Allure of the Seas with the Key6/30/19. key was sold out for cruise. Embarkation time was 11am, showed up at 1030 am (with no Key sign on Setsail pass), made no difference. We just said we had Key ( tho had paperwork) and were put straight thru separate line. Very easy and onboard in mere minutes. Other line was minimal, but certainly slower. Dropped carry on luggage off (as well as some small bags) so were bag free and that was appreciated. They marked us off a printed list. Told bags would be inside stateroom
( they all were there by 1 when we got there) Signage onboard for Key area poor, but asked and were easily directed to area. Were told no wrist bands needed.
Went to get our times for specialty dine at a kiosk/stand.. simple and quick and got exact places/time we wanted for each.
Key...Chops lunch was delicious, in/out in an hour. Greatly enjoyed.
Went to stateroom about 1pm and key paperwork was in room with a welcome fruit platter. No WiFi password 😞. List of
times for activities. Seemed reasonable times and tho I Viewed the activities, did not participate. Had to go to deck 5, clock tower to get WiFi set up..took about 10 minutes online. Easy and worked well for us.
( as an aside, The App for the free WiFi .. room to room texting was lacking. No notification system and unless other person/s had app open/active, it is basically useless. With our large group/staterooms we found many times names were not correct... kids names popped up for adults, we often thought we were talking to one person yet it was another within same stateroom. Needs tweaking And a Notification system.( We used small boards on doors)
seating for shows with Key worked well for us. Generally Key, suites and Pinnacle(?) has about three rows. ( small key sticker on our passes.. we used a piece of tape over it and punched hold for wrist wearing... $1 At Lowe’s, worked well)
we saw adult Comedy, blue planet, OceanAria, Momma Mia, Ice games, all of them actually. only issue was Ocean Aria.. Key Area full. We were then walked upstairs by the rock climbing wall and given chairs to look onto the stage. We liked the view and it actually worked well for us. ( and anyone can do this as there are chairs and it’s not crowded😉)
wifi ( mail/text etc) worked fine for us.
Disembarkation with Key was a Joy ( after the private Key a la carte breakfast at Silk dining room .. which was delicious, in/out 35 minutes and greatly enjoyed). There was no sign for Key guests to disembark but I asked. They whisked us onto an elevator, we bypassed hundreds of people. Went to a Key designated area where all our luggage was ( given Key tags nite before and basically told Any departure time with Key was good). Grabbed our bags, thru customs quickly and on our way.
For us, the Key seating, included wi fi, private quieter breakfast and Chops ( or giovannis) lunch and ease of everything was well worth it. All rccl people we spoke with/inquired knew of Key and correctly directed us etc.
would do again.
As far as the cruise.. likely wouldn’t , but that’s not Key related. ( Separate review pending)
Enjoy your Key Cruise!