2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
After looking into many questions before I leave for the cruise, I feel compelled to share my first cruise with our friends. After much deliberation we decided that some of the 50th birthday celebrations would be Cruise (for the first ... Read More
After looking into many questions before I leave for the cruise, I feel compelled to share my first cruise with our friends. After much deliberation we decided that some of the 50th birthday celebrations would be Cruise (for the first time). The date of the cruise was determined following family constraints for the Passover holiday of 2019 in April. Since this is the first time we make a cruise and after a thorough examination it was decided to go on one of the best - a large ship of Royal Caribbean. As stated, there were time constraints and therefore the cruise was chosen with the Allure Of The Seas, https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-sh…/allure-of-the-seas, Western Caribbean track, 7 nights with 4 anchors in NASSAU- BAHAMAS, COZUMEL-MEXICO, ROATAN-HONDURAS, PUERTO COSTA MAYA-MEXICO and 2 DAYS ONLY, Departure from Miami. Now it was left to choose which agency would invite the cruise. There are many opinions whether to order through an Israeli agency or through a foreign agency. After a thorough and thorough examination, I found out that the company Crozit, https://www.cruiseit.co.il/, with the agent Orit Cohen Rochov gave the best offer. As I mentioned, it was decided to order with a minimum risk and therefore the room with balcony to the ocean, on the 11th floor in the center of the ship (room number 11590 D2). The room is spacious enough, a double bed and a sofa bed, a shower with excellent water flow and a balcony facing the sea, television, storage closet, 110 and 220 volts power sockets. It is difficult to describe in words the experience of sitting on the balcony while sailing and sleeping with an open window and hearing the waves coming back - an experience! The ship is huge, really a floating hotel. Many different types of rooms, countless dining rooms, restaurants, cafes, 2 promenades with vegetation, casino, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, climbing wall, Omega, surfing and more. 2 notable restaurants for light meals: 1. Park Caffe - Salads, sandwiches, cakes and flag sandwich with roast beef 2. The pizza restaurant The ship has a wide range of performances, including Mamma Mia, acrobatic show with oceanAria, Ice Ice show, Blue Planet, Headliner Showtime and more. About 60-90 days before the cruise, the possibility of planning the cruise is open on the Royal Caribbean site, ordering an hour for dinner (17.30, 20.00 or "on my own time"), ordering the various shows on the ship and booking excursions at the ports. For convenience and schedule of performances we chose the time 20.00, we got a regular table in the dining room on the 5th floor and regular waiters. In accordance with our needs, we purchased in advance and at a discounted price Classic Soda Package, which includes soft drinks and cola and an internet package VOOM Surf + STREAM Voyage Package - 1 Device Additional alcoholic beverages, coffee, shakes and more can be purchased. It is also possible to purchase a 10-cup card or a 10-alcoholic card. Each room has the option of bringing 12 bottles of 17 oz and 2 bottles of wine to the ship. In the boat, at various meals, you will be served free glasses of water and juices. The ship anchored at the port of Miami in Terminal 1 of Royal Caribbean, we reached the port of the car rental agency in the city and left the port to the airport on a trip with uber. The check-in and check-out of the ship is carried out with remarkable efficiency with no queue and speed. The attractions we did at our ports were: NASSAU-BAHAMAS - taxi ride ($ 10 toward) Cabbage Beach on the island island Paradise Island, a beach with soft white sand and good water for bathing. You can rent 2 sunbeds + umbrella for $ 20, and there are street vendors selling drinks. You can walk to the beach of the luxurious Atlantis Bahamas and even enter the hotel grounds and be impressed by it. COZUMEL-MEXICO - A fun day of sailing to spectacular blue lagoons and dive snorkeling, booked through http://cozumelcruiseexcursions.net/cozumel-snorkel-tour-res…, at a cost of $ 50 per participant. ROATAN-HONDURAS - We booked a day trip to the island with a local operator named Francklin Gálvez, francklinalexisgalvezbonilla1@gmail.com, a nice guy who tries very hard to please the guests he accompanies. Franklin charges $ 20 per participant for a full day of pick-up and return from / to port and travel according to an agreed plan. ($ 10) Visit the Chocolate and Fun Factory at the stunning beach of West Bay Beach (one of the resorts, plus sun beds + umbrella $ 15) PUERTO COSTA MAYA-MEXICO - We ordered a $ 50 golf car from MAYAHUAL Local Golf Car, https://costa-maya-golf-cars.negocio.site/, marvin1907@yahoo.com.mx and drove to the beaches of the nearby village of MAYAHUAL Docking Port . In retrospect it is unnecessary and you can reach this coastal strip with a local taxi. The coast of the Costa Maya disappointed. Hope this summary will help others. I'll be happy to answer any question. Yaari Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
We are a family of four (two children age 6 and 9) who flew in from overseas the day before embarkation. We had booked a family room in Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale - 17th Street. The hotel is a prime choice in terms of how ... Read More
We are a family of four (two children age 6 and 9) who flew in from overseas the day before embarkation. We had booked a family room in Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale - 17th Street. The hotel is a prime choice in terms of how close it is to the Port. The hotel had friendly staff, a great (complimentary!) breakfast buffet, a fairly nice pool area and free drinks during Happy Hour in the evening. In terms of the rooms the hotel is nothing extraordinary. A strong recommendation is to choose uber, rather than a more expensive airport shuttle on Embarkation Day. We payed much less than the guests who crammed into the shuttle buses, even when we chose the uber XL (Mercedes SUV). Embarkation was a positive surprise, as it was professional and smooth. We had packed a bag with swimsuits, sunhats and sunblock, and carried this on along with some extra clothes for the kids. This was a good recommendation, as the checked in bags did not arrive until late afternoon, several hours after we were aboard. In the checked in luggage, we had also brought mini-sodas and snacks for the children and the 2 allowed wine bottles for us. This was conveniently bought the evening before at the Publix store located within short walking distance from the Embassy Suites Hotel. As first time cruisers, we certainly do not have much of a reference frame, but I assume even frequent cruisers would be impressed by the size of this ship. It took us a little while to find our way around (and not walk in the wrong direction). Our cabin was a Stateroom with a seaview Balcony on the starboard side. This was a good choice, as we got a great view of the ports as we were "sailing in". The room itself was nice and clean, but it sure could not be smaller, leaving approx 25cm between the desk and the sofabed when folded out. The balcony had a small table and only 2 chairs, which we found odd and a little disappointing, as the cabin is for 4 people. We did move out the desk chair the couple times we enjoyed breakfast on the balcony, but with that done, one of our children had to sit on a lap. In terms of dining, the Solarium Bistro for breakfast was a stellar recommendation. Very fresh buffet and not as big and crowded as Wind Jammer. Not many people seem to know it is complementary for breakfast and ok for children in the bistro, although the Solarium otherwise is from 16y and up. Another fantastic option is the complementary room served breakfast, where you have a lot to choose from, although no form of eggs or warm breakfast without an extra charge. This was perfect on the days we were to arrive very early in Ports - we could have the breakfast delivered as early as 6:30 (earlier?) and enjoy the food and the sunrise and watch the port as we were getting closer. The Wind Jammer is a very busy place, which in my opinion is a more stressful option (goes for all meals). Lunch options are quite a few, where Park Café definitely became a favorite. Great grilled sandwiches, fresh fruit cups and good speciality coffee (although at extra cost). We chose My Time Dining, which absolutely was the right deal for us. We notice that we differ from many Americans, who value having the same server the entire cruise. We did not have to plan around our meal time, and as we tried the two My Time Dining options, in terms of the MDR (The Silk and Icon Grill), we never had to wait long for a table. Our servers where friendly although a couple times surprisingly neutral or plainly uninterested. Half of the time, they did not seem concerned about checking on us, and forgot drink orders quite a few times - mainly for the children. We were happy with the food in most cases. I would not call it very fine dining, although I was continuously impressed about how the could cook and serve so many people at the same time. Considering this, I had not expected higher quality. We did look into options of drinking packages prior to our trip. For us, this was not a preferred deal and we concluded our choice to try glass wines in the MDR to be a good one. We did learn that it was possible to buy a bottle and save it for upcoming dinner(s), which we chose not to. We enjoyed trying a different glass (or two) with each meal. It seemed as many travelers enjoyed many colorful drinks and beers already from early hours around the pool, so for some their calculation may lead to going for the drink deals. In terms of sodas, (although I did not actively look for them) the coke machines where not plentiful, and if you decide to buy an all-you-can-drink version there, I heard it is good to prepare for some lines. In terms of the pools - I unfortunately had high hopes for the pool areas. Our children LOVE swimming and playing in water. The water fun park was unfortunately for toddlers, with water level up to the ankles. There were a couple "water guns" with a weak, barely existing beam a few feet in front of you. The remaining pools had rules, where the rules pertaining to children were strongly enforced (no jumping, no throwing a ball, no drinks even when sitting on the edge etc). But the rules of showering before entering, only 21 people in the pool (I counted 40! big grown ups at times), drinks in the pool (very many adults brought their drinks into the pools) were constantly ignored by the life guards who only blew their whistle at children. We do always look after our children and do not let them out of our sight, as well as make sure they act respectfully. I understand this is not always the case and I can understand the safety issues behind the rules, but I cannot understand why there was not a more kids friendly pool at all. And being a health professional, I can not understand the disregard for health/hygiene issues. My children stayed in the crammed pools and tried to swim, as there were no other options, resulting in eye infections as well as a couple other infections. I never saw any measurements or water sampling going on. Hopefully, I just missed them. I also realized I may be getting older (43), but the music in the pool areas was fairly loud. I wish it had not constantly been playing, as I many times had a hard time relaxing in a sun chair or reading a book. In terms of the entertainment on board, we were impressed. We saw "Mamma Mia", "Blue Planet", an ice skating show, and two water shows. All with impressive talents. We loved the free seating concept. It is good though to book the majority of the shows months (!) or at least several weeks in advance. Also a big plus for yummy popcorn outside the Amber Theatre (not complimentary though). While in the Ports, we had decided not to join any shore excursions. In St Marteen, we took a water taxi to the first stop and found a hotel by the beach which we had heard of - Holland House. A nice and stylish hotel where we got sunbeds, an umbrella, 4 drinks and wifi for 25USD. They also had a great lunch restaurant (cheaper options along the street, but probably nothing better). In Puerto Rico, we went with the free city tram from stop nr 12 (avoid the crowds at the stops by the boat). (Google "Tram puerto rico" to find good info from the city's homepage - Old San Juan trolley). This will take you to the old town and the Fort, etc. In Labadee, we enjoyed our day mainly on Nikki Beach (beware VERY crowded in the water, leading to significantly less clear water as the day went by). We also played quite a lot of Beachvolley and the kids played in the water playground next to the beachvolley court. The playgound had nice fountains and a fun water bucket mobile. We did hear about the pushy salespeople on the market, but still took the little trolley there after the complimentary lunch buffet organized by Royal Caribbean. There were some arts and crafts, hats and bracelets. The people were asking you repeatedly to come look at their stand/products, but they were friendly. I did not feel unsafe or pushed. What to remember is the extreme poor society which is just outside the walls and barbwire of this manmade beach Paradise constructed by RC. There is a limited, set amount of servers/sales people that in a controlled manner get to come inside these walls everyday, hoping to get small crumbs of our riches. Back on the ship our last day, we decided to try some of the activities we hadn't yet tried: the surf simulator and the zip line (my daughter was sad to learn she was too short) and the climbing wall. Those were very fun activities. We were pleasantly surprised about the relatively short lines we had to wait in. Other acitivities we tried were mini golf (several rounds, ok quality course), table tennis (fun, but fairly low quality on tables and rackets), soccer and basketball (same court). A few days we did get to go to the gym, which was very nice. It takes a little to get used to running on a treadmill on a moving boat! But it was lovely to do so with an ocean view. Also, there was a running/walking track on deck 5, which went all around the boat - great! Lastly, disembarkation: we were as impressed as with embarkation. Very professionally organized. We had left our bags outside our room before 11pm, and only carried a couple small carry-ons with us as we walked off the ship. The bags waited for us, clearly marked, in a huge arrival hall once we were off the ship. Now, the last question (I still ask myself) is whether I will go again. I must say that much of my impressions were positive. It is such a convenient form of traveling, offering the possibility to have it all around you, while being taken to new places. Yet, I have several times since we came back reflected about the - in my eyes - grouse pool situation and the lacking hygiene. This is an issue, I have not yet decided if I want to deal with again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Our family enjoys RCCL because of the varied activities. We were 10 people (three generations) onboard and EVERYONE found something to do. All-in-All, this is by far my most favorite ship of the RCCL fleet so far. Honestly, I like ... Read More
Our family enjoys RCCL because of the varied activities. We were 10 people (three generations) onboard and EVERYONE found something to do. All-in-All, this is by far my most favorite ship of the RCCL fleet so far. Honestly, I like the big ships. I like the buzz of activities and the choices they offer. I understand some people don't like the number of people. Truth-be-told you only "feel" the number of people on the first morning if you choose to go to the Windjammer. For disembarkation, if you're smart you can avoid the crowds. Do one of two things: 1) Keep your luggage and get off at the first call in the morning... around 7:15. 2) Schedule a late flight out, enjoy breakfast and find a place to relax, (play some games) drink some coffee and wait out the crowds.. We got off at 10:00 and there was NO line, no backup to get luggage or go thru customs. Call an Uber (they are waiting close by) or take a cab.. tons available. This was my 2nd time on the Allure. We particularly like it because the food happens to be superior than other RCCL ships (I've been on Liberty 3x, Freedom, Oasis, Harmony and Allure 2x). Our cabin stewardess was just AMAZING. Our bed happened to be very hard (like a board). She brought me a topper but it wasn't enough. She found me an egg crate foam topper that just was OVER-THE-TOP amazingly comfortable. She went out of her way to help me feel more comfortable. The food was again terrific. They have changed the menu slightly (I think one less entree choice) from two years ago, but the selection every night was terrific and they still have their "classic" menu of standards that helps people find a good alternative every night. I have never seen a crew try harder at dinner (this was my 20 something cruise). I must admit, that the shopping has changed over the years. They used to have many clothing choices (Tommy Bahama, etc). Now they have THREE purse stores (Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Coach) but absolutely NO place for a WOMAN (not a teen) to purchase a bathing suit bottom (yes, I forgot mine and I'm most definitely NOT a teen body!) I understand they must adapt to trends, but please... give us some adult cloths again! The ship was immaculate. All of the sports areas were super clean and plentiful of balls, etc). I was a little disappointed that the entertainment (Mama Mia! and the Water Shows were so "front end" loaded. The Mama Mia! show was only the first three days, of which we were at sea, busy with so many activities for two of them). We had tickets for the first night 10:15PM water show but there was lightning so they postponed it.. Unfortunately, they made it at 8:15 on the 5th night but we had late dinner seating... IDK why they didn't make it a late show since we were scheduled for a late show. In my opinion, the Mama Mia show should be more spread out (maybe there are behind the scenes reasons why they don't). It's too hard to do so much in the first three days! I also hated the fact that they open the seating up to ANYONE and if you're coming from something else and are not ready to claim your seat, you cannot get a seat). Their reservation system MUST be fixed. Either hard tickets or a better check-in system because we had tickets to a 10:15 show... we were coming from the late seating for dinner and there were NO seats left. Same thing for the late night comedy in Studio B. Why bother with reservations, if you're not going to honor them??? One thing that really stuck me was the kiosk style at the promenade. The aggressive nature of some of the sales people made it almost uncomfortable to walk the promenade if you don't like being approached. I've NEVER seen RCCL push the drink package like they did on this trip. Light up cups, people walking around with flyers, etc. Here are a couple of very important thoughts: 1) download the app. You can check in (there is one bug but hopefully they've fixed it). But more importantly, you can carry your phone (important for pictures) and literally look for a moment-by-moment list of things that are happening by category or by time. It's an amazing lifesaver! 2) If you're in a group and have any hopes of finding your family, bring walkie talkies. I have the ones that have lower and upper channels so NO one is on your channel because you have about 140 to choose from! 3) Make your entertainment reservations AS SOON AS they are available online. If you wait, you will not get tickets Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
Crew overall was not friendly and had multiple rude comments from crew. Room attendant was great her amen was Yvette! Bar staff on board should be completely revamped aside from a select few! The cruise was very indirect and overall not ... Read More
Crew overall was not friendly and had multiple rude comments from crew. Room attendant was great her amen was Yvette! Bar staff on board should be completely revamped aside from a select few! The cruise was very indirect and overall not consumer friendly! Staff had no sense of urgency to tend to customers and if your taking children under 12 I would strongly recommend not going on this ship. My kids did not have anything to do as planned activities are ran by other customers on the ship not by any member of the staff although they are scheduled, it's a teenage and kid free for all so it resulted in my 9 year old being left out until I intervened! I've been on Carnival multiple times and never experienced anything like this cruise! I will not be cruising Royal again! I apologize to the few staff that were great! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
Chose this cruise due to friends who were already booked. A few days before the cruise, there were several emails coming concerning 25% discount on a very expensive drink package. One spouse can't get it - you have to BOTH get it. ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to friends who were already booked. A few days before the cruise, there were several emails coming concerning 25% discount on a very expensive drink package. One spouse can't get it - you have to BOTH get it. That was almost $1000 for us! I didn't get the package discount secured before we went because I was travelling right up until our leave. Then when we got on the ship, we tried to arrange it. The discount not longer applied, and no one on the ship at the info desk was able to fix that. I couldn't believe that - how easy would it be! Then 3 days in - they were offering a 10 drink package! Very disappointing. The attendant taking care of our room was a sweetheart. However, we were charged $14.50 per day per person. That really adds up. At the end of the week, they offered envelopes to leave a tip for the attendant! It's not his fault but I really felt this was over the top. The lineups for drinks poolside were disappointing. One guy working the bar the entire time - at one of the locations near us. He couldn't really keep up. For dinner, we really had to discuss the delays in getting meals and drinks, by the second day. They just weren't coming around. The staff are not experienced and there were just not enough of them. We couldn't get an outside balcony. We wasted $ on an inside one. All we needed was a porthole - if you can't get outside balcony - don't waste your money. Shows were fantastic. A lot of $ for 7 days. Read Less
Sail Date: January 2018
I like getting so far out to sea that I cannot see land in any direction.. for a long time. To me a cruise doesn't need to be a worldly affair centered around drunkenness, glitzy shows, or other things that I'll regret later on. ... Read More
I like getting so far out to sea that I cannot see land in any direction.. for a long time. To me a cruise doesn't need to be a worldly affair centered around drunkenness, glitzy shows, or other things that I'll regret later on. Some smaller ships, even yacht-size.. especially the ones with big sails like Windstar ships have really turn me on, but other times when I want to read or rest it just doesn't matter. The people were nice and professional they did their jobs well. I went to the nice restaurant once--wasn't motivated. I think I enjoyed the chatting, the exploring cultures and meeting the Nationals away from terrorist shops/bars/casinos.. the most. Getting in and under the turquoise waters is always a must. Surfing waves, casual conversational prayers of friendship, and sailing a small boat also helps me. Refreshing, rejuvenating, revitalizing! I choose a 1 to 3 week cruise (And help others find them too) when the kids are in school (important)..even though I like some kids a bit. In some locations a 1 or 2-day connected train-tour attached.. never hurts the cruise. The pool, the gym, the jacuzzi, the jet skiing, the top deck lounge with breeze, the lobster with crab meat, the papayas, the scuba, the snorkeling, the quiet southern and eastern Caribbean beaches -- that's why I sailaway. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Know exactly what they are doing, right from the boarding, it was fast and efficient. The rooms are clean and well maintained, we were surprised to have vip perks which included a bottle of wine to enjoy on ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Know exactly what they are doing, right from the boarding, it was fast and efficient. The rooms are clean and well maintained, we were surprised to have vip perks which included a bottle of wine to enjoy on our deck overlooking Central Park. The entertainment is top notch and amazing, Mamma Mia, the Ice Games show, the aqua theatre show, the headliner show , the Comedy act had us in tears we laughed so much. The Blue Planet was totally amazing, definitely a must see.The food is great, except the coffee was very strong, at least for me. The specialty dining is well worth doing, we ate at Chopps Grille , if you love steak you won’t be disappointed. All The staff is very friendly. There is so much to do on the ship, non stop entertainment, many pools and hot tubs. The Schooner bar had a great piano player. Plus there is a jazz club. Fitness centre with top of the line equipment, running track and beautiful spa....... It is a floating city, I highly recommend this Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2017
First, I chose the cruise based on the feedback from colleagues. Based on my family's experience on this cruise last week, I can only say "stupendous and glamorous". From the embarkation port at Fort Lauderdale to the ... Read More
First, I chose the cruise based on the feedback from colleagues. Based on my family's experience on this cruise last week, I can only say "stupendous and glamorous". From the embarkation port at Fort Lauderdale to the stateroom (Central Park Balcony) was smooth, fast and orderly. The dining rooms were just breathtaking with variety food from diet to gain weight gourmet (just kidding). Entertainment is first class Broad Way and the New Year's Eve was Times Square on the Ocean. Guys it is expensive but it worth every dime that we spent with our two teen boys. The teen lounge is paradise. Safety is top notch. Go and discover the beauty of your home on this classy Allure of the Seas on the ocean. I have cruised many times, but this is the master of them all! Ready to cruise Symphony of the Seas!!!! Our two teenage boys couldn't stop texting their friends of the fun they had with other teens at the teen lounge. Kids were disciplined and well informed with security 24/7 unlike other cruise line that will abandon the kids to roam around and engage in foolishness. Allure of the Seas is classy ! Ido family Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
Looked various other cruise line and picked up Allure of Seas due to balance of activities between Kids & Adult. We went with 2 boys age of 6 & 12 they had a blast time and We enjoyed Mama Mia, Blue Planet shows, Comedy , Parade ... Read More
Looked various other cruise line and picked up Allure of Seas due to balance of activities between Kids & Adult. We went with 2 boys age of 6 & 12 they had a blast time and We enjoyed Mama Mia, Blue Planet shows, Comedy , Parade & Casino. Allure of Seas has various food options available and all the Crew staff was very friendly and ready to help always. On Ship various swimming pool for each age category and drinks are available. We had Soda package so kids can also enjoy We did Zip line on Cruise and played on Mini Golf with Kids. We had done Zip line in Labadee Haiti, Dolphin Encounter in Jamaica and Playa Mia Beach in Cozumel Mexico. Definitely exceptional well arranged shore excursions and recommend to friend. We did not realized how the 7 days passed. Thanks to Royal Caribbean to make this trip so memorable for all of us. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Our friend alerted us to this cruise because of their previous experience on the Oasis of the Seas (a sister ship), and the great pricing. This was our first experience with a cruise, and we were blown away by the ship itself, the great ... Read More
Our friend alerted us to this cruise because of their previous experience on the Oasis of the Seas (a sister ship), and the great pricing. This was our first experience with a cruise, and we were blown away by the ship itself, the great service, wonderful food, beautiful surroundings, and variety of entertainment and experiences! We heard from other travelers on the ship that this cruise line was the best they had experienced. While there was at least 9,000 people on board, including staff, we never felt like it was overcrowded at any time. There were so many different places to hang out and walk, swim, hot tub, eat, and play, that we were kept very happy! Because of all the fun things on board for kids, as well, we would love to come back and bring our grandchildren. We highly recommend Allure of the Seas to families and adults. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
The best if you go for the first time, but once you have been there you will fell that you can get better experience in a new ship. the entreteiment is the same so no mather if you go to diferent location. The food is grat, the service ... Read More
The best if you go for the first time, but once you have been there you will fell that you can get better experience in a new ship. the entreteiment is the same so no mather if you go to diferent location. The food is grat, the service great as well. The ship looks old in the cabin. I really like royal caribean cruise and I hope have another cruise soon. The next time I will try a diferent ship. If you go 2 times to the same cruise the felling is less satisfied than the first time. flow rider is the best attraction it should have 4 or 3 of them becouse so many people in the line. you have to waite like a 45 minutes to be able to ride 2 minutes. conclution: food (great) location (great) ship (is great but could be better) Price (great) cabin (is the same have balcony or the cheaper ones) entreteiment (good but is allways the same) Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I chose this particular cruise mainly because of my sister's and brother-in-law's suggestion. They (Brian and Maria Taylor, if you care to know) are avid Royal Caribbean "cruisers". We weren't disappointed for my ... Read More
I chose this particular cruise mainly because of my sister's and brother-in-law's suggestion. They (Brian and Maria Taylor, if you care to know) are avid Royal Caribbean "cruisers". We weren't disappointed for my family and I wholeheartedly enjoyed our experience as well. The food, activities, entertainment, and staff/crew friendliness were excellent. My entire family also enjoyed shopping during the huge sale on several items toward the end of the cruise. The availability of fun, shopping and activities outside the ship (while on shore) were excellent as well. The ship itself is beautiful, clean, aesthetically designed and makes you forget that you're even floating in the middle of the ocean. My family have already started planning on our next Royal Caribbean cruise and I believe we will be joined by a lot more family members and friends. So it would definitely be a much larger group. I would definitely suggest the Royal Caribbean cruise to my friends and relatives. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
I simply wanted to experience the largest ship in the world and the experience was just great. From the moment that we departed the hotel and arrived at the port, it was apparent that this was a class A operation. Cars and buses were in ... Read More
I simply wanted to experience the largest ship in the world and the experience was just great. From the moment that we departed the hotel and arrived at the port, it was apparent that this was a class A operation. Cars and buses were in and out with extreme precision considering the amount of passengers boarding. Past the port and sail pass in hand in, the process took an amazingly small amount of time, from the dismount of the taxi to processing and finally the boarding and the Promenade, very efficient. Once in, the Promenade was very inviting and comfortable with all the space available to casually walk and admire the shops, grab a bite or head straight to the cabin. Once on board, the hustle and bustle just melted away and you knew it was time to rest and relax and have some fun. The Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship and it is all that is cracked up to be, you won't be disappointed, regardless of a first-time cruiser or experienced multi-ship cruiser. All aspects of the Allure were exceptional, the Cabins were just right and well designed, the dining superb, all the entertainment was first class and worthy of world-class status, service was beyond reproach. Sail away on the Allure of the Seas you will love this ship and all that it has to offer. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I was underwhelmed by this cruise. It was my first time going on an Oasis class ship on Royal Caribbean, and I was expected to be blown away, but I wasn't. My original cruise was postponed beacuse of Hurricane Irma, so I chose to take ... Read More
I was underwhelmed by this cruise. It was my first time going on an Oasis class ship on Royal Caribbean, and I was expected to be blown away, but I wasn't. My original cruise was postponed beacuse of Hurricane Irma, so I chose to take the future cruise credit and go at another time. Rebooking was a nghtmare, because they split the future cruise credit into two fares at different prices, and I couldn't use the leftover from one fare to compensate for the second fare. Royal Caribbean just wants to take as much money as possible from you, and this experience left me so disillusioned and disappointed with the company. The food was mediocre. Some items were great, like the curry eggplant, the creme brulee, the goat meat, and several other things. Don't expect to have an omelet station like in other cruises. The omelet station is in a small cafe on a different deck, they don't cook it in front of you and it takes FOREVER for them to take it to your table. I gave up on omelets after my third day. Also, the lines were really annoying. There was a line to eat at the restaurants and at the buffet. I love "my time dining" in other cruises, but for this cruise, I would not recommend it because the lines are unbearable. The cruise wasn't even fully booked and I felt like I was in a sardine can because of the massive crowds everywhere...breakfast, lunch, dinner, shows, elevators, ugh! It was very annoying. The daytime entertainment was mediocre, but the evening entertainment was SPECTACULAR! I was very impressed by the variety of shows and acts they had. My mom and I really enjoyed the Blue Planet show and the Aqua Aria show with the divers! I also enjoyed listening to the Mamma Mia ensemble and other entertainers sing some of their favorite songs. The jazz band and the orchestra were phenomenal. I was mezmerized by all the talent. Great showmanship from all! Our room was great. We had an oceanview balcony and it was very comfortable. I also had the VOOM internet package for all 7 days and it was good, I never lost service. However, it was difficult to download the Royal Caribbean app...it seemed like the connection wasn't fast enough, but it didn't bother me that much. One of my complaints about the cruise experience was that I felt like I was being sold something at every corner. Buy the drink package, buy the coffee, go to the specialty restaurant, buy the popcorn at the theater, etc. I was also disappointed that the flowrider surfing attraction wasn't included...it was like $300. The cruise had some nice touches that I enjoyed, like the carousel and the Central Park neighborhood. I loved Central Park, it was so peaceful and beautiful. The vegetation was very nicely kept. I also liked the Rising Tide bar that moves up and down through the decks of the ship. Very cool experience! My final complaint, is that the Crown & Anchor society loyalty program they have is not worth it at all. We were promised prioroty boarding, and no such thing existed. We waited in line like everybody else, so that was a lie. I don't see any value with that loyaly program, unless you've taken 63 cruises and have accumulated enough cruises to reap the benefits of it. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
First impressions, this SHIP IS AWESOME. I loved the updated interior and exterior of ship. The interior stateroom I stayed in was decent sized and included a safe; which I loved. Everything is very well kept and they make it easy to ... Read More
First impressions, this SHIP IS AWESOME. I loved the updated interior and exterior of ship. The interior stateroom I stayed in was decent sized and included a safe; which I loved. Everything is very well kept and they make it easy to navigate this floating city. I enjoyed the different neighborhoods as it gave new flavors to different areas aboard. I'd say my favorite part was the various sports activities including basketball, and flow rider! The unlimited frozen yogurt was a huge plus. You'll enjoy the dining options, although the complimentary breakfast and lunches are a little repetitive as far as options (you'll eat A LOT of pizza and hot dogs), the dinner menu changes every night and there are a lot of options to choose from. On board entertainment is awesome and free. Other premium dining and souvenirs are available on the ship, but do cost quite a bit, so be ready to spend more money if you would like specialty drinks or items. The Ports on this cruise were fantastic! Labadee and Cozumel were a paradise and I would recommend doing shore excursions there. We went to the mainland in Mexico and did the Xplor tour, which was worth every dollar spent! Jamaica is very interesting and if you go exploring in the actual city where the locals live, be ready to be hassled a bit. They will offer to escort you anywhere in the city for a price, be careful with this, and remember you can find most things on your own. I would recommend trying a jelly (coconut water) while there. I loved the Royal Caribbean experience and you'll love the staff. They are so nice to you all the time and help make your trip truly feel like a vacation! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
We had an incredible time the food the entertainment the animation everything was perfect. The dining room experience was the best one ever the service was exceptional the food quality and taste was perfect. The activities inside the ... Read More
We had an incredible time the food the entertainment the animation everything was perfect. The dining room experience was the best one ever the service was exceptional the food quality and taste was perfect. The activities inside the cruise were great surfing zip-line the ice skating everything was perfect. I loved the Dream works parade it was very nice, the 70's party everything was just perfect to the very last detail. The shows were jaw dropping to see all those amazing people perform with so much perfection not only in the Aqua Theater but in the Ice Skating show and the Amber theater it was great. The only thing that i hated was the shore excursion in St. Kitts it was the worst experience of my life nowhere did it say that the excursion was dangerous and risky it did say strenuous and that was true but the danger wasn't told anywhere. it was 2 hours and 45 min up and 2 hours and 45 min down the hike was horrible they give you a stick to hold on to and thats it. Its literally a nature trail there are only a couple steps and ropes to hold on to in the beginning after that you have to hold on to the rocks the roots the trees anything you can find. I really hated the excursion people fell and open wounds and many stayed in the way and couldn't make it to the end of my group 3 didn't make it. There were spots that only half your foot fit in and you had to hold on hard to anything to not fall down rolling through all that jungle and it was extremely dangerous as the falls were very high I think if someone falls they can die and there is no way to get back to the top. It was very scary and extremely dangerous and risky. They guides were telling us stories of people who have broken their foot and dislocated their shoulders it was just horrifying. They also say you have snack and water included the snacks were ok but there wasn't even enough water for everyone and the juice was literally a sip per person of a juice that is not even new it is like a refilled bottle. Besides that everything else was perfect the cruise was astonishing. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
My Cruise Experience on this ship as being my first time was just amazing. I loved every second of my precious time on this ship. Our cabins were very very nice and the beds were really really comfy. The Ship was constantly being cleaned ... Read More
My Cruise Experience on this ship as being my first time was just amazing. I loved every second of my precious time on this ship. Our cabins were very very nice and the beds were really really comfy. The Ship was constantly being cleaned and maintained but it never bothered your vacation time. The Dining was out of this world on this ship I am talking like $500 dinners in the main dining room and the buffets were just, lets just say way to much of the best food in the world you actually did not want to eat anymore because you ate sooooo much. The Entertainment was so amazing the ice skating shows and the movies in the 3D theater were really cool, But the sports deck, deck 15 was the greatest. The sports crew was composed of the most nicest and the most supportive people I have ever met they were really cool. The Room service was just amazing you could have whole meals ordered to your room for free before 12:00 at night. The Ports were amazing, we stopped in st.Thomas, st.Kitts, and The Bahamas. Overall I would have to say this was the best vacation I have ever been on in my life. The Question Would you go again? should not even be allowed to be spoken or thought, because its too easy to answer it, of course --> YES Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Although this was an expensive trip, it was almost as nice as Disney CL for a better price. Not all room include a bunk bed, so make sure you check that if that is what you want. There was so much to do for the entire family. Although ... Read More
Although this was an expensive trip, it was almost as nice as Disney CL for a better price. Not all room include a bunk bed, so make sure you check that if that is what you want. There was so much to do for the entire family. Although there are a lot of extras which you can buy, we enjoyed the cruise without paying for anything extra and loved it. We tried the rock climbing and the zip line, and truly enjoyed most of the free restaurants. The shows were family friendly. The ice skating shows really set this cruise line apart. The buffet did not include as much variety as Norwegian or Disney, but we enjoyed the My Time Dining option in the MDR. Our children rarely attend the kids' clubs in any cruise line, but we enjoyed the family activities (parents invited), including the science projects. Their science activities' staff were energetic and knowledgeable. Parents enjoyed the large gym which is directly attached to the track. Even on the last sea day, it was practically empty. There was plenty of equipment for everyone's use. I wish the yoga was free, but it was not. We did not book any excursions through the cruise line but we enjoyed walking around and using the free trolley in Old San Juan. We found a starbucks near the port and took advantage of the free wifi. While on the ship, we bought the wifi package and we were happy with the service. It was cheaper for us not to buy the entire week's worth since we just check in with family a few times during the duration of the cruise. The beach in Labadee was nice. You have to pay for an umbrella, so be ready to sweat it. There is a trolley to help you get around but it was always full. We walked up to the next station so we could get on. The buffet was super busy with few options, so we decided to go back on the ship for lunch. We always enjoyed the ship's pools in the morning or on port days when there are no crowds. No water slides on this ship, but our kids really enjoyed the current pool. There are so many pools and hot tubs for everyone to enjoy and find a deck chair. Our children enjoyed the 3 arcades on the ship. There were often issues with the machines but the staff credited us every time. Make sure that you keep track of how much is spent on your kids' room keys! If you don't want them to spend, deactivate their cards for spending! We would gladly cruise with Royal Caribbean again, although Disney remains our first choice. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Excellent service, great food and spectacular shows! Allure of the Seas has so much to offer for any age group! Every day is different even you stay so many days in same ship. Fort Laudendale is good starting place and it is fun to visit ... Read More
Excellent service, great food and spectacular shows! Allure of the Seas has so much to offer for any age group! Every day is different even you stay so many days in same ship. Fort Laudendale is good starting place and it is fun to visit different countries between the cruise. We mainly used restaurants that have not extra fees. Soda and Voom package was great as we drink a lot of Coca-Cola Zero and both use internet quite much. :) Internet works very well and soda automats were really useful on a warm sunny days at deck. The service all over the ship was great. Our stateroom attendant kept our room impeccably clean and was so attentive. We also loved our balcony room on deck 9. After a cruise Everglades Air Boat Cruise in Sawgrass was also very cood (even it was our trips only rainy day) as we have time to spent before flight back to Finland. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
We choose this cruise because at the time it was the biggest cruise ship and it also conveniently departed from Ft Lauderdale. When we got to Port Everglades at the check-in the line was very long and a bit disorganized. The check-in team ... Read More
We choose this cruise because at the time it was the biggest cruise ship and it also conveniently departed from Ft Lauderdale. When we got to Port Everglades at the check-in the line was very long and a bit disorganized. The check-in team were in the middle and everyone was crowding the little centre in the middle like brokers charging at the TV monitors down at the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. When we boarded the ship after a hectic one hour we were astonished by the centre where it looked like a mall. There was a cool elevator with a bar on it and many shopping stores. Our ship disembarked smoothly but 15 minutes later than 5:00. I was also amazed by the Central Park with all the landscaping and greenery. I must say though that the Park felt very compact and at times even artificial. The ship was huge, I mean you could take days just to explore the whole ship. The pools were extremely crowded and very shallow. It was difficult to find reclining chairs to put our stuff in and at times someone would slip and fall on the pool deck because it was slippery. One of my favourite parts of the ship was definitely, the navigational bridge. The bridge was amazing and was probably one of my trip's highlights. My cabin was expectingly compact but roomier than those on Carnival Cruise Lines. The kids get a pullout bunk while the adults get nice king-sized beds. The showers were great and the toilets flushed well. The sinks though took a little getting used to though. The balcony was great and we left the door open during the night so we can hear the waves. One problem with the balcony though was that the handicap accessibility ramp would smash down on the floor every time we opened the door which eventually got disturbing and I think that Royal Carribean could've made a quieter alternative. The dining was okay and usually, the bill was a bit expensive for the quality of the food we got. At every destination and port, we usually left the crowd and rented a car to go explore the islands ourselves. Port service was usually good and boarding was made convenient by the security staff. Overall, the cruise was okay but could've been better. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
My Gina and Gianna invited me to vacation with them and am so glad I did! We all had an amazing time onboard as well as onshore excursions. Dining opitions were phenomenal! No matter what you liked there was a restaurant that had it. ... Read More
My Gina and Gianna invited me to vacation with them and am so glad I did! We all had an amazing time onboard as well as onshore excursions. Dining opitions were phenomenal! No matter what you liked there was a restaurant that had it. Food was always fresh -never left out for long periods of time. Cleanliness all over the ship was a priority as well. The antibacterial stations all over are a great idea for keeping us less likely to spread germs. I loved this idea. Everyone no matter their position or status was very friendly, helpful, kind, and took pride in the job they were doing. It was refreshing to be able to enjoy folks like this and no one ever came across with an attitude that "it's not my job". Everyone helped! The cleanliness all over the ship was phenomenal. Someone was always picking up and cleaning up so there was never a time that we saw trash. I also liked that there were recycle bins all around as this is quite important to me. We recycle as much as possible and want to do our part to keep the world around us a better place. I appreciated everyone that worked to make this a memorable experience. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Great Cruise - Highly recommend to all. Great Staff... Clean Ship. If you want to relax and be pampered this is the cruiseline to choose. if you are on the "fence" take my word for it... Royal Carribean International is ... Read More
Great Cruise - Highly recommend to all. Great Staff... Clean Ship. If you want to relax and be pampered this is the cruiseline to choose. if you are on the "fence" take my word for it... Royal Carribean International is the Best in the Industry. We enjoyed the Vitality Spa every morning. The Fresh fruit and juice bar was very refreshing after our workout. The equipment was top of the line. The outdoor track made it nice to get some exercise outdoors as well. The Solarium offered a bit more somewhat healthy breakfast in the morning. We tried to avoid the crowds in the windjammer. We spent most of our time before and after dinner in the Champagne and Martini Bar. The bar staff in their was the BEST!!! Friendly, personable, and hospitable!!! We loved speaking with Hasan, Ana and Wayne daily. Giovanni's restaurant was very tasty. Huge portions. Great staff. We also dined at Izumi Sushi. Very Fresh. Overall, we had a great week! We will be back next year! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
I have been on a few cruises but my gf had never been before. We both loved it. Yes they do try and grab $ at any chance but no means no We bought the deluxe drink package which was not cheap but turned out to be a good value ... Read More
I have been on a few cruises but my gf had never been before. We both loved it. Yes they do try and grab $ at any chance but no means no We bought the deluxe drink package which was not cheap but turned out to be a good value Internet package (bought with drink package) worked perfectly The specialty restaurants were amazing We did 150 Park twice (awesome tuna tartar) Chops had prob the best filet mignon I can remember Izumi for Sushi was excellent Coastal Kitchen was beautiful We did the zip line the flowrider the rock climbing and loved them Mama Mia was excellent Ice Show was pretty good and so was Blue Planet Adult comedy was x rated but funny Didn't love the headliner show We did excursions through the ship in Jamaica and Cozumel and both were excellent Not a cheap vacation but worth it Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This was a family reunion cruise selected by the family member organizing the trip so I didn't have any input on which cruise line, boat, sail date, amenities, etc. However, with that said, she selected a cruise ship that I think ... Read More
This was a family reunion cruise selected by the family member organizing the trip so I didn't have any input on which cruise line, boat, sail date, amenities, etc. However, with that said, she selected a cruise ship that I think worked for all. We had family members who couldn't walk due to a recent foot surgery or were very athletic and worked out every day. We had all ages and interests. There really is something for everyone on this ship. I had my three kids, (13, 12, 7) and they were busy the whole time. They loved the swimming, especially the whirlpool, the rock climbing, zip lining and wave rider. My daughter (7) was too small for the wave rider and the zip line. She did participate in the kids club but preferred to be with us vs. the club which felt a little more like day care service than I would have liked. The entertainment was great and offered a real variety every night. I especially liked that they had a comedy show one night for all ages. I liked the DreamWorks character touch. It makes it feel a little bit like a Disney experience without the Disney cruise price tag. Some tips that I would suggest - don't get the soda or drink package unless you plan to drink.... a lot. There was water, juice and coffee for free at all times in certain locations and even though we only purchased two soda packages, we had 3 cups in our room to fill soda from any soda machine on the boat. My kids don't drink enough soda to each have a separate package, so if your kids are the same, I would just get one for them all to share. Soda in the dining room is complementary. Also, we brought our water bottles with us and just refilled them vs. paying $2.50 / bottle water. They do have a refrigerator in your room, which is nice to keep drinks cold. Wifi - I would suggest purchasing just for one device unless for some reason you have multiple people that need to be on at one time. It's easy to log off one device and connect the other device so it doesn't make sense to pay for more than one device. Dinner Dress - when I used to cruise, dinner dress was a BIG deal. Everyone would get really dressed up - especially on formal nights (usually 2 during week long cruise). However, I was surprised on this trip to find most people in shirts and shorts in the dining room at dinner. I only saw one person wear a tux on formal night. I think in general, people are going more casual, but it was more casual than I even thought. Save yourself a whole second wardrobe and go more smart casual! Fitness - they have stretching and abs every day for free. Any other classes like spinning, zumba or yoga - you have to pay for. This was disappointing for me as it's just one other way to "cha ching". In my opinion, this should have been complementary. That being said, the gym on the ship is nice and doesn't smell. There is plenty of equipment to go around so no one was waiting for anything. The shopping on board the ship is just ok. They had a Kate Spade and Michael Kors for purses and a jewelry store and a couple generic shops for clothing. The selection was ok, the special items they brought out at night was typically purses and watches. One caution is to research before you buy. My son purchased a watch thinking he got it for a steal to only find out that it was $40 cheaper online. We went back and they honored the lower price, but I'm guessing most people don't know to look for this and they capture people making spontaneous purchases. The jewelry store was nice but I was surprised they didn't have any "cruise" type jewelry. I wanted a cruise ship charm for my daughter and they didn't have any charms... at all. So unless you want a watch, purse, or jewelry, there really isn't much for you there. One other nice thing is food allergy. My husband has a gluten allergy and they were very accommodating. In the general buffet area (Windjammer Cafe), they had an entire section of just gluten free foods. Although they didn't offer a gluten free version of everything on the ship, I was still pleased with the selection they did have. Also, the Udi's cookies that they had in the promenade cafe were better than the cookies on the boat. Even my kids were always dropping in there to get some because they preferred them over the ones they make on the ship. Sometimes it's not obvious that they offer a gluten free option so make sure you ask. We found that they can make a gluten free pizza, or have GF cookies, bread, etc available.. you just have to ask for it. Excursions - this was a bit of a frustration for me. I've been on cruises before and taken these excursions and they all typically are more of a let down afterwards considering how much you pay for them upfront. I wish that the cruise line would allow reviews for each of the excursions so you can get feedback on which ones are "worth the money". I also feel that they are way overpriced. One excursion for a family of 5 could cost me over $400 and last only 2 hours. RC needs to do a better job working towards volume vs. price point. People still purchased excursions but I am confident it was less than half of the people on the boat. They would make more on volume alone if they were priced more affordable. The one thing I will say is that it is cheaper to purchase beforehand. We purchased a couple excursions the day of and paid a few dollars more / person as a result. However, for me, I would rather pay a little more for something I know they want to do then to have purchased beforehand and it was something they later changed their mind and decided not to do. The only excursions we purchased were at their private island in Labadee. It was the water slide and the aqua sport. They aqua sport was worth the money, not so sure about the slide but mostly because they were only able to go down the slide a few times since the lines were so long. One other point to note, they tell you not to get off the boat early if you don't have excursions but in Labadee, if you don't, you may find yourself without a chair in the shade. We had to walk around for 30 minutes before finding one chair in the shade under a tree. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
I though cruise ship was small and rocking too mujch and i hate it. but allures of the seas was bigger than carnival or other royal carribean ships. it is calm and smooth and don't feel anything. friends said it was the first time ... Read More
I though cruise ship was small and rocking too mujch and i hate it. but allures of the seas was bigger than carnival or other royal carribean ships. it is calm and smooth and don't feel anything. friends said it was the first time it do not make her feel seas sick. i cannot wait the royal carribean next bigger ship. but first i will be travel to alaska from seattle with my parents first. i will see you soon ok. love luu family. great services from dinning in american grill icon by lizbeth and orlando table #366 please thank them and my family and friends that they provide exceptional great services.. one thing, please have the guest service desks staffs be more happy. they look sad or over worked to me. pretty much everything else is great and our friends is looking for the cruise that they want to go to and we have told them please chose royal carribean only...........we will meet again,.......also wife's cruise is her second but my teenage sons and i thinking the is just a big steel boat.....hahahahahha....we were wrong....... TO ME AND SONS....LOVE YOU GUYS Read Less
Allure of the Seas Ratings
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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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