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
Sail Date: May 2017
Overall quality of food, service, & entertainment was AMAZING. I can't ever imagine cruising on another boat. From the casino all the way down to the shows, the experience was worth talking about. The attention that was provided ... Read More
Overall quality of food, service, & entertainment was AMAZING. I can't ever imagine cruising on another boat. From the casino all the way down to the shows, the experience was worth talking about. The attention that was provided by each and every member on the boat was great, and made the experience so much better. The staterooms are cleaned TWICE or even THREE times daily. Unlimited Lobster on one of the dinner days. Great minimum priced tables at the casino ($10 min blackjack). Shows at all times of the days as well as competitions of all sports (basketball, volleyball, mini golf, even PINGPONG). Along with the lobster night, each night of dining were unique and provided a diverse menu, making it much easier to eat dinner each night. The windjammer was open during convenient times, and provided a huge variety of foods and cultural foods as well. I can't complain about this cruise, It was just phenomenal! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Allure of the Seas was awesome. Cruise director and Activities director were great and really involved with the guests. Everyone can see that they enjoy their work! Mama Mia, Ocean Aria, Blue Planet, Character parades were fabulous and ... Read More
Allure of the Seas was awesome. Cruise director and Activities director were great and really involved with the guests. Everyone can see that they enjoy their work! Mama Mia, Ocean Aria, Blue Planet, Character parades were fabulous and suitable for all ages. The overall service was fantastic and we would highly recommend Allure of the Seas to everyone. We would definitely sail with Allure of the seas and would like to try her sister ship Oasis of the Seas. We choose this trip for the Ship and not the itinerary and we made the right choice. Our cabin attendant Walter was great, always greeting us and making sure we had everything we need or he would ask how our day was on shore, The main dining was perfect with food and service. We tried Johnny Rockets for the first time and loved their breakfast and the service. Our Ports included San Juan, St. Maarten and Labadee, Haiti. The only problem, we had with Labadee was with the locals constantly trying to sell items which was a bit much. The locals were pleasant but we rather be left alone and enjoy the beach. Our departure was extremely smooth and organized. My 20 year old daughter and I really enjoyed our vacation with Allure of the Seas and we can`t wait to plan our next trip with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
I chose this cruise because it is fun and they go to interesting ports of destinations with lots of excursions. .Very clean in the cabin. This is my 8th time on this ship and my mother's 11th time.There is a lot of activities on the ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it is fun and they go to interesting ports of destinations with lots of excursions. .Very clean in the cabin. This is my 8th time on this ship and my mother's 11th time.There is a lot of activities on the ship went sailing. Helpful crew members and that are polite.They have the best entertainment Blue Planet, Aqua Ocean Aria, Headliner shows, and the Ice Games. Evening entertainment is non stop including the Comedy Shows. Boardwalk is an enjoyable and unique place to walk on that has the carousel ride for even adults that are a child at heart and where the Aqua Theatre is located for the best high diving shows. Central Park is the where you fine the fine dining restaurants and feel as if you are in Central Park in NYC with the trees, and sounds of birds. I planned 2 more cruises with this ship. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
We choose this cruise as a last minute cruise (within 40 days) because we are cruise fanatics and in need of a cruise since our last one (December 2016). We were Diamond members and now will be Diamond Plus. We have always enjoyed the ... Read More
We choose this cruise as a last minute cruise (within 40 days) because we are cruise fanatics and in need of a cruise since our last one (December 2016). We were Diamond members and now will be Diamond Plus. We have always enjoyed the service and was beginning to wonder what more was there to making a distinction of the various levels of status. Well now, Royal Caribbean has finally made that distinction with regard to the various Royal Classes (Star, Sky & Sea). I mentioned in my review that this was a game changer! The Costal Kitchen makes the former Viking Crown Lounge a more useful venue than previously used. The access provided to card members of suites into the venues is also a welcome addition to include all shows and the sun deck on the 18th deck. The fact that the lounge is now open almost 24 hours makes a little more sense instead of between the hours of 4:30-8:30 PM regarding drinks for your Diamond or Suite guest. Debarkation was also a highlight that in all our years of cruising RC, we never experienced. We loved the fact that a full breakfast menu was offered in the Coastal Kitchen as well as escorted service to customs and baggage taken right to the airport to be picked up at your destination airport! This was also huge for us! We loved it! Of all our cruises, this ranks pretty high on our list as the best! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
The cruise was excellent! And the restaurant crew outstanding! There is a menu in the dining room. This menu includes especially western or fusion dining options. When we told the waiters that we would like to have Indian food, they ... Read More
The cruise was excellent! And the restaurant crew outstanding! There is a menu in the dining room. This menu includes especially western or fusion dining options. When we told the waiters that we would like to have Indian food, they specially prepared this for us that same day. Great service! Also the waiters in the restaurant were very polite and managed to build a good relationship with the guests. The food was really good and the service excellent. There was a lot of entertainment and shows. I joined the water aerobics class at the swimming pool and some other workshops and seminars. There are multiple swimming pools as well. The pools are clean and I enjoyed. However, on one of the last days all the pools where a bit to crowdy (too many people). The ship was clean and I really enjoyed my first cruise ever. Will definitely cruise again with Royal Caribbean! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
It's was our first time sailing with Royal Caribbean. We've sailed with NCL 3x, and 1 with Carnival. Firstly, this was the most beautiful cruise ship that I've seen compared to our previous ones. Embarkation was amazingly ... Read More
It's was our first time sailing with Royal Caribbean. We've sailed with NCL 3x, and 1 with Carnival. Firstly, this was the most beautiful cruise ship that I've seen compared to our previous ones. Embarkation was amazingly fast and smooth (literally, less than 30mins). We were on the ship by 11am! Room: we got the extra large balcony 11th floor. Michelle was our housekeeper. She was nice and worked really hard. However, the first impression of the room, I was repulsed by the strong urine odor in the bathroom. The closest had many hand prints and streaks on it. Michelle, told me that there were previously teenage boys in our cabin therefore it might be the reason to the smell. I carried disinfectant wipes and wiped down everything once more, but the bathroom (urine smell) near the toilet bothered me many days. Michelle, helped pour bleach in the bowl but after awhile the smell returned. Restaurants: 150 had the best foods I've ever had in my life! The sea bass was so so amazing! We dined also at Chops Grill (it's decent 7/10). But the service and food at 150 definitely left an everlasting impression. My favorite was the 6 types of salt to sprinkle on the bread and butter. Our server Shalone was so kind, he made the Tuna Tare Tare at our table side. During he would share with us about his family, and ask us about ours as well. He just had a genuine charm to him. It was so nice that our last night we returned to 150 again. This time we had Milos. Milos was also very nice and accommodating. For example, I saw a table across with a plate of blueberries/strawberries. It was not on the menu but he made sure to get a plate for me as well. Gym/Fitness: Very spacious and state of the art machines. Of course majority of the patrons were very attractive cruise performers. I was told they are required to work out minimum 5x/week on their contract. Anyhow, the fitness fell short of my satisfaction. I take classes for the past 11 years (boot camp, step, body pump, insanity etc). They offered body sculpt for $35/class (approx 45 mins). NCL offers classes similar to body sculpt for free. But I was willing to pay. I signed up for 2 classes. The first one was taught by Fabio and it met the standard for this type of class. The 2nd time it was taught by Harold (one of the head fitness person at the gym) the format was purely cardio no weights (I prefer interchanging cardio/weights). It was similar to insanity, however the instructor did not offer any modifications. There was 3 of us, and one participant was struggling a lot throughout the class. I was disappointed that the instructor did not offer modifications for the participants. After the class, we signed the receipt and I was just not happy with the format by the instructor. I did not add a gratuity to the instructor's hand written the line with the word "tip" next to it. His face and entire attitude completely change. He went from friendly to ignoring me and no more smiles. I don't like complaining but it bothered me so much I approached customer service. I felt the instructor should have offered modification for the participants. Considering the huge age gap and fitness level. Mariam at customer serviced helped me and returned with a verdict. They do not offer refunds because for the reason that the class was too challenging. And the only compensation would be to join a stretching event (free to all cruisers) later. I was mildly insulted. They were under the impression that I went to a hard class and complained it was too hard. But what I was trying to state is that a good fitness instructor will want the participant to be safe and gain the most out of the workout by making modifications. Anyhow, I was disappointed but nothing else can be done. Kids Club: Amazing! My 4 year old son loved the activities. I was surprised how the club was able to accommodate for 1500 children on our cruise ship. There was the science lab also and art studio. My 1 year old toddler went to the baby cruisers ($6-$8/hour). The sitters did a terrific job with her as well. Overall, I loved it minus the gym class experience. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
We cruised with RCI before, and love the "Allure of the Seas"... This time though we stayed in a 2 bedroom "Aqua Theater Suite" 9330 and would recommend this stateroom to all! The Genie service is incredible, Daniel ... Read More
We cruised with RCI before, and love the "Allure of the Seas"... This time though we stayed in a 2 bedroom "Aqua Theater Suite" 9330 and would recommend this stateroom to all! The Genie service is incredible, Daniel made us feel like royalty :) With this service, all specialty dining, deluxe beverage package, and priority seating to all the shows are all included! Every crew member was helpful and super friendly, and the food couldn't be any better! The shows offered are amazing, from the broadway "Mama Mia", to "OceanAria", to "Blue Planet", to "Ice Games", to "comedy live", to the "Headliner" show, there's something for everyone! We traveled with our 16 year old daughter, my mother in law, and our 18 year old niece, and we all loved it!!! We arrived a day early so we wouldn't be rushed on embarkation day! With the "Star Class", we were able to embark at 11:30am, our stateroom was ready, we had a wonderful lunch in the "coastal kitchen". The Shore excursions we picked were a little disappointing, we felt like we didn't have enough time to see and enjoy! We would recommend just getting a taxi and have them bring your directly to the beach of your choice, with that, you get extra time there! Disembarkation was also a breeze took us about 30 minutes from our stateroom to being outside and heading to our taxi! We will book again and hopefully more of our family members will be able to come with us! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
I came on this cruise because of my family (cousins) and we haven't been on vacation in awhile. I personally had never been on a cruise. The Service from staff was AMAZING ! and they genuineness from the staff made it a welcoming and ... Read More
I came on this cruise because of my family (cousins) and we haven't been on vacation in awhile. I personally had never been on a cruise. The Service from staff was AMAZING ! and they genuineness from the staff made it a welcoming and enjoyable vacation. The food was GREAT and authentic. There is always something to do and experience. I would tell someone who is cruising to save money once paid for the cruise cause there will be lots of things you'll want to do in additional to all that's provided. The entertainment was good and i liked the fact that multiple things were happening at one time so you had tons to chose from and if you missed it you could go at another time to see it. When porting make sure your ready to go so that its on and off and pick excursions that allow you to really see the place your visiting. Not touristy spots if you can help it. The locals are friendly. The SHIP is HUGE !!! explore explore explore and when you think you've covered everything trust me there is something you missed. There are computer guides on each level that can show you a map to where things are. Oh, and take advantage of the deals they give before hand and on the first day of the ship. It will save you money and make your trip more enjoyable. If your single you can cruise to and there are opportunities geared just for you to meet people. As well as there is a board near the front desk where if you want to create a group you can and invite people to come. though that was kind of cool... The GYM / SPA is awesome and take advantage of it. Bring your workout clothes and sneakers. Wish i could have stayed longer... The ship is like a home away from home :) Next time ! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
My time dining with Rolando was superior and lady for housekeeping when beyond what was epected. Was not impressed with the dining in the 150 cafe. Service did not equal that provided in My time dining. Also had a steak that was tough ... Read More
My time dining with Rolando was superior and lady for housekeeping when beyond what was epected. Was not impressed with the dining in the 150 cafe. Service did not equal that provided in My time dining. Also had a steak that was tough and not tasty. Staff at the services desk could not help you with changes due to the number personnel on board. Missed shows that we would have loved to attend. Asked service desk to change dinning time so we chould attend the show and was told that they did not have authority to do that. That we had to talk to a manager but at this time there were no managers available. Overall, the ship was very clean and was very nice. Central park and the flowers and the ferns were very beautiful. Also liked the non-smoking side for the gaming room, Entertainment and activities were rated low because we could not schedule them. The shore excursions that we wanted were all booked. Tried to book the excursion on the first day at sea and was informed that they were already full. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2017
We have a group of 60 mature travelers, from first-timers to veteran cruisers. Picked Allure of the seas because of the itinerary and newness of the ship. Everyone enjoyed the cruise. The ship is pretty advanced with digital technology. ... Read More
We have a group of 60 mature travelers, from first-timers to veteran cruisers. Picked Allure of the seas because of the itinerary and newness of the ship. Everyone enjoyed the cruise. The ship is pretty advanced with digital technology. Wi-fi plan is relatively inexpensive ($70 for 7 days cruise and can be shared, versus $199 for 250 minutes in another cruise line). It could be better if there is free LAN available for passages to text each other on the ship. In a big ship such as Allure, you can get lost pretty easily. But there are plenty of interactive displays on each floor to guide you for what to do, where to go, etc. It could be better if staff at check-in would offer a deck plan or some info about these displays. Food at both the buffet at Windjammer and the main dinning room were above average in quality and variety. However, they were not piping hot and seemed to be lukewarm at best. Service is average. Wait staff forgot to offer fresh grounded pepper, mint jelly, and horse radish for salad/seafood, lamb, and prime ribs. They were too busy to remember to refill our water glass most of the time. But they remembered to bring bread-sticks every day once they found out we liked them. We tried and liked the Flowrider and the Zip line. We didn't have a chance to climb the rock wall, though. Saw kids were having a lot of fun at the mini-golf and the splash zone. Spa service is available for a fee. It could be better if basic stuff are provided (sauna, steam room, shower) at the fitness center. Sauna/steam room is available for $30 for a day-pass. Gym equipment are new and abundant. But towels there were stinky and needed to be replaced more often or find a new way to sanitize them. TV service in the room was bad. We couldn't turn off the TV the first night and had to cover it with a bath towel. The remote control needed a new replacement. TV receptions were bad most of the days. Same shows/programs on CNN and HLN were repeated on a second day. Only CNN and HLN were offered, no Fox news or BBC. Cruise line should not be so political and biased. To look for daily activities on TV, remember to look under Cruise Compass. Entertainment was fantastic. We were amazed at the production shows (Mama Mia, the Blue Planet, and the aqua show). But the stand up comedy shows were disappointing. Reserve your shows early. The Aqua show were cancelled because of high wind. A lot of people didn't get to see the show and regretted it. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
Wanted to sail with a big and modern Cruise shop - and WOW, we did get impressed with everything!! This was our first Cruise ever , and both my boyfriend and I were so excited to go on one. Will def be back to Cruise! We did ... Read More
Wanted to sail with a big and modern Cruise shop - and WOW, we did get impressed with everything!! This was our first Cruise ever , and both my boyfriend and I were so excited to go on one. Will def be back to Cruise! We did excursions on our own on the islands Bahamas, St Thomas and St Martin. It worked really well! We got to see the airplanes at Maho Beach on St Martin, and the stunning views from the top on St Thomas. The food was over our expectations! So good and tasteful at Americon Icon and 150 Central Park and the Solarium Bistro! And the service of the staff was brilliant! We felt like king and Queen on the ship. The checkin / embarkment was also so smooth, took only 30 minutes from arriving to the port with our taxi and all of the sudden we stood up on deck 16 with a drink in our hands! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
Excellent service from a dedicated staff. A great variety of activities onboard the ship, and high quality shows and entertainment. The food experience was also high quality, with a dedicated staff to customize to your needs and ... Read More
Excellent service from a dedicated staff. A great variety of activities onboard the ship, and high quality shows and entertainment. The food experience was also high quality, with a dedicated staff to customize to your needs and wishes. Very impressive. Good possibilities onboard to choose between your participation in "noisy" areas or if you felt for more relaxed conditions. The fitnesscenter could use a quality lift since many of the workstations had no/poor working sound and Picture as well as the general maintenance level of the Workstations was inadequate. The stateroom was properly furnished and very clean. The daily service in the stateroom was excellent, and way above all expectations. IMPRESSIVE! The overall cruise experience however was excellent, and the ship with its highly dedicated crew is certainly recommendable. I will certainly recommend the ship to friends concidering a cruise in the near future. I will certainly be back on the ship! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2017
This was our first time cruising as a husband and wife. We had a great time. Staff was always friendly. Embarkation was quick. We were on the boat by noon, in our room by 1 and had our luggage by 1:30. The ports were beautiful and the ship ... Read More
This was our first time cruising as a husband and wife. We had a great time. Staff was always friendly. Embarkation was quick. We were on the boat by noon, in our room by 1 and had our luggage by 1:30. The ports were beautiful and the ship was nothing short of amazing. The service was great in our stateroom. We always had a clean room. The main dining room staff was great too. Never any complaints from us in terms of the service. The only complaint I did have was regarding the food in terms of quality. Don't expect a good steak unless you want to pay an up charge. My husband ordered the New York strip on the regular menu in the main dining room and it was disgusting. It was white in color and a tough piece of meat. He rarely turns down steak when its in front of him and it was nothing short of not edible.There were a few times our food came out cold from the kitchen which got disappointing after a while. But other than the steak and occasional cold food, everything else was very good. The entertainment was great. We loved the Schooner bar. We sat in it every night and listened to Matt Ganim play the piano and entertain. Overall, we had a great time and already have another cruise booked with Royal Caribbean for next year! Read Less
Sail Date: January 2017
Embarkation was a breeze. Rom was ready at 1:00. We had a D2 Balcony. The cabin was nothing special. The layout of the closets was not ideal. Storage is very limited. We were on the Anthem and there was twice the amount of storage space ... Read More
Embarkation was a breeze. Rom was ready at 1:00. We had a D2 Balcony. The cabin was nothing special. The layout of the closets was not ideal. Storage is very limited. We were on the Anthem and there was twice the amount of storage space for the same size cabin. The service has slipped some on Royal since my first cruise. On previous cruises the cabin steward would always introduce themselves asking if there was anything we needed. We didnt see our steward until day 2. We had a hump balcony so I asked her if we can have a lounge chair on the balcony, every time I saw her she said she was working on it, it showed up in the middle of day 5. The specialty restaurants were awesome. We ate at Chops, Central Park 150, Giovanni's table and Izumi Hibachi. All were absolutely awesome food and service. The main dining room was not so good. The food was nothing special, nothing stood out and the service was slow and lacking. Almost every time the orders were mixed up or incorrect. Even one night someone in my party ordered a steak medium well and it was almost raw. She sent it back and asked for it to be cooked properly. The waiter gladly took it but she never received anything back. And dinner was 2+ hours each night. Both times we ate in the MDR we were late for the show. The Entertainment was very good. Ice games and the aqua show are a must see. Make a reservation. Comedy show was great as well. Blue Planet was a little strange but the performers were very talented. For a ship with that many passengers I was surprised on how easy it was to find a spot at the pool. One really bad thing is the constant upselling. They are always pushing something, especially the specialty restaurants, I mean I has someone trying to sell me on chops and I told them I had a 4 night package and already ate there, and they just went on and on trying to sell me more. Even came to the MDR while we were eating. Quite annoying. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
Naik, Joshi and the Head Waiter on the Main Dining Room were FANTASTIC. We had never experience such caring, professional and courteous service in any other place. They were paid close attention to every single detail on the first night ... Read More
Naik, Joshi and the Head Waiter on the Main Dining Room were FANTASTIC. We had never experience such caring, professional and courteous service in any other place. They were paid close attention to every single detail on the first night with them and from there, they knew (remembered) exactly what our preferences were. As an example, I follow a low glycemic diet, my husband is a seafood passionate, my youngest daughter loves fresh bread with olive oil & pepper, my son loves brownies and my oldest daughter has a preference for gluten free meals… both of them (and the Head Waiter) made sure that we understood the menu and treated us with the best options and pleased all or our requests. I don’t have words to explain the high quality of service they provided us. We are beyond grateful and satisfied with them. Everyone on the Dinning areas were excellent, but the three of them were EXCEPTIONAL: provided an out of this world experience to our family Our Room Attendant was very organized and polite. She was very friendly and my youngest daughter enjoyed all the pretty towel creations she made for us. She even showed her how to create them!!! We are really impressed of how well she kept our rooms Kevin (I think that was his name; I clearly remember he was from Colombia), at the Guest Services Desk helped us a lot to understand our reservations and provided us great information & suggestions to make the most our vacation. He did not seemed rushed and took the time to answer all of our questions. We also loved the bar service and music (we were one of the couples that danced all night long) and the Latin Lounge. The sports team and show performers were also one of our favorites in the cruise. The Calypso Band was great and I strongly suggest that they should play more often in the pool area. The DJ at Blaze played super cool music and was very friendly as well. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I choose the Allure of the Seas because of the activities & amenities offered on this ship and what I got was so much more than I ever could have expected. I traveled with my husband, my 2 teen children, & father. We are not ... Read More
I choose the Allure of the Seas because of the activities & amenities offered on this ship and what I got was so much more than I ever could have expected. I traveled with my husband, my 2 teen children, & father. We are not a cruising family, this was my dad's firth cruise & my families 2nd. I choose the Allure because it was a big ship that appeared to offer something for everyone. First, the ship is big! but not so big that you can't find a place that feels private. There were a couple nights only my husband & I were in the hot tub on deck 16 and almost every morning we were alone or with less than a dozen folks on deck 16 watching the sun rise. Throughout the day it can get busy, especially at sea day's but it never bothered us. Second, we had 2 cabins. My cabin was booked as an inside guarantee; we ended up on deck 7 & had a window which looks down on the promenade deck 5. It was bigger than expected, sufficient room for 4 people to sleep & get ready in the morning. Our room attendant, Dewey, did a phenomenal job tiding up our room twice daily. My dad's room as an Ocean View off the front of the ship. The window was large & offered a great view of the ocean. It was smaller than the inside room but only for 1 person it was more than adequate. We had My Time dining. The first night we didn't realize that meant we could only eat at the American Icon & got in line at the Grande instead. They let us eat there & informed us about the My Time dining protocol. It was a pleasant experience. After that we ate at the American Icon, our waiter Ronald provided the best service we've ever experienced! He would greet us by name each night, he made our experience very personal. And the food was GREAT!!!!! So much variety! It was truly a remarkable dining experience. Just one evening we waited probably close to 30+ mins to be seated, all other nights it was less than a 5 min wait and we ate dinner anytime from 6:30 to 8:30. We did enjoy one night at Izumi the hibatchi grill, this is an extra expense. We choose to eat there on New Year's Eve just to celebrate my daughters birthday as a little treat. The food was very good & the staff extremely entertaining but the American Icon was a better dining experience. We ate breakfast at Johnny Rockets, Solarium Bistro (favorite), Park Café, and Windjammer. All were good. The Windjammer is best described as an all you can eat buffet & looks to be frequented by those less adventurous on the ship. What I mean is the windjammer is the first dining hall open when you board so most everyone finds it because you get hungry while you're waiting for your room or other activities to start. Many folks may choose not to try anything else, becoming familiar with the Windjammer as it is open for all meals. It is very good food but you need to get to the other restaurants, most are complimentary. Read the Cruise Compass left daily in your room, it tells exactly which restaurants are complimentary & which are extra charge. One thing that I regret doing is buying the all Inclusive drink packages and I'll explain why - everyone buys them! Which means...the wait staff get no tips unless you're extremely wealthy and want to tip above the 18% you will be billed at the exit of your cruise. In my opinion, the bar staff have no incentive to provide expedited bar service because all patrons purchased the inclusive drink packages. So what does this mean, it means you have to go get your own drinks. Yes, you have to stand in line at the bar everytime you want a drink. And everyone on the ship is drinking, these lines are not short, and you can't order more than one drink at a time; yes I thought to do that but was told I would be billed for the 2nd drink. When I cruise again I will not purchase the drink package, instead I will hold up a $20 bill when at the bar, that will definitely get the staff's attention & ensure my glass stays full - :) Activities - we did the Zipline - terrifying but exciting; Rockwall climb - again, terrifying but exciting; Flowrider - we bought the 1 hr lessons & the kids really enjoyed it; We watched the Comedy show - loved it!; we watched the family comedy show - loved it!; we watched Blue Planet - LOVED it!; my son played in the teen dodgeball tournament & had a great time; the kids participated in the Super SmashBros tournament & had a great time; we watched the Headliner Show with Greg London - loved it!; we spent a day at the Spa and did a few no charge activities & then some paid services - you won't regret this - LOVED it!; we went to the New Year's bash on the Promenade & had a fantastic time; we listened to the music in Central Park, the Bow & Stern, Schooners....LOVED it all! there are a lot of no cost activities & entertainment to be enjoyed on this ship, try to experience as many as possible. The fitness center is excellent & has it's own smoothie/juice bar. If you get the inclusive drink package these drinks are free. For the ports of call, first was Nassau, we just walked to the nearest beach & swam for the afternoon. It was not hard to get there & was good enough to spend a few hours enjoying the clear waters & sunshine. St. Thomas we booked the Mountain Top, Blackbeards Castle & Downtown exploration excursion on the ship. It cost $49 per person. We had a good enough time but we learned quickly that the price we paid was far more than if we would have got off the ship & ventured out ourselves. But we didn't know that until after we got there so no harm in that; lesson learned. While on that excursion we viewed from the Mountain top Magens Bay; this was also an excursion option on board at $44/person. At the end of our Blackbeard castle tour, the 5 of us hopped in a taxi for @$25 & went to Magens beach where we each paid $5/ea to get in and then had to pay @$30 taxi fare to return to the port. You do the math - we could have booked on the ship $44/person x 5 = $220. Or - on our own we experienced Magen's Beach for $17/person. Again - this is only a lesson learned. The shore excursions booked on the ship come with a "you won't get left behind" guarantee if your tour guide doesn't return in time meaning the ship will wait for you. Had we been late out on our own, we would have been left behind. Just know there is additional cost built into the Excursion fees purchased on the ship - the same excursions can be booked off the ship at a fraction of the cost but you have to do it on your own...suggestion - look at Trip Advisor for help. The 3rd port we stopped at was St. Martin; again, we had previously purchased our excursions prior to boarding the ship; this port we did the Dolphin Swim/Ride/Kiss. This excursion is on a different island, Anguilla, it is an hour boat ride to/from Anguilla. The fare is around $25/person one way. If you are interested in this excursion (it was a lot of fun! CD of pics will cost you $100) I do recommend booking on the ship because our excursion ran late & arrived back to the ship right before the ship was to depart due to the time it takes the water taxi to get back to St. Martin. Another fantastic stop at St. Martin is Orient Bay; many of the beaches at Orient Bay are free & the water is clear/beautiful; taxi fare is @$7/person one-way. The 4th port was St. Kitts, this stop we did not pre-purchase an excursion so we took advantage of exploring on our own. In the ships excursion guide a trip to Mount Liamuiga Volcano hike caught my interest - $129/person. We got off the boat in St. Kitts, walked straight to the flock of taxi's & asked to go to Mt. Liamuiga. We negotiated a guided tour rate including transportation to & guided up/down mountain & return to the ship for $80/person. Believe me when I say this trip is worth it! The views from the rim of the dormant volcano will take your breath away. The climb is not easy and I do not say that lightly. I'm in my early 40's, work out daily and was physically challenged. It is a vertical climb that takes roughly 2hrs for those in shape, longer for those with less endurance. The climb is extremely physical, you will need a backpack full of water and a lite snack, both hands will be needed to pull your body up or lower your body down; the ground is not flat; it's rocky, muddy; it is a tourist attraction in its most natural state. It does not have a welcome sign for entry or signs to tell you which way to go, it is barely a path up a mountain through dense vegetation and if you can climb in the heat you will be greatly rewarded once reaching the top. Needless to say that is all we did on this island, we were exhausted when done. It took 2 hrs to climb, we spent an hour viewing at the top & it took a little over an hour to get down. My dad in his mid 60's only made it 15 mins into the trip & decided he better wait at the taxi. One warning about this island - beware of the locals walking around with monkey's. They seem friendly enough to share the monkey with you, letting you hold it & take pictures only to hit you up for $20/person once you're done. We finally got away from the guy paying only $5 but he followed us for a long time. Next we went to San Juan - we split up this trip on two excursions. The boys went to tour old/new San Juan & highly recommend it; the girls went to Carabali and road horses at the foothills of the El Yunque Rainforest which I do not recommend. Again these were pre-purchased. the Carabali cost me $119/person when it only costs $35/person if purchased on the island. That was a hard one to swallow. I felt the least safe in San Juan. We were approached by beggers & told by several locals, one of which was our taxi driver to not stay out in the city after dark as it was not safe. Labadee was our last stop. I read the reviews on this island & most were bad and I did not heed the warnings, we left the ship without an excursion booked & tried to book when we got off the ship but all were full. This is the one stop I highly suggest to book an excursion. Labadee is a beautiful beach but it is no bigger than a large resort - so it's small, taking only 15 mins to walk the entire coast line. The beaches are designated for swimming in certain areas but there is so much coral & rock that it is dangerous to do so without swimshoes and even with swimshoes the water is cloudy & filled with seaweed that it completely ruins your beach experience. All in all we had an absolutely wonderful time; we will do it again! Highly recommend the Allure of the Seas. there is something for everyone! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We booked this cruise as a 60th birthday celebration for two of us and for our friends 51st wedding anniversary celebration. The Allure of the Sea, is a beautiful upper end cruise ship, with lots of variety in shops like that of Michael ... Read More
We booked this cruise as a 60th birthday celebration for two of us and for our friends 51st wedding anniversary celebration. The Allure of the Sea, is a beautiful upper end cruise ship, with lots of variety in shops like that of Michael Kors,Prince Green and other more sophisticated taste in shops. A floor level with a variety in casino's and poker championships with smoking allowed. Cabins were spacious and well attended. Our cabin had a lavender scent which was soothing after being on-shore for exciting excursions Dining rooms and servers were first rate and entertaining, Kershan and Imade were funny and did magic tricks to entertain us while we waited on our dinner to be ready. Ports and Shore excursions were easily accessible, lots of Royal Caribbean stores on port. On board entertainment was great from the jazz bands to the comedy of Jeff McGraff. A very relaxing and enjoyable cruise to unwind and de-stress from life's normalcy. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was our first cruise ever and we thought it would be idea to choose a really big ship because my GF doesn't like closed spaces too much. This also made us choose a Central Park Balcony so we could have something more open than a ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and we thought it would be idea to choose a really big ship because my GF doesn't like closed spaces too much. This also made us choose a Central Park Balcony so we could have something more open than a window (and we couldn't afford an Ocean View Balcony). We are a party of 2 (me and my GF), both in our early 30s and are looking to relax and enjoy the ports. We had MTD and a "Refreshment" beverage package (no alcohol). Pre-embarkation We arrived two days early and stayed at my aunt's house in the Ft. Lauderdale area, so nothing else to report here. Day 1 (Embarkation) We arrived at about 11am. Checkin was smooth as there were barely any lines. We waited about 25 minutes seated in the upper level. After being called, we were onboard short of noon. We went to the Windjamer for lunch. Thankfully we could find a seat. It was really busy and we didn't enjoy it. Guess food was ok, but there were too many people to be enjoyable. And there's also the PA message that basically said "please hurry up and move on so we can seat other people". After lunch, we were just going through the ship. It is certainly beautiful and well maintained. Very clean too. We visited the Solarium, Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, MDR, Amber Theater, Spa, Gym, Studio B, Casino, and finally went to the Central Park. At this point (about 3:30pm), it was announced that the rooms were ready, so we quickly went to our room to leave are stuff. While on the room, the muster drill was announced and we had to go out. Out station was at "On Air", deck 5. The drill was conducted quickly, though, if you ask me, the venue was a bit small for the number of people. Outside it was both windy and rainy, so after we were dismissed from the drill, we decided to miss the sail away party and instead went to Park Cafe to eat the famous roast beef sandwich, which was great btw. Great collection of made-to-order salads too. And this is where we had a small problem. We had booked the Chef's Table at 7:30pm in the Cruise Planner, but in the TV it showed at 8pm. We also didn't know where to go for it. I called Guest Services and they told me to go to the Concierge Lounge. We went to the Concierge Lounge just to find that we couldn't open the door (obviously, since we are not Diamond nor have a Suite). I called Guest Services again and they told me that I won't be able to access it (!!!!). After saying that I already had a reservation, they transferred me to the Concierge, who told me to wait at the library (right next to the CL) and they would pick us up minutes before 8pm. After this, everything went fine. Minutes before 8pm, Baba, the Sommelier, entered the room (along with some good champagne) to pick us up. Dinner was great and the wine pairings were also great. Baba is a great showman and made our night. We drank so much wine that wen returning to our cabin, we couldn't walk in a straight line and we couldn't tell if it was due to us being drunk or because of the ship's movement (it was quite windy). Day 2 (At sea) We went early in the morning to the gym, which was awesome with the sea views everywhere. Great equipment too. After that, we ate breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. They could handle my GF's request for a made-to-order omelette. There's also a Coca-Cola freestyle machine in there. After that, we spent our time at the Solarium. We had lunch at the Solarium Bistro. You really have to pick a table first, since it gets really packed at about 1pm. The food was good though. During the afternoon we "discovered" the whirlpools next to the Solarium (yeah... first time for us) and we enjoyed quite a bit of time inside them. We had dinner at American Icon Grill at 6:30pm. Because they were out of space, we were relocated to The Grande. Food was great, as well as the service, and we had a nice chat with a couple on the table next to us. After dinner, we went to the Amber Theater for Mamma Mia. The music and singing were great. Acting, however, was not. The girl cast as Sophie was not very good at acting, though she had a beautiful voice. Dancing was good. Overall, Mamma Mia is not our favorite play, but we enjoyed it. On a side note, they really keep the theater quite cold. Make sure you dress accordingly. Day 3 (Labadee, Haiti) My GF went to the gym and afterwards took a juice at the Vitality Cafe. She says it was great. Again we had breakfast at wipeout cafe (we would repeat this for all days, except for last one). After breakfast we went off the gangway to enjoy a good beach day. Or so we expected. Labadee doesn't have any great beaches. Most of them are rocky. And the best one is reserved for suite guests (and platinum, diamond, etc). Don't forget your shoes. I don't know if they would allow to bring an umbrella, but it would be highly recommended. We ended up renting something like a little tent (about 40 bucks or so). At about noon, we wanted to have some food, only to find that they closed at noon. It's incredible! Why close at noon when the ship leaves at 4:30? We enjoyed the beach for a few more hours and left for the ship very hungry. We had a (late) lunch at Wipeout Cafe, since it was the only venue still open (or so I remember). Not what we would normally choose, but we were hungry. We had dinner at Samba Grill. The meat was ok, quite soft. We ordered a nice wine form the list too (don't remember the name though). Near the end of our dinner, the chef came out and went through every single table to say hello, compliment his crew for the hard work and ask if everything was ok. I don't remember his name, but we really liked that. We ended the day with Ocean Aria at the Aqua Theater. We really enjoyed this show. It's amazing that they can do this at sea! Specially the diving from the highest platform was incredible! It looked as a suicide! Day 4 (Falmouth, Jamaica) As always, GF at gym, then breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. We didn't really know where to go in Jamaica, so we asked our stateroom attendant and he recommended River Falls. We went off the ship and took a while to find someone who could take us to the River Falls. They suggested we buy water shoes and hermetic bags for our phones. At first we thought it was part of a tourist trap, since we didn't really know what to expect at River Falls. Thankfully we did what we were told. You really need water shoes and a hermetic bag for your phone/camera/whatever else. It's not optional. After that, they took us to eat some pork jerk, which was both delicious and cheap (about $25, including drinks, for both of us). Then back at the ship. We had dinner at American Icon Grill. Food and service were great. Day 5 (At sea) GF at the gym, then breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. We spent the rest of the morning at the Solarium. For lunch we had reservation at Giovanni's Table, as part of "Eat, Drink, Play" from our Central Park Balcony room. We didn't have the full menu, but rather a limited one for this offer. Food was good though. Service was great. We had dinner at American Icon Grill. Again, food and service were great. Finally we had Ice Games at Studio B. What a great show! Specially a guy from either Vietnam or Philippines (I don't remember which one). He is a great performer and, taking into account that he is from a country not traditionally associated with ice skating, he must be truly talented to end up there. Day 6 (Cozumel, Mexico) GF at the gym, then breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. We went off the ship early. Since we are both native Spanish speakers, we didn't have much problems here. We ended up going to Madre Mía, which was ok. We did snorkel (for a fee, was great), and had lunch (complimentary buffet, was just ok, though the guacamole was quite good). Make sure you go back to the ship on time, since the way back to the port takes much more than than the other way around because everyone is returning at about the same time!! We had dinner at American Icon Grill. This was lobster night, if I remember correctly. My GF said it was great. I preferred an aged steak, which was great too. Service was great too. Also had Blue Planet. Though I find the story a bit boring, the show is great. The cast comes from all the other shows (i.e. dancers and singers from Mamma Mia, acrobats from OceanAria and I think even some guys from Ice Games). Day 7 (At sea) GF at the gym, then breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. The rest of the day at the Solarium, going to the whirlpools from time to time. We had lunch at the Solarium Bistro, great as usual. We had dinner at Chops Grille. Out waiter, Luis, also peruvian like us, gave us the most wonderful experience possible on a restaurant. It was also the best of the specialty restaurants we had (food-wise). It really made our night! Day 8 (Disembarkation) We opted for early departure, carrying our luggage ourselves. We had breakfast at the Windjammer (the only possible choice for us). It was awful. Food was ok, but it was too packed and chaotic. After going back to the stateroom to pick out luggage, we went off the ship at about 7am. Customs was empty and we barely had a line, so we were outside the terminal in less than 5 minutes. I doubt this can be faster. Summary This was our first cruise and we took this one to try something different. We now face a new addition :) Of course we would return. We would also do some things different. Specially, we would change our breakfast venue (probably to Park Cafe). And we would try the various night entertainment options available (disco, bars, etc). But the ship is so big and with so much to do that you simply can't do everything in a single week. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Several friends recommended Allure of the Seas and we wanted a short get away and since we live on South Florida, this was a great short vacation. The ship was beautiful and you have plenty of to do the entire cruise, never a dull ... Read More
Several friends recommended Allure of the Seas and we wanted a short get away and since we live on South Florida, this was a great short vacation. The ship was beautiful and you have plenty of to do the entire cruise, never a dull moment. The staff was very friendly and courteous to us, making sure we had a great experience. I think that overall the dining, entertainment and activities available in this ship were very good and I am sure it met most people expectation. There was something for all aged group and the staff make sure that at the end you had Fun. The staff make sure to keep all areas clean and encouraged hand sanitizing to prevent people from getting sick. In a ship with over 4000 passenger that was a tremendous task to accomplish but it payoff no one got sick. I will definitely recommend this cruise line to my friends. I think they have great new ships, great interesting destination ports and above all good customer service. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2016
The thing that most caught my attention was the staff. We encountered very helpful, professional and passionate staff. They were very friendly which made our stay more at ease and enjoyable. There were loads to do all day on the ship and ... Read More
The thing that most caught my attention was the staff. We encountered very helpful, professional and passionate staff. They were very friendly which made our stay more at ease and enjoyable. There were loads to do all day on the ship and the activities varied from spa treatments, sport activities, very interesting seminars, water sport activities as well a broadway style shows and las vegas style concerts in the evenings. There is something for everyone. The food was very good in most restaurants especially the main restaurants with loads of varieties for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The ship is huge and there are different 'Neighbourhoods' to enjoy different aspects.There were loads of shore excursions to choose from per port, my favourite one has to be the one in Labadee Haiti, we chose the Historic Walking tour and the Amiga Island. The only drawback was the price of the beverage packages, they are too expensive for what they are especially the non alcoholic ones. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was our first cruise. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to cruise again. Our itinerary was changed to avoid Hurricane Matthew. The ship stayed where the weather was great and the seas were calm. We had a balcony cabin. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to cruise again. Our itinerary was changed to avoid Hurricane Matthew. The ship stayed where the weather was great and the seas were calm. We had a balcony cabin. The cabin was very nice and very clean. We did not get off the ship in Cozumel or Jamaica. We enjoyed the beach at Labadee - as you walk from the ship, try the beach on the right, it may be less crowded. We chose this cruise because of the ship - we had never cruised before and were worried about feeling confined. The pools were crowded in the afternoons, even on port days, but that was the only time we felt like there were a lot of people. The interior of the ship is beautifully decorated and maintained, and I loved the interesting artwork that is everywhere. Most of the time I could not feel the motion of the boat at all, and we never got seasick. We paid to take the behind the scenes tour, and it was worth every penny. It took 3 hours and included a Q&A with a member of the crew. We saw the galley, the food storage, the laundry, the engine control room, the crew cafeteria and pub, and the bridge. Our regular dining room was American Icon Grille and every dinner we ate there was fantastic - our waiter, Sander, was great! So were the desserts, which included a soufflé and baked Alaska and cherries jubilee. Park Café was great for salads, but the selection was limited. Chops was as good as everyone says - the steaks, the bread and appetizers were outstanding. Giovanni's was good, but since pasta was regularly available, I'm not sure it's worth it. Sabor has awesome food and margaritas, and the food was inexpensive. We shared the guacamole, prepared tableside, and barbacoa tacos with homemade tortillas - yum! Room service was good and arrived hot, but the selection is limited and has a lot of fried food. We never ate at the Windjammer. If you have seen theater on Broadway, you may not agree that the shows are Broadway quality, although the cast of Mamma Mia had a lot of talent and we enjoyed it. Blue Planet had about 11 costume changes in an hour and was a little hard to follow. The dive show in the Aqua Theatre is impressive and it's nice to sit outside at night. We enjoyed the running track on deck 5 and the fitness center, which always had equipment available. I also enjoyed a recently released movie in 3D in the Amber Theatre one hot afternoon. We bought the surfing internet package and it worked great. Service throughout the cruise, everywhere, was impeccable. It exceeded any expectations we had. Embarkation was very smooth and we never waited long at any of the steps in the process. Disembarkation was not smooth - next time we would try to leave as early as possible. The later departure times offered aren't really allowed - staff started rushing us out of our designated waiting places on the ship well before our 10:35 departure time. We were hurried onto the pier even though the customs line was backed up to the ship. The wait on the pier was very long, although it appeared that if you hired a porter, they would cut in front of other customers who had waited up to half an hour to get you to the front of the line. We didn't hire a porter, but a few cut in front of us. RC has some work to do, since this could have potentially ruined an otherwise fantastic experience. Read Less
23 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
I've been on 4 cruises including this one before, and this one was definitely the best if not tied for the best (tied with star princess). I'll start with the few negatives. Negatives: If someone were to ask me what was the ... Read More
I've been on 4 cruises including this one before, and this one was definitely the best if not tied for the best (tied with star princess). I'll start with the few negatives. Negatives: If someone were to ask me what was the worse thing about this cruise, two things would come to my mind: Sunburn and disembarkation. Sunburn was because of flowrider and me forgetting to re-apply sunscreen (got burnt within 2 hours of applying sunscreen since the water hits you very hard when you fall off flowrider and washes the sunscreen off). Disembarkation took almost an hour, though if we were smarter we would have just waited on the ship nearer to the end as we were in no hurry to get off the boat. Some places were packed (on-air mainly, sometimes dazzles). Entertainment: My family and I really enjoyed some of the game shows and karaoke. Fritz (i think that's his name), was HILARIOUS! One of the better hosts for sure. Our headliner act was the Texas Tenors, and man, were they good!!! The ship itself was very big, so during the day and even at night a lot of places weren't packed (Besides on-air. Make sure to get there at least 15 minutes beforehand since the place would be so crowded people would be watching from almost outside). It didn't seem like there were 6000+ people, although our cruise had I think 6280. I'm not much for musicals, but in terms of shows mamma mia was quite good (somewhat long though). Blue Planet was decent, headliner show (texas tenors) were awesome, and the ice show was great! Activities were great. MAKE SURE YOU DONT MISS THE FLOWRIDER SHOW AT THE END OF THE WEEK. If you've tried the flowrider before, you'll be amazed at the performance the sport staff displayed, it was ridiculous!! Crowd wasn't very big as people probably thought it wasn't a big deal, but believe me, this is something worth seeing, just 30 minutes of your day. Dining: Didn't go to any of the specialty restaurants. Just went to the main dining room for breakfast and dinner, sometimes even lunch on sea days. The main dining room's fabulous! I'm not sure why people complain about it. If you don't like one food, just order another on the menu. Steak was cooked almost to perfection (medium for me always), the shrimp was great (had 12 shrimps), but lobster night was a little disappointing (although I still had 11 lobster tails....somewhat lacking in taste). My waiters were great! After ordering more than just 1 main dish and dessert the first couple nights, they always insisted on ordering more food. Every dinner I ate till I could no more! Park cafe was alright, the roast beef sandwiches not as good as I expected with everyone raving about it on the forums. Johnny Rockets also had good breakfast. Royal Promenade didn't have much but was the only thing open 24/7. The pizza place was really REALLY good though! Sometimes they would let you create your own pizza. I only had 1 hotdog at the hotdog place on the first day and it was pretty good! I was too full always to go there anymore after the first day though. Service: Service in the dining room was great, stateroom attendant did alright as well, although we didn't request too much. Besides that, service was lacking compared to some of the other cruise lines like princess. Staff weren't all out to really help you make sure you get the best cruise of your life, but they would do it if asked. Ports and Shore excursions: Cozumel: Scuba diving was pretty good, did it with a private company, not too much to say here. Jamaica: Dunns River Falls and Blue Hole. Dunns River was pretty cool walking up the water fall, but it wasn't mind blowing or anything. Blue Hole was much more exciting and adventurous. I would definitely recommend blue hole over Dunns River Falls. Haiti: Just chilled at the beach, got some mats and laid in the ocean. Very relaxing, bbq was pretty good though the ribs were a bit dry. Much nicer than Carnival's Roatan island. Also went on the coaster ride, good view but not worth the money. Tips + Other: For a good view of the ocean from the ship, go to deck 14 and walk all the way to the front. You get the best view right up at the front of the ship. The gym could get quite packed sometimes, early in the mornings is when it was more empty. There's almost always something to do, just make sure you look at your cruise compass to see what's on. Reserve your shows on cruise planner ahead of time and be sure to arrive early for any reservations you made of shows. You can always just not show up if you decide to do something else. Don't eat at the Windjammer Buffet. Food there isn't very good and it's quite packed, takes some time to find a seat. I find people in the forums are somewhat exaggerating when they say that all 6k people try to find a table in Windjammer. It's not true as once the Windjammer starts to get too busy, staff make people wait outside in a line and only let people in once others are finished eating and have left. There's many more options like Sorrento's, Park Cafe, hotdog place, and the dining rooms are available at certain times during the day. For people who do the flowrider, make sure you apply sunscreen very often since waiting in the sun for the other riders takes a lot of time and your sunscreen gets washed away when you fall in the rushing water. Embarkation was quick, but disembarkation was very slow. RCCL has a partnership with DreamWorks so you can see all the dreamwork characters. Parade was alright, although it wasn't fantastic or anything. Elevators also weren't what other people in the forums were saying. Waits weren't that long, no more than 3-4 minutes at the most. I was always too full to do any walking up/down the stairs. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Family of four, including 2-11 yr olds Spring break. 4th cruise with previous experience being Celebrity and Norwegian. To start off our family enjoyed this experience. Now I'll share the highlights..... Embarkation was hassle ... Read More
Family of four, including 2-11 yr olds Spring break. 4th cruise with previous experience being Celebrity and Norwegian. To start off our family enjoyed this experience. Now I'll share the highlights..... Embarkation was hassle free. We arrived about 11:30 and was on the ship within 45 minutes. Our rooms were ready around 1:00. The ship staff was consistently pleasant and helpful. I will start with the one and only negative. The food in the buffet is horrible. The same offerings were provided daily, the buffets design leads to long lines and insufficient seating spaces for the large number of passengers. There is a gluten free section. While complimentary food offerings are provided thoughout the ship, it's typically mini versions of the bad buffet. If you want an omelette, the MDR or the restaurant offers this. Johnny Rockets also provides free breakfast. The main dining room did well, as well as Giovanni's the specialty restaurant. We did have free lobster in the MDR one night. As a norm Lobster, surf and turf as well as Filet Mignon are offered for an additional fee daily. Now to the good stuff... I was impressed with the the ships design and the creativity with emulating neighborhoods. Although we were at capacity it didn't feel crowded. There is a variety of activities available for all. To ensure you maximize your free time reserve all of your activities before you board. If you don't do so you may spend an inordinate amount of time waiting in stand by lines as early as 45 minutes in advance. My husband became a flow rider junkie and we pretty much lost him to that activity the entire cruise. The pool area is a highlight with the area divided into quadrants. On Sea days you should get your chairs early but they are plentiful. Hold onto your beach towels because they post you will be charged 25.00 if you don't return them. Smoking is allowed outside on one side of the pool. The hot tubs are plentiful and spacious and I didn't experience the typical kids crowding the hot tubs. The Solarium area reserved for 16 and over is quite nice and spacious. The spa area is on the lower floors and has no natural light. I would normally purchase day passes, but with no sunlight it was not a consideration. Since you typically gain a few pounds on a cruise I began my fitness and eating regime early. There is a nice fitness area and a running track on a lower floor that allows freedom to exercise without running accidentally into other passengers. Entertainment was quite enjoyable. Mama Mia and Blue Planet was nice. There was an a cappella group that I could not enjoy because the theater was freezing. Kids loved the ice skating shows. The comedy show was excellent. Additional offerings include ice skating (watch the schedule as 50 people can skate for every 30 minute session) adult and children's movies on the big screen, a nice casino (smoking and non smoking) karaoke and several venues for listening to music and dancing the night away. This can be a success as long as you know what to do when...you could end up extremely frustrated without doing some homework and planning in advance.. I waited to purchase the premium drink package and got it for a 20 percent discount one week prior to the cruise... Labadee was a bust because the beach is rocky and the water is frightfully dirty and I don't need to ever go there again -Jamaica and Cozumel were magnificent. I would recommend this cruise to those that want to have a good time and have options. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
Before the Cruise/Traveling: My family and I had heard nothing but great reviews of the Allure of the Seas and we decided we had to jump aboard while it was still the largest ship in the world. We live in Oregon, so the trip alone to ... Read More
Before the Cruise/Traveling: My family and I had heard nothing but great reviews of the Allure of the Seas and we decided we had to jump aboard while it was still the largest ship in the world. We live in Oregon, so the trip alone to Fort Lauderdale was expensive. A tip to save money if you are traveling primarily for the cruise is to book an overnight flight to save money on any extra hotel cost before which is what my family and I did. It can seem a bit risky, but we got in pretty early and decided it was the best idea, and it formed out to be a great decision so I recommend it. We sailed on November 29th 2015, so it was nice to be able to get away from the rainy Oregon weather. Embarkation: Embarkation was easy and painless. We arrived at the Port at around 11am and we were able to hand our bags off to the kind men waiting to take them, it was quick and easy for everyone. Afterward, we were ushered into lines depending on what floor your room was on. Our room was room 10323 which was a Boardwalk View Balcony room and so we were on floor 10. In total, we were in the building for 25 minutes and our information and pictures were taken within 10 and we finally got to board the ship! On the Ship: The first view of the ship was incredible. It's bigger than any of us could have imagined and we were so excited! We were tired from 9 hours of traveling but the rooms weren't open until 1pm so we decided to find somewhere to relax. We figured that the buffet, the Windjammer, would be a bad idea due to the fact that so many people would be looking for food. We walked around the ship a bit, and decided to sit in the Central Park and find some food. There were plenty of comfortable seating areas and benches, so we rested our legs and found some food and Sangria. Unfortunately I never got to try the infamous Central Park Cafe Roast Beef Sandwiches which I heard are to die for. Ultimately, I do recommend finding a spot in Central Park while waiting for the rooms to open because it was relaxing and fairly open. Rooms: Once the rooms were open we met our room attendant, Nina, who was nothing but kind and so helpful whenever we needed anything the entire trip. We love you Nina! All of the attendants in our section of the ship were so incredibly kind and always asked us how our day was and always greeted us and looked to make conversation which we loved! The room was fairly small, but we could make due with three females in one room. I definitely recommend unpacking everything from your suitcase, and putting them into the storage they have in the room. If three girls can fit all of their things in one room, you can too. There is storage space under the bed as well where we kept all of our bags/suitcases. The Boardwalk View was probably the best option for us, and we were lucky to be only 4 or so balconies away from the end of the ship so we could always watch the Aqua Theater performances as well as see the ocean! It was the best of both worlds I highly recommend it. Entertainment: The "Sail Away" Show in the Aqua Theater was a blast. We watched it from our room but had a ton of fun dancing to the hit songs they played and watching the Dreamworks characters dance along to. We even got to dancing with the people in the rooms across the boardwalk from us and the DJ in the DJ booth! My advice: Just have fun! We went to Mamma Mia on the first night which my mom and sister said was a great show, but I actually ended up falling asleep because it was such a long day (lol). Great performers, great set, great entertainment all in all! On the third night we went to Ice Games, which is basically Monopoly on Ice. The talent was truly unbelievable and we even got a seat in the front row which I highly recommend because if you get lucky enough the skaters will interact with you! They interacted with myself and my sister as well as the people next to us a lot which was a blast. Not only were they incredibly great skaters, they were incredibly great actors as well. The fifth night, we attended the How to Train your Dragon Ice Show which we all loved and never wanted to end. The costumes were truly incredible, and we had never seen the movie but the story was told in a way that we were able to follow really well. We were sad after the 30-40 minute performance was over. We were fortunate enough to be able to watch Ocean Aria about 3 times from our balcony and we never ended up getting bored of it. The talent was truly amazing, and the things they do keep you on the edge of your seat. It's a theater performance mixed with incredible acrobatics! Definitely a must see! Dining: Our family had My Time dining and it was fine. The food was above average and if the line ever seemed long, it went by fast. Our waiter was great, and always so nice and helpful. The food seemed to take a while to bring out, which was kind of surprising because it was usually pre-made. But it was understandable because it was usually pretty full. I recommend going a little later than usual dinner time because majority of people go around 6-7:30. Shopping: The shopping/stores were fairly expensive, but if you were looking to buy any of those things they usually have great deals! We definitely took advantage of the 2 for 20 t-shirts in the center stands in the Royal Promenade. Food: The food was pretty good and there were many options for free and for purchase. We definitely tried to conserve the amount of money we spent so we didn't decide to go to any of the specialty restaurants. We went to the Central Park Cafe, the Main Dining Room, the Cafe Promenade, Starbucks, Wipeout Cafe and Vitality Cafe. I never had any food that I thoroughly disliked. I thought the Vitality Cafe smoothies were great especially after a work out! The food always seemed fresh and was changed nearly every hour depending on the time of day. Side note: I recommend the Wipeout Cafe for soft serve Ice Cream and a quick bite to eat after ping-pong, basketball or the FlowRider! Teen Club: The Teen Club was utilized minimally by the teens. Toward the end of the trip teens definitely got more involved in the teen club but there wasn't much teen activity going on. It was nice that they had it for teens to hang out in though when there wasn't anything else to do, but it would be nice if there were more crew members trying to get teen activities up and running. Port Excusions: Haiti- Right as we got to shore, a man took us aside and took us to his favorite spot to lay out and he set up three chairs for us, we were so grateful! My family and I decided that we would do the Dragon's Flight Zipline (The largest zipline over water) and it was a blast. We never felt scared because the people truly took great care of us and we even got to do a practice line before the "big kahuna." All of the workers were so nice and helpful and accommodated to the weather. The food in Haiti was all free and it was great food, the workers were so friendly as well. Falmouth- We didn't plan any excursions for Jamaica, but we decided to go shopping which we highly recommend. Many of the shopping areas in Jamaica have beautiful artifacts and the jewelry market is big. If you have nothing planned, take a look into some of the stores! We also highly recommend to purchase some Rum Cake and Blue Mountain Coffee! Cozumel- Our family planned a segway ride to a snorkeling destination but unfortunately it was incredibly stormy and the seas were unsafe to snorkel in. But we were able to get our money back and the personnel was happy to oblige with our request, which was very nice. So, we decided to take a look at some of the tents the locals had and stop into Señor Frogs. We ultimately had a great time with what we made of it! Activities: The activities were so fun and I recommend trying to get to all of them! We made it our mission to swim, Rock Climb, Zip Line, Mini Golf, Ice Skate, go on the Flowrider and play in the Sports Court. Each activity was fun in its own way and everyone needs to try it out at least once! If you can't find the courage to do any of these activities you can always watch people which seems to be just as fun. We all found it was lots of fun to watch people wipe out on the Flowrider, which doing is much harder than it looks! You can always play ping-pong to pass the time if you find yourself not knowing what to do. But I would find it hard because you can never run out of things to do on this ship! Pools: The pools were fairly small for the size of ship but they made sure to have plenty of deck chairs. Unfortunately it was pretty windy on our trip so the top deck chairs made it difficult to have a peaceful time with the wind. I recommend to get a chair in the middle sections near the pools or to go to the beach pool and lay out in the water. There also wasn't nearly enough hot tubs, so if you're looking for one it may take a while for people to clear out. So, don't get your hopes up. Voom Wi-Fi: We purchased the buy one get one half off "Voom Wi-Fi" on the ship. The first night or two the Wi-Fi was spotty but it improved and was very fast the rest of the cruise. If you want to stay in contact with people or post pictures etc. I recommend getting it and trying to split the cost with someone, because it is pretty expensive. Waiting: The Allure is the biggest ship in the world and is able to hold the largest amount of people, so expect a bit of waiting. The waiting was in no way unbearable, the longest wait that we had was 15 minutes for the dining room. It was a little frustrating the first night because we had reservations but there were plenty of people with reservations and we understood. If anyone says that the dining room is full and the wait will be longer than 30 minutes then tries to promote other restaurants with a charge, don't fall for it! We were told that exact thing one night and got into the dining room 2 minutes later. Summary: It was a great trip! No one can control the weather unfortunately so some things had to be canceled but we just had to make the most of what we could! My advice is to let go and have fun, you spent too much money and probably a lot of time to let weather or any one thing get in the way of you having fun or to start complaining. The Allure was incredibly beautiful and always stayed clean. The crew seemed to always interact and always tried to make our stay the best as possible! We are going on it's sister ship, the newest Harmony of the Seas in November 2016 and we cannot be more excited! Read Less
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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