December 2014 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern
Don't let the size of this ship intimidate you. For having so many passengers, the ship ran very smoothly and never seemed crowded. There were so many things to do, that you really didn't have any crowds in any one place. BIG RECOMMENDATION: Go online and get all of your tickets for evening shows (ice, water, theater, etc.) When you've pre-registered for them, you just go to the entrance and they scan your card. Without the reservations, there are long lines, and only if those registered people don't show up, you will be allowed to see the show that night. The onboard activities (zip, flowrider, etc.) didn't seem to be as crowded, probably because of the smaller age group doing those types of activities. The food was very good (not fantastic) in most of the restaurants and cafes. The service was fantastic. There were always crewmen near if you needed something. All of the evening shows were terrific. Very well done, and some of the best acts I've seen at sea. This very large ship does run a bit slower, probably because of the height of it. I also noticed a little more movement from sided to side - probably because of the height, but it wasn't too disturbing. We were in Cabin #12222 which is midship. Embarkation and debarkation were fairly easy - again considering the size of the ship. But, we carried on our luggage, so we didn't have to pick them up at the end. I've sailed over 15 cruises and it is ONE of my favorites. However, because of her size (I'm guessing), they only go to 3 ports, which was a disappointment. However, I'm very glad I went on the Allure and I would recommend it.