Posted January 25th, 2012, 12:58 PM
We cruised the carnival dream last year and one of our complaints, actually one of many, was the ship felt extremely crowded. So, needless to say, we are back to RCCL, for good this time… and are considering the Allure this year, but was wondering if they have an over crowded feel given there are 6000 passengers. From what ive seen on line, it looks laid out better and there seems to be a lot of public areas, but I just wanted to get peoples thoughts on the crowds.
For me, no. Allure is big enough and well thought out that you can avoid crowds easily, but some popular venues will seem a little crowded and if you have kids they might be harder to avoid. My wife and I were together with no kids so we avoided some crowded places with ease. If we attended popular events in the atrium, we hung out at Sorrentos, or looked at photos until crowds cleared. If we didn't have an early excursion we waited to let others with earlier excursions get off the ship. We used the running track in the morning at the peak time for the windjammer. When shows let out of the Aquatheater we would walk all the way to the front of the ship before using stairs or elevators. To summarize, we found the crowds quite managable. Keep in mind we cruised May 1st, less kids on board than other times and reports I've read say the personality of each cruise varies somewhat. Enjoy, its a great ship.
1st cruise 4/29/06 RCCL Voyager of the Seas. - Eastern Caribbean.
2nd cruise - 5/11/07 Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas.
MOTHER'S day cruise!
3rd cruise - 4/27/08 Freedom of the Seas -Western Caribbean. Freedom's 100th cruise!
4th cruise - 4/16/09 Navigator of the Seas - Cozumel/Belize.
5th cruise 11/15/10 Majesty of the Seas - Key West Nassau.
6th cruise -5/1/11 Allure of the Seas Eastern route
30th anniversary cruise
7th cruise 4/14/12 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel Costa Maya
8th cruise 4/28/13 Allure of the Seas Eastern route
9th cruise 10/28/13 Majesty of the Seas
Halloween in Key West
10th cruise 5/3/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean
11th cruise 4/26/15 Freedom of the Seas Western Caribbean
12th cruise 4/30/16 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
13th cruise 10/17/16 Majesty of the Seas 4 day from Bahamas
14th cruise 4/29/17 Adventure of the Seas ABC islands.
15th cruise 9/18/17 Majesty of the Seas Irma shortened cruise
83 of 84 great night's sleep
21 days on an Oasis class, 19 days on a Voyager class,18 days on a Sovereign class ship, 14 days on a Freedom class, 12 days on a Radiance class, .