Sailed on Allure of the Seas. Huge ship. From an engineering standpoint extremely impressive, some shows were good, and that's about the best thing I can about the cruise. RCI made this huge ship with tons of room. And for the most part all they did with that room was put in more/bigger pay areas. More shops, more specialty restaurants, etc. On the TV I think there was something like 5 channels that were basically more ways you could spend money with RCI. At the buffet you are routinely interrupted with staff trying to sell you on the specialty restaurants. In one 30 min. meal at the buffet, 3 different people interrupted our meal. One morning, of 32 activities listed on the Daily Compass, 16 of them either cost money or they were trying to sell you something.
In the dining room they have TV playing commercials with RCI trying to sell you stuff. Nothing says formal dinner like a TV showing ads - very classy. The food at the buffet was pretty awful. The food in the "fine" dining rooms was just that - fine. Not bad, far from good, just fine. Lines for many things. Have to make reservations for the big shows. The Aquatheater performance was pretty good. My parents & sister enjoyed Mama Mia (wife & I don't care for musicals). One night they had an adult comedian show at 9:00pm, then a family version of the show at 10:30pm. Why RCI thinks those times shouldn't be swapped is beyond me. Only had a couple staff that were friendly. Most staff was there going through the motions; not bad/rude, but have had far better interactions with nearly all staff on other cruise lines.
Room was fine, comparable to any other cruise I've been on. Ship was clean. Age of ship starting to show. Lots of dead pixels on the video screens in the aquatheater. A little bit of mold starting to grow in the shower. Several plates in the buffet had chipped paint. Didn't do any excursions through RCI - too expensive. Far better bang for your buck through independent operators. Would have liked 1 additional in hour Jamaica as the time zone change made things tight. Getting back on the ship in Falmouth was a mess. Going through security there was NO order. Just a mob of people trying to get through a few doors. Some simple retractable belt lines/posts to create a line would make all the difference. Didn't care for Labadee port - was OK. But would have preferred a port in a town. Pool deck can get EXTREMELY hot - wear shoes if it's sunny. Hot tubs were not hot. Rock wall was fun - good mix of easy, medium, and hard routes. Flow rider was fun, but long lines in the sun detracts from the fun. Skipped the zip line as it's very short and wasn't worth the wait for me.
Room was fine. Same as any other interior stateroom I've been in on any cruise.
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