Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4 out of 5

A great experience!

Sail Date: April 22, 2012

Reviewed: 4 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Our cruise was a Western Caribbean cruise from Sunday to Sunday. Formal nights were Monday and Thursday. Check-in was a breeze as well as disembarkation. We found the $20 for luggage valet service (at the end of the cruise) to be well worth it. Catch a taxi to Ft. Lauderdale airport as it is cheaper (about $18 for the entire cab) than the Royal Caribbean transfer cost.

Pros: Shows were great (Blue Planet, Chicago, Comedy Club). Service was the best we've seen

Cons: Windjammer is very, very crowded. They need one more bank of elevators at each end of ship.

Recommends Allure of the Seas? Yes!

All the shows were in general, a bit better than the ones on the Oasis of the Seas. Once you get past the weak opening number of Blue Planet, it is an outstanding show.
Ship Quality
Ship is well laid out, easy to get navigate and very clean. There is a wait for elevators.....especially at dinner time and frequently they were jammed full of people when they did arrive. We frequently grabbed an elevator going in the opposite direction just to obtain a spot on an elevator (so plan on an extra 5-10 minutes to get to dinner).
Food and Dining
Dining room food and service were great. Lobster night was Thursday. Best nights to try a speciality restaurant was Wednesday and Friday as the dining room menu would be considered the "weakest" on those nights. Chops Grille was outstanding as was Johnny Rockets. Unless you want to pay for bottled water, be sure to ask for "tap" (and not flat or sparkling) water at Chops Grille. Rita's Cantina was a wasn't that great and was overpriced. The Central Park Cafe is the best kept secret place to eat on the ship. Boardwalk Hot Dogs was also very good.
Cabin / Stateroom
We stayed on Deck 8 and liked being so close to Central park and the Central Park Cafe. Hair dryer was provided. The in-room TV is very interactive.
Service and Staff
Great staff wherever we went. Be sure to follow (at a minimum) the recommended tipping guidelines. We found out that these gratuities are basically the only salary that our dining room waiter/asst waiter receive. Our waited said he gets' $50 a month in salary and that doesn't quite cover the cost of his uniforms nor laundry. Thus, their livelihood is completely dependent upon the tips/gratuities left by customers.

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