Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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3 out of 5

New Year cruise

Sail Date: December 28, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Registration and boarding process in Fort Lauderdale took more than 1 1/2 hour even though we went at the time we were told to go. There was 4 openings for our deck but only one person attending. That was the longest process of all the 7 cruises we have taken.

We had a "My Time dinning" but this is not real. You cannot get the time you want when you make the reservation. They offer you 2 times which were not convenient for us but had to take them since if you don't, the wait to be seated can go as high as an hour. When you accept the time they suggest, you are always directed at the same table at the same time. Therefore it's the "cruise line time dinning", not "my time". it's been pre-assigned. On top of that, if you chose "my time dinning" at the cruise booking, the tip for the whole cruise has to be paid in advance. However, food and service in the dinning room was good.

The Windjammer (depending at what time you go) is very crowded. Food is ordinary, it all taste the same. The cost of the offered packages is way to high for what it offers. For example, the "dine and wine" package was $165/day/person (you can't share) where all drinks and wines were included. That means that if a couple takes that package, it comes to a hefty total of: $165 X 2 X 7 = $2,310. Do the math before considering a package. You would have really to over do it in alcohol to match that cost. You probably would get sick before ....  The cost for the excursions are also quite expensive for what they offer.

On a positive note: the shows and music venues were the best of all the cruises we've been on.

This boat is huge which makes it quite impersonal if you only go as a couple. There is a lot of activities even though we did not get involved much in them.

The cruise on the Allure or Oasis would be best suited for groups or large families. In our case, as a couple, a cruise on a smaller ship would probably be more convenient.

Ship Quality
Huge ship with a lot of activities
Food and Dining
Food in dining rooms is good. at the other complementary sites, it's ordinary. We tried the Giovanni's Table (specialty rest.) and it was OK.
Cabin / Stateroom
We had balcony room before and they were acceptavle size, this one was really small.
Service and Staff
Ronaldo at the Adagio dinning room was great and very pleasant. The room attendant was very good too but i don't remember his name
Best of all 7 cruises we've taken.
Children's Programs
Cannot really have an opinion since we were not accompanied by children.
Onboard Activities
Did not participate much but from what we saw it was OK +
Destinations and Excursions
Labadee, Haiti, was better than we expected; Falmouth Jamica was not very nice (City wise); Cozumel has not change, always the same for all 3 cruises we have taken to that destination in the last 12 years.
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Was pretty cool. the zip line looks awsome (expensive too)
Falmouth, Jamaica
If you don't take an excursion, not worth getting off the ship
Cozumel, Mexico
A lot to offer but has not changed in many years, no renewal.


You need to make reservation for all dining and most of the reviews. If not you can expect waiting time and some frustration.

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