the dining room (appetizers) and windjammer. The night of the aqua show we sat for an hour and then the show was canceled. None of these things would cause me to not consider Royal Caribbean again, but were things I had more pleasant experiences with in the past on their line and others. To sum up the trip is what you make of it and you can still have a very nice time with Royal Caribbean, but given my recent experience I will most likely choose another cruise line the next vacation I take on the seas. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Enjoyed our cruise last year on this ship so we decided to do it again at the same time of year however we had more fun and met a lot of people last year. Last year there were more people participating in the dancing activities around ... Read More
Enjoyed our cruise last year on this ship so we decided to do it again at the same time of year however we had more fun and met a lot of people last year. Last year there were more people participating in the dancing activities around the ship. Even the music rooms were what seemed to be more people enjoying the music and dancing. There were even people dancing to the calypso music last year, this year no one got up to participate. The calypso band was also very good. Even central park was not crowded this year. The bagels at the cafe in Central Park were hard and seemed to be hard to cut. There should be some crazy glue and a glasses repair kit available at the guest relations desk. Lastly, AAA had arranged in lieu of champagne in the room to provide us with chocolate dipped strawberries which never arrived. We registered a complaint with 3 different guest relations service people being told they would be forthcoming but they never did arrive. Even our room steward called as a follow up and that was to no avail. It is not that the strawberries were so important but the requests were totally ignored from the beginning. Very disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We were excited to try RC for the first time, but will not return. Overall, Allure was just far too big with way too many people/kids for our liking and we could see that this line is more geared to a younger group (we usually sail with ... Read More
We were excited to try RC for the first time, but will not return. Overall, Allure was just far too big with way too many people/kids for our liking and we could see that this line is more geared to a younger group (we usually sail with Celebrity or Princess). The staff were excellent, very friendly and efficient. The food was average at best. There were just so many line ups no matter what you seemed to do on the ship - elevators, dining with reservations, etc. Even the evening shows, although the best we'd ever seen on ships, had to be booked in advance, or you had to line up to wait until general admission (10 minutes prior to shows). Also, first time we ever saw such long lines into a buffet, and the buffet was about 1/3 the size of other ships that carry 1/3 the passengers....???? The main promenade "neighborhood" made us feel like we were in a mall instead of a ship - no windows anywhere to see the sea as you tried to make your way through the noisy, extremely crowded shops and cafes. The pool area also was overwhelming. So many people, 2 types of music playing at the same time from either side of the ship. Cabin 9624 was not too bad. Not huge but good enough for 2 adults - liked the night time lighting, and the shower head was good and strong. Our stateroom attendant, "Cooscoos" was really friendly and efficient. Movies on your TV had to be paid for, or else you were stuck with kid movies, or one other non-current movie channel. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We did back to back on the Allure to try something different. We had sailed on the Oasis twice before so it felt familiar. Pre cruise hotel stay at Sun Tower Hotel Suites medium size suites I highly recommend. Boarding was quick as usual ... Read More
We did back to back on the Allure to try something different. We had sailed on the Oasis twice before so it felt familiar. Pre cruise hotel stay at Sun Tower Hotel Suites medium size suites I highly recommend. Boarding was quick as usual 40 minutes. The first thing we did was changed our dining to late seating table for 6. Unfortunately we ate just the two of us all week. My time dining is what we prefer but everyone is different. Our waiter from Mondovi a was just excellent.Zeljko enjoyed his job and made great recommendations all week, he really made the cruise, on the second week we requested him again and made us laugh every night. We did most of the shows but we are not really into musical shows, the performers were very talented it's just not our cup of tea. I think the Aqua anc ice shows anybody would enjoy, so if your gonna go plan ahead and bpok online they do check your sea pass to get in, especially if youd in a group. Cabin had problems with the safe on the second week but it was fixed in less then 15 minutes. We also had problems with hot water in the shower but that also was resolved overnight. My wife commented how each time we visited with guest services how friendly and helpful they were. Cabin steward was just OK but the room was very clean and every request was eagerly addressed. Did not do any specialty dining this week and was happy with the food overall. It amazes me how good the food is in the Park Cafe, I really don't think there is anything on any line as good as this concept. Service was very good, I witnessed a lot of busy crew but I noticed a smile and thank you always promuted a warm response. I saw a lot more rude people and screaming kids and I really can't understand why you would spend your vacation angry! Shore excursions we did beach breaks in Nassau an St Martin both were just OK. Nassau Pearl island was small food was Ok but it tiny beach and windy with very deep water, St Martin beach rendevius ok , very windy, food was buffet that focused on qty not quallty, service was French, not terribly friendly. We snuck over to a pool at hotel next door and used the empty pool and avoided the crashing surf. .One thing doing back to back you get to see how quickly they empty the ship and they had special lunch for us, but they were replacing mattresses that week so they were delayed till 130 getting back into our room. Also the first week was much less crowded then the second. This also led to a very long disembark, probably an hour plus to disembark and the the airport seemed extra crazy the normal on our way home.Bad weather up north delayed numerous flights for people going all directions. FLL really needs a facelift. Overall a good cruise and a very consistent vacation experience. Each week they played 2 new release movies in the Aqua theater, not real popular thing but I enjoyed it and a good thing for older kids to do late in the evening. By the way the TV offering are pretty slim, so if you are travelling with a TV person you may stock to have a back up plan. I have rattled on enough, I hope I gave some insights to the Allure. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Allure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 4.0 4.0
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 5.0 3.9

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