Good vacation, mixed bag experience

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 0

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 12, 2011
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Traveled As: Large Group
Reviewed: 6 years ago

My extended family go on intergenerational vacations every 1-2 years and lately it's all been cruises. This ship tries to please everyone from the 80yo's to little kids and generally does a good job. But 5,000 passengers? Come on, that's way too many. Long lines to board the ship at every port, long lines for shipboard activities such as rock climbing, "flowriding," and ziplining. The dining room is a zoo between 6-8pm every night. Not everybody's cup of tea!

Oh, we did not have a good experience booking through . Their advertised "2 nights free hotel" is not as good as it sounds. No choice of hotels. We got a $70 "voucher" for a $150 room (that was listed on for $99!). We could've gotten a way better deal if we had booked through Costco.

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Considering they're feeding 5,000 people at more or less the same time, they do a great job. The food quality is much better than on Celebrity or Carnival. Room service quality is not great (perhaps they're trying to discourage it?) Dining room entrees are hit or miss. The much-hyped lobster was mushy and obviously frozen for a long time. Some of their "ethnic" entrees were a pale comparison to the real thing. We do appreciate that they offer low-cal or low-fat alternatives, however. Very thoughtful.


3 out of 5
Loved the Ocean Aria and Ice Games shows. Also the comedians. Did not enjoy Blue Planet.

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Mixed bag. Our waiter didn't comprehend as much english as would've been optimal. My daughter asked for tea and instead got cheese! What happened to the sommelier? When we tried to ask for an opinion on merlot vs. syrah, the waiter replied, "red or white?" Say wha?? We did like that the stateroom attendant was competent yet thoroughly unobtrusive.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The ship is beautifully constructed and decorated. Not gaudy like Carnival. The public spaces, such as Central Park and Promenade, are well designed and lovely.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Staterooms are very nice. Definitely worth getting a balcony. My sister got a 2-story loft suite, which was ooh-la-la, but the funny thing is, it overlooks the Aqua Theater, so there was constant noise. Not peaceful like our oceanview balcony! Just make sure you know how much hub-bub you want.
1 out of 5
Only 4 hours at this port! For a weeklong cruise, you'd expect more than 2-1/2 ports of call. And it's obvious the cruise companies have a cozy relationship with Atlantis Resort. Why would people go from an overpacked cruise ship to an overpacked resort?
3 out of 5
We went scuba diving in St. Thomas. The tour operator was fine, but I have to admit, we expected to see more sea life!
5 out of 5
Skip the excursions and take a taxi to Orient Beach on the Dutch side. More fun and less $. We went parasailing here, which is super. The beach is fine white sugar with turquoise waters. Just lovely.

Pros: ship is lovely and full of activities

Cons: not enough port calls, too many passengers -- can you say cattle call?

Recommends Allure of the Seas? Yes!

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