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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Experience: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 4
Helpful Votes: 38

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5
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7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 05, 2016
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9272
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 1 year ago

Feel like I could have got the same experience on Carnival for significantly less money.  Ship was amazing, but the overall experience suffers for the size and scope of feeding and herding over 6000 passengers.  Particularly noticeable in the dining room, and unfortunately on the two formal nights.  Shows were great, but cabins were closets.  Specialty restaurants were very good, but getting around the ship was terribly cumbersome, mainly due to poor traffic pattern design and faulty elevator software (my guess...).  Bar service was great and same for the shops and excursion folks.  But I'd expected a much better experience than I'd had on other cruise lines considering the significant cost upgrade, but was disappointed.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Main dining room gets the sad face.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Shows were great.

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
Mix of good and bad. Again, dealing with this many people affects everything, including he personalized and courteous service we would probably have received on this Line ten years ago...

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
Really, we have to walk through he smokers in the casino to get fore or aft on that deck? A nit, but so easy to avoid at design time...

Cabin / Stateroom

3 out of 5
Superior stateroom, but felt like a closet. Mostly well-maintained, however.

Ship Tip

Pretty sure the fore elevators are les crowded than the aft. And you'll see why that's important if you sail on this boat... Discover the Solarium (15 fore) early, particularly for lunch. Best non-complimentary value we found was the taqueria, but be careful you don't order too much.

5 out of 5
Forts were amazing.
3 out of 5
It's hot here in he summer. Duh. Be prepared.
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