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Allure of the Seas Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Great First Post-Covid Cruise Experience

Review for Allure of the Seas to the Western Caribbean
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2-5 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2022
Cabin: Ocean View Balcony Accessible
Sunset from the upper decks.
Sunrise from Deck 15 aft.
Snorkeling in Cozumel.
Our oceanfront balcony cabin.
The bathroom (head).
Mahauhal Beach - Costa Maya
Sunset from the Solarium

We booked a Western Caribbean Cruise on Allure of the Seas in March 2022 primarily because of the Cruise with Confidence Guarantee, plus the fact that the ship was at reduced capacity. I had looked into other cruise lines that offer free WiFi and alcoholic beverages, but we've sailed with Royal Caribbean in the past and have always had a great experience. This cruise was no exception.

Everything from online check-in, setting a physical check-in time, getting Covid tests and presenting results, etc. was super convenient and simple. Check in at the port went very smoothly as well. I was disappointed that the rules had changed and ships were back to full capacity just weeks before our cruise, but I understand that from a business standpoint. I believe that there were around 5,200 passengers on board (I think the ship's capacity is around 6,500). I felt that Royal Caribbean did a great job of trying to keep people safe and healthy, implementing such practices as requiring passengers to wash their hands before entering the Windjammer Cafe (buffet) and plenty of hand sanitizing stations around the ship. There were signs reminding people to practice social distancing in elevators, but some passengers did not heed this warning at all (we had four people force themselves into an already full elevator), so we took the stairs as often as possible (which was great exercise).

Our oceanfront balcony on Deck 12 was great and our cabin steward was amazing. We didn't feel cramped in the cabin at all and we loved having the balcony to relax on. The only downside to the cabin was the fact that it had only three outlets (at the desk - none next to the bed). I had purchased their Wifi for two devices and connection was pretty bad. Since I was there to relax, I didn't really mind (aside from the fact that I had to pay for bad internet service).

Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony Accessible

Overall, we were very happy with our cabin. It didn't feel cramped at all. We loved having the oceanfront balcony to enjoy coffee or an afternoon cocktail on, or just to relax. The bed was very comfortable as well. As mentioned above, the lack of electrical outlets (and the fact that they are nowhere near the bed) was a little odd. The shower is very small, but we aren't big people, so it wasn't an issue. They do provide a combination hair/body wash, but I would recommend either using the bar soap or bringing your own body wash/shampoo with you.

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