163 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Romantic Cruises to Caribbean - Western

I have been on 3 Royal Caribbean and many Carnival cruises. Although this ship has more amenities( ice skating rink, carousel, rock climbing wall, wave raiders, and a promenade I found some areas lacking. They no longer have locker rooms ... Read More
I have been on 3 Royal Caribbean and many Carnival cruises. Although this ship has more amenities( ice skating rink, carousel, rock climbing wall, wave raiders, and a promenade I found some areas lacking. They no longer have locker rooms for the gym. It is all closed off. I used to love going to steam room like on Oasis of the seas in 2012. They have now changed this and you have to pay for access to steam rooms. The food at buffet and main dining was excellent. But all complimentary food everywhere else is poor mans food. Hamburgers and hot dogs at Wipeout cafe and hot dog stand. Hamburgers task like grain, spices and a little meat. So gross. Promenade cafe has a few desserts from whatever was made that day and 1-2 items. Wrap or bagel for breakfast, Cold sandwiches, for lunch and sandwiches for diner. Central park cafe has same 4 items. Sorrentos pizza is made in front of you but taste like frozen pizza. Carnival has gourmet pizza 24 hours a day. Between the hours of 3:30pm-6pm and 9:00pm - 6:00am there is nothing good to eat. You can order room service but it cost $8 plus 18% gratuity. They offer a specialty coffee packages which I purchased. If you are not sitting in a restaurant then you have to go to Cafe Promenade or Central park cafe. Both of which have ONE man making coffees. Their are 5000 guest. It was a joke that they will not add another person to make coffees. It took 20 minutes to get one cappuccino. They want you to spend money and go to Starbucks and give up on waiting in line for something you paid extra for. Nothing to watch on TV. I go on vacation because I work hard and I want a week of rest. The first days I lay in bed all day and watch TV. They had BBC TV and crappy shows, which they repeat twice in the day. ( Dougie Houser, Superior donuts , Instant Mom, Flaming star Elvis movie, Star trek( one of each of the enterprises). But no movies like carnival has. Had I known I would have lugged my laptop with me. Windjammer buffet does not have enough seats. Its so crowed I had to leave the first 3 days and eat my food in my room. First 3 days the people walking around helping in windjammer and all over ship cleaning were angry its like they hate their jobs. No smiles. It was horrible. Carnival everyone smiles. Also not enough workers clearing the tables in windjammer. Casino smells so badly of smoke. Very poor ventilation system. And the quickest route for that floor is through the casino and you reak after just walking through. Carnival is not like that. No big announcements for formal night. They have it written on one tiny place under dress code on flier which I missed. I had asked my waiter the first night which was formal night and he said tomorrow and the last night. Well he was wrong and I missed the lobster diner. So upset. Popcorn cost $2.50. Its free on carnival. No clothes lines to dry wet clothes in shower. Even in our Ocean view balcony. Lastly no where to hang out past 9pm. You can go to the party area in promenade. They have a card room which is freezing and has about 11 tables. But I would hang out with my husband in the buffet area where its not super cold on Carnival and play cards on a big table until 1:00am. No where to do this on this ship. No quiet areas to relax with tables. Carnival has lounge chairs and table all over the ship. The Coach, Kate spade and Michael Kors store sold mainly purses. So lame. Why not clothes? Cute dresses and shirts to wear on the cruise. Its fun shopping and the stores are useless with no good items. A few good things are they have a running track on lower level out of the hot sun unlike carnival which is on the top level. Buffet has better food than Carnivals buffet. But that was about it. They don't make PA announcements like carnival but I like a few announcements to let me know big events going on. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was one of the sails that was shorten due to hurricane Dorian. We were bummed but we completely understood it had to be done for everyone's safety. After much discussion my husband and I decided not to cancel our trip and let me ... Read More
This was one of the sails that was shorten due to hurricane Dorian. We were bummed but we completely understood it had to be done for everyone's safety. After much discussion my husband and I decided not to cancel our trip and let me tell you, I am very glad we saw it through. Though we couldn’t go to Haiti or Jamaica, Cozumel, Mexico was still an outstanding experience! We did two excursions: one was a semi-sub where we saw various fish including barracudas and rays and the another was the Jose’ Cuervo Experience where we learned proper tequila tasting techniques and how to make margaritas. We probably spent way too much money there but it was fun and worth it. As far as the ship, there was plenty to do and places to go, like the pools, hot tubs, indoor park, casino, etc. There were also amazing shows like Ocean Aria and Blue Planet! I loved eating at the Windjammer and we even took our food up to our ocean-view balcony one morning. The main dining places were great too with an array of choices and unlimited supply. The waiting staff couldn’t have been better. They all were so personable and remembered our names after only one day. We requested the same seating area the rest of the nights because of it. Same with room cleaning and the bartenders. Outstanding service! This brings me to my one complaint. During dinner for the first three nights they had taken several photos of me and my husband. The photographers worked very quickly so every time we had tried to ask how to get our photos they were already at another table. “Oh well,” we thought. Maybe some photo previews or at least a flyer on how to purchase them will be sent to our room, we had reasoned. On our last night we had planned to ask before they took our photos again, only there were no photographers there that time. Hindsight, we should have gone to guest services but foolishly we assumed at that point that we would get an email about the photos. We’ve now come to find out that there is no way to purchase photos post cruise which is extremely disappointing considering we were celebrating five years married. We accept some fault but it would have been nice and less confusing to have been notified how to purchase our photos by one of the photographers. This is only our second cruise and our first was with Carnival. We didn’t like Carnival nearly as much as RC but at least they had no problem informing us during dinner how to purchase our photos. Overall, this was a great cruise and due to the graciousness of the company, we now have extra money saved from our remaining three days that were canceled as well as some credit towards a future cruise. Allure of the Seas is definitely a ship I would consider again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I choose this cruise because it did sail to St. Thomas. Several days before boarding I found out that they would not sail to St. Thomas as planned. Royal would not allow any refunds or transfers to another ship. They did not even notify ... Read More
I choose this cruise because it did sail to St. Thomas. Several days before boarding I found out that they would not sail to St. Thomas as planned. Royal would not allow any refunds or transfers to another ship. They did not even notify us. We found out by trying to book a shore excursion. We called Royal. They would not allow any cancellations or re-book or transfer to another ship. We spoke to the cruise director and captain about this. They just said they were following orders. The strange part about this trip is that we sailed right past St. Thomas on our way to a half of day in San Juan. San Juan is very close to St. Thomas, where we were promised a full day. The rest of the cruise was average. Moma Mia was good. Chops was great. Mainly for 30-40's crowd. I went in mid may to avoid all of the kids. I was wrong. Many kids on board. Had to leave chops and other restaurants because of screaming kids. Asked for a quiet table and each time they sit screaming kids right next to us even after a table change twice. No one listens. Read Less
Sail Date May 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
Sail Date April 2019
My wife and I, along with our best friends, decided to try one of RC's "mega-ships," and this one matched up with the dates we could go. Allure was amazing! It is so huge with so many things to do. You really have to try not ... Read More
My wife and I, along with our best friends, decided to try one of RC's "mega-ships," and this one matched up with the dates we could go. Allure was amazing! It is so huge with so many things to do. You really have to try not to have fun if you're going to have a bad time on this ship! Embarkation was the smoothest we have experienced (this is only our 5th cruise, but still). We were through in almost no time. We took off from RC's new port in Miami. Huge, but very efficient. Workers at the port were great! The ship itself is massive - the balcony cabins wrap around inside the ship, overlooking a couple different areas. We had an ocean-view balcony cabin and loved it. More roomy than other ship balcony rooms we've had. Nice bed, couch, room to move around. Bathroom was good as well. The only negative about the room was the closet - small and crowded. Did not compare favorably with the Princess ships we've been on. But minor issue - other than that, great room. The main dining room was great. Never went to any of the specialty dining venues - why, when the included food is so excellent? Food was as good as any cruise we have taken. Buffet was good. Not as many choices as Regal or Royal Princess, but all the food was very good. Excellent carved beef and ham! The place where this ship/cruise shined above the others we've been on was the entertainment. Wow! They have an aqua-theater on the back of all their Oasis Class ships which is amazing. Diving, acrobatics, humor, hand-balancing, trampolines...a little bit of it all. We saw "Mama Mia" in the main theater, and it was excellent. Great singing and acting as well. We were very impressed. They have an ice capades-like show as well in yet another venue. I didn't go in with high hopes. Seemed like a rather small rink to do any great tricks - but was I ever wrong! They could really skate - very fun show. The comedians were very good as well. As expected the one we saw late night was pretty crude, but we did enjoy the three different comedy shows we saw. Great variety of activities to join in on the ship. Quite honestly, I go on cruises to relax, so I spent a lot of time at one of the pools. Five pools offered more available deck chairs than I've ever experienced on a cruise. Along with relaxation, I also zip-lined, played mini-golf and shuffleboard, listened to numerous live musicians, and enjoyed just taking in the ship. We were especially impressed with Central Park, an area on the RC Oasis class ships with thousands of real trees and plants. Peaceful, fun to walk around, and fun to sit and play cards listening to a classical guitarist. Service was outstanding, especially our room steward (and her towel animals) and our wait staff in the restaurant. But others around the ship were great as well. No kids with us, but we explored the children's are just to see it, and it looked amazing! Our ports included Nassau, Cozumel, Honduras, and Costa Maya. Had a good time at each one. We did RC excursions at three of them, but decided to just walk around at Costa Maya. All stops were good. For my tastes, I'd prefer non-Mexican stops, but that's just me. Would we do it again? Absolutely! If you're paying, I'd leave tomorrow! Give it a try - you'll love Allure of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our first cruise on the Oasis class, fifth on Royal Caribbean and fifteenth overall. The ship was at capacity with 6500 passengers and 2500 crew. With that many people there are a few unique adjustments. To attend any of the ... Read More
This was our first cruise on the Oasis class, fifth on Royal Caribbean and fifteenth overall. The ship was at capacity with 6500 passengers and 2500 crew. With that many people there are a few unique adjustments. To attend any of the shows and some special events to need to make a reservation. We were anytime dining which also requires a reservation. Since no venue on the ship can come close to accommodating everyone at once this is a necessity. We did not feel too crowded most of the time but very crowded at others times. The Windjammer seemed very small to us for the number of passengers on board. This was our first ship that does not have life jackets in you cabin. In case of emergency you go to your assembly point were you would be issued one assuming the ship sinks slowly. Small point but golf balls were so light any wind at all made the putt putt golf impossible. Our balcony cabin was very nice and the food was very good. We dined at the 150 Central Park, Chops and Giovanni,s, specially resturants and all were very good with excellent service. The ship itself is a marvel to just wonder around. The Aqua arena and the aqua show were fantastic. As was the musical Momma Mia. We have see it three times before and this was as good are better than any We have seen. The other shows were exceptional as well. The staff was very professional but I would say not the happiest we have seen, I guess dealing with this many people might make you somewhat impersonal. This ship is a very family friendly and oriented with facilities and tv shows separated to newborn to 36 months, 4-11 years and 12-17 years. Overall I would highly recommend taking at least on cruise on this class just to wonder around the ship. As big as it is it is a very stable ship. One final point. Be careful walking on the exterior decks. There are molded ramps into the doorways that are unmarked and same color as the deck. You can easily trip and end up black and blue at an emergency room as I did. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this holiday cruise to celebrate Christmas and my birthday. The ship was beautiful and big..It was decorated with the festive flair. Embarkation was seamless. The main restaurant in the top deck was too congested with people. ... Read More
We chose this holiday cruise to celebrate Christmas and my birthday. The ship was beautiful and big..It was decorated with the festive flair. Embarkation was seamless. The main restaurant in the top deck was too congested with people. Finally after finding a seat to enjoy our breakfast we hear a loud speaker message stating not to linger because other people had to eat.Not nice. The specialty restaurants were very nice. We used 3 of them. Food was good .. We had a junior suite in the front of the ship, 12 floor.We were disappointed. The stateroom was small. The bathroom was tiny in comparison to other ships we have been on. There was a bad body odor in the room. We figured it was the carpet. We asked if it could be cleaned and they said yes. They did clean the carpet which took care of the problem but that left the room damp and with a disinfectant odor. We then came down with a serious sinusitis and had to start antibiotics. We made the best of it. Would we do it again? No.Mega ship? No.. Royal Caribbean cruises ? Yes..Ports of call..were fair. Conzumel was the best. Roattan was the worse. It looked like the port surroundings would collapse at any moment. We stayed in the ship. Staff was good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Went on this cruise with my fiancé and his parents and my mom. Wanted to be on the largest class as it was my in-laws-to-be first cruise and I wanted to show off as much as possible. We stayed in Miami (Coconut Grove) for 2 nights before ... Read More
Went on this cruise with my fiancé and his parents and my mom. Wanted to be on the largest class as it was my in-laws-to-be first cruise and I wanted to show off as much as possible. We stayed in Miami (Coconut Grove) for 2 nights before departure to explore Little Havana, Vizcaya and Miami beach. RCCL’s Terminal A in Port of Miami was amazing. The most seamless embarkation and disembarkation I’ve ever experienced. Top marks for that. We overall enjoyed our time. Sea days were spoiled a bit by wind and clouds on both days. Ports of call were all excellent days. Service onboard we loved was primarily the dining staff (My Time and Sabor). The bar service wasn’t great. They seem unenthusiastic and like they don’t want your patronage. Stateroom attendants were OK but also seemed to have a bit of a chip on their shoulders despite us being nice and friendly to them. My biggest revelation this cruise was that private tour operators for shore excursions are viable options and the one we did in Roatan was far superior to the other tours we have done through RCCL. There are just too many lines and too much waiting involved with RCCL tours. No reason we need to arrive in a staging area for a tour 45 min early. Entertainment on board was great - Mamma Mia was excellent. Comedy show and aqua show also very very good. As I said - overall good experience and would definitely go on this ship again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this cruise as we have sailed Norwegian twice before and loved it and wanted to try this line as we’d heard great things. Embarkation and disembarkation - so smooth and hassle free I don’t know how they managed getting so ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we have sailed Norwegian twice before and loved it and wanted to try this line as we’d heard great things. Embarkation and disembarkation - so smooth and hassle free I don’t know how they managed getting so many people on and off without any line whatsoever truly amazing. When we got on the ship is certainly impressive but the main deck just feels like a mall, with constant announcements and noise about art auctions, watch sales, drinks package and internet sails, it really did spoil the cruise for us as in the evening this was where all of the bars were and I just felt Like I was sitting in a shopping centre. The boardwalk deck was mostly geared towards children so we didn’t go there, we went to deck 8 often as we purchased the ultimate dining package and that deck was always quiet and pleasant as it’s open air. We went to Giovannis the most we loved it there, we also enjoyed Central Park and the Mexican but we weren’t keen on chops really. Overall choice and food quality was much better on Norwegian and I’d say the food was average even on the package. I wouldn’t go for the package again for dining as you can’t go to the Japanese tables or chef table without extra charges so it wasn’t worth it for us and on our day at sea we really Struggled to get into any restaurant at all. Cabin- we had an ocean view balcony it was a decent size and lots of storage and everything worked well. Staff - all amazing all so mega keen to please and very smiley and genuine no complaints at all. Shows - mama Mia we didn’t like we were both utterly bored but tbh musical theatre isn’t our thing, blue planet was great and the cruise director was really funny . Entertainment we found quite limited as you can only do each show once and there was very limited entertainment in the bars and we just plain didn’t like sitting in the shopping centre bars so we were in bed early most nights Sun decks - not much outside space plenty of hot tub space and good they have adults only area. We never ever queued for a drink and always bottles on offer in mobile bars so can’t complain about that. Again entertainment was lacking it seemed to be always really noisy with pretty average bands which were actually more irritating than entertaining It’s a great ship, it was spotlessly clean and service was impeccable but unfortanately The contact focus on shopping Really spoilt it for us and the main deck was totally focused on shopping . Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
I chose this cruise because Royal Caribbean is the best cruise line around and the Oasis class ships are beautiful, loaded with fine restaurants, great adventures and reasonable fares. The ports are exciting and the tours offered have many ... Read More
I chose this cruise because Royal Caribbean is the best cruise line around and the Oasis class ships are beautiful, loaded with fine restaurants, great adventures and reasonable fares. The ports are exciting and the tours offered have many fun activities.The passengers are varied, interesting and friendly and the cabins are spacious. I have cruised with Royal Caribbean for the past 20 years and the ships only get bigger and better. You can choose to do as much or as little as you want. Even though the the ship is very large you can always find a quiet place. The neighborhoods are sectioned in such a way as to make you feel as if you really are traveling around New York City. The food in the main dining room and the specialty restaurants is excellent. The cabin attendants, waitstaff bar staff, the Captain and the entire crew were wonderful. The shows and all of the entertainment was top notch, it was comparable to New York City Broadway show. I am planning another Royal Caribbean cruise within the next 3 months. Read Less
Sail Date November 2018
We cruised "The Allure" in 2012. So, I'm able to do some comparison. Getting off and on this massive ship was a breeze. We did all the online documentation so, we were able to bypass all the lines. We walked off with our ... Read More
We cruised "The Allure" in 2012. So, I'm able to do some comparison. Getting off and on this massive ship was a breeze. We did all the online documentation so, we were able to bypass all the lines. We walked off with our luggage at 630am. We have always done My Time Dining with no issues. This time was another story. MTD is a broken system on Allure that needs a lot of attention. We were on Radiance Alaska cruise in August. MTD we only had to wait up to 5 minutes. We always had to wait in a long line then wait longer in the lobby area. When the line extended into the elevator areas we choose to get pizza at sorrentos(which is good) and another night at windjammer which was equally crowded. Windjammer is a fast past buffet area so, be ready to keep the flow moving. If your the one to looking at the food your also the one disrupting movement. Lounging at the pool areas was stress free. Don't bother saving lounge chairs. There's plenty of them. When one area got to hot for us we had no problem finding multiple chairs in another area. Solarium gets hot. There's a 2nd floor area that gets a nice breeze. If your looking for a nice relaxing spa area your not going to find it on Allure. There is no public saunas here. We paid the extra $200 for the Thermal Spa. Small spa area consisted of 4-heated chairs to lay on, 3 different sauna rooms and 2 rain showers. Got busy and loud in there at times. Disappointing for such a massive size ship. Port: Naussa- Walked to John Watlings Distillery. 30 min walk from port. Has some uphill walking. Free simple tour. 4 samples of rum $14. Cozumel: Paradise Beach. Clean Private beach. Nice big pool. Taxi ride $16 each way. $3 per chair. They ask that you spend $10. There's a taco food truck. Tacos were $3. Large drinks were $14. Water sports are additional. Good for families, couples, groups. Roatan: We have never been to this port. We did a zipline and beach tour. So glad we did as there's no where to explore outside of the port. Costa Maya: We had planned on grabbing a cab to Mahahual Beach. But, due to our late start ended up staying in the port shopping area. There's a pool area to rent chairs. We got massages. Was $85 for couples massage. 45-min. Well worth it. Ships Condition we all agreed is in excellent shape. Was very clean and well maintained. Our room looked brand new to us. On second day we had a brand new couch put in. I did see a couple areas where there was stains on public areas carpet. But, to be expected. There just never seemed to be enough areas to eat comfortable at. We could not understand why windjammer closes at 3:30 on port days. Everyone is getting back on ship hungry. Going to Park Cafe and Sorrentos is a madhouse at this time. Again long lines. And forget it if you want a soda in Park Cafe. They also make Seattles coffee there. Takes forever to make a coffee. TIP: There's a bar outside Park Cafe. Get your soda there. Aqua and Ice Skating shows were amazing. Watching a movie in the Aqua Theatre is very cool. Zip lining and Rocking Climbing were Alluring. Lol. We were in general disappointed this time on Allure. She's not as well oiled as she was 6 yrs ago. She's a beautiful ship but obviously understaffed and needs to offer more eating areas for the masses. Not more specialty restaurants you pay an additional $25-$35 for. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
I loved this ship two years ago two celebrate my wedding anniversary. We wanted to return with friends. Tut he ship is a beautiful ship, very expensive and they have not taken care of it. The rugs are dirty and spots in front of the stairs ... Read More
I loved this ship two years ago two celebrate my wedding anniversary. We wanted to return with friends. Tut he ship is a beautiful ship, very expensive and they have not taken care of it. The rugs are dirty and spots in front of the stairs case and in the rooms they do not put water or soda to purchase or an ice bucket to have ice. They do have a small refrigerator, that is empty. The drinks are very expensive and not enough alcohol, some are watery. The service is very good in the cabin and dining room. The same food every day in the dining room and buffet. The buffet you needed to arrive very early to find a table, there is no help from the servers to get a table. The buffet food is always the same, also the dining room food always the same soup, appetizers and dessert. The ship has not been maintain, it is a shame such a beautiful ship. They only offer water or lemonade one time when returning from the islands. Some of the ships have a tent when you are arriving from the islands with cold water, lemonade, tea and a hot towel to clean your hands. It is a shame that I was so disappointed with my cruise this year. Too many wheel chairs every where taking room in the halls and elevators. The Allure needs to go to dry land and have a major renovation, especially the rugs and furniture. Also, new shows and more activities. I also think it is a great idea to have a section for adults only and family and children in another section just like the wheel chairs. Very disappointed!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
OK so here we go...The ship is amazing. Its beautiful, its big, it is really nice. This was our 18th cruise so we pretty much knew what to expect. We sailed with OASIS of the Seas a few years back which Allure is identical. The ship is so ... Read More
OK so here we go...The ship is amazing. Its beautiful, its big, it is really nice. This was our 18th cruise so we pretty much knew what to expect. We sailed with OASIS of the Seas a few years back which Allure is identical. The ship is so big that you have to reserve your entertainment which is annoying but I get it. With 6000 people, you have to in order for everyone to see the show. The downside is all the shows all week are the same thing where as other ships offer different shows every single night. So my advice to you, first day (or if you can prior to the sail date) go ahead and reserve all the shows you want each night so you will be garanteed a spot. The one thing they do every night is karoke, but that gets old after awhile. We just went to that because there was nothing else to do. Our room was amazing. We had a handicap room which is huge and had an oversized balcony which looked over the boardwalk. Downside of the room is it was on the 14th floor which the first day muster drill was annoying cause you literally had to walk down 9 floors to get to 5 then you know going back up we had to talk back up 9 flights of stairs cause the elevators on the first day are INSANE!! So don't recommend the 14th floor. YOu need to be careful if you are in the boardwalk area, as one side they play basketball allday and table tennis on the other side which is where we are you have alot of people running so if you like your afternoon naps, you will hear constant noise. I can't even imagine what it was like on the basketball side. So when booking I would find you a room that only has actual rooms above you not where people can run, drag chairs, kitchen, etc. The other downside is the bed was HORRIBLE!! It was so hard. If you like hard beds then you will love it, but my back was messed up all cruise cause of it. I asked for a foam topper just hoping but they didn't have any. I guess you have to be in the suites in order to get a comfy bed. The food was really good most days. The dining room on certain nights didn't have alot to choose from. Lobster night the lobster was very dingy but tasted good and I just asked for another. :D So this is just a petpeeve. We sailed Norwegian in June and got spoiled with the drinks. You could just go up and order, didnt have to worry about your card, or those dang receipts. Royal makes you sign a receipt everytime. Just wasted paper. If you have the dink package then I don't think they should make you do that. All in all its a good cruise. we just didnt plan really good this time with excursions and such so we were pretty much on the boat the entire time except for Honduras which we love. Cozumel it rained so we didnt get off. Nassau weve been a thousand times so we didn't get off. Costa Maya had another ship there so we knew it would be insane so we stayed on and just used the pools on the boat. So anyway thats that. Hope it helps!! Read Less
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
Sail Date September 2018
My husband and I wanted a 7 day cruise that we could celebrate our 5th year anniversary on. My brother and his wife joined us to also celebrate their anniversary and my sister-in-law’s birthday. It was very convenient for us to leave ... Read More
My husband and I wanted a 7 day cruise that we could celebrate our 5th year anniversary on. My brother and his wife joined us to also celebrate their anniversary and my sister-in-law’s birthday. It was very convenient for us to leave from Fort Lauderdale because we live in Miami. The process of embarking on the ship was very smooth and the staff was welcoming and accommodating from the time we stepped on the ship. We are until our hearts were content. We enjoyed speciality dining at Chops Grille and Giovanni’s table. Both restaurants were delectable! They even sang happy birthday to my sister-in-law and happy anniversary to my husband and I! We also needed to change one of our reservations and they did it without a problem! Our shore excursions were full of excitement and thrill! We did ziplining in Honduras and ATV riodong in Costa Maya. We booked our excursions through Royal Caribbean and it was great! We had soooo much fun! In Cozumel we did a tour of some Mayan Ruins and a beach day. The tour was ok but we made up for it at the beach where we went kayaking and ate local Mexican food and drank Margaritas! On board we enjoyed the clubs during the late night hours and the various activities such as rock climbing, ice skating and ziplining. We also attended the aqua show and Mama Mia! We tried our luck in the casino and I treated my sister-in-law to a spa experience! I tried not to stray too far off of my diet by using the wonderful gym facilities that was on board as well! To say that we had a good time is truly an understatement! I did not want to get off of the ship but as the old cliche says “all good things must come to an end.” I can’t wait to go on my next Royal Caribbean cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose Royal Caribbean due to a family recommendation. In comparison, to other cruise lines, we liked the many activities that RC had to offer. The beauty of the ship, Allure, was all that it promised and then some. The excursion trips ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean due to a family recommendation. In comparison, to other cruise lines, we liked the many activities that RC had to offer. The beauty of the ship, Allure, was all that it promised and then some. The excursion trips enticed us. In all honesty, we only did 2 excursions. The other 2 ports we skipped, enjoying the freedom to relax on the quiet ship when in port. The ship is amazing! The food is great! So much to do... but if all you want to do is relax, you can do that too!! But the staff, they are the reason we will choose RC in the future. The most professional, dedicated staff we have had the pleasure to meet!! Very impressive selection of activities for children of various ages. Great vacation for families. Many of the dining areas have selections geared for children, but the food was still fun but nutritious. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
First cruise experience and I can not complain about anything. The Allure of the Seas is an amazing cruise with an amazing staff. It has a vast variety of things to do in the cruise that you would not find yourself bored or without ... Read More
First cruise experience and I can not complain about anything. The Allure of the Seas is an amazing cruise with an amazing staff. It has a vast variety of things to do in the cruise that you would not find yourself bored or without something to do. The shore excursions for the ports are great and did not have a bad experience in any of them. Our Stateroom attendant Carl was amazing and gave excellent service during the whole week. He was always around and if we had any questions he had the answers. In the restaurant Jerus and Marcelo our waiters were amazing providing the service and recommendations every day on the food options available each day. It was an amazing week in an amazing cruise. After sailing in the Allure of the Seas I will not sail in a small cruise. I recommend RCI Allure of the Seas to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
June 3rd -10th. Royal Carib western route via Ft Lauderdale FL. I was skeptic to go on a cruise of this magnitude but we booked it and well here is my honest opinion. If you have never went on a cruise please read this it may give you some ... Read More
June 3rd -10th. Royal Carib western route via Ft Lauderdale FL. I was skeptic to go on a cruise of this magnitude but we booked it and well here is my honest opinion. If you have never went on a cruise please read this it may give you some tips to help make it easier as a newbie. Day 1. We flew in from Seattle and stayed overnight in Ft Lauderdale at the Hilton and left the next day. This made the journey less stressful and we had plenty of time to board the boat. Our Uber cost $7 to the ship. You arrive at the port ours was 18. They tag your luggage and then you proceed to a line where they verify your passport and give you a ship pass which you will need to carry with you at all times. You will need this to leave and board the ship and also for purchases. We had a stateroom with a balcony 7568 with a great view. Get a balcony , it’s worth it trust me. That is if you want to wake up to amazing views and enjoy relaxing on your own deck for an 8 day sea escape. Ok , let me sum up the rest for anyone reading. Food was very good at the general dining area. We were at table 318 at the American Icon grill for dining. Willie and Jorge were our servers for table 318 for the week. They were hard working , very nice guys and always bringing us more and more food. Miss those guys. The housekeeping staff we had was Leo Calaphus Forbes from St Vincent. He made my girfriend animals out of towels everyday and was a very kind man. These guys work hard so please tip them well. Don’t be rude to them or treat them like slaves it’s just rude. Leo was telling us the story ( one of many ) of how someone on the floor kept throwing all her clothes all over the room and how he had to keep moving them in order to clean the room. Don’t be a slob people. Another note, I couldn’t believe all the rudeness I experienced on a vacation before this one. I’ve come to the conclusion it’s one of two things. One, some people are just rude to others and they only care about themselves or they are the ones that live nearby the cruise ships and purchase the cheap tickets that allow them to experience a beautiful vacation that would otherwise be unobtainable to such rude slobs. These are the people that you will see cutting lines at dinners, talking to staff members like they are dirt and acting as if they own the ship and place trash all over the place. Pros - most of the staff were amazing as I listed whom. A couple were rude but I don’t think they will last long because Royal Caribbean won’t put up with this. Food is plentiful and if you drink more than 7 alcohol drinks a day get the drink package it’s worth it. Our excursions we not great so read reviews before you book trust me. We went to the Bahamas Nassau and did the city tour it was fun because there’s not much to do there. Then we went to Cozumel , do not book the Mayan Ruins you will be disappointed. You will be shuttled around not seeing much of these amazing ruins for more than 35 min and get a stale terrible sandwich and not enough time to shop at all in town because of the waste of time (5hrs) on the bus back and forth to the ruins. Just don’t book this trust me. Roatan was amazing , the people we so nice and we went to Tabayan beach and this was so beautiful. They had a security guard at the beach and the waters were perfect. Then we had a bbq at the beach and shuttles back to the boat left every hour so you can go to town and shop. Costa Maya ...blahhhhhh beach was terrible and covered with massive amounts of seaweed. We left after a hour on our day excursion to go back to town and eat and shop there. Last day was at sea, dealt with more selfish people cutting lines to get to the food and the staff doesn’t say anything while a long line of people are waiting to get in. If you choose this vacation just keep these things in mind. Treat the staff nice and respectful they are on the boat for 7 months at a time and most have families at home and don’t see them or their kids because they have to work. They work hard and are people too. If you see some one cut a line call them out like we did. If you see someone be rude to a staff member let them know how rude they are. Overall we had fun but next time would probably choose a cruise line that has a better staff to passenger ratio like celebrity. Good luck and thanks for reading Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our 4th Royal Caribbean cruise, 7 cruise total. It was just my husband and I to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary-left the kids with their grandparents. I booked this ship for the entertainment and the wide variety of ... Read More
This was our 4th Royal Caribbean cruise, 7 cruise total. It was just my husband and I to celebrate our 15 year wedding anniversary-left the kids with their grandparents. I booked this ship for the entertainment and the wide variety of eating venues. First the entertainment was the best we have seen on a ship so far. Mama Mia is already one of my favorite musicals and this version did not disappoint. The aqua diving shows were amazing. We enjoyed both ice shows: Ice Games and How to Train Your Dragon on Ice. Even the comedians were hilarious. Food is subjective, but here is what we enjoyed. We had great service and food in the My Time Dinning restaurant. I wanted early dinning so we just made a standing 5:30 reservation in American Icon for every night. After the first night we were able to just walk right to our table and had the same awesome servers every night. We also had sushi in Izumi one night and thought it was delicious and reasonably priced. For breakfast and lunch we really liked the smaller venues over the Windjammer buffet. The food was better and it was much less chaotic and less germy. My favorite place to eat lunch was Park Cafe. They have yummy sandwiches, brand name chips and delicious cupcakes. We enjoyed the free breakfast at Johnny Rockets 2 mornings. We ate breakfast in the main dinning room two mornings-french toast was very tasty. We tried the Hot Dog place on the last day and were disappointed. The buns were stale, but maybe it was because it was the last day? They make your waffle bowl fresh at Ben & Jerry's ice cream. Yum! Donuts on boardwalk were blah. Activities. My husband did the zipline twice on the last sea day and said it was fun. We enjoyed reading our books and taking a dip in the pool/hot tub in the Solarium on our sea days. The Solarium could use some comfy chairs in the shade though. We went to Nassau, Roatan, Cozumel and Costa Maya. Our favorite port was Roatan. We did the Maya Key private island excursion. In Nassau we did the Blue Lagoon stringray snorkel. Blue Lagoon was ok, but I would go somewhere else next time. They charge if you want a chair in the shade. We enjoyed snorkeling there and the stingrays were cool. At Maya Key there were plenty of chairs in the shade, free sea lion feedings, free monkey encounters. It was beautiful there! We made a poor excursion choice in Cozumel. We did the Island Roots and Chocolate Traditions. Basically all we did was watch someone make chocolate and taste tequila. Overall we had a great time and I can't wait to go on another Oasis Class ship! I love all the entertainment; Broadway shows, aqua theatre shows, ice skating shows, comedians. We really enjoyed most of the food. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
First let me apologize for how long this is, but I appreciated all the reviews so I don’t want to give less. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the night before to make sure there would be no travel issues. I highly suggest this so there is ... Read More
First let me apologize for how long this is, but I appreciated all the reviews so I don’t want to give less. We flew into Ft. Lauderdale the night before to make sure there would be no travel issues. I highly suggest this so there is very little stress to the beginning of a great vacation. Embarkation: There was a little confusion for our bus (hotel shuttle) that we took to the cruise terminal as to where to park, and then the cruise terminal employees weren’t sure what to do with our luggage at first. I suggest sticking with your luggage until you see that the terminal employees have securely put the luggage into one of trolleys for transport onto the ship. (One of the employees told us to do this) Once this happens though I feel that it is perfectly safe to leave it. Disembarkation: We decided to do the early disembarkation, due to the fact that our cabin would be one of the last ones allowed off the ship, and worry over airport transport, flight times etc. We left the ship at 7:20 and had no line at the gangway and almost no line inside the cruise terminal. We were back at the airport within 45 minutes, and the only reason it took that long was waiting on the shuttle we had prearranged to arrive. The ship overall is amazing. It is so large that the only time you feel like there is 6k people on the ship is during some events on the royal promenade deck. Our favorite place was the sun deck at the front of the ship. You access this by going to deck 14 and going all the way forward. It allows for the best views when wanting to see the forward side of the ship. It was only closed during high winds/strong seas etc. they were pretty good about opening it up again later. Only one time was it closed for high winds when there was honestly zero wind, but I figure if they have it closed it’s for your safety. Our second favorite place was deck 5 outside where the running track is, it goes all the way around the ship and is a nice walk at night with your significant other, and during the day it’s a great place to sit and relax to watch the water from the back of the ship-bring a frozen drink and enjoy the view. We had an interior cabin on deck 14 room 679. So in total the room was 14679. I was a Little hesitant with this room because I could find zero information about it on any review. Overall, it is a nice room. Very small, at least in comparison to the other rooms we saw when the doors were open. It does not have a couch-only a chair. The chair is right in front of the wardrobe which is inconvenient. The width of the room is the width of the bed plus a tiny side table. I thought I would hate how small it was, but I was prepared for it being tiny so I knew I needed to be as organized as possible in knowing what I brought .I knew we needed to know where everything was so it would be easy to get ready/shower/change so we didn’t become frustrated. I rolled all of our clothes in our luggage so it was very easy to put that rolled luggage into the wardrobe still rolled. We hung up all of our dresses/suits. We did leave my husbands shorts in the luggage which was very easy to roll out from under the bed and grab like a drawer. I honestly think taking the 30ish minutes to set everything up in the room and bathroom saved us a lot of time/grief for the rest of the trip. I recommend this highly (especially if you get one of the smaller rooms). It may look a little messy, because frankly there is no room, but you will know where everything is. We brought 8 towel clips and mostly used them to organize and hang stuff in the room leaving 2 to carry with us on excursions. We did bring a 3 outlet power strip and had no problem getting thru security at the terminal-they confiscated hundreds of surge protectors so don’t try those or the longer 5 outlet power strips. We also brought a small fan. I had read where someone else suggested this and I was unsure if it was worth the room it takes up. It is worth it. The noise helped drown everything else out at night and it moved the air in the cabin so it wasn’t stuffy. We also used it to help dry our bathing suits faster. I will forever bring it with us whenever we cruise in the future. My husband insisted we bring our firestick with us after reading a review of someone else doing the same, although I insisted that we wouldn’t watch tv, he wanted it just in case lol. So we followed what someone else said to do and brought along a universal remote which we synced to the tv and that allowed us to change the input to access the firestick. We did purchase the internet package to stream. The internet was very fast and we had no problem with it. You only need to purchase one package because you can log off and log into another device with no problem. We did the same thing on the firestick and had no issues. We did end up watching one movie on it when the outdoor movie was basically rained out, so we went back to the room with cookies and soda and had our own movie night, which was nice and he pointed out it was bc he brought the firestick lol. Please remember to always change the input back to the tv as you would not make the next cruiser happy with not being able to change it without a universal remote. The cabin does have an outlit sorta under and behind the bed that’s hidden, If you’re looking at the bed it’s on the right side. Also, the cabin is in the perfect location, we took the steps to go to deck 15 and most of the activities and pools are on this deck outside and if you wanted windjammer is right there also and much faster than the elevator. Dining: We ate at the windjammer for lunch and breakfast one day and never went back after eating in the dining room that night for dinner. I’ve never been a fan of buffets and after watching other people’s hygiene and seeing what was offered we preferred to eat in the dining room for everything. We did fill up our soda cups in the windjammer though, since it’s so close to our room. I suggest making reservations in advance for the dining room, you don’t have to go to the dining room all the time but having the reservation is a great option just in case. we were in American icon every time except once they put us in the grande. The wipeout cafe hamburgers don’t taste right (try at your discretion) and the hotdog place near the aqua theatre doesn’t have all beef hotdogs.There is soft serve yogurt on deck 15 next to the kids pool area and also in the wipeout cafe-if you want it to be good go early, otherwise it doesn’t have time to freeze with so many people getting it. Entertainment and activities: We went to every show-we had reserved a different show for every night and the comedy show twice, once in the beginning and the last day. The comedy show was a little different each time, I was worried it would be the same show and it wasn’t. We did reserve the aqua show for the first night because we were worried about weather canceling it and we are glad we did that as it got rocky later on during the week, although I’m not sure that’s why it was rescheduled or if it was technical issues. The ice skating was a little cheesy for the how to train your dragon (not a reserved show, but a first come first serve one during the week) and the ice games was a little confusing at first, but the skating itself is very good and I’m awe struck that they can do that when the boat is rocking so much. They offer popcorn outside of the studio B during this for 2.50 ($2.95 after tax) and it smells soo good. I ignored the craving the first show, but the second I caved and paid basically $3.00 for a small bag of popcorn. Remember if you have the refreshment package you can ask any waiter/waitress for a virgin frozen drink or soda (or the guy serving popcorn for soda) just remember the selection is vastly different from the freestyle drink machines. Mama Mia is wonderful although my husband didn’t care for the storyline, I enjoyed it and he agreed the singers are great. Blue planet was also good, the tree scene was very neat. You will notice that most of the participants in this also do the show in the aqua theatre and mama Mia which is neat. The zip line isn’t anything to write home about, especially if you’ve been to the national white water center in Charlotte, NC..but it’s still cool to say you’ve been on a zip line in the middle of the ocean on a cruise ship. We did the ice skating and that was a lot of fun, some of these little kids are just amazing, while we are just trying to not fall (I wasn’t successful in that). We didn’t bother with the flow riders as we’ve done them before and more than enjoyed watching others wipeout. We really enjoyed the hot tubs with a frozen drink-that was our go to to relax after an excursion. The service was amazing. The rc staff really know how to roll with the punches and still smile. Example: at the ice show a staff member was reserving seats for pinnacle/the really expensive rooms/whatever other club/group you can be in that means you spent a lot of money with royal Caribbean. (You know what I mean). Anyways, a lady got upset when she tried to sit there (3 rows of front row seats that clearly say reserved) and the staff member politely told her it’s reserved for those people. The woman basically lost her temper and went off on this woman. Having worked previously in cst service myself, I can’t stand people being rude and laughed internally when the staff member kept to her policy and turned her away. I laughed even harder when the seating opened up 10 minutes (I think) before the show started and anyone could sit there and I saw the lady staring from across the room pissed off. It may just be me, but if I pay 5k or more for a room I want to have seats reserved for me, also if I so choose to partake of a show. So no hard feelings plus they don’t stay empty if nobody shows as they do allow seating there right before it starts. I did not get a chance to rock climb and I was a little sad, but with how stormy it was and our excursions there was no time. Gar our room steward was amazing and kept everything clean and towels stocked. He even brought me an extra pillow and returned a library book for me at the end of the cruise. Excursions: I highly recommend snorkeling in roatan Honduras. We did the premier 3 snorkel and it was amazing. The starfish were very cool and the fish were extremely colorful at the reef. The guides were very friendly and were able to give me fins that fit my feet. They also did not require us to wear life vests once off the boat if it was obvious we could swim which was great, snorkeling in a flotation device isn’t fun. The snorkeling in costa maya, the beach snorkel excursion was frankly terrible. I’m a short person with tiny feet and a larger chest and the life vest was required the entire time. When I put it on a knew it wasn’t going to go tight enough to stay down and not ride up when in the water but they didn’t listen to me. I also needed smaller fins and they told me to just pull the straps tighter...I had to stop attempting to swim against the current three times because my fin came off (too big)and I barely caught it before it went too deep each time. The vest kept riding up and pushing my head into the water, not allowing me to pick my head up when I wanted and to me that’s terrifying as it feels like I’m not in control and drowning. I tried telling the guide again but they kept saying this way and ignoring me. Halfway thru the snorkel of which I didn’t see anything bc it had stormed the night before and the water was very murky, I was wanting to just leave. When we finally got back to the beach I found out I wasn’t the only one dissatisfied and had a terrible time swimming in “protective equipment” that made it 100x worse. (Let me state that I have snorkeled with a proper fitting life vest and had no problem) We went to the pool area just to get the sand off of us and destress from that terrible experience. My husband didn’t have a problem as his equipment fit him. The port itself is very cool and if we go back we won’t leave the port most likely unless it’s for atv’s or something similar, def never snorkeling there-all I came back with from that was a 2x1 inch bruise on my arm from the life vest while trying to swim. In Cozumel we went to San gervasio and I like history so thought it was neat. The tour guide was great and gave so much history during the bus ride. The place he took us to eat was very good. In Nassau we just did our own thing and are glad we did as we got to see much of the island, we walked to the fort and a local was at the top giving what looked like a impromptu tour. After this we tipped him as it was actually very good and appreciated. Right after that we walked down the queens staircase which is just gorgeous and then went shopping in the straw market. We felt safe the entire time and the locals were amazing with giving directions. As a side note: ladies do not forget your tampons. You will not be happy with the cardboard tampons you can purchase for 9.99. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This is our 6th cruise and all have been with Royal. I was excited to go on the Allure because it is the biggest ship we’ve ever traveled on and it did not disappoint. There are so many venues on the ship and such a variety of things ... Read More
This is our 6th cruise and all have been with Royal. I was excited to go on the Allure because it is the biggest ship we’ve ever traveled on and it did not disappoint. There are so many venues on the ship and such a variety of things to do at any given time. LOVED all of the music options in the evening. Downside to a ship that holds almost 7,000 passengers is the theater can’t hold everyone so you have to have reservations for almost all shows. I’m used to seeing a show every night after dinner when cruising but with this ship they had the same headliner show for 2-3 days in a row so that everyone could book a reservation and see it. I definitely missed seeing a nightly show. I was scared that the elevators would always be packed and it would be impossible to get anywhere but it wasn’t that bad. The sheer number of people around you all the time was sometimes stifling and for my introverted husband, it was very difficult at times. The ship has a Central Park that is quiet and serene and that is where we would escape to. The dining room experience was disappointing. My favorite thing about cruising is meeting other people (I’m the extrovert). We were seated at a table for two, which was odd. We requested to move. They placed us at a table with one other guest but she didn’t speak English. Awkward. We requested to move again and explained the language barrier. They moved us to a third table with a couple that again didn’t speak English. We requested to be moved a 4th time, again explaining we were wanting to make friends and the language barrier. They moved us to a 4th table with a couple that again didn’t speak English. We gave up and spent the rest of the cruise eating a very awkward dinner every night with this other couple. I don’t know what the deal was but we have never experienced anything like that before with Royal. I hope it was a fluke. I have more advice about the ports but am so exhausted from the trip that I can’t remember the names of anywhere we went. Will do another post later. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We travelled around Florida for a week before our cruise and stayed in Fort Lauderdale for 2 nights before our cruse. Embarkation was great we were at the port at around 10:15am and were on-board by around 11:30am with little or no ... Read More
We travelled around Florida for a week before our cruise and stayed in Fort Lauderdale for 2 nights before our cruse. Embarkation was great we were at the port at around 10:15am and were on-board by around 11:30am with little or no delays. Disembarkation from the ship was 45 mins behind schedule bout this was ok however Emigration at the port was a disaster and took over 2 and a half hours. We found the Allure of the Seas to be a fantastic ship and it took us the week to fully explore, our cabin on 12 deck was a balcony with a portside sea view was great and our stateroom attendant Hendra did a fantastic job, he was always available, and kept the place really clean and fresh, the food in the main dining room was really lovely and offered plenty of choice, the windjammer food was good too, but I think we have seen more options on the Freedom of the seas or Oasis of the seas in the past. We had a nice mix of ports of call Nassau Bahamas – Cozumel Mexico – Roatan Honduras – Costa Maya Mexico Our overall experience was excellent and we are already planning our next Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose this cruise as it was something that we had always dreamed of doing. We purchased excursions for every day at port and each were better than the last, we had amazing experiences and a wonderful time in Nassau at Blue Lagoon Beach, ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was something that we had always dreamed of doing. We purchased excursions for every day at port and each were better than the last, we had amazing experiences and a wonderful time in Nassau at Blue Lagoon Beach, Cozumel at the Coba Pyramid and Cynote swim (my favourite) and Roatan at the extreme jungle zip line. However Costa Maya was different. We were extremely disappointed with the all inclusive beach day excursion. At $99 per person The water was dirty; we couldn’t get in, We were asked to pay to rent snorkeling equipment dispite the brochure advertising the cost of the excursion as including use of the resort facilities. There were only two kayaks for over 100 people at the resort and I’m quite sure that unless you went up and ordered cocktail drinks from the bar yourself and saw it being made, they were not putting alcohol into them. There was loud music playing all the time which definately was not conducive to a relaxing time. We cut it short, only stayed one hour, and headed back to the port. Here we had a much better time in the shops and by the pool. I would definitely recommend steering clear of the all inclusive beach day in Costa Maya. We bought the 8pm my dining package and the fine dining experience for three restaurants. Wouldn’t bother with these again. Dinner in the silk restaurant was fabulous and not that much below the quality of the fine dining restaurants. The next time I would opt for the earlier dining time of 6pm as we missed a lot of shows etc as they were on between 8pm and 10pm; if we wanted to go for a “fancier” dinner we will just buy it as a once off. Must say however that the galley champagne brunch on the last full sailing day was really cool!! And at €35 per person it was definately worth the money. We also prepaid our gratuities and bought the deluxe drinks package. Delighted we did this because we were determined to get the most out of it Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This ship is fantastic! My first cruise with Royal Caribbean and second overall, and I was blown away by the friendliness of the staff and the variety of things to do on the ship. We were greeted by friendly staff who helped us get on ... Read More
This ship is fantastic! My first cruise with Royal Caribbean and second overall, and I was blown away by the friendliness of the staff and the variety of things to do on the ship. We were greeted by friendly staff who helped us get on board quickly, and since our cabin was unavailable for about an hour, we tried the Windjammer Cafe and was quite happy with the selections. The cabin was adequate and very clean. After settling in we went exploring this vast playground! We saw Mama Mia the first night and I was in awe of the quality and professionalism of the play / musical. The sound was fantastic and the singing was so enthusiastic II had to remember to not hold my breath too long! I thought that this had to be the best entertainment on the ship but we were wrong: it ALL was this quality! Ice Games WOW! ; The Aqua Theater, unreal! ; Blue Planet was breathtakingly beautiful! Oh my goodness we'll be back! There is a running track on deck 4 so I went running, (2.4 laps is a mile). The gym was well equipped and clean. Izumi was one of our favorite restaurants, as was Sabor, the Windjammer had great salads and a selection unrivaled. Late night lattes on the Boardwalk, and a walk in the beautiful Central Park surrounded by live plants. They even had umbrellas to use to walk from one end to the other, what a touch! This was an experience I thing everyone needs to have; we WILL be back! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We wanted to go to different ports and the Allure offered Roatan Honduras and Costa Maya Mexico to which we had never been. embarkation was very easy. Disembarkation was a little hectic. We chose a Boardwalk Balcony cabin just to get ... Read More
We wanted to go to different ports and the Allure offered Roatan Honduras and Costa Maya Mexico to which we had never been. embarkation was very easy. Disembarkation was a little hectic. We chose a Boardwalk Balcony cabin just to get something different. We prefer Central Park Balcony but want to try something different. It wasn't as noisy as I thought it would be and it is nice because we had a room that we were able to see the Aqua Show and, of course, the ocean. The food was great in all the venues and service outstanding. We enjoy eating at different places on the ship but we always eat dinner in the dining room. The food was great starting from appetizers to desserts. There were several crew members that made our cruise unforgettable as this was a cruise to celebrate my husband's 80th and our 50th wedding anniversary. Entertainment was top notch. Enjoyed every show. We will certainly go on Allure again (we love all the Oasis line ships). Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
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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