158 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Caribbean - Western

I came on allure of the seas in March of 2019 and I had an amazing experience. I told my other daughter about our great experience and convinced her to go on the same cruise. But this experience was TERRIBLE as I joined her for my second ... Read More
I came on allure of the seas in March of 2019 and I had an amazing experience. I told my other daughter about our great experience and convinced her to go on the same cruise. But this experience was TERRIBLE as I joined her for my second cruise in less than a year!!!!!!! First off, our sailing locations were changed. In addition to that, I requested that we have a room in the middle of the boat on the 14th deck, but we were at the back of the ship. I booked this cruise early enough in advance to secure the room I wanted. However, I was on the back end. Activities ended on day 3 of our 7 day cruise which is totally unfair and doesn’t make any sense. Johnny rockets was not busy and we were not served until I went and contacted a manager. We chose to pay extra for dinner but there was no staff to assist!!! And to top it off, when we finally got our food, there was a rotten tomato on my burger!! Also, the buffet was absolutely disgusting!!!! The quality of the food and smell when you entered was horrible! How are ppl expected to eat that yucky food when they pay top dollar to have a great experience??!!!! The photographers were not pleasant to work with. You could tell they were just getting the pictures done and our pictures quality were horrible!! Guest services insulted us when we tried to address issues we had. They pretty much said deal with it and had an oh well attitude! I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS CRUISE OR CRUISE LINE FOR ANYBODY!!! DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
I really would have liked to see more variety on the boat, lots of luxury, lots of people, few pools and slow service in the restaurants. The shows more of the same. It's not a "fun ship". The service charges you consume ... Read More
I really would have liked to see more variety on the boat, lots of luxury, lots of people, few pools and slow service in the restaurants. The shows more of the same. It's not a "fun ship". The service charges you consume that are not included are very high. There is no variety of activities in the pool or when the boat is on the sea. Only the 70 's party was super fun for everyone. Captain's night was waiting for more activity. For the price of the boat they offer very little. It is a boat with capacity for many people but they do not have the right facilities to meet in the pool area, not chairs available while on the high seas. Few elevators for so many people. NO variety of food in the outside restaurants is always the same. Programs in the salon Boleros and other boring. Karaoke boring, In the casino cigarette smoke is so strong that you can't even play. For those who smoke you will like it but, the smell is intolerable. The room services charge was abusive. Really in not my first option for the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Allure of the Seas is incredible. So many options for dining and entertainment. The crew is very attentive. Entertainment is superb. From poolside music, to evening shows to parades and ice shows everything is so professional and top ... Read More
Allure of the Seas is incredible. So many options for dining and entertainment. The crew is very attentive. Entertainment is superb. From poolside music, to evening shows to parades and ice shows everything is so professional and top tier. Disappointed with Cozumel due to very heavy seaweed on beaches creating a disgusting mess and foul smell. Tour to Tulum was OK but far too little time to see the ruins then to rush back to a disgusting beach. Tour guide (and excursion staff) knew of this issue but did not recommend another excursion. The snorkel in Nassau was incredible with so many fish and a beautiful reef. Snorkel in Costa Maya was OK but reef was in bad shape with no fish to be seen, just dying corals. Also, the team leading the snorkeling did not wait for some with less experience to keep up with the group. It was difficult and a bit scary at times not to see the rest of the group. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Food is average. My husband and I both got food poising on 2 separate days. We reported the incidents but were told the food didn’t sit well with our stomach making it sound as if it was our fault. We had eaten in the large Windjammer ... Read More
Food is average. My husband and I both got food poising on 2 separate days. We reported the incidents but were told the food didn’t sit well with our stomach making it sound as if it was our fault. We had eaten in the large Windjammer buffet. My husband had not vomited in 10 years. We had not drank any alcohol prior to eating. We travel a lot and never get sea sickness. Totally know it was bad food. Until we got sick, we ate in the Windjammer most nights. Variety of food is average. Breakfast has the best selection. Not happy with the alcohol policy. Both patrons in the same room must purchase the alcohol packages. My 38 year old son who drinks could not buy the alcohol plan because he roomed with his 80 year old grandfather who does not drink. Entertainment is top notch. Lots of options..musicals...singers...ice show..all well performed. Comfortable seating. Good views from all angles. Very expensive cruise tho. Port charges were much more than expected. Service was average. No one we interacted with was overly passionate about their job. The big draw to this ship is all of the amenities. So much to see and do on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Food is great many activities and shows for everyone in the family . Our son graduated high school and we brought him and some friends to the cruise. They had a great time, however you need to be 18 years for most of the entertainments. ... Read More
Food is great many activities and shows for everyone in the family . Our son graduated high school and we brought him and some friends to the cruise. They had a great time, however you need to be 18 years for most of the entertainments. They are planning another cruise next year so that they can experience the full entertainment. Had I known, I would have waited three weeks to travel after his 18th birthday. I think that they should make an exception if the kids are days away from being 18 and are with their parents. Our dining experience was outstanding, the staff (Roberto and Felix) kept our diners entertained and the food was great. My 10 year old was disappointed there are no waterslides in this ship. Everything else was great. I recommend to download the RC app. If you are planning on drinking buy a drinking package, beers are almost $8 and drinks are $14 on the ship. If you purchase the drinking pass prior to embarkation you can get 20% off or keep an eye for all the prior to boarding discounts (emailed to you weeks prior to your travel) you can save lots of $$$ versus paying full price once you are on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
First cruise experience and I can not complain about anything. The Allure of the Seas is an amazing cruise with an amazing staff. It has a vast variety of things to do in the cruise that you would not find yourself bored or without ... Read More
First cruise experience and I can not complain about anything. The Allure of the Seas is an amazing cruise with an amazing staff. It has a vast variety of things to do in the cruise that you would not find yourself bored or without something to do. The shore excursions for the ports are great and did not have a bad experience in any of them. Our Stateroom attendant Carl was amazing and gave excellent service during the whole week. He was always around and if we had any questions he had the answers. In the restaurant Jerus and Marcelo our waiters were amazing providing the service and recommendations every day on the food options available each day. It was an amazing week in an amazing cruise. After sailing in the Allure of the Seas I will not sail in a small cruise. I recommend RCI Allure of the Seas to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We love cruising with Royal. The only bumps were at the port.. the employees there do not value keeping your group together, even with kids. It was a bit frustrating.. But the cruise was amazing!! Loved seeing some new ports. I highly ... Read More
We love cruising with Royal. The only bumps were at the port.. the employees there do not value keeping your group together, even with kids. It was a bit frustrating.. But the cruise was amazing!! Loved seeing some new ports. I highly recommend Roatan.. one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The dining experience on the Allure was amazing! Our wait staff and the food were exceptional! The entertainment was amazing as well. I loved Mama Mia and the comedy show was wonderful. The stewards took such good care of our rooms and any of our needs, they seemed to always be near, and they were probably the most informed people on the ship. Anything we asked them they knew the answer to. Our son's luggage was very late getting up to our room and it was nearing dinner time and our steward took it upon himself to go and find it for us. I am looking forward to our next cruise and seeing new ports of call. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We choose this cruise because of the ship and some of the ports of call. The Allure was magnificent. We had a really great time. The staff were friendly and went above and beyond to make you happy. The food was great and a nice variety of ... Read More
We choose this cruise because of the ship and some of the ports of call. The Allure was magnificent. We had a really great time. The staff were friendly and went above and beyond to make you happy. The food was great and a nice variety of anything you could want. We will definitely be sailing with Royal Caribbean again ! The rooms were a nice size, the balcony was great to have over the water. We enjoyed the Aqua shows and the parade. The pools were great and not to bad with crowding as they have several pools and hot tubs for you to choose from. The wait staff were really nice and would bend over backwards to get you whatever you need. The ports of call were good. We really enjoyed Cozumel Mexico, we did our own thing and did not go through the ship for our excursion which was fine. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I took this cruise with my best friend. We drove down together the day before and stayed with a friend. We got in kind of late and it was a long drive so we did not explore Ft. Lauderdale. A few days prior to embarkation we were sent a ... Read More
I took this cruise with my best friend. We drove down together the day before and stayed with a friend. We got in kind of late and it was a long drive so we did not explore Ft. Lauderdale. A few days prior to embarkation we were sent a text that we had been selected for expedited arrival! This was awesome. If you do your pre cruise check in with the RC app you are entered into what I assume is some kind of raffle system to win expedited arrival for your group. Basically, from the time our shuttle dropped us off at the cruise terminal to us stepping onto the boat was 20 minutes and that included us having to visit a desk due me not having a passport, and purchasing lanyards before boarding. The ship is AWESOME. It did not feel like a ship most of the time and I loved that. Central Park was wonderful and we often found ourselves there listening to the guitarists who would set up and play during the evenings listening to the wind blow though the trees. We enjoyed the boardwalk as well and spent a few evenings there at the Aqua Theater enjoying shows. OceanAria is a must see! I don’t think a day went by where we didn’t spend time on the pool deck; the Beach Pool was a great. There was a wide range of activities and we tried to sample as many as we could. We went to dance classes, adult coloring sessions, zip lines, the flow rider, mini golf and all of that was included!!! Great value. We were never bored. Our cabin was just a basic interior stateroom. No complaints there. It suited our needs, the bed was comfortable, and there was enough counter space and mirrors in there for two women to get their makeup done simultaneously. We weren’t in it that often other than to sleep, nap, and get ready for dinner. The shower is a little tight, but that could also be due to the fact I’m 5’9”. The service was great! Our room steward Tyron was awesome. We had asked him for a wine bottle opener to open the bottle of wine we brought on and it unfortunately broke leaving us with a handless corkscrew stuck in a stubbornly corked wine bottle. Tyron went and got another bottle opener and spent ten minutes working that corkscrew around the other one and wrestled that cork out of there. He also was very polite and funny and got to know our schedules and cleaned our stateroom around them. Cynthia, our server in The Grande dining room on Deck 4, was also amazing. Not only was she just a really solid and cheerful sever and person she also went above and beyond for us! One night our table, we were sat with others, noticed select tables around us being served a bread dish that wasn’t on the menu. We asked what it was and she explained that it was a famous dish from her country. We asked if we could try it and she said she couldn’t guarantee it because the chef made a limited amount but she would try. 15 minutes later she arrived with the dish and it was great! She really wanted to share a small piece of her culture with us. All other staff we encountered was very helpful and seemed happy. We did do specialty dining one night and went to Giovanni’s Table for dinner. Holy crap that was some of the best food I’ve ever had on land or sea. The gnocchi was divine. The itinerary was good. We visited Nassau, Cozumel, Roatan, And Costa Maya. In all ports except Costa Maya we did an excursion we booked through the cruise line. Costa Maya was my least favorite. It just didn’t have much to offer. Disembarkation was super smooth. We did the express walk off option and were lined up to leave at 6:20am and was through customs at 6:50am. I would 100% come back and sail on the Allure again. We had such a good time!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This ship is beyond amazing. Unlike other cruises I have been on in the past, this is the first ship that has truely felt like a resort at sea. This ship is beyond amazing. From it's shear size to the Central Park and Boardwalk. ... Read More
This ship is beyond amazing. Unlike other cruises I have been on in the past, this is the first ship that has truely felt like a resort at sea. This ship is beyond amazing. From it's shear size to the Central Park and Boardwalk. This ship has enough space to comfortably fit the six thousand guest that travel aboard. When boarding, I first had my doubts on how comfortable we'd be due to everyone touring the ship at once; all touring the ships features & locations, but once everyone dispersed, everything fell into place. As part of my trip planning, we ordered the alcoholic beverage package to ensure that we had the the ability to try all of the delicious concotions offered throughout the ship. This was one of the best decisions we made due to all of the benefits this package provided and the variety of drinks offered. The food on this ship was comparable to other cruise lines and the premium offerings help break up the monotony of those daily menus. As a part of my trip planning, I purchased the 3 day dining package. I hope to travel with Royal Caribbean again. The overall experience was excellent and I'll miss many of the crew members that provided great customer service. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Check in was no problem. We arrived at our designated time slot of 1.30 p.m. and as Platinum went to the que and were at the counter within 5 minutes. Word of warning – don’t waste your time taking and uploading photos for the check ... Read More
Check in was no problem. We arrived at our designated time slot of 1.30 p.m. and as Platinum went to the que and were at the counter within 5 minutes. Word of warning – don’t waste your time taking and uploading photos for the check in. Not one of our party of 8 adults 1 child was accepted including one professionally done for a passport and US Visa with the strictest of guidelines. There was also some confusion with the credit cards and linking payments done before hand but it was sorted in good time. On board by 2 p.m., straight to the cabins (we had 3 on deck 7 aft and 1 on deck 3 aft). Cabin location ideal for all of us on Dec 7. One deck up and in Central Park, one deck down and at the Boardwalk and Aqua Theatre, two decks down and in Royal Promenade. No need to take elevators at all. Used the stairs to get to the various pool decks and Solarium (good exercise every day!). Shows were excellent – we saw Mamma Mia, Oceania, Ice Games, Blue Planet, How to Train your Dragon, Let Me Entertain You. Well worth going. We had MTD at 5.30/6 every evening in American Icon – table 114 with Virender and Aires led by Tony. Excellent service every evening. Food was good, some excellent plates and can’t say that anything was not good. If you see the Pork Shank on the menu be warned, it is HUGE! The lamb shank was divine! It was my birthday on the Monday and I was presented with a cake and the staff singing along! By day 2, they knew our drinks order and we didn’t even have to ask, by the time we were sat down our drinks order was on the way. With our little grandson they took his order first and the food was quickly brought to the table. Not a big breakfast person – did not go to Windjammer. Instead try the Solarium with healthy options including smoked salmon and the fixings or Park Cafe which does some great egg and ham english muffins. Plenty of fresh fruit served in to go containers, muffins, bagels, fresh OJ and specialty coffees (all part of deluxe drinks package). Tried Main Dining Room once but only if you have time to spare – no need as you can get the same items elsewhere and be outside enjoying the fresh air. Lunch – Solarium is open some days and we did use Windjammer a couple of times. Avoid the rush at between 12 noon and 1.30 p.m. as seating can be limited. Thought the selection of food was OK, nothing outstanding but good salad station and daily carvery offerings. Compared to the Navigator I though the Allure Windjammer seemed to offer less variety and not as good (we did the transatlantic on Navigator last April and ate at Windjammer most evenings and loved the selection and it was very good). Did not get a chance to try the Hot Dog or Wipe Out Café. The pizza at the Café Promenade is good, there is a basic salad bar selection but found the sandwiches sub-par as breads very dry and the filling very sparse. Overall the regular coffee at all the locations was good and this is a surprise as I am yet to sail on any ship that has robust free coffee! Our cabin steward Lobo was great – friendly and helpful. It was my birthday and he arranged for a birthday door notice for our cabin and a great towel cake on the bed! Nice surprise! Didn’t use the gym although it was my intention to work out daily. Used the jogging track – enjoyed the length of the track and it was outdoors so very enjoyable way to exercise. My adult children used the gym and enjoyed that. A few disappointments/surprises: 1. Crown & Anchor – we became Platinum on the transatlantic cruise last year but there was no acknowledgement of this for this cruise except an invitation for the Tiered Welcome Show. 2. Went to the Welcome Show to find that there was no-one checking the seapass cards so anyone could come through, fine by us and as we were on the drinks package so the free ‘champagne’ wasn’t a big deal. Don’t peg it as an exclusive event when it isn’t. 3. The deluxe drinks package on the Allure is $13 limit 4. The bars are not consistent with their pricing. The champagne bar served an awful ‘sparkling’ wine that was part of the drinks package yet Vintages served Vilarnau Brut Cava at $12 which was far superior – I only discovered this on the second before last evening! Schooner Bar has Champagne Cocktail for $13 which listed champagne, angostura sugar cube and twist of orange so I asked for the cocktail and asked them not to add the sugar/angostura cube and orange – hey presto, a glass of Domaine Chandon at $13 instead of the listed $15. They wanted to argue that they couldn’t do that but after I explained I was ordering a drink and asking them not to put in the extra ingredients they realized they had no argument. The same Champagne Cocktail is listed in the Champagne Bar for $11 however they have it as ‘sparkling wine’. Vintages did not have the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc (which is $13 in Schooner Bar and at American Icon) listed however if you ask for it they have it in stock. In the On Air bar the Kim Crawford is $17.00. So, the moral of the story – if you don’t see something on the drinks list ask for it and ask for the price! 5. Really miss the days of sitting at a bar like the Champagne Bar or Vintages for a pre-dinner drink and getting some nibbles like pretzels, goldfish or olives. Had to walk with my own! In the good old days they would serve canapes like smoked salmon and caviar before dinner and petit fours after dinner with chocolate dipped strawberries in the Champagne Bar. Sneaky move at Vintages, we stopped in for a night cap and they offered some chocolate pops – yes, that’s right $4.50 put on our account. The buffets are full of cheese and a cheese plate is offered in the main dining room – why would they find the need to charge for this at Vintages? Ports of Call Nassau – did not disembark – we have been here way too many times and prefer to stay on board and revel in the empty spaces Cozumel – been here several times but always enjoy the port. Beaches had sargassum weed so didn’t bother heading to a beach. Shame as the water is so inviting even right at the port. Miss the man-made beach where you could jump in the sea right at the entrance of the port into clear sparkling water. Roatan – went to West Bay with independent tour just outside the port USD20.00 per person return trip. Guide came along, got us bands to use the Paradise hotel facilities including loungers and looked after us for the time we were there. Good swimming. Beer bucket 6 for USD16.00 delivered right to the loungers, friendly and attentive waiter, got the platter for 6 at USD96.00 which included lobster tails, shrimp, calamari, fish, chicken and loads of fries – we couldn’t eat it all. Guide was very knowledgeable and informative both going and coming. Costa Maya – the port has everything, shops, restaurants, bars, salt water swimming pool with ‘beach’ laid out with loungers, swimming with dolphins (water very murky and think this is cruel for the dolphins), stingrays (water here was fresh pumped in from the sea), a walk along an elevated aviary (my daughter and husband and grandson did this and said it was well worth the cover charge), flamingoes, free wifi in most areas. We did the self disembarkation which worked out just fine – left the ship at 7.30 a.m. and through customs and outside within 20 minutes. Next time would book private transfer from port to airport as lots of waiting around for people to fill up the bus. Overall, the family had a great time. They zip-lined (don’t bother if you have done this on land as this is a really short zip-line), used the gym, rock-climbed, played mini-golf, used the Flow Rider etc. Ship is large but at no point did it feel crowded barring the shows along the RP – the Schooner Bar and the Pixels on level 6 is a good vantage point and away from the crowds. Personally, I prefer the likes of Liberty and Freedom and even the Navigator however for a family cruise Allure can tick all the boxes. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The most amazing honeymoon we could’ve asked for! From the beautiful state room to the unlimited daily activities and amenities provided there was always something to enjoy. We definitely recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a ... Read More
The most amazing honeymoon we could’ve asked for! From the beautiful state room to the unlimited daily activities and amenities provided there was always something to enjoy. We definitely recommend this cruise to anyone looking for a romantic and luxurious time. We even upgraded one of our meals to enjoy the 150 Central Park and our server was so generous to include a few extra entrees so we could get a full experience. The scallops and cod were melt in your mouth amazing!! The shows were so fun. We could definitely recommend the Quest show and the Aqua show. It will have uou laughing and taking as many pictures as you can! Don’t miss out on the karaoke and casino events and go to every free seminar as you can enter raffle drawings for free prizes! Check your daily agenda for all the fun activities on board and definitely buy the drink package! Bin voyage! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Overall the cruise was great. My husband and I traveled with son and daughter in law in 2 cabins overlooking Central Park. Excellent view and atmosphere - much quieter than the Boardwalk view cabins. The ship offers everything you need. ... Read More
Overall the cruise was great. My husband and I traveled with son and daughter in law in 2 cabins overlooking Central Park. Excellent view and atmosphere - much quieter than the Boardwalk view cabins. The ship offers everything you need. Only negative experience was the attitude of one of the Photo 'Focus' staff who was rude and abrasive when we tried to look at our photos, not realizing they had closed for the afternoon. On other ships we have been able to view our photos at the kiosk any time of day. The Mama Mia musical was terrific and the Flow Rider show was very entertaining. The excursions were excellent - We did the Rainbow Reef Snorkeling in Nassau - it was fun, good value and just the right amount of time in the water (1 hour). In Cozumel we did the Cenotes and again an excellent experience that I doubt we will ever have the opportunity to do again. Roatan Honduras was our favourite stop and most welcoming port. The Princess Maya Beach Resort was fabulous with included drinks all day. The locals selling stuff on the beach was a little annoying at first, but they were polite and we did end up buying a couple of T-shirts. Only the Costa Maya Uvero beach resort was disappointing. Save your money and stay on the ship that day! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I cruised with this ship allure of the seas before and it was filled with fun excitement. Embarkation and disembarkation both went by very quick and smooth, your informed on every process you need to be informed of. Everyone on this ship ... Read More
I cruised with this ship allure of the seas before and it was filled with fun excitement. Embarkation and disembarkation both went by very quick and smooth, your informed on every process you need to be informed of. Everyone on this ship is very polite and pleased to help you when needed. The food is amazing, plenty of selections to pick from. The drinks are just as good. They definetly try to keep it a very clean environment as possible. There are definetly a lot of activities to keep you and yours busy. They also have a lot of additional restaurants for you to purchase food and dine out. My sidter went to the sushi teaching and said they definetly give you your portions worth for your money. I will definetly go again and again. I would definetly encourage going with Royal Caribbean, I’ve have only gone on allure of the seas but can say it is definetly a fun time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Ship was beautiful and staff was great. With over 5500 people on board we were worried about waiting in line, slow service etc....Nothing to worry about there! Never waited more than a couple minutes at the bar. No problem at restaurants. ... Read More
Ship was beautiful and staff was great. With over 5500 people on board we were worried about waiting in line, slow service etc....Nothing to worry about there! Never waited more than a couple minutes at the bar. No problem at restaurants. No problem at the shows. Well done Allure of the Seas! Entertainment was very good. Central Park area was beautiful. Specialty restaurants were awesome. Overall service was excellent. From wait staff to bartenders to cabin. Shore excursion were done very well also. We traveled with two other couples who also said it was one of the best cruises they have taken. And one couple takes 2-3 a year!!! So thats saying something. Nice mix of people on board. Young and old alike. Met some nice people from all over the world. So, in closing.....i ate to much....maybe drank to much.....danced like i was 20 again.....and gained 8 pounds! LOL!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
From the moment we stepped onto the ship to time we got off the ship everything was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The ship has something for everyone, great restaurants, and bars, amazing shows, and entertainment. ... Read More
From the moment we stepped onto the ship to time we got off the ship everything was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The ship has something for everyone, great restaurants, and bars, amazing shows, and entertainment. There were three of us traveling, all adults so didn't use any of the kid's amenities. We didn't use the paid restaurants either as didn't see the need for it, we were very happy with service and food options that were included in our itinerary. Service was exceptional in all areas. We didn't take part in any of the shore excursions offered by the ship or otherwise as this time around we were there to just relax. We had a great time at Labaddi, Haiti. We didn't feel like there was much to do in Falmouth, Jamaica, we aren't much into shopping and felt like that's all there was to do at this port. Cozumel was nice. We will definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Thw Allure of the Seas is a big ship in the Oasis class with a lot of activities. There are 7 "neighborhoods" on the ship including Boardwalk, Central park, Casino and others. Boardwalk is modeled after the famous Boardwalks in ... Read More
Thw Allure of the Seas is a big ship in the Oasis class with a lot of activities. There are 7 "neighborhoods" on the ship including Boardwalk, Central park, Casino and others. Boardwalk is modeled after the famous Boardwalks in various cities awith a carousel, hot dog stand, donut stand, ice cream shop, candy store, Johnny Rockets and more. Central Park is exactly that. Its an actual park with benches in the central part of the ship. There are specialty restaurants and actual living trees in Central park. The Casino has a large variety of machines as well as card games and rooulette table. Just off from the casino is an art galery. Just past the art galery is an ice rink called Studio B. There you can schedule ice time to skate yourself and they have a show in Studio B on ice. There are many activities onboard for people of all ages. Good shows and if Blue Planet is playing, don't miss it. Not many activities on shore excursions for handicapped. The cabins are big enough, but the showers are very small. the main dinning room offers great food with an outstanding wait-staff. All ship staff are very helpful and courteous. Read Less
Sail Date April 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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