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
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
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
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
Allure of the Seas Ratings
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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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