558 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Family Cruises to Caribbean - Western

It was my mom’s 80th birthday and she chose to spend it with 24 people on Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. We had an amazing time and the staff took such good care of our large family. The staff was great! The shows are amazing! The ... Read More
It was my mom’s 80th birthday and she chose to spend it with 24 people on Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. We had an amazing time and the staff took such good care of our large family. The staff was great! The shows are amazing! The food was delicious. Our cabin was very comfortable. Loved the themed music parties on the promenade deck. Also took best Zumba classes ever! Loved that they had a Starbucks on the ship as well as a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shop. Hit the steam room in the spa every day as well as an amazing massage and fitness consultation. There is plenty to do onboard as well as in port. The ship is impeccably clean. The kids always found something that surprised or amazed them. Our group took professional pictures to remember our trip. We will definitely cruise with Royal Caribbean again! Read Less
Sail Date May 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
The ship is amazing. Central park, boardwalk is a beautiful. Food is really good. The buffet is awesome, lots of variety and for dinner, the American Grill was delicious. Plus, we get a Awesome service by our waiter Vishal and his partner ... Read More
The ship is amazing. Central park, boardwalk is a beautiful. Food is really good. The buffet is awesome, lots of variety and for dinner, the American Grill was delicious. Plus, we get a Awesome service by our waiter Vishal and his partner Ashok. Our cabin was really nice, especially with a kid under 1 year old. Lots of activity and the golf course is really fun. Lots of pool for kids and for adult. I really enjoy the director of programming and all the activities of the boat. The Parade for the kids or the 80-90 party at the night was really fun to watch. My only issue was the disembarkation was brutal, we wait for 3hrs in line and they almost lost our luggage. Wainting 3 hrs in line to leave and past the custom stress a family before the return flight home. We finally get a taxi. That my only complaint about our trip. Costa Maya was the best port we stop. Roatan is not fun if you are not doing any excursions. Street is dangerous, lots of traffic and etc. Nassau and Cozumel is a great place to visit Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This is my first cruise on the Allure of the Seas. It is as big as a small city that housed 6,000 people and is capable to cruise at 22 knots. The Central Park is one of a kind which makes an evening stroll very relaxing. The Board Walk ... Read More
This is my first cruise on the Allure of the Seas. It is as big as a small city that housed 6,000 people and is capable to cruise at 22 knots. The Central Park is one of a kind which makes an evening stroll very relaxing. The Board Walk is a child's heaven. The best part of this cruise is the on board entertainment. The Ocean Aria, Mamma Mia, the Blue Planet, the Ice Games, and the comedy shows are all magnificent. We watched the Ocean Aria show twice from our stateroom balcony. The dining room staff and the stateroom attendants are all professional and friendly. Captain Holmes appears to be very personable and cracks a few "Coffee First" jokes with some of the ship passengers. The Port of Calls are excellent. We joined an excursion tour to visit the UNESCO Chichen Itza Mayan Ruin. Learned a lot about the Mayan culture and history. The overall cruise experience has been amazing. I highly recommend this cruise to all cruisers. 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
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
We went on this cruise for my son's 8th Birthday. He had an amazing time along with my 3 yr old daughter, they did not want to come home. They wanted to spend most of the time in Adventure Ocean. They had so many different activities ... Read More
We went on this cruise for my son's 8th Birthday. He had an amazing time along with my 3 yr old daughter, they did not want to come home. They wanted to spend most of the time in Adventure Ocean. They had so many different activities for them that we had to drag them out every day. My husband and I also had an amazing time. There is so much to do on the ship that we did not have enough time to do everything. The ship is huge and fits a lot of people but you never feel crowded. We never really made a line anywhere. Just avoid the Windjammer during peak times. But there's always somewhere else you can eat where there are no crowds. Everything I just mentioned was top notch but what made this cruise outstanding was the staff. I can not even put into words how amazing they were. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We decided once again to go on Allure. This time with 6 family members and had a great time. I love this ship. The crew was friendly as usual and always willing to help. One of the things I like most is the different dining options. The ... Read More
We decided once again to go on Allure. This time with 6 family members and had a great time. I love this ship. The crew was friendly as usual and always willing to help. One of the things I like most is the different dining options. The ports were great, but unfortunately it being May it was very warm in most of the ports and I had been to them before so I just enjoyed the ship. Not sure I like the new MDR menu set-up, but it did work well when we were in a hurry to go do something after dinner. We loved the shows. Mama Mia and the ice show are always a hit with us. We decided to do the prohibition event, so we brought things to wear for it. It was not what we expected and were a little disappointed, but we had a good time. Embarkation and Debarkation went very smoothly. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
All of my other cruises, 5+, have been on Carnival. I wanted to try RCI because the ships seemed bigger and better. I was wrong. Yes, the ship was big and pretty but not better. I felt nickeled and dimed and was bored. The rooms are ... Read More
All of my other cruises, 5+, have been on Carnival. I wanted to try RCI because the ships seemed bigger and better. I was wrong. Yes, the ship was big and pretty but not better. I felt nickeled and dimed and was bored. The rooms are smaller, parties were hard to come by. Shows were okay. While the comedians were funny, they should have new materiel by the end of the cruise. The Quest was AWESOME!!! Adult lounge area had no double lounge chair or the big comfortable chairs. Very hard to snuggle. No free ice cream after 10pm. Charge for popcorn at shows. I was able to watch the entire 1st round of the NFL draft because there was nothIng else to do that night. Many of the staff were very nice unfriendly. Couldn’t even count on a towel animal each night. The shower is miniature and you need a PHD to master the lights. I’m going back to Carnival!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Embarkation was very organized, although it is not as fun as Disney crusie. The ship has a lot of activities, you don’t even need leave to ship, we did not even get to explore every part of the ship. My daughter’s favorite is the ... Read More
Embarkation was very organized, although it is not as fun as Disney crusie. The ship has a lot of activities, you don’t even need leave to ship, we did not even get to explore every part of the ship. My daughter’s favorite is the Boardwalk. The pool deck tends to be a little crowded. The shows were top notch, although I wish they strictly enforced the NO camera usage during the show. It is very distracting to other guest, especially if you are behind them and they keep taking pictures and videos with their Ipad during the show. So annoying :( . Main dining room food was subpar, but the service was excellent I wish I could give them more the “10”. Our cabin was a good size, we have a view of the Central Park quiet and bed is very comfortable, our housekeeping staff Wendell kept our room clean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise due to the reviews I've read about the Allure and they didn't disappoint. Embarkation was smooth although I had pre filled everything out which i would really recommend. One recommendation is to have the kids ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to the reviews I've read about the Allure and they didn't disappoint. Embarkation was smooth although I had pre filled everything out which i would really recommend. One recommendation is to have the kids wristbands available at the check in kiosk, as we were ready to board and had to check in at one more station, which slowed us down a little. The ship is huge words really can't describe, never felt like there were 6000 people at all. The ship was clean from the restrooms to the restaurants, service was outstanding. Variety of food was great as well, never felt bored so many things to do. My daughter can't stop talking about the kids club. The shows were okay I in particular that I didn't care for was blue planet, I want sure what it was about we left in the middle of the show. Best entertainment ever was the move it, move it parade, non stop action and excitement from start to finish. Read Less
Sail Date April 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
Allure of seas embarkation was fast and organized with pleasant people directing you. Get a diagram of ship at check in as it is helpful to get your bearings. The front of the ship is the entertainment venues and the back of the ship is ... Read More
Allure of seas embarkation was fast and organized with pleasant people directing you. Get a diagram of ship at check in as it is helpful to get your bearings. The front of the ship is the entertainment venues and the back of the ship is food venues. The boardwalk and aqua theatre are in the back with the sports deck ( flow rider, rock climbing wall. Putt putt golf,,ping pong). The boardwalk is were we spent the evening before our 3 year old grand daughters went to bed. It was wonderful to ride the beautiful carousel 4 or 5 times each night, let them play on a little crawl thru jungle gym and throw bean bags thru different holes for points. It was peaceful and calming and an endearing time for us. We are diamond members so got a little discount in ship stores so let the girls pick out a pet at sea to snuggle with at night. Reasonable and the staff person was very sweet to girls explaining about making the wish that goes in animal and getting a birth certificate for it. The aqua shows and ice shows were excellent and if you have smaller children the How to train your dragon ice show is a must and will mesmorize them. The pools open at 9 and saw the lifeguard save a 11/2 year old from falling into pool while mommy was too involved with her phone......pool towels are provided at pool and life jackets. The lifeguards really did a great job and were serious about their duties. There is activities and entertainment all over the ship just explore and use your daily compass. Mama Mia musical was super. Food is all over ship windjammer or Johnny rockets for big breakfasts, park cafe for bagels, muffins, cereal or fruit quick pick ups. Try them all out once and see which you like best! Also there are donuts and hotdogs available on the boardwalk. The main din8ng room MDR is the best and beat chops grill this go around for us. Our waiter Fernando and assistant Anne were the best we’ve had in over 20 years of cruising! Personality, friendliness , informative, top notch service! We like a nice comfortable relaxed setting not up tight dinners and it was awesome and the food we had was fantastic. Once you take a cruise like this there is no going back. Labadee is the best port. Relaxing beach dat with two -three year olds. There is a little Waterpark open for the kids but ours wanted to swim and play in sand. Order in advance if you need any coverings, umbrellas etc as they will sell out. No charge for beach chairs. Workers will help you place and clean then and it is nice to give them a tip. Jamaica we’ve been to a few times so we enjoy the ship that day. Cozumel we just-shopped around but have taken taxis to beaches there and that has worked out fine too. The ship is now the vacation for us. Our grandchildren were disappointed not to see Poppy and Branch more as more popular now than other characters. The only disappointment was the photographers. With two three year olds it takes a minute or two to get their attention....in the same direction to get a picture and not one photopraghers were will to take more than two try’s at a picture and basically told us to move on. So. they need a quick class on how to get shy or children with autism need to get them to look up at something. A note on kids club. Our grandkids just turned three and pull-ups are not allowed in 3-6 age group so we payed for the lower age level babies and tots. Very reasonable and very caring group in there. Our children loved to cruise when young and now they are taking their young ones on cruises. It is for all ages and check CruCon rates as we have always been pleased with their pricing. We all agree after taking four different cruise lines that Royal Caribbean suits families the best! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise after being bumped from our original choices. Royal Caribbean told us that the boat had been "chartered" and gave us 3 different options. None of which worked for the best for us. The only compensation we ... Read More
We chose this cruise after being bumped from our original choices. Royal Caribbean told us that the boat had been "chartered" and gave us 3 different options. None of which worked for the best for us. The only compensation we received was a $200 credit (not per person either, just $200). This resulted in our son missing a week of school if we wanted to keep the same itinerary and price. We bought the beverage package (no alcohol) and it was the worst thing I've ever seen. You had to carry around your souvenir cup which is ridiculous. It was difficult to know where you could get "included" drinks and never was I offered a can/bottle even though I saw them on the boat (so it's not as if they just don't have them due to environmental concerns). Once we realized how expensive the photo package was we simply avoided having our pictures taken after that. We did purchase 3 prints and we felt as though they should've been given to us both in print & digitally for the $55.00 they cost (remember just for 3 small prints). Also, when they were printed the color was very odd and they are mostly unusable now anyway due to that fact. In the central park area there are padded chairs and they look like they are 15 or more years old. They are stained & ripped and I couldn't bring myself to sit in them. We went on a different excursion at each port and with the exception of Mexico felt that they were incredibly disorganized and we almost got left behind at the Jamaica excursion due to the fact that the guide didn't seem to know how many people were with each group and didn't seem to count his bus full of people. On the bright side, our state room attendant - Carmen was awesome and took great care of us. We had a 16 year old with us and although there was a teen section, it would've been nice to have had some organized activities or a person (cruise director for teens?) to try to get all the teens on board a bit more involved. The food from room service was better than most of the food options available on board and was a completely different selection. The food & selection at the Windjammer was excellent and we found that being our "go to" when we were unhappy with the main dining selections. Also, in the fitness room many of the cardio machines were broken or missing parts. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our 20th cruise, 3rd on the Allure, and 9th on Royal Caribbean. We had done this exact same cruise for our 50th anniversary, 4 years prior with our adult children and grandchildren. Our adult daughter had told 2 of her ... Read More
This was our 20th cruise, 3rd on the Allure, and 9th on Royal Caribbean. We had done this exact same cruise for our 50th anniversary, 4 years prior with our adult children and grandchildren. Our adult daughter had told 2 of her girlfriends (one a coworker, another a mutual friend) about the great cruise experience on the Allure. They had never been on a cruise, and wanted us to plan this one and go with them. The Allure was put in service in 2010, rehabbed in 2017, and is still in excellent condition considering the thousands of people who have traveled on that ship. There have been some changes in the configuration that I didn't care for, i.e., deck 17 forward is now reserved for sky, pinnacle, and another class of guests. I used to like going to the lounge up there for the outstanding views outside and of the ship. Embarkation procedures are excellent. It cannot be easy to board 6000+ guests in just a few hours, but RC really does it nicely. We flew nonstop from our home city to Ft. Lauderdale the morning of sailing. We purchased transfers from the airport to the ship from our travel agent, and was greeted at baggage claim by a Royal Caribbean agent and loaded on a bus to the ship. Traffic was very congested and the normally 5-10 minute trip from the airport took more than 25 minutes to the terminal. We boarded the ship about 2:30 p.m., dropped our carry-on baggage in the staterooms and headed for some lunch. The Windjammer buffet was a madhouse, as it always is on sail day, so we went down to the Park Cafe on deck 8 for a salad and sandwich, and even a pastry for dessert. The girls loved exploring the ship and were wowed by its size and all the venues on board. We had dinners in the main dining room on deck 5, a very convenient to walk down one deck from our staterooms. We rarely used the elevators for dinner or the entertainment events in the Amber theater, or anything within 1 or 2 decks of the staterooms. But, after the sail day, the elevators were rarely crowded any time, and many times they would be empty when we got in. Food in the main dining room was excellent. The menus appear to have "shrunk" from our previous sailing however. The cold fruit soups that we loved were only on the menu 1 night, and other selections were not as varied as previously either. The wait service was outstanding, and the waiters were very accomodating. We had one problem dining though. We had reservations for Mama Mia for 5 p.m. Tuesday, which conflicted with our early dining time. We figured "no problem," just go to the anytime dining on deck 3 after the show. Nope... Maitre-D told us we did not have reservations for the dining, and should go back to our assigned dining room and we would be seated there. We did that, and were told we would have to wait to be seated, to see which tables would be empty. Was told it could be a 30-minute wait. We were not happy with that, but the wait was only 5-10 minutes, and we were seated and served. We don't drink, or gamble, or visit the Spa, so our onboard credit accounts stay within reason. We don't purchase the photos either, having many from previous cruises. The photographers were not as persistent as they used to be, and that was nice. We rarely book ship tours, preferring to arrange our own once we get to a port, or make reservations via the internet before sailing. The girls wanted to ride horses in the ocean in Jamaica, and we booked that thru Yardie Tours and the Hooves stable. The ship tour costs about 15 dollars more, and non-riders have to pay full price to go along. Yardie only charged 35 dollars for an "observer" (wife, who does not ride horses) to go along, and take pictures. By arranging our own tours we avoid the crowded buses and waiting for loading and tardy passengers. We did the same thing on Cozemel, taking a taxi to Chankanaab Park for the day. The girls wanted to snorkel there, and saw lots of fish. Royal Caribbean had nothing to do with the weather, but it was outstanding for the whole cruise. Sunny skies, no rain, and mostly calm seas. The boat movement was the least I've ever encountered on a cruise. There was a light shower right after we boarded the ship in Port Everglades, and rain that had stopped when we debarked back in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday. We could not have asked for better weather, and I told the girls it would not always be that way when sailing, so enjoy...! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We've sailed with RC before and have always had an excellent experience. The ship is huge and it does take a few days to find your way around. Our cabin with a balcony was on Deck 6. We ate in the main dining room for dinner every ... Read More
We've sailed with RC before and have always had an excellent experience. The ship is huge and it does take a few days to find your way around. Our cabin with a balcony was on Deck 6. We ate in the main dining room for dinner every night and had the breakfast buffet each morning. We thought the food was very good. We traveled with our 18 year old granddaughter (her first cruise). She had a great time, and will do it again. She used the internet package to keep up with her online classes and didn't have any problems at all. The entertainment was excellent. The service near perfect, even though this was our waitresses first cruise. We always feel so spoiled when we cruise. Everything is done for you. All you have to do is relax and have fun! Our stateroom attendant was Ryan Roberts. He did an excellent job of keeping our room clean, beds ready and funny towel critters on our beds each night. Our cruise included stops in Haiti, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico. Haiti is absolutely gorgeous- at least from our point of view from RC’s private property. My husband and granddaughter enjoyed the zip line, saying the views were breathtaking. We rented one float mat and shared that. Our granddaughter paid to have a section of her hair braided into cornrows. The native girls that did the braiding looked bored and probably didn’t want to be there. My one reqret was that I didn’t rent a kayak. I thought I would be able to do that in Jamaica at the Dolphin Cove since it was included, but that didn’t happen. The dolphin experience (in Jamaica) was not as we expected. We booked through RC. A shuttle bus picked up a group of us from the ship. We traveled for an hour to our destination, then were told to stay with our group as the guide that came with us from the port took us through their mini zoo- I can do that at home. Then we waited for quite a while with a larger group for what, I don’t know, before getting in the water with the dolphin. “Swimming” with the dolphin lasted about 30 seconds. Then lots of posing with the dolphin for photos that were very expensive. The description of this activity included time at the beach, access to kayaks and a restaurant. We didn’t have time for any of this. On the way back to the ship we were hijacked to some little shop just off the highway that was tucked behind another building. They were expecting us. Don’t bother doing this excursion. In Cozumel our shore excursion was with Fury Catamaran. We had an awesome time snorkeling and then time at their private beach. I wish our time with them could have been longer. The crew was very professional and fun. I highly recommend this excursion. Port shopping was good and then we spent time at Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville. Embarkation went smoothly. We were told that disembarkation would go faster if we used the Passport app -which ended up not working - and to carry our own luggage. I think everyone had the same idea. FYI, you can’t get that many people on a elevator when everyone has luggage! And make sure you have your seapass with you! We will definitely cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this cruise because it is the only cruise line my brother and his wife use. Now that I have been on my second cruise I completely understand why they are "Loyal to Royal"! The ships I've been on were both amazing ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it is the only cruise line my brother and his wife use. Now that I have been on my second cruise I completely understand why they are "Loyal to Royal"! The ships I've been on were both amazing and they were very different. Anthem of the Seas was the smaller ship and there was still so much to do, see and experience. Allure of the Seas was "HUGE" but we LOVED it! Central Park and the Boardwalk were great spots to hang out with my husband. The shows on the ship were great, Broadway worthy. I especially enjoyed the Aqua Theater. Dining was fantabulous on both ships, and believe it or not we only went to the Wind Jammer on our second cruise and it was TERRIFIC! The night life on the ship was "LITT" no matter your "flavor". there were night clubs galore and a full service CASINO to boot. We have already booked our 2019 cruise....I think we are hooked. Looks like I'm Loyal to Royal :) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had a fabulous time! The entire staff was friendly and obliging. The shows were awesome and there were many great activities for our family to try. The food in the main dining room was awesome. They were happy to work with my Gluten ... Read More
We had a fabulous time! The entire staff was friendly and obliging. The shows were awesome and there were many great activities for our family to try. The food in the main dining room was awesome. They were happy to work with my Gluten sensitivity and provided many options. The gluten free pizza at Sorrentos was amazing. It was a little more difficult to figure out what was gluten free in the breakfast and lunch buffets. The only thing that i think could be improved upon is a better way to communicate with your group while on board. You would have to spend roughly $16 for wifi per day per phone in order to communicate with your party. But overall I would say Royal Caribbean exceeded our expectations. We would definitely cruise with RC again. It was one of our best vacations ever. I hope to cruise with Royal Caribbean again sometime in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We are not regular cruisers, and I remembered why in the middle of a 7 night Carribean cruise on the enormous Allure. The amount of people all trying to use limited space, especially pool decks and the buffet dining, was overwhelming. You ... Read More
We are not regular cruisers, and I remembered why in the middle of a 7 night Carribean cruise on the enormous Allure. The amount of people all trying to use limited space, especially pool decks and the buffet dining, was overwhelming. You would think the ship would implement better management to enhance customer experiences. The shows, Aquaria, Mama Mia, and Blue Planet were amazing. The biggest disappointment was overall customer service which was quite lacking. Our stateroom attendant and the specialty restaurant employees were very friendly and courteous. However, we had numerous problems with games in the Arcade not working at all, not working properly, or taking money for the game and not performing. The Casino manager in charge of the Arcades was rude, defensive, and dismissive. We also got tricked regarding the large prize we selected (was NOT as advertised). I also used the Spa where my technician using a "bait and switch" tactic for a facial product. She outright lied about the product she sold me (saying it was the exact same product). When I returned the product after realizing what happened, another spa employee lied again (a simple google search shows the active ingredients which were totally different). That employee was nasty but did provide a refund. Another cruise guest approached me after this encounter and said they did the same thing to her. I expected things to be brighter and more spectacular and more modern/updated. I especially thought some employees could be more friendly and respectful. More importantly, I think the means to which the employees will go to sell a product/earn additional revenue was shameful. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Chose Allure of The Seas for all the wonderful on board activities for all age groups. Twelve family members to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Upon arrival our door & room were decorated, flowers & champagne were waiting as was ... Read More
Chose Allure of The Seas for all the wonderful on board activities for all age groups. Twelve family members to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Upon arrival our door & room were decorated, flowers & champagne were waiting as was delicious and beautiful chocolates. Our cabin attendant was over the top! Our dining staff superb. The only disappointing experience was The Spa, a totally horrible experience. Booked at all different times 5 massages, all the appointments were messed up, the Assistant Director, a male was obnoxious! Had a facial, excellent staff member but constantly trying to sell their products, same with massage treatments, sell, sell, sell. The entertainment is FABULOUS! Mama Mia was like being on Broadway, Aqua Show was breathtaking, Blue Planet superior! Staff wonderful with trying to answer any questions and help. If not for SPA, I would update give this cruise a TEN. All ages from 72 to 9 had a wonderful time! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This has been a great experience for our family. A great way to spend time with the family and explore the world. Not so often we are able to spend so much time together, and have so much fun!! The ship is your home for the week, and ... Read More
This has been a great experience for our family. A great way to spend time with the family and explore the world. Not so often we are able to spend so much time together, and have so much fun!! The ship is your home for the week, and you don’t have the hassle with packing up bags everyday, as otherwise is necessary when living in hotels and exploring so many different parts of the world in a week! The crew onboard is amazing. So service minded, so happy and so keen on doing their best for all the guests! Lots to do onboard, and we will need more days to be able to dine at all the restaurants and to explore more of the ship and all the great activities that are available! Lots of things to do all day long:-) All the destinations where great, and there were lots of things to choose to do - either you would like to do short or longer excursions. I’m looking forward to our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We chose this ship for our family cruise with our daughter, son n law, and two teen grandkids ( boy 13 and girl almost 15 yrs.) The embarkation was fairly smooth. We waited quite awhile for the wheelchair assistance to arrive, but once ... Read More
We chose this ship for our family cruise with our daughter, son n law, and two teen grandkids ( boy 13 and girl almost 15 yrs.) The embarkation was fairly smooth. We waited quite awhile for the wheelchair assistance to arrive, but once they did it went very well. They allowed our family to sign in with us. SHIP For a ship the size of the Allure it was manintained perfectly. Very clean! Always someone asking if we needed anything or if they could be of help. Our kids and grandkids were totally amazed with the size and beauty of the ship. None of us were ever board as there is so much to do and see. FOOD I can't say enough about the food and sevice on the ship. The Windjammer has such a wide variity of food to choose from. The Main Dining Room food was excellent and our wait staff Michelle and Arnold were fantastic, The kids enjoyed the dining room because they made it special with doing magic tricks for them or telling a joke. We ate at Johhny Rockets free Breakfast a couple times and the sabor room for Breakfast once, both very good. We also had lunch a couple times at Johhny Rockets with the family and it was very good and more then we could eat. The Boardwalk had a free hot dog stand that the kids said was good. By the way.. my daughter is Gluten Free due to Celiec disease. Every place we ate they went out of their way to prepare her gluten free meal. ENTERTAINMENT There is something going on at all times from game shows to production shows. We went to Ice Games, Aqua show, Headliners show, and every night at the ON Air Game shows. All were very intertaining. Even the kids enjoyed it. Excursions The family went to Blue Hole and River tubing in Jamaica and loved it. We all went to Labadee but my husband and I didn't stay because of the weather being rainy. The family couldn't zip line due to the wind but they did enjoy the coaster ride. Cozumel we all went to Chankanaab Park. It is a beautiful and fun park. The kids and grandkids did the Dolphin Ride and some snorkeling. We all went on the ship excursion. The family loved our Allure cruise and so did we. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The allure of the seas is an amazingly beautiful ship that is spacious, easy to navigate, and full of fun venues and activities. Although our ship was almost completely sold our for spring break, we had no issues with lines or ... Read More
The allure of the seas is an amazingly beautiful ship that is spacious, easy to navigate, and full of fun venues and activities. Although our ship was almost completely sold our for spring break, we had no issues with lines or overcrowding. We did not do any specialty dining and were trilled with all the complementary dining options on board. The main dining room featured a diverse menu every night including one night of lobster. The windjammer buffet staff did an amazing job each morning during breakfast turning tables over quickly and escorting parties to open tables. We also loved that Promenade Cafe and Sorrento's Pizza had extended hours for a late night bite. The entertainment on board was world class. I highly encourage everyone to select and book their shows before boarding. This can be done right on the Royal Caribbean website, don't forget to schedule shows around your selected dining time. The production of Mama Mia featured an amazingly talented group of singers, dancers, and actors and is a must see! We also really enjoyed the Oceanaria show at the Aqua theater. This show reminded me of a Cirque Du Soleil production and had divers and acrobats doing amazing stunts. This show kept the audience at the edge of their seats and was immensely entertaining. The Ice Games show in Studio B was fun and entertaining, I loved the bright costumes and energetic music selections. Blue Planet was a stage production featuring the performers from Mama Mia. It was a great mix of singing, dance numbers, and acrobatics. Our cruise also included a show with 2 amazing jugglers from America's Got Talent and a nightly show with 2 comedians. We participated in many of the activities on board. The entertainment staff was fun, energetic, and friendly. The belly flop competition, sexiest man competition, the love and marriage show, and Quest game show are classic Royal Caribbean shows that you should definitely make time for! We also enjoyed the zip line that soared over the Boardwalk neighborhood, rock climbing wall, the flow rider, and the numerous pools and hot tubs. The solarium at the front of the ship was a peaceful and beautiful adult only place to sun bathe, grab a drink, and enjoy the hot tub. Our ports were Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico. Labadee is the private area of Haiti that is owned by Royal Caribbean. I'd suggest getting off the ship as soon as you can to grab a good set of beach chairs. We opted to hop on the complementary tram and park ourselves at the beach on the right just past the private beach. This beach was quieter and smaller than the main beach right when you exit the ship and not as crazy as the beach farther up with all the kid blow up toys in the water. This beach had a great view of the ship as well! BBQ provided by the ship for lunch was great! In Falmouth we opted to book the river tubing excursion through Royal. I would recommend this excursion for adults and kids alike. The rapids were sporadic in between leisurely floats down the river with your guide. They also had larger rafts for multiple people if you wanted to paddle the river. At the end of the river, a boat came and took us to a nice beach on the ocean. The beach had beer, soda, food, and souvenirs for sale. The whole trip took about 4 hours and we had plenty of time to explore the shopping at the port afterwards. I would defiantly suggest booking an excursion through Royal at this port. There were very few vendors selling excursions upon arrival and there is nothing in the immediate area outside of the port. The port itself was built up and had lots of shopping. There was also a large Margaritaville with a pool and margarita shaped hot tub where many people seemed to choose to spend their day. In Cozumel we opted to find a beach day pass ourselves and ended up taking a taxi to the Ocean VIP Beach Club. It was $20 per taxi each way and $17 per person for the day. The beach was pleasant with plenty of chairs and umbrellas. There was a bar and grill, pool, changing and restroom facilities, and floating activities in the water for kids and adults alike. Overall our cruise on the Allure was amazing and I would definitely recommend the Oasis class ships! Can't wait to sail again! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The itinerary was great, Haiti, Jamaica, Cazumel. All stops had plenty of things to do, we chose private transfers to the local beaches and were not disappointing. Did not take excursions as there were pricey and would take a long time ... Read More
The itinerary was great, Haiti, Jamaica, Cazumel. All stops had plenty of things to do, we chose private transfers to the local beaches and were not disappointing. Did not take excursions as there were pricey and would take a long time sometimes to get to a destination. Traveled with kids under 12 and they were never bored. Kids club was somewhat small but kids stayed there for a hour or two every day. Clean room with nice amenities, we had a balcony which was great as we enjoyed fresh air every day, sunsets and sunrises were spectacular. Food was good, we ended up eating at Windjammer all the time as it was more convenient with kids. Main dining room food exactly the same and the service was somewhat slow. Long wait for ping pong tables (there were 6) as many teens would hold them for more than an hour, but there were plenty of other things to do. We would do it again! Read Less
Sail Date March 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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