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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.

Fantastic cruise!

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by cruiseenthusiastic2

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View with Large Balcony
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.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View with Large Balcony
Cabin 2C 9596
This is an Ocean View with Large Balcony cabin. Loved our cabin...although it's not as large as cabins on other cruise lines, the balcony was larger and the cabin was comfortable and very clean. Our cabin steward, Darwin, was wonderful...attentive and caring. There is plenty of storage space...closets with lots of shelves, several cabinets, shelves and bins at, under and near the desk. I especially liked the many hooks in the bathroom...3 on the door, 2 in the shower and 2 on the wall. There is only one electrical unit (with 3 outlets) at the desk. I've read reviews which indicated that the cruise line doesn't allow power strips so I took a single plug-in surge protector with 3 AC outlets and 3 USB ports (Amazon) and there wasn't a problem. I also confirmed that cruise line does not allow steamers.
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