24 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Transatlantic Cruise Reviews

We sailed twice on Celebrity Reflection from Rome to Miami so we were ready to explore a new ship. This was our first Oasis class, and we were not disappointed with the ship as a destination on our Westbound Transatlantic from Barcelona on ... Read More
We sailed twice on Celebrity Reflection from Rome to Miami so we were ready to explore a new ship. This was our first Oasis class, and we were not disappointed with the ship as a destination on our Westbound Transatlantic from Barcelona on October 25th with many days at sea. With only one port en route (Malaga), we decided to spend 7 nights in Barcelona pre-cruise and enjoyed our stay at the Four Points Sheraton on Diagonal. We shared a taxi from our hotel on Sunday at 11:00 am, checked in after a stop at the duty-free to purchase 2 bottles of wine, and by noon we were at the Windjammer where the second section had just opened up. No crowds at all. Cabins were ready at 1:00pm. I selected our cabin with care. We usually get an Oceanview Balcony, but selected 8727, Boardwalk Balcony to give us an experience not found on other ships. The bed was by the door, and we had a great view of the water, the Aqua Theatre and movie screens. Our door did not lock properly, so our efficient cabin attendant Ary called a technician who adjusted the door mechanism perfectly and all outside noise was eliminated when the balcony door was shut. We had sun in our balcony from sunrise to about 3:30pm. Ary also emptied the mini bar and provided 10 additional wood hangers as requested. We found the cabin layout and furnishing very comfortable. We brought our own shampoo and soap, while the hair-dryer was good and the lighting was sufficient. We had the 8:30 seating for dinner on Deck 4 of the Main Dining Room (The Grande). Our waiter Alfredo and his assistant Pedro were very good, providing menu suggestions and quickly attending to all our needs. Food quality was good to very good. There were some minor disappointments but there were always alternatives. Eating at the other dining venues was not as enjoyable. For example, the continental breakfast buffet at the Diamond lounge was crowded and the line for the self-serve specialty coffee machine was long, so they allowed people to have specialty coffee at other locations as well. (Tip: You can only get Splenda or Half-and-half at the Starbucks stand). French Toast at Johnny Rockets was tasteless. If you wanted grapefruit juice you’d have to squeeze a half-grapefruit yourself. Buffet service option for lunch at American Icon was somewhat better. We really liked this large ship with all the wide spaces. The walking track (3 laps = 2 km) on Deck 5 is perfect. The waiting areas by the dining rooms means no crowds on the staircases before the doors open like on other ships. There were lots of activities including enrichment speaker David Kirkpatrick who did a series on Hollywood movies. Our Cruise Critic roll call also organized mini golf, cabin crawl and scavenger hunt, book club, celebration luncheon (and more in which we did not participate). At the Meet and Mingle party (Studio B) lots of good prizes were raffled off (alas, we came out empty handed). The public address system was not clear in many areas of the ship (and not audible in the cabin or on the television set). Satellite TV signals were not available for most of the days in the Atlantic. The weather was on the cooler side for the first three days, including a rainy morning in Malaga. Once in the Atlantic, a storm north of our location created waves that closed the pools after water overflowed on to Central Park dining areas. It didn’t last long, and the rest of the crossing was sunny days and calm waters. The Solarium area was uncrowded after 5 pm. Perfect to watch beautiful sunsets. We had two 24-hour free wi-fi with our Diamond status. Internet speed was the best we experienced at sea. However, if you have a Blackberry, there are connection issues with some models. Entertainment was very good, and for many people, that’s what this ship is all about. “Forget the food – just go to as many shows as you can” they claimed. The full Broadway production of Mamma Mia was excellent (the theatre was freezing cold, but it was much warmer the next day). The other shows were unlike standard variety on other ships. For a more intimate ambience we enjoyed the music in the Jazz club. Entertainment continued late at numerous venues. Nine days at sea passed and we were not getting bored at all. The Boardwalk balcony location gave us constantly changing scenes like the rock climbing and zip line above. We opted for self-disembarkation at 7:20am. Moving along with our luggage through U.S. immigration was smooth, on to a shuttle outside. By 8:00am we were in our rented car and off to visit Key West. 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
Sail Date October 2015
Overall I had a good cruise with lots of friends onboard. I had a Balcony Cabin on Deck 11 near the forward elevators. My first full morning I went to walk on the walking/jogging track (great). I turned left from my cabin and could not ... Read More
Overall I had a good cruise with lots of friends onboard. I had a Balcony Cabin on Deck 11 near the forward elevators. My first full morning I went to walk on the walking/jogging track (great). I turned left from my cabin and could not even see the end of hall (aft). I figured that every day I was walking an additional mile just to get to my cabin. I did get my exercise. I did not find the ship crowded, just too big and long! I also did not get the community atmosphere I find on Freedom class and smaller ships. You are always seeing new people and not faces you saw yesterday. I found most passengers less friendly. Shows were pretty good. I loved the Comedy Club! Trivia was great. My Time Dining was good and food was good. Even without reservations we never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a table. Solarium Cafe and Park Cafe were excellent! I only ate at the Windjammer 3 times and it was just okay. I ate with friends at The Coastal Kitchen and it was one of the best meals I've ever had at sea or land. Fantastic Restaurant! I found all the service to be excellent. But for me I will not be sailing Allure or Oasis again. It lacks character and just too big! 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This was our first transatlantic cruise and we were apprehensive about the weather and the lengnth of time on the ship There is so much to do on the ship we were never bored, the weather was fantastic,the food was great and plenty of ... Read More
This was our first transatlantic cruise and we were apprehensive about the weather and the lengnth of time on the ship There is so much to do on the ship we were never bored, the weather was fantastic,the food was great and plenty of relaxation We had an inside balcony overlooking central ark which was perfect serene views of central park ,Quiet , yet we were able to get sun on the balcony The shows especially the bdway style were excellent as were some of the otheres wine tastings ,trivia miniature golf, rock climbing ,surfing, jacuzzi ,massage , plenty to do Our waiter made sure our food was cooked as ordered, I told him I would wait if I had to The Maitre D actually checked each meal to see if we were satisfied Our porter or room attendent cleaned our room when we were out and kept it clean would take again Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my first time in a Transatlantic and I loved it. I just started my first year in retirement and since time is not an objection, we booked this cruise. The ship was beautiful with a lot of entertainment and things to do like ... Read More
This was my first time in a Transatlantic and I loved it. I just started my first year in retirement and since time is not an objection, we booked this cruise. The ship was beautiful with a lot of entertainment and things to do like the mini golf, zip line, swimming pools etc. The cabin 14-170 had a beautiful view of the sea, it was very large and comfortable and since I booked very late I had to select a guaranteed cabin but that was not a problem to get this great accommodation. The room was always completed on time and whatever extra we need, we got it. We registered anytime dinning and the wait was not that long considering that we were a lot of passengers, the food was excellent and we always tried to get the table 151 because we got a very special service. The shows were very good and the reservations helped a lot in getting people in on time to avoid long lines. I personally recommend to see Chicago and the water show. We disembarked early because our grandchildren were waiting for us in Malaga, If Royal Caribbean has more voyages like this I will certainly take them every year. We were approx. 5,000 people aboard the ship but everything was very well organized so that we could not tell that the ship was crowded. 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
Sailed the Allure of the Seas transatlantic 12 night cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Barcelona. The trip was relaxing and the weather was beautiful. The crew on The Allure was a fun yet professional group. With long sea ... Read More
Sailed the Allure of the Seas transatlantic 12 night cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) to Barcelona. The trip was relaxing and the weather was beautiful. The crew on The Allure was a fun yet professional group. With long sea days, there was plenty of time to enjoy different ship venues and the individuals working in them. The staff in Rita's Cantina were wonderful and hosted a lively and entertaining fiesta one evening. Classes at the Cupcake Cupboard with Maricel and Lucy were fun as well as offering the opportunity to learn a new skill. Dining room staff and room steward were some of the best ever. As diamond members, the lounges that were available from 5-8 PM were amazing. Appetizers and unlimited drinks were available the entire time. For anyone objecting to the offerings by Royal Caribbean, I'm not sure how much you can possibly drink if those hours, plus the 3 drinks available per diamond member per day at a variety of venues is not enough. The staff were prompt and professional. The lounges were a bit crowded for the first 45 minutes or so, but when the 6 PM dinner guests left, there was ample space available. Embarkation and disembarkation were absolutely easy and efficient. Many of my fellow guests were a bit older, and didn't seem to get out and about often. They seemed to be sitting in exactly the same places day after day. The ship is the destination on an Allure transatlantic, and there are many places to explore. The ship was well-maintained and appealing. I also found some of the passengers have some entitlement issues, but I thought Royal Caribbean offered many perks. The Cruise Critic Meet and Mingle and private lunch were lovely and appreciated. Entertainment on the ship was hit-or-miss. The ice shows, Blue Planet and Oceanaria were breathtaking. Some of the headliners and old movies were a bit disappointing. When reading a description that includes "performed with Juliet Prowse and Debbie Reynolds" I will admit to a preconceived idea that these were not current genre artists. One disappointing venue was Chops. The meat quality has diminished as more passengers are given free specialty meals. The sides and appetizers were very good though. My room was near the area being renovated as part of the expansion of suites and the construction noise was often very annoying. The high-pitched whine of saws was unnerving at times. The Boardwalk-facing balcony was a pretty good choice otherwise. The port of Malaga was a delightful surprise! I thoroughly enjoyed walking through town, visiting the Picasso museum and being on land after 9 days at sea. The Allure is impressive, but I have to conclude that I prefer the smaller Celebrity ships (Infinity and Constellation) to the mega-ship. Having more opportunities to see water instead of shopping options is more appealing to me. 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 my third transatlantic cruise, second on RC and my 6th cruise in total. My wife and I absolutely loved this ship! It is beautifully designed, stunningly decorated and the staff were all so cheery and polite ( they must put ... Read More
This was my third transatlantic cruise, second on RC and my 6th cruise in total. My wife and I absolutely loved this ship! It is beautifully designed, stunningly decorated and the staff were all so cheery and polite ( they must put something in their tea!). Despite it's daunting size - and believe me this a a huge vessel- it never felt crowded, in fact in reality it was the most spacious cruise we have ever been on. No bun fight in the lunch buffet, no searching for free seats. in fact we were taken to our buffet seats by RC staff. Our stateroom overlooked beautiful Central Park and I was really impressed with the Rising Tide bar, novel but very entertaining. The main entertainment shows: Oceanaria, Chicago and Blue Planet are all great, but the other supporting entertainment shows were poor. But we have learned that all ships are different, with some better at certain things than others, so look for what's good about the ship, not what to whinge about. Overall this ship is utterly fantastic, a wonder of mans ingenuity and if we were not booked on a cruise to Dubai with RC this Autumn we would be taking the return Allure cruise to Florida - need I say more... Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
I had a wonderful time on this amazing ship. Although I travel with RC often this was my first time on this class ship and I was not disappointed. Despite being the largest ship in the world & therefore the most passengers on board it ... Read More
I had a wonderful time on this amazing ship. Although I travel with RC often this was my first time on this class ship and I was not disappointed. Despite being the largest ship in the world & therefore the most passengers on board it never felt crowded. Never any trouble getting a sunbed or a table in one of the many restaurants & cafes & considering we had 11 sea days that is quite something! The Central Park area is just fabulous with not only real trees & plants but even birds!! The staff, as always with royal Caribbean, could not do enough for you and are wonderful. My only disappointment really was with the evening entertainment. Although the production, ice shows & Aqua theatre shows were excellent the headliner shows were nothing special and you must book all shows prior to boarding so you are not even sure what the evenings entertainment will be before you book. This was just a small niggle though,in what was a wonderful holiday and would recommend Royal Caribbean and this ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Hi, we are a couple in our fifties from Holland. I will apologize on forehand for the mistakes I will make with the language. I hope anyone understands what I'm trying to say. We were on the Allure of the Seas Transatlantic from ... Read More
Hi, we are a couple in our fifties from Holland. I will apologize on forehand for the mistakes I will make with the language. I hope anyone understands what I'm trying to say. We were on the Allure of the Seas Transatlantic from FLL tot BCN in april 2015. This was our 6th cruise. After two times RCI we changed to HAL and Celebrity. Now we were back again on RCI and I must say: no other cruise line will satisfy us from now on. The ship is fantastic. Can't say enough to explain how beautiful, wel maintained and clean this ship was. Yes, there were a lot of people but that's the whole idea of taking a cruise on this kind of ship. We never had to stand in line, not at Windjammer's, not for a show we booked. We only stood in line for 3 minutes when we wanted to have a good seat at the ice show. We could live with that... The food is great. We ate in the MDR every night in the second (late) seating. We like getting to know our stablemates better. We sat with a Belgium couple, very nice people. We loved having dinner with them every night. Our waiter, Ozgur, was the best we ever had on a cruise. He arranged everything for us, we didn't need to ask, just let him go and it was all great. What I like of RCI (this is what you will not find at HAL and Celebrity) is that the waiter asks for your name the first night and then calls you by your name the entire cruise. Very personnel. And the live music in the dining room is something else you'll only find at RCI. We had breakfast at Windjammer (good and always free tables, the waiters did their best to clean the tables very quickly), Park Cafe (good), Solarium (good), MDR (good) and Johnny Rockets (not so good, very American, not the European taste for us). We had lunch at MDR (most of the times because of the terrific Tutti Salad Bar), Park Cafe (good, esp the Roast Beef, although it didn't turn out to be good when you come a little later), Windjammer (good) and Rita's Cantina. You have to pay a little amount of money but the taste was good and it was nice to have something totally different. We enjoyed the shows like Chicago (fantastic) and at the Aqua Theatre and the Blue Planet. We saw one terrible show of a gymnast. It was the worst show I have ever seen, not only on a ship but in my entire life! The guy wasn't good in anything he did (he used silks but had no breathtaking moves, he juggled with only 3 balls and he sung half a song). He was so very bad that it turned out to be the show which I laughed the most. I had a very nice evening because luckily I could laugh a lot about this fool. We love to play Trivia and did it a lot. There were lots of people who wanted to play Trivia. Unfortunately the Schooner Bar wasn't big enough to have us al seated. After some complaints they moved us three times to Dazzles but all the other quizzes were still in Schooners. I heard from other people that the Viking Crown Lounge should be better but this was closed. I think with all the people staying on board every day (we had to of course) they had better waited till Cadiz (dryadic) to close this lounge and use it on this Transatlantic Cruise. We love Karaoke. This was popular on board but wasn't there every night. What a pity! Our stateroom (Boardwalk Balcony) was great although we booked another one almost a year ago. We were moved a few weeks before boarding. That was truly a pity but still this was a very good room. Our room attendant Duval was nice, funny and good. Two years ago we went on a Transatlantic Cruise with Celebrity. The weather was bad and we had to stay inside the entire cruise. The animation team had no Plan B for activities inside. We were very bored. The ship was way to small. Now, with good weather and a big ship, we really loved the Transatlantic Cruise. For us: no more small ships where people go to sleep right after dinner. We were glad to be back at RCI! Read Less
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
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
Sail Date April 2015
Just returned from the transatlantic allure of the seas trip .... It was great but a little strange not seeing any land for 9 days. We had calm waters which we were very grateful for. wondered if anyone knew the 2 very, _____very ... Read More
Just returned from the transatlantic allure of the seas trip .... It was great but a little strange not seeing any land for 9 days. We had calm waters which we were very grateful for. wondered if anyone knew the 2 very, _____very flamboyant guests that appeared both in Dazzles for cocktails and in the 4th floor dinning room....believe their names were john anJuan and they left the ship in Malaga Spain. We enjoyed the show even tho we've seen them before....hoping if we return to the Allure in the Caribbean in the winter the shows will be changed...and maybe geared to adults a little more.....The food was as good as ever....Asked for shrimp cocktail and even tho it wasn't on the menu in the beginning, I enjoyed it almost ever night....We are diamond plus members and since there were so many pinnacle members on board the cocktail hours were moved from the concierge to the Dazzles night club....which I found to be very noisy and TOO crowded.... They did give us the opportunity to receive 3 free drinks at most any bar....so I'd say we can't complain too much ........................ 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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