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I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience one of the mega-ships to see what it had to offer that smaller ships don't. I also had never been to the Caribbean so this seemed like an ideal cruise. Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy and quick. We checked in online weeks before leaving and were on the ship within minutes of arriving at Port Everglades. Our first impression of the ship was WOW! It literally took my breathe away. The Royal Promenade, Central Park, the Boardwalk etc are amazing. The ship is ten years old but most of the public areas look pretty much pristine. From a design point of view the only downside I could find is that there are no windows or sea-views from many of the public areas and, personally, I like to be able to see the ocean (we are on a ship after all). The carpets and soft furnishings in most areas are looking tired. I believe the ship is due for a refit next year which I think is needed. The cabin was lovely, very clean and well laid-out. The balcony was large compared to most ships and the bed was extremely comfortable. Bathroom was adequate - average cruise ship bathroom. The soft furnishings in the room looked tired and are in need of replacing. The food was very good in the MDR and the specialty dining restaurants. 150 Central Park was, however, by far superior to any of the others, such a wonderful experience. The food in the buffet was good, but was often too busy to eat in there. Strangely, the buffet seemed incredibly small and out of proportion with the size of the ship. The entertainment was excellent. The Aqua Show and Mamma Mia were brilliant and the headliner shows were pretty good too. I wasn't too keen on the comedy show as I'm British and it was definitely geared towards an American crowd. Strangely the cruise director and his assistant were not very visible around the ship. I think I only saw him in-person once. The activities on the ship were mixed. I did the zip-line over the Boardwalk and it was great fun. The day-time trivia, bingo and usual cruise activities were fine but seemed uninspired and the hosts all looked like they were just going through the motions. On that note, most of the staff came across uninterested and quite rude. The bar staff and MDR servers were clearly overworked and visibly tired. The bars in general were understaffed and we had to wait quite a while for a drink. We had My Time Dining which was laughably slow. We had to wait a long time to be seated and the service was pretty shoddy. Waiters were rude and kept asking us to provide positive feedback on the end-of-cruise survey. The entertainment staff were very false, and just not very good compared to most of the ships I've been on. Out stateroom attendant, Philip, was excellent. The Allure is currently having propulsion issues which meant out time in port was shortened. Four hours after leaving Puerto Rico we had to turn around due to a medical emergency. Unfortunately this meant the next and final port, Labadee, was cancelled. The ports we visited were a little disappointing as we didn't have much time to look around. Only visiting two ports on a seven night cruise is a very strange feeling but being on such a large ship with so much to see made it bearable. I would not go on such a large ship again due to the impersonal service. It has made me realise what is important to me on a cruise and that is feeling like I'm being taken care of, which I didn't feel on this ship.

Average at best, overworked crew, rude passengers, cancelled port of call.

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by donutman1234

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I chose this cruise because I wanted to experience one of the mega-ships to see what it had to offer that smaller ships don't. I also had never been to the Caribbean so this seemed like an ideal cruise.

Embarkation and disembarkation were extremely easy and quick. We checked in online weeks before leaving and were on the ship within minutes of arriving at Port Everglades.

Our first impression of the ship was WOW! It literally took my breathe away. The Royal Promenade, Central Park, the Boardwalk etc are amazing. The ship is ten years old but most of the public areas look pretty much pristine. From a design point of view the only downside I could find is that there are no windows or sea-views from many of the public areas and, personally, I like to be able to see the ocean (we are on a ship after all). The carpets and soft furnishings in most areas are looking tired. I believe the ship is due for a refit next year which I think is needed.

The cabin was lovely, very clean and well laid-out. The balcony was large compared to most ships and the bed was extremely comfortable. Bathroom was adequate - average cruise ship bathroom. The soft furnishings in the room looked tired and are in need of replacing.

The food was very good in the MDR and the specialty dining restaurants. 150 Central Park was, however, by far superior to any of the others, such a wonderful experience. The food in the buffet was good, but was often too busy to eat in there. Strangely, the buffet seemed incredibly small and out of proportion with the size of the ship.

The entertainment was excellent. The Aqua Show and Mamma Mia were brilliant and the headliner shows were pretty good too. I wasn't too keen on the comedy show as I'm British and it was definitely geared towards an American crowd. Strangely the cruise director and his assistant were not very visible around the ship. I think I only saw him in-person once. The activities on the ship were mixed. I did the zip-line over the Boardwalk and it was great fun. The day-time trivia, bingo and usual cruise activities were fine but seemed uninspired and the hosts all looked like they were just going through the motions.

On that note, most of the staff came across uninterested and quite rude. The bar staff and MDR servers were clearly overworked and visibly tired. The bars in general were understaffed and we had to wait quite a while for a drink. We had My Time Dining which was laughably slow. We had to wait a long time to be seated and the service was pretty shoddy. Waiters were rude and kept asking us to provide positive feedback on the end-of-cruise survey. The entertainment staff were very false, and just not very good compared to most of the ships I've been on. Out stateroom attendant, Philip, was excellent.

The Allure is currently having propulsion issues which meant out time in port was shortened. Four hours after leaving Puerto Rico we had to turn around due to a medical emergency. Unfortunately this meant the next and final port, Labadee, was cancelled. The ports we visited were a little disappointing as we didn't have much time to look around. Only visiting two ports on a seven night cruise is a very strange feeling but being on such a large ship with so much to see made it bearable.

I would not go on such a large ship again due to the impersonal service. It has made me realise what is important to me on a cruise and that is feeling like I'm being taken care of, which I didn't feel on this ship.
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