1 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Singles Cruises to Transatlantic

This was a transatlantic cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona. The Allure is very large and absorbs its passengers well. With 5100 on board the only crowding I saw was at the Windjammer around 9:30 for breakfast and 1:00 for lunch. ... Read More
This was a transatlantic cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona. The Allure is very large and absorbs its passengers well. With 5100 on board the only crowding I saw was at the Windjammer around 9:30 for breakfast and 1:00 for lunch. My inside cabin was perfectly adequate though showing modern cost cutting in the details and trim. Oddly the lights can only be controlled from one side at the headboard end which must be an issue when the cabin is set up for two singles. The cabin steward was very good and kept everything neat, clean and well supplied. The inside cabins on deck 3 can be bothered by the noise of the huge hydraulic system that moves the Rising Tide bar up and down roughly from 10 am to 10 pm. It won't disturb your nights sleep but will play havoc with an afternoon nap. It sounds like a huge industrial vacuum cleaner. Food is always subjective. Unlike some of my fellow reviewers I thought the Windjammer food was fairly good. High beef prices worldwide have resulted in more lamb, chicken and especially pork. There was also a steady stream of (pretty good) curries which the Brits on board seemed to like and the Yanks not so much. Cooking was uneven though and a superb lamb curry one day was followed several days later with a terrible one. Ditto a delectable beef brisket was followed later by one a dog couldn't chew through. Staff only have a vague idea of what is being served. A steak and kidney pie was actually a steak and mushroom pie. "No, its correct" said the server. "Kidney is a kind of mushroom". Argh!Ditto the table waiter in the MDR who thought tomato wedges with thin sliced smoked duck was beefsteak tomato slices with feta and tried to insist upon it. Sigh. Now we come to the crunch. I think cruisers are divided between those who like being at sea first and foremost and who want a ship with some elements of a resort. I am in that group. The is a second group want an activity filled resort vacation in a resort that moves from place to place. A resort with elements of a ship. I therefore prefer the Radiance class of RCCL ship (the finest designed ship at sea IMHO) but I fully see why active young couples like this ship and for families it is superb. If the kids and teens are hanging around the adult areas the program isn't very good. On the Allure you hardly see them and parents I spoke to marveled at how much the kids were enjoying the ship and how much they were enjoying free time from the kids. The water show is terrific. Central Park is surprisingly nice. The forward observation conservatory sort of works. The Boardwalk is a waste of space and the aforementioned Rising Tide Bar is a hokey gimmick. The program for the large group od Diamond and Diamond Plus passengers was very well done. I met lots of nice people and had a good cruise but this ship is not for me and gets a three star rating for that reason but I fully understand why other folks and families like it better and rate it higher. One additional note, all of the cruise lines are crab walking toward the old two class standards of the trans Atlantic liners of yore. NCL has its Haven, MSC its Yacht Club etc. RCCL is now joining that fray. The recent Allure dry-dock, amongst other things removed the iconic Viking Crown Lounge and turned it into private dining and lounge space for suite passengers only. Expect more of this from RCCL and everyone else. A pox on all their houses I say but am becoming resigned to the process. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
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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