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: 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
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: 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
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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