Huge ship, huge disappointment

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 32

Overall rating:

3 out of 5
Allure of the Seas

7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 23, 2019

Ship: Allure of the Seas

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 10321

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

I was highly disappointed in the Allure and RC. This was my third cruise with RC and the last two had big issues. Will probably look at other cruise . Including Carnival since they are less expensive lowering my expectations.

Embarkation

4 out of 5
We got on board and left without a hitch , went to go grab lunch at Windjammer and had to wait in a massive line to be seated. On past ships we were in pretty quick . I believe the ships large capacity drive up these wait times

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

3 out of 5
Service I’m the main dining room was good but the food was mediocre . The Buffet for lunch barely changed so it became boring very quick

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5
All were too packed to enjoy . If you didn’t get e reservation to a show a few days prior you couldn’t get a seat . The pools were nice but way over packed, flow rider was about an hour wait for each turn in line .

Entertainment

4 out of 5
Oceanair. And the headliner shows are a must see. They need to somehow create some airflow at the Auqa Theatre. It gets really hot and is unbearable during the day .

Children's Programs

No young children

Service and Staff

3 out of 5
The wait staff in the main dining room was great . I had no clue who our stateroom attendant was but our room was always made up nicely so I guess it’s not a big deal . The shore excursion desk is useless. They don’t have a clue about the island and just try to sell adventures

Ship Quality

3 out of 5
It was nice clean and well kept . It did tend to rock a little but think that had to do with the propulsion issues it was having . It’s too large though . Mostly more staterooms but not really any addition of elevators or infrastructure to move the extra 1000+ people around . There was a lot of waiting for elevators and zig zagging around people to get to your destination . Propulsion issues messed up the entire itinerary botching the experience

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
It’s the exact same size and layout I had on the Liberty last year. Nothing bad and nothing special. The Boardwalk Balcony is not worth the money . You got no good breeze . If you go balcony the and Oceanside or save your money and go for an ocean view room.

Ship tip

Go smaller. The vision class ship is perfect for me but if you have kids you may opt for the freedom class so you can get the water slides and glow rider

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

4 out of 5
Boarding day

Basseterre, St. Kitts

3 out of 5
It was an ok port . Mostly did some shopping and headed back to the shup

San Juan, Puerto Rico

1 out of 5
Way too short of a port to do anything . We were suppose to go to St Thomas but RC changed us to this due to propulsion issues . Would have been better to stay at sea in my opinion

Nassau, Bahamas

1 out of 5
Our excursion was cancelled the night prior. We had no options to switch to leaving us to fend for ourselves. Once arrived there were 6 cruises in port including ours. We had to navigate through 10s of thandands if people just to catch a cab. Our port time was also shortened here by a few hours leaving us little time to explore the island

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
It was organized and when our group was called we were off in about 30 minutes
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