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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Allure of the Seas

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
5.0
2,775 reviews
Why Choose Allure of the Seas?

Pros

Caters to every type of cruiser: families, couples, adventurers, food- and wine-lovers.

Cons

Upselling is rampant, and extra fees can quickly add up.

Bottom Line

If you want a fun-filled cruise with plentiful activities, you can't beat Allure of the Seas.


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: October 2018
We were getting very disenchanted with cruising in general because, in our opinion the quality has gone downhill in the last several years. In January I stumbled upon a fantastic deal, in a Grand Suite, for October. Just got home Sunday ... Read More
We were getting very disenchanted with cruising in general because, in our opinion the quality has gone downhill in the last several years. In January I stumbled upon a fantastic deal, in a Grand Suite, for October. Just got home Sunday and would be hard pressed to say anything negative. The cabin was huge and very well laid out. More storage than we could ever use. Suite class has it's own lounge and restaurant so service was excellent. The food was excellent also. We ate one night in Chops because we got it free from our travel agent and it was marginally better than the Coastal Kitchen. A big plus since we didn't have to mess with the Windjammer Cafe Shows were unbelievable, we've seen them all several times before and enjoyed them just as much as we did the first time we saw them. We saw Mamma Mia twice. Also we got reserved seating for all shows except the Comedy Club. Center stage, first three rows, in what Ill call the loge level, not lower level or balcony. No reservations needed, just show up about 20 minutes early, show Seapass card and walk in. It also had it's own lounging area on deck 17 towards the front of the ship. Plenty of lounge chairs and even several cabanas, no charge, first come first served. There was no pool. The best part, at least for me, was the disembarkation. We met up at the Concierge desk located in the Suite lounge. Had the choice of three times, we took the 8:15 slot. The concierge walked us off the ship bypassing all the lines, even at Customs. Since we used Luggage valet, no luggage to worry about until we took it of the carousel at Phoenix airport. 40 minutes from the time we left the lounge until the time we got to our gate. After two days my wife said it's Suites or nothing. Would we do it again? Absolutely for the right price. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We sailed on Allure of the Seas Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2018. We had heard of the one-of-a-kind experience to be had on Oasis class vessels, and Allure did not disappoint! There were eight of us traveling together; my wife and I, my brother, ... Read More
We sailed on Allure of the Seas Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2018. We had heard of the one-of-a-kind experience to be had on Oasis class vessels, and Allure did not disappoint! There were eight of us traveling together; my wife and I, my brother, my father, my cousin and his wife, and a second cousin and his girlfriend. All adults; no children, so our cruise was seen thru adult eyes. My wife and I had an interior cabin on deck 14; number 273. The cabin was very adequately sized for two people. The bed was very comfortable and quiet. The bathroom was almost identical to what I had experienced on Royal's other ships - small, but adequately sized to do everything a person needs to do there. Our cabin steward, David, was pleasant and friendly, and tho we really had no specific needs or requests, the room was always clean and smelled nice. Towel animals brought a smile to our faces each evening as well! The only complaint we had with the cabin lay with the closet doors. They never seemed to stay in place, and one night I was jarred awake by the sliding and slamming of one of the closet doors, the result of ship movement, I assume. In my opinion, there is absolutely no excuse for getting bored on this ship! Activities and entertainment abound, and in my opinion, there is truly something for everyone on Allure of the Seas, whether you're 8 or 80+!! My wife and I found a favorite quiet spot on the stern, deck 5, which is the walking/jogging track that circles the ship. In the stern however, there are several wooden deck chairs where you can sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a drink, and take in the beauty of the sea. We were thoroughly entertained all week, and took in a show 5 out of 7 nights. Our favorites were an excellent Broadway-caliber performance of Mamma Mia, and the very unique water show, Ocean Aria. Blue Planet, we felt, was the weakest of the show offerings, and while the Ice Skating Show was impressive, it was not the best I've seen. Rounding out the shows was the headliner performance of Lou Gazzara. This guy had a voice range like you wouldn't believe, and sang songs ranging from Sinatra to Elvis to Frankie Vali. I believe he even sang a selection from an Italian opera in Italian! We made reservations for all of these performances prior to sailing, and I would encourage anyone else to do the same. It cuts down on a lot of stress, trying to secure seating once on board. While not big athletes, my wife and I did enjoy playing ping pong, something neither of us had done in years, and we played a fun (but hot!) game of mini golf just after a late breakfast one day. I would recommend playing earlier in the morning or late in the day to avoid the heat. We only went to the pools one day, but had a great time. I had read about the difficulty finding a lounge chair, but we had no problem at all! This might have been because it was a port day (but after the ship had sailed). The pool water was very refreshing. We also tried out a hot tub, but our tub wasn't so hot. We believe it was malfunctioning, as the water jets that provide bubbles kept cutting in and out as well. We visited 3 ports; St. Martin, San Juan, and Labadee. We enjoyed all three, but my wife and I agree that if we had to pick a favorite, it would be Labadee. The area is beautiful, and we had a picture-perfect day to be there. Our family claimed 8 lounge chairs on Adreneline Beach, close to a group of palm trees. We got in the water there, but be careful, because the ocean floor is full of rocks. I recommend water shoes if you choose to swim there! Make sure you wade out to the floating bar for a drink too; it's a unique and fun experience. And speaking of drinks, don't miss trying the "Laba-doozie!" It's a great adult beverage! St. Martin, which I had been to on past cruises, is still a beautiful port, but there seemed to be an increase in the number of natives strongly urging you to purchase everything from hair braids to beach chairs & umbrellas to just about anything and everything carved from coconuts! That was a turn off to us, and took away a bit from our time there. That being said, we wondered if the increase in pressure to buy things may be because the island is still recovering from the hurricane that struck them a year or two ago. San Juan is a beautiful place, but we felt that our time there was too limited. If I remember right, we only had about 6 hours total in port. Still, we enjoyed walking up to the old Spanish fort, taking several pictures, and taking in the flavor of the old part of the city. The food offerings on the ship were numerous, and fantastic! We tried several venues, including Johnny Rockets (free breakfast), the Windjammer, the Hot Dog Haus, the Wipe Out Cafe, the MDR, Sorrento's, the Park Cafe, and Sabor. We never had a bad meal, although I will say I was a bit disappointed with the roast beef sandwich at Park Cafe. I had read so many reviews praising it, but to me, it was just okay. Salads there were very good tho. Our favorite meals were at Sabor for lunch (had the steak & cheese quesadillas) and the MDR where we had steak & lobster (no up-charge!). As I said tho, none of the food was bad, but some was better than others. Allure of the Seas is a technological marvel, to say the least, and tho she is 8 years old, she still provides a top notch cruising experience for those blessed enough to have the opportunity to sail on her. Enbarkation and Debarkation were both no problem. Each took us 30 min. max, due, I believe, to smart scheduling and the obvious effeciency of the crew. We would definitely sail on Allure again! 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Sail Date: October 2018
We wanted to cruise on Allure because of all the positive things we have heard from other cruisers while on board other RCL cruises. The ship really is a wonder, like the Oasis which we have traveled on. The Allure crew appeared to one ... Read More
We wanted to cruise on Allure because of all the positive things we have heard from other cruisers while on board other RCL cruises. The ship really is a wonder, like the Oasis which we have traveled on. The Allure crew appeared to one up Oasis as it handled the 6,200 passengers on board quite easily. Even the Windjammer didn't have a line to enter. Fort Lauderdale port stepped up its game - the embarkation and disembarkation process was the smoothest I have ever witnessed. We spent no less than 30 minutes getting on the Ship and no less than 30 minutes getting off. AMAZING! Kudos go to those who made it spectacular. The Cabin on the 7th Floor Aft was a balcony. Our Stateroom attendant Onelio made the room exceptional. I don't know who Royal does it, but Onelio was impressive. Our room was always clean and had everything we needed. If we asked for ice, extra towels, it was always brought to us quickly with a smile. He made the room that much better. The balcony room was spacious, window were very clean and so was the outside area. Dining was a very good experience. The food and service were great and our servers were both exceptional. We enjoyed the Schooner Bar, service there was spectacular. Iketut and Carlito were the best service team we have EVER experienced. These guys earned these words. They were always available whenever we needed them. The Diamond Lounge was a problem. It was apparent the team in the lounge was overwhelmed. Over 700 Diamond and Diamond plus members for a room that holds maybe 60 people comfortably? Communication to these members regarding using benefits elsewhere was NON EXISTENT. One would think it would be simple to communicate to their LOYAL members by letting them know with a simple message. But no message EVER came. When we were told to "Take it up with "Royal Caribbean Management" because they control it, you know management knew all about it - BUT DID NOTHING. Those MBA's who are squeezing the nickles cheapening up things for Loyal members are going to find older crusty folks will bolt when you keep on nickel and diming them. I have never heard diamond types complain like I did in the room which is supposed to be for them. Bar Services on the deck and elsewhere were very good to excellent. RCL has a very good group of people working this ship. We visited San Juan, St. Maartin, and Labadee. You could tell San Juan handled the Hurricanes far better the St Maartin, but St Maartin still is beautiful and the people on that Island are wonderful. Spending money there is a good thing, spending Money in San Juan is a great thing as well. Deals on electronics and jewelry are there - you just have to know what you want before you arrive. Finally, one word about tipping. The MBA's at RCL decided they wanted to automate the Tip process. These tips used to go directly to the Cabin Steward and Waiter Staff in the Dining hall. The MBA's decided to take this money and spread it around reducing the money earned by these folks and giving it to people "behind the scenes that you never see". In effect, tips subsidize the salary for others which to me is flat out wrong. I am NEVER again going to let the automatic tips accumulate on the account. Instead, I will go to guest services and have them taken off my account. I prefer handing cash to those who have taken care of my family. RCL allows you to do this and I would encourage passengers stop allowing the automatic deduction and HAND THE CASH DIRECTLY TO THOSE WHO SERVE YOU. They after all are the ones who earned it. Read Less
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