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My wife and I are RCCL and Celebrity fans, so it's painful to report on a cruise that was far below expectations. First, I should note the positives: we decided to treat our three 14-year old grandchildren to a cruise, and, after much hand wringing, elected to book all five of us in a single veranda room -- one of the very few of its type. I was impressed by how well we were able to manage. More about this below. The onboard shows were good, especially Blue Planet -- the entertainment bright spot. The Ice and Water Shows more than worth the effort to see them. To be honest, Mama Mia was a bit disapointing, though the second act was much better than the first. The teend loved the karaoke and the adults loved the disco, so we were well entertained. Likewise, the food was excellent in all the venues we visited, although Johnny Rockets was a bit disappointing. We ate in the main dining room every night, and found it excellent -- especially for this class of ship. We typically sail on Celebrity, and found the food here of equal quality on the whole. The Windjammer buffet was particulaly noteworthy. We ate there on several occassions and found it excellent for breakfast and lunch. We never ate there for dinner. We also loved the Park Cafe. Now to the drawbacks. Prior to departing, RCCL notified most cruisers (for some reason, we were not among the informed) that a propulsion issue would impact our stop at San Juan Puerto Rico, and the visit would be cut short. Anything meaningful off the ship was impossible, so we shopped in the immediate port area briefly, and resigned ourselves to the loss. Shortly after departing San Juan, the Captain announced that we were returning to port due to a medical emergency, and our last stop (Labadee) would be missed. It seems obvious to me that this lost stop was due, not so much to the emergency as the original maintenance issue. That said: safety first, so handling the emergency was and should have been a priority. What rankled was the indifference to the loss by RCCL: no offer of vouchers or other compensation. Nothing! Credit to the Cruise Director for planning replacement activities, but the last two days were still boring. A bad experience should not detract from the efforts of the crew and the general state of the ship, so my ratings for those are based how they would have been received on an typical cruise.

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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by LakerDave

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My wife and I are RCCL and Celebrity fans, so it's painful to report on a cruise that was far below expectations.

First, I should note the positives: we decided to treat our three 14-year old grandchildren to a cruise, and, after much hand wringing, elected to book all five of us in a single veranda room -- one of the very few of its type. I was impressed by how well we were able to manage. More about this below.

The onboard shows were good, especially Blue Planet -- the entertainment bright spot. The Ice and Water Shows more than worth the effort to see them. To be honest, Mama Mia was a bit disapointing, though the second act was much better than the first. The teend loved the karaoke and the adults loved the disco, so we were well entertained.

Likewise, the food was excellent in all the venues we visited, although Johnny Rockets was a bit disappointing. We ate in the main dining room every night, and found it excellent -- especially for this class of ship. We typically sail on Celebrity, and found the food here of equal quality on the whole. The Windjammer buffet was particulaly noteworthy. We ate there on several occassions and found it excellent for breakfast and lunch. We never ate there for dinner. We also loved the Park Cafe.

Now to the drawbacks. Prior to departing, RCCL notified most cruisers (for some reason, we were not among the informed) that a propulsion issue would impact our stop at San Juan Puerto Rico, and the visit would be cut short. Anything meaningful off the ship was impossible, so we shopped in the immediate port area briefly, and resigned ourselves to the loss.

Shortly after departing San Juan, the Captain announced that we were returning to port due to a medical emergency, and our last stop (Labadee) would be missed. It seems obvious to me that this lost stop was due, not so much to the emergency as the original maintenance issue. That said: safety first, so handling the emergency was and should have been a priority. What rankled was the indifference to the loss by RCCL: no offer of vouchers or other compensation. Nothing! Credit to the Cruise Director for planning replacement activities, but the last two days were still boring.

A bad experience should not detract from the efforts of the crew and the general state of the ship, so my ratings for those are based how they would have been received on an typical cruise.
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Cabin Review

Ocean View Balcony
Cabin 7D 8678
A standard veranda room capable of sleeping five is a rarity on any ship. We were pleased by how well it accommodated two adults and three teenagers. Other than the limitation of a single bathroom, it was fully satisfactory. Good support from the room steward was a major plus.

For those unfamiliar with this cabin class, it's no different is size from any other veranda cabin, To accommodate 5, it has a fold-out sofa and a single bunk that's embedded in the ceiling. Until they're deployed, it's no different from any other veranda cabin. If your only need the cabin occasionally during the day, it's great.
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