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Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas

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Itinerary
7 Night Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean
Departure date
Thursday, 23/12/21
Route
Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Kitts (Port Zante), Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
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About
Passengers: 5,484   |   Crew: 2,200
Passengers to crew: 2.49:1
Passengers to space: 41:1
Launched: 2010   

Decks

  • Deck 3
  • Deck 4
  • Deck 5
  • Deck 6
  • Deck 7
  • Deck 8
Additional decks
Deck 3 layout
Cabins
  Interior (1V)  
  Ocean View (2N)  
  Ocean View Accessible (1N)  
  Interior (2V)  
 
Amenities
American Icon Grill
Amber Theater
Studio B
Conference Center

Cabins

Balcony
Cabin size: 182 - 374 sq. ft.
Connected rooms: 390
Accessible rooms: 24
Maximum passengers: 6
Number of cabins: 1796

Activities & entertainment

Activities (44)
  • Allure Dunes
  • Arcade*
  • Carousel
  • Central Park
  • CruiseCritic Meet and Mingle
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Classes
  • Dance Parties
  • Fitness Classes*
  • FlowRider (2)
  • H2O Zone
  • Hot Tubs (6)
  • Library
  • Pets At Sea*
  • Pool Games
  • Pools (4)
  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Rock Climbing Wall (2)
  • Running Track
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • SeaTrek*
  • Sports Court
  • Sports Tournament
  • Trivia
  • Video Arcade*
  • Vitality At Sea Spa and Fitness Center
  • Vitality At Sea Spa and Fitness Center*
  • Wine Tasting*
  • Zipline
  • Waterslides
  • Adventure Ocean Theater
  • Adventure Science Lab
  • Aquanauts
  • Explorers
  • Fuel Teen Disco
  • Imagination Studio
  • Kids' Arcade*
  • Kids' Avenue
  • Nursery
  • Play
  • Voyagers
  • Workshop
  • Mast Bar*
  • Wipe Out Bar*
Entertainment (22)
  • Live Music
  • Amber Theater
  • AquaTheater
  • AquaTheater
  • Blaze
  • Casino*
  • Comedy Live
  • Dazzles
  • Deck Parties
  • Demonstrations
  • Entertainment Place
  • Game Broadcasts
  • Game Shows
  • Hall of Odds
  • Jazz On 4
  • Karaoke
  • On Air Club
  • Poolside Movies
  • Royal Promenade
  • The Living Room
  • Wellness Lectures
  • Studio B
Dining (35)
  • Rising Tide Bar
  • American Icon Grill - American
  • The Grande - American
  • Izumi - Asian*
  • Silk - Asian*
  • Candy Beach - Candy*
  • Samba Grill - Casual
  • Solarium Bistro - Casual
  • The Boardwalk Dog House - Casual
  • Windjammer Marketplace - Casual
  • Champagne Bar - Champagne*
  • Starbucks - Coffee Bar*
  • 150 Central Park - Farm to Table*
  • Johnny Rockets - Fast Food*
  • Trellis Bar - Garden Cafe*
  • Bow and Stern - Gastropub*
  • Cups & Scoops - Ice Cream*
  • Coastal Kitchen - italian
  • Giovanni's Table - italian*
  • Boleros - Latin bar*
  • Cafe Promenade - Light Fare
  • Park Café - Light Fare
  • Sabor - Mexican*
  • Schooner Bar - Nautical*
  • Rising Tide Bar - Niche Bar*
  • Sorrentos - Pizza
  • Pool Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Sand Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Sky Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Solarium Bar - Pool Bar*
  • Wipe Out Café - Pool Bar*
  • Chops Grille - Steakhouse*
  • Boardwalk Donuts - Sweets
  • Sabor Bar - Tequila Bar*
  • Vintages - Wine Bar*
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GrandTour452506 wrote a review Nov 2021
91 contributions10 helpful votes
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Finally back to cruising. This is our second trip on Allure of the Seas. She is showing her age but is still a great ship. This trip (Covid restrictions) the ship was only 45% full. This made it nice to get around, not that it was bad when she was full. The staff was awesome. They were gracious and ready to be back to work. The service was really great. Our waiter even recognized my wife and I on Coco Cay before we saw him. Our trip itinerary was changed due to issues in Haiti. So instead of going the Jamaica and Haiti then to the Bahamas, we went to Cozumel and Costa Maya. No worries, I was on a cruise. The shows were great. Mamma Mia was spectacular. We also did the skating show, the AquaAria, the ventriloquist and the Las Vegas Tenors. All great. Coming back was interesting. With the ship only at 45% full we were off the ship by 8:30 and had to wait for our shuttle which we scheduled at 10:30. We were the last people waiting!
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Flgurl wrote a review Oct 2021
Melbourne, Florida2 contributions
I am so sad to be here writing this review and not on the ship. Sure there were things that could have been improved but this is the first time I have been on a 7 day cruise and unhappy about getting off the ship. Normally by day 7 I am dying to get off the ship but not this one and not this time. We enjoy cruising even though we don't do it as often as we like. We are lucky to go every few years but I plan on changing that. Our cruise was September 19-26, 2021. There were many people on board doing B2B (back to back) cruises and I was always amazed how they could continue to be entertained, I wonder no more. We stayed in a Jr Suite and really loved it. The closet was enormous in comparison to other closets I have seen at sea. Our cabin was 6242 and was perfect. I have to say that our cabin steward was amazing and deserved more money than what we gave him, even in addition to the additional tip. We had a small table and chairs and 2 loungers on our balcony. That is where I took my afternoon nap. I think we had an extended balcony as well. I loved that the bar was just around the corner from 6242 so we could stop on our way back to our room for one last drink or sit and listen to the piano man entertain us before heading back to the cabin for bed. I always bring a portable fan on board and noise was not a bother trying to sleep but I have to say that the ship was pretty empty anyway. I think the majority of the rooms around us were empty. The bed was just OK. Our cabin steward supposedly put some extra padding on our bed (supposedly) but it really didn't make much difference. I have to say that NCL and Princess have it all over RCL for the bed comfort and it is making it really difficult planning our next cruise. I am not sure if I can come aboard with my own mattress topper (brand new) or if it is even allowed, LOL. There were so many places to eat and so many bars that we didn't get to visit them all during our 7 days, it just wasn't enough. The ship seriously felt like a floating city instead of a cruise ship and maybe that is why I didn't feel the urge to get off. Not to mention supposedly there were over 2000 people on a ship that can accommodate 6000. I seriously doubt if there were 2000 people on board. Going on NCL several years back we fell in love with their spa and paid for the additional access while on board and it was so worth it, Allure of the Seas, not so much. The spa portion we paid for was such a waste of money. I would've loved to drop that money in the casino instead as I would have gotten more enjoyment out of it. With the C19 issue, they were trying to keep limited access and it wasn't working well. They have 4 or 5 of the heated tile loungers and then the usual steam and sauna rooms but for such a large ship it really seemed very tiny. You also cannot have a locker due to C19 and have to put your things in a bag and take them with you and set them next to you. I was so turned off by the waste of money in the spa access that I didn't return or get any services on this cruise and still felt that I had more than enough entertainment. I am sure it hasn't been easy for the spa staff but someone must be spending money there, it just wasn't me. We got the 3 night dining package and it really wasn't necessary. We did the Japanese, Brazilian Steakhouse and Chops. All were good but not outstanding. I would do it again and try different restaurants next time. As a Jr. Suite guest you can eat in Coastal Kitchen for dinner but we didn't do so until Friday. Coastal Kitchen is so worth it, however, we did not have bad service in our normal dining venue. Remember, just make reservations, even if you do so while you are getting ready for dinner then you might not have to wait at all. I will say the steak at Chops had absolutely no seasoning so they give you this additional sauce to use and I just can't see doing that to a steak. Seriously, a little salt and pepper or something would've taken it to the next level and I don't see why I have to do that at Chops. The cheap piece of steak I had on the buffet at lunch beat the hell out of the piece of unflavored meat I had at Chops, go figure! There was one episode of unprofessional behavior from one staff member while I was leaving the buffet one morning but I am looking past that and not allowing it to cloud my entire view of the cruise where the majority of the people were doing their job well and were pleasant. You know what they say, there is always one. He had an audience amongst his colleagues and I am sure someone told him he was a jerk and risking their tip. Honestly, you know cruise staff work very hard and I couldn't let one person ruin a tip for everyone. See the shows! They were fantastic! Sit towards the back under the awning for OceanAria, that way if it sprinkles you are covered. I did not expect an ice skating show on board but there it was! They have a really special group of athletes, actors and entertainers on the Allure. Because of the space restrictions, we did not get to karaoke. That is usually one of my favs but seating was really limited and I didn't want to stand for it. We saw the ventriloquist and he was good but missed the comedians as they book up fast apparently. I cannot imagine this ship at or near 100% capacity. I am not sure if it would feel too crowded or not. I can tell you it felt almost deserted and I had absolutely no fear of the C19 issue. There must be hand sanitizers every 10 feet and wash stations before the buffet but you don't touch your food anyway, they usually serve it to you unless it is a single-serving cup. Get the soda beverage package at least and one upgraded Wifi option. My husband who said he wasn't going to be needing access utilized my upgraded Wifi access almost the entire time. He agreed next time he would get his own. The fitness center (dear Lord in heaven) I read a review somewhere that it smelled like smoke. Nope, it smelled like it was packed wall to wall with cigarette smokers minus the actual visible smoke. I grew up with smokers as parents so some smoke smell is tolerable to me, this wasn't even remotely close to tolerable. My husband spent some time on the treadmill but I am not sure how with that smell. I had to leave and go to the front of the spa where it went away. If you like to spend a load of time in the fitness center working out and you can't stand the smell of cigarette smoke AVOID the ALLURE. I personally feel sorry for the trainers who have to work in that odor. Our next cruise may be Alaska but I am having a hard time with the bed issue. If the bed was more comfortable it would be a no-brainer. Who to book?!
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Rob A wrote a review Aug 2021
Northampton, United Kingdom33 contributions36 helpful votes
We were a little apprehensive about this cruise ship having previously been on the Oasis and concluded that these ships are just too large and the ratios of staff to passengers is poor generally resulting in a somewhat underwhelming overall experience. However it was a celebration cruise and the itinerary was the reason for joining this particular cruise. We only started cruising 8 years ago, with this being our 5th cruise, all of which have been with RC, and whilst we have overall been reasonably satisfied with the cruises, the standards and quality have certainly deteriorated over the years particularly in the dining room. The dining room experience on this cruise was certainly the standout disappointment. In comparison to our first RCI cruise on Independence it was now far from a fine dining experience and could only be considered no better than the average type of fayre received at any mass catered hotel type event. Basically very bland and basic food, certainly not inspirational menus and continual lack of any real choice. Cold bread rolls now sitting waiting for you on your table as opposed to choice of a good variety of warm rolls served by your waiter. Attentiveness of staff is minimal, basically due to them all being clearly overstretched. Essentially if you want a fine dining experience now - you need to pay for it. Throughout the cruise it is now becoming more and more apparent everything is a constant up sell and the ships are increasingly adding more restaurants and services that are not included in the basic cruise price. The main issue with this particular cruise was the mydining option. There was a whole floor of the restaurant dedicated to this and it can only be described as complete carnage. It remains unclear if there are always waiting times of between 30 and 50 minutes that we experienced to get a table on multiple days of our cruise [certainly not experienced anything more than 5 minutes when used on previous cruises], or if this was a direct consequence of the large Armenian society group of 1000+ guests that were on the ship that appeared to monopolise the dining room from beginning to end of service. The groups were very large, very noisy, constantly moving around between tables and generally disrespectful of other dining room guests and certainly led to a somewhat unpleasant dining experience throughout our cruise. I understand RC hosting such large groups, but they need to also be very considerate of the impact on other guests as not only did this affect the dining room but also many venues around the ship that were closed for private functions again at the expense of other customers. This will certainly be our last cruise on RC until we have at least experienced some other companies' ships, and will be very surprised if we do return. The standards and quality have been on a continual decline, costs of the basic cruise significantly increased [not helped by the strength of the dollar] and only see RC now as nothing more than a money grabbing commercial enterprise. They have done their best to drive us away as customers, but I will miss their entertainment as this has always been top class. One tip would be to contact RC and make sure there are no large groups on board for the dates you decide to travel with them - and certainly avoid 3rd week Jan 2020 as the Armenian Society will be back - probably bigger than before.....
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Fleur de Lis E wrote a review Jul 2021
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Booked a cruise on Royal Caribbean leaving 7/25/21. Took an offer to apply for Royal Caribbean Credit card and used the card only for the $4372.24 cruise Royal Caribbean canceled the cruise by email offering two options total refund or 125% towards a future cruise. I planned to take a 125% deal until they said it must be within a year or so and the same people. This cruise was for me, my daughter, and 2 friends. I determined getting us all together to do anything was risky, so I requested my total refund on 6/22/21. On 7/2/21 I open my Royal credit card bill to find I am late on a cruise they canceled, and a total refund requested. I was confused because on 6/24/21 they credited $509.24 rather than $4372.24. I call Royal and find out the $509.24 was for taxes and fees and the rest of the refund will take 30 to 45 days. So Royal Caribbean books my trip takes payment via a credit card they provide, then cancels the trip, promises a total refund which they clearly can do because they refunded the taxes in 2 days. But magically cannot refund the money they collected for 45 days. Now for the crazy part, they expect me to pay 15.99% interest on the money they have promised to give back to me! I made one charge (the cruise) on the credit card which they canceled and promise to refund in full. Yet, I have already been charged $57 interest and a $29 late fee (because I am not going to pay it), and now assuming the 45 days until refund will be charged another $77 interest and likely a second $29 late fee. This is simply crazy. This is not about the money it is the principal. I was trained at Disney and just cannot imagine a service industry company like Royal Caribbean can be this stupid and insensitive. I have been on 30+ cruises and if this remains the same will never book with Royal Caribbean again and do everything I can to warn others. I spend hours on the phone talking to supervisors who can do nothing and say nothing will be done. Well, I at least can warn others and plan to make it my new mission.
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Kitty Carter-Wicker wrote a review May 2021
11 contributions4 helpful votes
I have cruised on the Allure twice but this time it will be a family reunion cruise. Little did I know that on the Allure, you pay more per person when there is three or four in a cabin; same cabin, same size. Inside cabin for two $1,030.21 per person; three in a cabin, $1212 per person. Who does that? Not Carnival or MSC. This is discrimination against families.
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