Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by manykids
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
- Cabin Type: Superior Outside View Stateroom with Balcony
Ship: This ship is amazing! We joked that we would need a GPS to find our way around it, but actually once you figure out where the main venues are, it is quite easy to navigate. The elevators show which floors have which amenities and there are numerous interactive screens throughout the ship which are very helpful. I was really worried that we would have to wait in line for everything on such a huge ship or that there would be throngs of people everywhere but this wasn't the case at all. Sure there were alot of people around when there was an event going on (promenade parades or parties) but I never felt like I was in a sardine can ever. We enjoyed the whirlpools several times and there were only 2-4 other people with us at a time. We never had trouble finding chairs around the pool nor in the Windjammer. No lineup for the rock wall and about 3 people ahead of us on zipline. One night it seemed as if we were alone in Central Park it was so quiet.
Cabin: We had an ocean view balcony on starboard side, deck 10. No need to have to bring a power bar, there were plenty of power outlets located near vanity. My husband liked the IPOD dock and there was plenty of storage. Our cabin steward Elvis was terrific. Everyday he gave us a riddle that we could ponder.
Dining: No complaints at all with regards to the food. We tried the Solarium on the first day but decided the food there was too "healthy" for our taste LOL. We chose to eat at Johnny Rocket's for breakfast the rest of the cruise except the last day when we ate in the Windjammer. Johnny Rocket's is complimentary for breakfast and they serve standard breakfast fare made to order ie, pancakes, french toast, eggs, etc. One of our personable dining room hosts also worked at this location in the mornings so we enjoyed chatting with him daily.
Food in the MDR was delicious. We opted not to do any specialty restaurants as we were quite pleased with the food and service here. We had my time dining and our dining room staff was top notch! We joked with them on the first night that we wanted to be seated in the "fun" section and we couldn't have asked for a better table. Our waiter, Hemant was a sweetheart. I can never make up my mind with what I want to eat so most nights he would convince me to order 2 entrees. We laughed that this 95 lb guest would always have the most food piled in front of her. Leo, our assistant waiter always had a glass of lemonade waiting for us and never let our glasses run dry. Our head waiter, Anna was bubbly and always smiling and our comical host, "Wan" kept us laughing every night. We were more than happy to tip them beyond the standard gratuity as they made each dining experience so enjoyable.
We had most of our lunches on sea days in the Windjammer. Very pleased with the buffet. They changed up the menus daily and food was hot and plentiful. Most crowded days were first and last cruise day but even then, no battles to get food or find a seat.
Loved the hot dogs on the Boardwalk and made to order pizza at Sorrentos. Also had to sample a red velvet, cream-cheese iced cupcake from the Cupcake Cupboard ... yummy!
Entertainment: Shows onboard were outstanding. Chicago was true broadway quality. Oceanaria was wonderful, with high diving, trampolines and cirque de soleil-like vibe. Blue Planet was also very enjoyable, same type of show as Oceanaria minus the water. The headliner was "Beatlemania" which we loved. The comedy show was quite funny. I would have to say that the weakest shows were the ice shows, not as good as on Liberty of the Seas but still ok. We had reserved all our shows prior to the cruise which seemed to work out fine. Most nights I think most people in standby lines were still able to get in.
Disembarkation: Due to weather, we were delayed by about an hour getting off the ship. Other than that it was a smooth process and we were at the airport by 11:00, plenty of time to catch our 2:00 flight.
Summary: Loved every minute onboard Allure ... even on the last sea day rocking and rolling in 15-20 foot waves. Took advantage of reduced deposit and onboard credit offer and decided to book Oasis for next year. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!
- Read more Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Reviews
- Read Cruise Critic's Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Review
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
NassauThis was our third time in Nassau, decided to take water taxi to Atlantis and lose some money at the casino. Noticed that you can no longer get into Atlantis lobby and see aquariums anymore for free:( You have to be a registered guest or have a pass to get through.View All 5,272 Nassau Cruise Port Reviews
View Cruise Critic's Nassau Cruise Port Review
St. MartinThis was our second time to St Martin. First time we went to see the planes at Maho Beach. This time we booked online with Captain Alan's Tours. We had a marvelous time. We were taken out to Creole Rock where we snorkeled with a spotted eagle ray (breathtaking). Next we headed to a small secluded beach where we had a mudbath, then off to another snorkeling spot and then to Pinel Island to bask in the sun. Had the most fun riding the waves back to the dock. Hats off to Marius, our host for the day. We will definitely do this excursion again the next time we are in St Martin.View All 343 St. Martin Cruise Port Reviews
View Cruise Critic's St. Martin Cruise Port Review
St. ThomasFirst time to St Thomas for us. We booked a tour online with Godfrey Tours. Cost was $30 per person. He took us in an open air trolley like van to downtown area for 2 hours, then on sightseeing tour up to Mountain Top. We stopped at a few places along the way to take pictures and the we went to Coki Beach for 2 hours. Coki Beach was beautiful. Not very crowded and the water is crystal clear. We paid $20 for two loungers and umbrella but this is optional of course. They give you dog biscuits to feed the fish. It was amazing, what seems like a hundred fish swimming around you, I loved it. Snorkeling was great here, beautiful coral and many different varieties of fish to see. Only downside is that it is a public beach and they only have 2 very dirty port a potties available. Make sure you go with an empty bladder or consider buying a pass to Coral World next door to use their bathroom facilities.View All 4,102 St. Thomas Cruise Port Reviews
View Cruise Critic's St. Thomas Cruise Port Review