Excellent for the most part

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western


Contributor Level: Third Mate
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 9

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: March 08, 2015
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 12570
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 2 years ago

My husband and I have cruised 16 times, always choosing newer ships (no older than 4 years), and this was by far the most beautiful ship ever. There's soooo much to say about the ship itself that it could take up the entire review, so I'll focus on what I consider to be the most important aspects of Allure. The ship was clean; service was impeccable, especially in the dining room; food was delicious; entertainment/activities were varied and plentiful (a concert by Resurrection, a Journey tribute band was an unexpected and wonderful experience!); boarding and departure, even with more than 6,000 passengers, was efficient and quick. The only "complaint" was that we witnessed a young boy---no older than 12---GAMBLING in the casino,  playing poker on Friday night, and then blackjack on Saturday afternoon. I realize that we were in international waters, BUT, a casino is definitely NOT the place for kids. They are exposed to gambling/ drugs/alcohol/sex early enough....this was NOT the place to possibly  encourage a future addiction. His mother sat next to him, "teaching" him how to play...SHAME ON HER!!! We felt someone from the cruise staff should have spoken with her and had the boy removed from this environment.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Exceeded our expectations, both in the dining room and in Chops Grille, where we had a special dinner

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Loved the Journey trbute band, disco night on the Royal Promenande, Dreamworks parade, Aqua show, Karaoke bar, and "Quest"

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Did not utilize, but observed the kids on board having a great time!!!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Friendly, courteous and efficient

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Clean, beautiful, ENORMOUS!!!

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to balcony cabins

Ship Tip

Make sure to carry a copy of the Cruise Compass with you every day---there's so much to do, it's easy to miss something you'll really enjoy!

3 out of 5
We usually go to the departure city a day in advance to relax/unwind. Love Fort Lauderdale, but it is very pricey
5 out of 5
The "new" Labadee is a fun place with a lot to do---or not, if you just want to relax on the beacdh
3 out of 5
Not a big fan of Jamaica
5 out of 5
Lots of shopping, lots of fun activites (we swam with the dolphins!!!)
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