Return to Cruising Ship Guide: Allure of the Seas
When is Allure of the Seas slated to resume operations?
Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas resumed operations on August 8, 2021. In the summer and fall of 2021, the ship will sail 7-night Caribbean itineraries from Port Canaveral, Florida to Philipsburg (St. Maarten), Charlotte Amalie (St. Thomas), Perfect Day at CocoCay, and spend three days at sea.
For cruises departing from Florida, Royal Caribbean “strongly encourages all eligible guests age 12 and up to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before sailing.” Guests who are fully vaccinated may choose to provide proof of vaccination in order to be exempt from certain health protocols and associated fees, including additional COVID-19 testing and travel insurance requirements. To be considered fully vaccinated, the final dose of your vaccine must be administered at least 14 days before sailing.
As of September 13, 2021, Royal Caribbean will require all guests age two years and older, regardless of vaccine status, to complete a COVID-19 test no more than two days prior to the sail date and present proof of negative results at the terminal upon check-in.
Cruising on Allure of the Seas? Here’s our guide to everything you need to know before you board.
About the Ship: Allure of the Seas was once the largest cruise ship in the world, only losing its title in 2015 to sister ship Harmony of the Seas. The massive, Oasis-class cruise ship is divided into seven neighborhoods. Each area has its own distinct theme, including the Boardwalk, a Coney Island-inspired stretch where passengers can ride a handcrafted carousel or enjoy delicious self-serve donuts, and Central Park, an onboard green space with upscale boutiques and restaurants.
Allure of the Seas is one of the most awarded cruise ships currently sailing, and one of the most highly-rated Royal Caribbean ships on Cruiseline.com. In 2019, Allure of the Seas placed a close second to its sister ship, Symphony of the Seas, in Cruiseline.com’s overall Best Ship category. It also took home Cruiseline.com’s Members’ Choice Awards for Best Entertainment and Best Onboard Activities in 2018.
At full capacity (prior to COVID restrictions) Allure of the Seas has the ability to carry 6,780 total passengers and 2,100 crew members. There are 2,703 total cabins, broken down into 43 category types.
Activities + Entertainment: With a plethora of activities from zip lines, surf simulators and rock-climbing walls to Broadway-style shows and high-diving acts in the AquaTheater, Allure is certain to appeal to travelers of all ages. Activity highlights include two 40-foot-long FlowRider surf simulators, an adults-only Solarium, the H2O Zone water park, AquaTheater shows featuring acrobatics and deep-diving maneuvers, the Vitality Spa, teens and kids clubs, and a 43-foot high rock-climbing wall.
Nighttime highlights onboard the ship include Broadway at Sea performances and Comedy Live, an adults-only comedy venue. The ship offers 25 bars and lounges, including the innovative Bionic Bar which serves up craft cocktails mixed by two robotic bartenders.
Dining: Cruisers will find a mouthwatering blend of exciting new dining options and Royal Caribbean eatery staples onboard. Allure of the Seas features more than two dozen dining venues, many of which are complimentary. The ship has three main dining rooms, several buffets, and a number of specialty restaurants. Included eateries are the Main Dining Room, Windjammer Buffet, Solarium Bistro, Coastal Kitchen, Park Cafe, Cafe Promenade, Sorrento’s, Dog House, as well as room service. Specialty options include 150 Central Park, Chef’s Table, Chops Grille, Giovanni’s Table, Sabor, Samba Grill, Izumi, Johnny Rockets, Vintages Wine Bar, and Starbucks coffee.
Pricing: Sailings are filling up quickly with the return of Allure of the Seas in the Caribbean. With a high demand from travelers to sail on this popular ship, we recommend booking NOW if you are considering cruising as prices are only going up.
Right now you can expect to pay about $100 per person per night for entry-level accommodations. Considering a balcony cabin? This class of rooms currently starts at around
$140 per person per night and go up from there based on location and category.
What to Expect at Embarkation & Onboard Protocol
There are a number of evolving protocols that Royal Caribbean has implemented for the embarkation process. For sailings departing September 13 onward, all guests 2 and older (regardless of vaccination status) will need to take a COVID-19 test with an accredited test provider no more than two days before arriving at the terminal for embarkation.
Prior to sailing, Royal Caribbean suggests all passengers download the Royal Caribbean App to check into their cruise as well as select a time slot for arrival on boarding day. One day before departure, all guests must complete the Guest Health questionnaire in the Royal App. When you arrive to board the ship, be prepared to bring the following: Passport/Passport Card or a state-certified U.S. Birth Certificate, COVID vaccine card or COVID-19 test result, proof of travel insurance, and completed health questionnaire.
Onboard, there will be select venues and events designated for vaccinated guests only. When indoors, CDC guidelines require all guests two and older to wear masks unless they are actively eating or drinking. Per the guidelines, Royal Caribbean will make allowances for guests to remove their masks in venues and events dedicated to fully vaccinated parties. Masks are not required in your stateroom when you are with your traveling party, outside on the open decks, or at Perfect Day at CocoCay, unless in a crowded setting.
Explore Royal Caribbean’s Healthy Sail Center Guidelines: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/the-healthy-sail-center/getting-ready-to-cruise.
It was a great cruise, with nine days straight at sea, I never got bored as there is a ton of stuff to do on board. - ffmlewis
Everything on the ship was clean and spotless from the cabins, restaurants, to the parks! Everything! The food was good quality, and you have many healthy options for every meal! - leannavite
We had a nice trip and really relaxed, which was what we needed! Specialty dining and the shows were the highlight of the week for us! - Chercruiser
Initially intimidated by the size of the ship. Took a few days to get a general feel of where things were. Always something to do (if you want) or read books on balcony if you don't. Best entertainment ever on a ship. Friendly staff. - tom83036152
With so much to see and do in the Caribbean ports Allure of the Seas visits, we recommend planning your shore excursions before you get onboard. Top-rated excursions by port include:
Perfect Day at CocoCay - Perfect Day is Royal Caribbean’s own private island in the Bahamas. The destination is jam-packed with so many activities and adventures that you will have a hard time deciding what to do first! The island’s amenities received a rehaul in 2019, so most of the activities you will find are relatively new.
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Latest Update: September 13, 2021