rockon391 Posted September 18, 2013 #1 Share Posted September 18, 2013 WOW. The first thing that came to mind was simply just wow. You walk in on deck 5 and pictures really do no justice. The Allure of the Seas is simply just astounding in every way. Beautiful ship, excellent service, and awesome food made this an amazing cruise. Royal Caribbean can not be beat with this class of ships. Options, options, options. Something to do anytime until about 12am, then the ship goes dead outside of Club Blaze. The options you have on activities and food made this a very memorable cruise. Only ate at the windjammer twice; once the first morning and once on the last day. Park Cafe is excellent with different sandwich options and salads. Sorrentos pizza is great anytime, even for a meal. Dinners in the dining room are excellent as always. The value can not be beat on any Royal Caribbean Ship. Also, we purchased the premium drinking pass. Was awesome not thinking about getting a bill but do not think we got our monies worth. We hit the wall come day 3 or 4 and slowed down immensely from that point forward. We are not super big drinkers but thought we could hang for 7 days...turns out we can't. Also, I don't drink wine, my new wife does, and said wines offered were disgusting. She tried one red and one white...could not tell you which ones. I was hoping to be able to save receipts to add up all, but since they show no cost I never did this. I feel like everyone just raves and raves, which this ship is very deserving of, but there are definitely some issues so here they are: 1) Allure of the Seas is the worlds hottest ship. My wife and I are on the smaller scale, never EVER run hot...but on this ship I was sweating my ass off everywhere. Seems to me they have a major issue keeping it cool with all the open areas---not sure if this was a good trade off. 2) The worlds largest cruise ship has the worlds smallest night club and comedy club. Words cannot express my disbelief when I saw these two rooms. For many other reasons including these two makes me believe they made this ship for the 60+ crowd in mind. 3) Night Entertainment - I thought the reservation system was great prior to my cruise. I am a planner and made sure all shows were booked during my duration. BUT, after my cruise I realized that this was extremely frustrating. Missed a couple shows because of time just slipping by, and then realized that even with a reservation, good luck getting a half way descent seat unless you are at a minimum 30 minutes early. Like I said, i'm a planner, but this system was not my favorite. 4) Coupons - gone are the crown and anchor paper coupons. They all seemed like a waste of space with little to no value. DId use one at Johnny Rockets - buy one shake get one free ---- this was a scam. Watched them make them and it's not buy one get one....it's buy one shake get one shake split into two shakes. Royal Caribbean should just drop the coupons all together if they are going to pull stuff like this. 5) Love the idea of having so many bars/clubs in the ship but...there are a few problems. One - with the variety --- it seemed like they were always all dead. Was never in one bar that was a lot of fun unless there was something going on within like karaoke. Secondly, they all suffered from the environment. On deck 5 there are several bars clubs, all are open, none can view the sea. Because of this design even with live music or any music they are constantly battling the sound from the promenade itself. Even the piano bar next to the crown and anchor office suffered from the water spraying on moving bar...seemed like everyone was constantly frustrated with this. 6) The biggest problem - Variety was what made me book the cruise, but when everything I wanted to do was constantly closed, well then the options vanished. It seems as though with the shear amount of options this ship is understaffed. Very limited schedules for outdoor activities, and barely any bars are open past 12am. This was very frustrating as well. 7) Almost forgot - TV - Not that I go on a ship to watch TV, but my sail date was NFL opening weekend and not having very many games to watch was frustrating, plus channels in the room are pitiful. Have no idea why RC has not partnered with DirecTV or Dish and feature some real options????? Like I said earlier, the Allure is an amazing ship, but now that I have sailed on it, it is far from my favorite ship. I have been on 7 RC cruises, and I can not wait for my next, but it will not be on any Oasis class ships. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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