Entries Tagged as ‘Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas’


Just Back From Allure of the Seas: Hits & Misses

The world’s biggest cruise ship came out of dry dock in mid-May, after an 18-day refurbishment that gave it new restaurants, cabins, shops and a brand-new Suite Lounge. I hadn’t sailed on Allure – one of Cruise Critic’s most popular ships – before the refit. But after a weeklong voyage round-trip from Barcelona, where I […]


Allure of the Seas: Cheap as chips or breaking the bank?

The 225,282-ton, 5,400-passenger Allure of the Seas is the world’s largest cruise ship. It’s also cruising’s most dangerous ‘for-fee’ gauntlet.  Allure is flooded with budget-busting offerings: ice cream, burgers, Mexican food, build-your-own pets, candy by the quarter-pound, fortunes from Zoltar (of “Big” fame) — and that’s just what you’ll find as you stroll down the ship’s […]


Live From Allure of the Seas: 3 Postcards From Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s Private Hideaway

Labadee, the private resort Royal Caribbean carved out of Haiti’s north coast jungle, is dotted with thatched roofs, sun loungers and roving bar tenders. During an uncomplicated beach day, Allure of the Seas passengers bobbed on rented mats, zipped over the Caribbean, rebuffed a steady stream of “Sir. Sir, let me show you somethings” at […]


Live From Allure of the Seas: You’ll Probably End Up in This Cabin

Welcome to my home, which I tried to clean for your visit. Of Allure of the Seas‘ 2,706 cabins, more than 2,000 are 180-odd square foot rooms, give or take 20 square feet, which look very much the same on the inside. There are modest size variations, and along the corridors, the bed and couch […]


Live from Allure of the Seas: 5 ways to spend a sea day on the sun deck

The pool deck beer trolley guys earned their tips today. Atop the 6,360-passenger Allure of the Seas, the whole city seemed to gather to experience a sunny sea day. “I got winner” was heard frequently at the six ping-pong tables, passengers from 10 to 60 waited for their chance to surf or zip, and the […]


Live From Allure of the Seas: 5 ‘Firsts’ for Embarkation Day

The first-day flurry is on: cattle herding in Port Everglade’s cruise terminal (okay, it was actually the easiest embarkation I’ve ever experienced), show and restaurant reservations aplenty, kids’ club check-ins, soda card purchases, the muster drill. But, beyond the administrative hoo-ha, embarkation day on the 6,360-passenger Allure of the Seas is about adopting the cruise […]


We’re live on Allure of the Seas, the world’s biggest-ever ship

Is the world’s largest cruise ship worthy of a hot-summer fly-cruise? We’re Western Caribbean bound on Sunday for a week-long holiday on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. We’re anticipating a huge swell on its 5,400-passenger (double occupancy) capacity as family holiday season is in full swing though as I’m not a dad, I promise […]


What’s the real role of a ship’s godmother?

The year since P&O Cruises’ glitzy launch of its newest ship, Azura, has simply flown by, but the ship’s godmother, ballet superstar Darcey Bussell, has remembered the vessel’s first birthday with a card.


What’s your idea of a perfect ship?

If you could design your own cruise ship, what would it be like? After taking some 200-plus cruises, that’s a pretty easy question for me to answer. The ship would be big enough to get lost in yet small enough to have a sense of community. Its restaurants would offer lots of choice, pool decks […]


Cruise ship status report: Allure of the Seas

Just four months have passed since Allure’s splashy launch, during which time 55 Cruise Critic members have submitted reviews of the 5,400-passenger ship. Royal Caribbean must be doing something right, as the majority of these are giving the ship five stars, or five plus, with just a handful of twos and below. The layout of […]