Allure of the Seas

4.2 out of 5
Price: $ $ $ $     Size: XL     Built: Dec 2010    
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Allure of the Seas is an extra large ship, carrying 5400 passengers and crew, and sails from Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida.

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4 out of 5

Overcrowded! No Seating Ever!

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We have done many many cruises and finally decided to try one of Royal's huge mega size ships. NEVER AGAIN! 

They have grossly inadequate seating for the free buffet. Many times we had to carry our food out and eat on the pool deck or in our room. There was only 2 of us so not like we needed a big table. This was during peak or non peak hours. If you want to sunbathe or sit anywhere near the pools you must be out there and claim your spot by 8-9AM no later or forget it. 

Dont look forward to the huge Adults only solarium section they advertise. Kids are everywhere and in the hot tubs and pools and the employees don't ask them to leave. We were miserable starting day 1. Everything and I mean everything requires an advance reservation which just adds to the stress. AVOID this ship, especially if you are a larger group like 4 plus because you will never be able to sit together--buffet or pool. Oh we also had no water on our deck for 2 hours where we couldn't shower and just missed our dinner reservation altogether. 

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
4 out of 5

A Week Well Spent

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

Our favorite parts of this cruise were the shows! From Mama Mia on stage, to the Ice Games show, to the Aqua Theatre phenomenal performance, the shows were fabulous! Most of the food was great, except the "Manhattan strip steak" in the dining room night one. It was bland and rather tough. Service was excellent, though! Isabell, our stateroom attendant, was exceptional -- very professional and pleasant. Our favorite meals was in the Chops specialty restaurant, with our server, Ivo, our favorite of all! My husband is not a fan of having to pay additional fees for the specialty restaurants, but he agreed that the meal was outstanding! The bed in the stateroom was extremely comfortable, and there was plenty of storage for our clothes and misc.

  I wish that when an event was listed on the daily "Compass" it would list not only the location, but on which deck it is located. 

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4 out of 5

First hand review of the Allure of the Seas; good and bad

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The GOOD: Of course I enjoyed this cruise. Not only is a bad day cruising is better than a good day working, it was a cruise for heaven's sake.  Who couldn't/ wouldn't enjoy that (I guess there is that one person though).  The best part about the Allure is by far the entertainment.  The shows were amazing, particularly Mama Mia, Blue Planet, and Ocean Aria.  Ice games was cool but not my favorite. The 2 comedians that supplied the supplemental comedy were great.  San Juan was the clear winner as far as a port stop, just wish more time was allotted for that day. The ship is beautiful and laid out in such a way that it never seemed overly crowded unless they were having a "sale" for 1 hour only (everyday and every hour) on the promenade.  The flowriders are amazing and MOST of the staff that works them were extremely helpful.  The rock walls were very cool and a lot of fun with never much of a line. The zip line was a fun little 10 seconds but too short really. We were disappointed that there was no water slide on this ship.  This is a huge draw and very entertaining for the entire family and it was missing. 

 

The BAD:The soda machines are scarce and the guests have to walk an eternity to find one.  When a guest purchases a drink package the drinks should not be so difficult to obtain.  Most soda machines are located in pairs but should be spread out more for convenience.  There is not one located on the boardwalk at all, only one area on the promenade has a set, one set is in the Windjammer but when that is closed no drinks can be obtained there, and one is located at the burger, fries and hot dog cafe (forgot the name as it is pretty obsolete due to it's location) but it was broken.  The coffee on this ship was HORRIBLE!!!!!  It stinks (doesn't smell like coffee at all) and could possibly be used as jet fuel.  I had to fill 1/3 of my cup with hot water just to try to drink it.  I gave up and drank soda, when I could find it. There is no food to be found near the pool areas. The bars open late and close early, even in the pool/ hot tub area which is open until late.  There is NO music played at the two pools located furthest from the kids area and near the smoking area but there are speakers for such.  The music that is played near the kids area is mostly rap, which is not only inappropriate for the children but annoying as it does not lend to the majority demographic of guests on the Allure who are over the age of 35-40. There should be more Caribbean feel on this ship as far as the music goes but there is not so it is almost as if you are not on a ship at all.  It is a good thing I have cruised before and knew that I could walk off with my luggage.  If not, and I had needed it to be picked up, I would never have known to pack it the night before and leave it outside my cabin door.  The announcements do not make their way down the halls or into the cabins.  The cruise director does not interact with the guests and make the cruise a fun experience so it felt very starched and more for the affluent clientele who do not care to interact. The headliner was NOT funny AT ALL. His show was too late in the evening and we left that show pretty early on as it was a total bore and a waste of time.  The food on this ship was par and along the same lines as other cruise lines, nothing spectacular or to write home about.  The photographers are just present to press a button on the camera that takes pictures as the photos were rushed and looked terrible, the ones we were able to see anyway.  Most of the pictures that were taken at dinner or when we left the ship for port were not ever put in our portfolio, nor were they found on the wall or on the digital kiosk.  There should be more candid photos taken during the day so the guests can look back upon the fun that was had and possibly purchase a couple. The port of St Maarten should be scratched off of every itinerary forever as this port offers little to nothing. 

The END: Overall I enjoyed this cruise because of the people I was with and the ship is amazing in and of itself.  I would most likely try Royal Caribbean again but possibly not until I am in my 50's or so due to the humdrum of the daily activities and the push toward all the shopping, which is not what I go on vacation to do.

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Contributor Level: Deck Hand
3 out of 5

Beautiful Ship

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

The ship is Beautiful!

The food did not meet my expectations.

the best staff was at Boleros Carlos, Maria and Reginald always with a smile and ready to service.

The Shows were very nice.

Cruise Director SUPER, SUPER, SUPER!!! I had the opportunity to speak with him super nice guy.

You need to change the TV's PLEASE on the out side of the sports bar they are super small and we could not see the games not a good area as people were walking right in front as a large group was watching a basket ball game.

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Contributor Level: Purser
3 out of 5

allure of the seas

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the ship is beautiful, the food was very good, and ship was very clean and the staff was very attentive.  My only issue is the ship is entirely to small for the amount of people. The swimming pools are two small for 6,128 passengers. There were lines everywhere and the ship needs another bank of elevators midship or cut the amount of passenger. That , I know will never happen,. Its all about the bottom line.  I think RCCL now nickel and dimes you two. Charges for everything.  Again it was nice, but I am going back to CUNARD and HOLLAND AMERICA.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Flo Rider

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple

Learn to master the Flo Rider was on my bucket list. I was on the Flo Rider 30 min after we boarded the ship. I went to the Flo Rider everyday. Vintages the wine bar was outstanding with top wines from around the world to enjoy.

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

On the water

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group

i loved that every crew member was always smiling and very helpful.  Very relaxing and a lot to do.  Such a large ship but the best at getting you on and off the ship.  We were 9 and everyone had a grand time.

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Contributor Level: Purser
4 out of 5

Relaxing

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Relaxing, eating, views from the deck.  Exercising in the Vitality Center!  Great, outstanding, friendly service personnel.  Enjoyed the Thomas Kincad art presentation!

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Contributor Level: Purser
5 out of 5

Lovely, Clean & Smooth Sailing - Could be improved

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Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)

One of the most impressive things was the organization and cleanliness of the ship. I was very impressed with the constant cleaning I saw, hand sanitzer stations and the rooms were tidy and seemed untouched. Also, given the sheer number of people on the ship, it never seemed crowded or overwhelming. The staff is so diverse and friendly - some of the best hospitality training I've seen in all my travels. The downside is the entertainment: this is clearly catered to a certain age range and demographic - older individuals. The DJ at the club and the nightlife parties was by far one of the worst DJ's I have ever heard. They literally played a top 40 mix, in almost the same exact order, every single night. After 7 days, this is just dreadful. I beg of Royal Caribbean, GET  A NEW DJ OR JUST PLAY PANDORA. There was another band that was actually spectacular (they played oldies, but did a fantastic job). We spent the time just sitting and listening to them because as a 30-year old, there was nothing else to do at night. 

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4 out of 5

Wonderful trip still prefer a smaller ship

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More than enough amenities aboard to keep you active. Never felt crowded or overwhelmed by number of people aboard. Only drawbacks might be that many services that once seemed to be included with your fare now seem to carry an additional fee, i.e. Room service. Service in restaurants while adequate lacked a degree of personal service.

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Deck 5

Deck 5 features the Aquatheater, third floor of the Opus Dining Room, the third level of the Theater, Vitality at Sea Spa, the Royal Promenade that includes...

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Deck 6

Deck 6 features staterooms in categories GS, JS, D1, D2, D4, D5, D8, AX, L, N and AZ, as well as the Diamond Club, Schooner Bar, Focus, Ice Cream Parlor,...

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Deck 15 features the Solarium, the Solarium Bistro, Solarium whirlpools, the main pool, beach pool, sports pool and H2O Zone, Sea Trek, Breeze, Sand Bar,...

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Deck 8

Deck 8 features staterooms in categories A1, GS, JS, B1, B2, D1, D2, D4, D5, D8, F, H, L, N, and Q, as well as Parkside Gallery, Picture This, Park Cafe,...

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sut2burns
Contributor Level: Purser

Central Park has a great cafe that during lunch allows you to make your own salad. I wish I would have known this earlier. It is also not nearly as crowded as other places on the ship.

Ted1955
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Park Cafe has the best Roast Beef sandwich

mjvoor
Contributor Level: Second Mate

We found that eating breakfast on the 3rd deck dining room was much better than battling the crowds at the buffet. We could order off the menu if we desired, and if in a hurry, there was a full buffet to choose from.

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Price

XL

Size

Dec 2010

Built

5400

Total Passengers

15

Number of Decks

2704

Total Cabins

43

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