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

I really would have liked to see more variety on the boat, lots of luxury, lots of people, few pools and slow service in the restaurants. The shows more of the same. It's not a "fun ship". The service charges you consume ... Read More
I really would have liked to see more variety on the boat, lots of luxury, lots of people, few pools and slow service in the restaurants. The shows more of the same. It's not a "fun ship". The service charges you consume that are not included are very high. There is no variety of activities in the pool or when the boat is on the sea. Only the 70 's party was super fun for everyone. Captain's night was waiting for more activity. For the price of the boat they offer very little. It is a boat with capacity for many people but they do not have the right facilities to meet in the pool area, not chairs available while on the high seas. Few elevators for so many people. NO variety of food in the outside restaurants is always the same. Programs in the salon Boleros and other boring. Karaoke boring, In the casino cigarette smoke is so strong that you can't even play. For those who smoke you will like it but, the smell is intolerable. The room services charge was abusive. Really in not my first option for the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I took this cruise with my best friend. We drove down together the day before and stayed with a friend. We got in kind of late and it was a long drive so we did not explore Ft. Lauderdale. A few days prior to embarkation we were sent a ... Read More
I took this cruise with my best friend. We drove down together the day before and stayed with a friend. We got in kind of late and it was a long drive so we did not explore Ft. Lauderdale. A few days prior to embarkation we were sent a text that we had been selected for expedited arrival! This was awesome. If you do your pre cruise check in with the RC app you are entered into what I assume is some kind of raffle system to win expedited arrival for your group. Basically, from the time our shuttle dropped us off at the cruise terminal to us stepping onto the boat was 20 minutes and that included us having to visit a desk due me not having a passport, and purchasing lanyards before boarding. The ship is AWESOME. It did not feel like a ship most of the time and I loved that. Central Park was wonderful and we often found ourselves there listening to the guitarists who would set up and play during the evenings listening to the wind blow though the trees. We enjoyed the boardwalk as well and spent a few evenings there at the Aqua Theater enjoying shows. OceanAria is a must see! I don’t think a day went by where we didn’t spend time on the pool deck; the Beach Pool was a great. There was a wide range of activities and we tried to sample as many as we could. We went to dance classes, adult coloring sessions, zip lines, the flow rider, mini golf and all of that was included!!! Great value. We were never bored. Our cabin was just a basic interior stateroom. No complaints there. It suited our needs, the bed was comfortable, and there was enough counter space and mirrors in there for two women to get their makeup done simultaneously. We weren’t in it that often other than to sleep, nap, and get ready for dinner. The shower is a little tight, but that could also be due to the fact I’m 5’9”. The service was great! Our room steward Tyron was awesome. We had asked him for a wine bottle opener to open the bottle of wine we brought on and it unfortunately broke leaving us with a handless corkscrew stuck in a stubbornly corked wine bottle. Tyron went and got another bottle opener and spent ten minutes working that corkscrew around the other one and wrestled that cork out of there. He also was very polite and funny and got to know our schedules and cleaned our stateroom around them. Cynthia, our server in The Grande dining room on Deck 4, was also amazing. Not only was she just a really solid and cheerful sever and person she also went above and beyond for us! One night our table, we were sat with others, noticed select tables around us being served a bread dish that wasn’t on the menu. We asked what it was and she explained that it was a famous dish from her country. We asked if we could try it and she said she couldn’t guarantee it because the chef made a limited amount but she would try. 15 minutes later she arrived with the dish and it was great! She really wanted to share a small piece of her culture with us. All other staff we encountered was very helpful and seemed happy. We did do specialty dining one night and went to Giovanni’s Table for dinner. Holy crap that was some of the best food I’ve ever had on land or sea. The gnocchi was divine. The itinerary was good. We visited Nassau, Cozumel, Roatan, And Costa Maya. In all ports except Costa Maya we did an excursion we booked through the cruise line. Costa Maya was my least favorite. It just didn’t have much to offer. Disembarkation was super smooth. We did the express walk off option and were lined up to leave at 6:20am and was through customs at 6:50am. I would 100% come back and sail on the Allure again. We had such a good time!!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This ship is beyond amazing. Unlike other cruises I have been on in the past, this is the first ship that has truely felt like a resort at sea. This ship is beyond amazing. From it's shear size to the Central Park and Boardwalk. ... Read More
This ship is beyond amazing. Unlike other cruises I have been on in the past, this is the first ship that has truely felt like a resort at sea. This ship is beyond amazing. From it's shear size to the Central Park and Boardwalk. This ship has enough space to comfortably fit the six thousand guest that travel aboard. When boarding, I first had my doubts on how comfortable we'd be due to everyone touring the ship at once; all touring the ships features & locations, but once everyone dispersed, everything fell into place. As part of my trip planning, we ordered the alcoholic beverage package to ensure that we had the the ability to try all of the delicious concotions offered throughout the ship. This was one of the best decisions we made due to all of the benefits this package provided and the variety of drinks offered. The food on this ship was comparable to other cruise lines and the premium offerings help break up the monotony of those daily menus. As a part of my trip planning, I purchased the 3 day dining package. I hope to travel with Royal Caribbean again. The overall experience was excellent and I'll miss many of the crew members that provided great customer service. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I loved my first time experience on a cruise and would recommand the Allure of the seas boat and Royal Carribean company to anyone who asks. Lots of entertainment and the waiters and dinning room staff was amazing. There was lots to do ... Read More
I loved my first time experience on a cruise and would recommand the Allure of the seas boat and Royal Carribean company to anyone who asks. Lots of entertainment and the waiters and dinning room staff was amazing. There was lots to do on the boat and in the shore excursions. The cabons were nice and clean, and the room attendant was very friendly with me and my son. For my next cruise, if my childrens come with me, I will make sure to take a boat that has water slides . The shows were amazing, including the ice shows. Incredible what they can do in a small ice rink. Always take the shore excursions with the boat to be sure of the service. They had to cancel some shore excursions in Cozumel due to recent issues with the local boats but no issues with anything else onboard. Great app and easy to follow the cost with the onboard TV. Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
I was traveling with a group not a cruise line I would have picked on my own because of comments I have heard from other people. The food was ok at best some was so tasteless I could not believe that what I put on my plate had no ... Read More
I was traveling with a group not a cruise line I would have picked on my own because of comments I have heard from other people. The food was ok at best some was so tasteless I could not believe that what I put on my plate had no flavor. The bacon in the morning was mostly a large pile of warm but very what I considered raw bacon. They charge $4 for a can of coke/power aid, and $2.50 for a small bag of popcorn for the outside movie. Other cruise lines I have been on (which is 5 others) charge from $2 to $2.75 for a coke and nothing for popcorn. The staff on the cruise was mostly great very helpful, and friendly. The cabin was nice but for being larger then others I have had, had less space to put away stuff only three draws one was only two inches deep. Read Less
Sail Date October 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
I was on the cruise alone as I could not find a room mate. I had heard so much about Allure of the Seas and it was my first cruise on Allure. I feel that the cruise is for children. There were too many children's. Even thought ... Read More
I was on the cruise alone as I could not find a room mate. I had heard so much about Allure of the Seas and it was my first cruise on Allure. I feel that the cruise is for children. There were too many children's. Even thought the Daily Compass specified no shorts, baseball caps, t shirts and flip flop were not acceptable for dinner in the dining room, I saw too many of them On Formal nights I think may 25% of the ship were appropriately dressed My room attendant provide excellent service. There were not enough activities for senior guests. The Shore Excursions were overpriced for the bus or boat ride. There should be a large golf carts available for senior guest from Ship to the end of the pier, being a large ship it is docked too far from the end of the pier. I do not think I will go on Allure again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
It was an amazing time, but if you are thinking about taking your drone on the cruise - just don't. The crew, the tour and the ship made such a great impression on me that I was amazed. The ship is huge and luxury. You cannot get ... Read More
It was an amazing time, but if you are thinking about taking your drone on the cruise - just don't. The crew, the tour and the ship made such a great impression on me that I was amazed. The ship is huge and luxury. You cannot get bored on it at any time. Cabins were very clean and it was sweet when everyday I saw such a nice animal made out of the towels! There is a variety of dinings to choose and everyone of them has its own style. I loved eating burgers in Rockets. We could do whatever we wanted - the activities were wide enough to choose. I spent hours on windsurfing and I loved it! Mamma mia show was the best part of cruising - I loved it, I just loved it (Gretchen Bieber - the best role!). Service - especially in the Grande restauration we had a great team of people taking care of us, who were so nice, supportive, tried to make all our wishes come true even before we were able to say them. I was at the table 528, this kind man from India was servicing us, I think his name was Singh (?). Please thank him for an amazing time! Negative is that I wasn't able to take my drone on cruise, what means, that I was unable to take shots of the beauty of the islands. That really ruined my vacations video... Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
because I has been on this cruise before and enjoyed it but it is completely different than 2 years ago. Dinning was fine Majority of staff was unfriendly and not helpful with elderly parents I had to ask a gentlemen, while ... Read More
because I has been on this cruise before and enjoyed it but it is completely different than 2 years ago. Dinning was fine Majority of staff was unfriendly and not helpful with elderly parents I had to ask a gentlemen, while departing "can you please be a little nicer" He had already spoke over my parents and 19 year old. NO...... I don't tolerate rude but I am a very respectful person so I did it in a very nice way. Will not go on this cruise again. I don't wish to continue on and on with my dislikes. I was very happy with this ship 2 years ago, maybe this was just a bad timing. I can't really explain it. But It most def wasn't what it had been 2 years ago. It was very disappointing. Deck 5 was not disappointing as usual. and for the men that always have to watch sports, it's available everywhere, not that you can't watch sports at home anytime. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I had never been on a cruise before and was invited to go on this cruise with friends. It was awesome!! So much variety in events and food. My friends were Star Class and had a private suite with balcony so I was very fortunate to get in ... Read More
I had never been on a cruise before and was invited to go on this cruise with friends. It was awesome!! So much variety in events and food. My friends were Star Class and had a private suite with balcony so I was very fortunate to get in with them for their dinners, drinks, and events, thanks to their awesome concierge. If I had known about the all inclusiveness of star class I would have paid for it. You get nickled and dimed for everything else if you don't. I had an awesome ocean view stateroom with my own balcony. It was super nice to to leave it open when sleeping and sneak out naked in the cool night! My cabin steward was friendly and creative. I had to rush to get my suit jacket pressed and he made sure it was pressed the same day with very short notice. He also was a skilled towel sculptor! I walked in one evening and for turn down service he make a monkey hanging from the wall! The food options were amazing. Because my friends were star class we ate mostly in the premium places which were all incredible! We ate in the main hall once for breakfast, I think it was the Windjammer on 15, and it was ok. Typical buffet. Johnny Rockets was a good deal. All you can eat for $6.50 cover. Entertainment was incredible. Go see Mamma Mia! Our butler got us front row seats and other preferred and reserved seats without having to wait in line. I even got to meet part of the cast on deck 17 while we were going to a cabana. Super friendly and nice. Visited the spa and the services were fantastic though they pressure you into buying premo expensive products that in many cases were just as expensive if not more so than the spa services themselves. Checking in was a pain because the lines were so long. Communication about departure was hit or miss and confusing. Pay attention to your paperwork and the pamphlets on your bed!! Overall, an awesome experience, though pricey. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
I was on Allure of the Seas from 9/22 - 9/29. It was a great adventure, even though I was traveling alone. A travel agent got me a great rate on a balcony stateroom. No single supplement! So I jumped at the chance and booked. First, ... Read More
I was on Allure of the Seas from 9/22 - 9/29. It was a great adventure, even though I was traveling alone. A travel agent got me a great rate on a balcony stateroom. No single supplement! So I jumped at the chance and booked. First, getting 5,000 - 6,000 passengers on board would seem like an overwhelming task. But Terminal 18, built especially for Alllure and her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, is huge and well staffed. It took me only twenty minutes to get from curbside to the Rising Tide bar for a Bloody Mary! Disembarking was equally as efficient. At first, the size of the ship was overwhelming, but it was easy to find one's way around because of the interactive maps posted near the elevators. At first, I could never feel any movement and thought the Allure was more like an island than a ship. However, I later found out that it the ship's beam is so large that Allure just doesn't move. It's rated as being able to withstand not only 65 foot waves but also a Category 5 hurricane! Only when approaching or leaving a dock could I feel a slight vibration, which were the bow thrusters being employed. Talk about smooth sailing! Both of my "at first" reservations were dispelled within just a few hours. I had one snag on the first night. For some reason, there was no assigned dining room on my Sea Pass card. The situation took the staff twenty minutes to seat me and I was sent to three different decks. I was annoyed, but was comped a cocktail, so I settled down. The next day, my dining room assignment arrived by email and there weren't any further glitches. Although the service was outstanding and the food was very good in the main dining room, I bought a discounted package for $70, marked down from $90, which covered the extra fees for three specialty restaurants...Giovanni's Table, Chops Grille and 150 Central Park. The food and service in each was delightful, and I'm a pretty particular guy. The ports of call on this cruise were mediocre at best, although if I were younger, I might find the deep sea diving and snorkeling excursions fun. I took no shore excursions as they are hugely overpriced. I stayed on the ship at Labadee because I'd been there before. There were warnings not to go far from the dock in Falmouth, Jamaica, because of overly aggressive local vendors (but one doesn't have to face them if one is going on a RCI shore excursion. Royal Caribbean built a dock area with many shops, steel bands, bars and restaurants. Many people stayed within those confines. I was disappointed to find a Dairy Queen there. Who comes to Jamaica for Dairy Queen. I was also rather disappointed that RCI didn't build a restaurant there that served authentic jerk chicken and other Jamaican dishes. There is one of the ubiquitous Margaritavilles there, but those seem very much like tourist traps. In Cozumel, I researched authentic Mexican restaurants and hired my own cab for a quick tour of the city of San Miguel with a drop-off at the restaurant of my choice, Casa Mission. It was a fine place...friendly staff, attentive service and delicious food. And there was no "gouging the Gringo"! I had a fine Bloody Mary, a huge portion of fresh shrimp ceviche and a wonderful chile rellenos, all for about $26.00. The shows I saw were just okay, but I have a background in theater directing, so I'm picky. "Chicago" had terrific dancing, but the leads were weak. The show at the AquaTheater was interesting. "Ice Games", in Studio B, was poor...more gimmickry than artistry (Three skaters fell on their rear ends during the performance). I used to be a figure skating judge and the level of difficulty of the jumps accomplished (or not completed) didn't rise above double turn jumps. There was a long number featuring a female skater with what seemed like 10,000 hula hoops that didn't have much to do with figure skating. I missed Blue Planet, but other passengers told me that it was like the Aqua show, only on land and with singing. Things I loved: the international, friendly staff; the food in the specialty restaurants, having breakfast on my balcony (and a nightcap there, too, with a million stars to watch), my horticultural tour of Central Park, one of the seven "neighborhoods" on Allure, the fantastic friendly and helpful croupiers in the Casino, room service punctuality and the generous cocktails. Things I didn't like so much: having to circumnavigate the bed in what seemed to me to be a rather small balcony cabin, the lack of any shaded benches to sit on while walking from the ship to Labadee and Cozumel (I have severe emphysema and have to stop and rest often), and the high prices of drinks, excursions, etc., etc., etc. I have a negative opinion of "formal nights". I believe they are simply an "adult prom" excuse to make money off of tuxedo rentals and photographs, (speaking of photographs, cameras weren't allowed at the dolphin encounter in Cozumel and a photographer tried to charge some newly weds $80 for the picture of them he took. They declined.) Although I won a couple of hundred bucks at Blackjack, the odds at the gaming tables tilted even more than usual toward the house (but then again, we were captives, weren't we?). Even though I'm picky, I still had a blast!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
I was on Allure of the Seas from 9/22 - 9/29. It was a great adventure, even though I was traveling alone. A travel agent got me a great rate on a balcony stateroom. No single supplement! So I jumped at the chance and booked. First, ... Read More
I was on Allure of the Seas from 9/22 - 9/29. It was a great adventure, even though I was traveling alone. A travel agent got me a great rate on a balcony stateroom. No single supplement! So I jumped at the chance and booked. First, getting 5,000 - 6,000 passengers on board would seem like an overwhelming task. But Terminal 18, built especially for Alllure and her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, is huge and well staffed. It took me only twenty minutes to get from curbside to the Rising Tide bar for a Bloody Mary! Disembarking was equally as efficient. At first, the size of the ship was overwhelming, but it was easy to find one's way around because of the interactive maps posted near the elevators. At first, I could never feel any movement and thought the Allure was more like an island than a ship. However, I later found out that it the ship's beam is so large that Allure just doesn't move. It's rated as being able to withstand not only 65 foot waves but also a Category 5 hurricane! Only when approaching or leaving a dock could I feel a slight vibration, which were the bow thrusters being employed. Talk about smooth sailing! Both of my "at first" reservations were dispelled within just a few hours. I had one snag on the first night. For some reason, there was no assigned dining room on my Sea Pass card. The situation took the staff twenty minutes to seat me and I was sent to three different decks. I was annoyed, but was comped a cocktail, so I settled down. The next day, my dining room assignment arrived by email and there weren't any further glitches. Although the service was outstanding and the food was very good in the main dining room, I bought a discounted package for $70, marked down from $90, which covered the extra fees for three specialty restaurants...Giovanni's Table, Chops Grille and 150 Central Park. The food and service in each was delightful, and I'm a pretty particular guy. The ports of call on this cruise were mediocre at best, although if I were younger, I might find the deep sea diving and snorkeling excursions fun. I took no shore excursions as they are hugely overpriced. I stayed on the ship at Labadee because I'd been there before. There were warnings not to go far from the dock in Falmouth, Jamaica, because of overly aggressive local vendors (but one doesn't have to face them if one is going on a RCI shore excursion. Royal Caribbean built a dock area with many shops, steel bands, bars and restaurants. Many people stayed within those confines. I was disappointed to find a Dairy Queen there. Who comes to Jamaica for Dairy Queen. I was also rather disappointed that RCI didn't build a restaurant there that served authentic jerk chicken and other Jamaican dishes. There is one of the ubiquitous Margaritavilles there, but those seem very much like tourist traps. In Cozumel, I researched authentic Mexican restaurants and hired my own cab for a quick tour of the city of San Miguel with a drop-off at the restaurant of my choice, Casa Mission. It was a fine place...friendly staff, attentive service and delicious food. And there was no "gouging the Gringo"! I had a fine Bloody Mary, a huge portion of fresh shrimp ceviche and a wonderful chile rellenos, all for about $26.00. The shows I saw were just okay, but I have a background in theater directing, so I'm picky. "Chicago" had terrific dancing, but the leads were weak. The show at the AquaTheater was interesting. "Ice Games", in Studio B, was poor...more gimmickry than artistry (Three skaters fell on their rear ends during the performance). I used to be a figure skating judge and the level of difficulty of the jumps accomplished (or not completed) didn't rise above double turn jumps. There was a long number featuring a female skater with what seemed like 10,000 hula hoops that didn't have much to do with figure skating. I missed Blue Planet, but other passengers told me that it was like the Aqua show, only on land and with singing. Things I loved: the international, friendly staff; the food in the specialty restaurants, having breakfast on my balcony (and a nightcap there, too, with a million stars to watch), my horticultural tour of Central Park, one of the seven "neighborhoods" on Allure, the fantastic friendly and helpful croupiers in the Casino, room service punctuality and the generous cocktails. Things I didn't like so much: having to circumnavigate the bed in what seemed to me to be a rather small balcony cabin, the lack of any shaded benches to sit on while walking from the ship to Labadee and Cozumel (I have severe emphysema and have to stop and rest often), and the high prices of drinks, excursions, etc., etc., etc. I have a negative opinion of "formal nights". I believe they are simply an "adult prom" excuse to make money off of tuxedo rentals and photographs, (speaking of photographs, cameras weren't allowed at the dolphin encounter in Cozumel and a photographer tried to charge some newly weds $80 for the picture of them he took. They declined.) Although I won a couple of hundred bucks at Blackjack, the odds at the gaming tables tilted even more than usual toward the house (but then again, we were captives, weren't we?). Even though I'm picky, I still had a blast!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Allure of the Seas Sept 11 -18 I took my first cruise the year on the Allure Of The Seas, embarking on 0911/2011. Pro: The ship is beautiful. We ate at 150 Park Avenue and Giovanni's, both were fantastic. There were ... Read More
Allure of the Seas Sept 11 -18 I took my first cruise the year on the Allure Of The Seas, embarking on 0911/2011. Pro: The ship is beautiful. We ate at 150 Park Avenue and Giovanni's, both were fantastic. There were numerous pools and Jacuzzi's, many of which were open 24 hours a day and featured great water views. Embarkation was smooth and easy. I enjoyed all of the excursions and had no difficulty getting of the ship or meeting the representative of each excursion. The excursions were one of my favorite parts of my vacation. Unlike the ship, every excursion was well staffed with cheerful, friendly employees. Con: The Allure of the Seas has one glaring shortcoming. It is understaffed. I have never been on a vacation where there were fewer employees watching over the property. The only employees I saw were the ones tasked with taking my money. Absolutely minimalist pool service. The unsupervised nature of the ship led to some troubling incidents for the women in my party. At one point myself and fellow passengers had to basically form vigilante vigilante groups to ward off unruly passengers. In general, the last place on earth a single person should be. I was thankful I came with friends. My travelling companions and I took excursions in Haiti, Jamaica and Mexico and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We are planning to go back to Jamaica and stay at the Iberostar Rose Hotel in Jaimaica that was the site of one of our excursions. Disembarkation was a madhouse, as you might expect with no employees. We heard some voices over the PA system, but that was as close as we got to any organization. This was my first cruise. I found the positive aspects of the journey far outweighed any negative impressions. I plan on cruising again, but I will research more carefully next time to find a cruise line that avoids the glaring shortcoming of personal service that Royal Carribean exhibited. Read Less
Sail Date September 2011
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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