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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Europe - Western Mediterranean


Contributor Level: Cruise Director
Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 3
Helpful Votes: 23

Overall Rating:

5.0 out of 5
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7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip)
Sail Date: September 06, 2015
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9554
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago

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

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Very happy with the general dining options, but you must do the Chef's Table

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5

Entertainment

5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

Be careful about leaving items on balcony overnight due to ship exterior cleaning. :)

Ship Tip

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

5 out of 5
Going one or two streets of La Ramblas yields a more non tourist experience
5 out of 5
Public beach is handy walking distance, and you can rent chairs there. Same for restaurants.
5 out of 5
We did a metro and train trip to Cassis, only wish the stop in Marseille had been 2 hours longer
5 out of 5
Be prepared for a trek to Florence and Pisa, but well worth it
5 out of 5
Tour everything you can
5 out of 5
Again, would have loved even 2 hours more to tour with having to watch the clock
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