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We took a seven day Western Med cruise on June 28, 2015. We had two cabins 6192 and 6200. We flew nonstop from ATL to BCN and arrived on Sat morning prior to Sun afternoon departure. Transfer to Hotel Sant Agusti from airport took about 20 minutes on a Sat morning. Check in was at 1400 so we toured around Barcelona. Sunday we transferred to ship which took about 5 minutes. We arrived around 1230 and there was almost no line. We quickly went through the check in and were on board and in our rooms by 1300. Both rooms were superior outside staterooms with balcony. Room has plenty of space and areas to store clothes. Rooms had king bed with sofa bed. Bathroom was small but in line with other cruise lines. Shower was round which gave a little more room. Our cabin steward was outstanding. We ate first night at Chops Restaurant. Steaks were outstanding. Service was superb. Overall great experience. The other nights we had 8:30 dining in Silk dining room table 708. Our waiters Jovica Stula and Francisco Lima were outstanding. Quality of food was also better than I anticipated. We were disappointed to only have escargot one night but that is a result of worldwide shortage, nothing they could do. I also thought it was a bit much to have to pay for lobster on the formal night. Other cruise lines have lobster at no charge. However, food and service were better than I thought it would be. The ship is huge and very well laid out. Central Park has cricket and other animal noises piped in! The boardwalk and grand promenade were both very nice. We never really felt like there were 6000 passengers on board. Hot dog stand was good. We did not eat at Johnny Rockets as we have one of those at home. All four of us bought the basic soda add. They have soda machines all over the ship and that is a really good deal. We also bought unlimited WiFi for three devices and got an early bird discount so do that just as you walk on board. We saw two shows (Mama Mia and Blue Planet). Both were good. The special effects and acrobatics in Blue Planet were exceptional. The first night we went to the adult comedy club. The comic was from England and struggled. This brings me to the biggest problem I had with the cruise. RCL seems to nickel and dime you to death. Popcorn for the comedy club cost $2.95. Espresso and Capucinno cost in the dining room. Cotton Candy cost on the boardwalk. You could find one machine in the Waterworks cafe that had chocolate or vanilla ice cream but the ice cream on the boardwalk cost. Lots and lots of little charges. One additional note, we took the RCL shore excursion to Florence and the Academy Museum to see the David statue. Bad mistake. Tour was late and rushed all day. We waited in line over an hour to see the David statue. The tour was then very rushed. We left them and my son (who had studied abroad in Florence) showed us around while the rest of the group just wandered around. We returned late. We booked three private excursions in Marseilles, Rome, and Pompeii. All were excellent. Disembarkation was just a quick and easy as getting on. We had to be at a lounge at 6:45am and were in the Barcelona airport by 8:30 for an 11:45 flight. I would say this was a very good cruise. Captain Johnny was really a hoot. Almost never saw or heard from cruise director. Pretty hard to mess up the French Riviera and Rome! Probably last RCL cruise unless location dictates.

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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by markmdye

Trip Details
We took a seven day Western Med cruise on June 28, 2015. We had two cabins 6192 and 6200.

We flew nonstop from ATL to BCN and arrived on Sat morning prior to Sun afternoon departure. Transfer to Hotel Sant Agusti from airport took about 20 minutes on a Sat morning. Check in was at 1400 so we toured around Barcelona.

Sunday we transferred to ship which took about 5 minutes. We arrived around 1230 and there was almost no line. We quickly went through the check in and were on board and in our rooms by 1300. Both rooms were superior outside staterooms with balcony. Room has plenty of space and areas to store clothes. Rooms had king bed with sofa bed. Bathroom was small but in line with other cruise lines. Shower was round which gave a little more room. Our cabin steward was outstanding.

We ate first night at Chops Restaurant. Steaks were outstanding. Service was superb. Overall great experience. The other nights we had 8:30 dining in Silk dining room table 708. Our waiters Jovica Stula and Francisco Lima were outstanding. Quality of food was also better than I anticipated. We were disappointed to only have escargot one night but that is a result of worldwide shortage, nothing they could do. I also thought it was a bit much to have to pay for lobster on the formal night. Other cruise lines have lobster at no charge. However, food and service were better than I thought it would be.

The ship is huge and very well laid out. Central Park has cricket and other animal noises piped in! The boardwalk and grand promenade were both very nice. We never really felt like there were 6000 passengers on board. Hot dog stand was good. We did not eat at Johnny Rockets as we have one of those at home. All four of us bought the basic soda add. They have soda machines all over the ship and that is a really good deal. We also bought unlimited WiFi for three devices and got an early bird discount so do that just as you walk on board.

We saw two shows (Mama Mia and Blue Planet). Both were good. The special effects and acrobatics in Blue Planet were exceptional. The first night we went to the adult comedy club. The comic was from England and struggled.

This brings me to the biggest problem I had with the cruise. RCL seems to nickel and dime you to death. Popcorn for the comedy club cost $2.95. Espresso and Capucinno cost in the dining room. Cotton Candy cost on the boardwalk. You could find one machine in the Waterworks cafe that had chocolate or vanilla ice cream but the ice cream on the boardwalk cost. Lots and lots of little charges.

One additional note, we took the RCL shore excursion to Florence and the Academy Museum to see the David statue. Bad mistake. Tour was late and rushed all day. We waited in line over an hour to see the David statue. The tour was then very rushed. We left them and my son (who had studied abroad in Florence) showed us around while the rest of the group just wandered around. We returned late. We booked three private excursions in Marseilles, Rome, and Pompeii. All were excellent.

Disembarkation was just a quick and easy as getting on. We had to be at a lounge at 6:45am and were in the Barcelona airport by 8:30 for an 11:45 flight.

I would say this was a very good cruise. Captain Johnny was really a hoot. Almost never saw or heard from cruise director. Pretty hard to mess up the French Riviera and Rome! Probably last RCL cruise unless location dictates.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 6192
Room was nice with plenty of storage. King size bed and sofa bed. Balcony had table and two chairs. Because of early shore excursions we ate almost everyday room service breakfast on the veranda. Very nice. Interactive television was nice. Bathroom small only with shower but adequate. Overall not bad at all.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Barcelona
    Barcelona was not as nice as we anticipated. Fairly dirty with lots of homeless on Las Ramblas. Subway system was good. Visited FC Barcelona football stadium and Gaudi's Familia church. Took a harbor cruise.
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  • Accademia Museum
    Too much on excursion after two hour ride from ship. Waited in line for more than an hour. We had been on excursion of almost 4 hours and had done nothing as line to see David was so long. We broke off from tour group (as my son had studied abroad in Florence) and he showed us around. We saw a lot with him while our fellow tour just wandered around. Would not recommend booking this tour
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  • Marseille Tour
    Went to Aix en Provence and had all morning there. Very nice and relaxed. Walked around and ate lunch at restaurant that had been open since 1792. Open air food market was great. Tuesday's they have an open air arts and crafts market which was superb. Afternoon visited Marseilles and cathedral on top of hill. Visited old harbor which was very nice.
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  • Pompeii Walking Tour
    Again a private tour booked through AAA. One guide one driver for the four of us. Really nice to have one person talking to you in Pompeii and Herculaneum instead of one on 30. Pompeii is really interesting and ever expanding as more excavation in underway every day. Herculaneum is a bit land locked and cannot expand much. Second best tour on trip
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  • Palma de Mallorca (Majorca)
    Rode ship's shuttle bus to town. Visited cathedral and that was an excellent experience. Museum was closed the day we visited.
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  • Private Rome/Vatican City
    Private way to go. Excellent
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