2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I was a bit hesitant about a ship this large but DH won the cruise playing poker so I was happy to “suffer” along with him- resulting in an excellent week on the Allure. As others have reported, the ship did not feel crowded instead ... Read More
I was a bit hesitant about a ship this large but DH won the cruise playing poker so I was happy to “suffer” along with him- resulting in an excellent week on the Allure. As others have reported, the ship did not feel crowded instead we were always able to find a place that was not crowded so we could enjoy the beautiful ship. What a great way to start in the lovely new Pier 1 - easiest embarkation ever. We arrived at the terminal at 11:15 - plenty of agents with I-pads to check you in then immediately to Security. Walked into the lovely waiting area, light and open with plenty of seating, but they were already boarding so we walked right on board. We had eaten a hearty brunch at Cafe Bastille in downtown Miami so eating was not of interest. We headed to Central Park to verify dinner restaurant for BOGO - we were set for Giovanni’s that evening and when we tried to make the next meal at Chops we were told our only choices were Cafe Sabor or Samba Grill as part of BOGO. We explored until rooms were available at 1300 - balcony cabin 11650 was as expected. It is an adjoining cabin to the Owners Suite and we had no issues with noise from our neighbors. We pack pretty lightly so we’re able to quickly unpack finding plenty of storage for everything. The balcony had two chairs and a small table which was fine for our needs as we did not try to eat out there. We quickly discovered the very relaxing Solarium - perfect for enjoying the sea view during sail away and pretty much the rest of our time at sea. We were able to find chairs there easily early in the day though it did get crowded later. Breakfast at the Solarium Cafe was a welcome change from the more busy Windjammer. DH was playing the Royal Poker tournament and was very happy with the tournament and staff that ran the poker. For those not playing in the tournament there were cash games running all day and night resulting in lots of happy card players. The Diamond Lounge on the Allure is a very nice room where I could get an early morning cup of coffee. There were more than 600 D/D+ so the evening social was held in Blaze Lounge on deck 4. Likely a lot of fun as a dance venue but a bit dark for meeting folks. We more enjoyed heading to the Brew Pub for a very tasty Cosmo. The ship was decorated for the holidays - very large beautiful tree in the Promenade which was lit during the Captain’s reception. There were decorations around the ship but fewer than other December cruises we have been on. As it was also Hanukkah there was a menorah lighting each night followed by traditional treats to make the night special for those who wanted to celebrate. Our dinner reservations were MTD and we enjoyed our meals in the Silk dining room. Food is always subjective - we were happy with our food which ranged from good to very good. Our wait staff was friendly, helpful and very attentive. We did have breakfast in the WJ a couple mornings and going early we had no trouble finding a seat. Fortunate for us the Diving show that first night was a treat as we sailed - lively and breathtaking at times. And we thoroughly enjoyed Mama Mia - great cast and lots of fun. We did not have any trouble finding seats, arriving 10 minutes before the show. Each ice show we have seen has been fun and this one did not disappoint. The Sports deck is a space we also enjoyed - mini golf was nice but showing sign of wear. Silly thing - I was turned away from the Adult mini golf tournament because I did not have on sneakers, instead Keen hiking sneakers (closed toe and ankle strap) which were not acceptable footwear. They did offer pickleball on the Sports court using temporary nets - next cruise I will bring court shoes so we can play. The Flowriders were running every day and riders were having fun and able to ride plenty of times. As I said, I was not sure about a ship as large as the Allure but we had a marvelous time and would happily sail her again. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
I was invited to a 50th birthday celebration. There were 18 adult members of our family and friends. You may have seen us in the Blue "Frank's 50th Birthday Fiesta" T-shirts on Tuesday, December 4th. Embarkation was a ... Read More
I was invited to a 50th birthday celebration. There were 18 adult members of our family and friends. You may have seen us in the Blue "Frank's 50th Birthday Fiesta" T-shirts on Tuesday, December 4th. Embarkation was a breeze - very efficient. My first impression was awe - the size was intimidating and embarking onto the 5th deck with all the stores gave me the impression of walking into a shopping mall. The Allure of the Seas is magnificent. Beautifully maintained at all times. I was impressed how often I saw crew members picking up trash, polishing, cleaning and tidying up at almost all times of the day. We all quickly found the Solarium on the 16th deck to be our "go-to" place, for meeting our group, sunning and generally enjoying ourselves. The bartenders were wonderful. The fact that the Solarium was 16 years and older was perfect. Well done Allure/RC! The Windjammer provided a huge selection of choices and some nice little surprises. I thought the food was quite good, and the view lovely. The main dining room was a bit of a disappointment for me. I felt "cooped up" with no view of the sea. I could have been in a banquet room in any pedestrian hotel... The food was good on some days and not so good on other days. I would rate this dining room average. The service was very good though. Our other meeting place was the Bow & Stern Pub. Again, the service was excellent. We dined in 150 Central Park for the Birthday Dinner. EXCELLENT food and service. The tuna tartare was heavenly! Johnny Rockets for breakfast one morning was a disaster - the food was dreadful. Sorrentos Pizza was handy at all times of the day! All of the bartenders at all of the places I visited were master mixologists, friendly, creative, patient and helpful. Entertainment: We saw the Mama Mia production - very professional and well done! The comedy show was also very good - especially the 2nd comedian. We participated in several Trivia competitions (Brit from Norway is a HOOT!), the belly flop competition (hilarious), Karaoke, bingo, went to the casino and shopped! I think between the 18 of us we may have done 2/3rd of the options offered! The Port and Shore experiences were too short - I think if I go on a cruise again, it will be to a destination to stay for a few days. I would have gladly given up the day in St. Maarten and the day in Labadee, Haiti to spend more time in San Juan, Puerto Rico - in which we only had 1/2 day! Every evening before I went to bed I walked around the 16th deck. I loved being completely alone on that deck with only the wind and the sea. Disembarkation was easy, we chose the "carry off your own bags" option and breezed through in minutes. To sum it up, I had a fabulous time. It was exhausting but fun and I would do it again but with a destination at which to spend time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Great Mega Ship to sail on! Went for 30th anniversary...stayed in 1-bedroom aqua theater suite on deck 12...cannot say enough about the room. Great sized deck, roomy suite and good amenities! Best way to watch aqua shows on the back of the ... Read More
Great Mega Ship to sail on! Went for 30th anniversary...stayed in 1-bedroom aqua theater suite on deck 12...cannot say enough about the room. Great sized deck, roomy suite and good amenities! Best way to watch aqua shows on the back of the ship, along with movies played on the big screens. Main dining room menus were about average with good service in the 3rd deck dining room. Chops Grille was exceptional, Izumi was phenomenol and the Coastal Kitchen was second to none for breakfast and dinner! Blue Planet, Mama Mia and Ice Games were all awesome in their own rights! Ship is 8 years old and scheduled for dry dock in two years... some dated furnishings, but not too bad. Missed some updated venues that Harmony of the Seas had - robotic bar, 10-story slide of aft end of ship, etc. Nothing that will take away from the experience. Went to Barefoot Beach on Labadee and cannot wait to go back! Cabanas are the way to go! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
Pre-Cruise – We sailed out of Miami on a Sunday, so we decided to drive down the day before and stay within a reasonable distance of the Port. After checking hotel prices, we decided on Fort Pierce, approximately two hours away from ... Read More
Pre-Cruise – We sailed out of Miami on a Sunday, so we decided to drive down the day before and stay within a reasonable distance of the Port. After checking hotel prices, we decided on Fort Pierce, approximately two hours away from the port and only seven or so hours away from home. We stayed at the Hampton Inn, ate dinner at a small Mexican Restaurant 10 minutes from the hotel, had breakfast at the hotel, and got donuts from a local donut shop before leaving for the Port. The drive down couldn’t have been easier I-95 south and follow the signs for the Port of Miami. Parking We normally cruise out of Port Canaveral and use off-site parking to save a few dollars. That did not look like a good option for us in Miami. We decided on Terminal Parking. Once at the port, we followed the signs for the Allure and went into the parking deck. A young man handed us our parking ticket – don’t lose or forget where you put the parking ticket (I forgot there was a ticket. Fortunately, my wife remembered and quickly found it) – and directed us to go up to the deck. Once we get to the right deck, there were a bunch of porters there ready to take our bags – before we even parked. We pulled up to the porters and dropped our luggage (tip the porters, they are the ones making sure your luggage gets where it needs to go), then found a spot. We arrived at 10:30 or so and parked on the third level. There were plenty of spots on the third level at that time. Embarkation Embarkation was smooth. We showed our Set Sail passes and were whisked upstairs. I know we went through the metal detectors, but I don’t remember when. It was very quick and painless. We each had a small bag with us. Once we arrived to the top floor, it was a bit crowded and I was looking for the lines to get our Sea Pass Cards. There weren’t any. Everyone (except suite and Pinnacle guests) was in a large room and we waited for instructions. Within 20 minutes, they started boarding by Crown and Anchor status. We are Platinum and we were on the ship by 11:15. We showed our Set Sail Pass to board and that was to be our Sea Pass card until we got to our rooms at 1:00. At 1:00 we got to our room and our Sea Pass cards were on our doors to let us into the room. Initial Impressions The ship was clean and nice. We had just been on the Oasis in March. Due to that, I can’t help but compare this cruise to it, especially since the Allure and Oasis are twins. Also, being Christmas time, I had expectations due to our trip on the Freedom at Christmas a few years ago. I remember the Freedom being much more decorated for Christmas. The decorations on the Allure seemed haphazard and sparse. As time went on, and the ship filled up, it seemed to be very crowded, much more so than I remember the Oasis being. With the weather being so nice, I expected more folks to be outside and near the pools, making the interior spaces feel more open. That was not the case. The Promenade, Park area, and Solarium were all very busy. One of the reasons I enjoy travelling the first week of December is that it is usually less hectic, due to folks not as likely to take children out of school between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That was certainly not the case on this ship. It was crowded and had a lot of families. We like to go to the Solarium for lunch. It generally isn’t busy and it is usually all adults. That was not the case on this ship. The under 16 rule was not enforced in any manner in embarkation day and was not strictly enforced through the week. Stateroom We had a balcony stateroom it was a standard balcony room. Everything worked and nothing was in disrepair. There was a small hot water issue, but that was handled right away. Our stateroom attendant introduced himself and brought us a pair of robes. There is plenty of storage for two people in the room. We way over-packed this time; due to the fact that we have new luggage that let us bring a lot more. We brought a full sized suitcase, two carry on size suitcases and a hanging bag. The hanging closet and shelves are enough for us. We didn’t even use the storage next to the mirror. I was surprised that our luggage fit under the bed. It is much larger than our previous set and it fit just fine. Next cruise is carry-on size only. I also like the bathrooms in the Oasis class ships. They have nice showers and I like the doors that close around. There is more storage near the sink for toiletries. Dining I will start by saying that I have long been a fan of the main dining room for dinner. I would like to go for other meals too; it just isn’t as convenient for us. We also like the late seating and that’s what we had this time. I think we have my time dining in May 2019, on a four day cruise, to give it a try. Our first night in the MDR was not as good as normal. First off, we were in the fourth floor dining area. That is the area that is across from the Casino. The dining room had a distinctive, unpleasant, smoke smell. Aside from that, the food was cold and the waiters we very unpersonable. I mentioned the smoke issues to the assistant head waiter and he apologized but didn’t offer any relief. The next day, I went to guest services and they gave us a table on the fifth floor. The next night, when we got to our new table, we found our table mates who also complained. I found out that he complained about the entire experience. I only mentioned the smoke. When I spoke with some of the other wait staff, they mentioned that the smoke is a common problem on the fourth floor and even some of the staff had to be reassigned. Our new waiter and assistant waiter were great and took good care of us. The new location was excellent and we didn’t have any more issues in the MDR. We tried two specialty restaurants and Johnny Rockets. The first was 150 Central Park. The restaurant is beautiful and we really like the huge chairs. The waiter was good and seemed knowledgeable, though in overhearing the other waiters I realized they all said pretty much the same thing and had the same recommendations. One interesting item is the variety of salts that come with the bread and butter. They have several salts from all over the world. Most do taste pretty much the same. There are two that had a distinct flavor. One was a smoked salt, which, as you would imagine, has a smoky flavor. The other was a salt from India that has a mild egg flavor. The flavor comes from its high sulfur content and it was very interesting. Our meals were OK. The waiter recommended the Black Cod. It was good. It is a mild fish. The downside is that it was served on mashed potatoes. Placing a mild fish on mashed potatoes didn’t do anything for flavor. My wife had the beet salad and the beef short ribs. She liked the salad. She was not happy with the short ribs. Our next specialty restaurant was Chops. I have been looking forward to Chops since our cruise on the Oasis; when I was out-voted and we went to Giovanni’s Table. Chops was nice inside and the waiter was OK. We each ordered the Petit Filet Mignon, medium. I ordered mine with a baked potato. My wife ordered the mushrooms and cheese tater tots. When our sides came out, there were four, in addition to my baked potato. The steaks were raw in the center. We were able to eat most of the meat around the raw part, but they were certainly more medium rare than medium. The baked potato was also under done and it was cool. It was cool enough that it wouldn’t melt the butter. The rest of the sides, other than the cheese tater tots were a little warmer than room temperature. We also tried Johnny Rockets. It was a great experience. The waiter was a lot of fun and was happy to serve us. He immediately served some French fries and onion rings, took our orders and even went out of his way to bring us Coke Zero instead of Diet Coke. Our burgers were hot and juicy and cooked to order. I would definitely recommend a trip to Johnny Rockets. Ports / Excursions We didn’t do any off-ship excursions through Royal Caribbean. We did do a private excursion in Sint Maarten. We went with Soualiga Destinations Boat Tours and had a full day on and in the water. We were concerned that the water would be too cool in December. It had a very slight chill at first, but not bad at all. The captain was great. Lunch was included and we made several Island stops and did some snorkeling in some nice clear water as well. It was a little cloudy in the turtle area, but we did se one on the surface. In Puerto Rico we walked through Old San Juan. It was nice and it took most of the short day we were there. I would have like to have had lunch there, but I filled up on pastries. The food was excellent. Labadee was our final stop. It was nice. We didn’t do any of the excursions there. It was a nice beach day. I was surprised at how good the lunch was on Labadee. On previous cruises, years ago, we stopped on private enclaves/islands and the lunch was hamburgers and hotdogs. On this trip, we had ribs, chicken, and several other choices. I really enjoyed the lunch. There was a great dessert selection as well. On our final sea day we had scheduled a behind the scenes brunch tour. I was very disappointed in it. It was disorganized from the start and didn’t get much better. They had us fill out release forms that very easily could have been completed beforehand or even when we signed up for the tour. Part of the disclaimer stated that young children would not be allowed. There were several people with young children there – infants in strollers to toddlers – and they complained and were able to take their children. There was a group of 70 or so for the tour. They took groups of 20 or so at a time in no particular order. Because we didn’t push and shove to the front or complain that we needed to go first, we were in the final group. The tour was supposed to start at 11:00; by 11:45, our group still had not been taken. Interestingly, when our group was done, the other groups were still in the dining area being served. This makes me think our tour was cut short. I think this could have been a much better experience had the crew planned and executed it properly. Disembarkation and the Trip Home We used express disembarkation. We lined up early and were off the ship by 6:45. There were a few people who probably shouldn’t have used express due to the number of bags they had versus the number they could handle. It slowed things up a bit, but it wasn’t bad. The port used facial recognition for exit and it worked great. I was surprised that there weren’t any porters around to help. We didn’t really need help, but would have accepted it because it sometimes allows quicker exit. I had even kept tip money handy. The trip home was a quick 9 hours. For lunch, we called in our order at Sonny’s in Saint Augustine about ten miles out. They had it ready when we arrived and we ate in the car. I would definitely do that again. We have stopped there in the past and lost a half hour. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
So I’m going to break this down into sections starting from the beginning. We are a family of four with twin 23-month-old toddlers. We also traveled with the grandparents (80’s). We have been on several cruises, but this is the first ... Read More
So I’m going to break this down into sections starting from the beginning. We are a family of four with twin 23-month-old toddlers. We also traveled with the grandparents (80’s). We have been on several cruises, but this is the first with Royal. We booked a suite, so embarkation was a breeze through the suite lounge. The Miami port is beautiful and unloading our luggage was easy! You just drive into the parking garage and go to floor 3. The porters take your luggage and off you go to find parking. We went at 10 and it wasn’t too crowded. Once we got on board, it is a lot to take in. It’s a beautiful ship with so much to see. You enter into a promenade that has a bar, pizza parlor, other restaurants, and shopping. It really is stunning. We proceeded to floor 14 where the Royal Babies and Tots were located. We were allowed to book 16 hours initially. There is just one main play room with a tv and toys. The ladies are very nice there and the kids enjoyed their time. After day 3, they opened up additional hours. They are open for port days and go through til midnight. It is $6 an hour before 6 and then $8 an hour after 6. They give you a phone so they can reach you or you can call. It doesn’t work off of the ship though. There is a wonderful play area for the kids from 10-9 every day. You can also check out toys to take back to the room. There was only a night or two that we weren’t able to get time. We went and had pizza for lunch, which was actually pretty good. The cafe had sandwiches available also. The bar was easy to get to and we used our paper pass for drinks. The cards are on the door when the rooms are ready. At 1 o’clock we went to our room. I thought the rooms would be a little more modern, but they were a little run down. The ac didn’t work in the room and we had to wait for someone to come and fix it. Our room steward was so nice and very accommodating. We tipped him extra at the beginning, middle and end since our boys made quite the mess. We didn’t get our pack n plays until late in the evening and one was broken. So we had to wait into the evening and had to call several times to get a replacement. The boys were unable to nap so we had a pretty miserable afternoon and evening. We had a problem in that we didn’t get our in room purchases until 3-4 days into the cruise. We had ordered champagne, chocolates and other items that took several days to get and then it was also wrong. So it took quite a while to get that situated. We went to the dining room the second night. It took them 15 minutes to seat us and then we had to stand in the middle of the dining room because the individual that was supposed to seat us left us standing there because he didn’t know what table to take us to. Then we had to wait for a high chairs. It was a huge mess. We had wonderful service once we sat down and had a very nice meal. The dining room staff is hit and miss. We were able to dine three of the seven nights. The staff was also hit and miss. Some were wonderful, while others were very abrupt and didn’t smile at all. The food was better than average. The portions depend on the meal. The prime rib was huge and the lobster tails were very delicious. The desserts were also yummy. We doin that people wore whatever they wanted in the dining room. We even saw sweat pants on formal night. Which we personally dressed up because you’re cruising and it’s fun! We did dine at the Brazilian steak house and really enjoyed the food and the service. The service was really exceptional here and worth the price we paid. The food was hot and delicious. The roast beef sandwich at Park Cafe was everything we read about. Really delicious and the salads were good too! We definitely spent a lot of time at Park Cafe. The Dog house was a good pit stop for a delicious dog! I was disappointed that all of the food areas closed at 6. The buffet area was small so it was always hard to find a table at night. The food was pretty good at the buffet with lots of options. Again, the staff wasn’t very friendly. Finding high chairs was a bit of a challenge as well. The amenities on board are wonderful. There are plenty of pools. Although the kids pool area was sub par. The fountains were rarely on so the kids got bored easily. They do have life jackets on board for kids of all sizes. You can use them free of charge. We tried all of the onboard activities and we were quite happy with them. The golf is fun and they even have small clubs for toddlers. The Flow Rider is oodles of fun!!!! We even ice skated. There are limited amounts of time slots, but we never had any issues getting some ice time. There were plenty of areas for the kids to run off energy. We brought sweaters, but I would say that a majority of the ship was on the warm side. I never used my sweater on the ship or the dining room. On past cruises, I was freezing! If you are a poker player, then you’ll have table time every night with limited wait times. The slots are super tight. Super super super tight. There are plenty of black jack tables, craps and some other table games. The spa was wonderful and I really enjoyed my massage. Although I did pay for the additional time and didn’t receive it. So I paid for an additional 20 minutes that I never got. The massage was started late and I know what time we started because I texted my husband right before we began. So not too pleased about that. The upselling is rampant and so is the product push. We both had beverage packages so never had to worry about drinks. I would definitely recommend buying it precruise on discount. It is not discounted onboard. All of the drinks are delicious and they are not skimpy with alcohol. We did several excursions. The boys went to RB&Ts while we went ashore. The Secret River was amazing! We highly recommend it. The WiFi was a bit sketchy and I definitely couldn’t stream movies. It was good enough to text and to google. The app was really great. We could see all of the dining, activities and communicate with other people onboard through the app. The shows that we managed to catch were really well done. The comedians, not so much. We did have fun at the onboard games. They had movies every night wth lots of options and family friendly options. There are so many onboard activities! The kids had fun at all of the Dreamwork events with the animals. The parades are a lot action and happen on a regular basis. It’s really great and quite the event. We also did the DreamWorks breakfast. Although for a child event they didn’t have high chairs readily available. We had to stand around while they found us a table...again. It wouldn’t have been bad had it been at the entry but we were left standing in the middle of the dining room next to other seated guests giving us stares. For $10 a person it was ok. There are 3 different characters that come around for a picture about mid way through breakfast. We also did portraits in the Picture This studio. The photographer was super nice and our portraits turned out amazing. Expensive, but amazing! We pre-purchased the photo package, so we took advantage of that and had about 60 total pictures at all of the different photo stations. The concierge was lack luster. We called several times and we were told to go to guest services or our message was never returned. We did go to the suite lounge and they are pretty strict about children being well behaved as well as the dress code. We did not get to Coastal Kitchen this trip. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves because we didn’t let all of the inconveniences mess up our vacation. We did book another cruise, which we were super disappointed in the NextCruise office experience. Luckily, we have a travel agent so we got the onboard credit from the NextCruise office. We booked on a smaller ship with the hopes that maybe they would have a more personable experience. The staff was either super friendly or grumpy on Allure. There didn’t seem to be an in between. I would say that if you’re a couple with no kids, it’s probably a different experience. If you have super young kids, the options are much more limited. I would say if you have kids below the age of 3, save your money. A - Activities A - Royal Babies & Tots B+ - Food quality - dining room is ok, other venues are much better A - Embarkation/Debarkation A - Entertainment C/D - Friendliness of staff D - NextCruise office B - Food options, close too early C - Guest services - always long lines A - Room steward B - Wifi D - Casino - super tight slots and super Smokey but lots of fun (A for fun) A - Photo studio F - Upsellling is rampant and there’s always someone pushing something Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
This was the second time that we travelled on the Allure o/t Seas. 1. The most impressive improvements were embarkation and debarkation. Not doubt RC has done a great job with Terminal A at Miami cruise port and the new procedure. ... Read More
This was the second time that we travelled on the Allure o/t Seas. 1. The most impressive improvements were embarkation and debarkation. Not doubt RC has done a great job with Terminal A at Miami cruise port and the new procedure. Getting on board worked like a breeze. Also impressive reentry to the US just with facial recognition! 2. The second improvement to mention is the new RC phone-app, which makes it easy to see what is going on, during your stay at the ship. But there are still improvements possible. i.e. I found it difficult to find the arrival and all aboard times for port of calls in the abundance of activities listed. The same activities were also listed on the cabin-tv. While booked shows and shore excursions carried over to the phone, individually entered calendar events at the tv (non ship) would not be shown on the app. At one time the app froze and had to be reinstalled. Mostly though it worked fine. 3. We thought that this time the food in the main dining room was better than the first time we traveled on her. 4. The whole experience on board was also more enjoyable, but this I contribute more to our experience from last time, which helped tremendously to get the most out of a 7 day cruise on a ship of this size. 5. The shows, the main reason we returned to the Allure, were as good as ever, you just have to make sure you book the most convenient time for you beforehand. 6. The hostess in the Elite and higher lounge was of exceptional help with getting thigs organized and clarified as needed! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose because we are crown and anchor members and were sailing with family and wanted these first timers to experience the great shows and mega ship As far as embarkation went it was fast and smooth as is with all our Royal Caribbean ... Read More
We chose because we are crown and anchor members and were sailing with family and wanted these first timers to experience the great shows and mega ship As far as embarkation went it was fast and smooth as is with all our Royal Caribbean sailings, but the new terminal in Miami with facial recognition there were six of us and I was the only one that sailed through the new machines, the other five had to get into an extremely long and slow line, this caused usmt miss our shuttle to Ft Lauderdale so we had an hour to wait for the next! My husband was in a wheelchair and the rest of us stood waiting there are a few benches up against the wall of the terminal but with over six thousand passengers you can imagine no seats were available. We Enjoy Royal Caribbean but the dining experience has not been good on this cruise! Entertainment was very good! We sailed on the Oasis five years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience! One crew member was a complete waste of time in the dining room but the cruise director and his staff were fantastic .....and the rest of dining room crew were more than good! Our stateroom attendant Anne went above and beyond! The food in thnmain dining room was just acceptable there were no wow moments! Chops grill filet mignon was the one highlight for dining pleasure We have a cruise booked for the Spring and hopefully we will regain our enjoyment on that cruise. Our family felt the same which unfortunately made it a bit disappointing for first time cruisers think their expectations were high based on our previous experience. We will still recommend Royal Caribbean our motto can't be perfect all the time Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise as we have sailed Norwegian twice before and loved it and wanted to try this line as we’d heard great things. Embarkation and disembarkation - so smooth and hassle free I don’t know how they managed getting so ... Read More
We chose this cruise as we have sailed Norwegian twice before and loved it and wanted to try this line as we’d heard great things. Embarkation and disembarkation - so smooth and hassle free I don’t know how they managed getting so many people on and off without any line whatsoever truly amazing. When we got on the ship is certainly impressive but the main deck just feels like a mall, with constant announcements and noise about art auctions, watch sales, drinks package and internet sails, it really did spoil the cruise for us as in the evening this was where all of the bars were and I just felt Like I was sitting in a shopping centre. The boardwalk deck was mostly geared towards children so we didn’t go there, we went to deck 8 often as we purchased the ultimate dining package and that deck was always quiet and pleasant as it’s open air. We went to Giovannis the most we loved it there, we also enjoyed Central Park and the Mexican but we weren’t keen on chops really. Overall choice and food quality was much better on Norwegian and I’d say the food was average even on the package. I wouldn’t go for the package again for dining as you can’t go to the Japanese tables or chef table without extra charges so it wasn’t worth it for us and on our day at sea we really Struggled to get into any restaurant at all. Cabin- we had an ocean view balcony it was a decent size and lots of storage and everything worked well. Staff - all amazing all so mega keen to please and very smiley and genuine no complaints at all. Shows - mama Mia we didn’t like we were both utterly bored but tbh musical theatre isn’t our thing, blue planet was great and the cruise director was really funny . Entertainment we found quite limited as you can only do each show once and there was very limited entertainment in the bars and we just plain didn’t like sitting in the shopping centre bars so we were in bed early most nights Sun decks - not much outside space plenty of hot tub space and good they have adults only area. We never ever queued for a drink and always bottles on offer in mobile bars so can’t complain about that. Again entertainment was lacking it seemed to be always really noisy with pretty average bands which were actually more irritating than entertaining It’s a great ship, it was spotlessly clean and service was impeccable but unfortanately The contact focus on shopping Really spoilt it for us and the main deck was totally focused on shopping . Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
I chose this cruise because Royal Caribbean is the best cruise line around and the Oasis class ships are beautiful, loaded with fine restaurants, great adventures and reasonable fares. The ports are exciting and the tours offered have many ... Read More
I chose this cruise because Royal Caribbean is the best cruise line around and the Oasis class ships are beautiful, loaded with fine restaurants, great adventures and reasonable fares. The ports are exciting and the tours offered have many fun activities.The passengers are varied, interesting and friendly and the cabins are spacious. I have cruised with Royal Caribbean for the past 20 years and the ships only get bigger and better. You can choose to do as much or as little as you want. Even though the the ship is very large you can always find a quiet place. The neighborhoods are sectioned in such a way as to make you feel as if you really are traveling around New York City. The food in the main dining room and the specialty restaurants is excellent. The cabin attendants, waitstaff bar staff, the Captain and the entire crew were wonderful. The shows and all of the entertainment was top notch, it was comparable to New York City Broadway show. I am planning another Royal Caribbean cruise within the next 3 months. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We chose this cruise due to our parties schedules around the end of the year. This is the 3rd time we've cruised the Allure and each time gets better. We booked 5 of us into a Royal Family Suite with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to our parties schedules around the end of the year. This is the 3rd time we've cruised the Allure and each time gets better. We booked 5 of us into a Royal Family Suite with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. This gave us the sky class. For those who have never experienced a suite class if you enjoy cruising try it at least once. You won't go back. Everyone on the ship was friendly and accommodating. We didn't eat in the Windjammer or the MDR; instead we booked 4 night specialty dining and dined the remaining nights in the Coastal Kitchen. We did not experience a bad or even disappointing experience anywhere. If there was any issue it was the pool was very cold. Of course we were cruising in late November so that was expected. Terminal A during embarkation was a breeze. Less than 10 minutes from shuttle to the ship. We arrived 1/2 hour after the rooms were available so we went right there and settled in. Luggage arrived just a couple of hours later Debarkation was a breeze too. The porters (and unfortunately the dispatcher from the shuttle service need to be better trained. There was no signage for the shuttle areas and it was very confusing. The dispatcher (from JetPort parking) kept stating we should go to area 7-8 but that was for private cars. The only areas that were actually marked was for buses. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My husband and I have been cruising for over 20 years on numerous cruise lines but this was our first time on a mega-ship. We loved all of the entertainment options and found the ship to be beautiful, easy to get around and we never felt ... Read More
My husband and I have been cruising for over 20 years on numerous cruise lines but this was our first time on a mega-ship. We loved all of the entertainment options and found the ship to be beautiful, easy to get around and we never felt crowded or rushed. Our balcony cabin overlooking the Boardwalk gave us a terrific view of the Aqua Theater. We loved having breakfast daily in the Solarium Bistro and lunch at the Central Park Cafe. We ate most dinners in the Windjammer Buffet because I didn't care for the food choices in the main dining room. We did not eat in the extra fee restaurants. The included coffee in the Royal Promenade was good as was the pizza at Sorrento's. There were many families and children on board but there were always lounge chairs at the pools and few if any kids except in the play pool area which was in its own area and was not noisy or unpleasant for us older cruisers. Embarking and debarking were the fastest and easiest we have ever experienced. The service was fine. Our cabin was very nice. I was surprised that movies were not offered on the in-cabin TV and would like to have had that but it's a minor issue that didn't adversely impact our cruise. With so much to see and do on board, we were kept busy and entertained every day. We went for the ship rather than the ports so we didn't take any shore excursions. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and recommend anyone who wants to cruise to give this or any of the other RC mega-ships a try. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
We sailed on the Allure over Thanksgiving, as a family of six; parents, two teens (15 and 16), and grandparents. We had three balcony cabins, that we had connected, and two of our cabins connected from inside. This was the first time ... Read More
We sailed on the Allure over Thanksgiving, as a family of six; parents, two teens (15 and 16), and grandparents. We had three balcony cabins, that we had connected, and two of our cabins connected from inside. This was the first time we had sailed on such a large ship, and the ship was full. We embarked through the new Miami terminal, and having the app with the Set Sail pass on it, embarkation was seamless. Of all the cruises we had ever done this embarkation, on the biggest ship we had ever sailed, was by far the easiest and most pleasant. Once we boarded, we headed to Windjammers for lunch, and fortunately we boarded early, because shortly thereafter it was packed! One of my pet peeves about RCL is the lack of attention to detail, and it especially shows in the cabins. Our cabin had a broken soap holder on the basin, and in the shower, the back of the toilet was icky, the overflow on the basin grubby, and there were some mysterious hairs behind the basin (I washed them away.) Our closet door also stuck, and even though my white socks were clean after walking on the carpet, the carpet had dirty marks on it. The air-conditioning in our kids adjoining cabin broke toward the end of the trip, and even though we reported it nobody came to fix it. And the cabins get hot without air! Food on the ship was our biggest let down. The food in Windjammer and the main dining room was mediocre at best. I still find it odd that for dinner the servers take the appetizer, entrée, and dessert all at one time. Windjammer had a good selection of different foods for all the different nationalities on board, but toward the end of the week the choices became repetitive. Also, the ongoing announcement in Windjammer at breakfast to leave if you had finished was intrusive (and rude). We had dinner one night at Johnny Rockets, and it was just okay. Same with breakfast there. My favorite for breakfast was Park Café. The choices are limited, but it was quieter, and I preferred the food. The kids had donuts a couple of times and said they were good. We had lunch at Chops and the food was outstanding – the tator tots were delicious. Like all the RCL ships, iced tea, lemonade, tea, coffee, and water (not bottled) were free. We used the Starbucks several times too but be aware it is more expensive, and they do add the 18% gratuity to every order. My usual $4.25 drink onboard was $5.75; significantly more. Entertainment was a mixed bag. We saw Edge Effect (acapella), which we have seen before and enjoyed. However, there were long pauses between songs (and sets) which seemed to confuse people, and we heard people complaining how they had butchered popular songs; but we enjoyed the show. Ocean Aria was, as my son described it, interpretive dance with diving. The high dives had me on the edge of my seat, but it irked me that the dancers were often noticeably out of sync with each other. Hubby and daughter saw this show twice, but once was enough for me and son. Blue Planet was a show that really did not appeal to any of our party. We all came out questioning what we had just seen. The backgrounds to the show were outstanding, but the song interpretations were awful, and again the acrobats were out of time with each other. Games on Ice (based on Monopoly) was boring. The most exciting parts were when the skaters kept falling (I lost count how many times), and again everyone was out of sync. The two comedians (Long and Grey) were both very good; in the adult and family shows. Of course, the highlight was Mamma Mia. I’d seen Mamma Mia three times before this production, and this production was as good as all the theater shows I’d seen. It was however, the first time I’d seen it with British actors and it took me by surprise at first. We participated in the trivia in the Schooner Bar several times. The bar is not an ideal location for the trivia. One end is completely open to the shopping deck below, and with the noise it is difficult to hear. Four of us did the zipline, which was short but fun. We stopped at Philipsburg, St. Maarten and we just walked around. You can still see some of the after affects of the hurricanes, but the main shopping area is mostly rebuilt. It was mostly jewelry so did not appeal to us. We took a taxi back to the ship, and at $20 for six it worked out cheaper than the water taxi. The tourist areas in San Juan in Puerto Rico were beautiful, even though you could still see some minor hurricane damage. In addition to the main tourist area, we walked to the Old Fort, but didn’t go in. Labadee, as it turns out, is not an island, but a part of Haiti. Who knew! We reserved a bungalow here, and it was well worth it. We got bottled water and two floaties included. There is no doubt the Allure is a beautiful ship, but we missed not being able to see the ocean at all times. Sometimes it felt more like we were in a mall than on a ship. I did enjoy the neighborhood concept, and Central Park was my favorite. It was so peaceful with all the live plants and chirping birds. I also loved the nostalgic feel of the Boardwalk neighborhood. Allure does a good job in catering for families – there is something for everyone. Overall, we had a wonderful trip, but the jury is out on whether we’d sail on the Allure again Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
We traveled as a family of 3 with our teen age boy. Will definitely do it again. Very impressed with how everything is so well organized including embarkation and disembarkation. It was our first cruise trip. Just want to share some ... Read More
We traveled as a family of 3 with our teen age boy. Will definitely do it again. Very impressed with how everything is so well organized including embarkation and disembarkation. It was our first cruise trip. Just want to share some tips with other first timers about this ship/trip. 1. Do not bring extension cord. We followed some Google advice and brought one, which was taken away and kept by security until disembarkation day. 2. There is no self-service laundry on the ship. 3. Bring some cash with you for extra tipping, Casino, & excursions. 4. Definitely check-in online and get your luggage taps and set sail passes to save A LOT of time on embarkation day. 5. There are two formal nights. People do dress up and there are a lot of professional photo opportunities. 6. Book as early as possible My Time Dining. At the same time though, we never had a problem walking in without reservations (except the Thanks-giving night). 7. Purchase photo package online in advance to get 20% saving. We loved our photo package (digital) and spent extra $100 for all print-outs. 8. Book the shows and purchase Internet access w/ discount early online. We loved Mama Mia, Aqua, and Ice-game!!! The Blue Planet was not bad either. 9. Bring a water bottle. I don't like to drink warm tap water. I fill it up and put in the fridge in the Cabin. You are NOT advised to fill water bottles at restaurants, but I did see people do it. 10. Drink package... If you want to have alcohols on the ship, definitely get one in advance online with discount. I think the refreshment package is a waste of money. If needed, classic soda package is probably enough for the family and kids. 11. We stopped @ St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Labadee. We used Bernard's Tour for St. Maarten. We didn't book anything for PR and Labadee. Definitely bring water shoes for Labadee since the beach was a bit rough. The Dragon Flight @ Labadee is a bit pricey but a once in a life-time experience. 12. Do not miss the SUN DECK on Deck 14, hidden gem... 13. I am not a fan of Windjammer's, but do check it out since it does have a lot of variety Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We booked this cruise because we wanted to go somewhere over Thanksgiving and had never tried the Oasis class of ship. We booked a Central Park balcony. This was one of the first sailings out of the new Miami terminal so we decided to ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we wanted to go somewhere over Thanksgiving and had never tried the Oasis class of ship. We booked a Central Park balcony. This was one of the first sailings out of the new Miami terminal so we decided to stay at the Hyatt Centric in South Beach pre-cruise. The hotel was very modern and clean. It was not beach front but you are permitted to use the chairs and towels the Lowes hotel has set up on the beach at no extra charge. The hotel was about a 10 minute drive from the cruise port. Embarkation was the fastest we'd ever experienced. From the time we got out of the Uber to the time we walked on the ship was about 15 minutes. Everything was very organized and Royal Caribbean's new terminal was spacious and worked great. The ship itself was amazing. For being 8 years old, the Allure really didn't show many signs of aging. Our cruise director Jimmy and the activities director Flavio were so much fun to have lead the cruise. 80s night was a blast, the Quest game show is a must, and there was never any shortage of fun activities going on around the ship. OceanAria was very unique and some of the dives performed by the divers were crazy. We skipped out on Mama Mia because we didn't have much interest, but we did see several of the ice shows, and they were fantastic as well. The headliner performance was the Edge Effect, a group of guys who perform songs with the human voice. Aside from Ocean Aria, this was probably the best show we saw. Those guys were 5 out of 5 stars. The food on board was great (save one for my Izumi review below). We ate at the MDR 3 of the 7 nights and each night the food was filling and flavorful. We had reservations through My Time Dining and never waited to be seated. Service in the dining room was a bit slow but you're on a cruise, so no worry. The Windjammer on board could be a bit bigger for the size of ship, but the staff did a very good job at peak times to seat people and improve the flow. The food in here was good and there was a great variety each time we ate here. Our room came with a free lunch at Giovanni's table. Again, we thoroughly enjoyed the meal and our pasta was great. It seemed as if there was only one server at lunch, which led to slower service, but again, not a huge deal. We dined at Izumi three separate times during this cruise. The first time (which I count as dining) we did the Sushi class. This started at 10am and was definitely worth it for the $30. We made a 4 different types of rolls and you eat them all when you are finished. Needless to say it was a very filling lunch. The second time we went to Izumi was for Hibachi. The meal was $40 per person, so a bit on the pricier side for Hibachi, but the food was excellent. My steak was super tender and our Hibachi chef made the whole experience very fun. The third time we went to Izumi was for dinner on the last night of the cruise and it was a disaster. We were seated and subsequently ignored for abotu 15 minutes before I could even grab a waitress to get us water. We waited again to put in our order and when our appetizer came out (pork dumplings), they were served upside down and looked fully burnt (picture attached). Our meals came out and one of the sushi rolls was completely wrong, so they brought out the correct one, and then informed us when it was served that they were out of avocado. The couldn't tell us that when we ordered? No compensation was offered and Royal Caribbean's support team still has yet to respond to my emails. We probably won't be dining at Izumi Sushi again and I definitely would've given Allure 5 stars if it weren't for this experience. As for the ports, we were a bit worried ahead of time that there would still be damage from the hurricanes considering we were stopping at St. Maarten and San Juan. St. Maarten was the first stop and the island is absolutely beautiful. We took a taxi from the port to Mullet Bay Beach (which is over by Maho). You could see a lot of repair work going on along the way, but they are definitely in the process of recovering. We walked to Maho Beach to see the planes at about 1pm, and then took a taxi back to the ship from there. San Juan was a beautiful stop as well. There was very little, if any hurricane damage visible here. We walked around ourselves and saw a bunch of the sites. It was hot, but the city itself is super nice and it was good to branch out from the typical beach stops. We stayed on the ship in Labadee, which ended up being awesome because there was almost no one on board. The service throughout the whole cruise, with the exception of Izumi Sushi, was great. Our room steward was excellent, the bar staff was excellent, and everyone we talked to around the ship was pleasant. To my surprise, the ship never once felt crowded, which seems crazy because of the size. There were always deck chairs available, which was surprising because this has been a problem on numerous other ships I've sailed on. We spent a majority of our time in the Solarium as well, which was very relaxing. I wouldn't hesitate to sail on an Oasis class ship again, it was definitely a unique experience. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
My daugther and I decided to take a cruise over the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday. I had taken several Royal Caribbean/Celebrity cruises in the past, and was looking forward to getting away. This was the largest ship I had ever been on, with ... Read More
My daugther and I decided to take a cruise over the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday. I had taken several Royal Caribbean/Celebrity cruises in the past, and was looking forward to getting away. This was the largest ship I had ever been on, with amusements one can only imagine. The entertainment was spectacular. We saw high diving that was not to be believed, excellent gymnastic performers, and some very funny comedians. The cabin was somewhat smaller than I expected, despite the fact that I had sailed in a similiar category on Royal Caribbean before. I guess they had to take some of the room square footage to fit in the carousal. The dining experience, one that has never let me down before, was a tremendous disappointment. Of the dinner over our 7 day cruise, only two were actually good. The steak was so tough that four of the guests commented on how bad it was. The lobster was so overcooked that the dining room supervisor could get either of the two out of their shells, for the guest he tried to help. The rest of us just struggled on our own. The turkey dinner was tastless, nothing to be thankful for,. Only the short rib dinner was something to rave about. I cannot remeber a single dessert to excited about. As many of you know, cruise ship food is to die for, but not on Allure of the Seas. When I reached out to Royal Caribbean, they never contacted me. I would not recommend Allure of the Seas. It seems that the cruise line sacrificed profit for comfort and client experience. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
My girlfriend and I sailed on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise Nov 11 on Allure of the Seas. This was our 9th cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship and our first on an Oasis Class vessel. Embarkation We embarked from the brand new ... Read More
My girlfriend and I sailed on a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise Nov 11 on Allure of the Seas. This was our 9th cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship and our first on an Oasis Class vessel. Embarkation We embarked from the brand new Terminal A in Miami. Since it was a new terminal there are still some kinks to be worked out. The traffic flow needs to be looked at critically and adjusted to improve access to the building. Inside there was some confusion about where we were to check in. The check in counters we have seen on earlier cruises were eliminated. Instead there were a series of lines marked “Set Sail Pass Passengers” but no indication of which one to use. Once our documents were checked we had to merge into a long line of passengers which moved fairly quickly. I estimate it took about 30-40 minutes to complete the process. We did not have to provide credit card information and did not have to wait to receive our Sea Pass cards; they were in an envelope on our stateroom door. Stateroom We were in a balcony cabin on Deck 7 on the port side of the ship in a midship location. Most of the storage space was in the closet area - there were veery few drawers available. There were two chairs and a table on the balcony which was of good size. Our luggage was not delivered directly to our room. We located it on the same deck and moved it into our room. Dining We used Anytime Dining which we prefer. Anytime guests eat on the Deck 3 level of the MDR. We ate at a table for 2 every night and were able to eat in the same section and have the same waiters throughout the cruise. I thought the food was decent and there were enough choices between the rotating menu items and the “always available” items. Service was good at dinner but uneven at breakfast. We did not eat in any of the specialty restaurants. I think that they should post the price of eating there on the menu. Options for lunch were limited since many of the venues did not open until mid afternoon. Ports We have been to all of the ports except Roatan at least twice so we viewed the ship as the destination. Unfortunately it rained all day in Roatan so most of the shore excursions were canceled and we stayed on board. In Costa Maya we booked a 2-hour sightseeing tour and although it was not arranged through the Shore Excursions desk, we were able to charge the cost to our Sea Pass accounts. The poverty of this area was very evident. Costa Maya caters almost exclusively to cruise passengers so there is little incentive to build hotels or nice restaurants and bars. Most of what building there is being done is to provide for the people who work inside the enclave. Entertainment This is the first cruise we have been on where it was necessary to make reservations for the shows. I presume this is because of the number of guests on board. We have seen “Mama Mia” both on stage and on film. We did not attend the Aqua show. I think RCI needs to work on their IT. When I tried to make reservations for the comedy show through our interactive TV I kept receiving “Error 9003". This turned out to be because the show was sold out. I am no computer programmer but I don’t think it is too difficult to display “Sold Out” instead of “Error 9003". We did bring this up to Flavio, the entertainment director, and he booked us for the Comedy show, the Blue Planet production show, and the Ice Show. Debarkation The debarkation process was very smooth. Once our number was called, it did not take long to get off the ship, go through Immigration, and retrieve our luggage. We did not have to fill out a Customs form. Again the traffic flow outside the terminal was chaotic but we were able to get a taxi in a reasonable time although the signage pointed in the opposite direction of where we needed to go. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
I will break this review down by my personal pros and cons. We have previously sailed twice on Carnival, and wanted to see how the two lines compare. The lines are more similar than not. To us, the demographics on board are similar. ... Read More
I will break this review down by my personal pros and cons. We have previously sailed twice on Carnival, and wanted to see how the two lines compare. The lines are more similar than not. To us, the demographics on board are similar. We chose this ship because we wanted to see and experience this ship for ourselves. Embarkation and disembarkation were OK, other than the line for going thru X-ray on the way onto the ship was annoying. Pros: The ship is absolutely gorgeous and is being very well maintained.Where the Allure of the Seas truly shined for us was the entertainment. We were genuinely wowed by the Aqua Theater show and the Monopoly show on Ice. Both shows were very well done.The other area of the ship that I loved was the Central Park area with the living wall and all of the beautiful plants. Absolutely beautiful! The service onboard was genuinely friendly. We noticed that all but one employee we came in contact with was smiling and ready to help. We loved that. You may be wondering why I only gave the ship 3 stars...the two cons I have were enormous for us: Cons: The food. The Main Dining Room was meh. We didn't love it by any stretch, and we didn't hate it either. We ate in three specialty restaurants, and this was for us the weakest link. Chops Grille was not to our personal liking. Very average. Samba Grille, definitely not worth repeating again. Appetizer spread was my favorite part. The meats--not so much. Also, the maitre 'd had to ask several people who walked in from the Solarium pool in bathing suits to kindly leave. Not my idea of a nice meal. The check-in area for dining at Samba should be moved just outside the restaurant, and this would alleviate the swimsuit wearing snackers from coming into the restaurant. Giovani's was our favorite specialty restaurant. Wonderful waiter, but the food was not great. The salad we chose for our first course was pathetic. Iceberg lettuce with a few arugula on top. I understand that food is very subjective; but I did not care for it. THE BED: SO INCREDIBLY BAD!!! We had the worst sleep ever on our bed. The bed was like sleeping on a board! Our bed even had a topper on it. I cannot imagine what the bed would have been like without the topper. The best part of our cabin was our room steward Carl!!! I just loved him. So kind, warm, and had a great sense of humor! He even made me a Dachshund towel animal after I mentioned I loved wiener dogs!! Ahh!! If the bed was more comfortable, and the food tastier, I would have given the cruise five stars. Because of the uncomfortable bed, I'm not sure we would cruise this line again. When you get poor sleep, it effects everything!!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
We were one of the first ships at the new port of Miami. Embarkation could not have gone better. We were on the ship in no time. Disembarkation was horrible. It took us over 2 hours to get off the ship. The new terminal is beautiful but I ... Read More
We were one of the first ships at the new port of Miami. Embarkation could not have gone better. We were on the ship in no time. Disembarkation was horrible. It took us over 2 hours to get off the ship. The new terminal is beautiful but I don’t think they were prepared for that many people coming off the ship. The ship is beautiful. Staff was top notch. We ate in the specialty dining restaurants. They were all excellent. A special thanks to our cabin steward Anthony from Jamaica and our server in Giovanni’s Althea (also from Jamaica) We enjoyed the shows and entertainment. The activities onboard are great. The ship had 6000 + people aboard but it is evenly distributed. We had no trouble with line or long waits for elevators. Our weather could not have been any nicer. They seas were extremely calm. I never felt the ship rock at all. In Cozumel we did the dolphinaris excursion. By far, one of my favorites. Swimming and interacting with the dolphins was awesome. Thank you Royal Caribbean Allure of the seas. We can’t wait for our next adventure. #loyaltoroyal. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
As background information, my husband and I traveled on the Allure on November 5, on a 6-day Western Caribbean cruise. This was our 36th cruise each. Embarkation at the new Terminal A in Miami was quick and easy. Because everyone had ... Read More
As background information, my husband and I traveled on the Allure on November 5, on a 6-day Western Caribbean cruise. This was our 36th cruise each. Embarkation at the new Terminal A in Miami was quick and easy. Because everyone had gotten off the ship the day earlier in Fort Lauderdale, everything was ready for us. The only glitch they had that day was getting the luggage onboard; I understand there had been a mechanical problem. The ship is absolutely gorgeous and so easy to navigate. The neighborhood concept is fabulous. You do not feel as if you are on a ship! The Central Park and Boardwalk neighborhoods are wonderful places for a stroll. We did not feel as if there were 6,000 guests on the ship except for one day (a sea day) when we waited 20 minutes to be seated for breakfast in the dining room, as well as getting in the elevators when getting out to go to port and coming back to the rooms after being in port. The room was as to be expected (Deck 11, veranda cabin 11624). There was not as much closet space or drawer space as on the Allure (which provided a wardrobe on either side of the bed) but it worked out fine. As far as activities, there was always so much to do onboard that the daily program had a morning/afternoon page and an evening page -- with so many activities on sea days they needed to use teeny tiny type to print it all. There is something for everyone -- from trivia to The Quest, from the Love and Marriage game show to Dreamworks character appearances, from dance lessons to a lip synch contest, and much, much more! And yes, I did the zip line, which was fun and NOT scary! The service was excellent -- with buffet waiters always there to clean up, room stewards always smiling and greeting as you walk down the hall, and front desk personnel always happy to help. Port and shore excursions -- my husband did 2 scuba tours (one in Cozumel and one in Roatan) which he enjoyed, especially the one in Roatan, to Anthony's Key, which he said was his best scuba trip ever. In Costa Maya, we did the ATV Jungle and Beach Break tour -- a bit pricey but totally worth it! Dining aboard the ship was not fantastic but better than average. The lobster tail on formal night was a bit small. The desserts were always excellent. Our dinner at 150 Central Park was delicious -- the entrees were special but they kind of ruined it by placing a plate of plain mashed potatoes and vegetables on the table to share as a side dish. Tip -- go to Johnny Rockets for breakfast (it's free) and go to the Solarium for the buffet as opposed to the Windjammer. Entertainment was outstanding! Mama Mia was very entertaining and Blue Planet was creative and well executed. Ocean Aria (the aqua show) was a real WOW and the ice show was excellent, although I've seen more jumps and spins in other Royal Caribbean ice shows. The comedians in the comedy club -- Nery Saenz and Phil Tag -- were among the best I've ever seen on a ship or off. The featured entertainer, Joel Mason, and his comedy tribute show, was very entertaining. It's a real hassle to get tickets to all these shows online but I guess there is no other way with a ship of this size. The Diamond Lounge was never crowded, and we got immediate bar service -- unlike other Royal Caribbean ships. Disembarkation was as easy as embarkation was. In summary, I had, for years, hesitated to go on a ship of this size -- and I would still return to a smaller ship -- but now that I've been on the Allure, I must say this is my new favorite ship. You have nothing to worry about, and I would highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
This is the largest ship we have been ion. I will say that I didn’t need my usually motion sickness patch. It was very smooth but too big for us and too many kids for us (with grown kids). Cabins didn’t have much storage space. Only ... Read More
This is the largest ship we have been ion. I will say that I didn’t need my usually motion sickness patch. It was very smooth but too big for us and too many kids for us (with grown kids). Cabins didn’t have much storage space. Only two tiny drawers. We did not find the service as good. We chalked it up to having so many extra people on board. Not that service was bad. They were just too busy. Our last cruise was on the Navigator. We liked that size better The shows were mostly good. We really liked Mama Mia. Blue planet was a little odd and the tribute show we had already seen a few years ago. Getting off the ship was slow. Glad we didn’t have an early flight. They said the delays were due to it being such a small terminal. But this terminal was brand new - so why too small?? We already booked our next cruise. We are “off to Alaska”. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2018
Embarkation was so much better at Terminal A than in other terminals. We were handled very quickly and our rooms were ready when we boarded at 11:30. We had our luggage within an hour or two. We had a family reunion for 35 of us. ... Read More
Embarkation was so much better at Terminal A than in other terminals. We were handled very quickly and our rooms were ready when we boarded at 11:30. We had our luggage within an hour or two. We had a family reunion for 35 of us. Those that had children enjoyed the vast array of activities and restaurants. Older members enjoyed the shows and restaurants, especially Giovannis Table and Chops. Sabor had very good food but service was lousy. We loved Central Park away from the hustle and bustle of the ship which was overwhelming at times. Service was excellent for the most part. Our cabin attendant was wonderful. Main dining was very good and service there was excellent also. Service in the brew and pub was non-existent. We did not like our cabin at all. It was very small, although a 2C, there was only one plug in the entire cabin, NONE in the bathroom, which was tiny. Very little storage as well. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
I first sailed the allure back in 2015 and had a 5 star trip. This time I say 3 stars but the dynamic was different because we were traveling with a 15 month old and it was our second time on the ship so the newness of the magnificentance ... Read More
I first sailed the allure back in 2015 and had a 5 star trip. This time I say 3 stars but the dynamic was different because we were traveling with a 15 month old and it was our second time on the ship so the newness of the magnificentance of the ship had worn off a bit. My biggest complaint this time around was it seemed liked the times of activities were really limited. Since we have done a lot of the ports so many times we wanted to just stay on the ship and enjoy it during most port days. To our surprise there was very little to do during port days. All activities and restaurants (except the windjammer) were not open until 3:00-4:00. We only had 2 sea days so we’re expected to cram it all in on those days which was really possible because everything was so crowded. The royal sea tots program also failed us. Our daughter just wasn’t happy there so we had to pick her up after about an hour each visit. The staff in the nursery were doing there best, but the nursery room itself was very empty, boring and nothing to keep them entertained. There was an open play area that parents could bring their kids and that was awesome. My daughter could have stayed there all day had that been the nursery. For a ship as big as the allure I would have expected more. I also had a 5 and 7 year old niece and nephew that tried out the kids program for their age and they simply didn’t like it and cried when they had to go back. The rooms they were in very also very dull and boring. Another thing I had never noticed until traveling with a toddler is you really can’t eat whenever you want. Unless you wanted pizza I found I having to frequently wait for the windjammer to open. On a positive note, I was pleased with the cleanliness of everything on the ship, our stateroom attendant was top notch , and the overall service on the ship was great. The ship was still beautiful and we enjoyed strolling Central Park and the boardwalk and promenade each day. The cabin also seemed smaller then on other ships I have sailed. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
We sailed on Allure of the Seas Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2018. We had heard of the one-of-a-kind experience to be had on Oasis class vessels, and Allure did not disappoint! There were eight of us traveling together; my wife and I, my brother, ... Read More
We sailed on Allure of the Seas Oct. 28 - Nov. 4, 2018. We had heard of the one-of-a-kind experience to be had on Oasis class vessels, and Allure did not disappoint! There were eight of us traveling together; my wife and I, my brother, my father, my cousin and his wife, and a second cousin and his girlfriend. All adults; no children, so our cruise was seen thru adult eyes. My wife and I had an interior cabin on deck 14; number 273. The cabin was very adequately sized for two people. The bed was very comfortable and quiet. The bathroom was almost identical to what I had experienced on Royal's other ships - small, but adequately sized to do everything a person needs to do there. Our cabin steward, David, was pleasant and friendly, and tho we really had no specific needs or requests, the room was always clean and smelled nice. Towel animals brought a smile to our faces each evening as well! The only complaint we had with the cabin lay with the closet doors. They never seemed to stay in place, and one night I was jarred awake by the sliding and slamming of one of the closet doors, the result of ship movement, I assume. In my opinion, there is absolutely no excuse for getting bored on this ship! Activities and entertainment abound, and in my opinion, there is truly something for everyone on Allure of the Seas, whether you're 8 or 80+!! My wife and I found a favorite quiet spot on the stern, deck 5, which is the walking/jogging track that circles the ship. In the stern however, there are several wooden deck chairs where you can sit back, breathe in the sea air, sip a drink, and take in the beauty of the sea. We were thoroughly entertained all week, and took in a show 5 out of 7 nights. Our favorites were an excellent Broadway-caliber performance of Mamma Mia, and the very unique water show, Ocean Aria. Blue Planet, we felt, was the weakest of the show offerings, and while the Ice Skating Show was impressive, it was not the best I've seen. Rounding out the shows was the headliner performance of Lou Gazzara. This guy had a voice range like you wouldn't believe, and sang songs ranging from Sinatra to Elvis to Frankie Vali. I believe he even sang a selection from an Italian opera in Italian! We made reservations for all of these performances prior to sailing, and I would encourage anyone else to do the same. It cuts down on a lot of stress, trying to secure seating once on board. While not big athletes, my wife and I did enjoy playing ping pong, something neither of us had done in years, and we played a fun (but hot!) game of mini golf just after a late breakfast one day. I would recommend playing earlier in the morning or late in the day to avoid the heat. We only went to the pools one day, but had a great time. I had read about the difficulty finding a lounge chair, but we had no problem at all! This might have been because it was a port day (but after the ship had sailed). The pool water was very refreshing. We also tried out a hot tub, but our tub wasn't so hot. We believe it was malfunctioning, as the water jets that provide bubbles kept cutting in and out as well. We visited 3 ports; St. Martin, San Juan, and Labadee. We enjoyed all three, but my wife and I agree that if we had to pick a favorite, it would be Labadee. The area is beautiful, and we had a picture-perfect day to be there. Our family claimed 8 lounge chairs on Adreneline Beach, close to a group of palm trees. We got in the water there, but be careful, because the ocean floor is full of rocks. I recommend water shoes if you choose to swim there! Make sure you wade out to the floating bar for a drink too; it's a unique and fun experience. And speaking of drinks, don't miss trying the "Laba-doozie!" It's a great adult beverage! St. Martin, which I had been to on past cruises, is still a beautiful port, but there seemed to be an increase in the number of natives strongly urging you to purchase everything from hair braids to beach chairs & umbrellas to just about anything and everything carved from coconuts! That was a turn off to us, and took away a bit from our time there. That being said, we wondered if the increase in pressure to buy things may be because the island is still recovering from the hurricane that struck them a year or two ago. San Juan is a beautiful place, but we felt that our time there was too limited. If I remember right, we only had about 6 hours total in port. Still, we enjoyed walking up to the old Spanish fort, taking several pictures, and taking in the flavor of the old part of the city. The food offerings on the ship were numerous, and fantastic! We tried several venues, including Johnny Rockets (free breakfast), the Windjammer, the Hot Dog Haus, the Wipe Out Cafe, the MDR, Sorrento's, the Park Cafe, and Sabor. We never had a bad meal, although I will say I was a bit disappointed with the roast beef sandwich at Park Cafe. I had read so many reviews praising it, but to me, it was just okay. Salads there were very good tho. Our favorite meals were at Sabor for lunch (had the steak & cheese quesadillas) and the MDR where we had steak & lobster (no up-charge!). As I said tho, none of the food was bad, but some was better than others. Allure of the Seas is a technological marvel, to say the least, and tho she is 8 years old, she still provides a top notch cruising experience for those blessed enough to have the opportunity to sail on her. Enbarkation and Debarkation were both no problem. Each took us 30 min. max, due, I believe, to smart scheduling and the obvious effeciency of the crew. We would definitely sail on Allure again! 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Sail Date: October 2018
We were getting very disenchanted with cruising in general because, in our opinion the quality has gone downhill in the last several years. In January I stumbled upon a fantastic deal, in a Grand Suite, for October. Just got home Sunday ... Read More
We were getting very disenchanted with cruising in general because, in our opinion the quality has gone downhill in the last several years. In January I stumbled upon a fantastic deal, in a Grand Suite, for October. Just got home Sunday and would be hard pressed to say anything negative. The cabin was huge and very well laid out. More storage than we could ever use. Suite class has it's own lounge and restaurant so service was excellent. The food was excellent also. We ate one night in Chops because we got it free from our travel agent and it was marginally better than the Coastal Kitchen. A big plus since we didn't have to mess with the Windjammer Cafe Shows were unbelievable, we've seen them all several times before and enjoyed them just as much as we did the first time we saw them. We saw Mamma Mia twice. Also we got reserved seating for all shows except the Comedy Club. Center stage, first three rows, in what Ill call the loge level, not lower level or balcony. No reservations needed, just show up about 20 minutes early, show Seapass card and walk in. It also had it's own lounging area on deck 17 towards the front of the ship. Plenty of lounge chairs and even several cabanas, no charge, first come first served. There was no pool. The best part, at least for me, was the disembarkation. We met up at the Concierge desk located in the Suite lounge. Had the choice of three times, we took the 8:15 slot. The concierge walked us off the ship bypassing all the lines, even at Customs. Since we used Luggage valet, no luggage to worry about until we took it of the carousel at Phoenix airport. 40 minutes from the time we left the lounge until the time we got to our gate. After two days my wife said it's Suites or nothing. Would we do it again? Absolutely for the right price. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2018
Well we enjoyed every minute. As 1st time cruiser we really did not know what to expect. The staff were super friendly and fun, balcony room was a great anniversary gift. Dining room surprised us with an anniversary cake slice. The ... Read More
Well we enjoyed every minute. As 1st time cruiser we really did not know what to expect. The staff were super friendly and fun, balcony room was a great anniversary gift. Dining room surprised us with an anniversary cake slice. The staff in silk was the best...... Favorite Port: Labadee and the Labadoozies Don't miss mama mia!!! a must see, and be sure to ask about the quest adult game show. I have never had so much fun in an hour. There is so much to do and see in 7 days we missed alot....we are headed out in feb on allure again and can't wait. We are looking forward to seeing the friendly faces that made our trip so wonderful. From the door attendant at windjammer that is a different character each day, the nightcaps in central park at the trellis with leroy and he awesome wait staff in silk michael & young. 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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