Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by The7seas
- Sail Date: April 2013
- Destination: Western Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Central Park View Stateroom with Balcony
The ship is beautiful, but with over 5,000 passengers and 2,400 crew members it is difficult to keep this mega ship clean, especially when new passengers are arriving just as the previous sailing has passengers departing. There is just no time to give the ship a thorough disinfection treatment. Maybe this is why the next 2 RCCL vessels will be closer to the Freedom series in size.
The food during dinner in the main dining room was a mixed bag with weak choices (chicken salad as a main course?). Comparing this to several sailings on Carnival ships during recent years I must say that Carnival food is by far better with a greater selection. The desserts were mostly bad. It appears, as others have indicated, that RCCL is trying to push more people to dine at the specialty restaurants that charge a fee. This idea will backfire.
The showers are smaller than on most Carnival ships and the bathroom lacks good shelving as we found on several Carnival ships like the Liberty.
The ship is beautiful with much to do and the entertainment is top-notch, but unless RCCL can improve the food offered in the main dining room and find a way to control the norovirus, we will not be sailing with them again for a while.
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