Just returned yesterday from enjoying myself on Allure of the Seas. Like most, I was a little nervous and didn’t know what to expect. It was also right before the COVID testing requirement changed from 72 hours to 48 hours was about to take effect. All the hype about having the correct documentation was true. You couldn’t get in the terminal if you didn’t have a negative COVID test and vaccine card that was checked against your passport. These documents were checked at 3 processing stations before getting your sea pass card. You are also issued a green bracelet to identify if you have been vaccinated. Completing the documentation online made the process much easier and faster. The disembarking was the best I’ve ever had. You put your luggage out at night, go to breakfast the next morning and leave your carry luggage in the room and after breakfast it’s back the room to wait for your disembark number to appear on the TV (no annoying announcements). Clearing customs was a breeze, no questions, just photo recognition. Scheduled for 7:30 am departure, called 15 minutes early in the parking lot by 7:35 am. The most difficult part was walking down those ramps. Now for being on the ship: masks required if not eating or drinking or outside with social distancing.
dining - the Windjammer tables were setup for social distancing and staff served you the food. Dinner was only served in the main dining room. Vaccinated people on deck 3, non- vaccinated on deck 4.
shows: specific times for vaccinated and non-vaccinated or different areas of the main theater. Overall the ship offered more Live music, but less audience participation activities ( no belly flop or hairy man contest, no love and marriage game and of course no Quest). So if you’re not into water activities, ice skating, or wall climbing it’s a good time to just relax. I did enjoy the Dazzles Night Club.
casino: the machines were setup for social distancing, and mask wearing, but it was monitored.
ports of call: if your party was not vaccinated you could only take ship sponsored excursions and you were tested frequently at your expense. The only country that checked for vaccinations and negative test was the Bahamas.
elevators - maximum 6 people and for the most people adhered to it.
Now that I’ve been on the ship I can’t wait to go again. Next one for me is Dec. 2021. Wishing everyone safe travels when you go.