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50th Anniversary cruise. As a veteran cruiser I found the Allure of the Seas the most disappointing of all the cruises I’ve taken. The food was always cold, the dining room staff was overworked and extremely slow. Drink prices are ridiculously high. I was charged $15 for a Manhattan and $15 for a White Russian and both of these were only half filled. Our travel agent did not tell us that not only do you need reservations for the specialty restaurants, but for all the main shows. When we went to customer service to try to book we were told everything we wanted to see was all booked all week. We later found out from another guest that they tried booking shows at the time they made reservations months ago before the cruise and many of the shows were booked even then. Show times and dance clubs were often quite late, with many of the clubs and shows opening after 10:30. Originally we were booked for St. Thomas, St. Kitts, and Coco Cay. About 6 weeks before sailing they scratched St Kitts for San Juan. Since we’ve been to San Juan we were disappointed, and even more disappointing was the fact we were only given 1/2 a day in San Juan. The ship left at 1:00 pm. Because of the weather we bypassed Coco Cay completely so on our whole cruise we only saw 1 and 1/2 ports. Another annoyance was the ship was overrun with young children, most under the age of 5. They took over all the pools, strollers were everywhere. We won’t travel Royal Caribbean again.

You need reservations well in advance even for the shows

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by Valerie S

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2019
  • Destination: Eastern Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Ocean View Balcony
50th Anniversary cruise. As a veteran cruiser I found the Allure of the Seas the most disappointing of all the cruises I’ve taken. The food was always cold, the dining room staff was overworked and extremely slow. Drink prices are ridiculously high. I was charged $15 for a Manhattan and $15 for a White Russian and both of these were only half filled.

Our travel agent did not tell us that not only do you need reservations for the specialty restaurants, but for all the main shows. When we went to customer service to try to book we were told everything we wanted to see was all booked all week. We later found out from another guest that they tried booking shows at the time they made reservations months ago before the cruise and many of the shows were booked even then. Show times and dance clubs were often quite late, with many of the clubs and shows opening after 10:30.

Originally we were booked for St. Thomas, St. Kitts, and Coco Cay. About 6 weeks before sailing they scratched St Kitts for San Juan. Since we’ve been to San Juan we were disappointed, and even more disappointing was the fact we were only given 1/2 a day in San Juan. The ship left at 1:00 pm. Because of the weather we bypassed Coco Cay completely so on our whole cruise we only saw 1 and 1/2 ports.

Another annoyance was the ship was overrun with young children, most under the age of 5. They took over all the pools, strollers were everywhere.

We won’t travel Royal Caribbean again.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 7D
Small and outdated
Deck 9 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins