Not overly impressed with RC

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 19

Overall rating:

3.4 out of 5
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Allure of the Seas

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: September 30, 2018

Ship: Allure of the Seas

Cabin number: 11139

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

The boat was nice - Lots of bars, restaurants and activities. However, the food was not great and RC charges outrageous prices on drinks and dining at the extra restaurants. We paid an average of $13 per cocktail (and they were weak) plus a service fee of $2-4 per drink PLUS was asked to tip on top of that. To eat at one of the restaurants a family of 4 would pay about $65-125. The buffet food was terrible and the desserts were horrible. Service was average at best, as we sat at the tables covered in dirty dishes and went 20-30 minutes without drink refills in the formal dining room. We have cruised Carnival and Princess and felt they are a MUCH better value for the money. We were charged almost $500 gratuities at the end of the cruise and that was WAY more than RC deserved considering the food and service. In addition, the pool areas are nice (fresh water pools are great) but it's so crowded you cannot even more around. Loungers are laying side by side with little room to even walk. The buffet is also very poorly laid out. Its mass chaos in the buffet area. We walked around several times for 10-15 minutes just trying to find a clean table. For the extra money RC charges, service and food should be way better. We'll stick to Carnival.

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

2 out of 5

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

3 out of 5

Service and Staff

2 out of 5

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5

Ship tip

Don't expect great food on RC.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5

San Juan, Puerto Rico

4 out of 5

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

4 out of 5

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
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