Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by SbbquilterUT
- Sail Date: December 2018
- Destination: Eastern Caribbean
What a great way to start in the lovely new Pier 1 - easiest embarkation ever. We arrived at the terminal at 11:15 - plenty of agents with I-pads to check you in then immediately to Security. Walked into the lovely waiting area, light and open with plenty of seating, but they were already boarding so we walked right on board. We had eaten a hearty brunch at Cafe Bastille in downtown Miami so eating was not of interest. We headed to Central Park to verify dinner restaurant for BOGO - we were set for Giovanni’s that evening and when we tried to make the next meal at Chops we were told our only choices were Cafe Sabor or Samba Grill as part of BOGO.
We explored until rooms were available at 1300 - balcony cabin 11650 was as expected. It is an adjoining cabin to the Owners Suite and we had no issues with noise from our neighbors. We pack pretty lightly so we’re able to quickly unpack finding plenty of storage for everything. The balcony had two chairs and a small table which was fine for our needs as we did not try to eat out there.
We quickly discovered the very relaxing Solarium - perfect for enjoying the sea view during sail away and pretty much the rest of our time at sea. We were able to find chairs there easily early in the day though it did get crowded later. Breakfast at the Solarium Cafe was a welcome change from the more busy Windjammer.
DH was playing the Royal Poker tournament and was very happy with the tournament and staff that ran the poker. For those not playing in the tournament there were cash games running all day and night resulting in lots of happy card players.
The Diamond Lounge on the Allure is a very nice room where I could get an early morning cup of coffee. There were more than 600 D/D+ so the evening social was held in Blaze Lounge on deck 4. Likely a lot of fun as a dance venue but a bit dark for meeting folks. We more enjoyed heading to the Brew Pub for a very tasty Cosmo.
The ship was decorated for the holidays - very large beautiful tree in the Promenade which was lit during the Captain’s reception. There were decorations around the ship but fewer than other December cruises we have been on. As it was also Hanukkah there was a menorah lighting each night followed by traditional treats to make the night special for those who wanted to celebrate.
Our dinner reservations were MTD and we enjoyed our meals in the Silk dining room. Food is always subjective - we were happy with our food which ranged from good to very good. Our wait staff was friendly, helpful and very attentive. We did have breakfast in the WJ a couple mornings and going early we had no trouble finding a seat.
Fortunate for us the Diving show that first night was a treat as we sailed - lively and breathtaking at times. And we thoroughly enjoyed Mama Mia - great cast and lots of fun. We did not have any trouble finding seats, arriving 10 minutes before the show. Each ice show we have seen has been fun and this one did not disappoint.
The Sports deck is a space we also enjoyed - mini golf was nice but showing sign of wear. Silly thing - I was turned away from the Adult mini golf tournament because I did not have on sneakers, instead Keen hiking sneakers (closed toe and ankle strap) which were not acceptable footwear. They did offer pickleball on the Sports court using temporary nets - next cruise I will bring court shoes so we can play. The Flowriders were running every day and riders were having fun and able to ride plenty of times.
As I said, I was not sure about a ship as large as the Allure but we had a marvelous time and would happily sail her again.
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