47 Miami to Caribbean - Western Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Cruise Reviews

We have been cruising with Royal Caribbean since we started - First Freedom of the Seas - Next Serenade of the seas and Now Allure of the Seas the boats get more and more beautiful and extravagant every time. Service amazing - Food Amazing ... Read More
We have been cruising with Royal Caribbean since we started - First Freedom of the Seas - Next Serenade of the seas and Now Allure of the Seas the boats get more and more beautiful and extravagant every time. Service amazing - Food Amazing and lots to do the only thing i can say the Boat was so big we only figured our way around her good on last day. The New Royal Caribbean Building was so easy to to embark through and the people were amazing. Cabin a bit small for four adults but ok Entertainment was great but they only play the Broadway show two days out of 8 Ports were good but had some bad weather not Royal Caribbeans fault Lots to do for Children traveled with a 3 Year old and an 13 Year old Have booked another 15 Day Transatlantic on her for Next year will know her by than. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas because of its size, we had a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise, one thing that I have notice on our first port at Nassau, Bahamas was the weather, there was a slight drizzle of rain during the ... Read More
We chose Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas because of its size, we had a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise, one thing that I have notice on our first port at Nassau, Bahamas was the weather, there was a slight drizzle of rain during the first 4 hours after the ship has docked, we booked an excursion for the Atlantis paradise resort in Bahamas through the RCI website, we were gathered at the Amber theater and an announcement was made by the tour excursion organizer of the RCI that some parts of the Atlantis Resort will be closed to guests and we were provided an option to either cancel and be refunded of our booking or we can proceed despite of the inclement weather, the rest of the port destination was excellent because it was all sunny. There are a lot of fun activities on the ship especially if it is cruising and at the sea all day, it was a good thing that we chose an interior stateroom, because we would just visit our room during nap time, most of the time we were outside of our cabin room, I would suggest to book a reservation for the my time dining, otherwise you would end up queuing during dinner at the main dining room, service were all excellent for our stateroom attendant Ashton and to our waiters for the dining room Sanket and Micky, & Tony the trio were all Indian National and Ramil a Philippine national, we ended up sharing a small amount of gratuities for those guys for their excellent service despite the fact that gratuities was all inclusive on our cruise package, ports and excursion were smooth and easy, we have just waited maybe at least 10 mins after the ship has docked and we went all the way to explore every port. We are a family and 3 grown-up kids with party of 5. Overall, we would love to booked our next cruise with Royal Caribbean for a Mediterranean cruise for a 7 or 8 days cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
After looking into many questions before I leave for the cruise, I feel compelled to share my first cruise with our friends. After much deliberation we decided that some of the 50th birthday celebrations would be Cruise (for the first ... Read More
After looking into many questions before I leave for the cruise, I feel compelled to share my first cruise with our friends. After much deliberation we decided that some of the 50th birthday celebrations would be Cruise (for the first time). The date of the cruise was determined following family constraints for the Passover holiday of 2019 in April. Since this is the first time we make a cruise and after a thorough examination it was decided to go on one of the best - a large ship of Royal Caribbean. As stated, there were time constraints and therefore the cruise was chosen with the Allure Of The Seas, https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-sh…/allure-of-the-seas, Western Caribbean track, 7 nights with 4 anchors in NASSAU- BAHAMAS, COZUMEL-MEXICO, ROATAN-HONDURAS, PUERTO COSTA MAYA-MEXICO and 2 DAYS ONLY, Departure from Miami. Now it was left to choose which agency would invite the cruise. There are many opinions whether to order through an Israeli agency or through a foreign agency. After a thorough and thorough examination, I found out that the company Crozit, https://www.cruiseit.co.il/, with the agent Orit Cohen Rochov gave the best offer. As I mentioned, it was decided to order with a minimum risk and therefore the room with balcony to the ocean, on the 11th floor in the center of the ship (room number 11590 D2). The room is spacious enough, a double bed and a sofa bed, a shower with excellent water flow and a balcony facing the sea, television, storage closet, 110 and 220 volts power sockets. It is difficult to describe in words the experience of sitting on the balcony while sailing and sleeping with an open window and hearing the waves coming back - an experience! The ship is huge, really a floating hotel. Many different types of rooms, countless dining rooms, restaurants, cafes, 2 promenades with vegetation, casino, swimming pools, Jacuzzi, climbing wall, Omega, surfing and more. 2 notable restaurants for light meals: 1. Park Caffe - Salads, sandwiches, cakes and flag sandwich with roast beef 2. The pizza restaurant The ship has a wide range of performances, including Mamma Mia, acrobatic show with oceanAria, Ice Ice show, Blue Planet, Headliner Showtime and more. About 60-90 days before the cruise, the possibility of planning the cruise is open on the Royal Caribbean site, ordering an hour for dinner (17.30, 20.00 or "on my own time"), ordering the various shows on the ship and booking excursions at the ports. For convenience and schedule of performances we chose the time 20.00, we got a regular table in the dining room on the 5th floor and regular waiters. In accordance with our needs, we purchased in advance and at a discounted price Classic Soda Package, which includes soft drinks and cola and an internet package VOOM Surf + STREAM Voyage Package - 1 Device Additional alcoholic beverages, coffee, shakes and more can be purchased. It is also possible to purchase a 10-cup card or a 10-alcoholic card. Each room has the option of bringing 12 bottles of 17 oz and 2 bottles of wine to the ship. In the boat, at various meals, you will be served free glasses of water and juices. The ship anchored at the port of Miami in Terminal 1 of Royal Caribbean, we reached the port of the car rental agency in the city and left the port to the airport on a trip with uber. The check-in and check-out of the ship is carried out with remarkable efficiency with no queue and speed. The attractions we did at our ports were: NASSAU-BAHAMAS - taxi ride ($ 10 toward) Cabbage Beach on the island island Paradise Island, a beach with soft white sand and good water for bathing. You can rent 2 sunbeds + umbrella for $ 20, and there are street vendors selling drinks. You can walk to the beach of the luxurious Atlantis Bahamas and even enter the hotel grounds and be impressed by it. COZUMEL-MEXICO - A fun day of sailing to spectacular blue lagoons and dive snorkeling, booked through http://cozumelcruiseexcursions.net/cozumel-snorkel-tour-res…, at a cost of $ 50 per participant. ROATAN-HONDURAS - We booked a day trip to the island with a local operator named Francklin Gálvez, francklinalexisgalvezbonilla1@gmail.com, a nice guy who tries very hard to please the guests he accompanies. Franklin charges $ 20 per participant for a full day of pick-up and return from / to port and travel according to an agreed plan. ($ 10) Visit the Chocolate and Fun Factory at the stunning beach of West Bay Beach (one of the resorts, plus sun beds + umbrella $ 15) PUERTO COSTA MAYA-MEXICO - We ordered a $ 50 golf car from MAYAHUAL Local Golf Car, https://costa-maya-golf-cars.negocio.site/, marvin1907@yahoo.com.mx and drove to the beaches of the nearby village of MAYAHUAL Docking Port . In retrospect it is unnecessary and you can reach this coastal strip with a local taxi. The coast of the Costa Maya disappointed. Hope this summary will help others. I'll be happy to answer any question. Yaari Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
My wife and I, along with our best friends, decided to try one of RC's "mega-ships," and this one matched up with the dates we could go. Allure was amazing! It is so huge with so many things to do. You really have to try not ... Read More
My wife and I, along with our best friends, decided to try one of RC's "mega-ships," and this one matched up with the dates we could go. Allure was amazing! It is so huge with so many things to do. You really have to try not to have fun if you're going to have a bad time on this ship! Embarkation was the smoothest we have experienced (this is only our 5th cruise, but still). We were through in almost no time. We took off from RC's new port in Miami. Huge, but very efficient. Workers at the port were great! The ship itself is massive - the balcony cabins wrap around inside the ship, overlooking a couple different areas. We had an ocean-view balcony cabin and loved it. More roomy than other ship balcony rooms we've had. Nice bed, couch, room to move around. Bathroom was good as well. The only negative about the room was the closet - small and crowded. Did not compare favorably with the Princess ships we've been on. But minor issue - other than that, great room. The main dining room was great. Never went to any of the specialty dining venues - why, when the included food is so excellent? Food was as good as any cruise we have taken. Buffet was good. Not as many choices as Regal or Royal Princess, but all the food was very good. Excellent carved beef and ham! The place where this ship/cruise shined above the others we've been on was the entertainment. Wow! They have an aqua-theater on the back of all their Oasis Class ships which is amazing. Diving, acrobatics, humor, hand-balancing, trampolines...a little bit of it all. We saw "Mama Mia" in the main theater, and it was excellent. Great singing and acting as well. We were very impressed. They have an ice capades-like show as well in yet another venue. I didn't go in with high hopes. Seemed like a rather small rink to do any great tricks - but was I ever wrong! They could really skate - very fun show. The comedians were very good as well. As expected the one we saw late night was pretty crude, but we did enjoy the three different comedy shows we saw. Great variety of activities to join in on the ship. Quite honestly, I go on cruises to relax, so I spent a lot of time at one of the pools. Five pools offered more available deck chairs than I've ever experienced on a cruise. Along with relaxation, I also zip-lined, played mini-golf and shuffleboard, listened to numerous live musicians, and enjoyed just taking in the ship. We were especially impressed with Central Park, an area on the RC Oasis class ships with thousands of real trees and plants. Peaceful, fun to walk around, and fun to sit and play cards listening to a classical guitarist. Service was outstanding, especially our room steward (and her towel animals) and our wait staff in the restaurant. But others around the ship were great as well. No kids with us, but we explored the children's are just to see it, and it looked amazing! Our ports included Nassau, Cozumel, Honduras, and Costa Maya. Had a good time at each one. We did RC excursions at three of them, but decided to just walk around at Costa Maya. All stops were good. For my tastes, I'd prefer non-Mexican stops, but that's just me. Would we do it again? Absolutely! If you're paying, I'd leave tomorrow! Give it a try - you'll love Allure of the Seas! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I sailed on Royal Caribbean ten years ago on the Independence of the Seas.. and loved it. So when it came time to book a vacation this year I chose The Allure of the Seas based on the great time I had ten years ago sailing on Royal ... Read More
I sailed on Royal Caribbean ten years ago on the Independence of the Seas.. and loved it. So when it came time to book a vacation this year I chose The Allure of the Seas based on the great time I had ten years ago sailing on Royal Caribbean. I like the bigger ships because there is so much to do. And I was hoping The Allure would be the right choice for myself and my two friends. We had two Junior suites with connecting doors and one ocean view balcony. We also purchased two delux drink packages at 35% off. That let my friends drink all they wanted to without worrying about money….they had lots of champagne, good coffee, water, fresh juices etc. throughout the cruise.. overall it was a smart thing to do ahead of time prepurchasing the drink package. We also purchased “The Key” a new program that is rolling out across the fleet. Basically for the price of streeming internet you get a bunch of extra perks like priority embarkation, carry-on bags delivered directly to your stateroom on the first day you board, a great lunch at Chops upon boarding, reserved seating for the shows, reserved slots for activiteis like the Flowrider etc, free internet, and al a cart breakfast in the main dining room on the last day when you leave the ship at your choosing . All in all we loved “The Key”. I have to say that its hard to believe that anyone wouldn’t just love The Allure. It was simply amazing from beginning to end. We loved Moma Mia the first night even if it was a little long. We loved the Oceana water production in the back of the ship. Incredible! We choose the first seating in the main dining room “The Grande”. I emailed ahead of time and requested a specific table under a porthole window and when we boarded I went up to check it out and sure enough Royal Caribbean had reserved the table I requested..amazing 6,000 passengers and they gave me the exact table I wanted considering there are only a few tables for three people under a porthole. It was nice to eat and see the sea. Our waiters were a little quirky at first but overall they were fine and the food was served quickly and eficiently. The food in the main dining room was fantastic, fresh, hot and excellent. One or two things were not that great but I just sent them back and requested something else. It was immediately taken care of. I was very impressed how they served so many people so well. Amazing. On the second formal night the lobster tails were amazingly cooked to perfection. We also ate at Chops, Giovanie’s Table, 150 Central Park, Vintages, Sabor Mexican, Windjammer Cafe and Park Cafe and Coastal Kitchen because it came with our Jr. Suite. and the character breakfast with Dreamworks. (this morning in about two hours from now!) ALL the food on this ship was amazing with Giovanni’s being the overall best. We ate lunch a couple times at Windjammer on port days when the place was quiet and the variety and quality was just fantastic. Chinese, Asian, Caribbean, traditional American etc. The flavors and the presentation when it wasn’t crowded was impressive. Anyone who complains about the food on this ship has to be a babagonush. We visited Nassau, Cozumel, Rotan and Costa Maya. The ports were just what they were…tourist traps.. and we basically just decided we liked hanging out on the ship during port days although we did take a taxi to West Beach in Rotan. Now on to the crew: I’m not exaggerating when I say that this company is totally on the ball with how they hire and train their crew. It toatally blew me away. I’m not exagerating when I say that every single crew member that I ran into during the entire seven days was outstanding. Just amazing, friendly, helpful, engaging and overall a joy to encounter. They are from all over the world and they work like dogs for months away from their families and still week after week even having to deal with often times demanding and rude passengers…they keep their attitudes warm and friendly and seeminly genuine. How do they do that? And how amazing is it that Royal Caribbean hires and manages 2200 crew so well? Blew me away. Our cabin stewart, Dwight from Jamaica was unbelievable…he works all day seven days a week and has to turn over 11 cabins twice a day. He was the bomb. I took the “All Access Tour” on day three and once again Royal Caribbean blew me away. It was three hours nearly and we explored nearly all of the ship that you would'nt otherwise see..we saw how all the food is prepared, stored, served etc. We went into the engine control room, the bridge, crews quarters, the laundry…all very informative and all led my the head of each department. I highly recommend this if you are interested in how they manage to pull off catering to 6,000 guests and 2,200 crew. Ok now where are my complaints? I don’t have any. Yes there are things like the ship showing a little ware and tear, some chipped paint on some furniture, the fact that they don’t put chocolate on your bed at night anymore, no more Turner Classic Movies on the TV anymore, the pools closing at 11pm…none of that bothered me. My friends and I are having (I’m still on the ship as I write this review at 4am on the last day) an incredibly wonderful vacation and we don’t want to leave Sunday. If I could afford it would do a back to back. Come on! who wouldn’t like to keep eating, drinking and relaxing like kings another week? As for the overall make up of the passengers: People from all over the world. By and large not too many kids surprisingly…lots of families many well dressed on formal nights. I never really saw any nonsense or unruly or even any rude passengers during the entire week. The ship never felt crowded...there is always a quiet place to chill. Central park is great! We had the time of our lives and I am grateful and awe struck to Royal Caribbean for pulling off the kind of product they provide considering everything these days is about the corporate bottom line. I tip my hat to Roayal Caribbean. I would’nt sail on any other cruise line. We had a frekin blast! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This was our 1st Oasis Class Ship and it was just "OK". We were in a Balcony Room on the 14th floor in the front of the ship. My wife and I have now gone on 5 Royal cruises in the past 10 years and have been on Freedom and ... Read More
This was our 1st Oasis Class Ship and it was just "OK". We were in a Balcony Room on the 14th floor in the front of the ship. My wife and I have now gone on 5 Royal cruises in the past 10 years and have been on Freedom and Adventure of the Seas previously. We've also been on Norwegian and Celebrity. We really looked forward to going on this cruise but left feeling... "eh". Pluses. Getting on and off in Miami is a breeze. The on-line check-in process has improved so no more lines at the terminal. The entertainment. We were split on this. On the smaller ships the Main Theater shows were no reservations needed. Due to the amount of people on Allure EVERYTHING needed reservations. Momma Mia was good as well as the Headliner show. The rest were only "ok". This includes the Aqua show, The food was good in the main dining room. We don't do the specialty dining rooms for dinner. We did do "Johnny Rockets" for lunch which was good. Rooms service and dining room service were good as usual. The promenade shows were fun. We also went to the "Sushi Class" in the Japanese Restaurant and enjoyed that. Cons. The big ship was like sleeping at the Mall. Not the "WOW" factor of the promenade of Freedom or Adventure of the Seas. The ship is just too big and crowded. We're used to the up-sell so it was pretty much the same. Our dinner and housekeeping staff made it a point to ask us to give them "10's" in the after cruise review. This was a first. We've never had staff tell us this before but there must be competition for these jobs. Our biggest con was men were allowed to wear shorts and flip-flops in the main dining room on Formal nights. Dress Code? What dress code! I heard that Royal has recently allowed shorts as part of the Casual Dining nights. On past trips men were stopped at the door. We asked our waiter about this and he said they recently never say anything. Also, we saw less of the cruise director on this ship than the other trips. We didn't even see him until Wednesday. The activities manager should be promoted to a cruise director on one of the ships. She was fun and EVERYWHERE. Lastly, This was a big ship so getting from point "A" to point "B" was a trek. Overall - We can say we experienced the bigger ship but we will go back to the Freedom and Voyager class ships. They are just nicer. We still like Royal better than the others (even though the entertainment on Norwegian is much better). Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We were a group of five travelers. My husband and I and adult children. The Ship: Beautiful but starting to need some updating. Furniture in common areas is starting to age. Cabin: We had a Central Park Balcony. The location was ... Read More
We were a group of five travelers. My husband and I and adult children. The Ship: Beautiful but starting to need some updating. Furniture in common areas is starting to age. Cabin: We had a Central Park Balcony. The location was great. Our A/C didn't work very well. We called and it was fixed and then worked fine. Excursions: Four of us signed up for an excursion with RCCL. The excursion was described as eight hours with six hours of travel time. I figured that meant two hours at our destination. We received notice that we would only have 30-45 minutes at our destination in a note attached to our excursion tickets. One of our group that stayed back told us that RCCL put our group on the last ferry to leave headed for Playa Del Carmen. RCCL needs to take a look at logistics and prioritize to accommodate participants of lengthy excursions. We ended up with about an hour at our destination because the tour company did a great job, but RCCL dropped the ball on this. I'm glad the ship went to Costa Maya, which we love. Get away from the port (tourist trap) and take a taxi to town. It is my happy place. We took a private tour to a resort/beach in Roatan and didn't leave the ship in Nassau. Food/Drinks: The food is fine, but not as good as in years past. Gone are the free tastings before heading to dinner. I also wish there were more venues included, I'm tired of having to pay extra for every little thing. We did have one specialty lunch at Sabor and it was fabulous. We bought the premium drink package and I wouldn't buy it again. I felt obligated to drink a lot more than I normally do to take advantage of the unlimited drinks. Also, with four port days (although we stayed on the ship during one) and having a lot of activities planned, it was hard to get our money's worth. Entertainment: Excellent!!!! We saw all of the shows and they were very good with one exception being one of the Headliners, however, that is personal preference as I overheard many people had liked it so I won't mention the entertainer. Service: We had excellent service from all staff members we encountered. Internet: We didn't buy internet service. Using the internet cafe to check in for our flight cost us $10.00 for one hour of use. There are no more pay by the minute options. Overall: In an attempt to making cruising for everyone and create bigger ships with more activities, some of us long time cruisers are left behind. I miss the ShipShape program (I think that was the name) events where you collected bucks by doing activities and earned RCCL swag. I miss getting a gift when I cruise as a thanks for being loyal, but overall, cruising is still a great way to travel. We didn't use the gym or the spa. I noticed many of the group exercises classes in the gym have a fee. We picked this cruise mostly for the great itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
This ship has plenty to offer. There are lots of activities and nightly entertainment that will keep you busy. There is actually so much to do onboard that we wished that we had more than 2 sea days. Our kids, who are 22 and 19 enjoyed ... Read More
This ship has plenty to offer. There are lots of activities and nightly entertainment that will keep you busy. There is actually so much to do onboard that we wished that we had more than 2 sea days. Our kids, who are 22 and 19 enjoyed this cruse much more than the one we took on another cruise line last year. Honestly, there are things to do for those of all ages! The food onboard was good and we particularly enjoyed Chops. The staff on the ship was very attentive and the cabin staff went our of the way to be helpful, particularly Marijana. The only negative that I have about RCL has nothing to do with the ship or crew, rather it has to do with their reservation staff. I called 3 times prior to our sailing. Out of 3 different agents, I got only 1 who seemed to know what each ship offered and who could answer my questions. RCL needs to do a better job training these people. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We are a family of 3-mother in her 50's and 2 adult daughters in their 20's. This was our 17th cruise-I believe our 4th on RC. Overall the Allure was the best vessel we have sailed on. It has a magnificent design with lots of ... Read More
We are a family of 3-mother in her 50's and 2 adult daughters in their 20's. This was our 17th cruise-I believe our 4th on RC. Overall the Allure was the best vessel we have sailed on. It has a magnificent design with lots of light and interesting open areas. Our favorite locale was Central Park on deck 8. That being said, our experience on this ship was average. Most staff interactions were average to below average. The general demeanor of the staff seemed to be indifference and at times unpleasant. Notable exceptions included our assistant waiter on Deck 4 Neeraj-who consistently aimed to please with great effectiveness and who sincerely contributed to our dining pleasure, and our Stateroom attendant for cabin 6196: Pande-who was very amiable and extremely hard working. Many staff seemed to be helpful in a begrudging way. Staff morale seemed fair at best, perhaps they are under too much strain from the sheer size of the passenger load. THe food was average overall. We did the 3 evening specialty dining package at the sushi restaurant and Park 150 (twice). THe food was excellent in both of these venues. However, in Park 150 the service-while obviously well intended and pleasant was extremely disorganized and slow. We waited over one hour to order our dinner at Park 150-this was excessive-despite the pleasing nature of all the servers. We enjoyed the jogging deck on 5 and the spacious outdoor ares on Decks 14 and 15. On only one occasion did we find it difficult to locate 3 available pool chairs. We enjoyed the DIamond Lounge-most evenings and found the atmosphere to be quite pleasant. We had an ocean facing cabin-which was well designed Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
The Allure of the Seas is unreal! I traveled with a group of 31 ladies and had an absolute blast. This ship’s size is mind-blowing, and the amenities, service, and activities were top notch! Although we weren’t able to take advantage ... Read More
The Allure of the Seas is unreal! I traveled with a group of 31 ladies and had an absolute blast. This ship’s size is mind-blowing, and the amenities, service, and activities were top notch! Although we weren’t able to take advantage of all the dining & bar options, we were very pleased with the food & drinks where we did. We thoroughly enjoyed the shows on board, particularly the OceanAria show in the Aquatheatre and the Blue Planet show in the Amber Thestre. The ports were great even though I’d previously been to all but Nassau, Bahamas. It was wonderful to be able to soak in the large hot tub late at night before bed. The Dreamworks parade was a very fun surprise, and I danced to my heart’s content at the various themed dance parties on the Promenade. I would highly recommend this ship for a super fun and action-packed vacation, but it can also be very relaxing as well. It’s all up to you how you want to pass your time on board. Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
We booked this cruise because we wanted a large ship with a lot of port days. We were very happy with our decision. We booked an inside cabin on deck 11. It was a great location because we were almost always able to use the stairs. The ... Read More
We booked this cruise because we wanted a large ship with a lot of port days. We were very happy with our decision. We booked an inside cabin on deck 11. It was a great location because we were almost always able to use the stairs. The cabin was very quiet and served our needs since we were only in there to sleep. We spent most of our time on deck 15 and deck 5. We loved the Solarium area. Dining - We ate breakfast at the Solarium 4 times and lunch there 3 times. We had MTD and ate in the main dining room every night. Got room service continental breakfast one day, we had breakfast at Johnny Rockets one day and the Wipeout Cafe one day. The room service breakfast served our needs because we had an early excursion. The Johnny Rockets breakfast was great but the Wipeout Cafe was bad. Never had crowds or lines anywhere we ate. We ate at the Doghouse one day and Sorrentos a couple of times and we enjoyed both of them. Never ate in the Windjammer. We never had crowds or lines at any of the places that we ate. We had the Deluxe beverage package and that was great! We poured our alcoholic beverages into our coke cups and used plastic straws we brought with us. The cups kept the drinks very cold and they didn't get watered down because the ice didn't melt. Also, couldn't spill them! We had fun trying a lot of the different cocktails. We paid $39 for the package and had no trouble getting our moneys worth. We used the freestyle machines from time to time and I would frequently get a can of coke zero at the bars to take back to the cabin and keep in the fridge so I could have soda in the cabin. Entertainment and Activities - We played a lot of trivia, watched some of the competitions in the sports court, enjoyed the themed parties in the promenade every night. We enjoyed the Headliner - Adam Kario. We loved the aqua show. We were disappointed by the ice show and blue planet. Didn't see Mama Mia. Loved the Quest! Service - We found the service to be wonderful everywhere on the ship. Every employee we came in contact with was personable and pleasant. Ports - We wondered around on our own in Nassau for a couple of hours. No complaints. Cozumel - Did the Tulum and 5th avenue experience ship's excursion. We enjoyed Tulum but we would have preferred to come right back to the ship instead of wasting time on 5th avenue. This is a long excursion but we didn't have any problems with the ferry ride or the bus ride. Roatan - We did the Victor Bodden Fun in the Sun excursion on our own. We really enjoyed it. Our tour guide Elan was very good and we saw a lot of the island and enjoyed visiting with the monkeys and sloths. We could have spent more time at the beach. We got some food at Bananarama but the service was very slow and used up most of our time there. Were only able to enjoy the water for about 20 minutes. Costa Maya - We booked the Maya Chan beach resort for the day. We loved it but we were not able to enjoy the water. It was very windy and there was a lot of seagrass making it difficult to get into the water. We did relax in the floating chairs for about an hour. The food, drinks and service were great and so was the beach. We would love to do this cruise again! No real complaints Read Less
Sail Date February 2019
This was our first cruise on the Oasis class, fifth on Royal Caribbean and fifteenth overall. The ship was at capacity with 6500 passengers and 2500 crew. With that many people there are a few unique adjustments. To attend any of the ... Read More
This was our first cruise on the Oasis class, fifth on Royal Caribbean and fifteenth overall. The ship was at capacity with 6500 passengers and 2500 crew. With that many people there are a few unique adjustments. To attend any of the shows and some special events to need to make a reservation. We were anytime dining which also requires a reservation. Since no venue on the ship can come close to accommodating everyone at once this is a necessity. We did not feel too crowded most of the time but very crowded at others times. The Windjammer seemed very small to us for the number of passengers on board. This was our first ship that does not have life jackets in you cabin. In case of emergency you go to your assembly point were you would be issued one assuming the ship sinks slowly. Small point but golf balls were so light any wind at all made the putt putt golf impossible. Our balcony cabin was very nice and the food was very good. We dined at the 150 Central Park, Chops and Giovanni,s, specially resturants and all were very good with excellent service. The ship itself is a marvel to just wonder around. The Aqua arena and the aqua show were fantastic. As was the musical Momma Mia. We have see it three times before and this was as good are better than any We have seen. The other shows were exceptional as well. The staff was very professional but I would say not the happiest we have seen, I guess dealing with this many people might make you somewhat impersonal. This ship is a very family friendly and oriented with facilities and tv shows separated to newborn to 36 months, 4-11 years and 12-17 years. Overall I would highly recommend taking at least on cruise on this class just to wonder around the ship. As big as it is it is a very stable ship. One final point. Be careful walking on the exterior decks. There are molded ramps into the doorways that are unmarked and same color as the deck. You can easily trip and end up black and blue at an emergency room as I did. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We were a little apprehensive about this cruise ship having previously been on the Oasis and concluded that these ships are just too large and the ratios of staff to passengers is poor generally resulting in a somewhat underwhelming ... Read More
We were a little apprehensive about this cruise ship having previously been on the Oasis and concluded that these ships are just too large and the ratios of staff to passengers is poor generally resulting in a somewhat underwhelming overall experience. However it was a celebration cruise and the itinerary was the reason for joining this particular cruise. We only started cruising 8 years ago, with this being our 5th cruise, all of which have been with RC, and whilst we have overall been reasonably satisfied with the cruises, the standards and quality have certainly deteriorated over the years particularly in the dining room. The dining room experience on this cruise was certainly the standout disappointment. In comparison to our first RCI cruise on Independence it was now far from a fine dining experience and could only be considered no better than the average type of fayre received at any mass catered hotel type event. Basically very bland and basic food, certainly not inspirational menus and continual lack of any real choice. Cold bread rolls now sitting waiting for you on your table as opposed to choice of a good variety of warm rolls served by your waiter. Attentiveness of staff is minimal, basically due to them all being clearly overstretched. Essentially if you want a fine dining experience now - you need to pay for it. Throughout the cruise it is now becoming more and more apparent everything is a constant up sell and the ships are increasingly adding more restaurants and services that are not included in the basic cruise price. The main issue with this particular cruise was the mydining option. There was a whole floor of the restaurant dedicated to this and it can only be described as complete carnage. It remains unclear if there are always waiting times of between 30 and 55 minutes that we experienced to get a table on multiple days of our cruise [certainly not experienced anything more than 5 minutes when used on previous cruises], or if this was a direct consequence of the large Armenian society group of 1000+ guests that were on the ship that appeared to monopolise the dining room from beginning to end of service. The groups were very large, very noisy, constantly moving around between tables and generally disrespectful of other dining room guests and certainly led to a somewhat unpleasant dining experience throughout our cruise. I understand RC hosting such large groups, but they need to also be very considerate of the impact on other guests as not only did this affect the dining room but also many venues around the ship that were closed for private functions again at the expense of other customers. This will certainly be our last cruise on RC until we have at least experienced some other companies' ships, and will be very surprised if we do return. The standards and quality have been on a continual decline, costs of the basic cruise significantly increased [not helped by the strength of the dollar] and only see RC now as nothing more than a money grabbing commercial enterprise. They have done their best to drive us away as customers, but I will miss their entertainment as this has always been top class. One tip would be to contact RC and make sure there are no large groups on board for the dates you decide to travel with them - and certainly avoid 3rd week Jan 2020 as the Armenian Society will be back - probably bigger than before..... Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We have been avid RCL cruise customers for years, but I am not so sure that will continue into the future. We selected this cruise as a birthday trip for my daughter, The ship looked great and this would be our first Oasis Class ship, ... Read More
We have been avid RCL cruise customers for years, but I am not so sure that will continue into the future. We selected this cruise as a birthday trip for my daughter, The ship looked great and this would be our first Oasis Class ship, well the ship is beautiful but the crew is Rude!!!!!!! . the room stewart was the works we have ever encountered, the restaurant wait team was not interested in providing even basic service. Oh my god was the champagne bar bartenders are unprofessional, they spent most of their time making fun of the customers. I stormed out after they started making pig noises at a overweight lady customer behind her back, and I must admit that several of the passengers were enjoying their antics RCL keep preaching to wash your hands but, we constantly found the public bathroom soap dispenser empty, and the bathrooms were disgusting. We also elected to get the Key program. the internet was worth it but the rest was a waste of money. No priority embankment, but they said there would be, we were looking forward to not carrying around our checked bags, but with how efficient RCL has become with the boarding process it just wasn't needed since our cabin was ready early. The one item i was excited about was the privet time with the zip line, rock wall and flow rider. well don't get to worked up, all of the private time is extremely early in the morning or during dinner. and there are not the many times included. The first night when the bags were dropped off they just dropped them anywhere in the hall, not by your stateroom but anywhere there was space, well we got to meet all of our neighbors waking up and down the hall looking for bags. Hey her is one we would yell out, then the nice ladies down the hall would yell back, do you see ours??? Nope. the question, So is auto tipping leading to less service? Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We have sailed RCC many times and on many different ships, and with each successive time food quality had continued to disappoint us. I am happy to report we noticed a significant difference in quality and choice of food on the Allure. ... Read More
We have sailed RCC many times and on many different ships, and with each successive time food quality had continued to disappoint us. I am happy to report we noticed a significant difference in quality and choice of food on the Allure. Embarkation went very smoothly and we got on the ship quickly. Debarkation also went smoothly and we chose to take our own luggage off. There is a bit of a wait due to many people being in line to disembark with luggage. The ship is very clean, public places were never over crowded, cabin size was perfect. The staff on the ship was always ready to help and did so very professionally. I have seen in some reviews complaints regarding the elevator wait but personally, on a sold out ship, we never experienced an unreasonable wait and many times got right on. We look forward to sailing RCC again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We choose this ship due to the size and what it offered onboard. My husband and I brought our 2 grown kids and 1 grandchild. The ship was amazing, very well maintained (clean etc). I did notice the food quality went downhill a bit in the ... Read More
We choose this ship due to the size and what it offered onboard. My husband and I brought our 2 grown kids and 1 grandchild. The ship was amazing, very well maintained (clean etc). I did notice the food quality went downhill a bit in the main dining room compared to a Royal Caribbean trip we did several years back BEFORE they had speciality restaurants. I read that on other reviews too. We did eat at a couple of specialty restaurants and both were great, but we paid extra. We also bought this package called "The Key". Not sure if I would purchase again, however, we did get on the ship early with other first class members and got to skip the regular customs line at the end of the trip. Few small perks during the trip like the internet package included, a lunch at a speciality restaurant and VIP to the shows, although they need to work on the shows, because we never got VIP front seating. They do nickel and dime you for everything, however, I booked in advance and prepaid the rooms, drink package, etc, so I didn't get a huge bill at the end. I would definitely go on another Royal Caribbean ship. Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this cruise because our son wanted a BIG ship and we wanted a nice Caribbean Cruise! We actually booked this later than we normally would, but we decided to take advantage of our son's college break. We know these family ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our son wanted a BIG ship and we wanted a nice Caribbean Cruise! We actually booked this later than we normally would, but we decided to take advantage of our son's college break. We know these family vacations will become further apart as he gets older. That aside, my husband & I took our college age son and his best friend on this cruise. First, this was the first cruise that Royal Caribbean enacted the KEY program. I accidentally found it while going over the excursions we had booked a few months before leaving. If you are not familiar with the Key program, it's a program that you pay for to get extra benefits. Like being one of the first on the ship, with a delicious lunch at Champs Grill on day one. So while we got to board early, we had a fantastic time roaming around the almost deserted ship and had this great lunch. We also got special seating at all the entertainment, free upgraded Wi Fi and we passed up the lines while being escorted off the ship. Easy! We were told that out of the 63000 passengers on board, there was only 300 key programs sold. I hope it is a program that they keep around! There are no words to describe this ship. There is so much to do on board, for all ages, that you almost don't want to get off at ports! The ship is lovely. Central park both day and night is amazing. It really does feel like a walk in the park and you totally forget your out at sea! Feel like cotton candy or ice cream? Stroll on up to the board walk neighborhood. The Merry Go Round is something, and there are games for the littles that are there. Also on that deck is the Aqua theater. What an AMAZING show. All the entertainment was top of the line! We saw the show Mama Mia! and there really were guest dancing along! It was great! All of the entertainment was wonderful! We had an ocean view balcony which was quite lovely! We booked the boys into a balcony over looking Central Park. They sat on that balcony and watched the character parade. Even though their balcony was basically an interior one, there was no noise coming into the room when they had the door shut. Both rooms were very clean. The bathrooms seemed a bit smaller then we had expected, but that could be because everything else seemed so over the top! Our room was down the hall from our son's room, so we had different stewards. I m very impressed that the steward for the boys room came and introduced himself. Both cabin stewards were wonderful and attentive. The ports are fine. We actually have been to most of them before, so we just stayed on board and enjoyed the ship. The FOOD! Everywhere is food! We did the breakfast buffet in the morning. Lunch we went to the cafe's in Central Park and we had dinner every night in the main dining room. Carlos, our head waiter was fantastic. He went out of his way to suggest something, or get things that weren't listed on the menu. The boys loved the late night availability of pizza. What most 20 year olds would love. We really enjoyed the attention we received on this cruise. We have been on Royal Caribbean before and it was nice. This was awesome! My husband & I relaxed and enjoyed the pool, bar, spa & casino. The boys loved the ports, food and things like rock climbing, ice skating & zip lining. This cruise is perfect for families. A multi generation family cruise! Read Less
Sail Date January 2019
We chose this ship because we wanted to experience ship this big. But mainly it has been dissapointment. Stateroom was Ok, we had an oceanview balcony. We ate our breakfast and lunch mainly in Windjammer, and the service was not good, ... Read More
We chose this ship because we wanted to experience ship this big. But mainly it has been dissapointment. Stateroom was Ok, we had an oceanview balcony. We ate our breakfast and lunch mainly in Windjammer, and the service was not good, tables were not cleaned very fast. There was enough people doing that but to me it seemed that they did not know what they were supposed to do. Dinner we ate at Amerikan Icon Grill and service varied a lot. For example having coffee were asked 2-3 times but no-one actually brought the coffee. Worst things in the ship were the constant selling of something and music at the pool area. I hate the selling, selling, selling... even in the dinner table the head waiter came to sell the tour to the kitchen. The promenade was like cheap market place. Then the music at the pool. Why does it have to be so loud that you can’t hear your own thougts let alone concentrate reading a book. I know there are areas that are more quiet but my kids were at the pool too and I wanted to be available to them. People were also holding the pool chairs by placing their bags or huge Coke mugs to the chair next to them as if it would be taken. These were mostly Americans. We took western Carribean cruise and most excursions were poorly organized. For example the excursion to Chizhen Itza. When we booked that, it said that it takes 6h but in reality the travelling time was 6h and then 1hour in the ruins. Furthermore the gathering at the pier was a mess so the whole trip took us 9h without food, just a small packed lunch. Also the other excursion in Mexico, beach break was huge dissapointment. Small, small beach where you could not swim because the water was so dirty. Toilets were in seacontainers, drinks available for free but no food. We did not participate the dolphin swim excursions but serioiusly, who does that and why they are still available. For example in Costa Maya the dolphins were in small pool and people actually wanted to go swim with them... to the same place where the cruise ships were docked. In all other parts of the world keeping dolphins in a pools is considered unethical but cruiselines supports this kind of action. All and all this Christmas cruise was dissapointment. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
This ship is fantastic. It has everything you could ever want. The accommodations were very nice, the crew was always friendly and helpful, and the food was phenomenal. We were traveling in a group of 15, from ages 16-75. There was ... Read More
This ship is fantastic. It has everything you could ever want. The accommodations were very nice, the crew was always friendly and helpful, and the food was phenomenal. We were traveling in a group of 15, from ages 16-75. There was something for everyone! We love the early seating dining, as we were able to sit together, and had the same fantastic waiters each night. All the shows were fabulous - we each had out favorites. (Mine was Blue Planet) My son asked to use a conference room for a family presentation, and they were very accommodating. The room was well equipped, and we enjoyed the evening. We booked all our own excursions with on-site companies, and had a great time at each port. I like the on-site excursions, as they are less expensive, you see more off the beaten path, and they are much small groups. My only complaint was the spa. It was a HORRIBLE experience. I booked a mother-daughter massage with my 16 year old daughter. My masseuse spent the first half of the massage telling me about all the things wrong with my body, and spent 10 minutes after the massage pressuring me into buying products I didn't need. I was more stressed when I left than when I went in! I would NEVER book a massage on a Royal Caribbean ship again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Had credit to use. Food was mediocre. Nickel and dime for everything. Did not enjoy my experience, however, the entertainment was very good, especially Mama Mia. Ship is very well laid out and staff excellent. I did not like that you ... Read More
Had credit to use. Food was mediocre. Nickel and dime for everything. Did not enjoy my experience, however, the entertainment was very good, especially Mama Mia. Ship is very well laid out and staff excellent. I did not like that you had to make reservations for everything instead of first come first served. Balcony cabins are extremely small with limited amenities. Specially restaurants are over priced and average. Chops Christmas special meal was so so and nothing to write home about. Have had much better meals on other cruise lines. The fitness center is wonderful and complete. Embarkation was easy and Uneventful as was Debarcation. All in all this was a cruise better served for large families or reunions. The excursions were well designed and we enjoyed the few we took. Bottom line, we probably will not book another cruise on a ship this size. We prefer the smaller ships. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose this holiday cruise to celebrate Christmas and my birthday. The ship was beautiful and big..It was decorated with the festive flair. Embarkation was seamless. The main restaurant in the top deck was too congested with people. ... Read More
We chose this holiday cruise to celebrate Christmas and my birthday. The ship was beautiful and big..It was decorated with the festive flair. Embarkation was seamless. The main restaurant in the top deck was too congested with people. Finally after finding a seat to enjoy our breakfast we hear a loud speaker message stating not to linger because other people had to eat.Not nice. The specialty restaurants were very nice. We used 3 of them. Food was good .. We had a junior suite in the front of the ship, 12 floor.We were disappointed. The stateroom was small. The bathroom was tiny in comparison to other ships we have been on. There was a bad body odor in the room. We figured it was the carpet. We asked if it could be cleaned and they said yes. They did clean the carpet which took care of the problem but that left the room damp and with a disinfectant odor. We then came down with a serious sinusitis and had to start antibiotics. We made the best of it. Would we do it again? No.Mega ship? No.. Royal Caribbean cruises ? Yes..Ports of call..were fair. Conzumel was the best. Roattan was the worse. It looked like the port surroundings would collapse at any moment. We stayed in the ship. Staff was good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We wanted to celebrate our 55 anniversary with my daughter, her husband and two teen age boys. We took three cabins on the same floor and were able to have dinner together every night. The service on the ship was outstanding. The staff ... Read More
We wanted to celebrate our 55 anniversary with my daughter, her husband and two teen age boys. We took three cabins on the same floor and were able to have dinner together every night. The service on the ship was outstanding. The staff was cheerful and helpful. Our room stewardess was funny and hard working. Tess could not do enough for us. The servers we had in every restaurant, whether specialty or buffet style were professional, polite and efficient. We only used the ship's excursions in two ports since we are very familiar with the places we stopped. Our grandchildren were very happy with the choices. Being teenagers, they liked the freedom to roam the ship and choose their activities. The food, for the most part was better than we expected, although the steaks and "prime rib" were not up to the rest. The furniture in the dining rooms shows their aging and needs replacement. Chairs have slits and cracks in the seats and the stuffing is coming out. The shows were fabulous and we had no problems getting seats even though the ship was at capacity. There was one negative. I had an UL approved surge protected extension cord because the cabin did not have enough outlets for us to recharge our phones, watches, Kindles and Ipads. The ship confiscated the cord and did not return it until we disembarked. I have used that same cord on a number of other cruises including 2 with Celebrity and Regent, Oceania and Viking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We are Diamond Plus Crown and Anchor Members. We have sailed with RCCL 26 times and Celebrity 2 times. We had sailed on the Oasis of the Seas in November on a holiday cruise and were greatly disappointed. Our main issue was the quality of ... Read More
We are Diamond Plus Crown and Anchor Members. We have sailed with RCCL 26 times and Celebrity 2 times. We had sailed on the Oasis of the Seas in November on a holiday cruise and were greatly disappointed. Our main issue was the quality of the food on the Oasis and we had booked the Oasis because it WAS our favorite ship and had great food in the past. OK! That all being said we decided to take another Holiday Cruise and chose the Allure of the Seas. It was the right choice as everything was almost perfect! We had the opportunity to leave from Terminal A at Miami. Miami is not our favorite port but the new terminal A was impressive. There is a parking lot associated with Terminal A but I caution you, it cost us $154.00 to park for a week! Not sure if it was RCCL's parking lot or the Port of Miami's but it was more expensive than other parking lots in the Port. Going from our car we took an elevator to the Terminal. As we got off the elevator there was someone waiting near the door to take our luggage. The luggage showed up at our room BEFORE we did!! Really impressive. The check in procedure needs some streamlining but it seemed to work ok. We soon had our paperwork done and going on board. I might point out that we did not receive our sea pass/room key until we got to our room where they were in an envelope waiting for us. The room was the standard balcony sea view room. We are not big on the Main Dining Room but decided to try it once. It was OK but the menu seemed to be old and one that we had seen over and over. The food was pretty good as was the service. Here is what blew us away...the food in the Windjammer had to be one of the best were have experienced on a cruise ship!!! I mean every meal we ate there it was just great. The selection was better than the MDR, the presentation was excellent. The crew was fantastic! Everyone had a smile on their face and asked us how we were doing, was everything ok or can I get something for you. This at every meal! There were meats at lunch and dinner. On a recent Oasis trip it was Ham at almost every meal! The desserts were super on the Allure. I just cannot say enough good about the food on this ship in the Windjammer. If you choose this trip please look for a crew member that dresses up like Michael Jackson, a Pirate or an Egyptian. He is fabulous and a great dancer! Great double for Michael Jackson, the kids (and we) loved him. Speaking of kids, yes there were plenty of them but they seemed very well behaved over the kids we saw on the Oasis! Being a Christmas cruise, the ship was decorated for the holidays very nicely with Christmas music throughout. Crew members wore Christmas decorations and added to the festivities. Our room attendant was just great, Alejandro. He learned our schedule and adjusted his cleaning to fit our schedule. Really nice touch and I hope you may one day have him as an attendant. He has sailed with RCCL for 28 years!!!! One thing we noticed is that some folks that use a scooter to get around are now parking them in the hallways next to their rooms. We see this as a safety issue in an evacuation. Guess my years as a commercial pilot are showing up here but it does not look safe to block any portion of a hallway! Our travel agent included a meal at Chops for us. We were sorry we did not eat in the Windjammer as we went there after dining at Chops to look around. At Chops, my wife had the lamb chops which she said were tough and only about two forks full of meat! I had the Rib Eye which was just OK. Chops is usually a hit but this time it took a back seat to the Windjammer! We took the express departure from the ship on our last day. The line starts to form around 6.15 am. They finally let us debark at 6.40 and it was a snap getting off the ship and through customs. I have to admit that we do not take advantage of all the many things there are to do on board but we do enjoy resting up and dining. The Allure hit the mark on our cruise vacation 100%. It was great. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Allure of the Seas 12/9 – 12/16 Sunday 12/9 Boarding Day! It was a short taxi ride from our hotel in downtown Miami to the port. Since there were about five ships disembarking and embarking, traffic was pretty hectic for a while. ... Read More
Allure of the Seas 12/9 – 12/16 Sunday 12/9 Boarding Day! It was a short taxi ride from our hotel in downtown Miami to the port. Since there were about five ships disembarking and embarking, traffic was pretty hectic for a while. The new terminal was amazing in so many ways. We got there pretty much as the returning passengers were all off the ship. All the agents were polite, had smiles, and helped everyone in every way possible. Since we printed our Sea Pass documents, there was no need to wait in line to fill out papers, give credit card info, etc. Roving agents took care of this with an iPad. We had our photo taken again, though. Then, after about a 15 minute wait, the boarding process started. After a walk up the gangway, we were aboard the beautiful Allure. I figured that the Windjammer would be packed so instead went to the Park Café for a yummy roast beef sandwich. Rooms were ready at 1 PM so we went there and unpacked our carry on stuff. Then, off to the MDR to find our table. We were happy with the location so walked around, marveling at all the ship had to offer. Our checked bag came at about 6 PM. I’d have to say this was the easiest ever boarding process ever considering the number of passengers the Allure carries. Well done, Royal! You nailed it. Monday 12/10 Nassau, Bahamas Nothing really planned for this port so went into town for about three hours to walk around, shop, and grab a bite to eat. There were five ships in port so the place was pretty chaotic. The morning was cloudy but the sun peeked out before noon. So far, all the ship’s staff were simply outstanding. For instance, while my wife was taking a glass of red wine to dinner in the MDR, someone bumped into her and it all went on her white blouse. One of our tablemates made a joke about it to the Head Waiter (Christian Negrut) about Royal, at the very least owed her a free cruise, etc, etc. Cristian left for a moment and came back with a voucher to have free cleaning done for two items! This gesture of great customer service really made our day. Christian made it his goal to stop by our table each night to ask how we were doing and if there was anything else he could do. Wow! Tuesday 12/11 Sea Day Wednesday 12/12 Cozumel The day was mostly bright and sunny with a high of about 78 F. We had reservations at Nachi Cocom Beach Resort. After about a 20 minute ride, we were there. This was our 4th time at this fantastic place and again it didn’t disappoint. After many margaritas our four course lunch arrived. It was both delicious and very filling. Since Nachi Cocom limits the total number of guests to 130, it never feels crowded or too busy. The service was individualized by many servers and staff. Even though we could have spent the whole day there, we reluctantly had to get back to the ship. That night, we had dinner with two of our table mates at the Sambor Grill. It was our first time at a Brazilian steak house. The whole experience was beyond words. Each slice of meat was both tender and succulent. The appetizers, before the meal, were a meal by themselves. Chops used to be my favorite specialty restaurant, but now, it’s Sambor. Of course, this may change once I try other places in the future. Thursday 12/13 Roatan, Honduras For several reasons, this has never been one of my favorite ports. That said, this was a “just hanging around” kind of day. The pools and hot tubs were practically empty, so we had the ship (almost) to ourselves. Another great roast beef sandwich at Park Café. After dinner, we played the slots at the casino, came out $17 richer, then walked all over the ship exploring places we’ve never been. This was our second time on the Allure but those interactive maps are sure helpful! Friday 12/14 Costa Maya Another warm and mostly clear day. After fighting the mob of people and maze of shops in the port area, finally got to the pick up area for the Maya Chan Beach Resort. This excursion is booked directly online with the resort. Once there, we were given some slightly bad news that there were high winds the previous night which washed a lot of sea grass ashore. She had cell phone photos of the beach area and said we could have a 100% refund if we so desired. We were told that the water was brownish and a bit murky but no one opted for the refund and we piled into the van! The first ¾ of the trip is over very smooth road. But, the last quarter is always an adventure. The smooth road turns into a bumpy dirt road. As Maya Chan’s website states, “Getting there is half the fun!” We were greeted by David, son of the owners. He made the day for us with his charm and very warm personality. His staff dealt with the sea grass issue all day and most folks went into the warm water. I have read previously that the sea grass issue happens now and again and it’s not unique to just Maya Chan. It must be remembered that they certainly can’t control nature. I noticed on the way back that the whole coastal area, for many miles, suffered the same issue. Score: Nature 1. Man 0. Saturday 12/15 Sea Day I went to bed the night before with a slightly scratchy throat and a cough. Nine times out of ten I end up with bronchitis after a cruise. This time, it didn’t wait until I got home. So, I spent most of the day in bed getting as much rest as I could. Airplanes are nothing but germ factories with wings. A lot of people were coughing their lungs out on the way down to Miami. Many more were doing the same on the way back. By dinner, I felt a lot better and enjoyed the second prime rib dinner of the cruise. Sunday 12/16 Debarkation We had a high debarkation number (40) but were off the ship by about 10:15. Our flight wasn’t until 1:55 PM, so it worked out great. Again, Royal has the system down pat! I highly recommend using the services of a porter as you step into the area for baggage pickup. After finding your bag, they head for a special line that bypasses waiting in a long, serpentine line, to clear customs. The whole process took no more than 10 minutes- well worth the tip you give a porter. The only downside to the whole process was getting a taxi outside of the terminal. There was a long , orderly line of people waiting as taxis came up to pick up people and luggage. However, quite a few people felt they must have been entitled, bucked the line, and tried snagging their own taxi ahead of others who waited. The woman in charge of assigning taxis to people used her whistle to make sure the cabs rolled by those jumping in line and tried her best to keep order. But, you should have seen the nasty looks and heard some of the exchanges between various groups of people! Is there such a thing as taxi rage? Final thoughts: This was my 2nd time on the Allure. The first time was a bit overwhelming due to the sheer size of the ship! By the time we had it mostly figured out, the cruise was practically over. This time, she felt like an old friend. There’s still so much to learn, do, and explore, so that’s for another time. As I said earlier, the staff were simply outstanding. Besides what I said about our Head Waiter, I gave our waiter and his assistant plus our room attendant (Ronald) special thanks as well. Thanks to them, and 100’s of others, this was a great vacation. PS. Got back from my doctor and I do have bronchitis. I think I’ll wear a surgical mask and rubber gloves on my future flights. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
We chose the Allure for our first family cruise due to the wide variety of entertainments and facilities for both adults and teenagers. We weren't disappointed as everyone in our group had a fantastic time. The teenagers met a ... Read More
We chose the Allure for our first family cruise due to the wide variety of entertainments and facilities for both adults and teenagers. We weren't disappointed as everyone in our group had a fantastic time. The teenagers met a brilliant group of peers and have stayed in touch since we returned to the UK. The adults had a great time at all the shows and in the bars and restaurants. None of us could fault the food, drinks or service at any time in our trip. Our interconnected sea view balcony staterooms were well appointed and serviced promptly at all times (well done Lobo!). The embarkation and disembarkation processes were uncomplicated and pretty efficient given the vast numbers of guests being processed. The only criticism we would have (and one that will stop us repeating this type of cruise) is that we were very disappointed in the ports of call. Although Nassau was 'ok' in that we could wander around town on our own and see some of the locality, the remaining ports were all dedicated to extracting as many dollars from cruisers pockets as possible. We ended up buying an expensive excursion to a beach club on Roatan just to get away from the incessant hassling that we experienced at Cozumel and Costa Maya. Read Less
Sail Date December 2018
Allure of the Seas Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 5.0 4.1
Entertainment 5.0 4.5
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.3
Family 5.0 4.3
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.9
Enrichment 4.0 4.0
Service 5.0 4.4
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 5.0 3.9

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