1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We booked this ship because we loved her sister, the Oasis of the Seas. I was not very impressed with the activities onboard, I was very bored. The shows were amazing though. The dining was good. We ate in the American Icon most but we did ... Read More
We booked this ship because we loved her sister, the Oasis of the Seas. I was not very impressed with the activities onboard, I was very bored. The shows were amazing though. The dining was good. We ate in the American Icon most but we did eat in the other two. The food is the same in all three. I was not impressed with the service at Silk. It was slow and he was not friendly. We had an Ocean View that was actually a board walk view and the cabin was very good. The ports were awesome. I would not go on this ship again well maybe far in the future. I do reccomend sailing on Allure of the Seas. She is a beautiful ship. There is not a flaw about her. The only thing I would change is have more activities going on during the day. Every time we would go to an interesting event it would be so packed you could not even get anywhere, because there was nothing else to do. Read Less
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
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
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: 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: 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
This was our fifth cruise and all the RCI. We have previously sailed on the sister ship in the Caribbean and new just what an awesome ship this was to be. Here is a summary of our experiences: - Cabin - internal cabin on the 10th ... Read More
This was our fifth cruise and all the RCI. We have previously sailed on the sister ship in the Caribbean and new just what an awesome ship this was to be. Here is a summary of our experiences: - Cabin - internal cabin on the 10th floor near the front. The ship had been recently refitted and all was as expected. Just about right for a seven night stay. Trips - We pre-booked trips prior to boarding and booked a last day in Barcelona trip whilst on board. We had trips cancelled for no good reason - including a sistine chapel trip. We had paid in sterling for these on our credit card whilst on-line at home. The cost was credited back to our on-board account in dollars - with a fair old discrepancy in their favour! This has still yet to be addressed! The trips were on the whole pretty dull affairs and I've now had enough of looking at ruins in 37 degrees C heat, only to be told what is on Wikipedia and then taken shamelessly around the tour operators' mates' businesses to pay for greatly inflated goods. One trip was out of the blue and superb and that was in the villages and towns around Rome, with an Italian living English guide. Dining - the main dining is,a s ever, decent pub food dressed up! Having waters constantly talking to you even when you are eating drove us up the wall - one guy was so obviously pitching for tips and so over the top that we ditched the main dining option and instead decided to bite the bullet and pay for the upgraded dining. Sabor (Mexican) was tremendous and as was Giovanni's Table (Italian) really were worth the extra spend. As much as we dislike the crush of the Windjammer - it's a brilliant option compared to the main dining. The drinks package - what a waste of time. Guinness disappeared on day two or three. The wine was bloody awful stuff and the Crown & Anchor (we are Platinum) discounts were free drinks that we got on the drinks package! In fact, what is the point of the Crown & Anchor Society. Other than a faster embarkation and a nice room to disembark, are there any other real and measurable benefits? Living in a pretty cool country - opportunities to dine outside, in a relaxed atmosphere are few. Being able to eat at Giovanni's on the amazing Park Deck and Sabor on the aqua-theatre deck was superb - however, being expected to pay extra is, when you think about it, crazy. We did the whole ship behind the scenes trip (amazing) on the Oasis, so we know where the food is made and it doesn't justify the difference. We also noticed that the waiters in the speciality restaurants seems to know when to leave you alone - much better. Shows - if you've ever cruise on RCI and had the director of entertainment - Joff - you will know just how good he is. The team on the Allure were massively over-shadowed by the captain, who appeared to be doing their job for them. Shows were constantly cancelled during the cruise and it wasn't until the last few days of the cruise that things started to get anywhere near what we had experienced on the Oasis. Very strange. You have to watch the internal channel where the captain has his teeth whitened - very funny. The gym - $25 per session to use the spin bikes! Crazy!! Flowrider - superb staff and great fun!! Ships' doctors - I boarded the ship with stitches and needed them removing whilst on-board. I had a letter from my doc and on day 5 saw the ships doctor who told me that they were infected and would not touch them. A nurse there intervened and gave me some anti-biotic cream to rub on them. When I arrived home I saw our GP and was told that they were perfect and appeared never to have been infected and showed every sign of being healed. The stitches came straight out and the cut was healed! Being told that you have an infected wound with a sea day in front of you was pretty stressful - I would sum up the ship's doc facility as a big fat ZERO! We stayed in the Hotel W in Barcelona before the cruise and on the whole, we wished that we had just stayed there. Amazing food, the world's comfiest bed, amazing views, awesome staff and a tremendous city. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2011
Boarding the ship was a breeze and access to our stateroom was almost immediate. The room was beautiful and spacious. Getting lunch after we boarded was more difficult. The Windjamer buffet is simply not big enough for everyone who ... Read More
Boarding the ship was a breeze and access to our stateroom was almost immediate. The room was beautiful and spacious. Getting lunch after we boarded was more difficult. The Windjamer buffet is simply not big enough for everyone who wants to eat there. So, we had to search out other options. While there are several other "free" places to grab a lunch, these are quick food places--pizza or sandwiches and have very limited seating. Getting oriented to the ship and finding your way around was very easy because of the interactive screens on each floor. You simply "touch" for directions to a place or to find out what is going on. The technological perks on the ship were quite amazing. With 6,000+ on board it is easy to see why RCI incorporates the technology. The elevators do not seem to adequately serve the amount of people on board. Over 80% of the time we waited for more than 2 minutes for an elevator. There are plenty of free activities on board--ice skating, zip line, etc. and despite the number on board, the wait time was very short or non-existent for the activities. There also seemed to be plenty of deck chairs for everyone. But all that glitters is not gold. The food in the main dining hall was just awful. And I mean terrible on every night. We joked that RCI must want to force people to eat at the "for fee" places. I can understand if I was the only one complaining about the food--but all four of us in our party thought it was super awful. The starters are ok, but the main courses...well I hope you enjoy a sandwich late at night. We found ourselves roaming late at night for snacks because we were still hungry. Overall, the menu selection for dinner and breakfast was limited. The options simply were not there. The bad food includes the desserts and breakfast. I had biscuits and gravy one morning and couldn't stomach it. I can't emphasize how bad the food really was. The push to sell alcoholic beverages was non-stop. There is always someone with a tray of made drinks trying to sell one to you. And, for every single purchase (including alcoholic drinks) you have to sign a receipt. Naturally, that receipt prompts you for an additional tip. It gets irritating have to sign for every drink you buy. For the major entertainment, you have to have reservations. Most of the shows were full by the time we boarded. So, thank goodness I had made reservations two months prior to leaving. But the shows themselves were good and the costumes and scenery great. Overall, the ship is very pretty and many times I just felt like I was at the mall. Some of the neighborhoods RCI highlights, like Central Park, and the Boardwalk are really not as big as you think they are. My biggest complaint is that RCI sacrificed ocean views in order to fit in everything. Really, you have to be outside on the top floors in the pool/activities area in order to see the water. All sorts of people were on board and it's a very international crowd but it was also "Scooter Nation". Even Ken Rush, the cruise director, joked about the number of people who were on those scooters zipping around the ship. The area outside of the dining room looks like a scooter parking lot! I have been on lines that are known for a more mature crowd, but this was so much more that I would have expected. How many times did my toes get squashed? We paid more for this cruise than for any other we have been on. Yet, no nice soap/shampoo in the bath, no dressing robes in your room, fresh orange juice will cost you $2.25 (the other line gives it to you for free), the pastries are fresh on Monday but by Thursday they are all just hard, and then there's a few places that you can't even enter unless you are a "diamond" member. And, then there's the public spectacle of handing out the tips at the end of the cruise--just plain uncomfortable. The spa was also a huge disappointment. My husband and I were eager to book the room with the heated lounge chairs and steam rooms for the week. We had done that with another cruise line and loved it. Yet, this one was so disappointing. Only four or five lounges. No, hot tub/whirlpool and no views whatsoever. We felt so claustrophobic on the tour. It is not worth the money--other cruise lines have the lounges, steam rooms AND a hot tub with gorgeous views. Alas, as I have mentioned, there just are any views in the common areas and very limited in the dining room or Windjammer. Kids will love all the cute animals running around and teens will love the activities. I missed the perks that make this a truly relaxing, luxurious cruise. The service was fantastic and I loved our room, but I will not be sailing on the Oasis class ships again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2011
Just recently finished our sailing with Allure of the Seas for the October 16th 2011 sailing. Here is my review being as objective as possible: - Food in main dining room was of low quality. Lackluster dish presentation, bland tasting ... Read More
Just recently finished our sailing with Allure of the Seas for the October 16th 2011 sailing. Here is my review being as objective as possible: - Food in main dining room was of low quality. Lackluster dish presentation, bland tasting food, and limited menu. We ended up tired of going there and skipped the same at the end. - Food in specialty restaurants were of great quality, great presentation, and very tasty, especially Chops Grille! Highly recommended. If you have the money I would skip the main dining all together. - Having sailed in other cruises, including other RC ships, we found most shows to be boring. Chicago though was very good. - Although the Cruise had several entertainment options and activities, we found these completely lacking, especially for a ship that spends 3 days at sea. One does really get bored. Being a couple in their 30's and early 40's, we found most activities and entertainment targeted to an older population, specifically american, for a ship carrying such a culturally diverse crowd. For a ship with so many bars were one would expect a lively nightlife, these were dead most of the time. Our sailing unfortunately was filled with rainy days and many cancelled outdoor activities. Although we understand that weather is unexpected, there should have been a plan B for indoor entertainment. - Not all was dissapointing, beautiful cruise ship, so many different places to be and see, excellent ambience, Central Park is beautiful, Promenade is awesome. In sum, beautiful ship with lots of potential to correct the flaws. But so far not worth the higher premium. Never feels cramped until you need help or get in an elevator. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
Allure of the Seas Sept 11 -18 I took my first cruise the year on the Allure Of The Seas, embarking on 0911/2011. Pro: The ship is beautiful. We ate at 150 Park Avenue and Giovanni's, both were fantastic. There were ... Read More
Allure of the Seas Sept 11 -18 I took my first cruise the year on the Allure Of The Seas, embarking on 0911/2011. Pro: The ship is beautiful. We ate at 150 Park Avenue and Giovanni's, both were fantastic. There were numerous pools and Jacuzzi's, many of which were open 24 hours a day and featured great water views. Embarkation was smooth and easy. I enjoyed all of the excursions and had no difficulty getting of the ship or meeting the representative of each excursion. The excursions were one of my favorite parts of my vacation. Unlike the ship, every excursion was well staffed with cheerful, friendly employees. Con: The Allure of the Seas has one glaring shortcoming. It is understaffed. I have never been on a vacation where there were fewer employees watching over the property. The only employees I saw were the ones tasked with taking my money. Absolutely minimalist pool service. The unsupervised nature of the ship led to some troubling incidents for the women in my party. At one point myself and fellow passengers had to basically form vigilante vigilante groups to ward off unruly passengers. In general, the last place on earth a single person should be. I was thankful I came with friends. My travelling companions and I took excursions in Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We are planning to go back to Jamaica and stay at the Iberostar Rose Hotel in Jaimaica that was the site of one of our excursions. Disembarkation was a madhouse, as you might expect with no employees. We heard some voices over the PA system, but that was as close as we got to any organization. This was my first cruise. I found the positive aspects of the journey far outweighed any negative impressions. I plan on cruising again, but I will research more carefully next time to find a cruise line that avoids the glaring shortcoming of personal service that Royal Carribean exhibited. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2011
Cruised on Allure of the Seas on the July 17, 2011 to the Western Caribbean and although the ship and its amenities are magnificent, my recommendation is to only sail when the ship is not at full capacity. Simply put, if you are a fan of ... Read More
Cruised on Allure of the Seas on the July 17, 2011 to the Western Caribbean and although the ship and its amenities are magnificent, my recommendation is to only sail when the ship is not at full capacity. Simply put, if you are a fan of shopping at the mall two days before Christmas, this is the cruise for you. If you prefer to sail on a cruise where your main memory is not waiting in one line or the other, then pick another ship or better yet, sail on the Allure when it is not so full. But first, there was much to like (or even love). The GOOD:The SHIP: Fabulous, stunning, shimmering, dazzling, tremendous, wonderful. Pick a positive adjective. The ship is truly breath taking. The neighborhood concept is very clever as each has a unique character of its own. One of the places to escape (and trust me you will need it) is Central Park. Pop a squat at Park Cafe and you will truly think you are sitting in a secluded park somewhere in a small Midwest town. We also spent a lot of time at the Boardwalk. Check out the Ice Cream shop, our boys thought it was some of the best they have had. The Pool and Sports Zone 'hood was second to none. Do the Zip Line and the Flow Rider. Tip: sign the waiver online and get your wrist band early in the cruise. Best times to Flowride and Zip are days at port and early in the day/cruise. Towards the end of the cruise, the lines get pretty long. The Solarium (adult pool area) was huge and another great place to escape. And even though the ship is huge, no worries about getting lost. They have these awesome touch screens that tell you where you are, what is going on, and how to get to where you want to go. ROOMS: Our room was very nice. Always kept clean. It seemed like some magic fairy came in and quickly cleaned it even when we had just left for an hour or so. GYM: Best of the best. Tons of nice, new equipment and extremely spacious. Could have used more free weights, but that is a nit. EMBARKATION: The Ft. Lauderdale crew was great. We arrived at 11:30 and were on the ship in less than 20 minutes.The ENTERTAINMENT: Top notch. Ocean Aria was our favorite. Like seeing a mini Vegas show. The Chicago production was fantastic and the way RCI interweaved the DreamWorks characters with shows, parades and character visits was a real treat. The Comedy show was great, but it was disappointing that there was only one set of comedians. Each show was a just a repeat. Other ships rotate comedians and I would suggest Allure do the same. The Ice Games show was pretty cheesy, so go at your own risk. Tip: Make reservations early as most shows sell out. If you forget to do it before you cruise, go to Studio B when you first get on the ship and you can make entertainment and dinner reservations. But the absolute highlight of all the entertainment was Cruise Director Allan Brooks. He is simply one of the funniest humans on the planet (Cruise Director Julie is not worthy to carry Allan's jock). Go to any show where he is emcee. A Dating Game knockoff, Love and Marriage, was milk out of the nose funny. An adult Quest Game show (Don't ask, just go, and leave the kids behind) was equally hilarious (I am still amazed at how quick some women can doff a bra. Again, don't ask). The BAD (WELL, MAYBE JUST THE NOT SO GOOD):SPECIALTY RESTAURANTS: Sure all cruise lines count on you spending some jack once on board, but Allure gives you plenty of opportunities to empty your wallet. They have a bunch of premium restaurants, but we were left less than impressed. We did Sambas Grill (Brazilian steakhouse) and Izumi (sushi). Both were O.K. Nothing special except that you could escape the crowds when you eat. But neither was really worth the nominal charge. Save some money and stick with the regular dining room as the food was just as good with a better selection. SERVICE: This was pretty surprising since this is the third RCI we have been on, but the service was...well, just alright. Some staff were great (Donna, Bernard, Sander), but most just seemed to be doing their job. I don't need everyone to have some Richard Simmons over the top positive personality, but some emotion would have been nice. They were professional, but many seemed...sterile. THE UGLY:TOO. MANY. PEOPLE. We were told our sailing was at full capacity at over 6,000 guests and quite simply, the ship and crew just were not built for this mass of humanity. You WILL wait...and wait on everything. Get ready to wait on elevators as there is just not enough. The typical scenario was to hit the up/down button and wait...and wait. When one did arrive, the scramble to get on was something to behold. I am not kidding when I saw old people knocked out of the way by guests pushing to get on as if they were cramming onto a Japanese subway. If you were lucky to get on the first elevator (which was rare, usually it took two or three tries to get on an elevator), then you will stop on every floor. Most would be empty as people abandoned their wait and just decided to take the stairs. Very poorly planned. Unbelievably disappointing. Get used to waiting on restaurants. Whether reservation or My Time, there was always a big wait to get seated. Once seated, the wait between courses was pretty substandard. The worst experience was the Windjammer buffet. No matter what time you went, there was a mass of people fighting to get a table or even to get into the restaurant. Several times, the wait was 20-30 minutes just to get into a buffet. Seriously? The Golden Corral seemed more organized. Again, poor, poor planningDuring busy times on the Promenade, it was as if you were a salmon swimming upstream. There were wall to wall people everywhere. Imagine trying to get to Sears on the other end of the mall on December 23rd during a 50% off sale with Justin Beiber performing in the Food Court and you will get the idea. Debarkation (as other have mentioned) was a joke. Kind of an "every man for himself" attitude. At one point I heard an RCI crew shouting into a 2-way that he had no control over the crowd and could not believe the line to exit the ship wrapped around the elevator. Line jumping was rampant as there seemed to be no crew (or roped off areas) to keep the impatient guest in check. It was just a massive push to the exit. I am sure the bean counters at RCI thought if big is better than even more should be fantastic. Sadly, the quality of the cruise suffered greatly because of just too many people in too tight (yes, even on this behemoth) of a space. RCI boosts that when you sail on Allure you will not feel like you are on a ship with 6,000 people. They were correct, many times it seemed like there are 7 or 8,000. 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Sail Date: May 2011
Let's start with the good: - boarding process was painless. Lots to do. Specialty restaurants are top notch. Love the touch screens next to each elevator that let you know what's happening at all times throughout the ship and ... Read More
Let's start with the good: - boarding process was painless. Lots to do. Specialty restaurants are top notch. Love the touch screens next to each elevator that let you know what's happening at all times throughout the ship and help orient you. Plenty of pools and hot tubs. Some of the entertainment is spectacular and great fun specially the musical Chicago, the comedy club, and the Aqua theatre. Now for the bad and I must preface this by saying that I prefer a more relaxed and intimate cruising experience so I have a definite bias. Service is very impersonal. Never even met my cabin steward. Because there are 5,000 other passengers on the ship you have to preplan EVERYTHING- from visits to specialty restaurants, to reservations at the shows. Even with reservations we showed up at two of the shows and there was no seating left. Food in the dining room is fine - nothing to write home about. Windjammer is same as with all other ships. Solarium has absolutely no shade which is a shame because it's the only quiet pool area reserved for adults. I love to work out and tbe gym is cramped and not as attractive as those on smaller ships where they are located on a high deck and afford a beautiful view of tbe ocean while you work out (bliss). 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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