348 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Entertainment Cruise Reviews

My son's wanted to try this really big ship. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We just got off yesterday 11/24. Previously have done many on Princess, Celebrity, Carnival, and Holland. So I can compare. First, the good,Allure ... Read More
My son's wanted to try this really big ship. This was our first Royal Caribbean cruise. We just got off yesterday 11/24. Previously have done many on Princess, Celebrity, Carnival, and Holland. So I can compare. First, the good,Allure is a really cool ship. They have activities other ships don't have like the flow rider, zip line, and rock wall out side. The water theater is amazing and so was the show. They had to end it 10 minutes early because of the rain. But it was still awesome. Studio B has the ice skating show as well, very good. The Amber theater is large and had good shows as well. Our room was overlooking Central Park. Which I really enjoyed. It is a real garden. Generally, it is pretty quiet area which I like. The room was plenty big enough for 2 of us. We really enjoyed the Captain and officers questions and answers hour. Captain John was really cool. They are very efficient at managing a lot of people getting on and off the boat. Now for the not so good. There are just too many people over 6200+. Crowds are especially apparent in the buffet, all the time, and on the promenade. There are 2 central elevator areas forward and aft. Each with 12. They are mostly full all day except very early or late in the day.The buffet food is just not that good. It is the same every single day! Windjammer buffet is also way to small for the number of people on board. Plus they have limited hours that other cruise lines do not have. The whole thing closes at 3 pm or sometimes at 330 and they don't open again until 6 pm. That's ridiculous. We ate at 3 of the specialty restaurant. The best was 150 Central Park. Everything was delicious. Chops was very good. Steak was perfect. the mac and cheese was bland, tasteless. Side order of asparagus which they said was for 2 had only 6 spears. Izumi was only fair. for sushi. They do not know how to do the rice. It was mushy, looking more like cream of wheat, just not done right. The sashimi was not sliced properly. My son watched as he sawed it back and forth. Maybe we are snobs when it comes to sushi, but hey they are charging a sizable amount, it should be good. The dining room dinners were mostly good. Only liked 1 dessert there all week. If I am planning a cruise RC would not be my choice. Mostly because of the food and the crowd. If someone else is planning and chooses RC, sure I'll go. It wasn't horrible just not that great of food. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
I've been on a lot of cruise with different cruise lines but this is the best, so far. Was on the ship eating lunch at 11:00 even though cabins weren't ready till 1:00. Ship is enormous with over 5500 passengers but it ... Read More
I've been on a lot of cruise with different cruise lines but this is the best, so far. Was on the ship eating lunch at 11:00 even though cabins weren't ready till 1:00. Ship is enormous with over 5500 passengers but it didn't seem crowded. We had a balcony cabin that was ocean view. Crew was very friendly. No issues with any member. Only saw the cruise director 1 time and that was at an evening show. Entertainment was very good.. The private island in Haiti owned by Royal Caribbean was a nice surprise. Food was free, beach was nice and they accepted your sail pass card. The newest perk that I was not aware of was the luggage valet service. For $25 they took your luggage, and sent it to the airport, it was loaded on the plane and we picked it up at our destination. Plus they got our boarding passes including Southwest air. No hunting for baggage at the pier and dragging it to the transfer to the airport. So with no baggage, we just exited the ship early and took the airport transfer. Royal Caribbean has seemed to fix all of the flaws on previous cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Went for our 1st anniversary. Grouchy workers, we got yelled and snapped at us several times. The specialty restraunts just ignored us and wouldn't open the door. The specialty restraunts are very rude and treated us like we were too ... Read More
Went for our 1st anniversary. Grouchy workers, we got yelled and snapped at us several times. The specialty restraunts just ignored us and wouldn't open the door. The specialty restraunts are very rude and treated us like we were too poor to be worth their time. We felt discriminated against. We had chunks of old food on our plates and silverware 3 times. I got food poisoning. They tried to scam us out of our non refundable excursion. They said we were an hour late when we had walked straight from our room with the clock we are supposed to go off of and confirmed the time. They tried to do rhe same thing to my brother on another cruise. The customer service was so bad I was in tears. I dont know what happened. I went with royal before and it was ok. We will never go on a royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We booked this ship because we loved her sister, the Oasis of the Seas. I was not very impressed with the activities onboard, I was very bored. The shows were amazing though. The dining was good. We ate in the American Icon most but we did ... Read More
We booked this ship because we loved her sister, the Oasis of the Seas. I was not very impressed with the activities onboard, I was very bored. The shows were amazing though. The dining was good. We ate in the American Icon most but we did eat in the other two. The food is the same in all three. I was not impressed with the service at Silk. It was slow and he was not friendly. We had an Ocean View that was actually a board walk view and the cabin was very good. The ports were awesome. I would not go on this ship again well maybe far in the future. I do reccomend sailing on Allure of the Seas. She is a beautiful ship. There is not a flaw about her. The only thing I would change is have more activities going on during the day. Every time we would go to an interesting event it would be so packed you could not even get anywhere, because there was nothing else to do. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We chooses Allure of the seas based on the family activities and amenities and we were not disappointed, we were celebrating my niece’s 15th birthday and we were a group of 26 from babies to my father in law which is 92. We all had a ... Read More
We chooses Allure of the seas based on the family activities and amenities and we were not disappointed, we were celebrating my niece’s 15th birthday and we were a group of 26 from babies to my father in law which is 92. We all had a great time. The ship is in great condition, enough pools and entertainment areas for kids and family, nice size cabins, we never felt crowded. The shows on this ship are very good, great quality and enjoyable for kids and adults. The service in general is very good along the ship. The app is useful if its working, we had problems to communicate and some activities on the app were not available, we made a line to take my niece to the ice skating ring which she wanted to do so much for almost an hour, until a bar tender told us that was a mistake on the app. We had so many dining options and the Windjamer always had great selection of food. Silk restaurant wasn’t that great but we had some nice meals. We went to St. Maarten, which I personally funded depressing after all the devastation from the hurricane, but beautiful turquoise waters and nice prices for shopping. Old San Juan in Puerto Rico was beautiful and we spend hours walking around. Labadee is just perfect to spend the day at the beach, Royal Caribbean did a great job, and there is so much to do, water slides, water park, snorkeling, etc... The only thing I did not like about the Island is the market, I like do my shopping without all kinds of very pushy vendors trying to get us into their shops, its just too much and we ended up leaving that area. My family and I enjoyed this cruise so much that we are already thinking of our next vacation. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This cruise was amazing, so beautiful and the staff was amazing. The children had many activities to do while older people had there own activities also. I would recommend it every time. The islands were great and the drink package ... Read More
This cruise was amazing, so beautiful and the staff was amazing. The children had many activities to do while older people had there own activities also. I would recommend it every time. The islands were great and the drink package oooooohhh don’t get me started on the drink package it was cheap and usfull unlimeted drink. The WiFi was good not the best but it did it’s purpose. The 4 different pools were all great and the hot tubs were great at sunset with a nice cold drink in my hand just relaxed. If you don’t try this cruise your missing out. I do wish there was a slide but that’s fine. Also with such a big ship u really don’t feel packed on the cruise. I could live on that cruise if I could. So yes try out the allure of the seas it’s worth every penny lol see ya on the flip side. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I was disappointed on this cruise. My bag never made it to my room. I had to find it myself - at 5pm. That is unacceptable! The food was good and I like having the same table every night that was a plus. My cabin mate felt the rug was ... Read More
I was disappointed on this cruise. My bag never made it to my room. I had to find it myself - at 5pm. That is unacceptable! The food was good and I like having the same table every night that was a plus. My cabin mate felt the rug was very dirty in our room. In the Windjammer they have the cruisers serve themselves - that is not good because that can spread disease very quickly. That is why I prefer ships that don't allow that- like Holland America. The ports were good on this cruise - Puerto Rico, Saint Maarten and Labadee Haiti - where I ziplined which I really enjoyed. The biggest positive comment I have about this ship was the entertainment - it was AMAZING. Mama Mia was just as good as on Broadway in NYC! Ocean Aria was very different - like a Cirque Show! The comedians were awesome!!! Royal Caribbean's entertainment has improved and I have always love their entertainment but it actually got better! So all in all there were positives and the bags not arriving till 5pm was a definitive negative! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I wanted to try the big ship versus the smaller ones and see what it was like. There were no lines and they move people about efficentaly when getting on and off. The commercials make it look like there is so much to do. There was! We are ... Read More
I wanted to try the big ship versus the smaller ones and see what it was like. There were no lines and they move people about efficentaly when getting on and off. The commercials make it look like there is so much to do. There was! We are 65 and 71 and did not do the rockwall climbing or slides. We saw other seniors doing the zip line.There are 4 big pools and we swam in the afternoon at 4 when the masses of sunbathers cleared out. There are lots of family’s on this ship. The park on the ship was beautiful and we sat up there every day and ate and/or read. There are many places on this ship to get away from everyone. The running/walking track on deck 5 is covered and goes around the outside of the whole ship. You are in the shade the whole time. All the shows we went to were EXCELLENT! Mama Mia, the aqua show, the comedy club, escape room, quest show, karaoke, Ocean AriaAqua show were all very entertaining. We wanted a balcony cabin for privacy and views. Royal Carribeans price was lower than Norwegians. They get a 10 for disembarking and visual recognition when going thru customs. No lines and we were done in 1 minute! Overall, a great time and would do it again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
WoW!! We planned this cruise a year ago. We are a family of 4 on our 3rd cruise. We travelled with another family of 3, first-timers. This ship has EVERYTHING!! We were bored NOT AT ALL!! The kids had a blast. After a full week, ... Read More
WoW!! We planned this cruise a year ago. We are a family of 4 on our 3rd cruise. We travelled with another family of 3, first-timers. This ship has EVERYTHING!! We were bored NOT AT ALL!! The kids had a blast. After a full week, there are spots on this ship we still have not seen. The food was excellent. I think the best food of any ship I've been on. Bar staff was fabulous! One of the only times I felt like my service was a priority to them! I was concerned that the ship might be too big, with too many people but you sure couldn't tell there were more than 6000 aboard! A visually stunning ship, we stayed in a Central Park Balcony. I missed the sea, but the balcony was over-sized so we enjoyed some after-hours card playing out there, so it had its own uses. The only disappointment I had was with our cabin. There were signs of its previous inhabitants that were not cleaned out well and I have to be honest...our bathroom smelled AWFUL!! We even tried to clean it ourselves and it didn't help. You know it must have been really bad because I'm the mom of two boys! We enjoyed all of the ports, the sun and the pina coladas. What a great cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
I went on this cruise with my sister. She had never been on a cruise before and she invited me to go along. Overall we had an amazing time! Our favorite place by far on the ship was Central Park. The plants, trees, flowers, benches, ... Read More
I went on this cruise with my sister. She had never been on a cruise before and she invited me to go along. Overall we had an amazing time! Our favorite place by far on the ship was Central Park. The plants, trees, flowers, benches, and sounds of birds chirping made it feel like you were in an actual park. The Park Café is located there and that is where we ate most of our breakfasts and lunches. It never seemed to be too crowded and the food was very good. It has a salad bar, sandwiches, fruit, oatmeal, breakfast sandwiches, bagel bar. You get your food inside and then can sit outside in the "park". We never had a problem finding a table. We got the drink package and I would highly recommend it you don't think you will drink a lot of alcohol, but you enjoy drinking coffee and bottled water. We each had a few alcoholic drinks everyday, but with 3 or 4 bottled waters each and 2 or 3 lattes each day, I felt it was definitely worth it. You can get bottled water easily at any bar. There are two cafes with a barista making lattes and other espresso drinks, one located on the 5th floor deck, and one in the Park Café. They do have a Starbucks on the ship, but this isn't included in the drink package. I didn't feel like I needed to go there because the gourmet coffee you get with the drink package was very good. The only complaint I have is I wished they had actual gourmet coffee. If you wanted to get a regular coffee you had to order an Americano. They were good, but I prefer just regular coffee. There is free coffee located in most eating venues on the ship, but it isn't as good. We spent all of our pool time at the adults only Solarium. It is absolutely beautiful and very relaxing. We found we did need to put our towels down to reserve loungers by 8 am to get one. There are a lot though by the other pools, so no need to reserve in that area. We had an interior cabin and actually liked it a lot. I was worried because I have cruised two times before and both times had a balcony. We felt it was pretty spacious for two people. I loved our location of the 11th floor in the front of the ship. It was very convenient with the Solarium being on the 15th floor in the front of the ship, and Central Park on the 8th floor in the front of the ship. We went to two specialty restaurants, Giovanni's and Sabor. Sabor had amazing guacamole and Giovanni's food was amazing. We ate dinner in the main dining room the other days and enjoyed the atmosphere and our server very much. The food was good, but only the crab cakes I had one night for an appetizer "wowed me". Neither my sister or I are big musical fans, so we didn't love Mama Mia or Blue Planet. We did however really enjoy the comedy show we saw and Oceanaria. Oceanaria was amazing! Just get there early. We didn't and had to sit in the front row and we got really wet. Our cruise stopped in St. Martin, Puerto Rico, and Labadee. St. Martin was beautiful. We took a water taxi for $7 to Front Street. Located there is the beach and shopping along Front Street. We took the advice of a review I read and walked to the Holland House, a hotel on the beach. There for $25 you get two loungers, an umbrella, and a bucket with 4 beers. You can also substitute the beer for bottled water. The beach there was beautiful and worth the walk, which I would say was about a half mile. In Puerto Rico we walked around, shopped, and visited Fort San Cristóbal. The day we were in Labadee it rained until about 2:00. The beach is rocky with brownish sand, similar to Cape Cod. I wouldn't recommend going to the area where people are selling things. We wanted to buy something to support the people there but the people are very pushy so it wasn't a pleasant experience. We enjoyed walking on the walking/running track on deck 5 very much in the morning. Between that and taking the stairs, we got a lot of exercise on the ship. I hope to sail on this ship again and try a different itinerary. I ended up booking a Disney Cruise with my husband and children for next year because my children really like Disney characters. Otherwise I would have booked this ship again. I'm hoping it ends up being as nice a vacation as this one was. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We have sailed before on other cruise lines and wanted to try Royal Caribbean Allure of the seas... we did not pick the itinerary thats for sure.. We chose the Allure for the size and things to do on board.. Lets start at the ... Read More
We have sailed before on other cruise lines and wanted to try Royal Caribbean Allure of the seas... we did not pick the itinerary thats for sure.. We chose the Allure for the size and things to do on board.. Lets start at the beginning.. checking and boarding 100 % perfect.... walk around the ship and as very impressed.. We had 2 balcony rooms adjoining overlooking Boardwalk.. NEVER NEVER DO THIS...... We did not have a choice as we needed adjoining room for our daughters (18 & 20). We could never sit outside because of the noice level. it was very bad.. i took Video and brought it to guest services and they told me that they could not do anything. Next.. the food.. on this occasion they had private functions in the dining room for lunches, so this ended up making out wait time to 20 mins to be seated... Once seated we were always rushed because it took so long in the wait line. So after all this we decided to use windjammer, food was good and no real issue.. but not really what we paid for... We also had the soda package and to find a machine that was not out of service was a real issue and to try and get serviced at the bar with a soda package, they look at you like you were a lower class quest. We only had 3 ports of call so spent alot of time on the ship... the ship is truly amazing for what it is.. but they cannot handle that many people at dining and trying to get a sun chair... I can send anyone a video of the Noice issue (really bad....) let me know.. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
Our New Year’s Cruise on the Allure of the Seas 12/30/18 thru 1/6/19 I would like to begin this review by elucidating to all readers that we are absolutely not the type of Cruisers that believe we are above and beyond any other person ... Read More
Our New Year’s Cruise on the Allure of the Seas 12/30/18 thru 1/6/19 I would like to begin this review by elucidating to all readers that we are absolutely not the type of Cruisers that believe we are above and beyond any other person on a cruise ship regardless of what room they stay in or their status. We are a very humble couple and feel very blessed to be able to enjoy these types of vacations. However, regardless if you stay in an inside cabin or the owners suite it still costs money and the agreeably there is a standard set “By the Company” you are cruising with, and quite frankly if they cannot live up to their Standards then it is something that should be shared with other travelers. With that I will begin our review of the Allure of the Seas. First and foremost I have similar reviews of the Big Ships and ironically it seems to be the same all the time – RCCL and others have these big beautiful ships and unfortunately they don’t have to correct amount of staff to keep up with their “Standards”. We have been on a total of 13 Cruises since 2012 and have sailed on the Vision, Radiance, Voyager, Freedom and Oasis Class ships at least once. It is not hard to figure out that service levels from Vision and Oasis are worlds apart. If I had to scale these in order of service and standards I would say Vision (80-90%) Radiance (80-90%) Freedom (75-80%) Oasis (65-75%). Again this based on number of Passengers to the number of employees. The Oasis class ships have a passenger compliment of 5400 with 2165 crew members which is 2.49 crew members to every passenger. With 18 Categories of Officers the equation greatly reduces the total of number of crew members to guests in the rating of less than 1 per passenger. Overall the statistics may or may not be of any significant to most people however it does illustrate the point that just because their bigger doesn’t mean their better, and it Segway’s into my review as it may hopefully give a better insight on the “Standards and Service Levels” that we were engaged with. Overall the cruise was awesome however when it came to specific one on one details about service and standards it was a little below average. I have broken this review down into categories to save some reading. Boarding We boarded in Miami and although there are some changes and rebuilding in effect it could still use allot of help. We still don’t understand why they haven’t built this Embarking / disembarking the same as Port Canaveral that is a beautiful port. RCCL has streamlined there process by having your Sea Pass Cards delivered to your stateroom – you will not receive one prior to boarding – This did cause allot of confusion if you went on board and wanted to get a drink and or if you showed up to your stateroom and there was no sea pass card available which means you get to spend time in the Customer Service Line (Which we seen allot of passengers doing) – I cannot 100% say for sure that was the issue however I have never seen that many people at a Customer Service Desk before leaving port. Disembarking Allot of issues here – First off if you’re a smoker we can assure you that if you’re not up at 6am – there will be no place to light up with your coffee. The Allure shut down all smoking areas at 8am – so if you’re one of the lucky ones who have to wait last to leave it will be a long morning. There is a long walk to the Final Inspection gate but customs has a new system in process that will get you right out the door unless you’re picked out by CBP officers. Pool Decks / Bars Little to no service from mobile bar service, regardless if you have a drink package or not rest assured you will be spending more time waiting in bar lines getting your own drinks. We both had a drink package and I am not above getting my own – however when there is 10 people in line and only two bar tenders that doesn’t make for happy passengers. It got so bad that the passengers in line were ordering 5 or 6 drinks at once for their parties just so they wouldn’t have to wait. Which inadvertently caused bigger wait times and longer line shuffles. When there was mobile service it is not like the smaller ships – You would literally have to yell out for the person to hear you, which in my opinion is rather rude. Nonetheless after 2 days of lines we cancelled our drink package. It was much easier for us to go somewhere else on the ship if we wanted something. Dinner at the Dining Rooms Unbelievably the service at our Main Dining room Tanked our first dinner night. We actually sat for 25 Minutes before getting water to the table. And another 10 minutes before finally seeing a waiter. We felt very uncomfortable and almost not existent while sitting there. My wife finally said lets go, so we ate at the Windjammer most of the trip. The Mgmt. Staff advised a “Few” people called off. I am not sure what “Few” meant but if 3 people called off and it caused that much disruption – I can’t imagine if 10 or 15 called off. Overall I think the dining room service experience was less than average. It is a shame because our cruise one year ago was off the chain in the dining room – But again it was on a Freedom Class Ship. Casino Drinks and Service My wife and I like I am sure many others have reached Primary Status with Casino’s which will allow you to drink for free. Well without getting into allot of detail, the bar service was really nonexistent in the casino. We were playing cards at a table with 4 other people. On 3 separate occasions we asked for a Waiter from the Dealer to the Pit Manager. And after 2 hours of waiting we and another couple finally left. On another occasion when we did get service we got charged for our drinks, even holding a prime membership and then spent over an hour at Customer Service getting it removed off our billing statement. Casino Betting The Oasis Class Ships raised their Bet Limits on their tables to $15 which is Ludacris in itself. We are avid 3 Card poker players and in theory (for those of you who know the game) each minimum hand bet would cost you $45 on the Ante – Play and Pairs Plus – The Dealer Hand bet stayed at $5. – We were told there were high rollers on the ship and that’s why the min. was raised. I am not an expert on the, who and why but how silly is it to raise the tables on a handful of High Rollers when I am sure they were outweighed by 90% of the other passengers. Seriously RCCL Casino Royale your marketing team needs some attention. We also had the pleasure of having a dealer who made a mistake during the Betting who decided to call out the Passengers for making an error when cleating bets. (I was dumbfounded by that whole experience) Shows / Entertainment The headliner shows were great, as were the comedians. RCCL does need to work out a new routine of the 70’s Disco etc.. Theme days. We have seen the same thing over the past 7 years. It’s about time they mix it up a bit. How about a Sock Hop / 80’s Theme or Motown – Something new needs to be created. Parents For the love of God Parents – If you bring your children Please – Please be responsible and watch them, it is not the responsibility of any company to watch your kids (Unless of course you use the day care service – if provided). We witnessed a couple at pool side drinking and on their phones while there young (between 7 and 9) swim in one of the adult pools. Granted there is a life guard standing there but their job is not to baby sit – If you want to enjoy your vacation and no kid watch – leave them home or use the Day Care Service. Also letting your kids run Free in 35 Mile an hour winds on the top deck of a ship is probably not a good move either, these children weigh maybe 40 lbs. it would not take much of a cross wind to send them out to sea. – Seriously it is very concerning when you’re a spectator watching this happen. Overall It may seem like allot of negativity on this review however my hope is to convey that although the Allure is a beautiful ship – please don’t assume you will get the same service levels as the smaller class ships. These crew members work a min of 12-14 hours a day, and to service a ship this size back to back day after day has to be draining at some point and time. Bigger isn’t always Better but it is a beautiful ship. We love RCCL and will continue to cruise with them – although our expectations won’t be as high as they usually are on the Voyager or Freedom Class ships. Thanks for the Time and the Read Steve Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Had credit to use. Food was mediocre. Nickel and dime for everything. Did not enjoy my experience, however, the entertainment was very good, especially Mama Mia. Ship is very well laid out and staff excellent. I did not like that you ... Read More
Had credit to use. Food was mediocre. Nickel and dime for everything. Did not enjoy my experience, however, the entertainment was very good, especially Mama Mia. Ship is very well laid out and staff excellent. I did not like that you had to make reservations for everything instead of first come first served. Balcony cabins are extremely small with limited amenities. Specially restaurants are over priced and average. Chops Christmas special meal was so so and nothing to write home about. Have had much better meals on other cruise lines. The fitness center is wonderful and complete. Embarkation was easy and Uneventful as was Debarcation. All in all this was a cruise better served for large families or reunions. The excursions were well designed and we enjoyed the few we took. Bottom line, we probably will not book another cruise on a ship this size. We prefer the smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Background: I am a recently retired unmarried Federal employee in my early 60s to celebrate my retirement and recent move to a bigger home. I wanted to take a cruise during the post-Turkey Day period just before the holiday season drove ... Read More
Background: I am a recently retired unmarried Federal employee in my early 60s to celebrate my retirement and recent move to a bigger home. I wanted to take a cruise during the post-Turkey Day period just before the holiday season drove fares through the ceiling. Other reasons for choosing this ship included: o It had the Solarium, the Samba Grill (inside the Solarium Bistro), the familiar Royal Promenade, and some speciality restaurants I had not patronized before, like Izumi and Samba Grill. o I chose the ship because it had the balcony cabins overlooking Boardwalk; and o I chose the ship because it visited familiar ports: St. Maarten, San Juan, and Labadee. Hotel Info: I decided to do a two-night pre-cruise hotel stay at the JW Marriott hotel in Downtown Miami, along with a Viator Miami City and Boat tour aboard a double-deck bus. In addition to this tour was a planned steakhouse experience at StripSteak by Michael Mina at the Fountainbleau Hillton. The staff at the JW Marriott were very good at their jobs and eager to please their guests. One thing that bothered me was that somehow the charging things to one's room account did not get communicated to Drake's Bar in the Lobby: I had to use cash to pay for my beer. Another thing was that I thought the breakfast was included in the hotel package--apparently not, because the cost of the buffet was over 30 buck per day. My room looked on several condos, the pool (which I couldn't use because of limited time and the awful weather on Sat., 12/15/18), and other buildings in the area. As previously mentioned, I did the Viator Miami City and Boat Tour, for which I had to take a 30 buck taxi ride to Miami Beach to get to the tour operator. I took my walker along w/me to help walk the streets w/o falling and/or getting leg cramps (two thing to avoid on a walking tour). The tour guide and the bus driver were very accommodating to mobility-challenged folks--even if I'm ambulatory most of the time. I climbed the steps to the top deck of the bus and enjoyed a birds-eye view of the sights of Miami. The tour included a boat ride around Biscayne Bay, and I wanted to see celebrity homes. The boat departed in the downpour that came after exiting the bus at Bayfront Marketplace. The tour operator had an arrangement with a restaurant there to feed its members quickly and efficiently so that by the time diners had finished their meal, they could go aboard the vessel. I just wish the tour operator had mentioned this little thing at the outset so that if people wanted, they could choose their own venue in the mall. Anyway, I boarded the boat and climbed to the top deck under the awning to better enjoy the sights. The tour lasted 90 minutes and the pretty lady guide kept up the pace of her narration with an occasional "Woo Hoo". Following the tour, I found my way back to the bus stop and prepared to re-board the bus for the trip back to the origin. Then I took another 30 buck taxi ride back to the hotel to get ready for my steak dinner at StripSteak by Michael Mina. Readers note: Any restaurants operated by celebrity chefs like this guy is going to be expensive, so be prepared for sticker shock when the bill comes. Embarkation: The next day was Embarkation Day to board the Allure of the Seas. Apparently, I was the only one boarding the ship from the Marriott so I had the minivan all to myself to ride to PortMiami for Terminal A for Allure. The embarkation and check-in process went pretty quickly, but I wish the Welcome Letter had mentioned that the key cards will not be given to guests until they boarded the ship and they were handed over by the room stewards. I had to pose that question to the terminal staff about why the key cards were not handed over at check-in. Anyway, I used my walker to climb the ramp to board the ship, and then went to visit Central Park to visit Park Cafe for their roast beef sandwich. Delish! Fortunately, there were many tables available at that time. Then I went to Deck 14, where my cabin was located, and waited until the cabins were available--at 1 PM, so that I could enter and drop off my carryon stuff. A few minutes later, the room steward-Nita--came by to give me the key card and introduce himself. Dining: I had the late sitting in the Grand Dining Room on Deck 4, table #428, with no other table mates. I decided to clip this troublesome situation in the bud ASAP by asking for a bigger, shared table. Did I get a bigger table? Yes, but was it occupied by other folks? No. It was also located in the Silk Dining Room on Deck 5, and there I suffered the humiliation of being the only diner at a table that seated 6 people. Food and service was great though. I also liked the decor of the MDRs, regardless of where I dined. To avoid that the humiliating feeling of dining alone, I had previously booked three specialty restaurants: Izumi on Deck 4, adjacent to the Grand DR; Chops Grille in Central Park on Deck 8, and Samba Grill on Deck 15. All meals were great, especially the ones at Izumi and Samba Grill. I ate lunch either in the buffet, the Solarium Bistro, at the Boardwalk Dog House, a free uncrowded breakfast at Johnny Rockets (no waffles, though), and Johnny Rockets for burgers. As previously mentioned, I patronized the Park Cafe for those yummy roast beef sandwiches. Too bad I didn't return for more of them during my cruise! I had several room service breakfasts. Two were complimentary (the Continental) and the other one was a la carte American, which carried some prices. Entertainment and Activities: I attended two shows while aboard Allure: "Mamma Mia" in the Amber Theater on the first formal night and the midnight show at the Comedy Live on the 2nd formal night. Readers: If you have a broad behind like I do, your butt will take a beating for sitting in narrow seats for 2.5 hours to watch Mamma Mia. After this show, my butt was in considerable pain. Fortunately, the seats at the Comedy Live show were more accommodating. One other thing about this venue: the decor featured a map of the London Underground on the ceiling w/various stops named for previously booked comics along w/the known ones, e.g., Green Park, Hyde Park, Marble Arch, etc. If you wanted popcorn, it was available for a small fee for a box. I bought a box after the Mamma Mia show. I liked the music, which had a nice beat, and some of the costumes were sexy on the female performers. I wasn't familiar w/ABBA's songs, but that didn't detract for the beat. The comics were great, too. My primary entertainment came from visiting the Casino Royale. I did pretty well on one of the penny slots. Regarding bar service, it could be improved upon by speeding up the travel time between ordering a beverage like a Coke Zero and its arrival 5-10 minutes later. Why exactly a soft drink order takes 10 minutes to fill when the bar is in plain sight is beyond me. Cabin: My cabin, 14297, was on Deck 14 overlooking Boardwalk. It was a wheelchair accessible cabin I booked because I needed space to stash my walker and walk around w/o bumping into furniture. The bathroom was nice and big, with a walk-in shower and a pull down seat. The balcony was nice and big, too, but I have to caution readers that they have to be careful about stepping outside: there's this device that flips down to complete the ramp to the balcony, and if you're not careful, you can easily hurt your foot by stepping on the thing when it's flipped up. The TV had OK channels, mostly dedicated to RCCL shows and a few network shows. I had two phones: one in the cabin and other in the bathroom! Another cautionary note to readers: if you're looking for outlets to charge your late model iPhones, you'll be disappointed because the charging docks in the clock had the old type of charging cable port: they were wide, not the new Lightning cables for the newer models of iPhones and iMacs. There were many outlets for plugging in your devices, but they weren't USB outlets. Ports: The ports visited were St. Maarten, San Juan, and Labadee, Haiti. In St. Maarten, I had the Royal Family Food Tour, which included stops to sample Dutch cheeses, a BBQ lunch, and gelato making and tasting. For San Juan, I had booked a 1-hour chopper ride of the city, but the day before, I had been notified by the Shore Excursion desk that the tour had been cancelled for "operational reasons". Fortunately, I was refunded my $. For Labadee, I had booked the Luxury Yacht Experience, but I wasn't feeling too well for taking that trip, and notified the Shore Excursion Desk. They refunded my money too. I didn't feel as though I was missing anything by not going ashore, and stayed aboard to relax at the main pools instead. I did the same for the previously day, but at the Solarium instead. Disembarkation: The disembarkation went OK, until I got to the warehouse or hangar-sized room for the luggage claim. I couldn't find my bag under the numbered sign, and I flagged down a porter who found in another section of the cavernous space; it was there because the el-cheapo tickets had somehow fallen off. RCCL, please explain to me why you can build Terminal A with lots of bells and whistles to deal w/embarkation, but somehow did not take enough moolah from your construction project to install a luggage carousel. I suggest that you consider doing so because you have such a facility in another terminal down the pier. Another issue that bothered me was the disorganized means of finding one's coach for going to the airport. This should have been part of the planning for the Terminal A project, and here you barely passed muster. The trip to MIA was uneventful until you get to the queue for checking in at American Airline: it was a long queue! Service: Service aboard Allure was great, especially in the specialty restaurants. The chef at my hibachi table in Izumi was very funny and he was entertaining, too, along w/his work colleagues. Ditto for Nita's cleaning of my cabin. I gave him extra $ for a great job there. Ditto for the dining service in the Silk DR: I may have dined alone, but the service made me feel like Bruce Wayne at a big unoccupied table attended only by Alfred. I'm sure readers will ask, why not take the rest of the family? Why not eat only at the buffets or choose Anytime Dining? Answers: a: I had no immediate family--I'm a solo cruiser. Most of my extended family are not cruise people: they're hikers, campers, travel by the seat-of-the pants folks; b. Buffets do not offer controlled portions: you only get that in the MDRs or on the specialty venues; c. i tried Anytime Dining on Oasis three years ago, and it was a disaster: the first two dinners I had shared tables, the third and fourth dinners I dined alone at shared tables. Never again! I escaped this fate by dining at specialty venues and at the buffet so that I could watch the Aqua Theater show from my balcony. Bottom line: Would I go again on Allure? Yes, but w/a group to avoid the humiliation of dining alone at big tables. Would I book the same hotel? Maybe, but I might choose the Courtyard by Marriott instead because of its proximity to the People Mover train. Would I choose the same cabin type? Yes, but in the Central Park neighborhood to get the serenity of this area. I also might choose a hotel in Miami Beach or closer to the Bayfront Marketplace, even if wasn't on the list of selected RCCL hotels for their cruises. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Was a 50th anniversery gift we had an excelent time, the dinig was superb. The upscale restaurants went above and beyond with their service and quality. The room maid was very happy to assist in any and all of our needs. Boarding and ... Read More
Was a 50th anniversery gift we had an excelent time, the dinig was superb. The upscale restaurants went above and beyond with their service and quality. The room maid was very happy to assist in any and all of our needs. Boarding and debarker were made very easy with the compitent stap. I would cruise with Roayal Carribean again. Cabin was exquisit with more than enough storage, bath room facilities were very good. Bar fridge in the cabin was an extra bonus. The staff provided distilled water for my CPapmachine and call to see that every thing was working fine. The entertainment was first class enjoyed MAMA Mia the Aqua Show and blue planet all were fantastic.The staff on shore visits were extremley helpfull and asked me several time if I would like a wheel chair to help with my mobility proplems, I prefered to try to walk and the helped me up all the ramps even when I went up the crews ramp by error they were graciou and guided me bak to the elevators. In closeing it was a first class experience for a first time cruiser and would certainly cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This was the second time that we travelled on the Allure o/t Seas. 1. The most impressive improvements were embarkation and debarkation. Not doubt RC has done a great job with Terminal A at Miami cruise port and the new procedure. ... Read More
This was the second time that we travelled on the Allure o/t Seas. 1. The most impressive improvements were embarkation and debarkation. Not doubt RC has done a great job with Terminal A at Miami cruise port and the new procedure. Getting on board worked like a breeze. Also impressive reentry to the US just with facial recognition! 2. The second improvement to mention is the new RC phone-app, which makes it easy to see what is going on, during your stay at the ship. But there are still improvements possible. i.e. I found it difficult to find the arrival and all aboard times for port of calls in the abundance of activities listed. The same activities were also listed on the cabin-tv. While booked shows and shore excursions carried over to the phone, individually entered calendar events at the tv (non ship) would not be shown on the app. At one time the app froze and had to be reinstalled. Mostly though it worked fine. 3. We thought that this time the food in the main dining room was better than the first time we traveled on her. 4. The whole experience on board was also more enjoyable, but this I contribute more to our experience from last time, which helped tremendously to get the most out of a 7 day cruise on a ship of this size. 5. The shows, the main reason we returned to the Allure, were as good as ever, you just have to make sure you book the most convenient time for you beforehand. 6. The hostess in the Elite and higher lounge was of exceptional help with getting thigs organized and clarified as needed! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We are a family of four (two children age 6 and 9) who flew in from overseas the day before embarkation. We had booked a family room in Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale - 17th Street. The hotel is a prime choice in terms of how ... Read More
We are a family of four (two children age 6 and 9) who flew in from overseas the day before embarkation. We had booked a family room in Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale - 17th Street. The hotel is a prime choice in terms of how close it is to the Port. The hotel had friendly staff, a great (complimentary!) breakfast buffet, a fairly nice pool area and free drinks during Happy Hour in the evening. In terms of the rooms the hotel is nothing extraordinary. A strong recommendation is to choose uber, rather than a more expensive airport shuttle on Embarkation Day. We payed much less than the guests who crammed into the shuttle buses, even when we chose the uber XL (Mercedes SUV). Embarkation was a positive surprise, as it was professional and smooth. We had packed a bag with swimsuits, sunhats and sunblock, and carried this on along with some extra clothes for the kids. This was a good recommendation, as the checked in bags did not arrive until late afternoon, several hours after we were aboard. In the checked in luggage, we had also brought mini-sodas and snacks for the children and the 2 allowed wine bottles for us. This was conveniently bought the evening before at the Publix store located within short walking distance from the Embassy Suites Hotel. As first time cruisers, we certainly do not have much of a reference frame, but I assume even frequent cruisers would be impressed by the size of this ship. It took us a little while to find our way around (and not walk in the wrong direction). Our cabin was a Stateroom with a seaview Balcony on the starboard side. This was a good choice, as we got a great view of the ports as we were "sailing in". The room itself was nice and clean, but it sure could not be smaller, leaving approx 25cm between the desk and the sofabed when folded out. The balcony had a small table and only 2 chairs, which we found odd and a little disappointing, as the cabin is for 4 people. We did move out the desk chair the couple times we enjoyed breakfast on the balcony, but with that done, one of our children had to sit on a lap. In terms of dining, the Solarium Bistro for breakfast was a stellar recommendation. Very fresh buffet and not as big and crowded as Wind Jammer. Not many people seem to know it is complementary for breakfast and ok for children in the bistro, although the Solarium otherwise is from 16y and up. Another fantastic option is the complementary room served breakfast, where you have a lot to choose from, although no form of eggs or warm breakfast without an extra charge. This was perfect on the days we were to arrive very early in Ports - we could have the breakfast delivered as early as 6:30 (earlier?) and enjoy the food and the sunrise and watch the port as we were getting closer. The Wind Jammer is a very busy place, which in my opinion is a more stressful option (goes for all meals). Lunch options are quite a few, where Park Café definitely became a favorite. Great grilled sandwiches, fresh fruit cups and good speciality coffee (although at extra cost). We chose My Time Dining, which absolutely was the right deal for us. We notice that we differ from many Americans, who value having the same server the entire cruise. We did not have to plan around our meal time, and as we tried the two My Time Dining options, in terms of the MDR (The Silk and Icon Grill), we never had to wait long for a table. Our servers where friendly although a couple times surprisingly neutral or plainly uninterested. Half of the time, they did not seem concerned about checking on us, and forgot drink orders quite a few times - mainly for the children. We were happy with the food in most cases. I would not call it very fine dining, although I was continuously impressed about how the could cook and serve so many people at the same time. Considering this, I had not expected higher quality. We did look into options of drinking packages prior to our trip. For us, this was not a preferred deal and we concluded our choice to try glass wines in the MDR to be a good one. We did learn that it was possible to buy a bottle and save it for upcoming dinner(s), which we chose not to. We enjoyed trying a different glass (or two) with each meal. It seemed as many travelers enjoyed many colorful drinks and beers already from early hours around the pool, so for some their calculation may lead to going for the drink deals. In terms of sodas, (although I did not actively look for them) the coke machines where not plentiful, and if you decide to buy an all-you-can-drink version there, I heard it is good to prepare for some lines. In terms of the pools - I unfortunately had high hopes for the pool areas. Our children LOVE swimming and playing in water. The water fun park was unfortunately for toddlers, with water level up to the ankles. There were a couple "water guns" with a weak, barely existing beam a few feet in front of you. The remaining pools had rules, where the rules pertaining to children were strongly enforced (no jumping, no throwing a ball, no drinks even when sitting on the edge etc). But the rules of showering before entering, only 21 people in the pool (I counted 40! big grown ups at times), drinks in the pool (very many adults brought their drinks into the pools) were constantly ignored by the life guards who only blew their whistle at children. We do always look after our children and do not let them out of our sight, as well as make sure they act respectfully. I understand this is not always the case and I can understand the safety issues behind the rules, but I cannot understand why there was not a more kids friendly pool at all. And being a health professional, I can not understand the disregard for health/hygiene issues. My children stayed in the crammed pools and tried to swim, as there were no other options, resulting in eye infections as well as a couple other infections. I never saw any measurements or water sampling going on. Hopefully, I just missed them. I also realized I may be getting older (43), but the music in the pool areas was fairly loud. I wish it had not constantly been playing, as I many times had a hard time relaxing in a sun chair or reading a book. In terms of the entertainment on board, we were impressed. We saw "Mamma Mia", "Blue Planet", an ice skating show, and two water shows. All with impressive talents. We loved the free seating concept. It is good though to book the majority of the shows months (!) or at least several weeks in advance. Also a big plus for yummy popcorn outside the Amber Theatre (not complimentary though). While in the Ports, we had decided not to join any shore excursions. In St Marteen, we took a water taxi to the first stop and found a hotel by the beach which we had heard of - Holland House. A nice and stylish hotel where we got sunbeds, an umbrella, 4 drinks and wifi for 25USD. They also had a great lunch restaurant (cheaper options along the street, but probably nothing better). In Puerto Rico, we went with the free city tram from stop nr 12 (avoid the crowds at the stops by the boat). (Google "Tram puerto rico" to find good info from the city's homepage - Old San Juan trolley). This will take you to the old town and the Fort, etc. In Labadee, we enjoyed our day mainly on Nikki Beach (beware VERY crowded in the water, leading to significantly less clear water as the day went by). We also played quite a lot of Beachvolley and the kids played in the water playground next to the beachvolley court. The playgound had nice fountains and a fun water bucket mobile. We did hear about the pushy salespeople on the market, but still took the little trolley there after the complimentary lunch buffet organized by Royal Caribbean. There were some arts and crafts, hats and bracelets. The people were asking you repeatedly to come look at their stand/products, but they were friendly. I did not feel unsafe or pushed. What to remember is the extreme poor society which is just outside the walls and barbwire of this manmade beach Paradise constructed by RC. There is a limited, set amount of servers/sales people that in a controlled manner get to come inside these walls everyday, hoping to get small crumbs of our riches. Back on the ship our last day, we decided to try some of the activities we hadn't yet tried: the surf simulator and the zip line (my daughter was sad to learn she was too short) and the climbing wall. Those were very fun activities. We were pleasantly surprised about the relatively short lines we had to wait in. Other acitivities we tried were mini golf (several rounds, ok quality course), table tennis (fun, but fairly low quality on tables and rackets), soccer and basketball (same court). A few days we did get to go to the gym, which was very nice. It takes a little to get used to running on a treadmill on a moving boat! But it was lovely to do so with an ocean view. Also, there was a running/walking track on deck 5, which went all around the boat - great! Lastly, disembarkation: we were as impressed as with embarkation. Very professionally organized. We had left our bags outside our room before 11pm, and only carried a couple small carry-ons with us as we walked off the ship. The bags waited for us, clearly marked, in a huge arrival hall once we were off the ship. Now, the last question (I still ask myself) is whether I will go again. I must say that much of my impressions were positive. It is such a convenient form of traveling, offering the possibility to have it all around you, while being taken to new places. Yet, I have several times since we came back reflected about the - in my eyes - grouse pool situation and the lacking hygiene. This is an issue, I have not yet decided if I want to deal with again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
The Allure of the Seas did not disappoint in any way! We booked this cruise primarily for the ship. We were celebrating (early) my 30th birthday and could not have asked for a better cruise. The entertainment was unbelievable, the dining ... Read More
The Allure of the Seas did not disappoint in any way! We booked this cruise primarily for the ship. We were celebrating (early) my 30th birthday and could not have asked for a better cruise. The entertainment was unbelievable, the dining was wonderful, and the service was outstanding. We were in a crown loft suite (again birthday present from the boyfriend) and we were spoiled royaly!! Embarkation - we arrived at the port at 1030 and were onboard by 1100. I will say the whole paper thing is not to my liking. It did speed up the boarding process but with no suite designation on the paper it seemed to confuse every person we came into contact with at the port. We were sent to regular lines every time until I showed the extra bag tag I had. If I hadn’t shown it we would’ve been waiting to board the ship. I know it seems frivolous but I wanted to experience everything the suite gave me access to including priority boarding. After showing the luggage tag they sent us straight to the gangway! And boy was it a longer one! Most of the bars were not able to scan the paper and just took notes until everyone got their room cards after 1. The ship- This was my 21st cruise and this was my first time on an oasis class ship. It’s humongous!!! It’s such a beautiful ship. I love the dresses hanging in the aft atrium. Central Park is truest peaceful and beautiful especially at night. Despite its huge size, it’s a relatively easy ship to get around. The app makes it very easy with everything in the palm of your hand. And yes it worked even if you didn’t purchase the internet packages. However we were not able to get the texting part to work. We both caved by day 4 and used the voom provided to suite guests. The ship is in great shape and very updated. I don’t look for things like chipping paint and worn chairs as they don’t have a real impact on my vacation. The service received is the most important. Dining- We did not dine at cafe Promenade, Giovanni’s, park Cafe, or Izumi Day 1- I really wanted to try the speciality margaritas at Sabor so around 1:30 we went there for lunch and were not disappointed. Everything was so yummy and I even got the boyfriend to eat guacamole!! We had a lovely first and only meal in the MDR the first day. Our server was Deandra and she was awesome! Day 2 (formal night) breakfast was at the wipe out cafe - take note you can check the capicity of the restaurants from the tv in your stateroom. This was the least busy at the time. Though small, they had all your breakfast needs! Small lunch at Solarium bistro which had lots of healthy options. For dinner we visited Samba Grill which was amazing! Don’t believe the bad reviews it was so good we went again! Day 3 - I discovered Coastal Kitchens delicious breakfast! I had eggs Benedict everyday here afterwards- my boyfriend preferred the windjammer as it was quicker. Again didn’t really eat lunch. Dinner was at Central Park 150 and it was divine! We had the tenderloin for 2 and it was cooked perfectly!! The cucumber martini is refreshing and the panna cotta for dessert was scrumptious! Day 4 - Coastal Kitchen for breakfast and dinner today! Day 5- Coastal Kitchen for breakfast, Sabor for lunch, and Chops for dinner. We thouroughlt enjoyed our dinner at Chops. We didn’t have any dessert as we were just too full! Day 6 (formal night) - coast Kitchen breakfast and dinner. Very good lobster and NY strip. Day 7 - You guesses it Coastal Kitchen for breakfast and Samba shrill for dinner. We enjoyed every meal we had aboard Allure. And I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Coastal Kitchen. I heard it was good but didn’t expect the amazing service we experience. They knew our names after the second day even though it wasn’t always the same server. Sorrentos- I’m a lover of their pizza and had it probably about five times throughout the cruise Boardwalk Hot Dogs and Cups and Scoops- After a long day in Saint Marteen we had a hot dog and a cupcake both were great, just wish they had raw onions. Vintages - their tapas are amazing and the gazpacho was perfect!! Room Service - don’t order the tomato soup, it tasted like marinara sauce and my stomach was upset for half the next day after eating half the soup. However my boyfriend ordered a steak quesadilla every night so it must have been yummy! Entertainment- The best I’ve ever seen! The first day we went to the aqua show and I had that wow moment you see in the commercials! It’s simply brilliant. The ice skating show was okay, I preferred the first one I ever saw ten years ago on mariner, but it’s still crazy what they can do on that rink! The comedy shows were great we went to two and yes you really need reservations for this even if you’re in a suite. It’s a very tiny venue but on the last day they had a performance in the main theatre. Blue Planet was really good and I enjoyed it, it wasn’t my boyfriends cup of tea. He’s not into the singing. All Access Tour - We decided when we booked this class ship we’d do the tour. We’re kinda nerds and always watch the shows on smithsonian channel. It was well worth the time and money. It was very informative and we got a lot of great pictures. Spa- I had two treatments- hot stone massage (not planned), and the Thai herbal poultice (precooked)- I only booked the hot stone massage because I was given a $50 off coupon for the spa as a birthday gift from our cabin attendant (they knew I’d use it Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We wanted to try a cruise somewhere else rather than the Med again. We got a package through our travel agent, We flew from Edinburgh to Miami and stayed in Miami beach which was great. We then did 7 days on the cruise which was all ... Read More
We wanted to try a cruise somewhere else rather than the Med again. We got a package through our travel agent, We flew from Edinburgh to Miami and stayed in Miami beach which was great. We then did 7 days on the cruise which was all inclusive. The service, food and entertainment we had was superb. The entertainment was great from Mama Mia to the comedy club. We had the drinks package and it was well worth the money, there were hardly any drinks that were not included. The food was amazing. We didn't have to do the speciality restaurant's as the main restaurant's were brilliant and the service was outstanding, there was not one thing that we could complain about. I was most impressed by the cleanliness of the whole ship but especially the pool areas. We have booked the same cruise for this year but doing Jamaica etc this time. I could not fault anything about our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
First time on an Oasis Class ship. things are fairly well spread out so it took sometime to get around and see everything. Somewhat disappointed at some parts of the ship maybe due to the hype of the areas. Enjoyed the Solarium Bistro ... Read More
First time on an Oasis Class ship. things are fairly well spread out so it took sometime to get around and see everything. Somewhat disappointed at some parts of the ship maybe due to the hype of the areas. Enjoyed the Solarium Bistro limited menu than the windjammer but it served it's purpose for me. Cafe Promenade is geat for earley morrning coffe & contentil breakfast Not rushing around to see everything as this is the first part of a back to back Disappointed with Schooner Bar layout front portion was used for other functions & servce was spotty. seating areas overlooking the Promemade (deck 5 ) was often staked out for watching the DreamWorks Parade & the area was often littered with dishes & cups and the bar staff seem very slow to clean up. The entertainment venues wre very good with the exception of the Headliner show of the week but don't miss the Broadway Show. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I sailed onboard this ship (and didn't give it a very good review) some weeks ago, so I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did! This 7 night Western Caribbean trip was much more enjoyable. There were no problems ... Read More
I sailed onboard this ship (and didn't give it a very good review) some weeks ago, so I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did! This 7 night Western Caribbean trip was much more enjoyable. There were no problems concerning Roatan (Honduras), which was the subject of my dis-satisfaction last time. This ship is attractive and in the most part, kept clean. The guests onboard were responsible for dirtying the ladies bathrooms (which happened many times) and often as soon as 40 minutes after the rooms were cleaned by the staff. Shame on some people! My cabin was an interior stateroom on the 7th deck. It was compact, the shower worked well and the water was always hot. My stateroom attendant was attentive, pleasant and did a really good job making me feel welcomed and cared for. I did not sample the food in the main dining room but chose to eat in either the Coastal Kitchen, which was delicious - or the Windjammer, which is always a comfortable place with many choices to suit everyone's taste. There were never any long lines and tables were quickly cleared and cleaned. The entertainment was good and I particularly liked the Texas Tenors. What lovely voices these men have. The Quest is always fun and didn't disappoint this time either. Mama Mia has a new cast, mostly British, and I found that the various strong accents did not lend themselves to the setting. The trivia quizzes and game shows were well organized and these, coupled with the other entertainment choices, made it nearly impossible to do/see/take part in everything offered. They had plenty of 'meet & mingle' times for Spanish speaking guests, Italian speaking guests, French speaking guests, Portuguese speaking guests and for German speaking guests. Nice touch! Spanish Trivia as well! There was also many 'Get Togethers' arranged for Singles and Solo Travelers, LGBTQ community, Honeymooners and Veterans. So in short, the staff tried to include everyone in something. There were Sudoku and Crossword challenges, water aerobics, line dance classes, Cornhole and Dodgeball competitions - so much so that I couldn't begin to list them all. I was even encouraged to do the zip-line - which I'm glad I did. It was great and I went twice! The service from waiters/bar staff was excellent. Deck patrol was on the look-out for neglected chair loungers and the pool deck waiters were always on hand. The casino was very busy and the (sea days) 24 hour slot machines were a big hit. Quite a few 'jackpots' were paid out during this week. I would certainly recommend this ship to everybody. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I would like to praise the room attendant and the gentlemen who were our waiters at dinner, The room attendant,Derlen,was marvelous.We never had to ask for anything after we checked into our room.I had a fall on the ... Read More
I would like to praise the room attendant and the gentlemen who were our waiters at dinner, The room attendant,Derlen,was marvelous.We never had to ask for anything after we checked into our room.I had a fall on the ship and when I got back to my room he went and got me some ice.He is definitely an asset to the ship.I would definitely look for him if I go back on the Allure.The waiters were great too.Every night they would remember what we drank and had it on the table as soon as we sat down.The shows were fantastic especially Mama Mia..I have been on four cruises and they all have been on Royal Caribbean.Everybody on the ship were fantastic.I would recommend the Allure to everyone.I’m going on another cruise next August but we are going on the Oasis.I went on my four cruises with my sister and she has been on 45 cruises all with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We loved the atmosphere of Allure. Walking around this huge ship is exciting to say the least. Embarking was easy & got luggage qyickly. The staff were very friendly & helpful. Loved ALL the shows; they were Top Notch with many ... Read More
We loved the atmosphere of Allure. Walking around this huge ship is exciting to say the least. Embarking was easy & got luggage qyickly. The staff were very friendly & helpful. Loved ALL the shows; they were Top Notch with many choices of times to see them all, but book them to be sure to get your favorite times especially ice skating. There is always something to do on this ship such as parades, sexy man contest & fun on the boardwalk at night with everyone dancing. Everyone loves everybody on a cruise ship! Even just relaxing at the pool & meeting people from all over is a delight for the friendly! The food was excellent with many healthy options & of course the unhealthy as well. I loved unique salads in Wind Jammer, because I don’t cook. The lobster was delicious on the last formal night & our wait staff was a blast: Turnell & Luy! Not a big fan of the spa except exercise. I had a facial/massage at a special price, but so much pressure to buy products or tip even more than the gratuity already added. The ports were nice. We went with Tri-Sport in St Maarten for kayak/snorkel package. It was a really pleasant experience & Luka from Switzerland was a really friendly guide. The taxi was $15 total to that beach for 2 people. Next We taxied to see the jets land at Maho Beach so have cash for the taxis. A fun experience. Shopping is quite reasonable in town for souvenirs. Puerto Rico has lots of vendors to pay cash otherwise the shops have 11% tax. Still so much damage on these beautiful islands. Labadee was our least favorite because everything cost money except buffet & basic beach. Wear water shoes because it is rocky in ocean. You can’t go out very far in ocean because they rope it off so you pay to do more. The costs are: $65 snorkel, $28 for rollercoaster ride, $139 zip line, $24 for 1 hour on the floatation equipment for kids. Overall, we loved our experience with Royal Caribbean & would definitely sail with them again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Cabin: We were in 7149, interior basic room. Very nice. DINNER (main dining): I really enjoyed it. Some people have more sophisticated palates than I do but for a regular Joe like me (my wife and I are school teachers), it was very ... Read More
Cabin: We were in 7149, interior basic room. Very nice. DINNER (main dining): I really enjoyed it. Some people have more sophisticated palates than I do but for a regular Joe like me (my wife and I are school teachers), it was very nice. Excellent and unique desserts, varied menu. Even for picky eaters you had options....there was a steak, spaghetti and salmon on the menu for every evening meal OR you could venture out to something else.....lot of options. LUNCH (main dining): Recommend. Basically like eating dinner and food is better than other included options on ship. Same service. BREAKFAST (main dining); Two good options here. Could do a la carte OR buffet. Both here nice but I liked the buffet here and it was better than Windjammer (which was also good). OTHER FOOD OPTIONS: Dinner - we ate in main dining every night Lunch - Roast Beef at Park Cafe is outstanding. Windjammer buffet was really good - had many options and many types of food (Mexican, Indian, etc) included which was nice. Pizza at Sorrentino's is ok -- nothing special but a nice treat at night. Breakfast - Johnny Rockets (only included for breakfast) was a nice change of pace and good fun. Fun to eat there. Entertainment Mamma Mia - excellent show. Good singers, interesting story (that many people already know) - well done. OceanAria - incredible performance. Balancing act was incredible and diving from the heights they do suggests madness.....but fun to watch! Blue Planet - Very impressive. Definitely a must see. Ice Games - a bit odd and theme didn't seem to fit, but excellent skating and a lot of fun How to Train your Dragon ice show - a lot of fun, definitely one for the kids but I enjoyed it too Move it, Move it parade - last night on ship in the Promenade - CAN'T MISS for kids but just a fun vibe all around Movie Premiere - had a premiere of the movie "Like Father" on the ship in the Aqua theater. Cool watching a movie with only the sky and sea behind the screens. Had free popcorn....fun night with the family. Comics - both guys were very funny.....definitely a good night of entertainment Headliner - Ronn Lucas --- excellent, veteran comedian -- if you have not heard of him, think Jeff Dunham but with one puppet. Really good. Service: First class all the way around. From cabin stewards to servers, as good as I've ever encountered at sea (8th cruise) Ports/Excursions: Nassau - went to Cabbage Beach. Take water taxi (more fun). Nice beach, simple day Cozumel - went to Chankanaab Park. Economical excursion ($21/person). Has a pool, free Sea Lion show, exhibits (alligators and others) included. Solid snorkeling with rocky area (be prepared) but also included chairs and umbrellas for nice relaxing day. Caution: all-inclusive with food was NOT worth the expense (extra $14) as food was not good, but if you are a drinker (we are not) it might be good value. Roatan- Did tour with Bodden Tours. Private driver, went to Monkey/Sloth location (which was AMAZING!) and to the beach. Driver Kenton was a superstar - highly recommend. Fun trip. Costa Maya - stayed in port but port is really nice. Good pool, free dolphin watching, mini snorkel area, nice shops. Excellent drinks. Sons went to Mayan ruins.....said, in their words, it was "AWESOME" (except food was weak). OVERALL: Allure is an incredible vessel, bottom line. We had a wonderful time and would do this ship again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was me and my husbands second cruise and also second with Royal Caribbean the boat is beautiful and has so much to do you can never be bored or hungry lol but we had a chance to eat at chops grille the food was delicious. Between the ... Read More
This was me and my husbands second cruise and also second with Royal Caribbean the boat is beautiful and has so much to do you can never be bored or hungry lol but we had a chance to eat at chops grille the food was delicious. Between the shows and karaoke at the bar night time was never boring and they also have a club Blaze that played a good variety of all types of music to for any crowd young or old. We sailed to st. Marteen which was beautiful considering the bad storms of last year I went snorkeling there and the water was beautiful. We also went to san jaun but it rained really bad which was a major headache but we went to senor frog and had a drink while trying to stay dry lol and by the time we returned to the ship the sun came back out but we had to go bummer. The labedee island was beautiful plenty of activities to do there. All in all was a great vacation celebrated my 30th birthday on board and the sang and gave me cake so I had a great time and so did my husband I would recommend this ship to people I will sail again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
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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