64 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Senior Cruises to Caribbean - Western

I selected this cruise as the Casino Royale's Club Royal players programs gave an offer, I could not refuse.This review will focus mainly on the the casino activity and atmosphere. The Allure of the Seas is a large ship and as ... Read More
I selected this cruise as the Casino Royale's Club Royal players programs gave an offer, I could not refuse.This review will focus mainly on the the casino activity and atmosphere. The Allure of the Seas is a large ship and as such, they have a rather substantial casino in size and variety of slots and table games. On sea days, and when docked at Labadee, Haiti the slots are open 24 hours. RCCL has finally followed CCL in allowing one to charge directly to your room "funds" to your account through the slot machine that you are playing without a fee. The also have the "bill breaker and ticket in cash machine, so you don't have to wait in line at the casino cage/cashier to get your money. I enjoy playing three card poker and ultimate Texas Hold'em, which have four and five spots for a wager, with a bonus bet At $5 for each you are betting $20 and $25, respectively. The Casino Royale Allure of the Seas casino has a $15 table minimum, which means you are betting at least $75 per hand. This can quickly deplete your bankroll. The tables on this cruise were not overflowing with players. Craps and Roulette minimum was $15 and Baccarat minimums were $25. The casino staff, dealers and pit personnel and the casino hosts were as always exceptional. The casino hosts provided various slot and blackjack tournaments in addition to the nightly casino giveaways, lucky seat, etc. The casino bar staff and waiters were around to provide the necessary adult beverages on a timely basis. THE SHIP: The Allure OTS is large the Windjammer Buffet and Main Dining Rooms are at the rear of the ship, so if you have a stateroom forward you have quite a hike to the buffet and MDR. The quality of the food was pretty standard fare in the Windjammer Buffet and good to very good in the MDR, although I ordered rack of lamb and received a plate of the thinnest lamb chops I had ever seen, I had to order an additional plate which was promptly provided. Service in the main dining room and buffet was very good. SMOKING AREAS: As the number of "smokers" shrink, so does the size and area where smokers can gather to enjoy their cigarettes, cigars or vapes. It is located in a covered - limited area adjacent on the centrally located pools. DRINKS: If you are a "drinker" and don't buy the drink package, you will be in shock when you get your final bill at the end of the cruise. As I am at Diamond + level, and a Prime level at RCCL's Club Royale players club, I get the complementary drinks from 5 to 8 pm in the Diamond Lounge and in the casino when gambling, so I have no need for the offered drink package. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
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
My husband and I have been cruising for over 20 years on numerous cruise lines but this was our first time on a mega-ship. We loved all of the entertainment options and found the ship to be beautiful, easy to get around and we never felt ... Read More
My husband and I have been cruising for over 20 years on numerous cruise lines but this was our first time on a mega-ship. We loved all of the entertainment options and found the ship to be beautiful, easy to get around and we never felt crowded or rushed. Our balcony cabin overlooking the Boardwalk gave us a terrific view of the Aqua Theater. We loved having breakfast daily in the Solarium Bistro and lunch at the Central Park Cafe. We ate most dinners in the Windjammer Buffet because I didn't care for the food choices in the main dining room. We did not eat in the extra fee restaurants. The included coffee in the Royal Promenade was good as was the pizza at Sorrento's. There were many families and children on board but there were always lounge chairs at the pools and few if any kids except in the play pool area which was in its own area and was not noisy or unpleasant for us older cruisers. Embarking and debarking were the fastest and easiest we have ever experienced. The service was fine. Our cabin was very nice. I was surprised that movies were not offered on the in-cabin TV and would like to have had that but it's a minor issue that didn't adversely impact our cruise. With so much to see and do on board, we were kept busy and entertained every day. We went for the ship rather than the ports so we didn't take any shore excursions. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and recommend anyone who wants to cruise to give this or any of the other RC mega-ships a try. 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 have sailed numerous times on Royal and this was out third on Allure of the Seas and we are booked again in April. What keeps us coming back? We absolutely love Central Park, it is beautiful in the morning and the evening. We love the ... Read More
We have sailed numerous times on Royal and this was out third on Allure of the Seas and we are booked again in April. What keeps us coming back? We absolutely love Central Park, it is beautiful in the morning and the evening. We love the freshly repaired salads and sandwiches at the Park Cafe. The diving show Oceanaria in the Aqua theater never ceases to be amazing! We read all the negative reviews about the crowds at the Windjammer but we have never waited more than a few minutes to get in and usually are able to walk right in and find a table. People complain about lack of variety from day to day but there is so many choices, you certainly could choose something different every day. My only complaint is the coffee is not great there and way too strong. Breakfast is great at the other free options... Johnny Rockets, Solarium Cafe, Park Cafe and Wipeout Grill. Chops Steak House is nice but not as nice as one on Oasis of the Seas. We had drink package which includes Evian water but many bars said they did not have any, they did if they looked in the cooler on the swim deck but some were not interested in looking. The hot dog stand is pretty plain unless you want a sausage other than a regular beef, hotdog (which you can find up in the Wipe Out Grill) They should offer some chili, onions cheese. I personally eat my hotdog plain but most do not. This was out 17 th Cruise, 10th on Royal but we are going to focus more on Celebrity because I am sick of the nickel and dining on Royal. Charging for the popcorn at the shows seems silly. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
Sail Date September 2018
We are pretty loyal HAL cruisers but liked this itinerary. Since we are used to smaller ships, was not sure if we would like this. Overall, enjoyed it and would repeat. On boarding, we were confused about finding our stateroom, 10635. ... Read More
We are pretty loyal HAL cruisers but liked this itinerary. Since we are used to smaller ships, was not sure if we would like this. Overall, enjoyed it and would repeat. On boarding, we were confused about finding our stateroom, 10635. Room numbers only went up to 700. As soon as it hit us that that meant deck 10, room 635, we never had a problem with that. Here are my pros and cons. Cons first. Muster drill is, in my opinion, useless. Appreciated being in a lounge with A/C but thousands of people talking, no one listening to instructions. We could not see the demo of the life jacket or direction to our evacuation station. We were lucky that we COULD see the instructional films as that was not true for everyone but I am sorry to say they were silly beyond belief. One was about washing your hands, and I have to say their practice was excellent on this ship for friendly confrontations with hand santintizer but the film was suitable for toddlers. Worse, the second film was a ridiculous beyond belief spy spoof about safety at sea. Insultingly awful. Most of the staff were very friendly. All the cabin attendants, staff in the buffet, room service, dining room service in the American Icon. Pool bartenders were not friendly. A couple times I asked for a glass of ice water and they gave it to me without a word or a smile. We weren't bothered by no notepad and pen, no toiletries except soap and shampoo/conditioner combo and no chocolates at night, but we were bothered by no ice bucket or bathrobe. Lo! You have to ask for them. They were pleasantly supplied. I think we should have been told that. The worst: You are nickled and dimed. We are used to free room service. Except for Continental Breakfast, there is a $7.99 per cabin charge, plus gratuity (and then we tip as well.) Room service is EXCELLNT, good quality food and excellent service. It winds up only being $9 and change and the food is well worth it, but we are used to it being included. The very worst: and this may keep us from coming back: if you drink, be warned. We paid almost $20 for two undersized Corona beers. We watched the bartenders make drinks and put about 1/2 ounce of alcohol in each over-priced drink. Their drink package is very expensive to buy these weak drinks. Okay, the pros! This ship is worth a trip as a destination. Incredibly beautiful. Do not fail to explore it all. Our room was in the Cental Park neighborhood and we only discovered on the last day how pleasant that park is in the mornings. This was our cruise number 30. We have never had a bad cabin attendant, but this one, Ana from Colombia, was the gold standard. Kudos to Royal Caribbean, they do this right. She works alone and watches her cabins like a smiling hawk. Many times, on other cruises, we have returned from shore mid-afternoon to an un-made room, no ice, etc. Never once with Ana. We think of all things on this cruise, the ships itself and Ana, were the best things. The Royal Caribbean App! Get this! We breezed onto the ship in minutes! You get a bar code on boarding day that they read with a gun and it is unbelievably easy. And you can check your account, read the restaurant menus, get info on activities. Then get the Mobile Passport App. Scan your passport, take a selfie, and be out in minutes. Wonderful! Final notes: In the dining rooms, the everyday menu has escargot every day. Loved it. The main dining rooms had excellent service, best was table 361 in the American Icon, but the food was so-so. We actually thought the buffet food was probably the best cruise buffet we have ever had. Loved room service food. Ate at Sabor. Don't worry about limited menu, MASSIVE amounts of food. Excellent service. We live in South Florida and did not find it spicy enough. Final note: Elvis impersonator Travis Ledoyt was a highlight. He is awesome! Google him! Great cruise for families. Great experience. Terrible drink value and would like to see serious improvement in muster drill. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I sailed onboard this ship (and didn't give it a very good review) some weeks ago, so I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did! This 7 night Western Caribbean trip was much more enjoyable. There were no problems ... Read More
I sailed onboard this ship (and didn't give it a very good review) some weeks ago, so I decided to give it another try. I'm glad I did! This 7 night Western Caribbean trip was much more enjoyable. There were no problems concerning Roatan (Honduras), which was the subject of my dis-satisfaction last time. This ship is attractive and in the most part, kept clean. The guests onboard were responsible for dirtying the ladies bathrooms (which happened many times) and often as soon as 40 minutes after the rooms were cleaned by the staff. Shame on some people! My cabin was an interior stateroom on the 7th deck. It was compact, the shower worked well and the water was always hot. My stateroom attendant was attentive, pleasant and did a really good job making me feel welcomed and cared for. I did not sample the food in the main dining room but chose to eat in either the Coastal Kitchen, which was delicious - or the Windjammer, which is always a comfortable place with many choices to suit everyone's taste. There were never any long lines and tables were quickly cleared and cleaned. The entertainment was good and I particularly liked the Texas Tenors. What lovely voices these men have. The Quest is always fun and didn't disappoint this time either. Mama Mia has a new cast, mostly British, and I found that the various strong accents did not lend themselves to the setting. The trivia quizzes and game shows were well organized and these, coupled with the other entertainment choices, made it nearly impossible to do/see/take part in everything offered. They had plenty of 'meet & mingle' times for Spanish speaking guests, Italian speaking guests, French speaking guests, Portuguese speaking guests and for German speaking guests. Nice touch! Spanish Trivia as well! There was also many 'Get Togethers' arranged for Singles and Solo Travelers, LGBTQ community, Honeymooners and Veterans. So in short, the staff tried to include everyone in something. There were Sudoku and Crossword challenges, water aerobics, line dance classes, Cornhole and Dodgeball competitions - so much so that I couldn't begin to list them all. I was even encouraged to do the zip-line - which I'm glad I did. It was great and I went twice! The service from waiters/bar staff was excellent. Deck patrol was on the look-out for neglected chair loungers and the pool deck waiters were always on hand. The casino was very busy and the (sea days) 24 hour slot machines were a big hit. Quite a few 'jackpots' were paid out during this week. I would certainly recommend this ship to everybody. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We are from British Columbia, Canada and flew to Miami Airport first to have a day touring Miami City and beach area. We arrived back the next day at Miami to take the Royal Caribbean shuttle to Fort Lauderdale and Allures docking place. I ... Read More
We are from British Columbia, Canada and flew to Miami Airport first to have a day touring Miami City and beach area. We arrived back the next day at Miami to take the Royal Caribbean shuttle to Fort Lauderdale and Allures docking place. I must say we found the Royal Caribbean desk all right and a young nicely dressed man took our names and luggage and was very accommodation and answered all our questions, helpful. The bus was a large one and comfortable. The receiving people for entry were very nice and the line of people was quite long but steady. We had our picture taken in front of the Allure back drop. We have been on four other cruises and I would of liked a real true picture of the Allure of the Seas ship. This one obviously painted and looked too fake and not realistic. Lets have a real nice photo of the ship either day or night! This picture was not framed as I usually like to do this with my wife. Make sure you have all I.D. photo's, Passport, and your C-Pass printed and ready and your carry on case. The line goes fast, and some people were holding up others who were prepared! The crew is very helpful and smiling to direct you to your stateroom. We had a middle deck 11 stateroom inside and had two double beds pushed together and all very adequate. Just would say mattress sponges should be one big mattress as there was always a gap or lifting up in the middle. We had IMANDA mentioned on Allure review. He is a hard working, special man, likeable and did a very excellent job each day! The Allure is very clean, as I have owned large pleasure crafts, been on ocean ships for many years. Deck with the Central Park trees, plants, birds singing, restaurants and places to sit outside was very beautiful. We enjoyed the walk every day or evening. Broadway deck also very picture taking and interesting, stair case, antique car and places to sit very comfortable like another world! We enjoyed the Aqua shows, high diving (60ft) in a very small pool. The Blue Planet show, Mama Mai Show greatly enjoyed and very professional. The Zip line experience great as I am over 70yrs old. The mini golfing fun, challenging. The adult solarium is very nice area, restaurant and bar. But there was not hardly any bar service, should of been more waiters for any kind of drinks! Solarium had hot tubs and even palm trees! The main restaurant "American Icon" a good menu and excellent service, nicely dressed waiters. We were impressed with Karlos Caleres tab 339 I think from Peru. This man was professional, new the food menu and got our drinks right without writing a item down! He had a nice smile, excellent recommendations of food, deserts, right on! Hector Sanchez tab 356 is also a very professional good waiter. They should be Supervisors in this dining room. Aileen Salamante in this restaurant was a hard worker, good English, very pleasant and we definitely liked her attitude and service many times. Shore excursions- Nassau Bahamas- Discover Nassau Land & Sea. Just okay, would of liked to see more of the Atlantis Property, not just the lobby. Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas- Caribbean Sail to Christmas & Honeymoon Bay- Definitely NOT worth it! The vessel Castaway-#3. Capt Dylan seemed not to care if everyone got wet up to their necks before hoisted on the front ladder. Some had trouble getting on/off, everything on your heads some towels got wet. We had a snack, not hot meal on shore. No chairs available. The beach was rocky at first but when waist deep okay. At Christmas Is Chris was our snorkel guide, very few tiny fish, in a hurry to get back to boat, blamed hurricane on sand covering grass ect. We first heard Chris trying to sell Castaway T-Shirts. Then on way back Dylan shut off motor before port and recommended tipping crew and mentioning to Trip Advisor his name and experience. Yes rum free, we thought we were getting snacks, but to tell us to tip is not that professional as we could see the tip can by bar and when getting off. We thought we wasted 4 hrs as just not that scenic or even history of St. Thomas was not mentioned. Been on many snorkeling tours, but this one seemed not to have too much fun. Suggest more time snorkeling nearer to shore. St. Kitts & Nevis- Nice entrance appearance of the mall area with flags, entertainment. We enjoyed the Caribbean Scenic Railway Tour. No snacks as told, but a very good narrator of islands history, land and on this 1912 old train. Thanks. Definitely would recommend the Allure of the Seas Ship and itinerary for ALL ages. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I was told the entertainment on Royal Caribbean cruises are the best. I must agree, the full production of Mama Mia, the Ice Show, the Water show, the comedians, the acrobats and aerialists were impressive. Our cabin though only with ... Read More
I was told the entertainment on Royal Caribbean cruises are the best. I must agree, the full production of Mama Mia, the Ice Show, the Water show, the comedians, the acrobats and aerialists were impressive. Our cabin though only with an oceanview was spacious enough. The cabin steward, David, was delightful and helpful with the ingress/egress for the different ports and loved his towel animals every night Felix, our maitre'd was so generous with his time and "special treats" Jing our waitress in the main dining room was also helpful with suggestions for the port and was funny, joyful and remembered all our preferences. We felt the food felt very "production line" so some dishes were cool when they should have been served hot. The #s of selections were ample. Loved all the chilled soups every night. The weather was cooler then i would have liked. Frankly the meet and greet for the cruise critic folks on day 2 was a waste of time. I think the cruise director could have had more group activities. The #s of exercise options were limited. Would love to have attended some WERQ or Zumba or Aqua Swim classes in the mid-morning. Were there any enrichment classes ? Had such a good time, we booked our 9th cruise when we returned home. This time we will be on the Norwegian Bliss. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
My husband and I are not the typical cruisers. We've been on 2 dozen Caribbean cruises, one to Alaska and I to Europe. We no longer get off the ships in the usual Caribbean ports. So, I've nothing to say about Haiti, Falmouth ... Read More
My husband and I are not the typical cruisers. We've been on 2 dozen Caribbean cruises, one to Alaska and I to Europe. We no longer get off the ships in the usual Caribbean ports. So, I've nothing to say about Haiti, Falmouth or Cozumel. Plus we both use walkers. We mainly travel to relax. enjoy the shows and try new foods. Getting on board was a breeze and for the first time getting off seemed quicker then usual. We arrived at 11:30. I went around making reservations for restaurants and a hair appt. Then lunch . Bags arrived around 3:30. Allure of the seas has some of the best shows going. I loved Mama Mia, Blue Planet, Ice show, Aqua, comedians and music on board. We've been on Oasis twice and now twice on Allure. The shows are similar but different enough to still enjoy. Reserve in advance, get there early and bring a sweater. We had mini-suite and enjoyed the space in the cabin and on our balcony. I wish the bathroom was bigger. No counter space and for us seniors the tub shower combo was difficult. Our room Stewardess was the best ever. A woman from Montenegro. So helpful. We loved seeing her. But we saw her often because she seemed to have a lot of cabins to manage. I tried several times to get reservations at the Coastal Kitchen. For mini-suites only allowed on the same day. Most times we could get one but at 8 pm and that interfered with a show. We did get there on the 6th night. Beautiful room but the food was not much better then the MDR. We fared better in Giovanni's, Chops and 150 Central Park. Great food and great service. We did eat 2 times in the MDR. Our waiter took the drink orders, kept us in bread, dessert and coffee. In other words way to busy Took a long time. We loved the trip and will eventually go on Harmony when it gets to Port Canaveral. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
We chose the Allure because we have sailed on it's sister ship and had a great experience. We were not dissapointed. We loved everything about the Allure. The staff, all very friendly and helpful. The food great. The dining room was ... Read More
We chose the Allure because we have sailed on it's sister ship and had a great experience. We were not dissapointed. We loved everything about the Allure. The staff, all very friendly and helpful. The food great. The dining room was especially wonderful. Celinez was the best waitress we have ever enjoyed on a cruise, hands down. And Jerome the head waiter, fabulous and so kind. Whatever we asked for, they delivered with a smile. We enjoyed the shows very much. We like the layout of the Oasis class with the Boardwalk and the Park. It gives cruisers extra places to go so it doesn't seem so crowded. Little did we know that with a Boardwalk Balcony we would receive two complimentary drink packages and lunch at Johnny Rockets. Nice per. The Boardwalk balcony was the best. We will absolutely do that again! We could always see the ocean, rock wall and the entire boardwalk including the Aqua Theater. We were able to watch a couple of shows right from our balcony. We are so surprised by some of the negative reviews regarding food and service. We just did not have one complaint. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly The cabin was very good and comfortable. The quality of the foods, compared with what you served 20 years ago, has greatly impaired, not on;y the quality of the food, but the service and ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly The cabin was very good and comfortable. The quality of the foods, compared with what you served 20 years ago, has greatly impaired, not on;y the quality of the food, but the service and the presentation of the buffets - no more decorations as ice or fruit sculptures. Entertainment activities were excellent. The cabin service was passable, the servants have to be instructed to vaccum thoroughly, we found napkins under the bed, silverware behind furniture. But the towel monkey, elephant and man with sun glasses were the best. The itinirary was poor, bur then it fitted our windouw of time. Labadee is a disappointment - very few options. Jamaica, oh poor Jamaica.... Cozulel was great. I intend to do my 2nd cruise to Alaska (1st one in 1995), this time taking the grandchildren (14 and 12). I hope I do not get disappointed as well. The huge ships are good for the company: more passengers, more money, but no quiet spot on the ship. I preferred smaller ships. when people dressed for dinner, it had more elegance and class. Now it became mass tourism. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
I am now spoiled. The Oasis class cruise ships are incredible. Every future cruise ship will be judged against this ship. My only criticism is that the pizza from sorrento's is not very good. I am a bit of a tech weenie. and ... Read More
I am now spoiled. The Oasis class cruise ships are incredible. Every future cruise ship will be judged against this ship. My only criticism is that the pizza from sorrento's is not very good. I am a bit of a tech weenie. and this ship had the best internet service of any ship. definitely get the internet service(VOOM). Turn on WIFI calling, put your phone in airplane mode, turn on WIFI and connect to VOOM. You will now have the ability to call and text anywhere on the ship. We had a party of 13 and this proved invaluable keeping in touch with everyone. This ship is excellent for families. The family facilities(daycare and activities) are the best of any ship that I have been on. Central Park, boardwalk, and the royal promenade are incredibly spacious and airy. Although there is plenty to eat, there seems to be a trend of more and more things costing additional on cruise ships. On the boardwalk, both Johnny Rockets and the mexican restaurant cost additional. Hamburgers and Tacos should not cost more. Central Park is almost all specialty restaurants. Room service(except continental breakfast) now has a 7.95 per order fee. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
After 20 cruises I chose this one to try the big new RCL ships. More importantly it included 2 ports of call I had not been (Labadee and Falmouth) and the price was low compared to other sailings I had seen. I mostly have cruised based on ... Read More
After 20 cruises I chose this one to try the big new RCL ships. More importantly it included 2 ports of call I had not been (Labadee and Falmouth) and the price was low compared to other sailings I had seen. I mostly have cruised based on destinations and ports of call, to get an overview of places I may revisit for a longer stay and also when I get what looks like a best price. I met my goals - the ship was interesting to check out with both advantages and disadvantages and the new ports were worth the visit. The other port this cruise visited, I know well from many visits both land and cruise - Cozumel - so I went scuba diving with a dive shop I use there and that was great too. I would not chose to cruise again just to go on one of these large ships. I would book based on destination and price. Despite being a nice beautiful ship - the ship is not what I cruise for and Allure was that same in that respect - better but not enough to make a difference to me. Sea days are not that great to me, except for working out and then relaxing - few activities are really that interesting to both me and other passengers. I prefer 4 ports of call, instead of 3 , for just 2 sea days on a 7 day cruise, so that was one downside to this cruise and the other large RCl ships - they seem limited to ports they can use due to their size and almost always have a 7 day , 3 port schedule. The sea days were slightly better on this ship because, as I read, the many areas of the ship, help diffuses and dilute the crowds. Even with the decently good weather during this cruise, the pool areas usually seemed to have available loungers or recliners and not quite so jam packed as some smaller ships because of the passenger dispersal. The fitness center only seemed to have a few more machines, weight machines, and free weights than others I have cruised but for some reason it did not seem very crowded or busy compared to others I have used on sea days. Another sea day plus was the almost full ship circumference track dedicated for walking and running - no dodging loungers and wanderers on a small upper ship track like so many other ships these days. Having multiple free uncrowded alternatives to the buffet, for lunch, was also a big plus on sea days when the buffet can be crowded. Another plus is it seems to me most cruise lines put their best entertainment on their newest ships. We saw and liked three soiws - Mamma Mia, the Aqua Show and the comedian - normally we find cruise entertainment what I call - just another song and dance, Broadway or Vegas style shows done by the ships crew - talented crew - but too much the same same and boring, so we rarely attend. The shows on Allure were all worth it to us, different and well done - even a surprisingly good comedian ventriloquist who did not overuse his props. Downside, each show only had a couple of performances during the cruise and we had to schedule one to conflict with our fixed seat dining. the early show was still better than too late in the evening. This ship still had some acts, usually adult only that were too late for us - after 9 PM, bit that seems the same on all cruises. It was nice to have one too early despite missing our fixed dining. An entertainment advantage that I used from my pre sailing research - reserve and plan your days in advance, which RCL allows on this ship, so you don't waste a lot of time and effort figuring out schedules and shows on board or get shut out of a time you prefer. Crowds - advantage - the 6,000 passengers really do get dispersed pretty well, most of the time. Additionally embark, disembark and ports comings and goings were handled so well we never stood in lines. Dining, thanks to other Cruise Critic reviews and other tips I researched before the trip - use the alternative free venues instead of the Windjammer buffet - it is not laid out well, usually crowded and hard to get around. We only ate twice at Windjammer and experienced the poor layout and crowds both times at lunch. The ship does use both islands of food as well as multiple food lines, which I felt was a big advantage on other ships, but instead of being spread out across most of the center of the ship with lots of room to navigate, tje islands, lines and some tables are crammed into a third of the ship's width - one on port and one on starboard. Two people can barely pass in most of the food spaces, let alone get by people at the islands on in the lines. It did look like you got maximum food selections in Windjammer, but we found the free Park Cafe, Solarium, and American Icon(free for some meals) had more than enough selection to meet our needs. Biggest downside and disappointment to me was lack of ocean view and ocean experience. All the inboard spaces have balcony cabins exterior to them - so in the nice restaurants, venues and shops - there are no windows. You can't even tell you are at sea. Some of them are enclosed overhead too, but even at the open top Central Park, the sky is 6 stories above. Beautiful areas, but too city like and cut off from the ocean cursing experience. Even the fitness center, which on other ships usually has sweeping full length window views forward and to the sides, only has a few portal type windows on port and starboard placed in front of the aerobic equipment. Using the weights I never got any significant outside view or experience. The Silk main dining room has no ocean view windows. For people wanting maximum on board experience and probably families I expect this is a good pick. For me the most noticeable up side was I do not recall lines like I have experienced elsewhere. the lack of ocean view and feel and getting used to all the fancy spaces wore off after a few days and one too many day at sea, to make me want to cruise just for this class of ship. I also think cruising is wearing itself out for me and I prefer land vacations to new or old favorite destinations. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I was traveling with a group not a cruise line I would have picked on my own because of comments I have heard from other people. The food was ok at best some was so tasteless I could not believe that what I put on my plate had no ... Read More
I was traveling with a group not a cruise line I would have picked on my own because of comments I have heard from other people. The food was ok at best some was so tasteless I could not believe that what I put on my plate had no flavor. The bacon in the morning was mostly a large pile of warm but very what I considered raw bacon. They charge $4 for a can of coke/power aid, and $2.50 for a small bag of popcorn for the outside movie. Other cruise lines I have been on (which is 5 others) charge from $2 to $2.75 for a coke and nothing for popcorn. The staff on the cruise was mostly great very helpful, and friendly. The cabin was nice but for being larger then others I have had, had less space to put away stuff only three draws one was only two inches deep. Read Less
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
Sail Date October 2017
We wanted to experience one of Royal Caribbean's biggest ships (we had previously done the Enchantment of the Seas) and we had also sailed on the Disney Dream. The Allure did not disappoint!!! We spent the night before the cruise ... Read More
We wanted to experience one of Royal Caribbean's biggest ships (we had previously done the Enchantment of the Seas) and we had also sailed on the Disney Dream. The Allure did not disappoint!!! We spent the night before the cruise at the Embassy Suites in Fort Lauderdale and then drove to the port (parking at Terminal 18 parking lot). We got there at 10 and the parking lot was very busy with people getting off the ship and taxi's and shuttles picking them up, but the line of traffic moved quickly. It cost us $105 to park for the week, but since we wanted to get an early start to WDW after our cruise, it was worth paying the extra money. Embarkation was so easy. My husband dropped the luggage and me off while he parked. As soon as he was back, we took our luggage to the porter and we were ready to go. We walked through security and then got our sea passes and sat in the Gold Section for Crown and Diamond until it was time to board (probably about 15 minutes). Once we were onboard, we headed to the top deck to take a look at the ship. Our first stop was the Solarium Bar to get drinks (margarita and strawberry lava flow) and these bartenders served us the entire week and were great to us!! We stopped by the Windjammer (which wasn't crowded at all) and got lunch. The buffet seemed to be overflowing with food and it was almost overwhelming. (Everything we had was wonderful). Our room was ready by 1:00 so we were able to drop off our carry-on backpacks and head out to explore the ship. Our luggage was at our stateroom by 3:00 so we were able to unpack before we sailed. We had our muster drill at 4 and then we were ready to sail. We didn't sail till almost 5:00 because a plane from Canada had been delayed (with passengers for the ship on it). We started sailing and were amazed at how smooth it was! Throughout the cruise we ate lunches in Windjammer and Park Cafe. Dinners were mostly in American Icon (MyTime Dining) and we were able to have the same waiters each night (Sachin and Felix). We ate dinner one night at Sorrento's for pizza. We did not take advantage of the extra dining packages and we found the dinner in the main dining room to be wonderful and the service outstanding. Breakfasts were mostly in the main dining room (sometimes buffet and sometimes off the menu). We did the formal dining, but husband wore a polo shirt and slacks and I wore a short dress with sandals and we did not feel underdressed (although some people did wear tuxedos and gowns). The shows were great. Mama Mia was fantastic (although we about froze in the Amber Theater). Be sure to take long pants and a sweater!! The Ocean Aria was amazing! Blue Planet was just ok in our opinion. The headliner (Elvis impersonator) was so much fun. We didn't do any of the comedy shows. We went to the casino 2 different nights, mostly to watch others gamble, although we did play the slots and roulette for a little while. The Promenade was so busy at night! You have to get there really early to get a seat anywhere just to watch what is going on. We loved the walking track on deck 5. That was one of our favorite places to go after dinner and we loved sitting in the deck chairs on the stern and watch the wake of the ship. We met some workers who explained the entire lifeboat system to us as well! As far as ship activities go, we didn't do much except to just relax in the solarium area of the ship or on deck 16. We did notice that the kids water play area was closed for the entire week for renovation and there were many people who were upset because they had toddlers and nothing for them to do (and they weren't notified and RC wasn't giving them any reimbursement for the inconvenience). We had the deluxe dining plan with Voom and I would do it again! The internet works great and we were able to FaceTime and use Messenger phone with our grandkids and kids the entire week. The drink package was great...freshly squeezed oj every morning, wine with dinner, baileys with coffee, in addition to all the great drinks on board. Get to know your bartenders and they treat you like royalty! At Labadee we went to Columbus Cove (we rode the free water taxi there). The beach was nice...no problem getting a chair. Lunch was just so-so (probably the worst meal we ever had). I would probably just wait and go back to the ship for lunch the next time. The venders in Labadee were terribly aggressive and we did buy some trinkets for grandkids, but we were put off by how pushy they were. In Falmouth, Jamaica and in Cozumel, Mexico, we did not do excursions. We went shopping in both ports (the shopping facilities are very nice in both ports) and the merchants there were definitely not as pushy as in Labadee. In both ports we probably stayed onshore 2 or 3 hours and then headed back to the ship. We did the ALL ACCESS SHIP TOUR and found it so informative. We got to see the laundry area, crew area, storage area for all the food, food preparation areas, bridge, and also ask questions of all sorts of crew members who took us on this tour. Disembarkation on the last day was so easy. We chose express (we took our own bags off the ship). We got up at 5:30 and were at breakfast by 6:15 in Windjammer. We got our bags and were at deck 5 (where we got in line to disembark) by 6:45. We were in our car by 7:10. We used the mobile passport app and customs were so easy. Things to take: magnetic hooks (we used them everywhere in the cabin to hang all sorts of things), clips to hold towels to your chairs, sling bag to take into ports, small pack of clorox wipes (to wipe down cabin when you first get there), small lysol for bathroom, lanyard for sea pass (or buy one when you get there), water shoes, flip flops for walking on the hot decks on deck 16, binoculars, extra wire hangars, pop-up laundry bag, ikea collapsible bags to put souvenirs in. Read Less
Sail Date September 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
Took a last minute cruise to just relax and get away from a very stressful year! Good price and nice ocean view balcony 12328 on the 12th deck. Our cabin was very clean but I found it a little far to walk back and forth to if I ... Read More
Took a last minute cruise to just relax and get away from a very stressful year! Good price and nice ocean view balcony 12328 on the 12th deck. Our cabin was very clean but I found it a little far to walk back and forth to if I accidently left something in the room. Our room steward was very nice but I didn't realize that there should have been a welcome back gift in our cabin and some robes as well as lotions, etc. since we were Emerald Crown & Anchor with just 3 points away from becoming Diamond. We didn't get off the ship at the western ports but rather enjoyed the pools and the entertainment on board since we have sailed on the Allure before and been to the ports many times. The food was fine and the service was good but it was mostly the same food choices each day in the Windjammer. We didn't mind because it was all good. What we enjoyed the most was the entertainment in the main theatre. Really very talented people and enjoyable shows. Also a big plus for Royal Caribbean is the fact that the ship was not "smoky" like the Norwegian ships are. Having severe allergies to smoke and other items, made this ship quite enjoyable for me. My only word of advice to anyone travelling on any cruise line is ... if you think you are entitled to certain amenities for the level of loyalty that you are, then be sure to mention this to your cabin steward or guest services, so you can receive them. We didn't and missed out on a few things that could have added to the trip to make it more special. We contacted Royal Caribbean when we got back and mentioned this to them. They were very understanding and compensated us for this error since we will be sailing on 3 more of their ships in the next coming months. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My wife and her sister set up this trip, and we got to spend time with her sister's husband, daughter, and grandkids. Allure had great programs for the 4-year-old boy, and he's a bit spoiled but the ship's people handled ... Read More
My wife and her sister set up this trip, and we got to spend time with her sister's husband, daughter, and grandkids. Allure had great programs for the 4-year-old boy, and he's a bit spoiled but the ship's people handled him very well. The day-care staff was wonderful. Allure has a teen club and the 14 and 16 year old boys loved it. The teens in particular were provided with things that kept them happy and made the trip much better for all. For us adults, the shows were great especially Mama Mia and the Blue Planet (which was amazing). The comedian was fun and my wife particularly enjoyed him and related to his stories. The food was very good (better than some of our cruises) and the waiters, especially Roberto, made us feel welcome with good recommendations and fast service. The ports of call were great. The cabin steward kept the cabin neat, and the balcony was the best I've seen with glass instead of steel. The shower was also the best I've used. There was a lot of walking at Labadee to the beach, but wheelchairs were available for my wife. Jamaica was fun, and the service at the beach was very good with a host who did a great job keeping us entertained. Cozumel was the trip to the Dolphinaria, and that was the high point of the trip. I was amazed at how well the dolphin trainers worked with the dolphins and the guests - they were as good or better than Hawaii. My wife swam with the dolphins and the memory of the ride with the dolphin will stay with her forever. The Allure is a great ship and the ship's crew did an excellent job. I would do it again, and my wife has already mentioned our next cruise. At the end of the cruise, we used the baggage valet option and it worked. Our luggage was picked up the night before docking and it was waiting for us on the carousel at Atlanta, and we did get a message from the valet company that it had been checked in. Customs in Fort Lauderdale was prompt and courteous, and the wheelchair for my wife worked out well. Altogether a very worthwhile trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I travel with a party of 17 which included passengers of all ages (9 - 82 years old). I chose the cruise because everyone said how great the ship experience was for them. And it didn't disappoint. Great entertainment, especially ... Read More
I travel with a party of 17 which included passengers of all ages (9 - 82 years old). I chose the cruise because everyone said how great the ship experience was for them. And it didn't disappoint. Great entertainment, especially for an active family. My Time restaurant (American Icon) food was excellent. In my opinion, no specialty dinning is required. Shows were outstanding and very entertaining with a wide scope of shows. Service was very good, especially in the dinning room. My only complaints were the shore excursions. In Jamaica, we had an issue with Dunn's Rivers Fall where we waited a long time to get on the bus and once at the site, it took us two hours to get in. We had to skipped 2 of 3 stops because of fear of missing the ship; nevertheless, the Falls were amazing but the experience could have been better. From a ship perspective the Cabin had a peculiar smell that came and went. We think it came from the toilet. It wasn't horrible but noticeable at times. I would definitely go again and recommend it to anyone who hasn't cruised before. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
we were treated so royally. Giovannis italian restaurant was wonderful. great food and superior service. so much special attention to our anniversary celebration here and in the main dining room.we wanted to mention the diamond lounge. Our ... Read More
we were treated so royally. Giovannis italian restaurant was wonderful. great food and superior service. so much special attention to our anniversary celebration here and in the main dining room.we wanted to mention the diamond lounge. Our wonderful concierge, Usha Purryag was so pleasant every time we saw her. She made sure we always felt welcome. we also met very friendly passengers aboard Allure. we did as much or as little as we pleased. the shows were so superb. most time tables of activities fit in with our dinner plans. in Cozumel we went on a great tour. we had the best tour guide Edwin and the nicest bus driver. we recommend the Mayan ruins and Island tour to all. You will love sailing on Allure of the seas. This was our 2nd time. We will be going again in the future. Hope to see all these great people again. Read Less
Sail Date June 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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