Three’s Still a Charm: New Review of Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Allure of the Seas

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: April 30, 2017

Ship: Allure of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 8590

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

It’s a compliment to Allure of the Seas that after our third trip on this massive and fascinating ship, we complained that we didn’t get to everything we planned.


We didn’t ride the carousel (yeah, even us overgrown kids still like riding up and down). We didn’t play miniature golf. And we only had the Tutti salad bar twice for lunch in the main dining room.


But we did a whole lot of stuff and like our other Allure cruises, had a whole lot of fun.


So, what did we do to make the third trip as good as the first? For one, we did the specialty dining package for the first time. That upped the food experience big time. It actually made the dining exciting, as we played the “Where should we eat today” game.


Then there was the show. And oh, what a show it was! Mamma Mia blew us away. Of the three shows we’d seen on Oasis class ships (others were Cats and Chicago), this one was far and away the best. The quality of the voices, the energy and exuberance of the production brought the whole audience to their feet, and made for a truly memorable experience that I didn’t think a show could ever do.


Which proves, once again, that no cruise line puts on a show like Royal Caribbean. And even though we’d seen the dives, flips, twirls and whirls of the aqua and ice shows before, we still couldn’t get enough of them.


Perhaps we didn’t go to some of the other events we had in the past, like the ‘70s dance party or marriage game show. But instead, took time to enjoy wine in the Trellis Bar in Central Park and take pictures of the pretty little yellow-and-black bird who mistook the ship’s neighborhood for a garden in Cozumel.


We also explored new areas for us, like the serene Solarium, which by day is a favorite of Kindle readers and hot tub bathers but by night literally sizzles as a Brazilian steakhouse.


Another first for us on this voyage was investing in the ship’s Voom wi-fi. The package rate for a seven-day cruise ($12.99/per day, per device) is cheaper than the day rate (19.99/per day, per device). And the streaming version (package rate of $17.99/per day, per device; day rate of $27.99/per day, per device) is faster than the basic one. But either is fine if your goal is just to keep your e-mailbox from spilling over.


So, while we didn’t ride the horses or hit the links—or even stare at the ocean as much as I’d like—we still managed to make it, once again, our “wow” kind of vacation. - Musing About Cruising

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
We did the five-night specialty dining package and it made all the difference.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5


5 out of 5
Royal Caribbean is by far the best mass market line for entertainment. From Mamma Mia through the aqua and ice shows, it was top notch all the way. Tough part is fitting it all in!

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Upsides were the full-sized couch. Downsides are the minimal storage space (very few drawers and open night-tables) and very basic balcony furniture (chairs don't recline).

Ship tip

See the movie version of Mamma Mia before you go. It will help you with the story line and get familiar with the music, so you’ll enjoy the ship’s production even more. And once you see it, I guarantee you’ll be singing the songs all cruise long.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

5 out of 5

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

5 out of 5
The best beach in the resort is Columbus Cove at the very far end; the water is calm and blue, and the sand is soft and lovely. If you are able to bargain, you can get great souvenirs at the artisan market. We drive to Ft. Lauderdale, so I was able to bring home two huge paintings--for $30 a piece.

Falmouth, Jamaica

1 out of 5
Unless you enjoy hanging out at the bars or going to Diamonds International, there's not a whole lot of interest in the pier area. The town, which is only a block away, while poor, gives a snapshot of local life. There were some dancers putting on a show in the gazebo when we were there.

Cozumel, Mexico

5 out of 5
Fun place to shop--very colorful with inexpensive souvenirs that range from ceramics to dolls to tequila.
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