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Royal Caribbean International: Allure of the Seas

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Allure of the Seas Review

In 2010 Allure of the Seas was launched as the world’s largest cruise ship—just slightly bigger than sister ship Oasis of the Seas. A near twin of her fleetmate, some of Allure's innovative features and amenities are making their way to other vessels throughout the fleet.

The world’s largest cruise ships are so massive that each is divided into seven neighborhoods—distinguished by purpose (spa and fitness, pool and sports), age (youth zone), design (Central Park and the Boardwalk), or function (entertainment). At the heart of the ships are the indoor Royal Promenade, lined with café-style eateries and lounges. Outdoors, Central Park’s pathways meander through the ships’ “town square,” which evolves from a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere during the day to a gathering space for alfresco dining and entertainment in the evening. Connecting the two is an open-air elevator that doubles as a bar where patrons can order drinks during the ride.

Royal Caribbean hits all the marks with nearly two-dozen bars and lounges and a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. There are many open spaces to play in—including two surfing simulators, two rock-climbing walls, and the first zip line on a cruise ship that stretches across the Boardwalk neighborhood. The Boardwalk itself features a carousel in a setting that evokes the nostalgia of seaside piers of yesteryear. The centerpiece of the AquaTheater is the largest and deepest freshwater pool found on a ship where you can swim by day and watch a water show after the sun goes down.

Big, bigger, biggest! In the early 1990s, Royal Caribbean launched Sovereign-class ships, the first of the modern megacruise liners, which continue to be the all-around favorite of passengers who enjoy traditional cruising ambience with a touch of daring and whimsy. Plunging into the 21st century, each ship in the current fleet carries more passengers than the entire Royal Caribbean fleet of the 1970s, and has amenities—such as new surfing pools—that were unheard of in the past.

All Royal Caribbean ships are topped by the company's signature Viking Crown Lounge, a place to watch the seascape by day and dance at night. Expansive multideck atriums and promenades, as well as the generous use of brass and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, give each vessel a sense of spaciousness and style. The action is nonstop in casinos and dance clubs after dark, while daytime hours are filled with poolside games and traditional cruise activities. Port talks tend to lean heavily on shopping recommendations and the sale of shore excursions.

What You Should Know

Pros

  • Reservations for specialty dining and most shows can be made prior to sailing
  • The adults-only solarium has cabanas for rent that afford extra privacy
  • To keep in touch with family members, you can rent a "Wow Phone," essentially an iPhone that only works on board

Cons

  • You might want to pack an umbrella—the sprawling Central Park is open to the elements
  • On ships this large, lines are inevitable
  • Hold onto your wallet—there are extra charges at every turn, even for cupcakes
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 2,394
  • Entered Service 2010
  • Gross Tons 225,282
  • Length 1,187 Feet
  • Number of Cabins 2,706
  • Passenger Capacity 5,400
  • Width 208 feet

By Mark_CR

  • New

May 29, 2016

Western Carrib

We traveled from the UK. And purchased alcohol from duty free in the UK airport to take home with us. When we got On to the ship our luggage was with security. We did not find out until 6 hours after we boarded. Then were told to go down to the second floor where were treated like criminals my bottle of alcohol was taken away which I had no problem with, but was then told to take my luggage upstairs because the porters were not bothered. We paid over

5,000 GBP for this trip I have a slipped disc and they told me to take my heavy luggage off the table and to my room which is miles away. So far I am not very pleased about the services and they treat guests like cash cows 150 Central Park Amazing. Very nice cabin We're not to book early so could not see any shows Read up before you go as they don't tell you anything

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  • New

Aug 31, 2014

Eastern Caribbean

Allure is very impressive in size and layout. There is lots to do at all hours of the day. The different neighborhoods, bars pools and restaurant offer variety. Even though there were lots of passengers on board the ship did not feel crowded. We had a good time. Food was fine. My wife and I love home cooked food and we know there is nothing better than what you cook at home so we understand that food on the go is a hit and miss. We enjoyed

our meals wherever we chose to eat on the ship. Our stateroom was great. We had a Boardwalk balcony with a great view. Our steward was excellent. There is lots to do at all hours of the day. We went on two beach excursions, one at St. Thomas and the other at St. Maarten. Both beaches were very nice but unfortunately mother nature had swept lots of seaweed ashore and the waves were a bit rough. We had a little rain in St. Maarten. We still enjoyed ourselves very much and recommend the excursions. Hopefully the seaweed will be gone. Both excursion reps/host at both locations were great. We had a great time. The ships was great. It included lots of activities. We enjoyed our excursions. the food was fine. The only glitch we experienced were staff service related issues here and there. SOme staff members need retraining on how to provide good customer service. Overall we enjoyed our cruise and would mos likely sail again with RCCL. This class ship is a must see, at least once.

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By gina_CR

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May 29, 2013

Western

The ship was beautiful. I would not recommend the alcohol package. Drinks were watered down., and wine package limited to two wines which were not very good. I not recommend my time dining, and tipping in advance. Average food, nothing stood out. Very nice cabin. Large with a balcony. very good shows and entertainment Stay away from the beach party in Jamaica. Too expensive not worth it. The push and pull in Cozumel

with the dolphins and manatees was very good.

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By Kim_CR

  • New

Apr 4, 2013

Western Caribbean

Over all the ship is beautiful and very clean. The room attendant was wonderful as well as the dining staff. A few things that really made this trip my last cruise. I have a 9 year old. There are plenty of things for children to do. However at 10pm there are still small children in the disco and on the dance floor. There are no areas that are off limits to children after a certain time. I understand family cruise but little children should

not be allowed to monopolize the dance floor in an adult disco. The food is cafeteria/diner quality at best. There are extra charges for everything from ice cream to popcorn to cover charges in the "specialty dining" areas to ala carte pricing. And the food is just not the quality I expected from RCCL. I have been on 11 cruises and I have to say this left such a bad taste for me I don't think I will choose this form of travel again. Our stateroom was an Oceanview Balcony and was great. Our room attendant Louis made sure of that. He was 1 of the best parts of this trip. Standard cruise activities. No problems with these. Stay away from Chukka Beach with lunch in Jamaica. Found marajuana on the beach plus my son got very sick from the lunch. Beach was dirty and there were very friendly but flea infested dogs strolling around. Reported this to RCCL. Glad to be home and making my own meals.

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Mar 11, 2013

Eastern Caribbean

Too crowded, to many children. Nickel and dimed for everything, popcorn, ice cream cones, snacks. We tried to sign up for shows before the sailing but, everything was full. Waited in line after line to get into any show - never saw a one. No current movies onboard, just cartoons for children. No consistency on restaurants - sometimes the serving was free, other times a fee was charged at the same restaurant, ie - Johnny Rockets. 2 Formal nights

on a 7 day cruise was to much. The food in the buffet was the same thing day after day. The best thing I can say about the cruise was the service was outstanding. It left a lot to be desired. If you want to pay more to eat even lunch you could get a change in your menu, otherwise it was the same old thing. No menu was provided for room service. We went to the Brazilian Grill specialty restaurant, it was the only one with any openings. Nothing to write home about. The balcony was nice. The room was a little cramped but nice. There were very few activities for adults. We never got to see a show, they were all full. We waited in line after line to try and get in with no luck. The movies offered were cartoons for children. 7 day cruise with 3 days at sea, not good. St. Maarten segways were fun. This was the 2nd time we have cruised with Royal Caribbean out of 10 cruises. We will not be back. Constant nickle & dime for small items.

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