We recently returned from a Cruise on Allure of the Seas and were so disappointed, that I wanted to warn others. I am generally a fan of Royal Caribbean, versus other cruise lines, as they always seemed to me to be the cream of the crop in terms of quality. This time, not so. Be forewarned, if you are taking kids under 12, who have not been vaccinated for COVID with you, your participation ability will be limited. You can only depart the ship at ports, if you buy an RCCL excursion. I feel like we should have been told about that in advance. Also, if you have children who are not toilet trained yet, they will be limited to one pool on the ship that is approximately the size of two of the dollar store plastic pools, combined. Even though all of the advertising shows a big children's pool area, if they aren't toilet trained, they have one very very small pool to use, and there is a limit of I think 5 in it at a time. And there are RCL staff galore, standing around watching every move you make. I totally understand safety and appreciate that they are trying to keep us safe, but really, it was overkill. Especially when ALL of the entertainment on the ship was canceled and the story was that cast and crew had COVID. Also, no communication to let us know things. We stopped what we were doing one afternoon, all changed into long leg and armed clothes and went to ice skate, only to be met by an RCL person who said it was canceled due to "technical difficulty". No announcement, no nothing. It's a nice ship, and the food was decent (not excellent as in the past), but there really wasn't much to do. No slides on it at all - rock wall shut due to technical difficulties, ice show shut due to technical difficulties, Mama Mia shut due to technical difficulties, Zip Line shut due to technical difficulties.....I could go on and on. In addition, the buffet is now not open for dinner, which is a real pain when you have kids. Kids don't want to do the formal dinner every night. I honestly felt like they were just creating reasons why we would spend more money by going to the specialty restaurants, etc., which is one of the reasons why I don't like some of the other cruise lines. They nickel and dime you to death. Until my grand kids are toilet trained so that they have use of more pool space on the ships, we will not be doing another RCL Cruise.
Our cabin was nice in general, but honestly it was uncomfortably hot in there almost all of the time, even with the thermostat turned down as far as it would go.