First time on the Allure

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern


Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 6
Helpful Votes: 51

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: August 17, 2014
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9152
Traveled As: Family (young children)
Reviewed: 2 years ago

Although we are seasoned cruisers, and have been on many Royal Caribbean ships, this was our first time on the Allure.  We had read reviews and seen pictures, and while the ship looked beautiful, we had some concern that it might be just too big.  Still, we thought it would be worth a try, so we booked adjoining balcony cabins on the 9th deck.  From the moment we entered the ship we were blown away by the spacious public spaces.  It was around 1 pm when we boarded, and we went directly to our cabins where our luggage had already been delivered.  We unpacked, and then went to the pool deck to relax and let my grandson enjoy the H20 Zone (kids pool area).  The entire week was spent relaxing, exploring the ship, enjoying Nassau, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas.  Our dining room service and food was outstanding, as was our cabin attendant.  The ship was at full capacity, but with the exception of the Windjammer (buffet) it never seemed crowded.  After having a difficult time finding a table there, we decided to take advantage of the information available on the cabin  TV which told us which restaurants were busy and which had immediate seating.  There are a tremendous number of complimentary dining options, and we found all of them to be great.  The ship is stunning...Central Park and the Boardwalk were great places to relax and people watch.  The Allure is a very large ship, but still had the Royal Caribbean "personality" ...just with many more venues.  One final point...the childrens program (Adventure Ocean) is absolutely outstanding.  This is my grandson's 4th Royal Caribbean cruise, and his favorite part of cruising is being able to go there.  If there are any potential cruisers out there that are apprehensive to take small children on a cruise, take our word for it...they will have a ball!

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Waiter Maurice and Head Waiter Richard are outstanding

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Nigel Davidson was our attendant, and he was awesome!

Ship Tip

The Park Café in Central Park is a great place for breakfast and lunch.

5 out of 5
Cruise Port is right next to the airport...transfers were super easy
5 out of 5
Dolphin Encounter was great fun for my son and grandson
5 out of 5
Emerald Beach is a great alternative to Magens Bay
5 out of 5
Great shopping
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