Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Contributor Level: Second Mate

Experience
4-6 cruises

Reviews
3

Helpful Votes
13

5 out of 5

Best Bucket List Cruise

Sail Date: September 06, 2015

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

My wife and I and another couple booked this cruise for our first Europe trip, knowing Allure was an excellent ship, and were very happy with it. We did arrive a day early in Barcelona to enjoy the city, then hit the ship.

Embarkation was smooth and efficient, Allure was as fine a ship as it has always been, and the staff aboard honored our special requests (one of which is a flourless chocolate cake, only generally offered one night a week as a special dessert). We decided to do the Chef's Table, and must recommend this option over any other specialty dining option as the most memorable meal we have ever had. Multiple courses, wine paired with each course, and the chef explaining the preparation and wine selection.

The ports visited in Italy were the most jam packed due to the sites available, but how can you not tour Florence, Pisa, Rome, and Naples-Sorrento-Amalfi Coast.

Our CO agent (Kathy Jezek) did an excellent job with helping us with all details to make this a very special trip

Cabin / Stateroom Be careful about leaving items on balcony overnight due to ship exterior cleaning. :)
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship Quality
Destinations and Excursions
Try not to do too much in each port. Wish that time in Marseille and Naples had been longer
Onboard Activities
Entertainment
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
Very happy with the general dining options, but you must do the Chef's Table
Barcelona, Spain
Going one or two streets of La Ramblas yields a more non tourist experience
Palma De Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Public beach is handy walking distance, and you can rent chairs there. Same for restaurants.
Marseille (Provence), France
We did a metro and train trip to Cassis, only wish the stop in Marseille had been 2 hours longer
La Spezia, Italy
Be prepared for a trek to Florence and Pisa, but well worth it
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy
Tour everything you can
Naples, Italy
Again, would have loved even 2 hours more to tour with having to watch the clock

Tip

Spend the first few hours familiarizing yourself with this ship, it is huge. Also check dining hours at restaurants



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