Awesome trip on Allure of the Seas!
Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern
Sail Date: July 07, 2013
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Suite
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 4 years ago
I selected the Allure of the Seas after going on a 3 day Majesty of the Seas in January with my twin 3 year olds. It was our first cruise and I discovered that my kids loved the Adventure Ocean kids care and I could get a bit of a break!
We sailed on Disney in March and I was not too impressed ( yes the cabins were much bigger, nicer but my kids refused to stay in the kid care and I found the food to be just OK and service to be mediocre). For this cruise, I knew I wanted RCCL for their kids program and I wanted a more upscale experience ( with activities for me and my kids).
I booked last minute and paid more than I had planned due to the summer months - but I had a large balcony suite on the hump- room was very spacious and the steward was kind enough to bring a lounge chair for the balcony. I was mid ship on the sixth deck. Perfect location - walk to boardwalk, spa, down one flight to Promenade and dining room. The only complaint I have for the entire trip is that the room steward forgot to replace the bath floor mat and towels a few nights and skipped on the towel animal the last night which dissapointed my kids! Also, the shower water turned my blond hair extensions orange/pink - apparently it is fairly common on cruise shops due to the well water they use - so beware!
I parked at parkngo. Paid $6 day in advance and was super easy an convenient! Never touched my bags from the moment I pulled up- very convenient. Check in was a breeze and I just walked over to my cabin around one and had access. Bags arrived around 4.
Park Cafe roast beef sandwiches were great - so were their soups. I preferred the breakfast and salad bar at the Solarium Bistro - it was a lot less crowded and they always had healthy selections. I loved the hot dogs at the wipe out cafe. Johnny rockets has free breakfast - was ok. Could get omelette to order but I found the best omlettes and service to Be in the main dining room ( but you had to get there early ). Service at Johnny rockets wasn't great - everywhere else was fabulous!
We had my time dining and couldn't get the reservation times we wanted online before the sailing or the day if sailing so most times we waiting on the line for no reservations. We were always seated at our same table with the same waiters and only waited about 15 min except for one night after Chicago let out around 830 - was a very long wait. The later you ate, I think the longer you waited. The traditional seating is on decks 3&4 which seems to be a nicer view, live et and you are more a part of the festivities. Up on deck 5 for MTD you felt removed from everything going on. Giovanis specialty restaurant was excellent.
I tried to avoid the windjammer based on the reviews - I had lunch there on day 5 and thought it was great! I had some Indian chicken that was awesome!! I tried breakfast the next day and it was good. Yes it's very crowded and the tables/ chairs are packed together. But the food is decent.
I purchased the soda package where you get a souvenir thermos to fill for the week - totally worth it. There are only a few dispensers on promenade, wipe out bar and windjammer though. And after you fill up, if you spill or don't like what you got- you have to wait 15/20 min to refill again.
In addition to the aqua theatre, Chicago ice show blue planet - there are some other fun events not to be missed! Newlywed game show is hilarious, battle of the sexes, the Quest and the flash mob dance ( and practices)!
Adventure Ocean kid care - my kids would wake up demanding to go and cry when I went to pick them up! The counselors are awesome and they do lots of arts and crafts and best of all they have a great train set to play with. A+++
Royal connect iPhone
I got to the royal connect desk ( deck 14 card room day 1) around 130 and I got the last 2 iPhones - there were people waiting behind me that we're turned away. Phone costs 30 for the week and was aide saver!! Worked all the time, you could see on the GPS exactly where other members of your party were. Totally worth it! I did see a handful of folks with walkie talkies and they said they worked fine. I preferred the smaller iPhone and would get them again.
Had such a great trip that we booked the Oasis this fall. Going to try a boardwalk balcony to save $ since we rarely were in the cabin.