2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
After looking into many questions before I leave for the cruise, I feel compelled to share my first cruise with our friends. After much deliberation we decided that some of the 50th birthday celebrations would be Cruise (for the first ... Read More
After looking into many questions before I leave for the cruise, I feel compelled to share my first cruise with our friends. After much deliberation we decided that some of the 50th birthday celebrations would be Cruise (for the first time). The date of the cruise was determined following family constraints for the Passover holiday of 2019 in April. Since this is the first time we make a cruise and after a thorough examination it was decided to go on one of the best - a large ship of Royal Caribbean. As stated, there were time constraints and therefore the cruise was chosen with the Allure Of The Seas, https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-sh…/allure-of-the-seas, Western Caribbean track, 7 nights with 4 anchors in NASSAU- BAHAMAS, COZUMEL-MEXICO, ROATAN-HONDURAS, PUERTO COSTA MAYA-MEXICO and 2 DAYS ONLY, Departure from Miami. Now it was left to choose which agency would invite the cruise. There are many opinions whether to order through an Israeli agency or through a foreign agency. After a thorough and thorough examination, I found out that the company Crozit, https://www.cruiseit.co.il/, with the agent Orit Cohen Rochov gave the best offer. As I mentioned, it was decided to order with a minimum risk and therefore the room with balcony to the ocean, on the 11th floor in the center of the ship (room number 11590 D2). The room is spacious enough, a double bed and a sofa bed, a shower with excellent water flow and a balcony facing the sea, television, storage closet, 110 and 220 volts power sockets. It is difficult to describe in words the experience of sitting on the balcony while sailing and sleeping with an open window and hearing the waves coming back - an experience! The ship is huge, really a floating hotel. Many different types of rooms, countless dining rooms, restaurants, cafes, 2 promenades with vegetation, casino, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, climbing wall, Omega, surfing and more. 2 notable restaurants for light meals: 1. Park Caffe - Salads, sandwiches, cakes and flag sandwich with roast beef 2. The pizza restaurant The ship has a wide range of performances, including Mamma Mia, acrobatic show with oceanAria, Ice Ice show, Blue Planet, Headliner Showtime and more. About 60-90 days before the cruise, the possibility of planning the cruise is open on the Royal Caribbean site, ordering an hour for dinner (17.30, 20.00 or "on my own time"), ordering the various shows on the ship and booking excursions at the ports. For convenience and schedule of performances we chose the time 20.00, we got a regular table in the dining room on the 5th floor and regular waiters. In accordance with our needs, we purchased in advance and at a discounted price Classic Soda Package, which includes soft drinks and cola and an internet package VOOM Surf + STREAM Voyage Package - 1 Device Additional alcoholic beverages, coffee, shakes and more can be purchased. It is also possible to purchase a 10-cup card or a 10-alcoholic card. Each room has the option of bringing 12 bottles of 17 oz and 2 bottles of wine to the ship. In the boat, at various meals, you will be served free glasses of water and juices. The ship anchored at the port of Miami in Terminal 1 of Royal Caribbean, we reached the port of the car rental agency in the city and left the port to the airport on a trip with uber. The check-in and check-out of the ship is carried out with remarkable efficiency with no queue and speed. The attractions we did at our ports were: NASSAU-BAHAMAS - taxi ride ($ 10 toward) Cabbage Beach on the island island Paradise Island, a beach with soft white sand and good water for bathing. You can rent 2 sunbeds + umbrella for $ 20, and there are street vendors selling drinks. You can walk to the beach of the luxurious Atlantis Bahamas and even enter the hotel grounds and be impressed by it. COZUMEL-MEXICO - A fun day of sailing to spectacular blue lagoons and dive snorkeling, booked through http://cozumelcruiseexcursions.net/cozumel-snorkel-tour-res…, at a cost of $ 50 per participant. ROATAN-HONDURAS - We booked a day trip to the island with a local operator named Francklin Gálvez, francklinalexisgalvezbonilla1@gmail.com, a nice guy who tries very hard to please the guests he accompanies. Franklin charges $ 20 per participant for a full day of pick-up and return from / to port and travel according to an agreed plan. ($ 10) Visit the Chocolate and Fun Factory at the stunning beach of West Bay Beach (one of the resorts, plus sun beds + umbrella $ 15) PUERTO COSTA MAYA-MEXICO - We ordered a $ 50 golf car from MAYAHUAL Local Golf Car, https://costa-maya-golf-cars.negocio.site/, marvin1907@yahoo.com.mx and drove to the beaches of the nearby village of MAYAHUAL Docking Port . In retrospect it is unnecessary and you can reach this coastal strip with a local taxi. The coast of the Costa Maya disappointed. Hope this summary will help others. I'll be happy to answer any question. Yaari Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Cruised Sept 23-30 Chose this cruise because it was my first time on Allure and the dates really worked for my schedule. The service model on this ship is broken and they could really use a week off to retrain everyone (not going to ... Read More
Cruised Sept 23-30 Chose this cruise because it was my first time on Allure and the dates really worked for my schedule. The service model on this ship is broken and they could really use a week off to retrain everyone (not going to happen). I tried to write my experience in 3 categories. NEGATIVES 1. Upselling is out of control. Once you step foot on the ship you're being up-sold if you take a spa treatment, sit in the main dining room (while you're eating) or just going to get a drink. I understand being hustled in the various ports of calls because in most cases we are dealing with people who see us as well off compared to their circumstances, but the hustling aboard the ship to enrich an already wealthy corporation that I have already paid thousands to have a relaxing time, is offensive. 2. Took me a few days to realize that the bar folks did not need to present a white ticket for each drink and that this was a cheap ploy to get an "additional tip". This practice was pervasive. We had full drink packages and based on our sea pass cards the waiters knew that. Every drink includes a tip but the ticket has a space for "Additional Tip"????? I guess this is RCCL way of trying to make the tipping process transactional instead of tipping at the end of the cruise. I made a point of tipping at the end of the cruise the three people who did not present these tickets. 3. Some of the folks in the food and beverage service could really use some training on how to relate to guest and just good table manners. This was so pervasive I have to conclude that it is a lack of training issue POSITIVES 1. Pool life guards were very attentive and watchful during EVERY shift. This did not vary from person to person. It was consistent. 2. Room Steward was friendly and cleaned my room like magic. He cleaned twice per day without ever knocking on the door. It just happened. 3. Getting on and off the ship was relatively painless Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
-Survey; While the Genie will look at them they won’t have it memorized so manage your expectations and make an effort to have your preferred drinks etc (note that if you like a certain type of liquor that is rare or Dr Pepper they will ... Read More
-Survey; While the Genie will look at them they won’t have it memorized so manage your expectations and make an effort to have your preferred drinks etc (note that if you like a certain type of liquor that is rare or Dr Pepper they will get it onboard for you but you need to say something before the cruise so they can plan)… Some people comment on the “gift from the Genie” being associated with the survey but don’t look at it that way as our cabins gift had nothing to do with the survey… -Intro email from the Genie: this is your welcome letter and its more or less a generic letter but it does give you an email address if you want to communicate with your Genie… -Genie/Loop App; possibly one of the worst designed communication platforms… first of all its not an app but a website that has to be refreshed constantly… long story short don’t use it… use your Genie’s email from your intro email or call them if onboard the ship by using the direct number on their business card they give you… -ASK FOR A DECT PHONE in your emails prior to boarding… for newbies it’s the same cell phone that the Genie and managers carry around onboard and can be used to call other rooms, Genie, and Room Attendants… -Make Thank You Cards… I’ll attach a copy of the ones I had done on one of those business card websites… its crazy cheap to do and people will be impressed… you would be shocked that the Genies we gave them out to and tons of the staff hadn’t seen them done before and actually kept them… They also served as a cool way to share your info with other cruisers you meet on board… -Get $2 bills… Yes, you read that right… whenever we travel we always bring a ton of $2 bills for tips.. it’s a fun gimmick as everyone loves $2 bills… this will also help them remember you… use the “thank you business cards” with a $2 or more tip as you hop around the boat and watch how everyone goes out of their way to help you… (yes, your gratuities are included but a few bucks here and there is always appreciated) -Bring a small gift for your Room Attendant and Genie on Day 1… don’t go overthink it.. something small and as easy as candy or something from your home town… it’s simply thought… -Order some fun envelopes for tips throughout the trip… I’ll attach some pics of the ones I bought off amazon.. we would generally only use these for nice lunches and dinners every night as well as the final “big tips” for everyone at the end of the trip… -Get there a day early and don’t party too hard the night before Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
I would definitely recommend RCCL and the Allure of the Seas Overall this was a wonderful experience. I did have a few negative experiences on board, however these were resolved by the end of the cruise and I am very happy with the ... Read More
I would definitely recommend RCCL and the Allure of the Seas Overall this was a wonderful experience. I did have a few negative experiences on board, however these were resolved by the end of the cruise and I am very happy with the outcome. I ended up being offered complementary meal at a specialty restaurant as a gesture of goodwill from RCCL. I accepted that offer on the last night of the cruise and I can say that dining at Giovanni’s Table was probably my best experience on board. fI feel that my complaints were taken seriously and resolved; exceeding my expectations. Some staff were absolutely fantastic and deserve honourable mentions: My stateroom attendant, she was a beautiful person, kind, friendly, approachable and she remembered my name and would always say hi to me which was wonderful. The bar staff in Vintages Wine Bar were absolutely beautiful, attentive, welcoming and passionate. A young man from Romania who was my waiter at Giovanni’s was absolutely fantastic as well, friendly, warm, knowledgeable about the menu. The cast of Blue Planet and the performance itself was out of this world. It was so good, I was on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed every second of the performance. I noticed a Dreamworks character ‘King Julian’ and I saw the was that the character interacted with children and the smiles from those children, I could tell that the person inside the costume was obviously very attentive and passionate and seeing King Julian make those kids happy, made me very happy. I definitely recommend RCCL Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
I was invited as a casino guest first thing the Royal Suite was so beautiful will do it all over again. The genie was the best felt like a real genie make everything seem effortless and easy. Charlie our Genie we wouldn't have had the ... Read More
I was invited as a casino guest first thing the Royal Suite was so beautiful will do it all over again. The genie was the best felt like a real genie make everything seem effortless and easy. Charlie our Genie we wouldn't have had the vacation we had without him. Shopping on this ship was fun green and prince jewelry shop was great. The food was very good highly recommend 150 park restaurant was fancy but the food was out of this world. We are an LGBT family and we felt very welcomed, the staff was super friendly always looking to say hello make sure you are comfortable and feeling relaxed. The spa was beyond amazing we had to massage therapist Arlene from philipines and another lady from Macedonia they treated us phenomenal. The kids activities were great we had our two year old with us and she loved dream works shows and decorations thru the ship and kids play place. The kids water part was more designed for 7-10 year olds but we still had fun the baby pool was not fun enough for our 2 year old. Almost forgot our suite had a Jacuzzi so worth it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2018
Amazing ship with many levels and shops and everything else. Not liking the Schooner Bar, service there was absolutely horrible. Went in to the bar and waited at the bar and waited and waited. Did not see any help. This is the first and ... Read More
Amazing ship with many levels and shops and everything else. Not liking the Schooner Bar, service there was absolutely horrible. Went in to the bar and waited at the bar and waited and waited. Did not see any help. This is the first and only ship where the schooner is like a red headed step child. We had an interior cabin on the 10th floor easy access simple to find Dinning experience in the Main dinning room. We did not have dynamic or my time dinning. The experience was positive. Janet was awesome!! Totally appreciate her and her service! Food was well, service was well, and setting was well. Travel agent got us a complementary dinning and chose 150 central park. 150 was our first experience. Service was well. Sorry did not get his name but was awesome with pairing the wine with the food and providing feedback with our tastes. Would recommend it. Went to all the entertainment such as aqua, comedy, Broadway show, headliner, and ice. All was well. Have seen all the shows the last time we were on. That being said, each show was slightly different. Headliner first time was horrible but this guy was awesome with his CSI (Comedy, Singer, Impersonator) and then brought children into the show and provided time for the parents to get photos. How cool is that. Cabin service was great. Steward was new but appreciated and had zero issues. Did not get off at Nassau, but got off all the other ports. Also did an event on the ship with called 'The Prohibition Event'. Highly recommend. Bow & stern was the place to hang. Konstintine (spelled with a K) was out of this world with the service, personality, culture talk, and just great human being. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We choose this cruise because we wanted to experience one of the big ships and it fitted right into our daughters autumn-break. We are very regular cruisers and mostly we sail on Celebrity. Have done 3 cruises with RC before and once a ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we wanted to experience one of the big ships and it fitted right into our daughters autumn-break. We are very regular cruisers and mostly we sail on Celebrity. Have done 3 cruises with RC before and once a Disney-cruise. Because of our Elite-Plus status with Celebrity we automaticaly were Diamond at RC. Before our cruise started I had some questions. I tried to ask them by email, because of time difference between US and Europe, where we live, but never had answers to them. I sent them well ahead of our cruise.....On one email I had answer while we were onboard..... I contacted them by phone as well and was satisfied with my answer and how I was helped, but after we checkt-in at the ship, it seemed they gave me complete the wrong answer..... Check-in was a breeze. We were at the pier at 11.30 am and could walk straight into the ship. Were on board at 12. We were advised not to go to Windjammer for lunch so we choose The Central Park Cafe for lunch. Not crowded, had a nice table outside. Nice lunch. Our cabin was ready at 1 pm. We had a junior-suite, midship. The only plus of this suite is the size. It is a little bit bigger than a normal cabin. With a lot of storage space. The only other benefit is that you can have in their suite-restaurant, Coastal Kitchen. Cabin was nice but not great. Clean, except for the shower-curtain that was in the bathtub. That was really dirty. No separate shower. We had several issues with the toilet flushing system. Balcony not really clean. Very friendly cabin-steward who made nice towel animals for our daughter (10) Before sailing I booked the beverage package including ZOOM- internet, the ultimate speciality Dining package as well as unlimited photo package and Character Breakfast. I also pre-reserved some shows. Their cruise-planner on their website is really great and I loved the in-cabin system where you could see your calender and make and change reservations. I also pre-booked a private flow-rider lesson for our daughter but this was cancelled on the ship because they needed 4 persons for that lesson minimum...... We liked the separate boardwalks with their own themes. We liked the parades, the shows...Even when their was a serious storm outside they did the kids-show in the aqua-theater as well as the ice-show. I did not expect this. Shops are limited for a shop as big as this. I was looking for a book to read that I could buy in a shop or a magazine, never found it. Lots of sales from Michael Kors bags, Kipling, Guess etc. Announcement of the activities and entertainment were too much...it annoyed me. Almost no daily updates from the captain about weather and route, depth etc. On Celebrity this was a daily item. Our daughter did not go to the kids-club. So no comment on that. There is a lot of other activities. The first sea day we were up early because of our jet-lag and found us self a nice chai at one of the pools. Our daugher is too old for all the kiddie-pool things so we decide to sit near the pool on the other side. Nobody warned us that this pool was for the activiteies. Scuba-diving, pool-volly-ball, aerobics. My daughter had to get out all the time. If you are looking for less activities you have to be at the 2 forward pools. We were on the Ultimate speciality package so we had dinner in a speciality restaurant every evening, as well as lunch on sea-days. Mostly we we were at Chops'Grill and Giovanni's table. Food was great, service was great. Nothing was too much. Steaks were cooked perfectly to order! For our daughter there was a USD 10 charge extra for the speciality restaurants. We had dinner at Samba Grill as well but did not like it. The waiting staff was great and very friendly. But you had view of their solarium where people were sitting in Jacuzzi's etc....Not the view I liked while having dinner. As well their starter is buffet-style. I do not like it personally. Main course they came by the table whit meats on a pin. You can have it if you like, if you do not like it they take it back. First round was sausages and chicken. Our chicken had still raw parts in it, Did not eat it. Steak was nice. Their sauces that came with the meats were tasteless. We thanked for desserts. We also had dinner at Coastal Kitchen their suite restaurant. We did not know e needed reservations for tis but they managed to get us a table. Service was great, food superb!! Views were to die for! We wished we had know sooner that this was so great, we booked a suite a catergory more high so we could have lunch and breakfast here as well... We mostly had breakfast at the Main Dining Room. This was a la carte but they also had buffet. One morning, our daughter ordered buttermilk pancakes and she asked for some whipped cream on the side. The answer from a one stripe lady officer was " you can take it from the buffet" How rude!! Most crew showed their tattoo's etc....Strange haircuts...We have never seen this on Celebrity or Disney! Overall staff, with some exceptions did not care....Not at all....Sometimes they were even rude and did show signs of tiredness... Ports were nice but not great...We choose this cruise for the ship. Cozumel, falmouth and Labadee...We have been on Labadee many time and see improvements all the time we come here. Did only do a walk around the island this time. It was nice to be on a big ship for once but we will not do it again. Too big, too un-personnel, to un-professional. Even at Guest Relations the lady kept typing in her computer while she was 'talking' to me......She did not look at me once..... No rewarding for being Diamond member, although some staff noticed and 'thanked us for being loyal'. Thats it. No complimentary laundry, no complimentary internet. Nothing. We did not use their Diamond lounge. We had a 10 am flight from Miami to Atlanta with connection to Amsterdam, Europe. We bumped into the Hotel Manager and while we talked with him, we asked him if we could get the flight on-time. He said; NEVER.......We had breakkie at 5.30 in Windjammer (already packed at this time) By the way, no speciality coffee this morning, coffee shop was closed.....Were in line for express walk-off at 6.15 and were in the taxi at 6.30 am. Because it was a Sunday, it was quiet on the roads, Even with a road closure because of an accident we were at Miami Airport at 7.15 am. More than 2 1/2 hours before our flight..... We might do the opening sailing on Symphony next year. We have a reservation. But only in a suite to avoid all the extra costs....... Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
I was on the cruise alone as I could not find a room mate. I had heard so much about Allure of the Seas and it was my first cruise on Allure. I feel that the cruise is for children. There were too many children's. Even thought ... Read More
I was on the cruise alone as I could not find a room mate. I had heard so much about Allure of the Seas and it was my first cruise on Allure. I feel that the cruise is for children. There were too many children's. Even thought the Daily Compass specified no shorts, baseball caps, t shirts and flip flop were not acceptable for dinner in the dining room, I saw too many of them On Formal nights I think may 25% of the ship were appropriately dressed My room attendant provide excellent service. There were not enough activities for senior guests. The Shore Excursions were overpriced for the bus or boat ride. There should be a large golf carts available for senior guest from Ship to the end of the pier, being a large ship it is docked too far from the end of the pier. I do not think I will go on Allure again. 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
The Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship with an amazing crew. The service in the Main Dining Room by Wasana and Latoya was phenomenal. Mama Mia was outstanding! The Pearl Island snorkeling excursion was good, but one of our fellow ... Read More
The Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship with an amazing crew. The service in the Main Dining Room by Wasana and Latoya was phenomenal. Mama Mia was outstanding! The Pearl Island snorkeling excursion was good, but one of our fellow cruisers had a medical emergency and I was required to step up and perform CPR (I'm an ICU Nurse). Unfortunately, the gentleman passed away, and it tainted the rest of the excursion. The Jeep/Beach Adventure in St. Thomas was UNSAFE! The guide was constantly shouting over the radio to get closer and run the light. We actually had a 3 vehicle accident on the excursion. No injuries or damage, but the tour operators could honestly care less. I was so shaken that I went straight to the Excursion desk upon returning to the ship. DON'T TAKE THAT EXCURSION!!!! The Island History/Rum Tasting excursion in St Kitts was outstanding. Doreen was our tour guide/Rum Queen and she was a RIOT! We were all laughing and having a good time even before the rum started flowing. Also, the Great House and Botanic Gardens where the tasting took place were beyond belief! The Photo Staff on the ship always takes such amazing photos. I actually purchased the digital downloads because I was afraid that if I purchased actual photographs that they would be damaged during travel. *TIP* If you are traveling in a group, one way to save money on pictures is to have them linked to ONE CABIN. That way you can purchase ALL of the pictures for around $250, and you can all chip in. (If there is a rule against this, I don't know. I did not ask about this on the ship, but the idea crossed my mind just a little too late...like when 2 friends in my group decided to purchase all of the pictures that had been taken.) Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Overall quality of food, service, & entertainment was AMAZING. I can't ever imagine cruising on another boat. From the casino all the way down to the shows, the experience was worth talking about. The attention that was provided ... Read More
Overall quality of food, service, & entertainment was AMAZING. I can't ever imagine cruising on another boat. From the casino all the way down to the shows, the experience was worth talking about. The attention that was provided by each and every member on the boat was great, and made the experience so much better. The staterooms are cleaned TWICE or even THREE times daily. Unlimited Lobster on one of the dinner days. Great minimum priced tables at the casino ($10 min blackjack). Shows at all times of the days as well as competitions of all sports (basketball, volleyball, mini golf, even PINGPONG). Along with the lobster night, each night of dining were unique and provided a diverse menu, making it much easier to eat dinner each night. The windjammer was open during convenient times, and provided a huge variety of foods and cultural foods as well. I can't complain about this cruise, It was just phenomenal! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Allure of the Seas was awesome. Cruise director and Activities director were great and really involved with the guests. Everyone can see that they enjoy their work! Mama Mia, Ocean Aria, Blue Planet, Character parades were fabulous and ... Read More
Allure of the Seas was awesome. Cruise director and Activities director were great and really involved with the guests. Everyone can see that they enjoy their work! Mama Mia, Ocean Aria, Blue Planet, Character parades were fabulous and suitable for all ages. The overall service was fantastic and we would highly recommend Allure of the Seas to everyone. We would definitely sail with Allure of the seas and would like to try her sister ship Oasis of the Seas. We choose this trip for the Ship and not the itinerary and we made the right choice. Our cabin attendant Walter was great, always greeting us and making sure we had everything we need or he would ask how our day was on shore, The main dining was perfect with food and service. We tried Johnny Rockets for the first time and loved their breakfast and the service. Our Ports included San Juan, St. Maarten and Labadee, Haiti. The only problem, we had with Labadee was with the locals constantly trying to sell items which was a bit much. The locals were pleasant but we rather be left alone and enjoy the beach. Our departure was extremely smooth and organized. My 20 year old daughter and I really enjoyed our vacation with Allure of the Seas and we can`t wait to plan our next trip with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2017
Central Park on the Allure (and Oasis) is a nice place to relax and 'chill' while listening to the bird calls and taking in the beautiful 'grounds' of live plants and trees. The Rising Tides Bar didn't always keep ... Read More
Central Park on the Allure (and Oasis) is a nice place to relax and 'chill' while listening to the bird calls and taking in the beautiful 'grounds' of live plants and trees. The Rising Tides Bar didn't always keep its posted schedule. I went a couple of times to 'get on' and ride up to the park but, it had already left the docking port in 'the mall.' (So, why is the schedule listed in LED on one of the support poles if they pay no attention to it?) Goofy. Otherwise, the Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship however, I don't care for the sliding doors on the closet. Not easy to access. Princess ships have the best design with their cabin closets facing the bathroom without any doors, making a sort of 'dressing room' in that space. On Allure, the closet is also next to the bed, making getting to it hard at times. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
I had never been on a cruise before and was invited to go on this cruise with friends. It was awesome!! So much variety in events and food. My friends were Star Class and had a private suite with balcony so I was very fortunate to get in ... Read More
I had never been on a cruise before and was invited to go on this cruise with friends. It was awesome!! So much variety in events and food. My friends were Star Class and had a private suite with balcony so I was very fortunate to get in with them for their dinners, drinks, and events, thanks to their awesome concierge. If I had known about the all inclusiveness of star class I would have paid for it. You get nickled and dimed for everything else if you don't. I had an awesome ocean view stateroom with my own balcony. It was super nice to to leave it open when sleeping and sneak out naked in the cool night! My cabin steward was friendly and creative. I had to rush to get my suit jacket pressed and he made sure it was pressed the same day with very short notice. He also was a skilled towel sculptor! I walked in one evening and for turn down service he make a monkey hanging from the wall! The food options were amazing. Because my friends were star class we ate mostly in the premium places which were all incredible! We ate in the main hall once for breakfast, I think it was the Windjammer on 15, and it was ok. Typical buffet. Johnny Rockets was a good deal. All you can eat for $6.50 cover. Entertainment was incredible. Go see Mamma Mia! Our butler got us front row seats and other preferred and reserved seats without having to wait in line. I even got to meet part of the cast on deck 17 while we were going to a cabana. Super friendly and nice. Visited the spa and the services were fantastic though they pressure you into buying premo expensive products that in many cases were just as expensive if not more so than the spa services themselves. Checking in was a pain because the lines were so long. Communication about departure was hit or miss and confusing. Pay attention to your paperwork and the pamphlets on your bed!! Overall, an awesome experience, though pricey. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This boat is amazing! There is just so much to do. Never a dull moment is an understatement. My wife and I played mini golf, climbed the rock wall, did the flow rider (which surprisingly I was awesome at), lounged in hot tubs and my wife ... Read More
This boat is amazing! There is just so much to do. Never a dull moment is an understatement. My wife and I played mini golf, climbed the rock wall, did the flow rider (which surprisingly I was awesome at), lounged in hot tubs and my wife even did the zip line. We saw a different show every night. Everyone on them where wonderful. We had a balcony room which I highly recommend. Five out of seven mornings we ordered breakfast to our room (it's free) and ate on the balcony. It's a beautiful relaxing way to start the day. At the end of the evening when we were settled in our room we ordered room service which made for great late night snacking. It was a wonder time. Overall it was the best vacation I have ever had and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a grand adventure. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
I wanted to LOVE this ship, I really did, but on leaving the ship after a very enjoyable weeks cruise I actually felt glad to be off it. I really don’t know why as what I am about to say it mostly positive. Firstly, embarkation - ... Read More
I wanted to LOVE this ship, I really did, but on leaving the ship after a very enjoyable weeks cruise I actually felt glad to be off it. I really don’t know why as what I am about to say it mostly positive. Firstly, embarkation - We landed in BCN at around 1030hrs and by midday we were sitting in Central Park enjoying the highly recommended first day lunch – the roast beef sandwich! Check in at the port was so quick and stress free it was almost unbelievable. In addition to this we managed to get into our cabin by 1245hrs. Perfect start! Post unpacking we explored the ship before taking in the view of Barcelona from the huge hot tub that hangs out of the ships side and offers amazing views. The ship lives up to the hype.. its big and tricks you into forgetting you are actually on a ship at all. At times you are reminded how many people are on board but for most of the time there is enough space for it not to feel crowded. We loved the central park area which, as well as the solarium, was the most relaxing part of the ship. Sitting outside Vintages in the evening, enjoying a nice glass of wine, was bliss. On the other side I thought the Boardwalk area was a bit tacky and the Aqua Theatre underused. If only Central Park extended right though and the Aqua Theatre was actually a nice pool. We did the following dining options – My Time Dining in American Icon – newly refurbished but still your typical cruise ship dining room. The food was not so bad and the service was very good (big shout out to Loyda our waitress). Izumi – really liked this restaurant and the food was fantastic. Highly recommend if you like good sushi 150 Central Park – the restaurant itself is lovely but the food was awful!!! 1st course was a tasteless salad followed by under cooked pasta (also tasteless). The main (beef) was ok, noting special and the dessert was dry and equal quality as what you get across the park in Park Café! To top it all the waiter ended the meal by trying to sell (HARD SELL) us a cook book and a wine decanter. We were expecting this to be the highlight of the cruise (dining wise) but it was extremely disappointing. Sabor – LOVED IT!!! My favourite by far. The food was so tasty and fresh. This was a bit of a shocker as I thought we took a chance with Sabor but it turned out to be fantastic. We took the $19 pp tasting menu but be warned, the portion sizes are huge! Very enjoyable evening and all washed down with cucumber margaritas. Breakfast – first morning we went to Jhonny Rockets but the food and service were both awful. After this we stuck to the Solarium which was perfect and never crowded We opted for the premium and select drinks package which we managed to use better then anticipated and we calculated that we went over every day so we got more than our moneys worth.. however keeping track is very hard as RCL have clearly decided to hide all the drinks menus. Aside from the English pub and Vintages all the other bars had basic drinks menus and you usually had to ask for it. Now why would RCL do that I wonder….?? Ports of call were all great with the exception of Marseilles. You dock miles out of town and unlike Palma or La Spezia the port offers the most pathetic free transfer that’s still a good 20 mins walk from the ship. RCL of course offer an extremely overpriced transfer which is a better option but if Palma can offer an extremely organised and cheap transfer to town, and La Spezia offering a free transfer, why can’t Marseilles?? Awful port and 'ok' city. We only took one excursion (Pompeii on your own transfer) which RCL cancelled and put us on an early morning tour (original was pm) which we were not happy about. This excursion only gave us 1hr40 in Pompeii during the morning peak.. so we saw about a third of what we wanted to see. Huge mistake not doing Pompeii our way by train. We did most of the shows – Aqua Show – underwhelming and badly performed. Tell Me on a Sunday – Performed amazingly well but bad choice for a cruise ship. It was lost on a majority of the audience, most of whom walked out. I on the other hand really enjoyed it. Its a very British musical lost on a very international audience. Blue Planet – Mix Glee with Cirque de Solei and throw in a bit of Eurovision and you get Blue Planet. Its super camp but well done and entertaining. Comedy – very good, fab venue Ice Games – strange theme but this was my favorite. Performed very well. All in all we had a fun week but getting away from 6000 people felt good. I think Voyager class is more to my liking.. but then again Central Park is something quite special. Something just didn’t work for me on this ship and I really don’t know what it is. Maybe its just too big, maybe the feeling of being on a cruise is lost, maybe the fact there are so many people meant we came across a higher than average number of rude/undesirable passengers. Who knows! I doubt I will travel Allure again but would still recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
I've always been an advocate that Bigger is Better. I've wanted to sail on an Oasis Class ship since they were introduced to the cruise industry. After my cruise on Allure I am less to embrace this philosophy. Bigger, as in ... Read More
I've always been an advocate that Bigger is Better. I've wanted to sail on an Oasis Class ship since they were introduced to the cruise industry. After my cruise on Allure I am less to embrace this philosophy. Bigger, as in Allure of the Seas, is more difficult to maneuver, to run into friends you meet while on board, to go back to your stateroom for something that you've forgotten, to see a show or attraction and to get the feeling that you are actually on a cruise ship. The Good...beautiful ship, amazing Central Park and fun Boardwalk, ample deck chairs, all-you-can-drink packages, fun parades, great shows, nice veranda stateroom, great service in the MDR The bad...after 35 cruises this cruise had the worst food in every restaurant we ate in, hated waiting in line for 45 minutes to book the Aqua show only for it to be sold out ( you could not make reservations en suite and we had tried to book online for four months prior to sailing), horrible food and service in Chops (and we're not food snobs), ship's just too big to navigate, too many for fee options AOTS would be a great ship for an active family with diverse interests but it is not a good ship if you want to just relax and run into new friends. If you prefer a traditional cruise experience this is probably not a good choice for you. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2013
It's always good to start by introducing our group, so you can judge in comparison. There were eight of us: 2 gay male couples in their 50's, a family of 3 (mom, dad, and their 6-year-old daughter), and a 50-year-old male ... Read More
It's always good to start by introducing our group, so you can judge in comparison. There were eight of us: 2 gay male couples in their 50's, a family of 3 (mom, dad, and their 6-year-old daughter), and a 50-year-old male traveling on his own. I am part of one of the couples, and navigate in a manual wheelchair. We have had different prior cruise experiences, so I will speak only for myself: this is my partner's and my fourth cruise: we were on the Oceania Regatta twice and MSC Poesia once. We arrived in FLL a couple of days prior to avoid any connection problems and enjoy a relaxing day either at the beach or in town. Our airline damaged my wheelchair on the trip down and we had to arrange with them to get it repaired before the cruise began, so that extra day was very useful. (For what it's worth, American Airlines and the company they worked with did a fine job.) Embarkation looked overwhelming, but all the stories about RCCL's "well-oiled machine" held true. We did not use any special "accessible" lines and still got through the entire process very quickly. From the time we were getting bags out of the car to the time we were aboard ship, we took just over an hour. And this was with the party broken up into different queues as our cabins were on different decks. We had an accessible room, 14251. This was a lovely cabin overlooking Central Park. We've read lots of complaints from those with interior-balcony cabins but were very pleased with ours. The noise that would be overwhelming with a Boardwalk-facing room wasn't an issue over Central Park. We were directly across (and only 1 floor below) from the kid's pool, so we had a lot of associated noise during the day; from dinner-time on, though, it was a quiet and relaxing place to hang out and watch folks in the park 6 floors below. The room was fully accessible and 1.5 times the size of a regular cabin. The rest of the party's rooms were ocean balcony and interior cabins. There were mixed reviews about cabin size, but a running joke throughout the ship was how some larger passengers could possibly squeeze into the Allure's tiny showers. (For what it's worth, the accessible cabin has standard wheel-in showers with a drop seat, so don't worry about that.) Bath amenities include soap and shampoo; if you ask, however, you can also get conditioner, body wash, and hand lotion. The ship was jaw-droppingly impressive from the moment we stepped aboard. The Royal Promenade is a swank, 2-level shopping mall. Hard to believe you're on a cruise ship. It was chaos at check-in with long lines of folks making dinner reservations/packages and shore excursions. Avoid the confusion and set things up beforehand. The Boardwalk was lovely but loud. There's a carousel at one end and the Aqua Theater at the other, so there's almost always something going on. (Keep this in mind if you are considering a Boardwalk interior balcony cabin.) Here's where you'll find Jonny Rocket's (free for breakfast, fee for lunch & dinner), a hot-dog haven, a delicious donut and ice cream shop, and Rita's Cantina along with several shops (a bit lower-end in comparison to those in the Royal Promenade). Central Park is very lovely and serene with the sound of crickets and birds (I'd read that the animals are real, but never saw any myself.) There are several restaurants there as well as the Britto shop, but it's mostly a quiet mid-ship garden. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you make any and all reservations as soon as possible from home. We'd set up a 3-dinner package (first meal at Chops Steakhouse, reserved before you leave; two other dining experiences to be reserved once aboard), all shows, and beverage packages. We also reserved one of the Fiesta nights at Rita's Cantina. The 5-bottle wine package was a good deal for us -- a bottle was just enough for the 8 of us and we didn't need one each night. A few of us also took advantage of their soft-drink package. For around $50, you get all the soda you want throughout the cruise. Let me explain the details on this. You get both a "souvenir mug" and a notation on your Sea Pass card. Your card is used in restaurants and clubs to get "standard sodas" like Coke or Diet Coke. Your magnetized and coded mug, however, is used in special machines throughout the ship (adjacent to Sapporo's Pizza on deck 5, Windjammer Cafe on 16, and Wipeout Cafe on 15) to access over 100 different sodas: Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Sprite, Sprite Zero, Fanta, Fanta Zero, A&W Root Beer (or whatever Coke's brand of root beer is). And many of these also had an option of adding a flavor into the mix: Cherry Coke (or Cherry Coke Zero), Lime Coke (or Zero) -- this was a favorite. How about Orange Coke? Raspberry Coke? Cherry Sprite? Grape Fanta Zero? I got far more out of this package than I would have expected because I was sampling different sodas throughout the voyage. Don't like one? No problem. You can dump and refill it in about 10 minutes. Although they don't "allow" this option to be shared, I will confess that my significant other and I were both drinking from the same mug and nobody seemed to mind. The food: good, but neither consistent nor great. The main dining room was lovely and the staff took excellent care of us. Our dinners there were very good. We were surprised (given previous reviews) that the free steak (prime rib the first night) was actually quite good. We enjoyed an assigned dinner time because it allowed our party to split up during the day but easily arrange for shared dinners at night. This also allowed us to have the same staff each night -- this is something I'd not considered before, but it is nice getting to know your table staff throughout the cruise. (Oceania has an open-table policy, so you don't get the same dining crew unless you specifically ask.) One looking-back regret is that between our 3-night, $50 for-fee-restaurant package and nights where entertainment made our 6PM dinner time cramped, we only got to use our assigned table/staff twice. For what it's worth, we were still able to use the room for dinner, but only as a no-reservation party when we came in around 8PM -- and the staff there was even friendlier than our regular table (though all were fine). The main dining room for lunch was surprisingly good as well. A very good salad bar that is tossed for you, along with any entrees you might wish. We only had breakfast there on departure morning; it was good, but rushed, but expect that was because it -was- departure morning. The buffets at the Windjammer Cafe were ok. Crowded. Unimpressive, for the most part, although we did agree their mashed potatoes were extraordinary. (I'm not sure that's what you want to be famous for, but I suggest giving them a try.) Avoid this place on boarding day; follow those in the know to the Park Cafe in Central Park and have a roast beef sandwich instead. The Park Cafe had good food but bad attitude. Throughout the cruise various members of our party found the staff there rude and curt. We often took advantage of the Solarium Cafe for breakfast and lunch. Lighter, healthier fare but without being Capital-H-Healthy. The exact opposite kind of food is found at the Wipeout Cafe: tacos, hamburger, hot-dogs. The tacos were yummy. We also often grabbed a slice of pizza at Sapporo's. Good NY-style pizza. The Boardwalk Dog House has seven different kinds of hot dogs to sample from different kinds of meat and different parts of the world. Makes you re-think your standard Oscar Meyer. Among the for-fee eateries, we sampled 4. The Chops Steakhouse was delicious with very good service. It was my personal favorite. The Samba Brazilian Steakhouse was a carnivore's nirvana with 9 different cuts of meat brought to your table. I loved the filet until I had the sirloin. As opposed to reviews I read, there were only 9 cuts of meat and there was neither obtrusive music nor live dancing / dance instruction. It was quiet, low-key, and delicious. The salad bar was also quite yummy. The service was great. servers come by with large skewers upon which the meats were rotisserie-cooked; each piece is hand-carved at the table. My only complaint was the gluttony feeling I had as I left. Giovanni's table offered al fresco dining in Central Park. It was very atmospheric, especially as the singer from the Schooner Bar (James Brown) was coincidentally scheduled to play a long set in the Park that evening. The food was uneven, though. My partner was very unhappy with the shrimp. The lasagna was amazing. A problem is that the pasta choices are served family style and it was difficult for everyone to be happy with just a few choices. So order more. It was a favorite for at least one of us. And then there was the Fiesta at Rita's Cantina. I don't know how indicative of their dinner menu it was, but it was bad enough that it became a threat: "Be nice to me or I'll send you back to Rita's." "No, I'll be nice! I promise!" The food was worse than Mexican food you buy frozen in the grocery store. So basically we spent $20 for 3 good drinks. Not bad, I suppose, but still. The entertainment felt forced and was only saved by a guest at another table who was a fun drunk. Do yourself a favor and skip this. The entertainment was surprisingly good. Chicago (a slightly abridged version) was well-performed. OceanAria was breathtaking. Blue Planet was beautiful but (for some of us) boring. The trampolining was impressive in both Blue Planet and OceanAira. The ice shows were ok, but nothing amazing (although the considerations of doing a jump or spin on a moving ship are impressive to begin with). The Comedy show was a lot of fun. We weren't big on the casino, sorry. What was impressive is that there were so many things going on at once. Sure, there are multiple showtimes for most venues, but I got the impression I could take the cruise all over again and not need to repeat any of the experiences I had this time. Again, RESERVE YOUR ENTERTAINMENT, either on-line or via your travel agent!! There were long lines for folks who hadn't reserved ahead of time and were waiting for available seats. Some of us tried booking the comedy show just a couple of weeks prior to sailing and it was already sold out. Also be aware that although you are reserving a seat at a show, you are NOT reserving a specific seat. You will want to arrive a little early if you want your choice of seating. Wheelchair seating is back-of-the-house, although we did see somebody enter the Amber Theatre from the front of the house side door (3rd floor) and transfer to a front-row seat. Not sure how that was arranged. We did also take advantage of non-reservation fun like rock climbing walls (far harder than they look) and the zip-line (far easier than it looks). And, disabled folks will want to know that although I couldn't go rock-climbing, I -did- meet the mobility requirements for the zip-line. (You have to be able to stand on your own.) The guys there were very accommodating. The gay couples also took advantage of RCCL's standing "Friends of Dorothy" meeting policy: Champagne Bar @ 5PM. It was a good opportunity to make new friends and compare notes on the fun things we'd enjoyed. We all found the staff to be very gay-friendly. To be more precise, everyone was gay-not-caring. Straight couples, gay couples, didn't matter to staff or (as far as we noticed) fellow passengers. There are several swimming pools. There's a kid's pool, a noisy, colorful, fun place for toddlers through (I'm guessing here) 2nd or 3rd graders. There's a "beach pool" which offers no sand, but is a zero-edge pool (no steps, just a gradual incline). This is useful for those in appropriate chairs or devices. There's a "regular" pool, and an adults-only pool in the solarium (where we hung out, as our group's sole child was happily enjoying her days with the Explorer Club). We were surprised to find that the Explorer's Club does not have any scheduled pool visits, so plan accordingly if you have a kid. There are also whirlpools available throughout the ship. Passenger favorites are those cantilevered near the front of the ship, but we found the TV's there distracting and preferred those in the Solarium. Be aware that all whirlpools are raised and there are no lifts for those who cannot climb in on their own. Our main concern was with the crowds, in spite of what we'd read. No surprise that the ship felt far more crowded on at-sea days. Since we'd done this itinerary on another ship in the past, we felt very comfortable using port days to explore the Allure on a less chaotic pace. While at sea, it was useful to stake out a claim on lounge chairs early in the day. But understand that reserving chairs is frowned upon. The one point where we did feel inconvenienced was waiting for elevators. We'd often have to let one go by because it was too crowded. You'll want to use the stairs whenever possible. As said, we did not take this cruise for its itinerary. We didn't leave the ship in Nassau. In St. Thomas, we just walked around on our own for a bit. In St. Maarten, several of the group took an excursion riding a bus and then a bench-bus to the highest point of the island, from which everyone walked down with a guide. Surprisingly, there were few vantage points from which to see the island as the path was very lushly-grown. It was a good workout for those who went. Ee aware that although the "well oiled machine" does its best to get you back in port quickly, there are roughly 6000 going through customs at once. RCCL has special disembarkation plans for those traveling in a wheelchair; we didn't take advantage of this since I don't need assistance to get around in the chair. (They also said they could need up to an hour of extra time for setting this up.) But even without that time-sucker, leaving takes a lot of time. We were pulled out of line so we could use the elevators at the Port in Fort Lauderdale, so that saved us some time -- and it still took over an hour to get through customs. And be aware that because of all those people leaving at the same time, Fort Lauderdale airport can be a nightmare as well. It was practically standing-room only at our American Airlines terminal. (We had an 11:55 flight to ORD.) So be patient and allow yourself plenty of time. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2012
I rarely post reviews, so I will try to keep it short and easy to read. We are experienced cruisers and have been loyal royals. We wanted to see the big ship and try it once, and "once" is all it took. We canceled our ... Read More
I rarely post reviews, so I will try to keep it short and easy to read. We are experienced cruisers and have been loyal royals. We wanted to see the big ship and try it once, and "once" is all it took. We canceled our reservation for Nov 2012. It will be very diffuclt for RCL to fill these ships in the coming years. Only 2 intineraries and people will tire of them. Such expectations that quickly got a reality check after day 1. There isn't any flow to the entire ship. Stairwells that suddenly stop or you have to walk around a wall to continue up or down. Deck 6 aft is a circus at sea. Royal is trying to capture business from Disney & Carnival and it shows. We thought that September 9th the kids would have been in school. We must have missed the memo on that one... If I wanted to sail with kids at the circus I'd book those cruise lines instead. What a disappointment. Cabin - Grand Suite #14260 Port Small, not the 371sq' claims & got bad attitude from George at Guest Relations Located under the pool deck, lots of noise around the clock. Pick deck 10 instead. Crowds - I found the ship didn't accomandate them as good as their smaller class ships. Perhaps why they will not be building any more of them. Apparently going back to smaller ones. Just people everywhere, all 8500 staff & passengers. How anyone could say otherwise shows a lack of experience or knowledge. Food Windjammer - Poor selection - venue too small for the hords. RCL wants to drive revenue at the "speciality" dinning options. Reducing the size of the WJ does just that. Chops - bland, lukewarm filet migon, tastless sides. Not worth the cover $. Park Cafe - good selection for light lunch Solarium Bistro - bland flavourless "lighter fare" People sat on the cushions with wet clothes on, so beware. Izumi - Sashmi had a weird odor/ frozen ? Not worth the cover $ Pools and Decks What a useless exercise in design. The Solarium is so hot - they built it without the normal "retracable" glass roof. It may be fine during winter months but absolutley horrible for summer months. Pools so small - people looked like upright sardines in a can. No shade anywhere just blistering heat you couldn't avoid. Two sets of 6 elevators....the same amount on all their ships, but with twice as many passengers, you do the math. Disembarking - Awful, made to sit and wait for 30 miutes before joining the queue for US Customs, which took another 30 minutes, so be prepared to wait. What more can we say, we voted with our dollars and cancelled our sailing in November because of this experience. It should account for something...but who really cares ? LOL Read Less
Sail Date: September 2011
If you like to cruise and are comparing ships and companies, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas should end up at or near the top of your list. After scores of cruises, my September 2011 Allure cruise tops my list. The check ... Read More
If you like to cruise and are comparing ships and companies, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas should end up at or near the top of your list. After scores of cruises, my September 2011 Allure cruise tops my list. The check in process was smooth. I got to the pier shortly after 11 am and was going to sit and wait for my travel companions. But Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale is built to move people...quickly and efficiently. There was scant seating and no lines at security or check in; so before I knew it, I was walking up the ramp to the ship. I was on board in less than 30 minutes. Understandably the cabins weren't going to be ready until 1 pm, but that gave me time to explore the awesome ship and have some lunch. And during the entire cruise, there were two lines I ever saw on the ship (a feat for such a massive ship)...the first was for the lunch buffet at the Windjammer on boarding day. But it didn't last long. Luggage was delivered promptly, too. RCCL made the boarding process seamless and deserves a solid "A" for embarkation. The Allure is a beautiful as it is massive. And the ship and staff handle the masses with style, grace and class. And very surprisingly, I never felt the squeeze or the least bit crowded. The neighborhood concept of the ship works much better than expected. Central Park, the Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, Entertainment Zone all have something for everyone and are somehow both bustling and relaxing. I remember cruising on the original "Love Boat", thinking that was pretty cool. Who would have thought cruise ships would have 2 story shopping malls, skating rinks, a full size carousel, an aqua theater and a real park? Very cool. Ship architecture and design merits an "A+". As with any cruise, dining is a BIG part of the cruise experience and there are many dining options, but many come with a fee. There are several new, complimentary dining options including the healthier Solarium buffet the sandwich and salad bar in central park. The complimentary buffets were well stocked and had a huge variety and were seldom overcrowded. The dining room was very tastefully decorated with gorgeous china and comfortable yet elegant tables and seating. The food ranged from good to excellent. The service was impeccable. Bar and wine service seems to have changed with the wait staff charged with that task rather than dedicated bar servers. It seemed to work well. Twice my food was not really hot and some of the desserts were underwhelming; so I'd give the complimentary dining an "A-". The "specialty" or for-a-fee restaurants were numerous ranging in price for $3 for the Mexican cantina to the very pricy "chef's table" where a daily feast was prepared for 12. While these can quickly add to your final cruise bill, they can be well worth the splurge. One of our favorites was the tapas at the Vintages wine bar for a lighter lunch. Delicious, authentic little plates of the highest quality meats, seafood, and other antipasti-type dishes (between $2 and $3.50) that we all shared in a quiet, uber-comfortable bar. It was so nice, we did it thrice! My only minor disappointment with the cruise was the cabin. It was more crowded than most with not really enough storage for two. There was ample hanging space but a dearth of shelving and drawers. Some cabin layouts have the bed practically in the closet which made access to both difficult and cumbersome. And I had to turn somewhat sideways to walk between the foot of beds and the wall. All rooms have a docking station/speakers for an ipod/iphone, but it was lacking a simple input jack for other music players. There's a refrigerator in every cabin, but it's stocked with mini-bar items. And even though we had them remove these items, there was an annoying mini-bar attendant rapping at the door every day, invariably at nap time. The interactive TV was very handy. My only wish was that I had discovered this a bit earlier in the cruise. There wasn't much you couldn't do with it to manage your time, dining, money and entertainment on and off the ship. The cabin gets a "B-". And speaking of entertainment on board: it's top notch. From Broadway, ice and production shows to disco parties, kids' parades, and water shows, prepare to be entertained. Royal Caribbean has spent good money on entertainment. It shows, and it was worth their investment. Most shows are shown at three times during the cruise at varying days and times. You can see all of them. And on a ship with over 6000 guests, you'd think they'd be overcrowded. They weren't. Most shows however, require a reservation that can be done online, before the cruise or through the interactive TV. If you don't have a reservation, you'll need to queue (which caused the second line) until 10 minutes before the show and then take the left over seats. Everyone seems to get seats...even those without reservations. Entertainment gets a standing ovation and an "A". While I'm not a sun bunny, one thing I noticed on the ship was there were plenty of deck chairs for everyone. The annoying and selfish "reserving" of seats happened in many entertainment venues, but it didn't seem necessary for a deck chair. And the adult-only Solarium was a welcome, quiet respite. On sea days, the pools were jam-packed. The ship could use more or bigger pools. The sports areas were fun and lively, but not overcrowded. And the frozen yogurt stations were popular with kids and adults alike. The open decks get an "A-". The gym on the Allure is amazing and well attended but never overcrowded. Lots of aerobic and weight machines as well as free weights and classes. If staying in shape (or burning calories) is important on a cruise, you'll love it. I was disappointed that there is NO complimentary wet or dry sauna. There is an expensive Thermal suite, but it was small...and not even complimentary if you book a spa treatment. The spa area is vast and luxurious, but most services seem rather expensive. And the entire staff on board was very helpful and friendly. Human resources should be complimented for a job well done. As technically advanced as the ship is, the internet is VERY slow and VERY expensive ($.65 per minute). If airplanes have fast, reasonable internet, why can't cruise ships? On some ships, the disembarkation can be a frustrating, hurry-and-wait process. Not on the Allure! I wanted to get an early flight home; so I set my alarm for 6:30 and used the carry-it-all-off-yourself check out. I was up showered, off the ship, through customs, in a cab to the airport and seated in my airplane seat, coffee in had at 7:25. Now that's efficiency. Disembarkation gets an "A+". So start your diet and book an unforgettable trip on the Allure of the Seas. It's truly alluring. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Please note, this is a review of the Allure of the Seas, Atlantis charter. I'll refrain from commenting on Atlantis specific entertainment, etc. as that would not apply to you. Departure process in Fort Lauderdale was ... Read More
Please note, this is a review of the Allure of the Seas, Atlantis charter. I'll refrain from commenting on Atlantis specific entertainment, etc. as that would not apply to you. Departure process in Fort Lauderdale was excellent. Rented a car a couple days before from National/Alamo, took the free shuttle to the ship upon returning the car to the airport. Allure was the first stop. Proceeded very directly into check in, no line, and only a short line getting on board. No free glass of champagne, unlike Celebrity. Already missed Celebrity. Stateroom was very clean and smelled very fresh. We had the central park view. Our couch was seperated from the window seat. Did not like this - would prefer the other orientation. Met our wonderful stateroom attendant, forgot to ask to clean out the minibar fridge for the water/soft drinks we brought onboard. Security delivered all bags, except for the one containing a case of water, but no problems once we went down to guest relations to claim it. Asked our stateroom attendant to clean out the fridge, and we then had to ask the minibar attendant to do it, but it was done for us. Let me mention one more time, best stateroom attendant on the five cruises I have taken (4 RCCL, 1 Celebrity). As there are no fixed dining times on the Atlantis charter, we went to the dining room, and really received terrible service the first night. No toppings offered for a baked potato, took forever to get my glass of wine, tasted it, and didn't like it. Never got asked anything, was served appetizer, then a main, and finally flagged someone down because my seapass hadn't come back, and I didn't want it... By that time I was almost finished with my entree. I refused to sign for the wine. It did appear on my account, but was removed when I asked last afternoon of the cruise at guest relations. The service speed did improve the other two times in the main dining room, but just don't care for the main dining room food. The mainstage show Chicago was the best I've seen of course on a cruise ship. A great show, for adults. Also saw the Aquatheatre show, which was good, but not something I'd see again over the other great entertainment going on. Had a wonderful experience at Chef's table. Its $75, but the wine alone was worth the $75. Full pours of four different wines, plus an after dinner drink. If you don't drink wine, I don't think this is for you. The menu is consistent to what I've read on the discussion boards, food was very good, and the service was exceptional. This was the best experience of the week. Ate at 150 Central Park - good, but the service was v-e-r-y slow paced. I think we were still hungry when we finished, because it was 3 hours later. Our reservation was at 7pm, so that ruled out seeing a 9:30 show. The food was not better than Chef's table and we passed on the expensive wine pairing. Would have preferred Chops, missed that this trip. We had wonderful tapas at Vintages, and nice wine flights. Service again not fast, but thats one place we didn't need to hurry. Wish we had done that the first night! Would have gone back. The hot dogs were tasty mid day snacks. The windjammer was small, and almost always packed, but at least you can get in and out of there quickly. Overall, great ship. Huge. Blisters from too much walking, or maybe my new shoes. The problem we had was there was too much to do, and too little time. Can't believe, I prefer having less options! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
I booked a boardwalk-view cabin, 9325, for the novelty (it's no cheaper than a ocean-view). It's just three cabins back from the back of the ship, so had a very good view of the aqua theater and the ocean. Only the very far right ... Read More
I booked a boardwalk-view cabin, 9325, for the novelty (it's no cheaper than a ocean-view). It's just three cabins back from the back of the ship, so had a very good view of the aqua theater and the ocean. Only the very far right side of the stage was blocked when seated. For our chartered sailing the aqua theater was used for daily parties, and was pretty rowdy. For most sailings, I suspect there isn't a lot of activity or noise. That said, closing and locking the door really does block all but the loudest noises. My overall impression: I missed opening the door to a balcony, having privacy, and listening to the sound of the ocean gliding by - but it was fun to try once. It was fun to sit on the deck, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch the shows or activity below - or the zip line above, or rock-wall climbers to the side. I found the cabin to be extremely quiet - never heard people above me or beside me, toilets whooshing, or doors slamming - with the huge caveat that the adjoining door to 9323 provides very little sound isolation. I would avoid getting a room that has an adjoining door if you don't need it. The balcony was usually shady, but did get some direct sun. The ship is designed so that every other cabin has the bed either by the balcony, or by the bathroom. 9325 has the bed by the balcony. I was pleased that the Rita's, a few decks below, doesn't vent into the boardwalk and therefore into the room. Never detected it was even down there. Other ship comments: - Absolutely perfect embarkation. I showed up around 1:00 and walked on with no wait. Luggage showed up 20 minutes later. Friends who showed up at the early, at 11:00, had the same experience. Awesome. - Getting off with the express-walkoff (if you can carry your bags, you can walk off between 6:15 and 6:45). I was on the car rental bus by 6:20. - Although there are a lot of elevators, they seemed to always take forever to show up. I usually took the stairs (up to deck 16 and back all day long, thank you very much). But if you're not up to stairs, give yourself some time and patience. There are also only two main elevator/stair locations - so you sometimes have to hike to get to them. - The promenade, on deck 5, is a nice walking/run path on the outside (2.4 laps to a mile), but the view is obstructed by the life boats. - Why does it take 2 hours to have a meal? This is a general complaint of cruising, not specific to the Allure I suppose. And can I get a refill on my wine during that time?? - The buffet was disappointing. Only had carved ham for breakfast one day. Selection not all that exciting for any meal, and didn't differ from one side to the other. No omelet station! The plastic white tongs simply do not work- comical trying to pick things up with them. That said, it had the same food as was on the daily menu for the main dining room - so at least you can pick what you want, and do so at a faster pace. Dinner is the same plastic plates as lunch and breakfast, and no table cloths either. - Izumi Asian fare had great sushi (hint: you don't need reservations for the sushi bar, just for the tables). The hot-rock dish was unique, but I'd stick to sushi the next time. Had very good service here, and the dinner pacing was good too. This was my favorite place (hit it twice). - Enjoyed the tapas and wine at Vintages in Central Park - made for a nice light dinner. - Couldn't get reservations at Park 150. - Rita's was actually quite good (though the guacamole tasted like it was from a plastic bag rather than fresh). Food came up quickly here too. - Samba Grill, the Brazilian steak house, was good - not great. Though my partner thought the chicken was the best he ever had (and he wasn't the only one to find the chicken to be the favorite of all the meats). Pace yourself, you get a lot of food here. Nibble at the salad bar, don't load up. Really. Here too, took forever once we were done to get a check and get the heck out. - Johnny Rockets for breakfast took an hour for french toast. - Park Cafe was my favorite for breakfast and lunch - quick and light. The sliced beef sandwich for lunch was very very good. I could pop down there from the pool, pick up a sandwich, and be back at my deck chair in no time flat. - The main dining room also offers a breakfast buffet. Same as the windjammer, but different venue, and nicer setting. - Loved people watching in the royal promenade. They had a good sound system and good music - though it may have been specific to our charter. - Solarium offers comfortable chairs and quiet atmosphere during the day if so inclined. - Public bathrooms on the ship have paper towels instead of cloth. Not awful, just noticeable. - I hardly felt the ship move. Kinda missed the gentle rocking at night. - Casino was very large, with lots of tables and machines. Generally lightly attended, and generally smoky. Half the casino is non-smoking, but didn't seem to matter (like Lufthansa when they had one side of the plane as non-smoking...). There was a large variety of machines, but somehow not the ones I wanted to play. - Staff was full of smiles, but somehow service just wasn't up to RCL standards. Slow slow slow. Orders often wrong. When will cruise lines get rid of the need to sign a slip of paper constantly? Give me a pin number or something I can poke into the waiter's machine. - They did good pours with the booze (didn't carefully measure out a jigger). That said, the drinks really were too expensive. I think the cheapest wine was $8 a glass, plus obligatory 15%. - The hallways to the staterooms are wider and taller than other ships - not that narrow cave-like feeling. However, this seems to be so that the staff can constantly have their carts out in the hallways. No more ninja attendants who magically take care of your cabin. This is more like a hotel where you see the maids all the time. And more often than not seemed like they were on their little phones. Seems like they could move their carts out of the way if they would hang up and get to it a little more. - Shows were great (well, the adult shows). Chicago, Blue Planet, Ice Skating, Oceanaria - all outstanding shows and performers. Kudos. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Much has been said and written about Allure. A few observations from a RCI Diamond Plus member. Let me get the negatives out of the way first. The decor of the cabins is incredibly bad and old fashioned. How on earth can you build ... Read More
Much has been said and written about Allure. A few observations from a RCI Diamond Plus member. Let me get the negatives out of the way first. The decor of the cabins is incredibly bad and old fashioned. How on earth can you build a new state of the art vessel with such old-fashioned and downright ugly standard cabins? What did the think? If you have a cabin with bed by the cabinet/wardrobe, then your cabin looks also very small. It´s much better if your bed is by the window. The bed is very comfy though. The Sauna and Spa. Again, what did they think? In times, where all new cruise ships feature bigger and better spas and saunas, Oasis class has a little hidden something inside the ship, which does not earn the word Spa. Offered at a price where most people say "No" without regrets. The price is ridiculous and the space used is a joke. That was my biggest disappointment on the ship! No free sauna? What is it with that? Cheap. Now the positives: Never, and I literally mean that, never a cue or line. Even at guest relations they managed to work the lines fast, due to having staff available before the desk, asking people in line already for their requests and issues. Kudos! Getting on and off the ship has never on all my cruises been faster. Food was mostly good, except for Windjammer, but there are so many other choices that this did not matter. Still, RCL needs to change menus for the main dining room urgently. Most menus and items are 6 plus years old. Especially good the food at the Solarium. Healthier and light, just what most people like these days. The Suites are great in both decor and space. 3 Lounges, one for the high end Suites and top tier guest (Pinnacle), one for the regular high end suites GS and up to OS incl D+ members (Concierge Lounge) and one diamond lounge with nice views and outside sitting overlooking the promenade. Staff outstanding throughout the ship. The shows were great, especially Blue Planet. Most shows we saw where specially hired for our cruise by Atlantis. They were all outstanding and cannot be compared to what regular cruisers see on RCL. Much fun. Both cruise directors, yes we had two, one from Atlantis (Malcolm) and the regular one from the Allure were outstanding and incredibly good together. The positives outweigh the negatives by far but still. There is room for improvement. Overall a great week on a great ship. Would I go on the Oasis class again? No, not on a regular cruise. Heard today, that the new ship generation called Sunshine will not be, what I hoped it would be, nested somewhere between Freedom and Radiance Class. Instead it will be of a size, somewhere between Freedom and Oasis Class with over 4000 passengers. I was hoping for a rather "Solstice Class" size , RCI style. That is a bit too big for my taste, to be honest, but I guess the right size for RCI to make money and offer all the new features thew want to offer. 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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