17 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Caribbean - Eastern

The biggest ship I've been on with he smallest smoking areas. Many folks had to stand. Every thing else was great. Seems as if the friendliest folk hang in the smoking areas. I really missed siting on the outside promenade, ... Read More
The biggest ship I've been on with he smallest smoking areas. Many folks had to stand. Every thing else was great. Seems as if the friendliest folk hang in the smoking areas. I really missed siting on the outside promenade, quieter and relaxing. Didn't use the MDR but once. The Windjammer had good food, not enough desserts, Didn't try all the free dining area except Sorentos ( pizza not bad ) The cabin was clean.. But I am rarely there. The bar staff at the Pool Bar was great and so was the man keeping the area clean. If I were a drinker, the nightclubs were amazing. They did not have Samuel Adams nor Jim Beam. The Diamond Club was very posh, wish every ship had one. The shows: This was the first time, I've went to any shows. The Ocean Aria was fantastic. The Company Men were nice. I was a bit aggravated that the Casino did not have Black Jack Tournaments, which are cheap and fun. The Texas Hold 'Em tournament were too expensive for this cruise. I'll try one on the next cruise ( that has them ). Using the Royal App made Embarkation super fast Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I simply wanted to experience the largest ship in the world and the experience was just great. From the moment that we departed the hotel and arrived at the port, it was apparent that this was a class A operation. Cars and buses were in ... Read More
I simply wanted to experience the largest ship in the world and the experience was just great. From the moment that we departed the hotel and arrived at the port, it was apparent that this was a class A operation. Cars and buses were in and out with extreme precision considering the amount of passengers boarding. Past the port and sail pass in hand in, the process took an amazingly small amount of time, from the dismount of the taxi to processing and finally the boarding and the Promenade, very efficient. Once in, the Promenade was very inviting and comfortable with all the space available to casually walk and admire the shops, grab a bite or head straight to the cabin. Once on board, the hustle and bustle just melted away and you knew it was time to rest and relax and have some fun. The Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship and it is all that is cracked up to be, you won't be disappointed, regardless of a first-time cruiser or experienced multi-ship cruiser. All aspects of the Allure were exceptional, the Cabins were just right and well designed, the dining superb, all the entertainment was first class and worthy of world-class status, service was beyond reproach. Sail away on the Allure of the Seas you will love this ship and all that it has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I was underwhelmed by this cruise. It was my first time going on an Oasis class ship on Royal Caribbean, and I was expected to be blown away, but I wasn't. My original cruise was postponed beacuse of Hurricane Irma, so I chose to take ... Read More
I was underwhelmed by this cruise. It was my first time going on an Oasis class ship on Royal Caribbean, and I was expected to be blown away, but I wasn't. My original cruise was postponed beacuse of Hurricane Irma, so I chose to take the future cruise credit and go at another time. Rebooking was a nghtmare, because they split the future cruise credit into two fares at different prices, and I couldn't use the leftover from one fare to compensate for the second fare. Royal Caribbean just wants to take as much money as possible from you, and this experience left me so disillusioned and disappointed with the company. The food was mediocre. Some items were great, like the curry eggplant, the creme brulee, the goat meat, and several other things. Don't expect to have an omelet station like in other cruises. The omelet station is in a small cafe on a different deck, they don't cook it in front of you and it takes FOREVER for them to take it to your table. I gave up on omelets after my third day. Also, the lines were really annoying. There was a line to eat at the restaurants and at the buffet. I love "my time dining" in other cruises, but for this cruise, I would not recommend it because the lines are unbearable. The cruise wasn't even fully booked and I felt like I was in a sardine can because of the massive crowds everywhere...breakfast, lunch, dinner, shows, elevators, ugh! It was very annoying. The daytime entertainment was mediocre, but the evening entertainment was SPECTACULAR! I was very impressed by the variety of shows and acts they had. My mom and I really enjoyed the Blue Planet show and the Aqua Aria show with the divers! I also enjoyed listening to the Mamma Mia ensemble and other entertainers sing some of their favorite songs. The jazz band and the orchestra were phenomenal. I was mezmerized by all the talent. Great showmanship from all! Our room was great. We had an oceanview balcony and it was very comfortable. I also had the VOOM internet package for all 7 days and it was good, I never lost service. However, it was difficult to download the Royal Caribbean app...it seemed like the connection wasn't fast enough, but it didn't bother me that much. One of my complaints about the cruise experience was that I felt like I was being sold something at every corner. Buy the drink package, buy the coffee, go to the specialty restaurant, buy the popcorn at the theater, etc. I was also disappointed that the flowrider surfing attraction wasn't included...it was like $300. The cruise had some nice touches that I enjoyed, like the carousel and the Central Park neighborhood. I loved Central Park, it was so peaceful and beautiful. The vegetation was very nicely kept. I also liked the Rising Tide bar that moves up and down through the decks of the ship. Very cool experience! My final complaint, is that the Crown & Anchor society loyalty program they have is not worth it at all. We were promised prioroty boarding, and no such thing existed. We waited in line like everybody else, so that was a lie. I don't see any value with that loyaly program, unless you've taken 63 cruises and have accumulated enough cruises to reap the benefits of it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Great cruise fabulous entertainment and a wonderful staff They have the best entertainment at sea. their production of Mamma Mia was outstanding. They always have fabulous orchestras wonderful singers and a high spirited entertainment ... Read More
Great cruise fabulous entertainment and a wonderful staff They have the best entertainment at sea. their production of Mamma Mia was outstanding. They always have fabulous orchestras wonderful singers and a high spirited entertainment crew We did any time dining and had a wonderful waiter and assisted waiter that could never do enough for us Halloween on the ship is so much fun I just wish that I had brought a costume to wear The food was good but not fabulous but remember they’re serving 5000 people and it’s not all about the food for me I love the Ice Shows too. The costumes are absolutely beautiful and the talent amazing. I am a crown and anchor member and I’m a diamond plus so their program is outstanding for repeat passengers The only thing I could say was that the diamond lounge as they call it was way too crowded now that they have combined Diamond with diamond plus there are way too many people I would like to see that broken out again As one of my big complaints that I could say was them trying to sell you popcorn for $2.50 which is absolutely outrageous. I never left the ship for tours as I have been there done that. I can’t say enough about how wonderful it was getting off the ship so easily with all the custom agents and my global entry I was off in less than 20 minutes. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was my first ever cruise and I can honestly say, I'm hooked. I can't believe I haven't cruised before. I want to say thank you for all the help from cruise critic forum and reading these reviews. Prior to the cruise, ... Read More
This was my first ever cruise and I can honestly say, I'm hooked. I can't believe I haven't cruised before. I want to say thank you for all the help from cruise critic forum and reading these reviews. Prior to the cruise, our itinerary changed multiple times. This was due to the hurricanes but also to do with the ship having a fault which made it run slower. The itinerary changed three days before we left to Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Maya. I wasn't happy with this change but by this point I felt I had no choice but to go with it. I arrived at the port around 12:30-1pm. I got out of the taxi and someone offered to take my bags. I had the luggage tags attached and before I even had the chance to tip, I was asked for money. I'm not used to the tipping culture (I'm a Brit) so I did find this rude but let it go. Checking in was so simple. Straight up to the desk, gave my credit card and had my picture taken then I was given my SeaPass and off I went. On-board, I headed straight to sort my wifi out. After having to wait 20 minutes and for three different people, I was told I'd have to come back as they didn't have my details listed. The wifi was included in the price of my cruise and I had evidence of this. I went back several times and it was finally sorted about 7pm. I wasn't happy with the service as the person helping me was very rude. I had cabin 14279. When I first opened the door, I understood the meaning of cabin fever. It seemed tiny! I did have a queen sized bed, table and chairs, tiny wardrobe (although fine for one person), shower and toilet. I was so impressed with the shower water pressure and heat of the water. Also the little bar to put your leg on whilst shaving was perfect. After unpacking and putting my suitcases under the bed, the space was fine for one person. Two people would have been tight. There is so much I could comment on but I'd be here all day. I loved how many activities were on-board. I tried the rock climbing, flow rider, I watched Mama Mia, Blue Planet (literally the best show I've ever seen!), comedy show (saw it twice as it was so good) and the casino was fun. I bought the drinks package onboard, wish I'd bought it before as it was cheaper. I did however make great use out of the package and tried lots of nice cocktails. The food was great on-board. I enjoyed Central Park Café for breakfast and lunch. They had yummy little breakfast burritos and the best caramel latte. Lunch had a great salad selection and fresh fruit cups. I looked at Johnny Rockets for breakfast but I didn't like the menu. Michael who greeted me at American icon was lovely. So friendly and happy. I always asked to be seated with other people. I met some lovely people at dinner. I had an incredible time. I found all the staff wonderful. The only issue I had was with someone form Guest Services who was very rude when I asked to buy a travel adaptor. Overall I highly recommend this ship There's so much to do if you love a big ship. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Our original ports of call were changed from Nassau/Bahamas, St.Thomas/US Virgin Islands, and St.Kitts&Nevis to Bahamas, St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico with no explanation given a week or so before departure. Then, two days before ... Read More
Our original ports of call were changed from Nassau/Bahamas, St.Thomas/US Virgin Islands, and St.Kitts&Nevis to Bahamas, St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico with no explanation given a week or so before departure. Then, two days before departure our ports were cancelled entirely and changed to Cozumel/Mexico, Falmouth/Jamaica, and Labadee/Haiti due to Hurricane Irma, which I realize is done in the name of safety and mother nature is outside the control of Royal Caribbean. However, Royal Caribbean seemed to have trouble adhering to even this as we ended up missing the Haiti port entirely, went to Costa Maya instead (which is basically a boring over priced Mexican shopping mall), went back to Cozumel a second time for some ungodly reason, and then got stuck out at sea for an additional 3 days. On top of not going to the dream destinations we wanted, our group occurred more than $1200 in additional cost due to late rental car fees, changes in flights home, missed work, and laundry cost (we ran out of clothes due to extra time at sea and were charged $35+ per load and each load couldn't be larger than what would fit in this tiny waste basket sized bag they give you). The only compensation offered was 30 mins of free internet that was sketchy at best and cut out after 10mins, and half off of some of the drink and internet packages, but only for the 3 extra days we were stuck at sea. While Cozumel was a decent port of call if you get outside the port and hire a cab to get around the island and see the sights; every other location was disappointing. Jamaica was fairly shady and anything of note or towns that didn't feel dangerous are more than an hours drive from the port at Falmouth. As mentioned before, Costa Maya is the most overpriced touristy shopping mall you can visit; nothing but swimming pools, cliche "margaritaville-esque" restaurants, $16 watered down drinks, and shop vendors harassing you to buy cuban cigars or vaguely trying to hint that they sell drugs. As for beaches, every port with the exception of the far side of Cozumel (which is gorgeous if you drive over there) was razor sharp rocky beaches with garbage strewn about. It should also be noted that the medical facilities onboard Allure of the Seas are very lackluster. The medical bay is only open in two weird 3-4 hour spurts in the morning and around dinner time and ill-equiped to handle the immense amount of guest who seemed to run out of prescription meds due to being at sea longer than expected. Our group had someone get a foot injury only to be turned away till their weird hours kicked in, to then be told by staff and other guest there would be a $130 charge and they should lay up in their room for the remaining 5 days chewing on Tylenol. After getting home we found out that person had badly fractured cuboid bone in their foot. The only redeeming factor of this cruise was the ship itself and some of the staff we interacted with. A gentleman named Mark who was in charge of the staterooms we were in was awesome, the ship itself had no shortage of things to do or places to lounge and be lazy in a surprising level of quiet considering the number quest on board, and the food and drinks on the ship were quite good. The rooms were often cleaned more than once a day which was fantastic, if overkill, and room service was exceptional. The only poor staff experience we had, other than the medical bay, was with a dinner host who interrupted our dinner in the main dining hall to spend 5mins fishing for a good review and complaining about how he gets paid and assigned tables. Allure of the Seas itself is a great ship, the staff (with a few exceptions) is fantastic, the dining and amenities on the ship are exceptional, but Royal Caribbean itself seems very corporate and predatory in the way some things were priced, and the ports we were taken to in lieu of what we originally paid for were trashy and subpar by comparison. Nothing but respect to the engineers and laborers who designed and built these vessels and the staff who work on them (who you can tell are underpaid foreigners that still work their asses off for the pennies Royal Caribbean most likely pays most of them). Bad luck and weather played a significant role in most of the poor experiences we had, and in spite of that we did have an overall good time. However, while our group would like to try another cruise in the future, we may also just consider flying to a set destination we actually want to see given what we spent on this cruise to then have so many things go wrong. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
My Cruise Experience on this ship as being my first time was just amazing. I loved every second of my precious time on this ship. Our cabins were very very nice and the beds were really really comfy. The Ship was constantly being cleaned ... Read More
My Cruise Experience on this ship as being my first time was just amazing. I loved every second of my precious time on this ship. Our cabins were very very nice and the beds were really really comfy. The Ship was constantly being cleaned and maintained but it never bothered your vacation time. The Dining was out of this world on this ship I am talking like $500 dinners in the main dining room and the buffets were just, lets just say way to much of the best food in the world you actually did not want to eat anymore because you ate sooooo much. The Entertainment was so amazing the ice skating shows and the movies in the 3D theater were really cool, But the sports deck, deck 15 was the greatest. The sports crew was composed of the most nicest and the most supportive people I have ever met they were really cool. The Room service was just amazing you could have whole meals ordered to your room for free before 12:00 at night. The Ports were amazing, we stopped in st.Thomas, st.Kitts, and The Bahamas. Overall I would have to say this was the best vacation I have ever been on in my life. The Question Would you go again? should not even be allowed to be spoken or thought, because its too easy to answer it, of course --> YES Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We choose this cruise because at the time it was the biggest cruise ship and it also conveniently departed from Ft Lauderdale. When we got to Port Everglades at the check-in the line was very long and a bit disorganized. The check-in team ... Read More
We choose this cruise because at the time it was the biggest cruise ship and it also conveniently departed from Ft Lauderdale. When we got to Port Everglades at the check-in the line was very long and a bit disorganized. The check-in team were in the middle and everyone was crowding the little centre in the middle like brokers charging at the TV monitors down at the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. When we boarded the ship after a hectic one hour we were astonished by the centre where it looked like a mall. There was a cool elevator with a bar on it and many shopping stores. Our ship disembarked smoothly but 15 minutes later than 5:00. I was also amazed by the Central Park with all the landscaping and greenery. I must say though that the Park felt very compact and at times even artificial. The ship was huge, I mean you could take days just to explore the whole ship. The pools were extremely crowded and very shallow. It was difficult to find reclining chairs to put our stuff in and at times someone would slip and fall on the pool deck because it was slippery. One of my favourite parts of the ship was definitely, the navigational bridge. The bridge was amazing and was probably one of my trip's highlights. My cabin was expectingly compact but roomier than those on Carnival Cruise Lines. The kids get a pullout bunk while the adults get nice king-sized beds. The showers were great and the toilets flushed well. The sinks though took a little getting used to though. The balcony was great and we left the door open during the night so we can hear the waves. One problem with the balcony though was that the handicap accessibility ramp would smash down on the floor every time we opened the door which eventually got disturbing and I think that Royal Carribean could've made a quieter alternative. The dining was okay and usually, the bill was a bit expensive for the quality of the food we got. At every destination and port, we usually left the crowd and rented a car to go explore the islands ourselves. Port service was usually good and boarding was made convenient by the security staff. Overall, the cruise was okay but could've been better. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The enviroment was great, there were plenty activities, food, swimming pools, jaccuzzis, The service of the two waiters of "The Grande" was excellent, The food was delicious and the place very elegant. I loved so many ... Read More
The enviroment was great, there were plenty activities, food, swimming pools, jaccuzzis, The service of the two waiters of "The Grande" was excellent, The food was delicious and the place very elegant. I loved so many nationalities and cultures in the same place, the music. The person who was in charge of our cabin (Marquez) was very kind and the quality of his job was great. She was always smiling. The quality of the food in windjammer was wonderful. There were a lot of waiters all the time cleaning tables and taking care of everything. Swimming pools and jacuzzis were all the time extemelly clean and warm, the jacuzzis that were in the solarium were wonderful, they had an spectacular view of the sea. in the nigth the lights were shinning as if there were little stars. I loved the jogging place, it was spectacular too. 7.5 laps were 5 km!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Allure of the Seas was awesome. Cruise director and Activities director were great and really involved with the guests. Everyone can see that they enjoy their work! Mama Mia, Ocean Aria, Blue Planet, Character parades were fabulous and ... Read More
Allure of the Seas was awesome. Cruise director and Activities director were great and really involved with the guests. Everyone can see that they enjoy their work! Mama Mia, Ocean Aria, Blue Planet, Character parades were fabulous and suitable for all ages. The overall service was fantastic and we would highly recommend Allure of the Seas to everyone. We would definitely sail with Allure of the seas and would like to try her sister ship Oasis of the Seas. We choose this trip for the Ship and not the itinerary and we made the right choice. Our cabin attendant Walter was great, always greeting us and making sure we had everything we need or he would ask how our day was on shore, The main dining was perfect with food and service. We tried Johnny Rockets for the first time and loved their breakfast and the service. Our Ports included San Juan, St. Maarten and Labadee, Haiti. The only problem, we had with Labadee was with the locals constantly trying to sell items which was a bit much. The locals were pleasant but we rather be left alone and enjoy the beach. Our departure was extremely smooth and organized. My 20 year old daughter and I really enjoyed our vacation with Allure of the Seas and we can`t wait to plan our next trip with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I came on this cruise because of my family (cousins) and we haven't been on vacation in awhile. I personally had never been on a cruise. The Service from staff was AMAZING ! and they genuineness from the staff made it a welcoming and ... Read More
I came on this cruise because of my family (cousins) and we haven't been on vacation in awhile. I personally had never been on a cruise. The Service from staff was AMAZING ! and they genuineness from the staff made it a welcoming and enjoyable vacation. The food was GREAT and authentic. There is always something to do and experience. I would tell someone who is cruising to save money once paid for the cruise cause there will be lots of things you'll want to do in additional to all that's provided. The entertainment was good and i liked the fact that multiple things were happening at one time so you had tons to chose from and if you missed it you could go at another time to see it. When porting make sure your ready to go so that its on and off and pick excursions that allow you to really see the place your visiting. Not touristy spots if you can help it. The locals are friendly. The SHIP is HUGE !!! explore explore explore and when you think you've covered everything trust me there is something you missed. There are computer guides on each level that can show you a map to where things are. Oh, and take advantage of the deals they give before hand and on the first day of the ship. It will save you money and make your trip more enjoyable. If your single you can cruise to and there are opportunities geared just for you to meet people. As well as there is a board near the front desk where if you want to create a group you can and invite people to come. though that was kind of cool... The GYM / SPA is awesome and take advantage of it. Bring your workout clothes and sneakers. Wish i could have stayed longer... The ship is like a home away from home :) Next time ! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
we have been told it is one of the best ship, but unfortunately it wasn't rude staff member , they don't care , have corporate bad mentality, no coffee or tea , ice / water dispenser available through the ship. after ... Read More
we have been told it is one of the best ship, but unfortunately it wasn't rude staff member , they don't care , have corporate bad mentality, no coffee or tea , ice / water dispenser available through the ship. after restaurant close, you have to buy from the bars, if you ask for something like half creamer for your coffee, the answer we dont have and go to complain to the company. Main dining room experience wasn't great, cold dinner after at least half an hour, wrong order , what a mess and crapy quality of waitress and server . All what they are looking for is money to provide decent service. it gives you very bad tasted feeling. Lake of supervision will explain what is going on with the crew on this ship. they are overconfident that they will have this allure of the sea never have vacancy and they will be fully booked all the time , wow. We never ever will go with this cruise line any more because of the attitude and poor service for the second time with royal Caribbean, why should we pay more for less Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Central Park on the Allure (and Oasis) is a nice place to relax and 'chill' while listening to the bird calls and taking in the beautiful 'grounds' of live plants and trees. The Rising Tides Bar didn't always keep ... Read More
Central Park on the Allure (and Oasis) is a nice place to relax and 'chill' while listening to the bird calls and taking in the beautiful 'grounds' of live plants and trees. The Rising Tides Bar didn't always keep its posted schedule. I went a couple of times to 'get on' and ride up to the park but, it had already left the docking port in 'the mall.' (So, why is the schedule listed in LED on one of the support poles if they pay no attention to it?) Goofy. Otherwise, the Allure of the Seas is an amazing ship however, I don't care for the sliding doors on the closet. Not easy to access. Princess ships have the best design with their cabin closets facing the bathroom without any doors, making a sort of 'dressing room' in that space. On Allure, the closet is also next to the bed, making getting to it hard at times. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was my first cruise and it was a wonderful experience. I tend to ramble, so bare with me. I'll try to put the most important part of my tips in the first sentence or two. Tip #1 STATE ROOM I highly recommend an outside, ... Read More
This was my first cruise and it was a wonderful experience. I tend to ramble, so bare with me. I'll try to put the most important part of my tips in the first sentence or two. Tip #1 STATE ROOM I highly recommend an outside, ocean view state room! It was so nice to stand out in the breeze at night watching lightning storms in the distance, it was so peaceful. I can imagine that having a cabin overlooking Central Park or the Boardwalk can be very noisy and get old very fast and the interior cabins are really small. If you are thinking that you are going to go cheaper and get an interior stateroom because you're never going to be there, you are wrong. Get the ocean side balcony room, it's all part of the experience and worth the extra cost. Tip#2 KEEPING IN TOUCH The last couple of days we were there I noticed that some people had little magnetic white boards on their stateroom doors to leave messages for each other..... I wish I had thought of that! My family spent so much time just looking for each other. Tip #3 RESTAURANTS - Enjoy the specialty restaurants. I believe that you can buy 3 nights of specialty restaurants for $80, I noticed that option after I bought Giovanni's ($25 pp) and Park 150 ($40 pp) online, I highly recommend both of those restaurants. Park 150 was a 6 course dinner..... OMG! I've never been so full, ever, worse than Thanksgiving, the food there was amazing. I swear that each course got bigger and bigger so pace yourself. I can't remember our host's name but he was of a black race and a big man... absolutely wonderful man with 2 daughters back home. The table side guacamole at Sabor was the best guac ever. We ordered a second round because it was so yummy and we wanted to videotape how he made it. Tip #4 - FOOD/WHERE TO EAT Figure out the main dining rooms in advance... we didn't quite understand how it worked and only had dinner there once which was on the 2nd to the last night, we should have figured that out earlier. We were on my-time dining which worked well for us. The Windjammer restaurant worked fine for us and the food was okay, some of it was pretty good, it gets crowded tho. Park Bistro in Central Park was a great place for a quick breakfast and lunch, we liked the egg sandwiches, the bagels and the salads, of course, get the roast beef sandwich that everyone is raving about. He can also just carve up a thicker piece of beef for you if you don't want it in a sandwich. My son just told me that he had a great Jerk Pork Wrap the last day and it was great. Park Cafe was never, ever crowded. We got room service breakfast once! Really, really bad. The eggs were not seasoned at all and the hash browns reminded me of the ones that you get at McDonald's AND the fruit was actually rotten! I couldn't believe it. Wipe Out Cafe had breakfast but I didn't eat there. Johnny Rocket's breakfast disappointed us. Tip #5 THINGS TO DO ON THE SHIP. I don't know if I'm really the one to tell you much about things to do as we spent a lot of time by the pool and at the casino (I know, that was bad). However, look at the daily schedule every day for things to do. I wish that we had done 70's dance night but that was the night that we were so stuffed from our 6 course meal and could barely move, it looked really, really fun. There were bingo games and trivia that I wish that I had participated in. There was a game called Quest that everyone was raving about... we should have gone. I tried to talk my husband into Karaoke but he wouldn't do it. Tip #6 TEENAGERS My 13 year old did the zip line and I cried the entire time because I was so scared for him. He spent a lot of time at the pool..... USE SUNBLOCK! Re-apply it often. You can guess what happened. We never got around to doing the Flow Rider or the rock wall. As for our 17 year old (boy) TEEN CLUB WAS THE BEST!!! I swear, other than an hour at my birthday dinner and some forced family time on the islands, we did not see our son except in passing. We spent maybe 4 cumulative hours with him the entire trip.... I am NOT exaggerating. Discreetly force your kid to go to Teen Club and they will have the time of their life. No joke. Teen Club keeps them so busy and my son has made some lasting friends. He's already planning a trip to see them in Norway next summer. My 13 year old (also a boy) is quite socially awkward and wouldn't go to the Teen Club but he made a couple of friends at the pool. Tip #7 Go to the shows!!!!! If you are going on The Allure within about 5 months of my writing this (July 2016) you have got to see Mama Mia! and Blue Planet. I don't know which one I liked better, I loved them both. I had no idea what Blue Planet was about, I thought that it was a laser light show or something. It was stunning, visually, musically. The cast of actors and dancers is outstanding. I would recommend seeing Mama Mia! first so that you know who the actors are during Blue Planet. I would also recommend seeing these shows early in your trip in case you want to see them a second or even a third time. I ran into 3 of the actors the last day and I couldn't help but gush to them about how great I think they are. They were very nice and receptive to this middle-aged, sunburned woman practically jumping up and down babbling to them. Although, I grew up in the 70's I just now became an ABBA fan. Today I listened to part of the soundtrack from the movie with Meryl Streep.... please don't give that movie any consideration when deciding to see it on the ship, the movie sound track was almost painful to listen to. The talent, production design, dancers and music are so suburb that there is no comparison to the movie and this stage show. Tip #8 STAIRS vs ELEVATORS I made it a rule that I would never use the elevator to go up any less than 3 flights and would never take an elevator to go down any less than 4-5 flights. Not only does this rule of thumb burn calories (you'll need it) it also is a great alternative to having to wait for a crowded elevator that seemingly stops at each of the17 floors of the ship even if no one is getting on or off the elevator. Since it's such a pain to cross the Promenade to get from the front of the ship to the back of the ship, we started going to deck 8 and to cross the ship via Central Park which was a million times less crowded. Tip #9 DRINK There are bars everywhere, we had a few favorites but you just need to find a bartender that you enjoy being with. We had the unlimited beverage package which worked pretty well for us as there was never a moment that my husband didn't have a drink in his hand (I know that sounds bad, but it's not what you think). We also bought the kids the premium non-alcoholic beverage packages which was to include virgin blended drinks. They could have just lived with the basic water/soda page for $8/day as I think that they only had 2 blended drinks each the entire time. One thing that I really wish we had done was to order a case of water for our rooms. We were constantly on the lookout for water, we would stop at the bars and ask for bottled water and we would run into restaurants just to pour ourselves water. My body was craving hydration. Tip #10 MY FAVORITE PLACES Hands down the back of the boat, deck 5 on the running track. This is the best place to sit and put your feet on the railing and watch the patterns made by the ship in the ocean while sipping your drink. Night or day, this is the place to be and not many people know it exists. There are a few hidden gems on the ship, there is a library and a card room which we didn't realize at first. Tip #11 PORTS/EXCURSIONS I liked Cozumel where we swam with the dolphins and played with the manatees at Dolphin Discovery. While it was highway robbery to purchase the photos, we really enjoyed the overall experience. We had booked our tour via Viator which was a hassle and a mistake. If there is a way to contact Dolphin Discovery to make your reservations directly then you should do it that way. Beware the time, I wouldn't book for a time any later than 3.5 hours before ship departure in order to make the ship on time. Be minimal with what you bring and put in the lockers as these poor girls had their locker broken into and had their phones and camera and ID stolen. I don't know what ever happened with them but I felt awful for them. The Dolphin swim was in Chankanaab Park. Chankanaab also has nice trails and a Tequila town where we sampled tequila. We ate lunch at one of the restaurants on the beach and swam in the cove which we loved because of the clear water and tons of fish. BRING WATER SHOES as there are some large, seaweed covered rocks in the ocean. Check with Dolphin Discovery and find out if lunch and a couple of drinks are included with the price of the ticket, since we went through a third party I think that we missed out on that. It is not a cheap afternoon but it was memorable. I hated Falmouth, Jamaica but my husband was entertained by our weird experience with the locals. The Reptile Swamp Zoo was the highlight. We probably should have gone on a sanctioned ship excursion to Ocho Rios for river tubing and waterfall climbing but I was an idiot. We got off the boat with no plans, hit the information booth and picked up a brochure for the reptile zoo. It was an interesting visit. Our taxi driver stayed with us the entire time as our guide. The lady at the zoo gave us a personal tour where we got to hold a crocodile and a snake. There is a monkey, Pepe, who fell in love with my husband and would screech every time he tried to walk a way from the cage. I really wish that we could have gotten in the cage with Pepe. We did enjoy this part of our day. We had a weird vibe with the locals when went to lunch and ate jerk chicken and pork at a restaurant called Peppers. There were no prices on the menu and lunch for 4 including 2 beers was $69. Although they take credit cards, they suddenly said that the machine was broken and that we had to pay cash. We dug and dug in our pockets to give them everything we had, even our taxi driver had to loan us some money. Sorry, since we couldn't use our credit card to pay you, we didn't have enough cash to tip you, too bad. I didn't like Labadee, Haiti, I was spoiled by the ocean water of Cozumel, but it was nice to be able to use our ship card again for food and drinks, the BBQ food was pretty good. If you plan on going into the area with the water bouncies make sure you sign up as soon as possible as they can only let in groups for 1 hour at a time. If you rent a floating mat keep an eye on it, ours were taken from right in front of our faces without us even realizing it. The vendors here are very much in your face if you get too close to them, I tried to avoid eye contact. Most of their booths carry the same items. All told, I would choose a different itinerary. IN CONCLUSION It was a very memorable family vacation. This ship is perfect for teenagers. We really liked the Allure for it's grandeur, cleanliness and activities. We did not like the Cozumel, Falmouth and Labadee itinerary and would definitely pick a different course. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The ship is very large. I loved the room. I was toward the back of the ship with a balcony. I was able to see the ocean, the moon and watch the Aqua show. Drawbacks about the ship, There is not a lot of food options later at night. I ... Read More
The ship is very large. I loved the room. I was toward the back of the ship with a balcony. I was able to see the ocean, the moon and watch the Aqua show. Drawbacks about the ship, There is not a lot of food options later at night. I thought the food was going to be a little better than what it was (Foodies, nothing to write home about) If you don't get the drink package (non-alcoholic) you will be thirsty. There is not a lot to choose from that is complimentary. I suggest still getting the drink package. There are non alcoholic and non carbonated to choose from. The stay at the ports was very short. ( I like to really explore the island) On the upside. There is plenty to do for everyone. There is always a seat open by the pool all hours of the day. They even have a craft room just for adults to do scrap booking and jewelry making. Everyone on staff was great. There was an issue with charges going to the wrong person and they fixed it right away. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Two of us embarked at Port Everglades, Florida and were pleasantly surprised at the easy and rapid boarding. I had expected otherwise considering the Allure of the Seas has a capacity of some 6,500 passengers. It was painless... until we ... Read More
Two of us embarked at Port Everglades, Florida and were pleasantly surprised at the easy and rapid boarding. I had expected otherwise considering the Allure of the Seas has a capacity of some 6,500 passengers. It was painless... until we got to the cabin. We boarded about noon for a 5:30PM sailing. Our luggage was waiting for us outside our cabin. The cabin was tiny to the point that the corners of the mattresses had been cut off to allow room enough to walk by. The bed arrangement was wrong but no cabin attendant could be found. Finally, another staffer told me the attendant didn't come on duty until 4:30PM or so. About 5:30PM, an attendant finally arrived and asked for the beds to be corrected. He sighed and said he had just started and didn't know where the linens were to do that. He said "I'll take care of it when I get a chance... later." Sorry to say, this lackadaisical attitude was typical of the dining staff as well. Over our objections, RCI had automatically added prepaid gratuities to our ship board account which amounted to over $165. This essentially removed any incentive for the staff to provide good service. Since we prefer to pay our gratuities in cash at the end of the cruise, personally, this was a major disappointment. RCCL's website says that prepaid gratuities are optional but after spending several hours in line over a period of several days at Guest Services, they were immovable. Food in the dinning room was sub-par compared with previous cruises. The service was worse. The first night, I waited 45 minutes for my meal while the rest of the guests at my table were eating theirs. I asked the assistant waiter to send the head waiter over. He said he would. It never happened. I had ordered Chicken Marsala. I got two chicken patties, formed and breaded like chicken McNuggets, with a few spoons of mushroom gravy on top. I could go on, but you get the idea. Linen napkins do not a good restaurant make. This was the first cruise on which I actually lost weight. The ship was big and new. That was the best part. The beverage package for bottomless Coke was $53 for 7 days. When I cruised last, it was $20 for 11 days. Although the $53 included a tip, bar tenders reluctantly served those with a beverage package. The elevators were many and rapid. There was never a long wait. The gym was rather small for the ship's size. You could not use the steam or sauna without paying an extra $99 for the privilege. In fact, there were extra charges every time we turned around. After paying $2600 for one week (2 people) in a tiny inside cabin, I expected more to be included. The ship is very clean. It is cleaned thoroughly every morning about 4AM by the crew. The bathroom is small but adequate. I can see where large size persons might have a problem, however. We liked the abundance of hot tubs on the Sports Deck although they could have been hotter. There are two small ones and two large ones. There is a 24 hour "Deli" on the Royal Promenade which offered snacks, deserts, and coffee at no extra charge. That was very thoughtful and convenient. There were staff photographers everywhere, everyday. The digital photos were available to view and purchase the next day. Some were even pre-printed so all you had to do was pay for them at $19.95 for 8X10. There were four teenaged boys in the cabin next to us who decided to have wrestling matches with yelling and cheering at 3-4AM. Three complaints to the cabin attendant went unheeded. This itinerary was not so hot. Only 3 ports of call on a 7 day cruise. One of those ports, Nassau, is in my back yard and is over-commercialized and boring. I suppose it is more interesting if you come from the northern climes. St. Thomas is more of the same stores hawking silver, gold, diamonds, booze... the usual fare. Of the 3, St. Maarten was my favorite. In summary, my previous cruises were mostly on Celebrity Cruise Lines and they have set the bar. I am hoping that they have maintained their food quality and service. My next cruise will tell. Read Less
Sail Date October 2011
For anyone who has had more than 15 cruises within 5 years on RCI, you have noticed a decline in the quality and variety of food in Windjammers' and evening venues like Leonardo's, Adagio, Edelweiss etc. Those who are new to ... Read More
For anyone who has had more than 15 cruises within 5 years on RCI, you have noticed a decline in the quality and variety of food in Windjammers' and evening venues like Leonardo's, Adagio, Edelweiss etc. Those who are new to cruising will probably overlook this, because of the outstanding service and friendliness provided by the staff. Most of the reviews have sufficiently covered all of the wonderful and innovative features of RCI's new ship, "Allure of the Seas", and there are indeed positives. I will therefore concentrate on several areas that I found to be rather lacking. The gym was lacking the customary steam and sauna facilities that are available on other ships in the fleet. Of course, for an additional $150 (for 7 days) you were allowed use a sauna/steam-like room,.. that I found personally unacceptable. They have eliminated the Windjammer breakfast omelet stations, and replaced them with pre-made omelets, this eliminates one's ability to order eggs white or other specialty omelets,...and what is available, is fair at best. Finally the smoking situation in some of the dance venues is unacceptable, and can thus cause one to avoid them like the plague. The ventilation system does not provide adequate relief, and as such pollutes great evenings of enjoyment and dancing. If any of the aforementioned issues does not cause concern, then the trip aboard the Allure should be a wonderful and rewarding vacation. She is a beautiful ship, and must be seen and experienced. I do think however, once the newness and novelty wears off, experienced cruisers will opt for the "Freedom Class" amenities and itineraries. POST NOTE: If you entertain the notion of bringing contraband items, steam irons,liquor,vodka in water bottles etc.,,DON'T! It will be confiscated, and you will be inconvienenced. Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
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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