July 2015 - Allure of the Seas to Europe - Western Mediterranean
My family and I sailed on the Allure of the Seas this summer on a seven night cruise from Barcelona. We had a junior suite. The room was wonderful with a huge walk in closet. Overall we were very impressed with Royal Caribbean. They were super-efficient both on the boarding and disembarking process. The ship was beautiful inside and out. While the Allure is enormous they have it divided it into various neighborhoods, such as Boardwalk and Central Park, etc. so it never seemed terribly crowded. There were many attractions such as the flow rider, rock climbing, zip line, etc. While they were a lot of fun, it seemed they were closed a lot of the time. The Broadway shows were wonderful too. We saw Mama Mia several times. Some other observations….The drink plan seemed very expensive. We brought water and pop with us onboard. We also didn’t like the ship’s restaurants that charged for meals, seemed like a rip off. The European ports of call were spectacular. One of our favorites was Marseille. We took the train from the port to the Notre Dame de La Guard. With so much to see and so little time we signed up with Private Cruise Excursions in Rome and Naples. They picked you up at the ship and took you on a personally guided tour. It was worth the extra expense and seemed like a much better value than those offered by Royal Caribbean.