37 Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews for Fitness Cruises to Caribbean - Western from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

We booked this ship because we loved her sister, the Oasis of the Seas. I was not very impressed with the activities onboard, I was very bored. The shows were amazing though. The dining was good. We ate in the American Icon most but we did ... Read More
We booked this ship because we loved her sister, the Oasis of the Seas. I was not very impressed with the activities onboard, I was very bored. The shows were amazing though. The dining was good. We ate in the American Icon most but we did eat in the other two. The food is the same in all three. I was not impressed with the service at Silk. It was slow and he was not friendly. We had an Ocean View that was actually a board walk view and the cabin was very good. The ports were awesome. I would not go on this ship again well maybe far in the future. I do reccomend sailing on Allure of the Seas. She is a beautiful ship. There is not a flaw about her. The only thing I would change is have more activities going on during the day. Every time we would go to an interesting event it would be so packed you could not even get anywhere, because there was nothing else to do. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
I like getting so far out to sea that I cannot see land in any direction.. for a long time. To me a cruise doesn't need to be a worldly affair centered around drunkenness, glitzy shows, or other things that I'll regret later on. ... Read More
I like getting so far out to sea that I cannot see land in any direction.. for a long time. To me a cruise doesn't need to be a worldly affair centered around drunkenness, glitzy shows, or other things that I'll regret later on. Some smaller ships, even yacht-size.. especially the ones with big sails like Windstar ships have really turn me on, but other times when I want to read or rest it just doesn't matter. The people were nice and professional they did their jobs well. I went to the nice restaurant once--wasn't motivated. I think I enjoyed the chatting, the exploring cultures and meeting the Nationals away from terrorist shops/bars/casinos.. the most. Getting in and under the turquoise waters is always a must. Surfing waves, casual conversational prayers of friendship, and sailing a small boat also helps me. Refreshing, rejuvenating, revitalizing! I choose a 1 to 3 week cruise (And help others find them too) when the kids are in school (important)..even though I like some kids a bit. In some locations a 1 or 2-day connected train-tour attached.. never hurts the cruise. The pool, the gym, the jacuzzi, the jet skiing, the top deck lounge with breeze, the lobster with crab meat, the papayas, the scuba, the snorkeling, the quiet southern and eastern Caribbean beaches -- that's why I sailaway. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Know exactly what they are doing, right from the boarding, it was fast and efficient. The rooms are clean and well maintained, we were surprised to have vip perks which included a bottle of wine to enjoy on ... Read More
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines Know exactly what they are doing, right from the boarding, it was fast and efficient. The rooms are clean and well maintained, we were surprised to have vip perks which included a bottle of wine to enjoy on our deck overlooking Central Park. The entertainment is top notch and amazing, Mamma Mia, the Ice Games show, the aqua theatre show, the headliner show , the Comedy act had us in tears we laughed so much. The Blue Planet was totally amazing, definitely a must see.The food is great, except the coffee was very strong, at least for me. The specialty dining is well worth doing, we ate at Chopps Grille , if you love steak you won’t be disappointed. All The staff is very friendly. There is so much to do on the ship, non stop entertainment, many pools and hot tubs. The Schooner bar had a great piano player. Plus there is a jazz club. Fitness centre with top of the line equipment, running track and beautiful spa....... It is a floating city, I highly recommend this Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
First, I chose the cruise based on the feedback from colleagues. Based on my family's experience on this cruise last week, I can only say "stupendous and glamorous". From the embarkation port at Fort Lauderdale to the ... Read More
First, I chose the cruise based on the feedback from colleagues. Based on my family's experience on this cruise last week, I can only say "stupendous and glamorous". From the embarkation port at Fort Lauderdale to the stateroom (Central Park Balcony) was smooth, fast and orderly. The dining rooms were just breathtaking with variety food from diet to gain weight gourmet (just kidding). Entertainment is first class Broad Way and the New Year's Eve was Times Square on the Ocean. Guys it is expensive but it worth every dime that we spent with our two teen boys. The teen lounge is paradise. Safety is top notch. Go and discover the beauty of your home on this classy Allure of the Seas on the ocean. I have cruised many times, but this is the master of them all! Ready to cruise Symphony of the Seas!!!! Our two teenage boys couldn't stop texting their friends of the fun they had with other teens at the teen lounge. Kids were disciplined and well informed with security 24/7 unlike other cruise line that will abandon the kids to roam around and engage in foolishness. Allure of the Seas is classy ! Ido family Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Looked various other cruise line and picked up Allure of Seas due to balance of activities between Kids & Adult. We went with 2 boys age of 6 & 12 they had a blast time and We enjoyed Mama Mia, Blue Planet shows, Comedy , Parade ... Read More
Looked various other cruise line and picked up Allure of Seas due to balance of activities between Kids & Adult. We went with 2 boys age of 6 & 12 they had a blast time and We enjoyed Mama Mia, Blue Planet shows, Comedy , Parade & Casino. Allure of Seas has various food options available and all the Crew staff was very friendly and ready to help always. On Ship various swimming pool for each age category and drinks are available. We had Soda package so kids can also enjoy We did Zip line on Cruise and played on Mini Golf with Kids. We had done Zip line in Labadee Haiti, Dolphin Encounter in Jamaica and Playa Mia Beach in Cozumel Mexico. Definitely exceptional well arranged shore excursions and recommend to friend. We did not realized how the 7 days passed. Thanks to Royal Caribbean to make this trip so memorable for all of us. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
The best if you go for the first time, but once you have been there you will fell that you can get better experience in a new ship. the entreteiment is the same so no mather if you go to diferent location. The food is grat, the service ... Read More
The best if you go for the first time, but once you have been there you will fell that you can get better experience in a new ship. the entreteiment is the same so no mather if you go to diferent location. The food is grat, the service great as well. The ship looks old in the cabin. I really like royal caribean cruise and I hope have another cruise soon. The next time I will try a diferent ship. If you go 2 times to the same cruise the felling is less satisfied than the first time. flow rider is the best attraction it should have 4 or 3 of them becouse so many people in the line. you have to waite like a 45 minutes to be able to ride 2 minutes. conclution: food (great) location (great) ship (is great but could be better) Price (great) cabin (is the same have balcony or the cheaper ones) entreteiment (good but is allways the same) Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I chose this particular cruise mainly because of my sister's and brother-in-law's suggestion. They (Brian and Maria Taylor, if you care to know) are avid Royal Caribbean "cruisers". We weren't disappointed for my ... Read More
I chose this particular cruise mainly because of my sister's and brother-in-law's suggestion. They (Brian and Maria Taylor, if you care to know) are avid Royal Caribbean "cruisers". We weren't disappointed for my family and I wholeheartedly enjoyed our experience as well. The food, activities, entertainment, and staff/crew friendliness were excellent. My entire family also enjoyed shopping during the huge sale on several items toward the end of the cruise. The availability of fun, shopping and activities outside the ship (while on shore) were excellent as well. The ship itself is beautiful, clean, aesthetically designed and makes you forget that you're even floating in the middle of the ocean. My family have already started planning on our next Royal Caribbean cruise and I believe we will be joined by a lot more family members and friends. So it would definitely be a much larger group. I would definitely suggest the Royal Caribbean cruise to my friends and relatives. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
First impressions, this SHIP IS AWESOME. I loved the updated interior and exterior of ship. The interior stateroom I stayed in was decent sized and included a safe; which I loved. Everything is very well kept and they make it easy to ... Read More
First impressions, this SHIP IS AWESOME. I loved the updated interior and exterior of ship. The interior stateroom I stayed in was decent sized and included a safe; which I loved. Everything is very well kept and they make it easy to navigate this floating city. I enjoyed the different neighborhoods as it gave new flavors to different areas aboard. I'd say my favorite part was the various sports activities including basketball, and flow rider! The unlimited frozen yogurt was a huge plus. You'll enjoy the dining options, although the complimentary breakfast and lunches are a little repetitive as far as options (you'll eat A LOT of pizza and hot dogs), the dinner menu changes every night and there are a lot of options to choose from. On board entertainment is awesome and free. Other premium dining and souvenirs are available on the ship, but do cost quite a bit, so be ready to spend more money if you would like specialty drinks or items. The Ports on this cruise were fantastic! Labadee and Cozumel were a paradise and I would recommend doing shore excursions there. We went to the mainland in Mexico and did the Xplor tour, which was worth every dollar spent! Jamaica is very interesting and if you go exploring in the actual city where the locals live, be ready to be hassled a bit. They will offer to escort you anywhere in the city for a price, be careful with this, and remember you can find most things on your own. I would recommend trying a jelly (coconut water) while there. I loved the Royal Caribbean experience and you'll love the staff. They are so nice to you all the time and help make your trip truly feel like a vacation! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Excellent service, great food and spectacular shows! Allure of the Seas has so much to offer for any age group! Every day is different even you stay so many days in same ship. Fort Laudendale is good starting place and it is fun to visit ... Read More
Excellent service, great food and spectacular shows! Allure of the Seas has so much to offer for any age group! Every day is different even you stay so many days in same ship. Fort Laudendale is good starting place and it is fun to visit different countries between the cruise. We mainly used restaurants that have not extra fees. Soda and Voom package was great as we drink a lot of Coca-Cola Zero and both use internet quite much. :) Internet works very well and soda automats were really useful on a warm sunny days at deck. The service all over the ship was great. Our stateroom attendant kept our room impeccably clean and was so attentive. We also loved our balcony room on deck 9. After a cruise Everglades Air Boat Cruise in Sawgrass was also very cood (even it was our trips only rainy day) as we have time to spent before flight back to Finland. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Great Cruise - Highly recommend to all. Great Staff... Clean Ship. If you want to relax and be pampered this is the cruiseline to choose. if you are on the "fence" take my word for it... Royal Carribean International is ... Read More
Great Cruise - Highly recommend to all. Great Staff... Clean Ship. If you want to relax and be pampered this is the cruiseline to choose. if you are on the "fence" take my word for it... Royal Carribean International is the Best in the Industry. We enjoyed the Vitality Spa every morning. The Fresh fruit and juice bar was very refreshing after our workout. The equipment was top of the line. The outdoor track made it nice to get some exercise outdoors as well. The Solarium offered a bit more somewhat healthy breakfast in the morning. We tried to avoid the crowds in the windjammer. We spent most of our time before and after dinner in the Champagne and Martini Bar. The bar staff in their was the BEST!!! Friendly, personable, and hospitable!!! We loved speaking with Hasan, Ana and Wayne daily. Giovanni's restaurant was very tasty. Huge portions. Great staff. We also dined at Izumi Sushi. Very Fresh. Overall, we had a great week! We will be back next year! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I have been on a few cruises but my gf had never been before. We both loved it. Yes they do try and grab $ at any chance but no means no We bought the deluxe drink package which was not cheap but turned out to be a good value ... Read More
I have been on a few cruises but my gf had never been before. We both loved it. Yes they do try and grab $ at any chance but no means no We bought the deluxe drink package which was not cheap but turned out to be a good value Internet package (bought with drink package) worked perfectly The specialty restaurants were amazing We did 150 Park twice (awesome tuna tartar) Chops had prob the best filet mignon I can remember Izumi for Sushi was excellent Coastal Kitchen was beautiful We did the zip line the flowrider the rock climbing and loved them Mama Mia was excellent Ice Show was pretty good and so was Blue Planet Adult comedy was x rated but funny Didn't love the headliner show We did excursions through the ship in Jamaica and Cozumel and both were excellent Not a cheap vacation but worth it Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I though cruise ship was small and rocking too mujch and i hate it. but allures of the seas was bigger than carnival or other royal carribean ships. it is calm and smooth and don't feel anything. friends said it was the first time ... Read More
I though cruise ship was small and rocking too mujch and i hate it. but allures of the seas was bigger than carnival or other royal carribean ships. it is calm and smooth and don't feel anything. friends said it was the first time it do not make her feel seas sick. i cannot wait the royal carribean next bigger ship. but first i will be travel to alaska from seattle with my parents first. i will see you soon ok. love luu family. great services from dinning in american grill icon by lizbeth and orlando table #366 please thank them and my family and friends that they provide exceptional great services.. one thing, please have the guest service desks staffs be more happy. they look sad or over worked to me. pretty much everything else is great and our friends is looking for the cruise that they want to go to and we have told them please chose royal carribean only...........we will meet again,.......also wife's cruise is her second but my teenage sons and i thinking the is just a big steel boat.....hahahahahha....we were wrong....... TO ME AND SONS....LOVE YOU GUYS Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We choose this cruise as a last minute cruise (within 40 days) because we are cruise fanatics and in need of a cruise since our last one (December 2016). We were Diamond members and now will be Diamond Plus. We have always enjoyed the ... Read More
We choose this cruise as a last minute cruise (within 40 days) because we are cruise fanatics and in need of a cruise since our last one (December 2016). We were Diamond members and now will be Diamond Plus. We have always enjoyed the service and was beginning to wonder what more was there to making a distinction of the various levels of status. Well now, Royal Caribbean has finally made that distinction with regard to the various Royal Classes (Star, Sky & Sea). I mentioned in my review that this was a game changer! The Costal Kitchen makes the former Viking Crown Lounge a more useful venue than previously used. The access provided to card members of suites into the venues is also a welcome addition to include all shows and the sun deck on the 18th deck. The fact that the lounge is now open almost 24 hours makes a little more sense instead of between the hours of 4:30-8:30 PM regarding drinks for your Diamond or Suite guest. Debarkation was also a highlight that in all our years of cruising RC, we never experienced. We loved the fact that a full breakfast menu was offered in the Coastal Kitchen as well as escorted service to customs and baggage taken right to the airport to be picked up at your destination airport! This was also huge for us! We loved it! Of all our cruises, this ranks pretty high on our list as the best! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
It's was our first time sailing with Royal Caribbean. We've sailed with NCL 3x, and 1 with Carnival. Firstly, this was the most beautiful cruise ship that I've seen compared to our previous ones. Embarkation was amazingly ... Read More
It's was our first time sailing with Royal Caribbean. We've sailed with NCL 3x, and 1 with Carnival. Firstly, this was the most beautiful cruise ship that I've seen compared to our previous ones. Embarkation was amazingly fast and smooth (literally, less than 30mins). We were on the ship by 11am! Room: we got the extra large balcony 11th floor. Michelle was our housekeeper. She was nice and worked really hard. However, the first impression of the room, I was repulsed by the strong urine odor in the bathroom. The closest had many hand prints and streaks on it. Michelle, told me that there were previously teenage boys in our cabin therefore it might be the reason to the smell. I carried disinfectant wipes and wiped down everything once more, but the bathroom (urine smell) near the toilet bothered me many days. Michelle, helped pour bleach in the bowl but after awhile the smell returned. Restaurants: 150 had the best foods I've ever had in my life! The sea bass was so so amazing! We dined also at Chops Grill (it's decent 7/10). But the service and food at 150 definitely left an everlasting impression. My favorite was the 6 types of salt to sprinkle on the bread and butter. Our server Shalone was so kind, he made the Tuna Tare Tare at our table side. During he would share with us about his family, and ask us about ours as well. He just had a genuine charm to him. It was so nice that our last night we returned to 150 again. This time we had Milos. Milos was also very nice and accommodating. For example, I saw a table across with a plate of blueberries/strawberries. It was not on the menu but he made sure to get a plate for me as well. Gym/Fitness: Very spacious and state of the art machines. Of course majority of the patrons were very attractive cruise performers. I was told they are required to work out minimum 5x/week on their contract. Anyhow, the fitness fell short of my satisfaction. I take classes for the past 11 years (boot camp, step, body pump, insanity etc). They offered body sculpt for $35/class (approx 45 mins). NCL offers classes similar to body sculpt for free. But I was willing to pay. I signed up for 2 classes. The first one was taught by Fabio and it met the standard for this type of class. The 2nd time it was taught by Harold (one of the head fitness person at the gym) the format was purely cardio no weights (I prefer interchanging cardio/weights). It was similar to insanity, however the instructor did not offer any modifications. There was 3 of us, and one participant was struggling a lot throughout the class. I was disappointed that the instructor did not offer modifications for the participants. After the class, we signed the receipt and I was just not happy with the format by the instructor. I did not add a gratuity to the instructor's hand written the line with the word "tip" next to it. His face and entire attitude completely change. He went from friendly to ignoring me and no more smiles. I don't like complaining but it bothered me so much I approached customer service. I felt the instructor should have offered modification for the participants. Considering the huge age gap and fitness level. Mariam at customer serviced helped me and returned with a verdict. They do not offer refunds because for the reason that the class was too challenging. And the only compensation would be to join a stretching event (free to all cruisers) later. I was mildly insulted. They were under the impression that I went to a hard class and complained it was too hard. But what I was trying to state is that a good fitness instructor will want the participant to be safe and gain the most out of the workout by making modifications. Anyhow, I was disappointed but nothing else can be done. Kids Club: Amazing! My 4 year old son loved the activities. I was surprised how the club was able to accommodate for 1500 children on our cruise ship. There was the science lab also and art studio. My 1 year old toddler went to the baby cruisers ($6-$8/hour). The sitters did a terrific job with her as well. Overall, I loved it minus the gym class experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our first time cruising as a husband and wife. We had a great time. Staff was always friendly. Embarkation was quick. We were on the boat by noon, in our room by 1 and had our luggage by 1:30. The ports were beautiful and the ship ... Read More
This was our first time cruising as a husband and wife. We had a great time. Staff was always friendly. Embarkation was quick. We were on the boat by noon, in our room by 1 and had our luggage by 1:30. The ports were beautiful and the ship was nothing short of amazing. The service was great in our stateroom. We always had a clean room. The main dining room staff was great too. Never any complaints from us in terms of the service. The only complaint I did have was regarding the food in terms of quality. Don't expect a good steak unless you want to pay an up charge. My husband ordered the New York strip on the regular menu in the main dining room and it was disgusting. It was white in color and a tough piece of meat. He rarely turns down steak when its in front of him and it was nothing short of not edible.There were a few times our food came out cold from the kitchen which got disappointing after a while. But other than the steak and occasional cold food, everything else was very good. The entertainment was great. We loved the Schooner bar. We sat in it every night and listened to Matt Ganim play the piano and entertain. Overall, we had a great time and already have another cruise booked with Royal Caribbean for next year! Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
Naik, Joshi and the Head Waiter on the Main Dining Room were FANTASTIC. We had never experience such caring, professional and courteous service in any other place. They were paid close attention to every single detail on the first night ... Read More
Naik, Joshi and the Head Waiter on the Main Dining Room were FANTASTIC. We had never experience such caring, professional and courteous service in any other place. They were paid close attention to every single detail on the first night with them and from there, they knew (remembered) exactly what our preferences were. As an example, I follow a low glycemic diet, my husband is a seafood passionate, my youngest daughter loves fresh bread with olive oil & pepper, my son loves brownies and my oldest daughter has a preference for gluten free meals… both of them (and the Head Waiter) made sure that we understood the menu and treated us with the best options and pleased all or our requests. I don’t have words to explain the high quality of service they provided us. We are beyond grateful and satisfied with them. Everyone on the Dinning areas were excellent, but the three of them were EXCEPTIONAL: provided an out of this world experience to our family Our Room Attendant was very organized and polite. She was very friendly and my youngest daughter enjoyed all the pretty towel creations she made for us. She even showed her how to create them!!! We are really impressed of how well she kept our rooms Kevin (I think that was his name; I clearly remember he was from Colombia), at the Guest Services Desk helped us a lot to understand our reservations and provided us great information & suggestions to make the most our vacation. He did not seemed rushed and took the time to answer all of our questions. We also loved the bar service and music (we were one of the couples that danced all night long) and the Latin Lounge. The sports team and show performers were also one of our favorites in the cruise. The Calypso Band was great and I strongly suggest that they should play more often in the pool area. The DJ at Blaze played super cool music and was very friendly as well. Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
This was our first cruise ever and we thought it would be idea to choose a really big ship because my GF doesn't like closed spaces too much. This also made us choose a Central Park Balcony so we could have something more open than a ... Read More
This was our first cruise ever and we thought it would be idea to choose a really big ship because my GF doesn't like closed spaces too much. This also made us choose a Central Park Balcony so we could have something more open than a window (and we couldn't afford an Ocean View Balcony). We are a party of 2 (me and my GF), both in our early 30s and are looking to relax and enjoy the ports. We had MTD and a "Refreshment" beverage package (no alcohol). Pre-embarkation We arrived two days early and stayed at my aunt's house in the Ft. Lauderdale area, so nothing else to report here. Day 1 (Embarkation) We arrived at about 11am. Checkin was smooth as there were barely any lines. We waited about 25 minutes seated in the upper level. After being called, we were onboard short of noon. We went to the Windjamer for lunch. Thankfully we could find a seat. It was really busy and we didn't enjoy it. Guess food was ok, but there were too many people to be enjoyable. And there's also the PA message that basically said "please hurry up and move on so we can seat other people". After lunch, we were just going through the ship. It is certainly beautiful and well maintained. Very clean too. We visited the Solarium, Boardwalk, Royal Promenade, MDR, Amber Theater, Spa, Gym, Studio B, Casino, and finally went to the Central Park. At this point (about 3:30pm), it was announced that the rooms were ready, so we quickly went to our room to leave are stuff. While on the room, the muster drill was announced and we had to go out. Out station was at "On Air", deck 5. The drill was conducted quickly, though, if you ask me, the venue was a bit small for the number of people. Outside it was both windy and rainy, so after we were dismissed from the drill, we decided to miss the sail away party and instead went to Park Cafe to eat the famous roast beef sandwich, which was great btw. Great collection of made-to-order salads too. And this is where we had a small problem. We had booked the Chef's Table at 7:30pm in the Cruise Planner, but in the TV it showed at 8pm. We also didn't know where to go for it. I called Guest Services and they told me to go to the Concierge Lounge. We went to the Concierge Lounge just to find that we couldn't open the door (obviously, since we are not Diamond nor have a Suite). I called Guest Services again and they told me that I won't be able to access it (!!!!). After saying that I already had a reservation, they transferred me to the Concierge, who told me to wait at the library (right next to the CL) and they would pick us up minutes before 8pm. After this, everything went fine. Minutes before 8pm, Baba, the Sommelier, entered the room (along with some good champagne) to pick us up. Dinner was great and the wine pairings were also great. Baba is a great showman and made our night. We drank so much wine that wen returning to our cabin, we couldn't walk in a straight line and we couldn't tell if it was due to us being drunk or because of the ship's movement (it was quite windy). Day 2 (At sea) We went early in the morning to the gym, which was awesome with the sea views everywhere. Great equipment too. After that, we ate breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. They could handle my GF's request for a made-to-order omelette. There's also a Coca-Cola freestyle machine in there. After that, we spent our time at the Solarium. We had lunch at the Solarium Bistro. You really have to pick a table first, since it gets really packed at about 1pm. The food was good though. During the afternoon we "discovered" the whirlpools next to the Solarium (yeah... first time for us) and we enjoyed quite a bit of time inside them. We had dinner at American Icon Grill at 6:30pm. Because they were out of space, we were relocated to The Grande. Food was great, as well as the service, and we had a nice chat with a couple on the table next to us. After dinner, we went to the Amber Theater for Mamma Mia. The music and singing were great. Acting, however, was not. The girl cast as Sophie was not very good at acting, though she had a beautiful voice. Dancing was good. Overall, Mamma Mia is not our favorite play, but we enjoyed it. On a side note, they really keep the theater quite cold. Make sure you dress accordingly. Day 3 (Labadee, Haiti) My GF went to the gym and afterwards took a juice at the Vitality Cafe. She says it was great. Again we had breakfast at wipeout cafe (we would repeat this for all days, except for last one). After breakfast we went off the gangway to enjoy a good beach day. Or so we expected. Labadee doesn't have any great beaches. Most of them are rocky. And the best one is reserved for suite guests (and platinum, diamond, etc). Don't forget your shoes. I don't know if they would allow to bring an umbrella, but it would be highly recommended. We ended up renting something like a little tent (about 40 bucks or so). At about noon, we wanted to have some food, only to find that they closed at noon. It's incredible! Why close at noon when the ship leaves at 4:30? We enjoyed the beach for a few more hours and left for the ship very hungry. We had a (late) lunch at Wipeout Cafe, since it was the only venue still open (or so I remember). Not what we would normally choose, but we were hungry. We had dinner at Samba Grill. The meat was ok, quite soft. We ordered a nice wine form the list too (don't remember the name though). Near the end of our dinner, the chef came out and went through every single table to say hello, compliment his crew for the hard work and ask if everything was ok. I don't remember his name, but we really liked that. We ended the day with Ocean Aria at the Aqua Theater. We really enjoyed this show. It's amazing that they can do this at sea! Specially the diving from the highest platform was incredible! It looked as a suicide! Day 4 (Falmouth, Jamaica) As always, GF at gym, then breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. We didn't really know where to go in Jamaica, so we asked our stateroom attendant and he recommended River Falls. We went off the ship and took a while to find someone who could take us to the River Falls. They suggested we buy water shoes and hermetic bags for our phones. At first we thought it was part of a tourist trap, since we didn't really know what to expect at River Falls. Thankfully we did what we were told. You really need water shoes and a hermetic bag for your phone/camera/whatever else. It's not optional. After that, they took us to eat some pork jerk, which was both delicious and cheap (about $25, including drinks, for both of us). Then back at the ship. We had dinner at American Icon Grill. Food and service were great. Day 5 (At sea) GF at the gym, then breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. We spent the rest of the morning at the Solarium. For lunch we had reservation at Giovanni's Table, as part of "Eat, Drink, Play" from our Central Park Balcony room. We didn't have the full menu, but rather a limited one for this offer. Food was good though. Service was great. We had dinner at American Icon Grill. Again, food and service were great. Finally we had Ice Games at Studio B. What a great show! Specially a guy from either Vietnam or Philippines (I don't remember which one). He is a great performer and, taking into account that he is from a country not traditionally associated with ice skating, he must be truly talented to end up there. Day 6 (Cozumel, Mexico) GF at the gym, then breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. We went off the ship early. Since we are both native Spanish speakers, we didn't have much problems here. We ended up going to Madre Mía, which was ok. We did snorkel (for a fee, was great), and had lunch (complimentary buffet, was just ok, though the guacamole was quite good). Make sure you go back to the ship on time, since the way back to the port takes much more than than the other way around because everyone is returning at about the same time!! We had dinner at American Icon Grill. This was lobster night, if I remember correctly. My GF said it was great. I preferred an aged steak, which was great too. Service was great too. Also had Blue Planet. Though I find the story a bit boring, the show is great. The cast comes from all the other shows (i.e. dancers and singers from Mamma Mia, acrobats from OceanAria and I think even some guys from Ice Games). Day 7 (At sea) GF at the gym, then breakfast at Wipeout Cafe. The rest of the day at the Solarium, going to the whirlpools from time to time. We had lunch at the Solarium Bistro, great as usual. We had dinner at Chops Grille. Out waiter, Luis, also peruvian like us, gave us the most wonderful experience possible on a restaurant. It was also the best of the specialty restaurants we had (food-wise). It really made our night! Day 8 (Disembarkation) We opted for early departure, carrying our luggage ourselves. We had breakfast at the Windjammer (the only possible choice for us). It was awful. Food was ok, but it was too packed and chaotic. After going back to the stateroom to pick out luggage, we went off the ship at about 7am. Customs was empty and we barely had a line, so we were outside the terminal in less than 5 minutes. I doubt this can be faster. Summary This was our first cruise and we took this one to try something different. We now face a new addition :) Of course we would return. We would also do some things different. Specially, we would change our breakfast venue (probably to Park Cafe). And we would try the various night entertainment options available (disco, bars, etc). But the ship is so big and with so much to do that you simply can't do everything in a single week. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Several friends recommended Allure of the Seas and we wanted a short get away and since we live on South Florida, this was a great short vacation. The ship was beautiful and you have plenty of to do the entire cruise, never a dull ... Read More
Several friends recommended Allure of the Seas and we wanted a short get away and since we live on South Florida, this was a great short vacation. The ship was beautiful and you have plenty of to do the entire cruise, never a dull moment. The staff was very friendly and courteous to us, making sure we had a great experience. I think that overall the dining, entertainment and activities available in this ship were very good and I am sure it met most people expectation. There was something for all aged group and the staff make sure that at the end you had Fun. The staff make sure to keep all areas clean and encouraged hand sanitizing to prevent people from getting sick. In a ship with over 4000 passenger that was a tremendous task to accomplish but it payoff no one got sick. I will definitely recommend this cruise line to my friends. I think they have great new ships, great interesting destination ports and above all good customer service. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The thing that most caught my attention was the staff. We encountered very helpful, professional and passionate staff. They were very friendly which made our stay more at ease and enjoyable. There were loads to do all day on the ship and ... Read More
The thing that most caught my attention was the staff. We encountered very helpful, professional and passionate staff. They were very friendly which made our stay more at ease and enjoyable. There were loads to do all day on the ship and the activities varied from spa treatments, sport activities, very interesting seminars, water sport activities as well a broadway style shows and las vegas style concerts in the evenings. There is something for everyone. The food was very good in most restaurants especially the main restaurants with loads of varieties for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The ship is huge and there are different 'Neighbourhoods' to enjoy different aspects.There were loads of shore excursions to choose from per port, my favourite one has to be the one in Labadee Haiti, we chose the Historic Walking tour and the Amiga Island. The only drawback was the price of the beverage packages, they are too expensive for what they are especially the non alcoholic ones. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
This was our first cruise. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to cruise again. Our itinerary was changed to avoid Hurricane Matthew. The ship stayed where the weather was great and the seas were calm. We had a balcony cabin. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise. We had a fantastic time and can't wait to cruise again. Our itinerary was changed to avoid Hurricane Matthew. The ship stayed where the weather was great and the seas were calm. We had a balcony cabin. The cabin was very nice and very clean. We did not get off the ship in Cozumel or Jamaica. We enjoyed the beach at Labadee - as you walk from the ship, try the beach on the right, it may be less crowded. We chose this cruise because of the ship - we had never cruised before and were worried about feeling confined. The pools were crowded in the afternoons, even on port days, but that was the only time we felt like there were a lot of people. The interior of the ship is beautifully decorated and maintained, and I loved the interesting artwork that is everywhere. Most of the time I could not feel the motion of the boat at all, and we never got seasick. We paid to take the behind the scenes tour, and it was worth every penny. It took 3 hours and included a Q&A with a member of the crew. We saw the galley, the food storage, the laundry, the engine control room, the crew cafeteria and pub, and the bridge. Our regular dining room was American Icon Grille and every dinner we ate there was fantastic - our waiter, Sander, was great! So were the desserts, which included a soufflé and baked Alaska and cherries jubilee. Park Café was great for salads, but the selection was limited. Chops was as good as everyone says - the steaks, the bread and appetizers were outstanding. Giovanni's was good, but since pasta was regularly available, I'm not sure it's worth it. Sabor has awesome food and margaritas, and the food was inexpensive. We shared the guacamole, prepared tableside, and barbacoa tacos with homemade tortillas - yum! Room service was good and arrived hot, but the selection is limited and has a lot of fried food. We never ate at the Windjammer. If you have seen theater on Broadway, you may not agree that the shows are Broadway quality, although the cast of Mamma Mia had a lot of talent and we enjoyed it. Blue Planet had about 11 costume changes in an hour and was a little hard to follow. The dive show in the Aqua Theatre is impressive and it's nice to sit outside at night. We enjoyed the running track on deck 5 and the fitness center, which always had equipment available. I also enjoyed a recently released movie in 3D in the Amber Theatre one hot afternoon. We bought the surfing internet package and it worked great. Service throughout the cruise, everywhere, was impeccable. It exceeded any expectations we had. Embarkation was very smooth and we never waited long at any of the steps in the process. Disembarkation was not smooth - next time we would try to leave as early as possible. The later departure times offered aren't really allowed - staff started rushing us out of our designated waiting places on the ship well before our 10:35 departure time. We were hurried onto the pier even though the customs line was backed up to the ship. The wait on the pier was very long, although it appeared that if you hired a porter, they would cut in front of other customers who had waited up to half an hour to get you to the front of the line. We didn't hire a porter, but a few cut in front of us. RC has some work to do, since this could have potentially ruined an otherwise fantastic experience. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I've been on 4 cruises including this one before, and this one was definitely the best if not tied for the best (tied with star princess). I'll start with the few negatives. Negatives: If someone were to ask me what was the ... Read More
I've been on 4 cruises including this one before, and this one was definitely the best if not tied for the best (tied with star princess). I'll start with the few negatives. Negatives: If someone were to ask me what was the worse thing about this cruise, two things would come to my mind: Sunburn and disembarkation. Sunburn was because of flowrider and me forgetting to re-apply sunscreen (got burnt within 2 hours of applying sunscreen since the water hits you very hard when you fall off flowrider and washes the sunscreen off). Disembarkation took almost an hour, though if we were smarter we would have just waited on the ship nearer to the end as we were in no hurry to get off the boat. Some places were packed (on-air mainly, sometimes dazzles). Entertainment: My family and I really enjoyed some of the game shows and karaoke. Fritz (i think that's his name), was HILARIOUS! One of the better hosts for sure. Our headliner act was the Texas Tenors, and man, were they good!!! The ship itself was very big, so during the day and even at night a lot of places weren't packed (Besides on-air. Make sure to get there at least 15 minutes beforehand since the place would be so crowded people would be watching from almost outside). It didn't seem like there were 6000+ people, although our cruise had I think 6280. I'm not much for musicals, but in terms of shows mamma mia was quite good (somewhat long though). Blue Planet was decent, headliner show (texas tenors) were awesome, and the ice show was great! Activities were great. MAKE SURE YOU DONT MISS THE FLOWRIDER SHOW AT THE END OF THE WEEK. If you've tried the flowrider before, you'll be amazed at the performance the sport staff displayed, it was ridiculous!! Crowd wasn't very big as people probably thought it wasn't a big deal, but believe me, this is something worth seeing, just 30 minutes of your day. Dining: Didn't go to any of the specialty restaurants. Just went to the main dining room for breakfast and dinner, sometimes even lunch on sea days. The main dining room's fabulous! I'm not sure why people complain about it. If you don't like one food, just order another on the menu. Steak was cooked almost to perfection (medium for me always), the shrimp was great (had 12 shrimps), but lobster night was a little disappointing (although I still had 11 lobster tails....somewhat lacking in taste). My waiters were great! After ordering more than just 1 main dish and dessert the first couple nights, they always insisted on ordering more food. Every dinner I ate till I could no more! Park cafe was alright, the roast beef sandwiches not as good as I expected with everyone raving about it on the forums. Johnny Rockets also had good breakfast. Royal Promenade didn't have much but was the only thing open 24/7. The pizza place was really REALLY good though! Sometimes they would let you create your own pizza. I only had 1 hotdog at the hotdog place on the first day and it was pretty good! I was too full always to go there anymore after the first day though. Service: Service in the dining room was great, stateroom attendant did alright as well, although we didn't request too much. Besides that, service was lacking compared to some of the other cruise lines like princess. Staff weren't all out to really help you make sure you get the best cruise of your life, but they would do it if asked. Ports and Shore excursions: Cozumel: Scuba diving was pretty good, did it with a private company, not too much to say here. Jamaica: Dunns River Falls and Blue Hole. Dunns River was pretty cool walking up the water fall, but it wasn't mind blowing or anything. Blue Hole was much more exciting and adventurous. I would definitely recommend blue hole over Dunns River Falls. Haiti: Just chilled at the beach, got some mats and laid in the ocean. Very relaxing, bbq was pretty good though the ribs were a bit dry. Much nicer than Carnival's Roatan island. Also went on the coaster ride, good view but not worth the money. Tips + Other: For a good view of the ocean from the ship, go to deck 14 and walk all the way to the front. You get the best view right up at the front of the ship. The gym could get quite packed sometimes, early in the mornings is when it was more empty. There's almost always something to do, just make sure you look at your cruise compass to see what's on. Reserve your shows on cruise planner ahead of time and be sure to arrive early for any reservations you made of shows. You can always just not show up if you decide to do something else. Don't eat at the Windjammer Buffet. Food there isn't very good and it's quite packed, takes some time to find a seat. I find people in the forums are somewhat exaggerating when they say that all 6k people try to find a table in Windjammer. It's not true as once the Windjammer starts to get too busy, staff make people wait outside in a line and only let people in once others are finished eating and have left. There's many more options like Sorrento's, Park Cafe, hotdog place, and the dining rooms are available at certain times during the day. For people who do the flowrider, make sure you apply sunscreen very often since waiting in the sun for the other riders takes a lot of time and your sunscreen gets washed away when you fall in the rushing water. Embarkation was quick, but disembarkation was very slow. RCCL has a partnership with DreamWorks so you can see all the dreamwork characters. Parade was alright, although it wasn't fantastic or anything. Elevators also weren't what other people in the forums were saying. Waits weren't that long, no more than 3-4 minutes at the most. I was always too full to do any walking up/down the stairs. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Family of four, including 2-11 yr olds Spring break. 4th cruise with previous experience being Celebrity and Norwegian. To start off our family enjoyed this experience. Now I'll share the highlights..... Embarkation was hassle ... Read More
Family of four, including 2-11 yr olds Spring break. 4th cruise with previous experience being Celebrity and Norwegian. To start off our family enjoyed this experience. Now I'll share the highlights..... Embarkation was hassle free. We arrived about 11:30 and was on the ship within 45 minutes. Our rooms were ready around 1:00. The ship staff was consistently pleasant and helpful. I will start with the one and only negative. The food in the buffet is horrible. The same offerings were provided daily, the buffets design leads to long lines and insufficient seating spaces for the large number of passengers. There is a gluten free section. While complimentary food offerings are provided thoughout the ship, it's typically mini versions of the bad buffet. If you want an omelette, the MDR or the restaurant offers this. Johnny Rockets also provides free breakfast. The main dining room did well, as well as Giovanni's the specialty restaurant. We did have free lobster in the MDR one night. As a norm Lobster, surf and turf as well as Filet Mignon are offered for an additional fee daily. Now to the good stuff... I was impressed with the the ships design and the creativity with emulating neighborhoods. Although we were at capacity it didn't feel crowded. There is a variety of activities available for all. To ensure you maximize your free time reserve all of your activities before you board. If you don't do so you may spend an inordinate amount of time waiting in stand by lines as early as 45 minutes in advance. My husband became a flow rider junkie and we pretty much lost him to that activity the entire cruise. The pool area is a highlight with the area divided into quadrants. On Sea days you should get your chairs early but they are plentiful. Hold onto your beach towels because they post you will be charged 25.00 if you don't return them. Smoking is allowed outside on one side of the pool. The hot tubs are plentiful and spacious and I didn't experience the typical kids crowding the hot tubs. The Solarium area reserved for 16 and over is quite nice and spacious. The spa area is on the lower floors and has no natural light. I would normally purchase day passes, but with no sunlight it was not a consideration. Since you typically gain a few pounds on a cruise I began my fitness and eating regime early. There is a nice fitness area and a running track on a lower floor that allows freedom to exercise without running accidentally into other passengers. Entertainment was quite enjoyable. Mama Mia and Blue Planet was nice. There was an a cappella group that I could not enjoy because the theater was freezing. Kids loved the ice skating shows. The comedy show was excellent. Additional offerings include ice skating (watch the schedule as 50 people can skate for every 30 minute session) adult and children's movies on the big screen, a nice casino (smoking and non smoking) karaoke and several venues for listening to music and dancing the night away. This can be a success as long as you know what to do when...you could end up extremely frustrated without doing some homework and planning in advance.. I waited to purchase the premium drink package and got it for a 20 percent discount one week prior to the cruise... Labadee was a bust because the beach is rocky and the water is frightfully dirty and I don't need to ever go there again -Jamaica and Cozumel were magnificent. I would recommend this cruise to those that want to have a good time and have options. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Before the Cruise/Traveling: My family and I had heard nothing but great reviews of the Allure of the Seas and we decided we had to jump aboard while it was still the largest ship in the world. We live in Oregon, so the trip alone to ... Read More
Before the Cruise/Traveling: My family and I had heard nothing but great reviews of the Allure of the Seas and we decided we had to jump aboard while it was still the largest ship in the world. We live in Oregon, so the trip alone to Fort Lauderdale was expensive. A tip to save money if you are traveling primarily for the cruise is to book an overnight flight to save money on any extra hotel cost before which is what my family and I did. It can seem a bit risky, but we got in pretty early and decided it was the best idea, and it formed out to be a great decision so I recommend it. We sailed on November 29th 2015, so it was nice to be able to get away from the rainy Oregon weather. Embarkation: Embarkation was easy and painless. We arrived at the Port at around 11am and we were able to hand our bags off to the kind men waiting to take them, it was quick and easy for everyone. Afterward, we were ushered into lines depending on what floor your room was on. Our room was room 10323 which was a Boardwalk View Balcony room and so we were on floor 10. In total, we were in the building for 25 minutes and our information and pictures were taken within 10 and we finally got to board the ship! On the Ship: The first view of the ship was incredible. It's bigger than any of us could have imagined and we were so excited! We were tired from 9 hours of traveling but the rooms weren't open until 1pm so we decided to find somewhere to relax. We figured that the buffet, the Windjammer, would be a bad idea due to the fact that so many people would be looking for food. We walked around the ship a bit, and decided to sit in the Central Park and find some food. There were plenty of comfortable seating areas and benches, so we rested our legs and found some food and Sangria. Unfortunately I never got to try the infamous Central Park Cafe Roast Beef Sandwiches which I heard are to die for. Ultimately, I do recommend finding a spot in Central Park while waiting for the rooms to open because it was relaxing and fairly open. Rooms: Once the rooms were open we met our room attendant, Nina, who was nothing but kind and so helpful whenever we needed anything the entire trip. We love you Nina! All of the attendants in our section of the ship were so incredibly kind and always asked us how our day was and always greeted us and looked to make conversation which we loved! The room was fairly small, but we could make due with three females in one room. I definitely recommend unpacking everything from your suitcase, and putting them into the storage they have in the room. If three girls can fit all of their things in one room, you can too. There is storage space under the bed as well where we kept all of our bags/suitcases. The Boardwalk View was probably the best option for us, and we were lucky to be only 4 or so balconies away from the end of the ship so we could always watch the Aqua Theater performances as well as see the ocean! It was the best of both worlds I highly recommend it. Entertainment: The "Sail Away" Show in the Aqua Theater was a blast. We watched it from our room but had a ton of fun dancing to the hit songs they played and watching the Dreamworks characters dance along to. We even got to dancing with the people in the rooms across the boardwalk from us and the DJ in the DJ booth! My advice: Just have fun! We went to Mamma Mia on the first night which my mom and sister said was a great show, but I actually ended up falling asleep because it was such a long day (lol). Great performers, great set, great entertainment all in all! On the third night we went to Ice Games, which is basically Monopoly on Ice. The talent was truly unbelievable and we even got a seat in the front row which I highly recommend because if you get lucky enough the skaters will interact with you! They interacted with myself and my sister as well as the people next to us a lot which was a blast. Not only were they incredibly great skaters, they were incredibly great actors as well. The fifth night, we attended the How to Train your Dragon Ice Show which we all loved and never wanted to end. The costumes were truly incredible, and we had never seen the movie but the story was told in a way that we were able to follow really well. We were sad after the 30-40 minute performance was over. We were fortunate enough to be able to watch Ocean Aria about 3 times from our balcony and we never ended up getting bored of it. The talent was truly amazing, and the things they do keep you on the edge of your seat. It's a theater performance mixed with incredible acrobatics! Definitely a must see! Dining: Our family had My Time dining and it was fine. The food was above average and if the line ever seemed long, it went by fast. Our waiter was great, and always so nice and helpful. The food seemed to take a while to bring out, which was kind of surprising because it was usually pre-made. But it was understandable because it was usually pretty full. I recommend going a little later than usual dinner time because majority of people go around 6-7:30. Shopping: The shopping/stores were fairly expensive, but if you were looking to buy any of those things they usually have great deals! We definitely took advantage of the 2 for 20 t-shirts in the center stands in the Royal Promenade. Food: The food was pretty good and there were many options for free and for purchase. We definitely tried to conserve the amount of money we spent so we didn't decide to go to any of the specialty restaurants. We went to the Central Park Cafe, the Main Dining Room, the Cafe Promenade, Starbucks, Wipeout Cafe and Vitality Cafe. I never had any food that I thoroughly disliked. I thought the Vitality Cafe smoothies were great especially after a work out! The food always seemed fresh and was changed nearly every hour depending on the time of day. Side note: I recommend the Wipeout Cafe for soft serve Ice Cream and a quick bite to eat after ping-pong, basketball or the FlowRider! Teen Club: The Teen Club was utilized minimally by the teens. Toward the end of the trip teens definitely got more involved in the teen club but there wasn't much teen activity going on. It was nice that they had it for teens to hang out in though when there wasn't anything else to do, but it would be nice if there were more crew members trying to get teen activities up and running. Port Excusions: Haiti- Right as we got to shore, a man took us aside and took us to his favorite spot to lay out and he set up three chairs for us, we were so grateful! My family and I decided that we would do the Dragon's Flight Zipline (The largest zipline over water) and it was a blast. We never felt scared because the people truly took great care of us and we even got to do a practice line before the "big kahuna." All of the workers were so nice and helpful and accommodated to the weather. The food in Haiti was all free and it was great food, the workers were so friendly as well. Falmouth- We didn't plan any excursions for Jamaica, but we decided to go shopping which we highly recommend. Many of the shopping areas in Jamaica have beautiful artifacts and the jewelry market is big. If you have nothing planned, take a look into some of the stores! We also highly recommend to purchase some Rum Cake and Blue Mountain Coffee! Cozumel- Our family planned a segway ride to a snorkeling destination but unfortunately it was incredibly stormy and the seas were unsafe to snorkel in. But we were able to get our money back and the personnel was happy to oblige with our request, which was very nice. So, we decided to take a look at some of the tents the locals had and stop into Señor Frogs. We ultimately had a great time with what we made of it! Activities: The activities were so fun and I recommend trying to get to all of them! We made it our mission to swim, Rock Climb, Zip Line, Mini Golf, Ice Skate, go on the Flowrider and play in the Sports Court. Each activity was fun in its own way and everyone needs to try it out at least once! If you can't find the courage to do any of these activities you can always watch people which seems to be just as fun. We all found it was lots of fun to watch people wipe out on the Flowrider, which doing is much harder than it looks! You can always play ping-pong to pass the time if you find yourself not knowing what to do. But I would find it hard because you can never run out of things to do on this ship! Pools: The pools were fairly small for the size of ship but they made sure to have plenty of deck chairs. Unfortunately it was pretty windy on our trip so the top deck chairs made it difficult to have a peaceful time with the wind. I recommend to get a chair in the middle sections near the pools or to go to the beach pool and lay out in the water. There also wasn't nearly enough hot tubs, so if you're looking for one it may take a while for people to clear out. So, don't get your hopes up. Voom Wi-Fi: We purchased the buy one get one half off "Voom Wi-Fi" on the ship. The first night or two the Wi-Fi was spotty but it improved and was very fast the rest of the cruise. If you want to stay in contact with people or post pictures etc. I recommend getting it and trying to split the cost with someone, because it is pretty expensive. Waiting: The Allure is the biggest ship in the world and is able to hold the largest amount of people, so expect a bit of waiting. The waiting was in no way unbearable, the longest wait that we had was 15 minutes for the dining room. It was a little frustrating the first night because we had reservations but there were plenty of people with reservations and we understood. If anyone says that the dining room is full and the wait will be longer than 30 minutes then tries to promote other restaurants with a charge, don't fall for it! We were told that exact thing one night and got into the dining room 2 minutes later. Summary: It was a great trip! No one can control the weather unfortunately so some things had to be canceled but we just had to make the most of what we could! My advice is to let go and have fun, you spent too much money and probably a lot of time to let weather or any one thing get in the way of you having fun or to start complaining. The Allure was incredibly beautiful and always stayed clean. The crew seemed to always interact and always tried to make our stay the best as possible! We are going on it's sister ship, the newest Harmony of the Seas in November 2016 and we cannot be more excited! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Pre-Cruise I traveled on this cruise with my wife and my parents. We are thirty-somethings and we were celebrating my Dad's birthday. My Mom was in on it, but my Dad had no idea until we surprised him on the ship - it was ... Read More
Pre-Cruise I traveled on this cruise with my wife and my parents. We are thirty-somethings and we were celebrating my Dad's birthday. My Mom was in on it, but my Dad had no idea until we surprised him on the ship - it was priceless!! I'm not a proponent for travel insurance, but if ever there was a time I should have gotten it, it would have been for this cruise. Due to an engagement the night before, we could not fly in until the day of sailing - something I don't normally like to do. Complicating things further, we were traveling from Albuquerque which required a connection and a loss of two hours on the clock. Our flight was supposed to get us in at 1:30pm, which would have been perfectly fine. However, we were alerted via email just before our first flight of a delay in departure for our second flight. We learned just before we took off that our second flight would not arrive until 3:50pm, which would have resulted in us missing our 4:30 departure. I was under the impression that we had to board by 3pm, but later learned that 4pm is the cut off - something you may need to know if you end up in our shoes. So the whole first flight had me thinking of ways I could possibly board the ship and also brainstorming how I might get us to Labadee two days later. I was pretty sure we would be screwed. As soon as we landed in Houston, we checked the status of the next flight, and were pleasantly surprised that it now showed 2:20pm as the arrival time. I still wasn't totally comfortable, but it was much better than 3:50. We were also a little concerned that my wife's bags did not make it since we checked in a few minutes after the 45 minute cut-off. Fortunately, we spotted them going onto the plane, and at that point we were able to relax a little. We made it to the port at around 3:15. Thank God everything worked out. If you ever have the option, always fly in a day earlier. It is cheap insurance and allows you to relax for a night before cruising. It also allows the opportunity to be amongst the first to board the ship. If you cannot arrive a day early, I highly advise travel insurance. Embarkation As you can probably imagine, embarkation was pretty easy at 3:15pm. The port was pretty much a ghost town. There was actually another family from our flight that was checking in next to us - I'm sure they were stressed out as well. This was the amongst the latest I've ever boarded a cruise ship, and this was number 21 for me. I can still picture barely making the ship as a kid when we had flight issues - they pretty much pulled the gangway after we stepped on. Those were the days where you could get on at 4:29 for a 4:30 sailing. Anyway, we were so late that they had stopped doing embarkation photos. For those that aren't aware, Allure uses facial recognition from your embarkation photo to help sort your photos so you can find them easier. Each cabin will have a binder where you can look at your printed photos as well as being able to pull them up digitally by swiping your cruise card. That is the idea anyway. We did not have any photos in our binder and swiping the card showed no photos either. I can't be sure that missing the embarkation photo caused this, but that is the leading theory. The photo people onboard could not fix the situation. I'd suggest you don't skip the embarkation photo (assuming you make it on time). It is always fun to look at your photos, and you may actually want to buy one that you didn't plan to purchase. One other tip - don't be afraid to carry your own bags onto the ship, even if they are big. We do this every time and always get them through the scanner, even when the porters and others try to convince you to check them. So nice to be able to unpack on your terms and not have to wait until as late as 7 or 8pm. Once onboard, we quickly set our stuff inside the cabin and then we surprised my Dad at the Windjammer and greeted Mom. It was so great to be onboard this incredible ship - I was still shaking my head saying we shouldn't have been there. I was able to find a few scraps of food since they had already started to shut things down (by this time it was around 4pm). We made our way back to the cabin for a few minutes before the muster drill. Cabin We had a Central Park Balcony - 11187. It is a great room! We usually don't spring for a balcony since we are value cruisers, but in this case the price difference was very minimal. Plus, it was a unique room since we have never been on Oasis class. It was nice to be able to go out to the balcony on occasion and get air in the room, but I still don't think I spent more than 1 hour out there in total all week. If the price is minimally more, we'd book this cabin again, but we also have no problem being in an inside cabin. The cabin itself was not much different than other ones we've been in with the exception of the balcony. This room has the couch closest to the balcony and the bed closer to the bathroom. Some people have complained about the access to the closet with the bed right there. I agree with the setup causing some issues, but overall it wasn't a big deal. My parents had an oceanview balcony, and they had the bed closer to the balcony door. That is probably a slightly better setup, but I wouldn't fret too much if your cabin is like ours. The only other minor difference from our past cabins seemed to be a lack of a regular nightstand - only 3 or 4 shelves. This worked out fine for us. The bathroom was your normal setup and worked fine as well. Nice to have a shower door and not a curtain. Dining The food itself was overall pretty darned good - especially when they are cooking for 6,000 guests (not to mention crew). We ate in the MDR each night, and I thought the food there was very good. There were a few dishes where the quality wasn't wonderful, but overall it was pretty good for a mainstream cruise line. I enjoyed the dining options on this ship. I think I only ate at the Windjammer twice all week. Look at your Cruise Compass (the daily schedule) to see where you can eat for free (or not, if you want to pay). I ate breakfast in the MDR, Windjammer, Wipe-Out Cafe, Park Cafe, and Johnny Rockets (all free). It was nice to have a change of scenery and slightly different options. The French toast in the MDR is awesome - had to be two inches thick. Good omelets in the Wipe-Out Cafe. Loved "The Works" potatoes at Johnny Rockets. I was definitely not bored with the breakfast options. Lunch had almost the same number of options, although Johnny Rockets charges a fee. I ate at all the other establishments just mentioned for lunch, and was pretty pleased. I think the MDR lunch menu could use some work, but that is probably just personal taste. It would be nice if it changed each day like the dinner menus. We also enjoyed the Boardwalk Dog House and the Park Cafe, Cafe Promenade, and Sorrento's for snacks. Service Our stateroom stewardess, Nataliya, was exceptional. She was so nice and pleasant and did an excellent job - thank you!! We did have a few issues in the MDR at dinner. Our waiter was slow and not at all personable. We would watch surrounding tables where other waiters would discuss the menu for the next night or just interact with the table in some other way. Our waiter just brought the food, didn't acknowledge most thank yous, and didn't interact with us. Also, we played third fiddle to his two other larger tables. If we didn't get our order in before his 12 person table, forget it. We had a couple of two hour dinners, and this was after we stated we wanted expedited service. The head waiter tried to help, but he came across as cocky and he still didn't make our experience feel special. One night, my wife's entree was forgotten, even after the waiter and head waiter both said it was coming out. This is unacceptable. Also, this was the first cruise I can remember where the wait staff did not remember your preferences. For example, my wife had to order orange tea each night - normally after the second night, they just bring it. This isn't a big deal, but it shows they weren't really dedicated to us. I don't think this is a shipwide issue, since as I said, other tables near us seemed to have fine service. But we just ended up getting unlucky. I should point out that our table was very close to the galley as well, which should have made for quicker service. I will say that service throughout the ship was generally very good. Most staff was very pleasant and acknowledged when I thanked them. Most crew in the hallways would say hello. I usually make a point to say hello to the staff wherever I see them, and I think on each occasion I was greeted and sometimes even asked how I was doing. This is really all I want - just good, basic service and a friendly crew. Public Rooms I could go into great detail here, but I'll just say that this ship was very well designed and there are vast areas of the ship to explore. Everywhere I went was very nice and enjoyable. The ship is so big that I never even got to the Viking Crown Lounge or the Rising Tide Bar (although I did see it). So much to do and because of all of these different areas, the ship never really felt crowded. Two quick complaints: first, I thought smoking was too prevalent on the pool deck (15). Smoking is allowed on the entire port side, which emcompasses the main pool and the sports pool. This leaves the beach pool as the only non-smoking adult pool available (besides the Solarium). Why are two of the pools smoking and only one non-smoking? Royal Caribbean should eliminate or at least reduce the smoking on this deck. The second complaint is also regarding smoking. The entire aft section of Deck 4 (outside of the casino) smells of smoke. It penetrates into the dining room and the stairwells. I would have thought this newer ship would have better filtration systems in place. Hopefully they can rectify this situation in dry dock. Fitness and Recreation Wow - tough to complain about much here. The FlowRiders are awesome. I really enjoyed myself there and met some great people while in line. They have a huge sports court, and several opportunities for games. I spoke to one of the sports staff, and he said that the ship was sailing with four less sports staff than they needed due to various issues. Unfortunately, this resulted in one of the rock walls being closed most of the time. It also resulted in one of the volleyball sessions being unhosted by staff. We still had a good time, but it would have been better if staff were running things. It seemed like they could have had a few other events in the sports court - I played dodgeball and volleyball twice, and soccer once. I think they had a couple basketball tournaments. Over seven days though, it seems like they could have had a few more hosted competitions. Mini golf was fun, but one of the few areas of the ship that needs some attention. It looks good from afar, but when you start playing on it, you will see what I mean. The fitness facility was tremendous. It had a plethora of machines, and never seemed crowded. It was also very nice to jog on Deck 5 where you could run around the entire ship as opposed to the tiny tracks usually high up on the ship where you are dodging lounge chairs and oblivious passengers who like to stop or socialize on the track. It is only 2.4 laps per mile, and there are great views and chairs on the aft section - great for runners, walkers, or just observers. I highly recommend checking out the aft of Deck 5 even if you aren't exercising on the track. Also, don't miss the chance to ride the zip line or the carousel - where else could you do either of those easily, especially on a moving ship? Likewise for the ice skating sessions. Entertainment Again, wow! You won't find better entertainment on any other ship (except maybe Oasis or Quantum, which are probably comparable). The Aqua show was my favorite. It has more diving than O at Bellagio or Le Reve at Wynn, and is a more fun show. Really really incredible when you remember that you are on a moving cruise ship. Blue Planet was very good, as was Chicago. We also really enjoyed the ice shows. The headliner was a Journey tribute band, and they were excellent - it felt like a real rock show. The comedians were both really good. I enjoyed Dan Naturman, who some will remember from last season on America's Got Talent. I feel that Carnival does a much better job with comedy on their ships since they have two comedians in the beginning of the week and two at the end who each do multiple different shows. This ship only allows you to make reservations for one comedy show. Also, many of the jokes were recycled and used again during the family comedy show in the main theater on the last night. You'd think they would use different material for that show, but much was the same. Overall though, the entertainment was exceptional. Oh - I'll also mention that the staff FlowRider show on the last day was awesome! Ports/Excursions This cruise did the Western Caribbean, so we visited Labadee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. Labadee is just a great beach day. I was however disappointed to see that they have removed the volleyball court from the island. I remember playing some great games there in the past, so I don't understand why they would take this down. The bbq they provide is good - they have burgers, dogs, jerk chicken, ribs, and sides. The desserts weren't too inspired, but I ate my share on the ship, so that was fine. The beach to the right was very peaceful, while fairly strong waves were hitting the other side. I always enjoy going to Labadee. We didn't do too much in Falmouth. We had planned to go to the Blue Hole and Dunn's River Falls, but after our initial travel snafu, we didn't feel like poking the tiger again. We left the ship late and just strolled the shops inside the pier as well as those just outside. We bought a unique, hand carved, wooden tree with removable leaves and birds from a nice guy we met outside the gates. The folks outside are a bit more aggressive, but we never felt in danger or threatened by them. In Cozumel we swam with dolphins, an excursion we booked through the ship. The price was very reasonable - just over $100 each. I've seen these excursions in other ports for almost $300. It took place in Chankanaab National Park, which was an awesome place. Admission there is $20 each on its own, and when you figure in the included transportation, the dolphin part of the trip really only cost about $70 each. We really enjoyed the time we spent with the dolphins. I highly recommend this excursion and spending time in Chankanaab. The reef there where you can snorkel is great as well - lots of fish to see and a quick dropoff to a water depth of about 20 feet. The water was crystal clear. The only negative with this excursion is that they really try to rip you off with the photos. They initially said the CD of all photos was $140, and then came down to $100. One printed photo is $40! If they sold printed photos for $10-15 and the CD for $50, I think most people would buy them. As it is, I'm not sure, but I can say they lost $50 on me. The CD costs pennies and the photographer has already done the work, why not just make a reasonable profit? Value For Money There is still a price premium to be paid when sailing Oasis class ships. I think they will continue to drop more as the next couple of new Royal ships come out. Just remember that you are getting a much different product than most other ships. If you are just going to sit by the pool, you may be better off with a lesser ship. But if you like doing different things, then this ship is for you! This was probably the first cruise where I really felt like I needed another week to check everything out. I wanted to spend some more time in the Jazz Club, eat more times at the different food establishments, and I never feel like I've spent too much time on the FlowRider! I will definitely sail this class of ships again, especially since the upcoming dry dock will result in different shows. From a value standpoint, I'd still say Carnival does a better job. I sailed the Breeze in December (admittedly a time of lesser demand, and in an inside cabin), but an 8 night sailing on the Breeze was slightly less than half the cost of this one. But if you have the money to spend, this ship is great. Summary All in all we had a great time, and I still feel super blessed that we even made it onboard. That first meal in the Windjammer (although scraps of things I probably wouldn't have even tried) was one of my best on a cruise ship - just knowing that we made it, we had successfully surprised my Dad without blowing it, and we were about to spend a week on one of the best ships afloat. I'd highly recommend this ship to anyone but the least mobile people. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Positives: 1. The ship is beautiful. Cabins are better than on any major lines (larger, well designed, without external noise). The neighborhoods across ship are great: very nicely decorated. 2. Super clean on every step. 3. The biggest ... Read More
Positives: 1. The ship is beautiful. Cabins are better than on any major lines (larger, well designed, without external noise). The neighborhoods across ship are great: very nicely decorated. 2. Super clean on every step. 3. The biggest shows are super. This includes the show Chicago, Ice Skating Games, Aqua show, Blue Planet. Comedy is OK. 4. Food in the main dining room was exceptional (comparable to Celebrity, which also tends to have superb food). Food in Solarium Cafe and Windjammer was very good. The choices on Boardwalk tasted surprisingly well. 5. We did not run into any major lines: embarkation was very fast, no wait getting to ports, some small wait sometimes for dinners (worst case was once 15 minutes) Negatives: 1. Lack of positive attitude, Everybody is "just doing their job." Very different from Liberty, Serenade, Voyager, or Princess cruises, where positive attitude was obvious. 2. While the big shows were spectacular, other types of entertainment were not exceptional: first-time cruisers tended to like the cruise director, but those that have been on other cruises uniformly described him as below average. Quality of music across ship was not exceptional, singers in the bars not exceptional, some just poor. 3. The fitness activities comparable to Celebrity, but below NCL or many other RCI ships: very limited number of free classes (only 3 classes and they took place at 7 am). No more competitive fitness spirit, earning vitality stars. Yes, the ship has water surfing and rock climbing (like Freedom, Liberty, and Oasis), but total lack of excitement from the staff made these less attractive. Altogether, this felt like the most beautiful ship, but without the soul/spirit that other ships have. We would rather repeat Liberty, Serenade, or Voyager where enthusiastic attitude of the whole crew makes the whole experience so memorable, rather than repeating Allure. Our heuristic is now: for shows/entertainment, it is difficult to beat NCL. Service is best on Princess, followed by some Celebrity and some RCI ships (Serenade, Liberty, Voyager).   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
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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