48 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

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
Sail Date October 2018
Our family enjoys RCCL because of the varied activities. We were 10 people (three generations) onboard and EVERYONE found something to do. All-in-All, this is by far my most favorite ship of the RCCL fleet so far. Honestly, I like ... Read More
Our family enjoys RCCL because of the varied activities. We were 10 people (three generations) onboard and EVERYONE found something to do. All-in-All, this is by far my most favorite ship of the RCCL fleet so far. Honestly, I like the big ships. I like the buzz of activities and the choices they offer. I understand some people don't like the number of people. Truth-be-told you only "feel" the number of people on the first morning if you choose to go to the Windjammer. For disembarkation, if you're smart you can avoid the crowds. Do one of two things: 1) Keep your luggage and get off at the first call in the morning... around 7:15. 2) Schedule a late flight out, enjoy breakfast and find a place to relax, (play some games) drink some coffee and wait out the crowds.. We got off at 10:00 and there was NO line, no backup to get luggage or go thru customs. Call an Uber (they are waiting close by) or take a cab.. tons available. This was my 2nd time on the Allure. We particularly like it because the food happens to be superior than other RCCL ships (I've been on Liberty 3x, Freedom, Oasis, Harmony and Allure 2x). Our cabin stewardess was just AMAZING. Our bed happened to be very hard (like a board). She brought me a topper but it wasn't enough. She found me an egg crate foam topper that just was OVER-THE-TOP amazingly comfortable. She went out of her way to help me feel more comfortable. The food was again terrific. They have changed the menu slightly (I think one less entree choice) from two years ago, but the selection every night was terrific and they still have their "classic" menu of standards that helps people find a good alternative every night. I have never seen a crew try harder at dinner (this was my 20 something cruise). I must admit, that the shopping has changed over the years. They used to have many clothing choices (Tommy Bahama, etc). Now they have THREE purse stores (Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Coach) but absolutely NO place for a WOMAN (not a teen) to purchase a bathing suit bottom (yes, I forgot mine and I'm most definitely NOT a teen body!) I understand they must adapt to trends, but please... give us some adult cloths again! The ship was immaculate. All of the sports areas were super clean and plentiful of balls, etc). I was a little disappointed that the entertainment (Mama Mia! and the Water Shows were so "front end" loaded. The Mama Mia! show was only the first three days, of which we were at sea, busy with so many activities for two of them). We had tickets for the first night 10:15PM water show but there was lightning so they postponed it.. Unfortunately, they made it at 8:15 on the 5th night but we had late dinner seating... IDK why they didn't make it a late show since we were scheduled for a late show. In my opinion, the Mama Mia show should be more spread out (maybe there are behind the scenes reasons why they don't). It's too hard to do so much in the first three days! I also hated the fact that they open the seating up to ANYONE and if you're coming from something else and are not ready to claim your seat, you cannot get a seat). Their reservation system MUST be fixed. Either hard tickets or a better check-in system because we had tickets to a 10:15 show... we were coming from the late seating for dinner and there were NO seats left. Same thing for the late night comedy in Studio B. Why bother with reservations, if you're not going to honor them??? One thing that really stuck me was the kiosk style at the promenade. The aggressive nature of some of the sales people made it almost uncomfortable to walk the promenade if you don't like being approached. I've NEVER seen RCCL push the drink package like they did on this trip. Light up cups, people walking around with flyers, etc. Here are a couple of very important thoughts: 1) download the app. You can check in (there is one bug but hopefully they've fixed it). But more importantly, you can carry your phone (important for pictures) and literally look for a moment-by-moment list of things that are happening by category or by time. It's an amazing lifesaver! 2) If you're in a group and have any hopes of finding your family, bring walkie talkies. I have the ones that have lower and upper channels so NO one is on your channel because you have about 140 to choose from! 3) Make your entertainment reservations AS SOON AS they are available online. If you wait, you will not get tickets Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Crew overall was not friendly and had multiple rude comments from crew. Room attendant was great her amen was Yvette! Bar staff on board should be completely revamped aside from a select few! The cruise was very indirect and overall not ... Read More
Crew overall was not friendly and had multiple rude comments from crew. Room attendant was great her amen was Yvette! Bar staff on board should be completely revamped aside from a select few! The cruise was very indirect and overall not consumer friendly! Staff had no sense of urgency to tend to customers and if your taking children under 12 I would strongly recommend not going on this ship. My kids did not have anything to do as planned activities are ran by other customers on the ship not by any member of the staff although they are scheduled, it's a teenage and kid free for all so it resulted in my 9 year old being left out until I intervened! I've been on Carnival multiple times and never experienced anything like this cruise! I will not be cruising Royal again! I apologize to the few staff that were great! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Chose this cruise due to friends who were already booked. A few days before the cruise, there were several emails coming concerning 25% discount on a very expensive drink package. One spouse can't get it - you have to BOTH get it. ... Read More
Chose this cruise due to friends who were already booked. A few days before the cruise, there were several emails coming concerning 25% discount on a very expensive drink package. One spouse can't get it - you have to BOTH get it. That was almost $1000 for us! I didn't get the package discount secured before we went because I was travelling right up until our leave. Then when we got on the ship, we tried to arrange it. The discount not longer applied, and no one on the ship at the info desk was able to fix that. I couldn't believe that - how easy would it be! Then 3 days in - they were offering a 10 drink package! Very disappointing. The attendant taking care of our room was a sweetheart. However, we were charged $14.50 per day per person. That really adds up. At the end of the week, they offered envelopes to leave a tip for the attendant! It's not his fault but I really felt this was over the top. The lineups for drinks poolside were disappointing. One guy working the bar the entire time - at one of the locations near us. He couldn't really keep up. For dinner, we really had to discuss the delays in getting meals and drinks, by the second day. They just weren't coming around. The staff are not experienced and there were just not enough of them. We couldn't get an outside balcony. We wasted $ on an inside one. All we needed was a porthole - if you can't get outside balcony - don't waste your money. Shows were fantastic. A lot of $ for 7 days. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
Our friend alerted us to this cruise because of their previous experience on the Oasis of the Seas (a sister ship), and the great pricing. This was our first experience with a cruise, and we were blown away by the ship itself, the great ... Read More
Our friend alerted us to this cruise because of their previous experience on the Oasis of the Seas (a sister ship), and the great pricing. This was our first experience with a cruise, and we were blown away by the ship itself, the great service, wonderful food, beautiful surroundings, and variety of entertainment and experiences! We heard from other travelers on the ship that this cruise line was the best they had experienced. While there was at least 9,000 people on board, including staff, we never felt like it was overcrowded at any time. There were so many different places to hang out and walk, swim, hot tub, eat, and play, that we were kept very happy! Because of all the fun things on board for kids, as well, we would love to come back and bring our grandchildren. We highly recommend Allure of the Seas to families and adults. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I simply wanted to experience the largest ship in the world and the experience was just great. From the moment that we departed the hotel and arrived at the port, it was apparent that this was a class A operation. Cars and buses were in ... Read More
I simply wanted to experience the largest ship in the world and the experience was just great. From the moment that we departed the hotel and arrived at the port, it was apparent that this was a class A operation. Cars and buses were in and out with extreme precision considering the amount of passengers boarding. Past the port and sail pass in hand in, the process took an amazingly small amount of time, from the dismount of the taxi to processing and finally the boarding and the Promenade, very efficient. Once in, the Promenade was very inviting and comfortable with all the space available to casually walk and admire the shops, grab a bite or head straight to the cabin. Once on board, the hustle and bustle just melted away and you knew it was time to rest and relax and have some fun. The Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship and it is all that is cracked up to be, you won't be disappointed, regardless of a first-time cruiser or experienced multi-ship cruiser. All aspects of the Allure were exceptional, the Cabins were just right and well designed, the dining superb, all the entertainment was first class and worthy of world-class status, service was beyond reproach. Sail away on the Allure of the Seas you will love this ship and all that it has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I was underwhelmed by this cruise. It was my first time going on an Oasis class ship on Royal Caribbean, and I was expected to be blown away, but I wasn't. My original cruise was postponed beacuse of Hurricane Irma, so I chose to take ... Read More
I was underwhelmed by this cruise. It was my first time going on an Oasis class ship on Royal Caribbean, and I was expected to be blown away, but I wasn't. My original cruise was postponed beacuse of Hurricane Irma, so I chose to take the future cruise credit and go at another time. Rebooking was a nghtmare, because they split the future cruise credit into two fares at different prices, and I couldn't use the leftover from one fare to compensate for the second fare. Royal Caribbean just wants to take as much money as possible from you, and this experience left me so disillusioned and disappointed with the company. The food was mediocre. Some items were great, like the curry eggplant, the creme brulee, the goat meat, and several other things. Don't expect to have an omelet station like in other cruises. The omelet station is in a small cafe on a different deck, they don't cook it in front of you and it takes FOREVER for them to take it to your table. I gave up on omelets after my third day. Also, the lines were really annoying. There was a line to eat at the restaurants and at the buffet. I love "my time dining" in other cruises, but for this cruise, I would not recommend it because the lines are unbearable. The cruise wasn't even fully booked and I felt like I was in a sardine can because of the massive crowds everywhere...breakfast, lunch, dinner, shows, elevators, ugh! It was very annoying. The daytime entertainment was mediocre, but the evening entertainment was SPECTACULAR! I was very impressed by the variety of shows and acts they had. My mom and I really enjoyed the Blue Planet show and the Aqua Aria show with the divers! I also enjoyed listening to the Mamma Mia ensemble and other entertainers sing some of their favorite songs. The jazz band and the orchestra were phenomenal. I was mezmerized by all the talent. Great showmanship from all! Our room was great. We had an oceanview balcony and it was very comfortable. I also had the VOOM internet package for all 7 days and it was good, I never lost service. However, it was difficult to download the Royal Caribbean app...it seemed like the connection wasn't fast enough, but it didn't bother me that much. One of my complaints about the cruise experience was that I felt like I was being sold something at every corner. Buy the drink package, buy the coffee, go to the specialty restaurant, buy the popcorn at the theater, etc. I was also disappointed that the flowrider surfing attraction wasn't included...it was like $300. The cruise had some nice touches that I enjoyed, like the carousel and the Central Park neighborhood. I loved Central Park, it was so peaceful and beautiful. The vegetation was very nicely kept. I also liked the Rising Tide bar that moves up and down through the decks of the ship. Very cool experience! My final complaint, is that the Crown & Anchor society loyalty program they have is not worth it at all. We were promised prioroty boarding, and no such thing existed. We waited in line like everybody else, so that was a lie. I don't see any value with that loyaly program, unless you've taken 63 cruises and have accumulated enough cruises to reap the benefits of it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We had an incredible time the food the entertainment the animation everything was perfect. The dining room experience was the best one ever the service was exceptional the food quality and taste was perfect. The activities inside the ... Read More
We had an incredible time the food the entertainment the animation everything was perfect. The dining room experience was the best one ever the service was exceptional the food quality and taste was perfect. The activities inside the cruise were great surfing zip-line the ice skating everything was perfect. I loved the Dream works parade it was very nice, the 70's party everything was just perfect to the very last detail. The shows were jaw dropping to see all those amazing people perform with so much perfection not only in the Aqua Theater but in the Ice Skating show and the Amber theater it was great. The only thing that i hated was the shore excursion in St. Kitts it was the worst experience of my life nowhere did it say that the excursion was dangerous and risky it did say strenuous and that was true but the danger wasn't told anywhere. it was 2 hours and 45 min up and 2 hours and 45 min down the hike was horrible they give you a stick to hold on to and thats it. Its literally a nature trail there are only a couple steps and ropes to hold on to in the beginning after that you have to hold on to the rocks the roots the trees anything you can find. I really hated the excursion people fell and open wounds and many stayed in the way and couldn't make it to the end of my group 3 didn't make it. There were spots that only half your foot fit in and you had to hold on hard to anything to not fall down rolling through all that jungle and it was extremely dangerous as the falls were very high I think if someone falls they can die and there is no way to get back to the top. It was very scary and extremely dangerous and risky. They guides were telling us stories of people who have broken their foot and dislocated their shoulders it was just horrifying. They also say you have snack and water included the snacks were ok but there wasn't even enough water for everyone and the juice was literally a sip per person of a juice that is not even new it is like a refilled bottle. Besides that everything else was perfect the cruise was astonishing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
My Cruise Experience on this ship as being my first time was just amazing. I loved every second of my precious time on this ship. Our cabins were very very nice and the beds were really really comfy. The Ship was constantly being cleaned ... Read More
My Cruise Experience on this ship as being my first time was just amazing. I loved every second of my precious time on this ship. Our cabins were very very nice and the beds were really really comfy. The Ship was constantly being cleaned and maintained but it never bothered your vacation time. The Dining was out of this world on this ship I am talking like $500 dinners in the main dining room and the buffets were just, lets just say way to much of the best food in the world you actually did not want to eat anymore because you ate sooooo much. The Entertainment was so amazing the ice skating shows and the movies in the 3D theater were really cool, But the sports deck, deck 15 was the greatest. The sports crew was composed of the most nicest and the most supportive people I have ever met they were really cool. The Room service was just amazing you could have whole meals ordered to your room for free before 12:00 at night. The Ports were amazing, we stopped in st.Thomas, st.Kitts, and The Bahamas. Overall I would have to say this was the best vacation I have ever been on in my life. The Question Would you go again? should not even be allowed to be spoken or thought, because its too easy to answer it, of course --> YES Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Although this was an expensive trip, it was almost as nice as Disney CL for a better price. Not all room include a bunk bed, so make sure you check that if that is what you want. There was so much to do for the entire family. Although ... Read More
Although this was an expensive trip, it was almost as nice as Disney CL for a better price. Not all room include a bunk bed, so make sure you check that if that is what you want. There was so much to do for the entire family. Although there are a lot of extras which you can buy, we enjoyed the cruise without paying for anything extra and loved it. We tried the rock climbing and the zip line, and truly enjoyed most of the free restaurants. The shows were family friendly. The ice skating shows really set this cruise line apart. The buffet did not include as much variety as Norwegian or Disney, but we enjoyed the My Time Dining option in the MDR. Our children rarely attend the kids' clubs in any cruise line, but we enjoyed the family activities (parents invited), including the science projects. Their science activities' staff were energetic and knowledgeable. Parents enjoyed the large gym which is directly attached to the track. Even on the last sea day, it was practically empty. There was plenty of equipment for everyone's use. I wish the yoga was free, but it was not. We did not book any excursions through the cruise line but we enjoyed walking around and using the free trolley in Old San Juan. We found a starbucks near the port and took advantage of the free wifi. While on the ship, we bought the wifi package and we were happy with the service. It was cheaper for us not to buy the entire week's worth since we just check in with family a few times during the duration of the cruise. The beach in Labadee was nice. You have to pay for an umbrella, so be ready to sweat it. There is a trolley to help you get around but it was always full. We walked up to the next station so we could get on. The buffet was super busy with few options, so we decided to go back on the ship for lunch. We always enjoyed the ship's pools in the morning or on port days when there are no crowds. No water slides on this ship, but our kids really enjoyed the current pool. There are so many pools and hot tubs for everyone to enjoy and find a deck chair. Our children enjoyed the 3 arcades on the ship. There were often issues with the machines but the staff credited us every time. Make sure that you keep track of how much is spent on your kids' room keys! If you don't want them to spend, deactivate their cards for spending! We would gladly cruise with Royal Caribbean again, although Disney remains our first choice. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We choose this cruise because at the time it was the biggest cruise ship and it also conveniently departed from Ft Lauderdale. When we got to Port Everglades at the check-in the line was very long and a bit disorganized. The check-in team ... Read More
We choose this cruise because at the time it was the biggest cruise ship and it also conveniently departed from Ft Lauderdale. When we got to Port Everglades at the check-in the line was very long and a bit disorganized. The check-in team were in the middle and everyone was crowding the little centre in the middle like brokers charging at the TV monitors down at the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. When we boarded the ship after a hectic one hour we were astonished by the centre where it looked like a mall. There was a cool elevator with a bar on it and many shopping stores. Our ship disembarked smoothly but 15 minutes later than 5:00. I was also amazed by the Central Park with all the landscaping and greenery. I must say though that the Park felt very compact and at times even artificial. The ship was huge, I mean you could take days just to explore the whole ship. The pools were extremely crowded and very shallow. It was difficult to find reclining chairs to put our stuff in and at times someone would slip and fall on the pool deck because it was slippery. One of my favourite parts of the ship was definitely, the navigational bridge. The bridge was amazing and was probably one of my trip's highlights. My cabin was expectingly compact but roomier than those on Carnival Cruise Lines. The kids get a pullout bunk while the adults get nice king-sized beds. The showers were great and the toilets flushed well. The sinks though took a little getting used to though. The balcony was great and we left the door open during the night so we can hear the waves. One problem with the balcony though was that the handicap accessibility ramp would smash down on the floor every time we opened the door which eventually got disturbing and I think that Royal Carribean could've made a quieter alternative. The dining was okay and usually, the bill was a bit expensive for the quality of the food we got. At every destination and port, we usually left the crowd and rented a car to go explore the islands ourselves. Port service was usually good and boarding was made convenient by the security staff. Overall, the cruise was okay but could've been better. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My Gina and Gianna invited me to vacation with them and am so glad I did! We all had an amazing time onboard as well as onshore excursions. Dining opitions were phenomenal! No matter what you liked there was a restaurant that had it. ... Read More
My Gina and Gianna invited me to vacation with them and am so glad I did! We all had an amazing time onboard as well as onshore excursions. Dining opitions were phenomenal! No matter what you liked there was a restaurant that had it. Food was always fresh -never left out for long periods of time. Cleanliness all over the ship was a priority as well. The antibacterial stations all over are a great idea for keeping us less likely to spread germs. I loved this idea. Everyone no matter their position or status was very friendly, helpful, kind, and took pride in the job they were doing. It was refreshing to be able to enjoy folks like this and no one ever came across with an attitude that "it's not my job". Everyone helped! The cleanliness all over the ship was phenomenal. Someone was always picking up and cleaning up so there was never a time that we saw trash. I also liked that there were recycle bins all around as this is quite important to me. We recycle as much as possible and want to do our part to keep the world around us a better place. I appreciated everyone that worked to make this a memorable experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was a family reunion cruise selected by the family member organizing the trip so I didn't have any input on which cruise line, boat, sail date, amenities, etc. However, with that said, she selected a cruise ship that I think ... Read More
This was a family reunion cruise selected by the family member organizing the trip so I didn't have any input on which cruise line, boat, sail date, amenities, etc. However, with that said, she selected a cruise ship that I think worked for all. We had family members who couldn't walk due to a recent foot surgery or were very athletic and worked out every day. We had all ages and interests. There really is something for everyone on this ship. I had my three kids, (13, 12, 7) and they were busy the whole time. They loved the swimming, especially the whirlpool, the rock climbing, zip lining and wave rider. My daughter (7) was too small for the wave rider and the zip line. She did participate in the kids club but preferred to be with us vs. the club which felt a little more like day care service than I would have liked. The entertainment was great and offered a real variety every night. I especially liked that they had a comedy show one night for all ages. I liked the DreamWorks character touch. It makes it feel a little bit like a Disney experience without the Disney cruise price tag. Some tips that I would suggest - don't get the soda or drink package unless you plan to drink.... a lot. There was water, juice and coffee for free at all times in certain locations and even though we only purchased two soda packages, we had 3 cups in our room to fill soda from any soda machine on the boat. My kids don't drink enough soda to each have a separate package, so if your kids are the same, I would just get one for them all to share. Soda in the dining room is complementary. Also, we brought our water bottles with us and just refilled them vs. paying $2.50 / bottle water. They do have a refrigerator in your room, which is nice to keep drinks cold. Wifi - I would suggest purchasing just for one device unless for some reason you have multiple people that need to be on at one time. It's easy to log off one device and connect the other device so it doesn't make sense to pay for more than one device. Dinner Dress - when I used to cruise, dinner dress was a BIG deal. Everyone would get really dressed up - especially on formal nights (usually 2 during week long cruise). However, I was surprised on this trip to find most people in shirts and shorts in the dining room at dinner. I only saw one person wear a tux on formal night. I think in general, people are going more casual, but it was more casual than I even thought. Save yourself a whole second wardrobe and go more smart casual! Fitness - they have stretching and abs every day for free. Any other classes like spinning, zumba or yoga - you have to pay for. This was disappointing for me as it's just one other way to "cha ching". In my opinion, this should have been complementary. That being said, the gym on the ship is nice and doesn't smell. There is plenty of equipment to go around so no one was waiting for anything. The shopping on board the ship is just ok. They had a Kate Spade and Michael Kors for purses and a jewelry store and a couple generic shops for clothing. The selection was ok, the special items they brought out at night was typically purses and watches. One caution is to research before you buy. My son purchased a watch thinking he got it for a steal to only find out that it was $40 cheaper online. We went back and they honored the lower price, but I'm guessing most people don't know to look for this and they capture people making spontaneous purchases. The jewelry store was nice but I was surprised they didn't have any "cruise" type jewelry. I wanted a cruise ship charm for my daughter and they didn't have any charms... at all. So unless you want a watch, purse, or jewelry, there really isn't much for you there. One other nice thing is food allergy. My husband has a gluten allergy and they were very accommodating. In the general buffet area (Windjammer Cafe), they had an entire section of just gluten free foods. Although they didn't offer a gluten free version of everything on the ship, I was still pleased with the selection they did have. Also, the Udi's cookies that they had in the promenade cafe were better than the cookies on the boat. Even my kids were always dropping in there to get some because they preferred them over the ones they make on the ship. Sometimes it's not obvious that they offer a gluten free option so make sure you ask. We found that they can make a gluten free pizza, or have GF cookies, bread, etc available.. you just have to ask for it. Excursions - this was a bit of a frustration for me. I've been on cruises before and taken these excursions and they all typically are more of a let down afterwards considering how much you pay for them upfront. I wish that the cruise line would allow reviews for each of the excursions so you can get feedback on which ones are "worth the money". I also feel that they are way overpriced. One excursion for a family of 5 could cost me over $400 and last only 2 hours. RC needs to do a better job working towards volume vs. price point. People still purchased excursions but I am confident it was less than half of the people on the boat. They would make more on volume alone if they were priced more affordable. The one thing I will say is that it is cheaper to purchase beforehand. We purchased a couple excursions the day of and paid a few dollars more / person as a result. However, for me, I would rather pay a little more for something I know they want to do then to have purchased beforehand and it was something they later changed their mind and decided not to do. The only excursions we purchased were at their private island in Labadee. It was the water slide and the aqua sport. They aqua sport was worth the money, not so sure about the slide but mostly because they were only able to go down the slide a few times since the lines were so long. One other point to note, they tell you not to get off the boat early if you don't have excursions but in Labadee, if you don't, you may find yourself without a chair in the shade. We had to walk around for 30 minutes before finding one chair in the shade under a tree. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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
Sail Date May 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
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
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
Sail Date April 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
Sail Date March 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
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
Sail Date January 2017
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
Sail Date December 2016
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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