11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Checking in on day 1 was Fast. We arrived at 10 and were on ship by 10:30. No lines – we went right up to the waiting area and were the first to board the ship when they started we saw a welcome Key members sign but that was all. No one ... Read More
Checking in on day 1 was Fast. We arrived at 10 and were on ship by 10:30. No lines – we went right up to the waiting area and were the first to board the ship when they started we saw a welcome Key members sign but that was all. No one knew of a special waiting area – they just told us to sit with everyone else and wait. (No biggie). This was at port of Miami on Allure of the Seas. Didn’t help with any special security lines – but that terminal is so streamlined you don’t need it anyway. They may have let some Star Class on first but didn’t notice but we did have priority over everyone else even wheelchairs access. Heard some complaints about "we were here first" but whatever I guess that's what we paid for. Carry Ons: Went to Amber Theater to drop off carry ons. They did not provide any internet access at this point or wrist bands or Sea Pass Cards. I saw the list of names – only a few pages so couldn’t have been more than 100 people. Stopped at Schooner bar to have a cocktail to kill some time since lunch doesn’t start till 11:30 – watched all the people coming on ship through the promenade. Very busy – my tip go anywhere else first. It’s like people wouldn’t leave the promenade when they boarded like they forgot the ship has 18 floors and many places to disperse. I could only imagine what the Windjammer would have looked like for lunch on Day 1 which brings me to chops. Lunch: Lunch at Chops was great. About 1 hour not 2 like some mentioned. Yes menu was a tad smaller than the regular lunch menu which is displayed outside the restaurant- but doubt we would have ordered anything else. Steaks were fantastic! After lunch we went back to our room (12:50) – our carryon was waiting for us on the couch. Rooms ready at 1 no early access for Key Holders but we managed to be in at 12:50. In the room was all the Key information - and how to access the internet. Shows: Shows were great and yes you still need reservations for majority of them even with the Key (they do scan cards to check) but we were able to arrive almost 5min before the show started walk past the stand by line and go right to our reserved section which was first level dead center second section back. Great seats. We’ve sat front row before and you miss so much – too close. Now anyone with reservations can also walk past the standby line as well but they don’t actually have reserved seats. It’s still first come first serve and saw many trying to get Into our section but they have Key staff protecting those seats till they release them few minutes before show starts. That was nice not having to rush to the shows early or worry about seats. Internet: Internet was not fast like at home but probably the fastest you can get at sea like they say. We put phones in Airplane mode and used WiFi for calls and FaceTime with the kids while we were away. No issues at all. Quality was good – not the best but hey, your out in the ocean. Tried one night to stream a Netflix show. Took a while to get going and started off bad quality and got a little better. Ended up not watching anything. Don’t really watch stuff on vacation anyway so just sat on balcony till I was too tired to look at the ocean anymore. Things like Music streaming and Facebook were fast and the music came in handy for our Impromptu Solarium parties in the pool. They should have added us to the Cruise Planner – think we had the old folks going better than the main pool area. But that’s another story. Activities: So they give you Key hours for select activities throughout your cruise. We didn’t use any of them though. But we did see what they looked like at the Key times. For example Flowrider was always 8-9am. And maybe we saw 5 people on line. Not sure about everyday what it looked like on all lines though. Also keep in mind – this is NOT a private hour for just you. It’s for all key members. Saw some commenting on comparing it to the private lessons for cost making it a no brainer. Wrong – that lesson is expensive and actually does get you a private hour. In any event with or without the Key – none of the lines we saw were longer than 10 people at any given time on any activity. I’m sure we missed some peak times that may have been longer though. Priority Ports and Tenders Not sure the Key helped on Allure. Every port we stopped at we just went right down the elevator to 2 and got right off. No lines ever at any port and we did get off when we first arrived. Maybe tenders would be helpful with the Key but our itinerary didn’t call for any tenders. Getting back on the ship was fast and easy too (no need for the Key) I don’t think you get priority anyway getting back on. Last day. We had to have any bags packed and outside the door by 11pm night before and tagged with Key tags. Next morning we took our time since we had nowhere to go anyway (2:30pm flight) Went to the MDR for breakfast. Fantastic menu. Had breakfast about 1.5hours then were told to go by the Champagne Room to get off with Key people. A staff member told us Key members left already? Huh? We were told we could go when we were ready. We walked off ourselves and when we crossed the bridge from ship to the terminal they were taking Key guests and suite guests to the “shorter” line. Still a line though for the elevators. After that it was a fast out the door. Not sure how the other line was. Chaos I’m sure. Then our bags were in a special area for pickup. And that’s that. The terminal needs work with the incoming and outgoing traffic though. It’s all mixed together. People coming and going (complete chaos) Overall Value: Good for some not for others. We were getting the internet already anyway so at the time we got the Key at $19.99 pp per day (Internet was $15 pp per day) So for us it was good. Some shows I found you could just walk right in on and get a seat. Not many “bad” seats to begin with. It’s not like your sitting in MSG or MetLife Stadium with 10,000+ people. For us getting on ship first was nice and the final breakfast was nice – even though anyone can eat in the MDR except Key gets an hour longer and on a separate seating area with a special menu. Priority ports were useless for us. On board activities were useless for us (and not really needed anyway) short lines to begin with either way. I also think they need to be a bit more organized with the program. Not everyone on ship (staff) knew what it was. Overall I would say if your already getting Voom and if it’s only $5 more per day then go for it. If you don’t need the internet then I think it’s very overpriced for what you get. I mean I can’t justify that money just for a Chops lunch and getting on the ship maybe 1 hour sooner than most others did. Even shows you’ll get great seats if you show up with a reservation maybe 15-20min earlier. A few clarifications in what I’ve seen on the forums prior: The Key – is per person per day for length of cruise -Must be purchase by everyone over 6 years old in room Internet – each member gets their own access code (you can use on as many devices as you want but must sign out of one before using the next) Flow rider- the one hour reserved slot is one hour for all key guest. You don’t get your own hour. I saw some people trying to justify the cost of a personal lesson to the key. Yes with a lesson you get more personal time but the key hours are shared with key members. So don’t think that’s an hour just for you only. And yes the add a Key sticker to your card And off topic but I don't see what the big deal is with Sorrentos Pizza. People say its fantastic but we live in Northern NJ and were have some of the best Pizza places. I guess if your from down south or somewhere that doesn't make pizza very good - then maybe? To me it was like eating a frozen Pizza - same with Sabor Mexican - eh. Ok but nothing special - wouldn't pay for that again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
My wife and I, along with her cousin and her husband, booked this cruise over a year ago and could hardly wait to get to this ship. My wife and I flew to Melbourne, FL to stay with her relatives before renting a car and driving down to ... Read More
My wife and I, along with her cousin and her husband, booked this cruise over a year ago and could hardly wait to get to this ship. My wife and I flew to Melbourne, FL to stay with her relatives before renting a car and driving down to Miami the day prior to the cruise. We spent the night at the Best Western Plus Airport in Kendall, about 25 miles from the port. This hotel was very nice with a hot breakfast buffet. We really enjoyed staying here, even though it was a little ways from the port. We passed a Bahama Breeze restaurant and decided to have dinner there. It was OK, nothing to write home about. Service was VERY slow. The next morning, we returned the rental car to the airport and took the rental shuttle to the port. It was here that we set our eyes upon the biggest ship we've ever seen. The Allure is huge! Traffic around the RCI Terminal A is horrendous, as construction of another terminal is taking place next door. People trying to leave the terminal while others are trying to get inside make for a huge mess. Once we handed off our luggage to the porters outside, we headed inside to a very spacious building. Checking in took less than 5 minutes before we headed to the waiting area. We finally got to board the ship after a 35-minute wait. WOW...is the first thing that comes to mind when you see this ship for the first time! It is huge both inside and out! It's like standing inside a large mall, with shops and restaurants galore. We proceeded to the Windjammer for lunch. It was NOT as crowded as we imagined. In fact, it was never crowded during the entire cruise. They have different stations set up so there are no long lines anywhere. There's so many different food selections for both breakfast and lunch. We enjoyed everything that we had. Great food! Around 1:00pm, they announced that all cabins were ready, so we headed down to ours (cabin 11-203). We had a Central Park Balcony cabin and it was fantastic! Loved it! Our steward was Andrew from Trinidad and he did a wonderful job tending to our needs and desires. Kept our ice bucket constantly filled. Great job! The little shower "capsule" took some getting used to, but we managed. The sheets and pillows on our bed was so very, very comfortable. In fact, we liked them so much that we bought a set later on in the cruise. I had ordered an extension cord, distilled water and a sharpe's container for our cabin and none were there when we arrived. I needed the cord and water for my CPAP machine. I arranged it with the Special Needs department six months ago and even had an acknowledgement from them saying it would be there upon arrival. Nope! Took 2 days to get the water, four days to get the Sharpe's container and never did see the extension cord. Good thing that I brought my cord with me in my CPAP case. Dinner in the main dining room was fabulous! The meals were very good and served quickly. We never spent more than 75 minutes in there. Our head waiter Clyde and his assistant Marvin took care of us extremely well. We never had anything that we didn't like and had as much as we wanted to eat. With all of the specialty restaurants on board, which we didn't bother going to, we couldn't have asked for better meals. So very, very good! The shops onboard were a little expensive for our tastes. There were not many t-shirts selections until the "20 for $20" sale on the last day. Michael Kors, Coach and the other stores didn't appeal to any of us. The evening shows (Momma Mia, Blue Planet, OceanAria, Ice Games and the juggler) were the best shows that we have ever seen aboard a cruise ship. Hands down! Very entertaining and professionally done. Outstanding! We found little things to do during the day, so we spent most of our time people watching from our cabin balcony. Enjoying every minute. I played a couple of trivia games. Let me tell you, RCI goes to no expenses when it comes to "trophies" for winning....a key chain! If you're lucky, you might win a highlighter! A far cry from a "ship on a stick" at Carnival. Bingo was so costly that we never played a single game. And we never set foot inside the casino. Too smoky for us. The Lido deck was as expected...very crowded in the afternoon. Chair hogs everywhere. If you went out on the deck right after breakfast, you wouldn't have any problems finding a chair or two. There are 5 different pools on this ship, with the best being the "Beach Pool", where you can place your chair in the water then lay back and relax. Caution...if you go back to play putt putt golf, DO NOT sit on the wooden benches along the side. There are covered with soot from the smokestacks on the ship. My wife's cousin ruined a pair of pants that she had just worn for the first time. You may also want to wipe off the chairs if you go to watch the OceanAria show, as they too are in line with the smokestacks. RCI tried to clean her pants for her but they didn't come clean. We booked an outside company for our excursion in St. Maarten. Went to Orient and Maho Beaches (2-hrs at each). Plus got all of the rum punch, water, sodas or beer that we wanted during the tour. It was so awful to see the hurricane damage at Orient Beach, our favorite place on the planet. But we still had a great time. And we enjoyed watching the planes come in over Maho. In San Juan, my wife and I stayed aboard the ship and enjoyed the hot tub and pool. The others in our group head off to explore for a couple of hours. We stopped last in Labadee. This place is beautiful. However, RCI needs to post where swimming isn't safe. We went to Adrenaline Beach, got 4 chairs before heading to the water. A life guard immediatlely told us to get out of the water because it was unsafe. He told us to head farther up the beach to swim. So we packed up, dragged our chairs 200-yards up the beach only to be told it wasn't safe there either! So we just gave up on swimming and laid back to sunbathe. You would thing that these areas should be roped off, but they weren't. But I will tell you what saved the day for us....a Labadoozie! This was the best drink that any of us had ever had! YUM! This was our 25th overall cruise, the 3rd with RCI. There were some things that we liked better than Carnival, but the the staff seemed to be a little rude on Allure and that turned us off. The food and entertainment was, by far, better than Carnival. But the ship was way too big for us 60+ year old cruisers. So much walking to get to everything. We should have done this ship years ago. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Embarkation went very smoothly. The food was delicious, both in the dining room and the buffet. Our dining staff, Taryn and Gabriel were so friendly and helpful. The pool was refreshing and our pool waiter was awesome. He remembered ... Read More
Embarkation went very smoothly. The food was delicious, both in the dining room and the buffet. Our dining staff, Taryn and Gabriel were so friendly and helpful. The pool was refreshing and our pool waiter was awesome. He remembered our room number and drink order. The pool band was great. They played some Island tunes that really put you in the mood to dance. I couldn’t believe how clean the ship was. Our room overlooked Central Park. I sat out on the balcony everyday while my husband showered. There was usually a band playing. In the evening there was either a guitarist or pianist playing in the park. It was very romantic. We went on one excursion with Royal Caribbean. It was snorkeling off of a catermaran. Then we got to jump off the boat and swim to a beautiful beach. Great vacation, everyone was happy and relaxed. Would definitely use Royal Caribbean again! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2019
Our main purpose for going on this cruise was to get together with relatives that we don't see very often. We weren't particularly interested in any of the 3 stops (San Juan, St. Maarten, Haiti) but looked forward to a week in ... Read More
Our main purpose for going on this cruise was to get together with relatives that we don't see very often. We weren't particularly interested in any of the 3 stops (San Juan, St. Maarten, Haiti) but looked forward to a week in the sun after a cold winter. Positives: Food was excellent in all of the several venues that served free meals (we didn't try any of the specialty restaurants,) as good as on any cruise we've ever been on. Service throughout was superb, both in the dining rooms and from the cabin steward. The cabin was spotless, comfortable and adequate for a couple who don't spend a lot of time in a cabin. Negatives: Entertainment, which we don't expect to be highly professional on a cruise, was barely mediocre. There was an ice-skating show with various skits, one of which was a couple ice dancing to Pavoratti singing "Nessum Dormo." It was very good, and we expected it to be the finale. Instead, it was followed by a skit on "Jailhouse Rock!" I'd love to ask the producer how he figured he could follow "Nessum Dormo" with "Jailhouse Rock," but didn't get the opportunity. The biggest negative was LINES! Long waiting lines to get into the dining areas and for elevators, which often arrived full so passengers had to wait for the next one...and the next one...etc. One has to give Royal Caribbean an 'A' for effort, but they just aren't equipped to efficiently handle a crowd on a ship the size of the Allure. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My wife and I, along with our best friends, decided to try one of RC's "mega-ships," and this one matched up with the dates we could go. Allure was amazing! It is so huge with so many things to do. You really have to try not ... Read More
My wife and I, along with our best friends, decided to try one of RC's "mega-ships," and this one matched up with the dates we could go. Allure was amazing! It is so huge with so many things to do. You really have to try not to have fun if you're going to have a bad time on this ship! Embarkation was the smoothest we have experienced (this is only our 5th cruise, but still). We were through in almost no time. We took off from RC's new port in Miami. Huge, but very efficient. Workers at the port were great! The ship itself is massive - the balcony cabins wrap around inside the ship, overlooking a couple different areas. We had an ocean-view balcony cabin and loved it. More roomy than other ship balcony rooms we've had. Nice bed, couch, room to move around. Bathroom was good as well. The only negative about the room was the closet - small and crowded. Did not compare favorably with the Princess ships we've been on. But minor issue - other than that, great room. The main dining room was great. Never went to any of the specialty dining venues - why, when the included food is so excellent? Food was as good as any cruise we have taken. Buffet was good. Not as many choices as Regal or Royal Princess, but all the food was very good. Excellent carved beef and ham! The place where this ship/cruise shined above the others we've been on was the entertainment. Wow! They have an aqua-theater on the back of all their Oasis Class ships which is amazing. Diving, acrobatics, humor, hand-balancing, trampolines...a little bit of it all. We saw "Mama Mia" in the main theater, and it was excellent. Great singing and acting as well. We were very impressed. They have an ice capades-like show as well in yet another venue. I didn't go in with high hopes. Seemed like a rather small rink to do any great tricks - but was I ever wrong! They could really skate - very fun show. The comedians were very good as well. As expected the one we saw late night was pretty crude, but we did enjoy the three different comedy shows we saw. Great variety of activities to join in on the ship. Quite honestly, I go on cruises to relax, so I spent a lot of time at one of the pools. Five pools offered more available deck chairs than I've ever experienced on a cruise. Along with relaxation, I also zip-lined, played mini-golf and shuffleboard, listened to numerous live musicians, and enjoyed just taking in the ship. We were especially impressed with Central Park, an area on the RC Oasis class ships with thousands of real trees and plants. Peaceful, fun to walk around, and fun to sit and play cards listening to a classical guitarist. Service was outstanding, especially our room steward (and her towel animals) and our wait staff in the restaurant. But others around the ship were great as well. No kids with us, but we explored the children's are just to see it, and it looked amazing! Our ports included Nassau, Cozumel, Honduras, and Costa Maya. Had a good time at each one. We did RC excursions at three of them, but decided to just walk around at Costa Maya. All stops were good. For my tastes, I'd prefer non-Mexican stops, but that's just me. Would we do it again? Absolutely! If you're paying, I'd leave tomorrow! Give it a try - you'll love Allure of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2019
I chose this ship because ive been on royal carribean before and I like the cruise. The ship is huge so much to do weather you want to grab something to eat, swim, party or relax. Food is pretty good, windjammer has really good breakfast ... Read More
I chose this ship because ive been on royal carribean before and I like the cruise. The ship is huge so much to do weather you want to grab something to eat, swim, party or relax. Food is pretty good, windjammer has really good breakfast ok everything else but the fries, the fries are amazing you can get then at the wipeout cafe, windjammer and dining room and maybe other places idk. sorrentos is good I love pizza and from chicago so naturally my standards for pizza is high and sorrentos is pretty good. Ship was nice and clean every time the house keeper came the room was spotless so clean and he was such a cool nice guy I loved him.ice cream cones on the pool deck self serve its awesome. St. Maarten was super nice I pretty island. Peurto rico is my favorite island san juan is so nice. Haiti is such a cool island too.YThe gym on it for people who want to work out is a super awesome gym better then any hote gyml ive seen so many different machines and dumbells go pretty high ive seen as heavy as 75 lbs dumbells. It barely got rough the boat. Overall its a really nice cruise ship I would go again in a heartbeat. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Second time on the Allure in two and a half years. The first time blew us away. The second time was just another cruise. After having the drink package for the first time on the first cruise on the Allure I felt like it was a fair deal. ... Read More
Second time on the Allure in two and a half years. The first time blew us away. The second time was just another cruise. After having the drink package for the first time on the first cruise on the Allure I felt like it was a fair deal. Trying different high end cognacs(hennessyXO) , aged scotch(mcallen 12yr double cask), tequilas (don julio 1942), aged rums...etc in the Champagne bar for a minimal surcharge of a buck or two was quite nice. Left the first cruise with some nice ideas to stock my home bar and a guarantee i would buy the drink package on Royal Caribbean the next time i cruised with them. Then the "next time i cruise with them" happened for spring break of 2019. Was hyped up to get on the ship and get me a HennessyXO neat for a $2 up charge with the drink package and start my reexploring of the Allure. Upon ordering my drink, the bar tender kindly made sure i was aware the HennessyXO wasnt part of the drink package. i told her i knew there was a small surcharge according to the last cruise on the allure of $2. She then told me it is now an $8 surcharge above the drink package cost. I paused and started looking for something else to start my trip out with and asked where the Don Julio 1942 was which was also a $2 up charge. She said they dont carry that any more.(though they sell it in the ship store). Nor did they have the double cask scotch i was eager to have....so i settled on some RemyXO for a buck surcharge that i didnt even finish..Truly disappointed that i paid for the drink package to sip on zacapa and coke and old fashions all cruise. I could buy six bottles of zacapa and four bottles of makers mark for the price of the drink package and that would last me a year. Another knock on the drink package is how Royal markets how it is usable on their private islands. Labadee was a JOKE when it come to drinks offered. There was one special drink, "the labadoozy", and a bunch of bottom shelf junk. I ask for a long island and the bartender told me the didnt have sour mix....what, no sour mix at a bar..i told her to make it any way and just use more coke. My wife ordered a pina colada and was told the didnt do pinacoladas...you heard that right..we were in the middle of the Caribbean on a cruise port stop and couldnt get a pina colada. i just wonder if the people at the private beach with more money than all the other guest were able to get what they wanted. Totally disappointed with Royal in the drink package aspect. Wont do it again unless I can confirm what alcohols are available for a small up charge, and what drinks are available on their private stops. the ship itself is top notch always clean and well maintained, except for some soiled carpet areas and the smoke coming from the casino when going to dinner, theres not much of a better taken care of ship. dinners are better than the average cruise line that ive been on, (princess and carniva) and the workers seem to be in better moods on Royal than other cruise lines. We saw three shows while on the ship. The Blue Planet had some highlights but was rather slow for my liking, The Ice Games was my all time favorite of any show on any ship Ive been on(7 different ships). And my wife and i left half way though Momma Mia. To boring for how tired we were. Rock climbing wall and waver rider where very nice for the active. I made the best out of my hopes of sipping on fine spirits being baited and switched. We had a 14th floor boardwalk balcony which was nice to watch the aquatheater. All in all you cant go wrong with Royal from my limited experience. i just dont like change...especially when its change that doesnt make my trip better. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
My first cruise aboard a REALLY big ship. Allure of the Seas is absolutely beautiful! Although huge it is fairly easy to navigate. It was amazing that this very large ship is so immaculate. Every venue was beautiful: clean carpets, not a ... Read More
My first cruise aboard a REALLY big ship. Allure of the Seas is absolutely beautiful! Although huge it is fairly easy to navigate. It was amazing that this very large ship is so immaculate. Every venue was beautiful: clean carpets, not a spec of trash anywhere, furniture clean and comfortable, spotless public restrooms. Even though this ship had over 6,000 passengers, it never felt too crowded. There is so much to do and a total of three days at sea were never boring. Traveling with my 14 year old granddaughter was a delight as she found plenty to do in the Teen Club. Embarkation was quick and easy. Miami Terminal A: beautiful, easy to navigate with lots of very helpful staff. Food and dining was very good. We were changed to Anytime Dining (originally had 8:00 dining) which meant the only Main Dining option was the American Icon Grill (deck 3). The Grill is huge and beautiful. Food good and our waiter, Rommel, was excellent. Thankfully we were able to get a table for two at a window...fantastic! TIP: If you have Anytime Dining (American Icon Grill), be sure to make your reservations for the duration of the cruise IMMEDIATELY after boarding or first thing the next day. Even with reservations, the lines can be long but they move quickly (you're not always guaranteed to sit at the same table). If you don't make reservations, the No-Reservations line also moves pretty quickly and we were seated immediately once we reached the hostess podium. *Room service is lacking...full breakfast took an hour+ to be delivered (there is a $7.95 fee for hot food) and each of the three Continental Breakfasts (no fee) were incomplete. Staff was apologetic and returned with the completed orders but it was still a nuisance. TIP: When ordering the continental breakfast mark each selection with the number of persons, i.e., orange juice-2, yogurt-2, etc. *Windjammer Marketplace: very popular so there are usually lines, but they move quickly. Many, many food options and the food is good. Entertainment was phenomenal! We saw Mama Mia, the Aqua Theatre production and Blue Planet...all Broadway and Cirque Du Soleil worthy performances. Even my 14 year old granddaughter enjoyed them. TIP: make sure you make reservations when you book your cruise and get there early. Every staff person we encountered was welcoming, professional and helpful. Our room steward, Darwin, was wonderful, caring and courteous. Our waiter, Rommel, in the American Icon Grill, was a joy. He remembered every person in his area by name. He was attentive, remembering your food preferences (the way you liked your steak, etc.). Shore Excursions: *Phillipsburg, St. Maarten: beautiful beaches, lots to see and do. The independent tour included both the Dutch and French sides of the island with a chance to have a delicious Caribbean lunch. The tour meeting area was a challenge as it's located away from the other tour and taxi pick-up locations. Maho Beach (at the airport with planes landing right over the beach) is exciting and very crowed. TIP: if you're doing an independent tour, be sure to give yourself plenty of time by disembarking at least 30-45 minuets before your tour. *San Juan, Puerto Rico: always love visiting San Juan. We chose a cruise line tour (San Juan Cultural Tour). The cruise line made it easy to find your group with just a short walk from the ship to shore. Although we thoroughly enjoyed our tour destinations and our guide, unfortunately, the air-conditioning on the bus stopped working half way through the tour. *Labadee, Haiti: an absolutely beautiful island. The cruise line tour (Labadee Traditions) was great. It included a boat ride to Norm's Place Guest House with cultural information and performances. The Dragon Coaster was a blast. The beaches were clean with plenty of beach lounges available. The tram picks up and drops off at several locations throughout the beach area and was very much appreciated. Disembarkation was quick and easy. We disembarked late and even then there were lines in the terminal. TIP:If you're using a pick-up app, I suggest hiring a porter to help with bags and navigation to the pick-up area. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was out first Royal Caribbean cruise. There were many, many positives, and the few negatives were minor. Arrival: Cruise tip #1 - Plan ahead for parking. The RC parking filled up at the port so we had to be shuttled to a different ... Read More
This was out first Royal Caribbean cruise. There were many, many positives, and the few negatives were minor. Arrival: Cruise tip #1 - Plan ahead for parking. The RC parking filled up at the port so we had to be shuttled to a different parking lot. This, although not tragic, was a bummer. Beyond that, getting on the ship was literally the easiest we have ever experienced. I was nervous given the volume of people but they way they manage the process is very efficient and easy for the passengers. Dining: We booked somewhat last minute so got stuck with My Time dining and the only reservation we could get was 5:30. With that said, our waitstaff was amazing. Food was great but we noticed the buffet carries much of the same so one night we did the buffet. We did a specialty dining and the food was great as well. I don't think it is worth the price though. If it is free take it, if not I can't recommend the extra spend. I loved how the ship has multiple places to eat and congregate in order to spread the crowd. This does not fully alleviate the crowds though. Be prepared to wait in lines at times just to get into the buffet or eat at other areas. Cabin: Ours was fine. Nothing crazy good or bad. We had an interior balcony over the boardwalk. It was neat but loud. I would probably choose something else next time so I can sleep in peace. Entertainment and Activities: Crazy...absolutely loved the ice show. The water show at the back of the ship was stunning. Even the kids water show during the day was neat. We did not care for the Blue Planet and skipped Abba (not our thing). As far as activities, there were many. We golfed, played cards (card room is great), played ping pong, zip lined, rock walled, ice skated, played shuffle board, had massages and more. Just strolling the ship was fun given the diversity of it all. The gym was very large and well provisioned and the walking track was nice too. Service: Very friendly. Very personable. We were able to carry on our tradition and get a selfie with the captain. I think he tolerated us, but was not thrilled :)... I don't recall any poor, unhappy, or otherwise substandard service. All were great. Ports: Nassau-yuck, not sure why they stop there. We stayed on the ship. Cozumel went shopping, Coasta Maya snorkeled, Roatan snorkeled. Roatan snorkeling was AMAZING right off the West Bay Beach. Don't forget that ship time and local time are different. Very important if you book your own excursions. Other notes about the cruise: The cruise critic party was fun and funny. Flavio (sp?) did a great job entertaining. The ship is an engineering marvel. It feels a lot like you are in a mall, not on a ship. Oddly enough the ship felt more casual to me. On formal nights there did not seem to be formal places to gather like other ships have. Not a huge deal since that does not really seem to be the market they are after. Overall we would do it again, but I could easily be swayed back to another cruise line that offers a lower cost (this was almost twice the price of our other cruises). Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
Overall a solid 4 stars. Bought the 3 package food upgrade but thought the main dining was on par food-wise with the premium restaurants and service wise was even better. Not that Chops and Izumi weren't good but wait staff in the ... Read More
Overall a solid 4 stars. Bought the 3 package food upgrade but thought the main dining was on par food-wise with the premium restaurants and service wise was even better. Not that Chops and Izumi weren't good but wait staff in the main room ( for me) was better than either of those restaurants. Had the beverage upgrade as well and spots like the Champagne Bar were tough to get served at times. Speaking of beverages seemed like the one soda station next to Sorento's was out of order most of the cruise so it made it tough to get sodas when it was crowded. Played bingo a few times and wish they would switch up the bingo caller ( she was good) but it was the same jokes every time so it got stale. Another tweak I wish they would make was with the trivia. Don't understand why they have to pile all of the trivia right on top of each other as there are only limited seats. It just ended up with people standing over leaving. My room attendant was fantastic and getting on and off the ship was a breeze. One other nitpick. There was some confusion about when we were going to get to st maarten due to a medical emergency. We were supposed to get there at 8am but due to having to airlift a passenger off that got moved to 10AM because we had to sail closer to Puerto Rico. At some point though that switched back to 8AM but I'm sure I wasn't the only one who didn't get that info. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I will start out by saying that the cruise was great. The quality of service, food, entertainment for kids and adults were all spectacular. The onboarding experience was super quick. What I would like to review is the Key Experience. ... Read More
I will start out by saying that the cruise was great. The quality of service, food, entertainment for kids and adults were all spectacular. The onboarding experience was super quick. What I would like to review is the Key Experience. We purchased "The Key" for our family of five. One of our kiddos was under 6 years old so she didn't have to pay. The following benefits were to be included with our purchase: 1. Priority Boarding - There was no dedicated area. We had to ask around and finally were just directed to wait in the regular boarding lines. Not a big deal, as the onboarding process has been incredibly streamlined and fast. We were on the ship within 30 minutes of arriving at the port. 2. Taking of carry-ons to room: We did not find this service. 3. Lunch at Chops Grille on embarkation day. This is from 11AM to 1PM. We arrived around 1230 and were seated pretty quickly. This was a delicious meal. 4. Streaming internet for four. We only used two devices, as the children would not need internet access. The internet was fast. 5. Private times for Key members for big attractions like the Florider, Zipline and rock climbing walls. Here's the catch. The private times that are provided are mostly between 8AM and 9AM in the morning or 5-6PM. If you have a 5PM dinner, you're not getting that benefit. Nonetheless, because it is dinner time, there are no lines for the rock climbing walls at this time anyway. The time slots given were really disappointing 6. Priority disembarkation at the ports - we did not ever see or find any priority disembarkation areas for Key members. When we mentioned we were Key members we were pointed to the same line as everyone else. 7. Priority seating at the shows. "The Key" seats are held for 5 minutes, 15 minutes prior to showtime. If you do not arrive 15 minutes prior to showtime, you don't get the seats. If you get there 15 minutes prior to showtime, you're going to get good seats regardless. For us, there was no real benefit to us. 8. Breakfast on disembarkation day. This was good. It was a nice calm breakfast. Once done, there was to be an escort to disembark (again, supposedly cutting all the lines) but in actuality it was just an escort to the disembarkation line. Once again, no special benefit. All in all I felt like we had been suckered. The VIP experience advertised is not at all what you get. We would have saved a ton of money if we had paid for lunch at Chops and our internet packages. If you get everywhere 15 minutes early or are willing to wake up at the crack of dawn on your vacation - you're good to go. There is no value in the Key experience. Our joke for the week was that "the Key isn't real". Its not an actual thing. Hope this helps someone. I couldn't find any information on it here. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
I sailed on Royal Caribbean ten years ago on the Independence of the Seas.. and loved it. So when it came time to book a vacation this year I chose The Allure of the Seas based on the great time I had ten years ago sailing on Royal ... Read More
I sailed on Royal Caribbean ten years ago on the Independence of the Seas.. and loved it. So when it came time to book a vacation this year I chose The Allure of the Seas based on the great time I had ten years ago sailing on Royal Caribbean. I like the bigger ships because there is so much to do. And I was hoping The Allure would be the right choice for myself and my two friends. We had two Junior suites with connecting doors and one ocean view balcony. We also purchased two delux drink packages at 35% off. That let my friends drink all they wanted to without worrying about money….they had lots of champagne, good coffee, water, fresh juices etc. throughout the cruise.. overall it was a smart thing to do ahead of time prepurchasing the drink package. We also purchased “The Key” a new program that is rolling out across the fleet. Basically for the price of streeming internet you get a bunch of extra perks like priority embarkation, carry-on bags delivered directly to your stateroom on the first day you board, a great lunch at Chops upon boarding, reserved seating for the shows, reserved slots for activiteis like the Flowrider etc, free internet, and al a cart breakfast in the main dining room on the last day when you leave the ship at your choosing . All in all we loved “The Key”. I have to say that its hard to believe that anyone wouldn’t just love The Allure. It was simply amazing from beginning to end. We loved Moma Mia the first night even if it was a little long. We loved the Oceana water production in the back of the ship. Incredible! We choose the first seating in the main dining room “The Grande”. I emailed ahead of time and requested a specific table under a porthole window and when we boarded I went up to check it out and sure enough Royal Caribbean had reserved the table I requested..amazing 6,000 passengers and they gave me the exact table I wanted considering there are only a few tables for three people under a porthole. It was nice to eat and see the sea. Our waiters were a little quirky at first but overall they were fine and the food was served quickly and eficiently. The food in the main dining room was fantastic, fresh, hot and excellent. One or two things were not that great but I just sent them back and requested something else. It was immediately taken care of. I was very impressed how they served so many people so well. Amazing. On the second formal night the lobster tails were amazingly cooked to perfection. We also ate at Chops, Giovanie’s Table, 150 Central Park, Vintages, Sabor Mexican, Windjammer Cafe and Park Cafe and Coastal Kitchen because it came with our Jr. Suite. and the character breakfast with Dreamworks. (this morning in about two hours from now!) ALL the food on this ship was amazing with Giovanni’s being the overall best. We ate lunch a couple times at Windjammer on port days when the place was quiet and the variety and quality was just fantastic. Chinese, Asian, Caribbean, traditional American etc. The flavors and the presentation when it wasn’t crowded was impressive. Anyone who complains about the food on this ship has to be a babagonush. We visited Nassau, Cozumel, Rotan and Costa Maya. The ports were just what they were…tourist traps.. and we basically just decided we liked hanging out on the ship during port days although we did take a taxi to West Beach in Rotan. Now on to the crew: I’m not exaggerating when I say that this company is totally on the ball with how they hire and train their crew. It toatally blew me away. I’m not exagerating when I say that every single crew member that I ran into during the entire seven days was outstanding. Just amazing, friendly, helpful, engaging and overall a joy to encounter. They are from all over the world and they work like dogs for months away from their families and still week after week even having to deal with often times demanding and rude passengers…they keep their attitudes warm and friendly and seeminly genuine. How do they do that? And how amazing is it that Royal Caribbean hires and manages 2200 crew so well? Blew me away. Our cabin stewart, Dwight from Jamaica was unbelievable…he works all day seven days a week and has to turn over 11 cabins twice a day. He was the bomb. I took the “All Access Tour” on day three and once again Royal Caribbean blew me away. It was three hours nearly and we explored nearly all of the ship that you would'nt otherwise see..we saw how all the food is prepared, stored, served etc. We went into the engine control room, the bridge, crews quarters, the laundry…all very informative and all led my the head of each department. I highly recommend this if you are interested in how they manage to pull off catering to 6,000 guests and 2,200 crew. Ok now where are my complaints? I don’t have any. Yes there are things like the ship showing a little ware and tear, some chipped paint on some furniture, the fact that they don’t put chocolate on your bed at night anymore, no more Turner Classic Movies on the TV anymore, the pools closing at 11pm…none of that bothered me. My friends and I are having (I’m still on the ship as I write this review at 4am on the last day) an incredibly wonderful vacation and we don’t want to leave Sunday. If I could afford it would do a back to back. Come on! who wouldn’t like to keep eating, drinking and relaxing like kings another week? As for the overall make up of the passengers: People from all over the world. By and large not too many kids surprisingly…lots of families many well dressed on formal nights. I never really saw any nonsense or unruly or even any rude passengers during the entire week. The ship never felt crowded...there is always a quiet place to chill. Central park is great! We had the time of our lives and I am grateful and awe struck to Royal Caribbean for pulling off the kind of product they provide considering everything these days is about the corporate bottom line. I tip my hat to Roayal Caribbean. I would’nt sail on any other cruise line. We had a frekin blast! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We have been on a few rides with royal, our 2nd big ship. Royal Staff was great. Now the bad, I have never been on a Royal ship with so many children, especially running around unsupervised late at night, running up and down the ... Read More
We have been on a few rides with royal, our 2nd big ship. Royal Staff was great. Now the bad, I have never been on a Royal ship with so many children, especially running around unsupervised late at night, running up and down the passageways in the Casino after 10PM. Also children in the Solarium sitting at the bar, staff all around saying nothing to them. When we cruised on the Oasis they had signs by the Solarium Bistro, stating 16 or older. I went in for breakfast and thought I was on a Disney Cruise, there were children everywhere. Royal staff needs to step up and enforce the rules. Our first trip to Labadee, it was beautiful, but you could only get 2 fruity drinks, NO frozen margaritas, no Mud Slides. we payed good money for the drink package which was basically useless on Labadee. Now for the good stuff, Food was good in main DR a big A+ to Michael & Viraj, thank you for the excellent service. Also cabin staff were excellent. Guest services staff wwre very accommodating to our needs. The biggest atta boy award goes out to the Casino Bartenders, Luka, Wayne, Rowan, Anthony. In the short it was a great cruise, will probally not cruise again in March. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
We chooses Allure of the seas based on the family activities and amenities and we were not disappointed, we were celebrating my niece’s 15th birthday and we were a group of 26 from babies to my father in law which is 92. We all had a ... Read More
We chooses Allure of the seas based on the family activities and amenities and we were not disappointed, we were celebrating my niece’s 15th birthday and we were a group of 26 from babies to my father in law which is 92. We all had a great time. The ship is in great condition, enough pools and entertainment areas for kids and family, nice size cabins, we never felt crowded. The shows on this ship are very good, great quality and enjoyable for kids and adults. The service in general is very good along the ship. The app is useful if its working, we had problems to communicate and some activities on the app were not available, we made a line to take my niece to the ice skating ring which she wanted to do so much for almost an hour, until a bar tender told us that was a mistake on the app. We had so many dining options and the Windjamer always had great selection of food. Silk restaurant wasn’t that great but we had some nice meals. We went to St. Maarten, which I personally funded depressing after all the devastation from the hurricane, but beautiful turquoise waters and nice prices for shopping. Old San Juan in Puerto Rico was beautiful and we spend hours walking around. Labadee is just perfect to spend the day at the beach, Royal Caribbean did a great job, and there is so much to do, water slides, water park, snorkeling, etc... The only thing I did not like about the Island is the market, I like do my shopping without all kinds of very pushy vendors trying to get us into their shops, its just too much and we ended up leaving that area. My family and I enjoyed this cruise so much that we are already thinking of our next vacation. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This cruise was amazing, so beautiful and the staff was amazing. The children had many activities to do while older people had there own activities also. I would recommend it every time. The islands were great and the drink package ... Read More
This cruise was amazing, so beautiful and the staff was amazing. The children had many activities to do while older people had there own activities also. I would recommend it every time. The islands were great and the drink package oooooohhh don’t get me started on the drink package it was cheap and usfull unlimeted drink. The WiFi was good not the best but it did it’s purpose. The 4 different pools were all great and the hot tubs were great at sunset with a nice cold drink in my hand just relaxed. If you don’t try this cruise your missing out. I do wish there was a slide but that’s fine. Also with such a big ship u really don’t feel packed on the cruise. I could live on that cruise if I could. So yes try out the allure of the seas it’s worth every penny lol see ya on the flip side. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This ship has plenty to offer. There are lots of activities and nightly entertainment that will keep you busy. There is actually so much to do onboard that we wished that we had more than 2 sea days. Our kids, who are 22 and 19 enjoyed ... Read More
This ship has plenty to offer. There are lots of activities and nightly entertainment that will keep you busy. There is actually so much to do onboard that we wished that we had more than 2 sea days. Our kids, who are 22 and 19 enjoyed this cruse much more than the one we took on another cruise line last year. Honestly, there are things to do for those of all ages! The food onboard was good and we particularly enjoyed Chops. The staff on the ship was very attentive and the cabin staff went our of the way to be helpful, particularly Marijana. The only negative that I have about RCL has nothing to do with the ship or crew, rather it has to do with their reservation staff. I called 3 times prior to our sailing. Out of 3 different agents, I got only 1 who seemed to know what each ship offered and who could answer my questions. RCL needs to do a better job training these people. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We were a group of five travelers. My husband and I and adult children. The Ship: Beautiful but starting to need some updating. Furniture in common areas is starting to age. Cabin: We had a Central Park Balcony. The location was ... Read More
We were a group of five travelers. My husband and I and adult children. The Ship: Beautiful but starting to need some updating. Furniture in common areas is starting to age. Cabin: We had a Central Park Balcony. The location was great. Our A/C didn't work very well. We called and it was fixed and then worked fine. Excursions: Four of us signed up for an excursion with RCCL. The excursion was described as eight hours with six hours of travel time. I figured that meant two hours at our destination. We received notice that we would only have 30-45 minutes at our destination in a note attached to our excursion tickets. One of our group that stayed back told us that RCCL put our group on the last ferry to leave headed for Playa Del Carmen. RCCL needs to take a look at logistics and prioritize to accommodate participants of lengthy excursions. We ended up with about an hour at our destination because the tour company did a great job, but RCCL dropped the ball on this. I'm glad the ship went to Costa Maya, which we love. Get away from the port (tourist trap) and take a taxi to town. It is my happy place. We took a private tour to a resort/beach in Roatan and didn't leave the ship in Nassau. Food/Drinks: The food is fine, but not as good as in years past. Gone are the free tastings before heading to dinner. I also wish there were more venues included, I'm tired of having to pay extra for every little thing. We did have one specialty lunch at Sabor and it was fabulous. We bought the premium drink package and I wouldn't buy it again. I felt obligated to drink a lot more than I normally do to take advantage of the unlimited drinks. Also, with four port days (although we stayed on the ship during one) and having a lot of activities planned, it was hard to get our money's worth. Entertainment: Excellent!!!! We saw all of the shows and they were very good with one exception being one of the Headliners, however, that is personal preference as I overheard many people had liked it so I won't mention the entertainer. Service: We had excellent service from all staff members we encountered. Internet: We didn't buy internet service. Using the internet cafe to check in for our flight cost us $10.00 for one hour of use. There are no more pay by the minute options. Overall: In an attempt to making cruising for everyone and create bigger ships with more activities, some of us long time cruisers are left behind. I miss the ShipShape program (I think that was the name) events where you collected bucks by doing activities and earned RCCL swag. I miss getting a gift when I cruise as a thanks for being loyal, but overall, cruising is still a great way to travel. We didn't use the gym or the spa. I noticed many of the group exercises classes in the gym have a fee. We picked this cruise mostly for the great itinerary. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2019
This was our 1st Oasis Class Ship and it was just "OK". We were in a Balcony Room on the 14th floor in the front of the ship. My wife and I have now gone on 5 Royal cruises in the past 10 years and have been on Freedom and ... Read More
This was our 1st Oasis Class Ship and it was just "OK". We were in a Balcony Room on the 14th floor in the front of the ship. My wife and I have now gone on 5 Royal cruises in the past 10 years and have been on Freedom and Adventure of the Seas previously. We've also been on Norwegian and Celebrity. We really looked forward to going on this cruise but left feeling... "eh". Pluses. Getting on and off in Miami is a breeze. The on-line check-in process has improved so no more lines at the terminal. The entertainment. We were split on this. On the smaller ships the Main Theater shows were no reservations needed. Due to the amount of people on Allure EVERYTHING needed reservations. Momma Mia was good as well as the Headliner show. The rest were only "ok". This includes the Aqua show, The food was good in the main dining room. We don't do the specialty dining rooms for dinner. We did do "Johnny Rockets" for lunch which was good. Rooms service and dining room service were good as usual. The promenade shows were fun. We also went to the "Sushi Class" in the Japanese Restaurant and enjoyed that. Cons. The big ship was like sleeping at the Mall. Not the "WOW" factor of the promenade of Freedom or Adventure of the Seas. The ship is just too big and crowded. We're used to the up-sell so it was pretty much the same. Our dinner and housekeeping staff made it a point to ask us to give them "10's" in the after cruise review. This was a first. We've never had staff tell us this before but there must be competition for these jobs. Our biggest con was men were allowed to wear shorts and flip-flops in the main dining room on Formal nights. Dress Code? What dress code! I heard that Royal has recently allowed shorts as part of the Casual Dining nights. On past trips men were stopped at the door. We asked our waiter about this and he said they recently never say anything. Also, we saw less of the cruise director on this ship than the other trips. We didn't even see him until Wednesday. The activities manager should be promoted to a cruise director on one of the ships. She was fun and EVERYWHERE. Lastly, This was a big ship so getting from point "A" to point "B" was a trek. Overall - We can say we experienced the bigger ship but we will go back to the Freedom and Voyager class ships. They are just nicer. We still like Royal better than the others (even though the entertainment on Norwegian is much better). Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I wanted to try the big ship versus the smaller ones and see what it was like. There were no lines and they move people about efficentaly when getting on and off. The commercials make it look like there is so much to do. There was! We are ... Read More
I wanted to try the big ship versus the smaller ones and see what it was like. There were no lines and they move people about efficentaly when getting on and off. The commercials make it look like there is so much to do. There was! We are 65 and 71 and did not do the rockwall climbing or slides. We saw other seniors doing the zip line.There are 4 big pools and we swam in the afternoon at 4 when the masses of sunbathers cleared out. There are lots of family’s on this ship. The park on the ship was beautiful and we sat up there every day and ate and/or read. There are many places on this ship to get away from everyone. The running/walking track on deck 5 is covered and goes around the outside of the whole ship. You are in the shade the whole time. All the shows we went to were EXCELLENT! Mama Mia, the aqua show, the comedy club, escape room, quest show, karaoke, Ocean AriaAqua show were all very entertaining. We wanted a balcony cabin for privacy and views. Royal Carribeans price was lower than Norwegians. They get a 10 for disembarking and visual recognition when going thru customs. No lines and we were done in 1 minute! Overall, a great time and would do it again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
BIG ship for sure but only feels crowded at times. Upon entering the ship we were met with....nothing. No welcome drink. No information about cabin availability. No information on the available open restaurants. We were just assailed by ... Read More
BIG ship for sure but only feels crowded at times. Upon entering the ship we were met with....nothing. No welcome drink. No information about cabin availability. No information on the available open restaurants. We were just assailed by crew trying to sell us stuff. I suggest going to the main desk to get a copy of the Cruise Compass and escape the embarkation madness as soon as possible. I do not recommend going to the Windjammer at any time. I tried three times during the cruise and it was insanity mixed with a heaping dose of chaos. One time we were turned away because it was too busy! There are lots of better food options on the ship. We liked the Park Cafe on 8, the Solarium Cafe and the hot dog place. For breakfast Johnny Rockets is free and good as well as the American Icon. We ate a several specialty restaurants but the food in the Main Dining Room was excellent and we'll stick with that in the future. The Balcony cabin was as expected. Nothing special. The shows were all good but we didn't see Blue Planet. The comedians were very good too and we really enjoyed the Jazz band on Jazz on 4. Service at the bars were practically nonexistent. You have to go to the bar, wait your turn and schlep drinks for yourself in most cases. Wait! I thought I was on vacation. Am I getting the tip? Royal could care less about drink service since most buy the drink package. It's actually in their financial best interest to slow bar service down and provide less drinks. Our cabin steward and dining servers provided very good service as did most of the staff. The library is a complete joke. I have a better assortment of literature stuffed under my seats in the Jeep. It also seems that they are reducing the hours of operation in many areas. Everytime I wanted a Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I heard so many good reports about this cruiseline i had to explore for myself and it was more amazing than i had expected, excellent resturants and dinning, waiters were very friendly and courteous. I loved all of the activites on board ... Read More
I heard so many good reports about this cruiseline i had to explore for myself and it was more amazing than i had expected, excellent resturants and dinning, waiters were very friendly and courteous. I loved all of the activites on board the ship and especially the shows and performances were fantastic. Great resturants and the food was perfect and met all of my expectations as well. This ship is amazing 7,000 plus people onboard and didn't feel like it was over crowded i enjoyed it so much i'm looking forward to the next trip. I would recommend Allure Of The Seas to anyone that is looking for an exciting and adventurous cruising experience that will leave them with amazing memories to last them for a life time to come. My hat goes off to the all of the crew and capton of this marvelous beautiful cruiseship, Allure Of The Seas Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
SHIP Layout is interesting and fun atmosphere. Feels like a small city on the seas. ROOM Interior stateroom was small but still comfortable. MAIN DINING Service is great. Everything you could expect. FOOD Not ... Read More
SHIP Layout is interesting and fun atmosphere. Feels like a small city on the seas. ROOM Interior stateroom was small but still comfortable. MAIN DINING Service is great. Everything you could expect. FOOD Not impressive at all. Maybe you should consider specialty restaurants because there isn’t anything special happening at the buffet or main dining. But if you have to add specialty restaurants to get good food it limits the value of the cruise line. WALKING TRACK Loved the space to walk/run while having decent views. ENTERTAINMENT Shows were decent but not impressive. Comedy club was worth the time. Skip the big shows in Amber Theater and go to any live music venues at night which are very good. Ice rink on cruise ship is unexpected and crazy! Ice Games was worth seeing. SOLARIUM This was beautiful but is not peaceful or quiet. Very noisy with talking and people brining their own battery powered speakers into space to play music. EMBARKATION Went pretty quickly. Watch out if you aren’t a RCL member already, you won’t board until shortly before noon. DISEMBARKATION Face recognition was a huge time saver. Express checkout was a little slow but still acceptable. Off the ship by 7:30ish. PORTS OF CALL St. Maartin - first time there. Will definitely go back. Check out Kay’s Jewelers. Can easily walk from cruise port to downtown. San Juan - love shopping in this town. Low pressure and you can walk to shops easily. Labadee - beautiful location. Unfortunately Artisan Village isn’t thought out well. Food is mediocre. Pressure for tipping and up sell for everything - have mindset of Jamaica or Nassau even though it’s RCLs port. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: February 2019
My husband & I wanted to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary by going on a cruise with some friends!! And we could not have chosen a better one than Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas!! From minute 1, we were overwhelmed at ... Read More
My husband & I wanted to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary by going on a cruise with some friends!! And we could not have chosen a better one than Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas!! From minute 1, we were overwhelmed at the vastness of this ship!! It is truly unbelievable!! Throughout the week, we would say to each other that we cannot believe what we are doing is on a boat! We went to the Mama Mia show, whose performers are excellent! We went to the Aqua Water show, and we were all sitting on the edge of our seats!! The ice skating show was good as well. We also saw the 3 Tenors from Las Vegas and they were incredible! There was always things to do, but we were always able to always find a lounge chair to soak up the beautiful, tropical sun. Just wear your sunscreen!! 2 of us did the zip line at Labadee and it was SO fun!! I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone taking a cruise with Royal Caribbean. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
I was disappointed on this cruise. My bag never made it to my room. I had to find it myself - at 5pm. That is unacceptable! The food was good and I like having the same table every night that was a plus. My cabin mate felt the rug was ... Read More
I was disappointed on this cruise. My bag never made it to my room. I had to find it myself - at 5pm. That is unacceptable! The food was good and I like having the same table every night that was a plus. My cabin mate felt the rug was very dirty in our room. In the Windjammer they have the cruisers serve themselves - that is not good because that can spread disease very quickly. That is why I prefer ships that don't allow that- like Holland America. The ports were good on this cruise - Puerto Rico, Saint Maarten and Labadee Haiti - where I ziplined which I really enjoyed. The biggest positive comment I have about this ship was the entertainment - it was AMAZING. Mama Mia was just as good as on Broadway in NYC! Ocean Aria was very different - like a Cirque Show! The comedians were awesome!!! Royal Caribbean's entertainment has improved and I have always love their entertainment but it actually got better! So all in all there were positives and the bags not arriving till 5pm was a definitive negative! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We booked this cruise because we wanted a large ship with a lot of port days. We were very happy with our decision. We booked an inside cabin on deck 11. It was a great location because we were almost always able to use the stairs. The ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we wanted a large ship with a lot of port days. We were very happy with our decision. We booked an inside cabin on deck 11. It was a great location because we were almost always able to use the stairs. The cabin was very quiet and served our needs since we were only in there to sleep. We spent most of our time on deck 15 and deck 5. We loved the Solarium area. Dining - We ate breakfast at the Solarium 4 times and lunch there 3 times. We had MTD and ate in the main dining room every night. Got room service continental breakfast one day, we had breakfast at Johnny Rockets one day and the Wipeout Cafe one day. The room service breakfast served our needs because we had an early excursion. The Johnny Rockets breakfast was great but the Wipeout Cafe was bad. Never had crowds or lines anywhere we ate. We ate at the Doghouse one day and Sorrentos a couple of times and we enjoyed both of them. Never ate in the Windjammer. We never had crowds or lines at any of the places that we ate. We had the Deluxe beverage package and that was great! We poured our alcoholic beverages into our coke cups and used plastic straws we brought with us. The cups kept the drinks very cold and they didn't get watered down because the ice didn't melt. Also, couldn't spill them! We had fun trying a lot of the different cocktails. We paid $39 for the package and had no trouble getting our moneys worth. We used the freestyle machines from time to time and I would frequently get a can of coke zero at the bars to take back to the cabin and keep in the fridge so I could have soda in the cabin. Entertainment and Activities - We played a lot of trivia, watched some of the competitions in the sports court, enjoyed the themed parties in the promenade every night. We enjoyed the Headliner - Adam Kario. We loved the aqua show. We were disappointed by the ice show and blue planet. Didn't see Mama Mia. Loved the Quest! Service - We found the service to be wonderful everywhere on the ship. Every employee we came in contact with was personable and pleasant. Ports - We wondered around on our own in Nassau for a couple of hours. No complaints. Cozumel - Did the Tulum and 5th avenue experience ship's excursion. We enjoyed Tulum but we would have preferred to come right back to the ship instead of wasting time on 5th avenue. This is a long excursion but we didn't have any problems with the ferry ride or the bus ride. Roatan - We did the Victor Bodden Fun in the Sun excursion on our own. We really enjoyed it. Our tour guide Elan was very good and we saw a lot of the island and enjoyed visiting with the monkeys and sloths. We could have spent more time at the beach. We got some food at Bananarama but the service was very slow and used up most of our time there. Were only able to enjoy the water for about 20 minutes. Costa Maya - We booked the Maya Chan beach resort for the day. We loved it but we were not able to enjoy the water. It was very windy and there was a lot of seagrass making it difficult to get into the water. We did relax in the floating chairs for about an hour. The food, drinks and service were great and so was the beach. We would love to do this cruise again! No real complaints Read Less
Allure of the Seas Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 5.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 4.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 0.0

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