3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I was disappointed on this cruise. My bag never made it to my room. I had to find it myself - at 5pm. That is unacceptable! The food was good and I like having the same table every night that was a plus. My cabin mate felt the rug was ... Read More
I was disappointed on this cruise. My bag never made it to my room. I had to find it myself - at 5pm. That is unacceptable! The food was good and I like having the same table every night that was a plus. My cabin mate felt the rug was very dirty in our room. In the Windjammer they have the cruisers serve themselves - that is not good because that can spread disease very quickly. That is why I prefer ships that don't allow that- like Holland America. The ports were good on this cruise - Puerto Rico, Saint Maarten and Labadee Haiti - where I ziplined which I really enjoyed. The biggest positive comment I have about this ship was the entertainment - it was AMAZING. Mama Mia was just as good as on Broadway in NYC! Ocean Aria was very different - like a Cirque Show! The comedians were awesome!!! Royal Caribbean's entertainment has improved and I have always love their entertainment but it actually got better! So all in all there were positives and the bags not arriving till 5pm was a definitive negative! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
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: October 2017
We choose this cruise because we wanted to see Bahamas, St Kitts and St Thomas. Unfortunately the hurricane made us go another route (Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Maya). we had a great time anyway. We always go with RCCL because they are ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we wanted to see Bahamas, St Kitts and St Thomas. Unfortunately the hurricane made us go another route (Bahamas, Cozumel and Costa Maya). we had a great time anyway. We always go with RCCL because they are so friendly, serviceminded, clean and serve good food. This time we had two statrooms with conecting door. That was really great since we are 5 in the family. Therefore there were no queue to the bathroom. Even the two balconies were conected and they were very spacious. The entertainment was ecellent. We saw Mamma Mia, the Ice show, the water show and another great show about the planet earth in the big theatre. Wonderful! We loved it. It's very high class and the actors/performers are always extremely good. The stateroom attendent and the waiter and assistent waiter were (as always) very good, helpful and friendly. I am always so surprised that it is so clean everywhere, in the public areas, the restrooms and the restaurants. I love it. It feels safe! We will come back! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We are a 60ish married couple. We chose the Allure of the Seas for our 42nd cruise, 14th with Royal Caribbean. We have sailed on at least one ship in every RCCL ship class. This is my 21st Cruise Critic review (I think). I think that ... Read More
We are a 60ish married couple. We chose the Allure of the Seas for our 42nd cruise, 14th with Royal Caribbean. We have sailed on at least one ship in every RCCL ship class. This is my 21st Cruise Critic review (I think). I think that this background information is important. We board with our expectations in line. We sailed aboard the Allure during its inaugural season and have since sailed over 20 times on other vessels. It would not have surprised me to now rate the Allure lower than I have rated her previously (*****), partly because she is now over 7 years old, perhaps two and a half million people have been on the Allure since our last time and there have been numerous innovations in ship design since she was first launched in 2010. But in the final analysis, this remains the best ship and the best cruise. The Allure is beautiful, and that is important to us. Surely, we want good food, a great crew and an excellent experience, but we like surrounding ourselves with a visually stunning vessel. All of the art around the ship is beautiful. Compare that with the hideous art aboard the Quantum class. We enjoy the Quantum class and have done 4 cruises on that class, but the art is surely influenced by bad LSD trips. Not so on the Allure. But beauty alone does not make a good cruise. We leave that to the rest of the amenities. As i have said before, Royal is now practically impossible to beat given our Diamond status. The amenities are without compare. Many of my readers will not have that status in RCCL's loyalty program. I understand that, but I can assure you that you must do what it takes to attain that status, and that means keep sailing aboard RCCL! The free perks are amazing. And please keep in mind that we are top tier with NCL and Carnival and they do very little for us. We are only 3rd from the top and RCCL already makes it difficult to go anywhere else. But that point and those amenities aside, Allure of the Seas may be the best ship afloat. It is possible that the Oasis and the Harmony beat it out, but we haven't sailed either of those. Here are my notes, day by day: Day 1: The roast beef sandwiches that have often been mentioned here are better aboard the Allure than on the Quantum class, for some reason. I had them for lunch a couple of times. The life boat drill is a necessary evil, but RCCL has made an elaborate action movie that subtly gives you all of the information that you need in case of an emergency. I guess that it is sad that they need to do this to get people to listen to important safety information, but RCCL deserves credit for investing a great deal of money to produce this film in the interest of safety. Everyone that we saw around us had their eyes riveted to the screen as the story unfolded. The Diamond Club aboard is recently moved, expanded and renovated. It is excellent as well as the concierge Nancy. The late night comedy show was great. Day 2: We had breakfast at Johnny Rockets. It was good. If you've read my other reviews, you may remember what I think about cruise breakfast. Poor, at best. I travel for a living, so I don't want my vacation breakfasts to remind me of business hotel continental breakfasts. On the Allure, there are 4-5 choices aside from the top deck mess hall. Even if the menus were all alike, just escaping the crowds would mean something. But at Rockets, the food is cooked to order and is a better experience in every way. There is a place to sit and a waiter serves/seats you. And there is no cover charge. I think that many people avoid this class of ship for fear of the crowds. Forget about this! There were over 6000 people on this cruise and lots of kids, but understand that this ship is bigger than big. We rarely experienced crowded areas, and when we did, we went to another part of the ship. Ironically, there are more desolate areas of this ship than on smaller ones. This ship was designed for that and it works perfectly. There was a Top Tier Event for upper tier Crown & Anchor members. It was excellent. RCCL really knows how to take care of their customers. Other businesses should learn from them. We never ate in the dining room for dinner. You will need to rely on other reviews for MDR reviews, but you are at the right place if you are looking for opinions of the specialty dining venues. We hit them all. Today, it was Samba, the Brazilian Grille. It was outstanding. We have never eaten there. We like Brazilian steak houses on land. For some reason we expected this place to be a bit sub par. We were wrong. It was better than others we've been to and the personalized service made it better. The Lamb Chops were insanely delicious! The show tonight was at the Aqua Theater, Ocean Aria. This show is amazing. Don't miss it! Day 3: We succumbed to the Windjammer breakfast today before disembarking to Labadee. It was fine and we didn't have a hard time finding a table. This is remarkable because this is often a concern on smaller ships. We had lunch at Izumi. This is a very good sushi restaurant. We did not use our dining package here and lunch turned out to cost $47! Yikes! We never got around to trying the teppanyaki restaurant. We tried, but we had an entertainment conflict. That place is also expensive at $45 per person. We did an excursion here; cruise on a catamaran to a sandbar. This was "ok". When you do a $50 excursion, you get the same class of people that buy 3 t-shirts for $10. This was not our crowd. Still, it was great to hang around in the Caribbean water. At night, we took in Mama Mia. We saw this 3-4 times on the Quantum of the Seas. Great show. For dinner, it was Sabor, the Mexican restaurant on the Boardwalk. We over-ordered, but it was delicious. Nachos, Shrimp tacos, margaritas. We couldn't finish any of it. This is the place that users to be Rita's Cantina. I don't know why they re-branded it, but it doesn't matter. We wished that we had been on board long enough to return here, but that is true for every place that we went to. Day 4: Falmouth Jamaica has really been built up! Nice, clean, expansive tourist area. I'm not sure when we were last here, but it has come a long way. We had not planned to go ashore until we arrived and looked outside. It is 5 or 10 times bigger than it was 7 years ago. We had room service breakfast today. Nothing to write home about, but cruise ship room service is what it is. We had lunch ashore at Margaritaville. It was good, although expensive. For dinner, it was 150 Central Park. I have a lot to say about this place. Years ago, this place had a fixed menu of 5-6 courses. The menu changed mid-week. We always visited it twice to experience both menus. We are foodies and are therefore completely content with tasting menus. In fact, whenever a restaurant offers such, that is what we order. I know that we are not typical in this regard, and RCCL knows that too. 150 Central Park is no longer like this. There is an elegant and excellent menu and the meal was spectacular. And don't miss the cucumber & basil martinis! We selected a variety of items, including the tenderloin of beef for 2, finished table side. I considered this to be the best beef i had ever had. I eventually changed my mind. Extra credit to Carlo, our waiter, who was outstanding. He explained how RCCL is constantly evolving, which, i suppose, is a good thing. Dynamic dining, for example, is now a thing of the past as most people did not care for it. My wife and I explained that there is an alternate viewpoint. We absolutely loved Dynamic dining and consider it a tragedy that it is gone. We probably would have sailed the Anthem of the Seas this week if they still had Dynamic dining. As a business man, i do recognize that Dynamic dining probably isn't so good for the cruise line. We don't do speciality dining every night when there is Dynamic dining. As a cruiser, I do recognize that most of my fellow cruisers don't like Dynamic dining, but I don't understand why. We think its the best thing that ever happened to cruising, sadly taken away. We did not take in a show this night. Day 5: It was refreshing to take in a Sea Day today before our next port of Cozumel. We had breakfast in the dining room. Service was awful, food was fine. We had dinner at Chops. Chops is quite popular among cruisers, but I've never thought much of it. This is partly because they never had a ribeye steak on the menu. I think that a medium grade ribeye is better than a top shelf sirloin. Well, they have a ribeye now and it is terrific. What a great meal at Chops! The show tonight was an Eagles cover band called The Long Run. What a great show! Day 6: Whenever i get to Cozumel, Mexico, I get a ticket to sail in the America's Cup Regatta (also in Sint Maarten). This is the best thing to do in the Caribbean. I had a blast, as usual. We had breakfast at the Diamond Lounge. At night, we did the Chef's Table. This is a great meal, but not worth $95/p/p. We did much better at 150 Central Park. Also, at nearly 3 hours, its a bit much. We missed our Blue Planet reservation. Day 7: But, fortunately Blue Planet had another showing at 5pm today. This is a great show, but i recommend that you see it from 10 or more rows back for the best view. We had breakfast at the Solarium. It's at the same place that they have the Brazilian steakhouse. This was good and completely void of crowds. We tried to do the Hibachi grill at Izumi this night, but it conflicted with Blue Planet. We took in a movie at 6 and then headed to 150 Central Park at 8. This meal was even better than on Wednesday. We asked for the same waiter, Carlo, who was thrilled to see us again. He offered us a special off-menu item because we were a repeat customers. It was a 24oz Prime Ribeye which easily outmatched the meal we had on Wednesday, which says a lot. This was a great way to cap off a great week on the Allure of the Seas. We will be back. Soon. Read Less
Sail Date: July 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We went as a family to celebrate our granddaughter's graduation and I had heard so much about the ship from other people that I wanted to see and experience it myself. It was a very satisfying experience. Had a lot to do and see and ... Read More
We went as a family to celebrate our granddaughter's graduation and I had heard so much about the ship from other people that I wanted to see and experience it myself. It was a very satisfying experience. Had a lot to do and see and a lot of entertainment. It was different than other ships and a good experience for me to be able to relate to my clients when I book them in the future on the Allure of the Seas. Also, we tried some of the Specialty Restaurants, which were outstanding, both the quality of the meals and the staff were wonderful. We would definitely sail on this ship again in the future. We booked a Junior Suite and I think I would like to try either the Grand Suite or the Owner's Suite next time as we went to a Suite meeting and they told us about everything they had to offer. I will be conveying this to my clients so they too will be able to take advantage of all the amenities of the Suite Life. Considering how many people are on this ship, the embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and we were able to get on and off the ship in a very timely fashion. We look forward to sailing with Royal Caribbean again. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Overall quality of food, service, & entertainment was AMAZING. I can't ever imagine cruising on another boat. From the casino all the way down to the shows, the experience was worth talking about. The attention that was provided ... Read More
Overall quality of food, service, & entertainment was AMAZING. I can't ever imagine cruising on another boat. From the casino all the way down to the shows, the experience was worth talking about. The attention that was provided by each and every member on the boat was great, and made the experience so much better. The staterooms are cleaned TWICE or even THREE times daily. Unlimited Lobster on one of the dinner days. Great minimum priced tables at the casino ($10 min blackjack). Shows at all times of the days as well as competitions of all sports (basketball, volleyball, mini golf, even PINGPONG). Along with the lobster night, each night of dining were unique and provided a diverse menu, making it much easier to eat dinner each night. The windjammer was open during convenient times, and provided a huge variety of foods and cultural foods as well. I can't complain about this cruise, It was just phenomenal! 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We have cruised on RCCL 25 times. We have taken 7 transatlantic cruises, 5 on RCCL and 2 on Celebrity. There were some wonderful things about the Allure and some disappointing aspects. Entertainment was spectacular. Best of any cruise we ... Read More
We have cruised on RCCL 25 times. We have taken 7 transatlantic cruises, 5 on RCCL and 2 on Celebrity. There were some wonderful things about the Allure and some disappointing aspects. Entertainment was spectacular. Best of any cruise we have taken. That includes the Broadway show, the Aqua show, the ice skating show and the headliner shows. The food in the main dining room was very good. Waiter and his assistant excellent. The activities on the ship were good, varied and well attended and appreciated by the passengers. The Spa was excellent, though it cost $178.00 for the cruise to use the steam and sauna. The cabin was good, but placement of bed so close to the closet not the best. The opposite configuration with bed by balcony sliding doors would work better ( every other room). The end tables on the Allure have no drawers - hence lost storage space. Safe takes up one entire shelf in closet - more lost storage space. Chops was disappointing. Soup not hot, salad watery, steak under cooked and service poor. The manager agreed it was a bad night and offered us a free lunch at Giovanni's Table. We accepted, and it was very good. In general the personnel with the exception of the main dining room staff were in attentive and aloof. The lounges for Diamond Plus were inadequate for the number of passengers and the Crown and Anchor representatives were not helpful, available or pleasant. On past Cruises these personnel were always overly friendly, visible and offering great suggestions. The Allure Crown and Anchor staff needs to be replaced. For us there were no quiet places to sit and relax. The cozy spaces offered on the Liberty, the Navigator and Celebrity Silhouette and Constellation do not exist on the Allure. The ship is not for us, too large, too impersonal and too crowded. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
I want to break this review into 2 parts the first is facts the other is opinion: We were in Cabin 11190 which is a front facing hump, very nice cabin with the bed by the window which I think is the better location. The room was very ... Read More
I want to break this review into 2 parts the first is facts the other is opinion: We were in Cabin 11190 which is a front facing hump, very nice cabin with the bed by the window which I think is the better location. The room was very nice with a location that allows you to get your walking in no matter where you want to go :) There was a bit of a rough seas for a few days, I who usually gets carsick just riding in the back of a car did not feel queasy at all. There was a large buildup of salt on the balcony glass and we assumed it was on the outside, but my wife checked and it was on the inside which she cleaned to me the cabin steward should have done that. Towels for the first few days were tattered rags then one day we had all new towels. Plugs there are only outlets at the far end of the desk which also has a mirror so you can dry your hair. Why there are no outlets by the bed i don't know but I brought a long extension cord with 3 outlets at the end, we ran it over to the bed then a phone charger with a long cord to the other side so we could charge both phones. We went to the Park Cafe for breakfast towards the end of the cruise and somehow they ran out of napkins and someone decided to just cut paper towels in half which just looked really tacky. Went to Johnny Rockets for lunch one day and the burger was OK, we ordered sundaes for dessert and found out they did not have hot fudge as the hot fudge heater was broken. The VOOM internet is really fast and worked well when it did, it did not work for a few hours over a couple of days. The download speeds were between 5-12 MBs we could stream TV but it did tend to pause to buffer. Over 12 days I used about 40GB of data near as I could tell. VOIP phone calls using my cell phone were better than a normal cell call. The reservation system for shows seemed to be a crap shoot some people have said they were turned away, we went to a couple of shows on different days than our schedule showed with no issue, the Comedy club was he only exception they had an iPad with actual reservations. I was surprised by the lack of coffee available before the breakfast places opened up, we went to the rear of the ship to watch the sunrise along with about 10 other people we noticed that the floors had been hosed down but not squeegeed so there were puddles of water and the chairs were all still tied together, this was after they told people to get up and go to the back of the ship early to see the sunrise. The Wipeout cafe which can probably hold 10 people is the ONLY place the average person can get an omelet, how does that make any sense? Johnny Rockets for breakfast gets you food that is cooked to order so the eggs and pancakes are much better than Windjammer, we could not get a waiter to take our order in the MDR for breakfast or Lunch and we were not the only people to have poor/non existent service in the MDR. The Windjammer has 2 sides but they are not the same, one side has water/coffee on both ends the other side just has it on one side. The hash browns on one side were triangles the other side they were round, the round ones were better. Getting onboard was pretty simple the line went pretty quick and it took longer to get our cards than anything else. Getting off was just as easy we did the self disembark and will probably do it all the time now just so easy and no worries about where you luggage is we we thru customer/immigration pretty quickly then a cab for 15.00 for 2 of us to the Airport and we picked up our rental car. So here is the opinion part: The beds are as hard a a rock even with a topper it was hard and my wife never really slept well. The bathroom is OK but the shampoo is pretty lame. Food in the MDR was OK but very spotty sometime it was OK other times not everyone seemed so busy that they asked how things were but never followed up when we said it was not great or hardly ate anything. The venues around the ship are all pretty small given the number of people at night you could not find a place to sit. Coffee I don't think anyone will write a review of the cruise and say the coffee was great or even OK. It was incredibly strong to the point it could have been used as Espresso many people added 1/3-1/2 a cup of hot water or a lot of milk to tone it down. The donut house is a total joke, maybe it was out cruise but the donuts were all one type with a different icing on top and they all tasted like bread. The biggest joke of all was the filled donuts they were regular ones cut in half with a small smear of jelly? The dog house was OK but there is not really a way to eat them all the toppings are piled on top and when we went there were no silverware or napkins another day they had packages with both, mustard choices are yellow or yellow, there are no free drinks there either. The guest speaker they had was good and we found it interesting but many people I spoke to had no interest in Hollywood. I was surprised with how many passengers there were and only one speaker, on our last TA on the Reflection there were 4 speakers and 1/2 the passengers. They showed Ant Man outside and somehow the movie started in Spanish the bad part was that there seemed to be no one checking on the movie as it took about 20 minutes to get it started again in English, this would have not been an issue but it was cold and drizzly the lost time meant we missed the end of the movie. Speaking of movies in room movies were 12.00 EACH! The TV selection was below poor, I had more and better TV shows and Movies on my iPad than the ship did. We thought that Mama Mia was OK many of the singers really could not sing very well, the Adele tribute maybe if you were from the UK but we just left. The guy who came in 2nd on the UK version of the X Factor in 2009 was not very good either he said he did not have his band with him and the guy on the sound board had the drums turned up too high and that was what I heard the most. Did I relax on the cruise yes, would I go on the Allure again NO, I would probably skip a contest where the prize was a trip on it with having to pay taxes on the cruise I would rather choose a different ship/ cruise line. For our next cruise we will probably explore one of the other cruise lines. I will also know to ask a lot more specific questions about the ship/cruise and not assume I can get an omelette at the buffet. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my fourth TransAtlantic in the past five years. After crossing from Sao Paulo to Lisbon on the Splendor of the Seas, I was looking forward to experiencing the "mega" ship. Our cabin was a balcony on the 8th floor which ... Read More
This was my fourth TransAtlantic in the past five years. After crossing from Sao Paulo to Lisbon on the Splendor of the Seas, I was looking forward to experiencing the "mega" ship. Our cabin was a balcony on the 8th floor which was perfect because we always eat in the specialty restaurants. We walked out our door, took a few steps and we were at Central Park On the first day, I purchased ten bottles of wine. The wine list had many of my Napa Valley favorites. We very much enjoyed the specialty restaurants. Quality of food was amazing. Chops was fabulous but we went on the second day... by the end of the trip, the quality had gone down. As for the ship itself... there were so many D & D+ onboard that a huge portion of the ship was blocked off to accommodate them. Other than the pool deck/buffet, there are no venues with ocean views. The Promenade Deck was packed with people just sitting in chairs to be out of the weather. Except for the very small game room, there wasn't anywhere but the Diamond Club to play games. There are no tables for cocktails by the pool. Despite the weather, my husband and I enjoyed the ship itself... however the behavior of the passengers was unbelievable. I have never seen so many passengers act entitled to cut in line or grown men physically push a woman he didn't know, in order to get a better seat... it happened twice so we decided not to attend any more shows. We were fortunate to have a balcony, so we spent quite a bit of time enjoying it. On the second day, we booked two future cruises... after seeing the way passengers spouted off about their days at sea and the rudeness, we had second thoughts. Hopefully, it will be a different experience... Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Even though The Allure of the Seas Ship and employees were fantastic, the food and lack of headroom were below average! They promised me 7' 6" of headroom in our stateroom, we only had about 6' 9" of headroom. Being ... Read More
Even though The Allure of the Seas Ship and employees were fantastic, the food and lack of headroom were below average! They promised me 7' 6" of headroom in our stateroom, we only had about 6' 9" of headroom. Being 7' 2" tall on a 12 night cruise was not acceptable. The food was far below average also. The meat in the specialty restaurants were far below for what I was expecting! Except for the Japanese Steak House, I was very happy to have one extraordinary meal that I didn't mind paying extra for. The Allure and it's employees exceeded every other possible reasons what made this ship such an extravagant sea going vessel. So many fun activities and even in rough seas the Allure is so stable!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
My wife and I are in our mid-60's and are Diamond Members with RCCL. After our next cruise, we will be Diamond Plus. We have been on about every size ship in the RCCL fleet and this was our second cruise on the Allure. We have been ... Read More
My wife and I are in our mid-60's and are Diamond Members with RCCL. After our next cruise, we will be Diamond Plus. We have been on about every size ship in the RCCL fleet and this was our second cruise on the Allure. We have been planning for a transatlantic cruise for some time, and this cruise fit in perfectly with our time frame and resources. We consider ourselves experienced travelers and we know how to cope with all of the ups and downs of extended travel. Cruising is what you make of it and even the worst cruise can be a positive experience if approached properly. Having said that, here's my review of the Allure of the Seas 12 night Transatlantic cruise on October 25, 2015: PRE-CRUISE: We flew from Miami to Barcelona on October 24/25, 2015. The flight over was full, so it was a very tight 9 hour plane ride. Smooth, but tight. Upon landing in Barcelona, we zipped through customs, picked up our bags in baggage claim and quickly found the RCCL reps outside the terminal. We had booked the RCCL pre-cruise transportation and it proved to be very smooth and easy. The RCCL rep took our bags and we headed to the buses. We went directly to the cruise terminal and the RCCL boarding check-in was fast and efficient. We had landed about 9:00 AM local time and we were on the ship by 11:30 AM. You do pass through an array of duty free shops prior to boarding, so you can pick up your allotted two bottles of wine there. You can also board and then go back out to the duty free. After boarding onto deck 5, we went to the Park Café on deck 8 (Central Park) and got some roast beef sandwiches (the best on the ship) and then strolled around on the upper decks for a bit. We were in our room by 1:00 PM and our bags showed up before 4:00 PM. After the safety drill, we were out and about by 5:00 PM. CRUISE NOTES: This transatlantic cruise was a little different, in that there were not a lot of ports-of-call during the cruise. We only had Barcelona and Malaga, Spain and Ft. Lauderdale. We didn't have time for sightseeing in Barcelona but we did take in the Caves at Nerja at Malaga and they were pretty interesting. It's a 4 hour tour, but it takes an hour to get to the caves and an hour back. They also stop along the coast for a little sightseeing in the town of Nerja. NOTE: There were some folks who didn't pay attention to the difficulty factor for this tour. You go deep underground, so there are a lot of steps......476 total according to the tour guide, Pepe. A lot of vertical ups and downs, so if you ever plan on this tour, be aware and be prepared for a lot of strenuous walking. The folks who ignored the warnings and were unable to climb or walk easily, had to stay topside and missed the cave tour. As for the cruise itself, it was pretty much as expected. The food was okay (again, it's about managing your expectations) in the American Icon dining room and My Time dining worked very well. The most we waited was 10 minutes and that was without any reservations. NOTE: We heard the usual complaints, some pretty loud, about seating in the dining room.......we're not near a window; we're not near the RIGHT window; we're near a window, but it's dark outside and we can't see anything; etc., etc., etc.,......but those are to be expected. The dining room staff does what they can, but it's not an easy thing to reseat 10 people right in the middle of a service so they can be near a window. Roll with it for that night, people! Have a drink, enjoy the food, enjoy each other and get over it. The staff will do everything to make you happy but you may have to give just a little bit to make it work. You'll have a much calmer and enjoyable cruise. We were never anywhere on the ship where we felt crowded or overwhelmed. But again, you have to be a smart cruiser. There's only so many places you can go when the ship is at sea. If you see a "HUGE SALE" advertised in the Daily Compass for the Royal Promenade , and you're on the Allure or the Oasis, then avoid the Promenade and go to Central Park or the Boardwalk at that time. The stern of the ship, any ship, will always be crowded before 6:30 and 8:30 when the dinner crowds gather in front of the Main Dining Room. Unless you're eating there, too, don't go near the stern at those times. We always found a good place to eat, especially on the Boardwalk. NOTE: Our favorite place on the ship was Sabor. The food was always fresh and prepared right before your eyes and the staff was friendly and attentive. We were always able to walk up and get seated right away with no reservations. There is an upcharge, but it's a la carte and we found that an order of the tacos and a quesadilla was more than enough food for two of us. We had evening drinks every night around 7:00 PM at the Bow & Stern and there was always a table available right on the Promenade. After two nights, when the Bow & Stern servers saw us coming, our regular drinks were on the table just as we sat down. These folks are GOOD! NOTE: The "3 Complimentary Drinks Between 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM" benefit for Diamond and above CAS members is one of the best things RCCL has done for frequent cruisers. You can get those at any bar on the ship and included wine and mixed drinks. My wife enjoys a little wine during dinner and I had vodka gimlets. We each had a drink or two between 7:00 and 8:00 at the Bow & Stern and took one with us to wherever we ate. Fantastic benefit! The only show we saw was The Beatles Celebration at the end of the cruise. It's a Beatles tribute band from Liverpool, no less, and they were really good. The show, however, was much too abbreviated. I will say it's the first time on any cruise that I saw the entire audience, young and old, on their feet and singing the songs as loud as they could. I hope RCCL took note! If you give folks the right entertainment, they will respond.....LOUDLY! PET PEEVE: TV during the cruise!!!! We write about this every time, but on this cruise it was more peevish. It was a long cruise and we were on the ship for 9 straight days. We always get a cabin with a balcony so we can sit outside and read and relax. That means we spent a lot of time in our cabin. That also means we watched TV more than usual. For English speaking passengers, and we were told that Americans were the majority on this cruise, there was very little worth watching. And the shows that were worth watching one time were rerun over and over again! I know the internet and cable access was limited while sailing across the Atlantic, but there should be SOMETHING to broadcast besides RCCL commercials over and over again. The Big Bang Theory in German is novelty entertainment good for only about 5 minutes. And virtually no news, even though they did have CNN International Business News on quite a bit. Watching a talking head recite stock prices over and over is a sure cure for insomnia, but hardly entertainment. What about Fox News? Something "fair and balanced"? And no American sports at all. All of the sports news was European and in Spanish or Italian. When they finally did broadcast Thursday Night NFL Football on the last night of the cruise, it was in SPANISH......with English sub-titles! AY CARAMBA! I know RCCL can do better.....and, yes, I do feel better getting that off my chest. CONCLUSION: This was a great cruise and we had a super time. We found the Allure to be a very stout ship out on the open Atlantic and we always felt safe and secure. The crew members we came in contact with were outstanding. Captain Johnny runs a very tight ship, but there was always time for a little fun and games. We enjoyed the transatlantic cruise so much, we booked one for next November on the Navigator of the Seas sailing out of Southampton, England. We got such a great deal by booking on board that we upgraded to a suite, something we are really looking forward to. I just hope they get the TV situation squared away before then. I'm not looking forward to "ALF" or "TOOL TIME" in Polish. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
The Allure is a big ship and you need to be prepared for it when sold out like our cruise was. That said RC should not have made the venues so small for the amount of people on board. Time after time you could not get in to bars that ... Read More
The Allure is a big ship and you need to be prepared for it when sold out like our cruise was. That said RC should not have made the venues so small for the amount of people on board. Time after time you could not get in to bars that we're having entertainment ( I don't mean the headliner shows), people would be sitting on the floor or crowded at the entrance trying to see what was going on. The bars mentioned were the Pub on the Boardwalk where they had the Octoberfest trying to serve lunch, having the band inside and no way they could fit people in. The Jazz club where the entertainers from Mama Mia where trying to perform people were complaining that they could not get in....what were they thinking with 5200 passengers? The Windjammer was another problem we gave up going there for breakfast you could not find a seat, we talked to many others who felt the same. It seems the ship is too big for the staff that they have, the service suffers, we heard many many complaints. We had MTD and even though we had reservations had to wait sometimes being taken to the wrong table, it seemed they needed three people to go through before we could get seated, they seemed unorganized. Now to the good part, the main shows with exception of one were great! Sometimes they scanned your card other times they did not a few were totally full. The food was pretty good though we feel they've cut back I'd say two nights weren't so great. The cabin was fine our steward was very friendly and it was cleaned well each day, the ship is beautiful. The decks have plenty of chairs for laying out, the Soluarium was beautiful Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We live in Fort Lauderdale and it's the home port for the Allure. Because of this, the ship gets a lot of publicity. We ordinarily don't like a ship this big, but we were curious. Several of our friends had sailed on her and ... Read More
We live in Fort Lauderdale and it's the home port for the Allure. Because of this, the ship gets a lot of publicity. We ordinarily don't like a ship this big, but we were curious. Several of our friends had sailed on her and raved about it, so we did the Caribbean on the Allure last December. We were impresssed and this time, we sailed with two other couples. Again, we enjoyed ourselves. We were pleased with the entertInment, especially "Mama Mia", Blue Planet and the Beatle Celebration. We also enjoyed David Kirkpatrick. He held my attention. I've read the Cruise Critic post cruise comments, both good and bad. It's hard to believe we were on the same ship. Some people will find fault wherever they go. That's too bad because they are only cheating themselves. Both of us are firm believers that you make your own good time and if you don't have fun, you have no one to blame but yourself. We have booked b2b on the Harmony of the Seas and yes, we will sail on the Allure again Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my 3rd cruise ever. The first was a short Carnival Carnival cruise 10 years ago, then an 8 night this past January on the Independence of the Seas. I was slightly apprehensive about 11 nights at sea: would there be enough to do, ... Read More
This was my 3rd cruise ever. The first was a short Carnival Carnival cruise 10 years ago, then an 8 night this past January on the Independence of the Seas. I was slightly apprehensive about 11 nights at sea: would there be enough to do, what would the weather be like, would I get sea sick if the water was choppy etc. I have to say the apprehension was unfounded. This was also an anniversary celebration. My husband and I arrived in Barcelona 2 days before sailing and stayed at the Hotel Catedral which was wonderful. It is located in the "Gothic Quarter" or El Barri Gotic. It is right next to the Cathedral of Barcelona, and within walking distance of many sights, including Las Rambles, the main shopping area. The hotel was clean and large for a European room and the staff was wonderful. If we were to return I would stay there again. The prices are reasonable and they have a Antares and bar as well as a pool on the roof. We timed our arrival perfect as there was a Market of Markets or "Mercat de Mercats" taking place the weekend we were there. It was so much fun and we were able to taste the food, wine and beer of the region. (I bought my 2 allowed bottles of wine at the festival to take on the Allure). I wish we could ave arrived sooner to take advantage of the sights but we were limited as to the flights that were available. We took a cab from the hotel to the cruise port and we pain less than 20 euros. The Allure was incredible. Although the ship is HUGE, the only time it felt crowded was if you went to the Windjammer for breakfast. We found other places to eat most of the time (there are 7) or went early to the WJ (8am to 9am is the worst). We also enjoyed room service a few times after we got further west and it was warmer so we could eat on the balcony. We found the service to be wonderful, with the exception to the bartenders at the Bow and Stern. They were horrible, so we only went to there a few times and kept to our favorite places to get a drink. We found the same at the main pool, except Cong Hu, who was wonderful at the pool. We had our dinner time at 6pm on the 5th deck (Silk) and our waiter and assistant were wonderful. (Lito and Kaia). We like to dine in the dinning room so I can't comment on the WJ for diner, as we never went there. We also did not spend any extra money on the specialty dining rooms. The entertainment was wonderful. My only comment is if you want a specific place to sit for the shows in the Theater, such as in the front, you need to get there early. (1/2 hour to 45 min). We did not have a suite, and we are only Platinum, so we did not have any kind of a reserved section. We enjoy the shows so we made sure to reserve them as soon as we could on line (90 days prior) so we did not have any issues watching what we wanted. (Mamma Mia, OceanAira, Headiner, Comedy Show and Blue Planet which was a Cirque du soleil type show). I will tell you from the lines we saw and some comments we heard, if you wait until you are on the ship you will probably NOT see what you want, or anything at all. Because this is a transatlantic, the aqua show only was available while we were in the Mediterranean Sea and the night before we arrived in Fort Lauderdale due to the calmer seas at those locations. All of the shows were wonderful. We did not have any children with us so I have no comment regarding children activities. We disembarked at the time we were given (10:30) and although the line looked long, it moved very quickly. One last note, our Captain, "Captain Johnny" was incredible! He had a great sense of humor, was visible on the ship, and kept us informed every day as to our location, sea conditions etc. He likes to ride a Harley Davidson and has a small motorcycle that he rode twice on the ship. Once was a parade of officers on he pool deck and again on the last night on the Promenade Deck. I would go on ANY cruise that he was the captain!! All in all, it was a wonderful cruise and I would probably do it again, maybe from the US back. My only negative comment, and not to disrespect anyone, we found quite a few Europeans on the ship (obviously) and some of them were very rude, especially getting on and off the elevator. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
We chose this cruise as the rates for an inside cabin were really low, and then when we found the airfair was super cheap through the cruise line, we jumped at the chance. I have had a few different types of cruises on my to-do list and ... Read More
We chose this cruise as the rates for an inside cabin were really low, and then when we found the airfair was super cheap through the cruise line, we jumped at the chance. I have had a few different types of cruises on my to-do list and while I wanted a Transatlantic, I thought if I was going to be on ocean for that long I wanted to be on a large ship. It just so happens that the Allure was the largest cruise ship at the time so this met all my goals. The shows were great but the organization of them was a bit off. We made all of our reservations in advance but people were entering the venues without reservations by just walking past the staff. Also when there was a delay in the ice show due to stage issues, there was no staff to give updates or even try to keep the mob of people in any sort of orderly fashion. With those minor inconveniences, we still had a great time and it was a very relaxing way to spend 12 days. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
Background: I have traditionally been a luxury or upper mainstream cruiser, and cruise for relaxation and for destination. Since retiring I have branched out and Royal Caribbean has filled primarily a niche role for me as the line of ... Read More
Background: I have traditionally been a luxury or upper mainstream cruiser, and cruise for relaxation and for destination. Since retiring I have branched out and Royal Caribbean has filled primarily a niche role for me as the line of choice when I want to cruise out of my home port of Baltimore. I am more of a small ship person but was curious about the Oasis class ships. The primary obstacle for me booking them has been the limited itineraries they offer. The transatlantic seemed to me to be the right opportunity to make a first hand impression. While I am reviewing this is a single cruise, it was technically a B2B consisting of a 3-day minicruise from Rome to Barcelona and a 12-day transatlantic to Ft. Lauderdale. I had a cabin change in Barcelona. Summary: I think I have high standards and don’t give out stars easily. I have had cruises where I thought there were things that were just plain wrong; this was NOT one of those. I had a wonderful time and felt that this could be the right ship for many reasonable people but not for me, and I feel much richer for having done this once but think there are better options for me for the next time. Ship info: The word for this ship is BIG. It’s perhaps a bit deceiving though because the greatest difference in dimensions is width. My largest prior ship was Queen Mary 2. The 2 ships are fairly comparable in length, QM2 is only 55 feet shorter than the Allure’s 1187 feet. Allure is one or 2 decks higher but the big difference is in width, a whopping 213 feet vs QM2's 131. Even that’s not quite as simple as it seems; in effect, for most of it’s length the top 10 decks are almost like 2 70-foot wide ships separated by a 70-foot skylight. The central space is divided between Central Park midship, a quiet oasis lined on the sides by shops and restaurants, and in the aft Boardwalk, a Coney Island atmosphere complete with a carousel and fast food type restaurants. Below Central Park is the Royal Promenade, a fairly large space dotted with shops and restaurants as well as guest services. Dining: Choices abound here. The dining room is on 3 levels with the lower level devoted to “mytime” dining; that is also the option for breakfast and lunch. The upper 2 levels offer early and late fixed seating. The menus are pretty much standard RCI fare. One of my disappointments with the Allure came with dinner as the table where I was assigned had no room for me, and the replacement table had no English speakers. It took a second visit to the Maitre’d to get the matter straightened out. That does not seem to be a recurring problem either on Royal Caribbean or on the Allure. Once I finally got an appropriate table MDR service was good. I thought the quality of the food in the Windjammer café was below par with rubbery pancakes and french toast and runny eggs. The good news was that there were appropriate alternatives. Johnny Rockets on Boardwalk is an extra cost venue for lunch but included for breakfast and very good. The pool grill, Wipeout Café, had excellent omelets for breakfast and good hot dogs, fries, hamburgers, and pizza for lunch. Sorrentos Pizza on the Royal Promenade had pizza from noon until late night but Wipeout was just as good and I preferred the setting there. While I am accustomed to early morning coffee next to the Windjammer, I learned to adjust and look for it at Café Promenade on the Royal Promenade. That worked out well as it was next to the jogging track. There are a number of specialty restaurants, although I only was at 2. I enjoyed the steak at Chops Grill although I preferred Chops ocean view setting on the Enchantment. Samba Grill takes over the Solarium Bistro space in the evening and is an experience in itself. A selection of about 10 different meats come around until you tell them to stop. I enjoyed the experience but left feeling really stuffed. Public Rooms: The ship is organized by “neighborhoods” and rooms are not so much of a concept. I missed having a room where large groups could socialize like Crystal’s Palm Court and Stardust club, HAL’s Crows Nest, Cunard’s Queens Rooms or even Grandeur’s South Pacific Lounge. There were a number of public rooms but they seemed small, and felt even smaller because most were spread over 2 decks. I also greatly preferred the Centrum on the Vision and Radiance Class ships to the Royal Promenade, which to me felt like a glorified shopping area. Activities and entertainment: Somewhat unusual for Royal Caribbean there was an enrichment lecturer on the cruise who spoke about the movie industry. While it was nice, it was still much less than I had on my 7-day Cunard crossing. We also had a priest onboard who did a daily Mass and also an interdenominational service on Sunday. He proved to be a good fit for an ecumenical service. There are 3 or 4 major entertainment venues. A small comedy club has 2 sessions most nights. Studio B is an ice rink where a skating production, Ice Games based around the game of Monopoly is presented. The outdoor Aqua Theater at the stern presented a show of acrobatics, diving, and gymnastics weather and sea conditions permitting. The Amber Theater is the major showplace and holds events most evenings and also a few matinees. There is one full length musical presented, Mama Mia on the Allure. Most of the shows were based on a reservation system but I could find no reliable confirmation of what was reserved. There was allegedly a “calendar” on the interactive TV but it was often just plain wrong showing reservations when there were no shows booked. For one show I was turned away because they claimed I had no reservation and I had no backup documentation to prove I did. Lesson learned, take a photograph of anything you give the entertainment team to back up reservations. Fitness: The fitness center appeared to be well equipped although I did not use it. Children: I was surprised that on a 12 day voyage there were over 150 children on board. I was not involved with the youth program but it appeared to be well run and the children seemed to be enjoying pleasant activities. Service and Crew: Service was generally efficient, friendly, and courteous. Disembarkation: Disembarkation from the 2014 Oasis Transatlantic was generally a disaster. It looks like Royal Caribbean and/or CPB have learned from that experience as this year’s experience was MUCH better. The ship arrived early with crew immigration processed in the 4-6AM time frame. Many cruisers opted for self disembarkation and that appears to have gone very well. I opted to take a tour of Ft. Lauderdale which ended at the airport, and was assigned luggage tag number 1. We left pretty promptly at 8AM. I think the one remaining complication of TA disembarkation is that people carry much more baggage than on a normal 7 day cruise and the space for claiming bags was very crowded. I had some difficulty locating my bags but was on the coach at 8:40 and driving away at 9. Despite heavy traffic from the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show the tour stayed on time and we were at FLL by 1PM and MIA by 2 as promised. Recap: While I had a wonderful time on this cruise it felt for me more like a unique experience than something on my must repeat list. The chief things that I found less than stellar were the lack of large rooms for socializing, the entertainment and activities geared towards cruisers much younger than me, and the limited ports capable of supporting this ship. Still, the only opinion that matters is yours. Unlike some cruises I entered with higher expectations there was little or nothing here that I thought no reasonable person would like. It was definitely worth finding out for myself. I expect most of my future RCI cruises will be on Vision and Radiance class ships but I also booked a cruise on the Anthem. I suspect that will be a one-time-only thing, but if it turns out like this did I will have no regrets. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
Positives: Excellent entertainment activities. Cabins adequate for purpose but very clean. Majority of dining room staff excellent. Beautiful ship. Ship very easy to get around. Great cruise director, activities manager and captain. ... Read More
Positives: Excellent entertainment activities. Cabins adequate for purpose but very clean. Majority of dining room staff excellent. Beautiful ship. Ship very easy to get around. Great cruise director, activities manager and captain. Mama Mia, water show Blue Planet and ice shows unbelievable. Negatives. Activities held in venues that are too small for number of participating people yielding crowding and people sitting on floor or standing up even in the theater. Promenade activities so crowded you can't even go from one end to the other. Even though nonsmoking section in casino the entire casino reeks of cigarette smoke and the entrance near dining room to the casino also smells. Avoid casino if you are allergic to cigarette smoke. Diamond activities were all overcrowded. Couldn't even get into the top tier event when we were given a 5:15 invitation. Told to try and come back at 730. Ship has a policy that passengers are not to use abusive or offensive language although comedians in comedy club could use the F bomb in every other sentence .....Diamond members could get at least 10 different alcohol beverages but were refused a diet coke saying they didn't have any........ Not a place to bring your mother in a wheelchair. People push into the elevators and don't help the impaired get on at all. This was a repeated problem. Need to get to shows at lease 45 minutes early to get decent seat so spent a lot of time waiting. At certain times only one place on pool deck to get towels. Lines in terminal on disembarkation. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
We are considered Elite on Celebrity and Diamond on Royal Caribbean. Most of the time now we are in a suite. On the Allure of the Seas, we were in a junior suite. We have no problems with any of the staff. They always acted in a ... Read More
We are considered Elite on Celebrity and Diamond on Royal Caribbean. Most of the time now we are in a suite. On the Allure of the Seas, we were in a junior suite. We have no problems with any of the staff. They always acted in a professional manner. I blame upper management for the following defects. 1. When you have a ship with 2500 crew and 5000-6000 passengers you don’t, I repeat, don’t make the cafeteria so small that you have to wait in line to be seated. Or maybe that didn’t matter, because after a few days no one went to the cafeteria anymore because there wasn’t any selection. 2. When you have select seating you don’t, I repeat, don’t tell everyone that they can’t make reservations between 6:00 and 7:30 and you also don’t wait in line to be seated for over 45 minutes. 3. When you go to a specialty restaurant for dinner, that dinner must be edible. If you order lobster at Chops it should not be so tough that you and the lobster fight over the vegetables. 4. When you go into any eating facility, they should insist that you sanitize your hands. This was very rarely done. 5. When you are on a 12 day cruise with only one port, you have enough activities to keep you busy. On Celebrity, you have to pick and choose because there are so many choices. 6. When you show up for the drill, you should not be told that the only life jackets available are all locked up and during the sinking of the ship or the ship being on fire, you’re life will depend on 8000 people not panicking to wait patiently in line to get their life jacket. REMEMBER THE TITANIC. 7. I will gladly go back to Celebrity. I just hope that Royal Caribbean leaves Celebrity alone or our cruising days are over. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
We booked this cruise to try out the big ships. Well, been there: done that. We won't book this class of ship again. Primary complaint: too many people. The ship is designed with many venues, all of which are relatively small. ... Read More
We booked this cruise to try out the big ships. Well, been there: done that. We won't book this class of ship again. Primary complaint: too many people. The ship is designed with many venues, all of which are relatively small. The result is that there is always a line for everything (including the Windjammer). Even when you have pre-booked tickets for a show it is necessary to stand in line in order to get a seat. We did enjoy the shows (especially Chicago) but there were not enough shows for all 12 nights. So, if we didn't have a show booked there was really nothing to do after dinner until around 10:00. They did have musical groups playing in the Promenade, but it is too noisy & crowded to even hear them. They also had musical groups in Central Park, but there is very limited seating. We did appreciate the walking/jogging track. It was nice to be able to walk around the entire ship without having to go through a smoking area. We usually will eat breakfast in the Windjammer. Well, that was unpleasant. The tables are so close together I don't know how the (many) people who have mobility issues managed. At times it was necessary to have a reservation to get into the Windjammer! On this cruise we switched to the Solarium for breakfast, and it was an improvement. At lunch we often will eat at the Windjammer, but crowds & the abysmal food chased us to the dining room, which was actually quite good. Dinners in the main dining room were decently good. We enjoy wine with our meals, & purchased wine by the bottle as we drank it. We are appalled by the drink package prices. One would have to be an alcoholic to drink enough for the drink package to be a good buy. It really concerns us that RCCL promotes alcohol abuse. Our cabin steward & all the staff members we encountered were great. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
Overall we enjoyed our 12 night voyage on the Allure OF The Seas and are set to do it all over again when the Allure sails back to Fort Lauderdale. However there are a few issues which we would like to flag up with the Cruise Director ... Read More
Overall we enjoyed our 12 night voyage on the Allure OF The Seas and are set to do it all over again when the Allure sails back to Fort Lauderdale. However there are a few issues which we would like to flag up with the Cruise Director and which we trust will receive his prompt attention. We had to endure the discomfort of standing every day in the Schooner Bar because this venue could not accommodate the number of passengers attending the very popular trivia quizzes. Our various 'Quiz Masters' invariably turned up late and did not offer any apology let alone explanation for their late arrival. Some were to say the least lacking in their command of the English language which led to some entertaining if not exasperating exchanges. We attended the initial get together of the single and solo passengers as advertised and waited patiently and in vain for a Royal Caribbean staff member to arrive. This is simply not good enough. I call on the Cruise Director to run a much tighter ship ! This was not the only incident that we experienced. We attended other advertised events such as the duo act in the Aqua Theatre which were simply cancelled without any explanation or apology. We attended a number of presentations on the I Pad and social Network Sites by a guy called Jason Rich. Am I the only one who has been unable to gain access to his website ? Would it be too much to ask for the daily bulletin of daytime and evening events to be included on the one piece of paper ? The existing format can be very confusing. There is room for improvement as regards the number and variety of television channels that are available. This was a major gripe from a number of passengers. I can appreciate that the problem of the ship losing satellite connection in the middle of the ocean but there were a number of days when we could not hear any news from the outside world. The ' library ' was a joke. I have heard of the pub with no beer BUT a library with no books ? I will conclude by saying that our cabin steward did an excellent job recognise the hard work of so many Royal Caribbean employees nevertheless there is room for a great deal of improvement and I have just touched briefly on a few issues. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2015
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
In spite the size of the Allure and in spite of just having one port of call (Malaga) the cruise was very entertaining and enjoyable. There were a variety of things to do that kept the guests busy the whole time. The staff were friendly ... Read More
In spite the size of the Allure and in spite of just having one port of call (Malaga) the cruise was very entertaining and enjoyable. There were a variety of things to do that kept the guests busy the whole time. The staff were friendly and very accommodating till the last day when the ball was dropped. It seemed like during the disembarkation day the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing. A lot of guests were scheduled to disembark early (between 6:30 - 7 AM) due to early flights back home or excursions in Barcelona. The Daily Planner listed the different places where to grab an early breakfast but somehow what was posted and what actually was the operating hours were not the same. Park Café was supposed to serve breakfast starting at 6AM but did not open till 7. One staff said it was supposed to open at 6:30 while a supervisor so rudely came out to tell the waiting guests that they were not opening till 7. All the waiting guests had to go to rush to the Windjammer where there was a shortage of staff plus some of the hot entrees were cold. Got to the theater were there was chaos. It felt like the staff were too anxious to get rid of the passengers (probably because they were going to dry dock after our cruise). I will not want to book another cruise on a ship that is going to dry dock afterwards. Read Less
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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