4 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Caribbean - Western

This was the second time that we travelled on the Allure o/t Seas. 1. The most impressive improvements were embarkation and debarkation. Not doubt RC has done a great job with Terminal A at Miami cruise port and the new procedure. ... Read More
This was the second time that we travelled on the Allure o/t Seas. 1. The most impressive improvements were embarkation and debarkation. Not doubt RC has done a great job with Terminal A at Miami cruise port and the new procedure. Getting on board worked like a breeze. Also impressive reentry to the US just with facial recognition! 2. The second improvement to mention is the new RC phone-app, which makes it easy to see what is going on, during your stay at the ship. But there are still improvements possible. i.e. I found it difficult to find the arrival and all aboard times for port of calls in the abundance of activities listed. The same activities were also listed on the cabin-tv. While booked shows and shore excursions carried over to the phone, individually entered calendar events at the tv (non ship) would not be shown on the app. At one time the app froze and had to be reinstalled. Mostly though it worked fine. 3. We thought that this time the food in the main dining room was better than the first time we traveled on her. 4. The whole experience on board was also more enjoyable, but this I contribute more to our experience from last time, which helped tremendously to get the most out of a 7 day cruise on a ship of this size. 5. The shows, the main reason we returned to the Allure, were as good as ever, you just have to make sure you book the most convenient time for you beforehand. 6. The hostess in the Elite and higher lounge was of exceptional help with getting thigs organized and clarified as needed! Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We choose this cruise because we wanted to see Bahamas, St Kitts and St Thomas. Unfortunately the hurricane made us go another route (Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Maya). we had a great time anyway. We always go with RCCL because they are ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we wanted to see Bahamas, St Kitts and St Thomas. Unfortunately the hurricane made us go another route (Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Maya). we had a great time anyway. We always go with RCCL because they are so friendly, serviceminded, clean and serve good food. This time we had two statrooms with conecting door. That was really great since we are 5 in the family. Therefore there were no queue to the bathroom. Even the two balconies were conected and they were very spacious. The entertainment was ecellent. We saw Mamma Mia, the Ice show, the water show and another great show about the planet earth in the big theatre. Wonderful! We loved it. It's very high class and the actors/performers are always extremely good. The stateroom attendent and the waiter and assistent waiter were (as always) very good, helpful and friendly. I am always so surprised that it is so clean everywhere, in the public areas, the restrooms and the restaurants. I love it. It feels safe! We will come back! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We are a 60ish married couple. We chose the Allure of the Seas for our 42nd cruise, 14th with Royal Caribbean. We have sailed on at least one ship in every RCCL ship class. This is my 21st Cruise Critic review (I think). I think that ... Read More
We are a 60ish married couple. We chose the Allure of the Seas for our 42nd cruise, 14th with Royal Caribbean. We have sailed on at least one ship in every RCCL ship class. This is my 21st Cruise Critic review (I think). I think that this background information is important. We board with our expectations in line. We sailed aboard the Allure during its inaugural season and have since sailed over 20 times on other vessels. It would not have surprised me to now rate the Allure lower than I have rated her previously (*****), partly because she is now over 7 years old, perhaps two and a half million people have been on the Allure since our last time and there have been numerous innovations in ship design since she was first launched in 2010. But in the final analysis, this remains the best ship and the best cruise. The Allure is beautiful, and that is important to us. Surely, we want good food, a great crew and an excellent experience, but we like surrounding ourselves with a visually stunning vessel. All of the art around the ship is beautiful. Compare that with the hideous art aboard the Quantum class. We enjoy the Quantum class and have done 4 cruises on that class, but the art is surely influenced by bad LSD trips. Not so on the Allure. But beauty alone does not make a good cruise. We leave that to the rest of the amenities. As i have said before, Royal is now practically impossible to beat given our Diamond status. The amenities are without compare. Many of my readers will not have that status in RCCL's loyalty program. I understand that, but I can assure you that you must do what it takes to attain that status, and that means keep sailing aboard RCCL! The free perks are amazing. And please keep in mind that we are top tier with NCL and Carnival and they do very little for us. We are only 3rd from the top and RCCL already makes it difficult to go anywhere else. But that point and those amenities aside, Allure of the Seas may be the best ship afloat. It is possible that the Oasis and the Harmony beat it out, but we haven't sailed either of those. Here are my notes, day by day: Day 1: The roast beef sandwiches that have often been mentioned here are better aboard the Allure than on the Quantum class, for some reason. I had them for lunch a couple of times. The life boat drill is a necessary evil, but RCCL has made an elaborate action movie that subtly gives you all of the information that you need in case of an emergency. I guess that it is sad that they need to do this to get people to listen to important safety information, but RCCL deserves credit for investing a great deal of money to produce this film in the interest of safety. Everyone that we saw around us had their eyes riveted to the screen as the story unfolded. The Diamond Club aboard is recently moved, expanded and renovated. It is excellent as well as the concierge Nancy. The late night comedy show was great. Day 2: We had breakfast at Johnny Rockets. It was good. If you've read my other reviews, you may remember what I think about cruise breakfast. Poor, at best. I travel for a living, so I don't want my vacation breakfasts to remind me of business hotel continental breakfasts. On the Allure, there are 4-5 choices aside from the top deck mess hall. Even if the menus were all alike, just escaping the crowds would mean something. But at Rockets, the food is cooked to order and is a better experience in every way. There is a place to sit and a waiter serves/seats you. And there is no cover charge. I think that many people avoid this class of ship for fear of the crowds. Forget about this! There were over 6000 people on this cruise and lots of kids, but understand that this ship is bigger than big. We rarely experienced crowded areas, and when we did, we went to another part of the ship. Ironically, there are more desolate areas of this ship than on smaller ones. This ship was designed for that and it works perfectly. There was a Top Tier Event for upper tier Crown & Anchor members. It was excellent. RCCL really knows how to take care of their customers. Other businesses should learn from them. We never ate in the dining room for dinner. You will need to rely on other reviews for MDR reviews, but you are at the right place if you are looking for opinions of the specialty dining venues. We hit them all. Today, it was Samba, the Brazilian Grille. It was outstanding. We have never eaten there. We like Brazilian steak houses on land. For some reason we expected this place to be a bit sub par. We were wrong. It was better than others we've been to and the personalized service made it better. The Lamb Chops were insanely delicious! The show tonight was at the Aqua Theater, Ocean Aria. This show is amazing. Don't miss it! Day 3: We succumbed to the Windjammer breakfast today before disembarking to Labadee. It was fine and we didn't have a hard time finding a table. This is remarkable because this is often a concern on smaller ships. We had lunch at Izumi. This is a very good sushi restaurant. We did not use our dining package here and lunch turned out to cost $47! Yikes! We never got around to trying the teppanyaki restaurant. We tried, but we had an entertainment conflict. That place is also expensive at $45 per person. We did an excursion here; cruise on a catamaran to a sandbar. This was "ok". When you do a $50 excursion, you get the same class of people that buy 3 t-shirts for $10. This was not our crowd. Still, it was great to hang around in the Caribbean water. At night, we took in Mama Mia. We saw this 3-4 times on the Quantum of the Seas. Great show. For dinner, it was Sabor, the Mexican restaurant on the Boardwalk. We over-ordered, but it was delicious. Nachos, Shrimp tacos, margaritas. We couldn't finish any of it. This is the place that users to be Rita's Cantina. I don't know why they re-branded it, but it doesn't matter. We wished that we had been on board long enough to return here, but that is true for every place that we went to. Day 4: Falmouth Jamaica has really been built up! Nice, clean, expansive tourist area. I'm not sure when we were last here, but it has come a long way. We had not planned to go ashore until we arrived and looked outside. It is 5 or 10 times bigger than it was 7 years ago. We had room service breakfast today. Nothing to write home about, but cruise ship room service is what it is. We had lunch ashore at Margaritaville. It was good, although expensive. For dinner, it was 150 Central Park. I have a lot to say about this place. Years ago, this place had a fixed menu of 5-6 courses. The menu changed mid-week. We always visited it twice to experience both menus. We are foodies and are therefore completely content with tasting menus. In fact, whenever a restaurant offers such, that is what we order. I know that we are not typical in this regard, and RCCL knows that too. 150 Central Park is no longer like this. There is an elegant and excellent menu and the meal was spectacular. And don't miss the cucumber & basil martinis! We selected a variety of items, including the tenderloin of beef for 2, finished table side. I considered this to be the best beef i had ever had. I eventually changed my mind. Extra credit to Carlo, our waiter, who was outstanding. He explained how RCCL is constantly evolving, which, i suppose, is a good thing. Dynamic dining, for example, is now a thing of the past as most people did not care for it. My wife and I explained that there is an alternate viewpoint. We absolutely loved Dynamic dining and consider it a tragedy that it is gone. We probably would have sailed the Anthem of the Seas this week if they still had Dynamic dining. As a business man, i do recognize that Dynamic dining probably isn't so good for the cruise line. We don't do speciality dining every night when there is Dynamic dining. As a cruiser, I do recognize that most of my fellow cruisers don't like Dynamic dining, but I don't understand why. We think its the best thing that ever happened to cruising, sadly taken away. We did not take in a show this night. Day 5: It was refreshing to take in a Sea Day today before our next port of Cozumel. We had breakfast in the dining room. Service was awful, food was fine. We had dinner at Chops. Chops is quite popular among cruisers, but I've never thought much of it. This is partly because they never had a ribeye steak on the menu. I think that a medium grade ribeye is better than a top shelf sirloin. Well, they have a ribeye now and it is terrific. What a great meal at Chops! The show tonight was an Eagles cover band called The Long Run. What a great show! Day 6: Whenever i get to Cozumel, Mexico, I get a ticket to sail in the America's Cup Regatta (also in Sint Maarten). This is the best thing to do in the Caribbean. I had a blast, as usual. We had breakfast at the Diamond Lounge. At night, we did the Chef's Table. This is a great meal, but not worth $95/p/p. We did much better at 150 Central Park. Also, at nearly 3 hours, its a bit much. We missed our Blue Planet reservation. Day 7: But, fortunately Blue Planet had another showing at 5pm today. This is a great show, but i recommend that you see it from 10 or more rows back for the best view. We had breakfast at the Solarium. It's at the same place that they have the Brazilian steakhouse. This was good and completely void of crowds. We tried to do the Hibachi grill at Izumi this night, but it conflicted with Blue Planet. We took in a movie at 6 and then headed to 150 Central Park at 8. This meal was even better than on Wednesday. We asked for the same waiter, Carlo, who was thrilled to see us again. He offered us a special off-menu item because we were a repeat customers. It was a 24oz Prime Ribeye which easily outmatched the meal we had on Wednesday, which says a lot. This was a great way to cap off a great week on the Allure of the Seas. We will be back. Soon. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Service was exceptional, Crew answered every question and many time they went out of their way to make sure you found what you were looking for. The Windjammer Marketplace manager always came by to make sure we had what we needed. Many ... Read More
Service was exceptional, Crew answered every question and many time they went out of their way to make sure you found what you were looking for. The Windjammer Marketplace manager always came by to make sure we had what we needed. Many crew members remembered our names just meeting us once. The ship is huge you have many areas to explore and many things to do . Entertainment is great and the venues are excelent you always have something to do. Con I wish they would have a more reasonable drink package for older adults that have common sense to drink sensibly. A drink package like 12 vouchers for $85 that can be used anytime during your cruise and shared with spouse, or significant other. On a 7 day cruise that would be 6 each evening cocktails on the 7 day you are dooked and leaving the ship by 10AM. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
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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