June 2016 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Western
This is our second cruise on the Oasis class (We were on Oasis of the Seas in Sept 2015 - same stops but just opposite route). Allure is designed exactly the same as the Oasis but we think the shows and Chops Grill seemed better. We also thought that there were more shows and activities planned this time around. Mama Mia and Ocean Aria show were great. All other shows were ok. Excursions booked through the ship were always well organized. Most of the staff we encountered were very friendly. Food selection and availability the first three days was great but less food selection starting the fourth day. Food taste ok. Could be much better. Specialty dining, specifically Chops Grill was excellent. We had "my time dining" on this cruise and did not care much for it. We had to wait in line to sign in, there are times we did not get the same section or we were seated in a corner. Food served in Labadee was ok. Could have been more organized when serving food so guest do not have to wait in line for long to get their food. Purchasing the drink package was well worth it, specially if you like mix alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Drink package includes tip already but we still gave cash tip each time we ordered a drink, specially to those who go pout of their way to exceed our expectations. Two to three specialty dining is good but check menu daily or see if you can get menu for the week to determine when to schedule specialty dining. We purchased the Zoom and Stream internet package. Service was ok except when trying to download or send microsoft work/excel files or video messages. Downloading and receiving pictures are ok.
Overall, definitely recommend Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas. Most of the staff we encountered were very friendly. Shout-out to our stateroom attendant, head and assistant dining waiter, Chops Grill waiter and dining room beverage waiter. Looking forward to seeing them again on our September Eastern Caribbean Allure of the Seas cruise.