1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
This was a great ship for the entire family, young and old . Lots to do on the ship for all ages. The grandchildren were always busy with activities. They climbed the rock wall, saw Mamma Mia, enjoyed the RC parade, arcade, Adventure ... Read More
This was a great ship for the entire family, young and old . Lots to do on the ship for all ages. The grandchildren were always busy with activities. They climbed the rock wall, saw Mamma Mia, enjoyed the RC parade, arcade, Adventure Ocean, etc. Royal Caribbean had lots of activities for everyone. Our head waiter was excellent. She was very good with the children and their needs and requests. Food was good. The ports were ok. We just walked around San Juan and bought some items and in St Maarten we shopped first then went to the beach. We rented six chairs and three umbrellas for $30.00. We have cruised a lot and I really believe this is a ship for families especially during the summer time. I suggest if you go to Labadee and have a family with you, you might like to rent a beach bungalow at Columbus Cove. We did and it was well worth the price. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2019
We recently returned from a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Allure and all I can say is "Wow!" The ship itself is incredible and beautiful, with no shortage of things to do. The staff was friendly, attentive, helpful and fun. ... Read More
We recently returned from a 7 night Eastern Caribbean cruise on Allure and all I can say is "Wow!" The ship itself is incredible and beautiful, with no shortage of things to do. The staff was friendly, attentive, helpful and fun. We returned rested and ready to book another cruise on RC! We had two rooms - my husband and I had an ocean view balcony on deck 12 and our daughters were across the hall from us with a Central Park balcony. Two rooms is definitely the way to go when you have kids, if you can swing it! Our room attendant, Yogesh, was extremely nice. We were easily able to walk up to deck 15 to hit the pools....and even down to deck 8 to get on Central Park. Food was very good. We ate at Chops (due to having the Key), and then also at Izumi Hibachi for dinner one night and Giovanni's for lunch one day. Great service (Alain our Hibachi chef was terrific!) and delicious food. All other dinners were in the Main Dining Room, where we had wonderful service again (we did My Time Dining) and then breakfasts were usually at Windjammer (ok in my opinion but kids and hubby really liked it) and then lunch at Windjammer or Central Park Cafe. I was a big fan of CP Cafe! The entertainment was beyond impressive. Mama Mia is a Broadway caliber performance, the performers are fantastic! Aqua show is one of the coolest things you will ever see. Ice show is great. And the headliner group they brought in from Vegas was Mo5aic and they were unbelievable. RC clearly puts a high value on entertainment and it shows. As for onship activities, we were fans of the Flow Rider, mini golf and zip line. Central Park is beautiful an oh so peaceful at night. Boardwalk is fun and my husband very much enjoyed the hot dog shop! Ports - we were on a ship that was originally slated for St. Thomas but changed to Puerto Rico a few months ago. Yes, were were certainly disappointed since they also cut down the time on shore, but it wasn't going to ruin my vacation. Our first port was St. Kitts and we did the Fan ta Sea snorkeling and beach catamaran excursion. Probably the highlight for me! Great snorkeling, excellent crew, tons of fun (ok food, but whatever). This was also the ship that did dock in Puerto Rico, despite the ongoing protests. We were able to dock because we arrived in the morning, whereas the other ships would have been there at night, when the protests were actually taking place. We did the Old and New San Juan tours, and it was disappointing to see the toll the protests took on the city itself. And while we had initially been sad about not having too much time in PR, it definitely turned out to be for the best, given the circumstances. Our last port was Nassau, and we did our own thing at Atlantis, due to a family connection there. We had the Key and it was absolutely worth the investment! From the time we arrived at Port Everglades to getting on the ship was 20 minutes! We could drop off our carry on luggage instead of lugging it around. We loved the Chops Grille lunch that day - although instead of eating at Chops, they serve you the meal in the Main Dining Room. While it might have been cool to eat actually in Chops, it was a great idea by RC to do this because there was zero line and you were not rushed at all. We also got priority seating at the shows, although we only took advantage of it at Mama Mia and the ice show. And we utilized the private times for the Flow Rider and zip line, that makes a difference! My only negative feedback would be putting one of the two towel stations right next to the smoking section of deck 15. Most of us do not want to have to walk through that or stand next to it to get a towel. Seems like something they could move over a bit. Overall, I highly recommend Allure of the Seas, as well as the Key program. Our family of four had a great time and will be back on another RC cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
We docked out of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and we had two days there before our ship sailed. While in Ft. Lauderdale I’d recommend eating at the Funky Buddha! Fun atmosphere, great food, and flights which allow you to sample the beers. We ... Read More
We docked out of Fort Lauderdale, Fl. and we had two days there before our ship sailed. While in Ft. Lauderdale I’d recommend eating at the Funky Buddha! Fun atmosphere, great food, and flights which allow you to sample the beers. We also went to the Everglades. It was exhilarating! Our captain was lively and fun! He honestly made the experience what it was-enjoyable while simultaneously providing us with the history and information of the Everglades in a hang-on-to-every-word way! Now the important part -the cruise! Wow! Wow! Wow! This was my first cruise so I did a little research and I knew that bags wouldn’t be delivered to our rooms right away so I had everything I needed in my carry-on (This is important to ensure a comfortable first few hours). The room was a good size and we had a balcony that overlooked Central Park which was awesome! Central Park- what a beautifully crafty area to the ship. If ever you’re missing that outside world (not likely because of the port stops) go to Central Park. The view is captivating and you get your nature fix. There were tons of pools and although sometimes finding a chair (or two) by one was somewhat challenging (it’s the place to be!) the setup was convenient. The food was great! We went to our reservations at American Icon Grill the first two nights but favored the Windjammer, buffet style, and that it ultimately were we ended up eating the remaining 5 days. We visited St. Marteen, San Juan, and Labadee. My biggest disappointment was that we were only in San Juan for 6 hours. Not nearly enough time to explore. Labadee was my favorite stop! Relaxing and beautiful! Though, if you plan on shopping- BEWARE! The Haitians will bombard you. I initially wanted to support them and though I did buy some stuff from the small shops, I wanted to get out of there as quick as possible which is unfortunate because I would have shopped more. Unfortunately I did not do any excursions on the ports. Last but definitely not least. The entertainment! I cannot speak more highly of this part! Second to none! Incredible! Sensational! And, well, ENTERTAINING! The aqua show: so nice I saw it twice. No really. I had to go see it a second time. You don’t want to look away. The game shows: fun! You’ll get your laughs in! Contests: belly contest, wakeboard contest, dive contest,etc. GO! The ice show- A MUST SEE! Not only is it fun, entertaining, and well choreographed but it was touching and I found myself holding back tears at one point. Honestly, the entertainment on the ship was my favorite part of the cruise and the next cruise I go on (because there will certainly be a next and a next after that and so on) I will hit up every entertainment opportunity. Cannot speak for kids on the cruise because this was a trip just for my fiancé and I but I will say that I can’t wait to bring my kids w us the next time we go! I know they’d have an experience of a lifetime. Highly recommend this cruise line! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
Normally we would never have chosen such a large cruise ship but we picked this ship because of the range of activities for our daughter, our son-in-law and our grandchildren ages 6 and 8, To our surprise we enjoyed the ship as much as ... Read More
Normally we would never have chosen such a large cruise ship but we picked this ship because of the range of activities for our daughter, our son-in-law and our grandchildren ages 6 and 8, To our surprise we enjoyed the ship as much as they did. Embarkation was smooth and easy. We picked the earliest boarding time (11:00-11:30 AM) and were on board having a buffet lunch in the Windjammer by 11:45 AM. We booked two adjoining Central Park View cabins. They were spacious and convenient to elevators, stairways and to Central Park. We loved all the dining options especially the many complimentary restaurants. We never went to the breakfast buffet because we tried a different complimentary breakfast venue every day. We especially enjoyed being able to walk downstairs to Central Park and have breakfast or a snack at the Park Café which was never crowded. Dinner in the main dining room was great. We were seated at an ocean view table which the grandchildren loved. The wait staff was super and so attentive to the kids. Always brought them a serving of fresh fruit while we checked out the dinner menu. And we always left with a plate of chocolate chip cookies for the kids to enjoy back in their room. Entertainment and activities onboard the ship were amazing. Don't miss Mamma Mia!, the Ocean Aria Aqua Show or The Blue Planet. We booked all of those online well before we boarded. We enjoyed all of the ports and booked only one shore excursion. In Saint Maarten we did the Trolley Train Tour of Philipsburg. I thought that it was not as good as advertised but my 8 year old granddaughter thought it was the best!! We did our own walking tour of Old San Juan but wished we would have had more time in that port (it was cut short by ship propulsion problems and the need to get to Labadee). Fort San Felipe del Morro, which is a National Historic Site, was amazing and not to be missed. If you have a National Park Pass or a Senior Park Pass bring it along for free admission for up to 4 people. In Labadee Haiti we enjoyed swimming and relaxing at Columbus Cove. You can take the tram or walk to Columbus Cove, but get there earlier in the day to find loungers in shaded areas. We liked that location as it was close to one of the outdoor restaurants for the barbeque lunch. Disembarking was simple. We were able to carry our own bags so we were able to leave once the ship docked. We were quickly moved through customs and were in our car driving back home by 7:30 AM I would definitely recommend this ship and itinerary to anyone planning a family reunion. There is something for everyone. And we would definitely go again! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
We absolutely loved our RC cruise on Allure of the Seas. There were a total of 7 of us in 3 separate rooms on 2 different floors. We had an adjoining room with our teenage daughters(rooms 7151 and 7153), interior rooms. Room 7151 had ... Read More
We absolutely loved our RC cruise on Allure of the Seas. There were a total of 7 of us in 3 separate rooms on 2 different floors. We had an adjoining room with our teenage daughters(rooms 7151 and 7153), interior rooms. Room 7151 had the two twin beds pushed together and a sofa bed for our teenage son. The adjoining room(7153) just had two twin beds. The rooms were as expected with ample closet space with lots of hangers, storage shelves and storage cabinets. The luggage was easily stored under the bed. There is a dim light in the bathroom that stays on all the time as this was an interior room. No need for a night light which was nice. There was an outlet with 3 slots to plug things in though no USB slots. We brought our own. Our room steward Delroy was awesome and very helpful. He brought us anything we needed(extra towels and ice). There is a small refrigerator in the room which was empty when we got there. We used it to store water bottles. The room was very quiet, yet close to the stairs and elevators. I think for next time, we would like to be on level 3(American Icon) in about the same location(forward, port side), on the Allure. The ship itself is massive! There are two partial floors that are open to the sky(Central Park, which is just like it sounds...greenery, flowers, trees and bushes, which are expertly trimmed in the early morning hours). Central Park also has Park Cafe which has convenient and quick sandwiches, wraps and breakfast items in the morning. There are several other restaurants($) on this level that we did not go to. It was always very peaceful in this area. The other partially open level is The Boardwalk. Here you will find the carousel, the donut shop, Johnny Rockets(only ate the free breakfast here and not lunch$ or dinner$), the mexican restaurant Sabor$, and the Aqua Theater. I heard the margaritas at Sabor were really good, though I never tried one. The margarita I had at one of the other bars was awful! The other main area was the Promenade(level 5), which is where all the street parties and sales happen. There are several bars, Sorentos(pizza), Cafe Promenade(coffee shop with pastries) and several shops. I believe the Rising Tide bar runs between this floor and Central Park. We signed up for “my time dining” and we had reservations every night, though we still had to wait 10-15 minutes to get a table. We dined at tables 1 and 2 with Boney(head waiter), Clestain(assistant waiter), and Dilip(table bartender) for 4 of the 7 nights. We cannot say enough nice things about this group of men. They were friendly, outgoing, accommodating and just plain fun to be around! They made our cruise feel special! They even brought us extra food before we even had a chance to ask for it. The wait staff manager for our area Mariel was friendly as well. She made a point of checking on us every night we were seated in that section. June at the hostess station remembered us after the first night and tried to accommodate our seating requests each night. We were also seated twice at tables 139 & 140 with Eugenio(head waiter) and Javen(assistant waiter). They were so nice and friendly! The food was good for the most part. An item here or there may have been a little over cooked or dry, but overall the food was really good. We loved the many choices and the “classics” food items. We ate all dinners in the main dining room on level 5. We had breakfast in the main dining room(they had buffet and a la carte), Johnny Rockets, Park Cafe and the Solarium(buffet). The eggs benedict in the MDR were excellent, as was the corned beef hash! We had lunch once in the MDR, once in the Windjammer Cafe(buffet only), a few times in the Wipe Out Cafe, and the Solarium. Our favorite bartender was Komang at the Mast Bar. We met him when we first arrived on the ship and he was our favorite throughout the trip. He mentioned that he had only been working on Allure of the Seas for two weeks! I never would have guessed that! He was awesome! After the first day, he never even asked me for my set sail pass as he remembered our room number every time. He did a great job and never complained about the heat(and it was extremely hot where he was tending bar). We also loved the casino bartenders. We did zip lining and rock climbing and watched the action at both Flow Riders. All of the crew that helped with these activities(and others I’m sure) were very encouraging, helpful and kind, whether you were 10 years old or 56 years old. We went to 4 shows and all were excellent(Blue Planet, Aqua Show, comedy show and the head liner-comedy). Comedy shows were funny and stayed away from politics. Our daughters saw Mamma Mia and loved it. I believe the ship holds about 6500 guests and 2200 crew members. The only time that we ever felt crowded was disembarkation at Nassau and getting off the pier. No other time did it feel like there were that many people on the ship. We also loved the way the photos were set up in binders with numbers. They were easy to find and somewhat easy to order. Though several of our group photos were not in the binders. I thought that the public bathrooms should have been kept cleaner. Paper and water were always on the floor and around the sinks. Embarkation was the smoothest I've ever experienced and disembarkation was a breeze as well. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I just got off this cruise sailing (June 16th-23rd) and will start by saying WOW!! Where can I start. I booked this cruise as a Father’s Day and daughter cruise which not only blew me away, but made my daughter happier then ... Read More
I just got off this cruise sailing (June 16th-23rd) and will start by saying WOW!! Where can I start. I booked this cruise as a Father’s Day and daughter cruise which not only blew me away, but made my daughter happier then ever. From the food to entertainment, I couldn’t of asked for a better experience. The shows were beyond amazing. I did see their Aqua Theater show Ocean Aria three times out of the first three nights, I did see Mamma Mia but wish I saw it a second time, Blue Planet twice which was amazing. The Juggling Act of Charles Peachock which is a cant miss. Overall for entertainment, this in my opinion was far above suburb. The food on board was great, buffets were stocked and well organized, I didn’t really experience the sit down locations, since there is so much to do and my daughter was a picky eater. Everything from the burgers ya Wipe Out Cafe to the ice cream poolside was worth the “weight gain” on the ship. The service overall was excellent. Despite a(n) medical emergency which caused our experience to miss Labadee, Haïti where I was excited for our excursion, the crew/staff really held their ground and still made this trip standout. I was disappointed, but coming from a position where I work in hospitality/Guest Services, I understand safety is a priority and need to accept it. I wanted to personally mention The cruise Director, Jimmy Rhodes along with other members of the staff, for balancing out a great experience throughout the week we had. I also wanted to give Captain Ron a huge thank you for his professionalism during the issue that took place and still made this experience outstanding The pool/recreation was great, so many pools (about 4 along with 6-8 whirlpools) made the crowd spread out so it didn’t cause the pool deck to feel clogged. The activities poolside were fun and entertaining, the mini golf, ice skating, flow rider all are great for the kids. The weather was great so it made it worth it being poolside. Finally, the overall service was a solid 10/10. I’m not one to typically write a solid review, but this made me realize why this cruise line the only one I will sail with. The only flaw I experienced which honestly wasn’t a huge issue, was communication in the in-room phone was delayed and no one answered within an reasonable time. That didn’t stop my daughter who’s 6, and myself from having a great time. I hope to those who booked this cruise and are reading this, take this as an example of what you’ll experience. I promise you won’t be disappointed Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
Our first cruise ever was on our 25th wedding anniversary in 2002 on the Soveriegn of the Seas. My DW and I had never been treated so good. We did 2 other sailings with RCL as well as 2 with Disney, 2 with MSC, 1 with Princess. For this ... Read More
Our first cruise ever was on our 25th wedding anniversary in 2002 on the Soveriegn of the Seas. My DW and I had never been treated so good. We did 2 other sailings with RCL as well as 2 with Disney, 2 with MSC, 1 with Princess. For this year's cruise we wanted to get back on RCL, so we booked the Allure. Never having been on a "Mega-Ship" we had concerns. We did our homework on the ship. DW and I watched TONS of You Tube videos (Thanks to all that posted!) and I studied the deck plans so we both felt comfortable with moving around on board. WELL ....... the ship was much larger than we could have imagined and even with all our homework we thought "Oh No, we're gonna be lost!" Not the case. Moving about the ship was so simple! The ship is simply beautiful! We loved the "Neighborhood" concept. We booked a Boardwalk Cabin with a great view of the Aqua Theater so we could see the show anytime we liked! John, our cabin steward was AWESOME!!! He treated us like we were the only people in his section! We absolutely loved him! The room itself was great plenty of storage space. Also I let RCL know that I had a CPAP for my sleep apnea and they had an extension cord and a gallon of distilled water for me to use during the cruise.How great is that?! The food was FANTASTIC and our wait staff of Andre(the giant) our assistant waiter, Marlon(Brando) our waiter and Aton(no nickname) our head waiter were absolutely wonderful! We were never in need of anything, anything we wanted we got! They were also just plain great to be around! Wonderful people. RCL's entertainment is top notch. Ocean Aria, Mamma Mia, Earl Turner (Headliner), Blue Planet and Ice Games ...... ALL AMAZING! We also went to comedy live and never laughed that hard in quite awhile! The entertainment staff is funny, engaging and just plain FUN!! Jimmy Rhodes (Cruise Director) and Flavio (Activities Manager) are the best! Jamezy and BeBe are great! We've never had that much fun playing trivia!!! Ice Skating in Studio B, The pools, hot tubs and "The Current" (not giving that one away), rock climbing wall, zip line sport court miniature golf, Flow Rider total thumbs up! The service is simply off the chart! The staff on RCL just can't do enough for you. Cristan (bartender at Sorrento's) and Iris (bartender at the Pool bar) are just the greatest! Other cruise lines do these same types of things and, although I've had good experiences with other lines, it's RCL's people and Customer Service that set it well apart from all the rest! I know I've left some things out but I'm at work writing this and, unfortunately, I need to get back to reality! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We arranged this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary! We were a group of 9, ages from 3 to 72. Everyone had a fabulous time! The kids programs for ages 3, 6 and 12 were really wonderful. The food was some of best we've ... Read More
We arranged this cruise to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary! We were a group of 9, ages from 3 to 72. Everyone had a fabulous time! The kids programs for ages 3, 6 and 12 were really wonderful. The food was some of best we've had (we've sailed on Norwegian, Princess, Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean). Our whole group ate at Giovanni's to celebrate our anniversary and I would definitely recommend it. The entertainment was amazing and we went to all the shows! We had a balcony cabin and the cabin steward was great. We didn't do any excursions through Royal Caribbean and did our own thing in ports. Our favorite port was St. Maarten. We reserved chairs and umbrellas ahead of time with Nik at Lazy Lizard Beach Bar which was an easy 15-20 minute walk from the dock. The chairs and umbrellas were right on the beach and all set up and waiting for us when we got there. We got 2 chairs, umbrella, use of a locker and restroom, Wifi and bucket of 6 beers or 2 cocktails for $20. Best deal anywhere! Nik and his wife were super nice and helpful and the food and drinks were amazing! Really the only thing I can criticize about the whoe cruise is all the upselling and charges on this ship. Charging for popcorn, really?? Also, the drinks were crazy expensive. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
My husband, daughter and I just got off of the Allure on Sunday. We had the best time on this beautiful ship. Everyone from the cabin steward (Norman, room 6280) to our waiters (too many to mention) to the nice people that we met, ... Read More
My husband, daughter and I just got off of the Allure on Sunday. We had the best time on this beautiful ship. Everyone from the cabin steward (Norman, room 6280) to our waiters (too many to mention) to the nice people that we met, including a family that lives about 10 mins from us, was wonderful. Our room (ocean view balcony) was very roomy and we had plenty of room to store all of our clothes and "stuff". There were 3 adults in the room, so we thought that would be difficult, but to our surprise, it wasn't at all. The shows were fabulous as well. We saw "Ocean Aria" and the comedy show (twice) as well at the headliner show. We didn't get to Mama Mia though and I'm sorry that we didn't. The pool games were all fun and the staff was energetic and entertaining. We thought the cruise director was very good and fun too. We especially loved him dancing in the "70's show" on the Promenade. All of the food was very good as well. We had my time dining and enjoyed different locations with different waiters every night. The buffet was delicious, hot and diverse too. We enjoyed all of the ports, but Labadee the most. We did the Orient Beach/Maho Beach excursion at St. Maarten and the traffic was a nightmare. We probably wouldn't do that again. We just shopped and walked around a bit (in the drizzle ) in San Juan. Getting on and off of the ship was a breeze too. We did expedited dis-embarking so we could pack our "beauty aids" with us in the morning and it wall went as smooth as clock work. Really the only thing that we didn't like, was having to say good-bye to this fabulous ship, but we will definitely be back. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
This was my first time in a big ship, I wanted to see how do big ships works. Okay, so the space in my cabin was kind of... small? but since I was alone it didn't bother me, it was enough, enough compartments, a medium-sized bathroom ... Read More
This was my first time in a big ship, I wanted to see how do big ships works. Okay, so the space in my cabin was kind of... small? but since I was alone it didn't bother me, it was enough, enough compartments, a medium-sized bathroom and a comfy bed. Enterntaiment was awesome, specially the play Mamma Mia and the Aqua Shows. Food was good, buffets had a grat variety of food and I LOVED the curry, also the breakfast from the WipeOut Cafe was amazing. The central park was really chill, pools (there are 4 pools) weren't crowded and the weather was perfect, everything was so relaxing and that's what I wanted, take a break from the busy, modern and boring world. Cocktails are good! If you are a diamond member I think you have free cocktails during "cocktail hours", haha. There was a show with commedians... so much fun tbh, I would love to be on board again. Check-in: easy; staff: helpful; activities: fun. It was, overall, an amazing experience... if anyone wants more info, just hmu! Hats off to Allure of the Seas,Captain Ron and its members. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
Allure pretty much exceeds all expectations. This ship is so large that you don't really mind those sea days and doesn't usually feel crowded even with so many people on board. Embarkation: 5/5 Embarkation was the quickest ... Read More
Allure pretty much exceeds all expectations. This ship is so large that you don't really mind those sea days and doesn't usually feel crowded even with so many people on board. Embarkation: 5/5 Embarkation was the quickest we've ever experienced. They really have it down to a science. We arrived at 2 and were in the ship within 20 minutes. Cabin: 4/5 Pretty standard cruise cabin. Typical size. Nicely decorated. A few complaints: the outlets on the desk were worn out and our chargers wouldn't stay in without being propped up. The beds were very hard. The sofa bed is terrible. Cabin Bathroom: 4/5 Surprisingly larger than most. The sink/counter was very low for a tall person like me. The shower was a bit larger than normal as well. The light blue/green tile is very pretty. It also had a dim nightlight that was a nice touch as well. Dining: 4/5 The windjammer does a decent job managing the crowds, but it gets strained to capacity during peak times. The wipeout cafe is a nice alternative but has a limited selection. Other venues like the park cafe are underwhelming. The main dining room food and service were great. Service was a bit slow the first two nights, but things started to click after that. Breakfast and lunch in the Dining Room (only deck 3) offers a more relaxed experience and some unique items you won't find in the windjammer. Entertainment: 5/5 Allure really shines on entertainment. The OceanAria show was the best. It's amazing what they can do with such a small diving pool. Mamma Mia was also surprisingly good. I didn't really to expect to like it as much as I did. They have some really talented people on the staff. Ship Public Areas: 4.5/5 The Royal Promenade is one of my favorite features on RC ships, but this is one area where the ship feels its 6000 passengers onboard. It can get really crowded. The casino technically has a nonsmoking side, but it really smells terrible. Everything else seemed really nice and very clean. Outdoor Areas: 4.5/5 Central park and the boardwalk are really nice additions. They make the ship feel so much larger. Central park is a nice relaxing space. The pool deck is really large and there are so many pools and hot tubs scattered around. Chair hogging is a big problem. It can be hard to find places to sit. especially in the shade, on sea days. Although most the seats were "occupied", only about ~40% actually had butts in seats. Ports: 4/5 Our itinerary was changed by RC a month or so before departure due to "propulsion issues". Apparently they changed all of the ship's remaining cruises until it goes into drydock in December. We did not mind the change since we like Puerto Rico better than St. Thomas anyway. St. Kitts: There's really nothing there unless you book an excursion and there isn't much to choose from. We went ashore to shop for a couple hours and then came back to enjoy the uncrowded pools on the ship. Puerto Rico: If you've never been, go to the Castle del Morro. We have been before and elected to go to the beach. There is a public beach called Ocean Park which is a 10-15 minute cab ride ($14 each way). You can find umbrellas and chairs for rent. It was not crowded at all when we were there. The Carnival Magic was also in port that day. Nassau: There were five ships in port that day. If you are wanting to go to Atlantis, it is worth it to book with the cruise line because the bus picks you up at the pier and drops you at the casino entrance. We heard that the line to get into Atlantis if you didn't book with the cruise line was over an hour and half. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We have been cruising with Royal Caribbean since we started - First Freedom of the Seas - Next Serenade of the seas and Now Allure of the Seas the boats get more and more beautiful and extravagant every time. Service amazing - Food Amazing ... Read More
We have been cruising with Royal Caribbean since we started - First Freedom of the Seas - Next Serenade of the seas and Now Allure of the Seas the boats get more and more beautiful and extravagant every time. Service amazing - Food Amazing and lots to do the only thing i can say the Boat was so big we only figured our way around her good on last day. The New Royal Caribbean Building was so easy to to embark through and the people were amazing. Cabin a bit small for four adults but ok Entertainment was great but they only play the Broadway show two days out of 8 Ports were good but had some bad weather not Royal Caribbeans fault Lots to do for Children traveled with a 3 Year old and an 13 Year old Have booked another 15 Day Transatlantic on her for Next year will know her by than. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We chose Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas because of its size, we had a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise, one thing that I have notice on our first port at Nassau, Bahamas was the weather, there was a slight drizzle of rain during the ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas because of its size, we had a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise, one thing that I have notice on our first port at Nassau, Bahamas was the weather, there was a slight drizzle of rain during the first 4 hours after the ship has docked, we booked an excursion for the Atlantis paradise resort in Bahamas through the RCI website, we were gathered at the Amber theater and an announcement was made by the tour excursion organizer of the RCI that some parts of the Atlantis Resort will be closed to guests and we were provided an option to either cancel and be refunded of our booking or we can proceed despite of the inclement weather, the rest of the port destination was excellent because it was all sunny. There are a lot of fun activities on the ship especially if it is cruising and at the sea all day, it was a good thing that we chose an interior stateroom, because we would just visit our room during nap time, most of the time we were outside of our cabin room, I would suggest to book a reservation for the my time dining, otherwise you would end up queuing during dinner at the main dining room, service were all excellent for our stateroom attendant Ashton and to our waiters for the dining room Sanket and Micky, & Tony the trio were all Indian National and Ramil a Philippine national, we ended up sharing a small amount of gratuities for those guys for their excellent service despite the fact that gratuities was all inclusive on our cruise package, ports and excursion were smooth and easy, we have just waited maybe at least 10 mins after the ship has docked and we went all the way to explore every port. We are a family and 3 grown-up kids with party of 5. Overall, we would love to booked our next cruise with Royal Caribbean for a Mediterranean cruise for a 7 or 8 days cruise. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This was our 3rd time on the Allure and 12 time on Royal, one of our favorite ships. EMBARKATION AND DEBARKATION - fastest I have ever had! Both took less than 10 minutes. Face recognition makes going thru customs a breeze, didn’t ... Read More
This was our 3rd time on the Allure and 12 time on Royal, one of our favorite ships. EMBARKATION AND DEBARKATION - fastest I have ever had! Both took less than 10 minutes. Face recognition makes going thru customs a breeze, didn’t even have to show our passports or fill any paperwork out, make sure you put your pictures in the online check in prior to cruise! GENERAL INFO - We absolutely love Central Park, it is so peaceful in the morning and pretty at night. I love to grab a quick breakfast or lunch and typically love the roast beef sandwiches at Park Cafe but they were consistently fatty and grizzly this time. They have great made to order fresh salads, make sure you don’t get in the salad line if you aren’t getting a salad, jump over to the sandwich line at lunch. If buffet is crowded at breakfast, you can go to Wipeout Cafe, Park Cafe, Solarium buffet, and Johnny Rockets is no fee for breakfast. If you have the deluxe drink package, specialty coffees and milkshakes at Johnny Rockets are included. The ship is kept very clean, except for the bathroom on the fourth floor by the Grand Main dining and Casino, floor was always dirty and sticky. The ship will soon go in for refurbishment I believe which is needed. The food is good but they need to change up a tired menu. They did change the apple pie and it is MUCH better than the cold piece of pie that I can get at any grocery store they used to serve, now they are hot individual apple turnovers that were delicious. My recommendations would be: - offer two soups every night, one being a cream of any vegetable other than mushroom as -the menu is too heavy on mushrooms. - Offer two different salads each night - Get rid of the tired turkey dinner -strip steak need to be better quality -Caesar Salads offered nightly are less fresh than they used to be, no reason to be much different than one at Chops-Bring back bread sticks and serve the rolls warm, if possible. Pools- are great, never had too much trouble getting chairs unless we did not get out there until after 10:30, but could find one in the later afternoon. CASINOS- I get that it is a business and need to take advantage of fact that we are captive audiences but the payouts on video poker are lowest I have ever seen and machines are too tight to have fun. I don’t mind losing, but give us some playing time. And to only have 3 video poker machines in non smoking area is silly. I personally miss the old 5Xs machine. Also no one came to get drink orders for a half hr. The DELUXE DRINK PACKAGE- usually goes on sale a month or so before your cruise, worth it if you drink bottled water, fresh squeezed juice, specialty coffee and have more 3 or more drinks per day. This was first time we were DIAMOND Members but still got drink pkg because we didn’t want to feel like we had to get drinks at certain times between 5 and 8. We didn’t even go to Diamond Lounge until last night but we’re sorry we didn’t. It was so nice and the view of Boardwalk and back of ship was exquisite! Other than than that and the one free 8x 10 picture, we didn’t see much value in the much anticipated DIAMOND LEVEL. Couldn’t use the discount on any of my purchases and none of the drink discounts were needed due to having drink package. A bag of laundry, which is free on Celebrity on commensurate level, is only discounted on Royal. ENTERTAINMENT- the best at sea hands down! DON’t MISS THE DIVING SHOW OCEANARIA AT THE AQUA THEATRE, it is the best!!! THE SPA- they have wonderful services and I thoroughly enjoyed both massages, one of which was combined with a mini-facial. I was not happy with the “free ladies pamper party” which stated that “all who attended royal enjoy a free collagen face, eye and neck treatment and a complementary sun glow makeover. We applied our own face eye and neck cream and only 2 were chosen to get a sun bow “makeover which took about 30 seconds. Talk about false advertising! They did offer us a discount on a massage pkg which was nice but really left me with bad taste in my mouth! THE STAFF- Hard working and friendly! They work so hard and Royal needs to have more bartenders working the bars. The waiters in main dining room are great, especially Anak! Our room steward Carl was kind and efficient! BIGGEST PET PEVE- if I am paying for a balcony room and am a diamond level member, would it be possible to have toilet paper that is not equivalent to thin sandpaper? C’mon Royal, you are making TONS of $, this is how you treat the people who make that possible? I understand it has to be thin to accommodate plumbing on a ship but it can be better quality than that! Shameless! It won’t stop me from sailing but I should not have to bring my own TP. #Don’tBeSoCheapRoyal! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
After looking into many questions before I leave for the cruise, I feel compelled to share my first cruise with our friends. After much deliberation we decided that some of the 50th birthday celebrations would be Cruise (for the first ... Read More
After looking into many questions before I leave for the cruise, I feel compelled to share my first cruise with our friends. After much deliberation we decided that some of the 50th birthday celebrations would be Cruise (for the first time). The date of the cruise was determined following family constraints for the Passover holiday of 2019 in April. Since this is the first time we make a cruise and after a thorough examination it was decided to go on one of the best - a large ship of Royal Caribbean. As stated, there were time constraints and therefore the cruise was chosen with the Allure Of The Seas, https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-sh…/allure-of-the-seas, Western Caribbean track, 7 nights with 4 anchors in NASSAU- BAHAMAS, COZUMEL-MEXICO, ROATAN-HONDURAS, PUERTO COSTA MAYA-MEXICO and 2 DAYS ONLY, Departure from Miami. Now it was left to choose which agency would invite the cruise. There are many opinions whether to order through an Israeli agency or through a foreign agency. After a thorough and thorough examination, I found out that the company Crozit, https://www.cruiseit.co.il/, with the agent Orit Cohen Rochov gave the best offer. As I mentioned, it was decided to order with a minimum risk and therefore the room with balcony to the ocean, on the 11th floor in the center of the ship (room number 11590 D2). The room is spacious enough, a double bed and a sofa bed, a shower with excellent water flow and a balcony facing the sea, television, storage closet, 110 and 220 volts power sockets. It is difficult to describe in words the experience of sitting on the balcony while sailing and sleeping with an open window and hearing the waves coming back - an experience! The ship is huge, really a floating hotel. Many different types of rooms, countless dining rooms, restaurants, cafes, 2 promenades with vegetation, casino, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, climbing wall, Omega, surfing and more. 2 notable restaurants for light meals: 1. Park Caffe - Salads, sandwiches, cakes and flag sandwich with roast beef 2. The pizza restaurant The ship has a wide range of performances, including Mamma Mia, acrobatic show with oceanAria, Ice Ice show, Blue Planet, Headliner Showtime and more. About 60-90 days before the cruise, the possibility of planning the cruise is open on the Royal Caribbean site, ordering an hour for dinner (17.30, 20.00 or "on my own time"), ordering the various shows on the ship and booking excursions at the ports. For convenience and schedule of performances we chose the time 20.00, we got a regular table in the dining room on the 5th floor and regular waiters. In accordance with our needs, we purchased in advance and at a discounted price Classic Soda Package, which includes soft drinks and cola and an internet package VOOM Surf + STREAM Voyage Package - 1 Device Additional alcoholic beverages, coffee, shakes and more can be purchased. It is also possible to purchase a 10-cup card or a 10-alcoholic card. Each room has the option of bringing 12 bottles of 17 oz and 2 bottles of wine to the ship. In the boat, at various meals, you will be served free glasses of water and juices. The ship anchored at the port of Miami in Terminal 1 of Royal Caribbean, we reached the port of the car rental agency in the city and left the port to the airport on a trip with uber. The check-in and check-out of the ship is carried out with remarkable efficiency with no queue and speed. The attractions we did at our ports were: NASSAU-BAHAMAS - taxi ride ($ 10 toward) Cabbage Beach on the island island Paradise Island, a beach with soft white sand and good water for bathing. You can rent 2 sunbeds + umbrella for $ 20, and there are street vendors selling drinks. You can walk to the beach of the luxurious Atlantis Bahamas and even enter the hotel grounds and be impressed by it. COZUMEL-MEXICO - A fun day of sailing to spectacular blue lagoons and dive snorkeling, booked through http://cozumelcruiseexcursions.net/cozumel-snorkel-tour-res…, at a cost of $ 50 per participant. ROATAN-HONDURAS - We booked a day trip to the island with a local operator named Francklin Gálvez, francklinalexisgalvezbonilla1@gmail.com, a nice guy who tries very hard to please the guests he accompanies. Franklin charges $ 20 per participant for a full day of pick-up and return from / to port and travel according to an agreed plan. ($ 10) Visit the Chocolate and Fun Factory at the stunning beach of West Bay Beach (one of the resorts, plus sun beds + umbrella $ 15) PUERTO COSTA MAYA-MEXICO - We ordered a $ 50 golf car from MAYAHUAL Local Golf Car, https://costa-maya-golf-cars.negocio.site/, marvin1907@yahoo.com.mx and drove to the beaches of the nearby village of MAYAHUAL Docking Port . In retrospect it is unnecessary and you can reach this coastal strip with a local taxi. The coast of the Costa Maya disappointed. Hope this summary will help others. I'll be happy to answer any question. Yaari Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We were a family of four (2 children aged 11 and 9) travelling from Manchester (UK) to Miami. This may be a long review but I wanted to put something out there about how easy it is to do a cruise from the UK to Miami and it probably cost ... Read More
We were a family of four (2 children aged 11 and 9) travelling from Manchester (UK) to Miami. This may be a long review but I wanted to put something out there about how easy it is to do a cruise from the UK to Miami and it probably cost no more than a trip to the med. This was our 13th cruise and 4th to the Caribbean. It was our 3rd trip with Royal Carribbean and 2nd on the Allure (previous one was in the med). We decieded to do a few days in miami first and travelled from Manchester on the Thursday before. Unfortunalty Manchester dont do direct flights to Miami which meant we had to do a stop over to Paris. The overall journey time was 13 hours, which was a bit of a faff but worth it in the end. Like i said we did 3 days in Miami and stayed on Washington Avenue two blocks away from the beach, it was a great location with loads to do. Be warned it can be expensive to eat in that area and may be worth researching it a bit before you go, the average night time meal was around £100 for a family of four (just mains & drinks). In addition we did not get breakfast through the hotel and spent an average of S60 each morning. Embarkation Qucik taxi from the hotel to the port cost us $30 and we were there in a couple of minutes. The new port terminal fro RCCL is very impressive and embarkation took us less than 20 mins, with all there new technology which was great. Overview of ship There are no words to decribe it other than wow, as said before we had no idea that we were sailing it was that steady. its true you cant see all of it on a weeks cruise there is just so many things to do. Having been on it before you do notice things different and the reason you dont feel your on board with 6000 other people is that the segregation of not only the different neighbourhoods but the things in them area's mean you dont realise where people are.all the area's were fantastically clean and tidy Cabin We opted for an outside cabin this time and were on deck three. The rooms appear to be the same size of the balcony one's, but what we found was due to not having the balcony doors it felt you had more useable space. in addition our cabin steward was fantastic we saw her all the time and nothing was too much trouble for her. Daytime Activities There is so much to do you have to ensure you plan ahead if you want to do everything, because you will run out of time. All the activites we did were great (flowrider, rock climbing, zip line, ice skating, golf and pools), there was very little queues anywhere and the staff were really attentive. We have been on some of the newer NCL ships and always feel the top decks can be a little crowded and the pools small, but you dont feel like this on this ship, we never had a problem getting a deckchair and there were plenty of bar staff going round taking drink orders. Kids Club Now the boys are at an age where they dont really want to go into the clubs and had decieded from the offset that they did not want to go, however after three days in Miami, we were ready for a little break and asked them to go in on the first evening for a couple of hours, after some arguing they agreed (i threatened to throw their Nintendo's over the side...only Joking). When we went back to collect them after a couple of hours, they didnt want to come out (suprise, suprise). so for the rest of the week we had to force them out of the club so we could do things together, which of course they moaned. The kids club staff were great and there were a few brit staff, who were fantastic with them and made us feel very at home. Night time Activities Overall they were very good, but again you just didnt have time to see them all. We saw Mama Mia (again), the diving shows and the ice skating shows which were great. In fact my son wanted to go to the rink the next day and is now mithering me to become a contestant on dancing on ice (Sorry a brit joke). The bars were fantastic and the staff really attentive, escpecially the guys on the rising tide bar and in the pub. Food & Drink We mainly ate in the main dining rooms and buffet's for breakfast and lunch. They have a new way of controlling the buffet sections when busy and queue people outside until a table is free. This initially looked quite annoying, however the queue time was less than five minutes and it eliminated the need to find a table and walk endlessly round with your food until you got one, overall i thought this was a great idea. The food in the buffet was of a good standard. The main dining room again was good, we had my time dining and never really had to wait longer than 10 minutes for a table. The service was a little hit an miss at times, mainly really great service but on a couple of occassions really quite poor. The food was of a good standard but with the exception of the lobster, there was nothing really that wowed us. We also utilised the hot dog stand and serento's which was great and the kids loved them. We were fortunate to get the drink package as part of the holiday price and it really does make a difference as your not constantly checking your account. The drink availabilty was great, with loads of differnt things to try. Ports Saint Martin - We spent the day at Maho beach (The ones with the airport at the end). Getting there was really simple, we left the cruise terminal area and got in a taxi, not a long queue and we shared with others, it cost $16 per person return and the return taxi area is just next to the beach. The beach is not much to look at but seeing the planes come in was amazing. The sea was warm and kids had a great time, we got a couple of sunloungers next to the bar and I think these were $10 each for the day. The journey time was about 40 mins and the traffic was not that bad. The island is still a mess and its quite upsetting to see the damage from the storm a few years ago. San Juan - Bit of a strange one, we got off without the kids and just had a walk around, it was ok and the buildings looked very cuban in style. however the only thing was you didnt get a feel of the culture, but that could be just were we walked. Hati - We went RCCL private island, the good points were that the food and drink were included (as we had the drinks package). there is loads to do (if you want to pay for it) we let the kids do the water park area, we kept a close eye on them, however my little lad had to be rescued because we had fallen drop inbetween two of the inflatables, which got a little scarey. We also did the rollercoaster, which was worth it. Disembarkation and last day We had booked the return flight on the same day we disemarked, which is something we dont normally do if were travelling to the US. We had booked the hop on bus tour, that stored our luggage, something we were a little nervous about. We got off the ship at about 8am. The bus tour took around south beach, little havanah and downtown going back to bayside. We got off a couple of times and ended up back at bayside at about 1pm, we had a look around the shops had some lunch and then caught the 3pm shuttle back to the airport (all included) for our 7:40pm flight. The reason for the detail is that we were very nervous that there would be a lot of wandering/waiting around, however the day went really smoothly, we got changed in the airport ready for our night flight home.This trip is something i would reccomend. Overall Costs Just to give brits a little flavour of what it cost, overall for 11 days/10 nights we spent about £5300. The flights cost us £1300, we got a steal on the cruise at £2200 (including the drinks package). The hotel for 3 nights cost us about £500 and we spent about £1400, the majoity of this was in miami - £800, Trips - £200, cruise spend £400. Sorry about the long review, but if there are any brits out there, thinking about it, hope this helps Read Less
12 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
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
My Husband and I had a wonderfully relaxing and fun week aboard the Allure of the seas. Both embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. The Allure is a beautiful ship. We had a boardwalk balcony and loved it! The staff on the ship ... Read More
My Husband and I had a wonderfully relaxing and fun week aboard the Allure of the seas. Both embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze. The Allure is a beautiful ship. We had a boardwalk balcony and loved it! The staff on the ship were wonderful. They were all helpful and polite. Our room steward and dining room waiters were so accommodating and engaging with us each day. We went on an ATV adventure (Campo Rico) in San Juan that was really fun. I had never ridden an ATV before and found the tour well organized and easy to follow. One of our excursions was canceled at the last minute and we ended up staying on the ship - we have never done this before and had a fabulous time enjoying a practically empty ship! The Oasis class ships are really big and and the neighborhood layout is great for breaking up the crowds. However, we did find the elevators to be crowded and often took the stairs to avoid waiting for an elevator with space to arrive. Our only other small complaint was that we found the layout of the buffet to be confusing which caused congestion. We ended up going to the main dining room for lunch and were surprised to find that they had both menu and buffet options available. Allure of the seas is a great ship and we would definitely recommend it! 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
7 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
Sail Date: March 2019
My first cruise aboard a really big ship. Allure is beautiful! Very clean and though huge, fairly easy to navigate. Even though this ship had over 6,000 passengers, it never felt crowded. There is so much to do and three days at sea were ... Read More
My first cruise aboard a really big ship. Allure is beautiful! Very clean and though huge, fairly easy to navigate. Even though this ship had over 6,000 passengers, it never felt crowded. There is so much to do and 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. Food was good and service very good. Embarkation in Miami is always a breeze. Food was good. Windjammer Cafe: very popular so there are usually lines. But, they move quickly. Many, many food options and the food is good. Cafe Promenade: with all of the dining options, the Cafe is sometimes overlooked. Although there aren't a lot of options, the sandwiches and desserts are really good It's fun to sit and people watch while have a relaxing snack. Entertainment is phenomenal. Suggest you reserve as soon as you book your cruise. The Aqua Theatre is fun and very entertaining. Make reservations and get there early. Shore excursions were fun, entertaining and informative. 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
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
Allure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 4.0 4.0
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 5.0 3.9

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