Sail Date: May 01, 2011 Cabin Type: Balcony Traveled As: Couple Reviewed: 6 years ago
With nearly 6,200 people on board, you never had the feeling of being crowded. The neighborhoods, activities, venues and pool areas were always comfortable areas in which to enjoy the ship and all of its amenities. Magnificent shows, excellent dining options, larger cabin space and the ship itself made this cruise the best of all the cruises we've ever taken! While on board, we scheduled a family cruise on the Allure for 2012...can't wait!
Food and Dining
5 out of 5
Food in both the main dining room, as well as the specialty restaurants was excellent. We'd recommend a better selection of wines in the wine packages. Not so much the quantity of bottles, but the wines themselves.
5 out of 5
So many activities, we didn't have enough time to enjoy them all during the seven days. A larger venue for the comedy shows would be a huge plus; we were never able to get into any of the comedy shows. Oceanaria, Chicago and the Headliner shows were fantastic!
Service and Staff
5 out of 5
Main dining room (breakfast, lunch & dinner) staff was a bit disorganized, but overall, very helpful and friendly.
We've stopped at St. Thomas on RCCL and other cruise lines in the past few years, but the port area has gotten run down and dirty. Certainly not worth the time we spent shopping -- taxis were worn down and old. Not a good stop.
Major improvements have been made to the downtown district, which now has a beautiful beach available for visitors. Considering the disappointing stops at Nassau and St. Thomas, this port was a pleasant surprise. The Orient Beach shore excursion via tour bus was wonderful. The buses were clean and the staff attentive. Shopping was leisurely and not crowded in the morning and we still had time for our afternoon Orient Beach excursion. We highly recommend this port of call!
Don't Miss: Orient Beach...it's worth the 20-30 mintue bus ride.
Our friends were first-time cruisers. We prepaid for the Seahorse Sail & Snorkel Tour. After a long walk to meet the catamaran, we found it to be old & tattered-looking (frayed indoor carpet on steps & dirty). It certainly was not a RCCL-quality shore excursion. Most of all, the staff was unfriendly and didn't care that they were so. While motoring out, the only beverage available was water out of a Home Depot dispenser. At one point, the cups fell on the dirty floor and were put back up on the counter; this was disgusting. The snorkel area was excellent, but the catamaran and crew were poor quality. We would NEVER AGAIN do this shore excursion; very disappointing.
Pros: The Allure itself...an incredible cruise liner with countless activities, venues & fun for all.
Cons: Ports of call: Nassau & St. Thomas were disappointing.
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