9 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Caribbean - Western

I like getting so far out to sea that I cannot see land in any direction.. for a long time. To me a cruise doesn't need to be a worldly affair centered around drunkenness, glitzy shows, or other things that I'll regret later on. ... Read More
I like getting so far out to sea that I cannot see land in any direction.. for a long time. To me a cruise doesn't need to be a worldly affair centered around drunkenness, glitzy shows, or other things that I'll regret later on. Some smaller ships, even yacht-size.. especially the ones with big sails like Windstar ships have really turn me on, but other times when I want to read or rest it just doesn't matter. The people were nice and professional they did their jobs well. I went to the nice restaurant once--wasn't motivated. I think I enjoyed the chatting, the exploring cultures and meeting the Nationals away from terrorist shops/bars/casinos.. the most. Getting in and under the turquoise waters is always a must. Surfing waves, casual conversational prayers of friendship, and sailing a small boat also helps me. Refreshing, rejuvenating, revitalizing! I choose a 1 to 3 week cruise (And help others find them too) when the kids are in school (important)..even though I like some kids a bit. In some locations a 1 or 2-day connected train-tour attached.. never hurts the cruise. The pool, the gym, the jacuzzi, the jet skiing, the top deck lounge with breeze, the lobster with crab meat, the papayas, the scuba, the snorkeling, the quiet southern and eastern Caribbean beaches -- that's why I sailaway. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
The best if you go for the first time, but once you have been there you will fell that you can get better experience in a new ship. the entreteiment is the same so no mather if you go to diferent location. The food is grat, the service ... Read More
The best if you go for the first time, but once you have been there you will fell that you can get better experience in a new ship. the entreteiment is the same so no mather if you go to diferent location. The food is grat, the service great as well. The ship looks old in the cabin. I really like royal caribean cruise and I hope have another cruise soon. The next time I will try a diferent ship. If you go 2 times to the same cruise the felling is less satisfied than the first time. flow rider is the best attraction it should have 4 or 3 of them becouse so many people in the line. you have to waite like a 45 minutes to be able to ride 2 minutes. conclution: food (great) location (great) ship (is great but could be better) Price (great) cabin (is the same have balcony or the cheaper ones) entreteiment (good but is allways the same) Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
It's was our first time sailing with Royal Caribbean. We've sailed with NCL 3x, and 1 with Carnival. Firstly, this was the most beautiful cruise ship that I've seen compared to our previous ones. Embarkation was amazingly ... Read More
It's was our first time sailing with Royal Caribbean. We've sailed with NCL 3x, and 1 with Carnival. Firstly, this was the most beautiful cruise ship that I've seen compared to our previous ones. Embarkation was amazingly fast and smooth (literally, less than 30mins). We were on the ship by 11am! Room: we got the extra large balcony 11th floor. Michelle was our housekeeper. She was nice and worked really hard. However, the first impression of the room, I was repulsed by the strong urine odor in the bathroom. The closest had many hand prints and streaks on it. Michelle, told me that there were previously teenage boys in our cabin therefore it might be the reason to the smell. I carried disinfectant wipes and wiped down everything once more, but the bathroom (urine smell) near the toilet bothered me many days. Michelle, helped pour bleach in the bowl but after awhile the smell returned. Restaurants: 150 had the best foods I've ever had in my life! The sea bass was so so amazing! We dined also at Chops Grill (it's decent 7/10). But the service and food at 150 definitely left an everlasting impression. My favorite was the 6 types of salt to sprinkle on the bread and butter. Our server Shalone was so kind, he made the Tuna Tare Tare at our table side. During he would share with us about his family, and ask us about ours as well. He just had a genuine charm to him. It was so nice that our last night we returned to 150 again. This time we had Milos. Milos was also very nice and accommodating. For example, I saw a table across with a plate of blueberries/strawberries. It was not on the menu but he made sure to get a plate for me as well. Gym/Fitness: Very spacious and state of the art machines. Of course majority of the patrons were very attractive cruise performers. I was told they are required to work out minimum 5x/week on their contract. Anyhow, the fitness fell short of my satisfaction. I take classes for the past 11 years (boot camp, step, body pump, insanity etc). They offered body sculpt for $35/class (approx 45 mins). NCL offers classes similar to body sculpt for free. But I was willing to pay. I signed up for 2 classes. The first one was taught by Fabio and it met the standard for this type of class. The 2nd time it was taught by Harold (one of the head fitness person at the gym) the format was purely cardio no weights (I prefer interchanging cardio/weights). It was similar to insanity, however the instructor did not offer any modifications. There was 3 of us, and one participant was struggling a lot throughout the class. I was disappointed that the instructor did not offer modifications for the participants. After the class, we signed the receipt and I was just not happy with the format by the instructor. I did not add a gratuity to the instructor's hand written the line with the word "tip" next to it. His face and entire attitude completely change. He went from friendly to ignoring me and no more smiles. I don't like complaining but it bothered me so much I approached customer service. I felt the instructor should have offered modification for the participants. Considering the huge age gap and fitness level. Mariam at customer serviced helped me and returned with a verdict. They do not offer refunds because for the reason that the class was too challenging. And the only compensation would be to join a stretching event (free to all cruisers) later. I was mildly insulted. They were under the impression that I went to a hard class and complained it was too hard. But what I was trying to state is that a good fitness instructor will want the participant to be safe and gain the most out of the workout by making modifications. Anyhow, I was disappointed but nothing else can be done. Kids Club: Amazing! My 4 year old son loved the activities. I was surprised how the club was able to accommodate for 1500 children on our cruise ship. There was the science lab also and art studio. My 1 year old toddler went to the baby cruisers ($6-$8/hour). The sitters did a terrific job with her as well. Overall, I loved it minus the gym class experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first time cruising as a husband and wife. We had a great time. Staff was always friendly. Embarkation was quick. We were on the boat by noon, in our room by 1 and had our luggage by 1:30. The ports were beautiful and the ship ... Read More
This was our first time cruising as a husband and wife. We had a great time. Staff was always friendly. Embarkation was quick. We were on the boat by noon, in our room by 1 and had our luggage by 1:30. The ports were beautiful and the ship was nothing short of amazing. The service was great in our stateroom. We always had a clean room. The main dining room staff was great too. Never any complaints from us in terms of the service. The only complaint I did have was regarding the food in terms of quality. Don't expect a good steak unless you want to pay an up charge. My husband ordered the New York strip on the regular menu in the main dining room and it was disgusting. It was white in color and a tough piece of meat. He rarely turns down steak when its in front of him and it was nothing short of not edible.There were a few times our food came out cold from the kitchen which got disappointing after a while. But other than the steak and occasional cold food, everything else was very good. The entertainment was great. We loved the Schooner bar. We sat in it every night and listened to Matt Ganim play the piano and entertain. Overall, we had a great time and already have another cruise booked with Royal Caribbean for next year! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
We booked this cruise as a 60th birthday celebration for two of us and for our friends 51st wedding anniversary celebration. The Allure of the Sea, is a beautiful upper end cruise ship, with lots of variety in shops like that of Michael ... Read More
We booked this cruise as a 60th birthday celebration for two of us and for our friends 51st wedding anniversary celebration. The Allure of the Sea, is a beautiful upper end cruise ship, with lots of variety in shops like that of Michael Kors,Prince Green and other more sophisticated taste in shops. A floor level with a variety in casino's and poker championships with smoking allowed. Cabins were spacious and well attended. Our cabin had a lavender scent which was soothing after being on-shore for exciting excursions Dining rooms and servers were first rate and entertaining, Kershan and Imade were funny and did magic tricks to entertain us while we waited on our dinner to be ready. Ports and Shore excursions were easily accessible, lots of Royal Caribbean stores on port. On board entertainment was great from the jazz bands to the comedy of Jeff McGraff. A very relaxing and enjoyable cruise to unwind and de-stress from life's normalcy. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Several friends recommended Allure of the Seas and we wanted a short get away and since we live on South Florida, this was a great short vacation. The ship was beautiful and you have plenty of to do the entire cruise, never a dull ... Read More
Several friends recommended Allure of the Seas and we wanted a short get away and since we live on South Florida, this was a great short vacation. The ship was beautiful and you have plenty of to do the entire cruise, never a dull moment. The staff was very friendly and courteous to us, making sure we had a great experience. I think that overall the dining, entertainment and activities available in this ship were very good and I am sure it met most people expectation. There was something for all aged group and the staff make sure that at the end you had Fun. The staff make sure to keep all areas clean and encouraged hand sanitizing to prevent people from getting sick. In a ship with over 4000 passenger that was a tremendous task to accomplish but it payoff no one got sick. I will definitely recommend this cruise line to my friends. I think they have great new ships, great interesting destination ports and above all good customer service. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The thing that most caught my attention was the staff. We encountered very helpful, professional and passionate staff. They were very friendly which made our stay more at ease and enjoyable. There were loads to do all day on the ship and ... Read More
The thing that most caught my attention was the staff. We encountered very helpful, professional and passionate staff. They were very friendly which made our stay more at ease and enjoyable. There were loads to do all day on the ship and the activities varied from spa treatments, sport activities, very interesting seminars, water sport activities as well a broadway style shows and las vegas style concerts in the evenings. There is something for everyone. The food was very good in most restaurants especially the main restaurants with loads of varieties for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The ship is huge and there are different 'Neighbourhoods' to enjoy different aspects.There were loads of shore excursions to choose from per port, my favourite one has to be the one in Labadee Haiti, we chose the Historic Walking tour and the Amiga Island. The only drawback was the price of the beverage packages, they are too expensive for what they are especially the non alcoholic ones. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Family of four, including 2-11 yr olds Spring break. 4th cruise with previous experience being Celebrity and Norwegian. To start off our family enjoyed this experience. Now I'll share the highlights..... Embarkation was hassle ... Read More
Family of four, including 2-11 yr olds Spring break. 4th cruise with previous experience being Celebrity and Norwegian. To start off our family enjoyed this experience. Now I'll share the highlights..... Embarkation was hassle free. We arrived about 11:30 and was on the ship within 45 minutes. Our rooms were ready around 1:00. The ship staff was consistently pleasant and helpful. I will start with the one and only negative. The food in the buffet is horrible. The same offerings were provided daily, the buffets design leads to long lines and insufficient seating spaces for the large number of passengers. There is a gluten free section. While complimentary food offerings are provided thoughout the ship, it's typically mini versions of the bad buffet. If you want an omelette, the MDR or the restaurant offers this. Johnny Rockets also provides free breakfast. The main dining room did well, as well as Giovanni's the specialty restaurant. We did have free lobster in the MDR one night. As a norm Lobster, surf and turf as well as Filet Mignon are offered for an additional fee daily. Now to the good stuff... I was impressed with the the ships design and the creativity with emulating neighborhoods. Although we were at capacity it didn't feel crowded. There is a variety of activities available for all. To ensure you maximize your free time reserve all of your activities before you board. If you don't do so you may spend an inordinate amount of time waiting in stand by lines as early as 45 minutes in advance. My husband became a flow rider junkie and we pretty much lost him to that activity the entire cruise. The pool area is a highlight with the area divided into quadrants. On Sea days you should get your chairs early but they are plentiful. Hold onto your beach towels because they post you will be charged 25.00 if you don't return them. Smoking is allowed outside on one side of the pool. The hot tubs are plentiful and spacious and I didn't experience the typical kids crowding the hot tubs. The Solarium area reserved for 16 and over is quite nice and spacious. The spa area is on the lower floors and has no natural light. I would normally purchase day passes, but with no sunlight it was not a consideration. Since you typically gain a few pounds on a cruise I began my fitness and eating regime early. There is a nice fitness area and a running track on a lower floor that allows freedom to exercise without running accidentally into other passengers. Entertainment was quite enjoyable. Mama Mia and Blue Planet was nice. There was an a cappella group that I could not enjoy because the theater was freezing. Kids loved the ice skating shows. The comedy show was excellent. Additional offerings include ice skating (watch the schedule as 50 people can skate for every 30 minute session) adult and children's movies on the big screen, a nice casino (smoking and non smoking) karaoke and several venues for listening to music and dancing the night away. This can be a success as long as you know what to do when...you could end up extremely frustrated without doing some homework and planning in advance.. I waited to purchase the premium drink package and got it for a 20 percent discount one week prior to the cruise... Labadee was a bust because the beach is rocky and the water is frightfully dirty and I don't need to ever go there again -Jamaica and Cozumel were magnificent. I would recommend this cruise to those that want to have a good time and have options. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Positives: 1. The ship is beautiful. Cabins are better than on any major lines (larger, well designed, without external noise). The neighborhoods across ship are great: very nicely decorated. 2. Super clean on every step. 3. The biggest ... Read More
Positives: 1. The ship is beautiful. Cabins are better than on any major lines (larger, well designed, without external noise). The neighborhoods across ship are great: very nicely decorated. 2. Super clean on every step. 3. The biggest shows are super. This includes the show Chicago, Ice Skating Games, Aqua show, Blue Planet. Comedy is OK. 4. Food in the main dining room was exceptional (comparable to Celebrity, which also tends to have superb food). Food in Solarium Cafe and Windjammer was very good. The choices on Boardwalk tasted surprisingly well. 5. We did not run into any major lines: embarkation was very fast, no wait getting to ports, some small wait sometimes for dinners (worst case was once 15 minutes) Negatives: 1. Lack of positive attitude, Everybody is "just doing their job." Very different from Liberty, Serenade, Voyager, or Princess cruises, where positive attitude was obvious. 2. While the big shows were spectacular, other types of entertainment were not exceptional: first-time cruisers tended to like the cruise director, but those that have been on other cruises uniformly described him as below average. Quality of music across ship was not exceptional, singers in the bars not exceptional, some just poor. 3. The fitness activities comparable to Celebrity, but below NCL or many other RCI ships: very limited number of free classes (only 3 classes and they took place at 7 am). No more competitive fitness spirit, earning vitality stars. Yes, the ship has water surfing and rock climbing (like Freedom, Liberty, and Oasis), but total lack of excitement from the staff made these less attractive. Altogether, this felt like the most beautiful ship, but without the soul/spirit that other ships have. We would rather repeat Liberty, Serenade, or Voyager where enthusiastic attitude of the whole crew makes the whole experience so memorable, rather than repeating Allure. Our heuristic is now: for shows/entertainment, it is difficult to beat NCL. Service is best on Princess, followed by some Celebrity and some RCI ships (Serenade, Liberty, Voyager).   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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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