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Allure of the Seas Review

Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas
2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining

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5.0 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Pros

Caters to every type of cruiser: families, couples, adventurers, food- and wine-lovers.

Cons

Upselling is rampant, and extra fees can quickly add up.

Bottom Line

If you want a fun-filled cruise with plentiful activities, you can't beat Allure of the Seas.


About

Passengers 5,492
Crew 2,384
Passenger to Crew 2.3:1
Launched November 2010
Shore Excursions 398
Adam Coulter
Cruise Critic UK Managing Editor

Allure of the Seas Overview

The 225,282-ton Allure of the Seas was the world's largest cruise ship -- for six years -- before that title was stolen by sister Harmony of the Seas in May 2016. It can carry 5,492 passengers at double occupancy or 6,452 when every berth is full.

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It has two famous near-twins, Oasis of the Seas and the aforementioned Harmony, with which it shares roughly 95 percent of its DNA -- including a novel neighborhood concept that divides the ship into seven distinct spaces. It also shares inward-facing balcony cabins, arguably the biggest (and best) kids program at sea, an ice rink, a bar that rises between three decks, simulated surfing, rock climbing walls and an outdoor high-diving AquaTheater.

The ship is breathtaking, both in scale and ambition. Although it's vast, it never feels overwhelming because its public spaces are broken up into seven neighborhoods. On Deck 4, you'll find Entertainment Place, complete with an indoor ice skating rink and various clubs and lounges. The Royal Promenade is the signature shopping area, the length of a football field, with a pair of enormous tented skylights to let the sunshine pour in. The outdoor Boardwalk neighborhood was inspired by Coney Island, with family-friendly restaurants, shops, a carousel and the AquaTheater. The foliage-filled Central Park -- covered in some 12,000 plants, 60 of which are trees -- is a more upscale restaurant and retail hub. The fronts of decks 6 and 7 are given over to fitness and well-being in the Vitality at Sea Spa. Deck 14 is all about the kids in Adventure Ocean, and, at the back of the ship, right up on Deck 15, you have the Sports Area, complete with FlowRider surf simulators, a zipline, mini-golf, Ping-Pong and basketball courts.

The ambience and atmosphere in each area are so distinct, it's as if there are seven different ships on one.

Astonishingly, Allure of the Seas also rarely feels crowded. The only places where you get a sense of the sheer number of people onboard are in the Royal Promenade during parade times, on sea days round the pool deck, and prime food times in the Windjammer Cafe buffet restaurant. You can sit in Central Park under a tree, drink in hand, stars above you, (piped) birdsong all around, and feel almost alone -- despite being overlooked by hundreds of cabins.

The ship is ideal for first timers, whether they're a family dipping their toes in the water for the first time, a group of friends looking for a fun-filled break or a couple celebrating a significant wedding anniversary.

Allure came out of a May 2015 refurbishment with a number of changes, including new dining options, shops, lounges, cabins and super fast Wi-Fi. Some of the post-dry dock tweaks -- which include a breathtaking Suite Lounge and suites-only dining room, Coastal Kitchen -- also point to a move by Royal Caribbean making a significant play for the high-end cruisers who perhaps have previously been put off by Allure's sheer size.

A word of warning: Allure of the Seas is so flooded with bill-busting offerings -- ice cream, extra-charge Mexican food, build-your-own stuffed animals, Coach bags -- that it's easy to forget about the included offerings, many of which are exclusive to the Oasis Class. You can surf or zip-line, ride a carousel or tap along to some Broadway showtunes. The Lady Gaga dance class had to be more fun than filling up on Skittles and gummy worms from the for-fee candy store. In other words, Allure can be enjoyed for the price of the cruise fare alone. But with so many temptations, it sure isn't easy.


Inclusions

Included with your cruise fare:

  • Meals and snacks in three main dining rooms and theWindjammer Marketplace buffet
  • Meals and snacks in the Solarium Bistro, Wipeout Cafe, Park Cafe, Sorrento’s, the Boardwalk Dog House and Cafe Promenade
  • Shows in the main theatre, and most entertainment events
  • Most daily activities, except as noted below or in the Cruise Compass
  • Use of the gym (excluding classes)
  • Use of the sports complex, Flowriders, mini-golf, zip line, carousel and watersports activities
  • Adventure Ocean Kids programming (ages 6 months to 17 years) until 10:00pm
  • Gratuities, only if you booked your cruise in Australia and New Zealand in AU and NZ dollars

Not included with your cruise fare:

  • Crew Gratuities ($14.50 per person, per day for those in Junior Suites and below; $17.50 per person, per day, for Grand Suites and above)
  • Gratuities of 18 percent on all dining reservations and beverage, spa and salon purchases
  • Drinks except water, tea (including iced tea), coffee and select juices from the buffet
  • Room Service (except continental breakfast, which is complimentary)
  • Most specialty dining
  • Spa and salon services
  • Fitness center classes and training
  • Activities like arts and craft sessions, wine and spirits tasting events, bingo and sushi-making classes
  • Adventure Ocean babysitting
  • Shore excursions
  • Wi-Fi
  • Artwork and photos

Fellow Passengers

Families flock to Allure of the Seas, a ship that celebrates youthful exuberance in the form of surf simulators, rock climbing walls and some of the best children's facilities at sea. But the ship also clearly appeals to active couples, mainly in their 30s to 50s. Numerous spaces, especially the foliage-filled Central Park, provide a relatively kid-free ambience. In the Caribbean, passengers are predominantly American. However, when the ship sails in Europe, the passenger mix could not be more eclectic, drawing travelers from Europe, the U.S., the Middle East, Japan, China, India and Israel.


Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Dress Code

Daytime: Allure of the Seas maintains a casual onboard vibe and dress code during the day, with people dressing for the weather or for laying by the pool.

Evening: Weeklong cruises consist of two formal nights and five casual nights. On casual nights, expect a mix of jeans and slacks in the main dining rooms and nicer restaurants; elsewhere T-shirts and shorts are fine for both men and women. Many men choose to wear tuxedos for formal dining, though dark suits are much more common. Women are typically found in cocktail dresses or gowns.

Not permitted: Bare feet are not permitted at any time in any venue, and tank tops are not allowed in any of the restaurants, except the buffet, for dinner. Shorts are discouraged in the main dining room for dinner, but you'll see people in them anyway.

For more information, visit Cruise Line Dress Codes: Royal Caribbean.


Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Awards

Cruisers’ Choice Awards

2019 Best Overall
2019 Best for Cabins
2019 Best for Dining
2019 Best for Embarkation
2019 Best for Entertainment
2019 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2019 Best for Public Rooms
2019 Best for Service
2019 Best for Shore Excursions
2019 Best for Value
2019 Best for Families
2019 Best for First Timers
2018 Best Overall
2018 Best for Cabins
2018 Best for Dining
2018 Best for Embarkation
2018 Best for Entertainment
2018 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2018 Best for Public Rooms
2018 Best for Service
2018 Best for Shore Excursions
2018 Best for Value
2018 Best for Families
2018 Best for First Timers
2017 Best Overall
2017 Best for Entertainment
2017 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2017 Best for Public Rooms
2017 Best for Families
2017 Best for First Timers
2016 Best for Embarkation
2016 Best for Entertainment
2016 Best for Fitness & Recreation
2016 Best for First Timers
2015 Best Overall
2015 Best for Cabins
2015 Best for Dining
2015 Best for Entertainment
2015 Best for Fitness
2015 Best for Public Rooms
2015 Best for Service
2015 Best for Shore Excursions
2015 Best for Families
2014 Best Overall
2014 Best for Embarkation
2014 Best for Entertainment
2014 Best for Fitness
2014 Best for Public Rooms
2014 Best for Families
2013 Best Overall
2013 Best for Cabins
2013 Best for Embarkation
2013 Best for Entertainment
2013 Best for Fitness
2013 Best for Public Rooms
2013 Best for Service
2013 Best for Shore Excursions

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Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas Member Reviews

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wisnir
Sail Date: Oct 2019
The Allure of the Seas is a large ship and as such, they have a rather substantial casino in size and variety of slots and table games....Read More
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anv15
Sail Date: Sep 2019
We HIGHLY recommend Allure of the Seas!...Read More
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Kessa23
Sail Date: Apr 2019
Allure of the seas is a great ship and we would definitely recommend it!...Read More
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brownjayden03
Sail Date: Jun 2019
I do reccomend sailing on Allure of the Seas. She is a beautiful ship. There is not a flaw about her. The only thing I would change is have more activities going on during the day....Read More

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