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
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: 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
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
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
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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