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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review

The Allure of the Seas is, just by a few inches, the biggest ship sailing the seven seas (at least at the moment).

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Conclusion

If it's a big, bustling mega-resort experience you crave, Allure of the Seas is hard to beat. At 225,282 tons, it's more than 40% bigger than any other cruise ship afloat (other than its older sister, Oasis of the Seas), and has an industry-leading assortment of on-board eateries, bars, lounges and showrooms as well as the most diverse array of deck-top attractions ever built on a vessel. This is a ship with a record breaking four — count 'em — separate pool areas across its top decks as well as not one but two giant rock climbing walls, two surfing simulators, a miniature golf course and a zip line, among other attractions. There is, quite simply, just a ton to do.

Families, in particular, will love Allure of the Seas for its many kid-friendly options. In addition to its long list of deck-top amusements (a dream to tweens and teens), the vessel is home to DreamWorks character-infused shows and one of the most elaborate children's programs at sea, with separate spaces and activities for a wide range of age groups (even toddlers are given the red carpet with a nursery for children as young as six months old — a rarity on cruise ships). Couples without kids and singles, too, also will find plenty to love on this ship, including a surprising number of quiet areas and some romantic and fine dining.

Bigger isn't better for everyone, of course, and for people who like an intimate, uncrowded vacation experience, Allure of the Seas is a poor choice. On a typical week it sails with more than 5,000 passengers on board (its maximum occupancy, with every berth filled, is nearly 6,400). Keep in mind, too, that due to its large size, the ship only can visit a limited number of ports that may, or may not, appeal to you.

Still, in our view, Allure of the Seas and its sister Oasis of the Seas are the best large, mass-market ships at sea, and we wouldn't hesitate to choose them over a long list of competitors. That said, there is one small catch: They'll cost you. Even before the two ships began rolling out in late 2009, cruisers had realized they were going to be something special, and they booked them in droves, driving up cabin prices to a significant premium to other vessels. Expect to pay several hundred dollars per person per week more for a Caribbean cruise on Allure of the Seas than on one of the large, mass-market ships operated by Carnival or Norwegian Cruise Line. Allure of the Seas also routinely sells at a premium to other (older and smaller) Royal Caribbean ships on similar itineraries.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Cabins
  3. Ocean View with Balcony
  4. Large Interior Stateroom
  5. Grand Suite
  6. Junior Suite
  7. Family Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
  8. Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Large Balcony
  9. Superior Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony
  10. Boardwalk View Stateroom
  11. Promenade Stateroom
  12. Interior Stateroom
  13. Boardwalk View Stateroom with Balcony
  14. Aqua Theater Suite
  15. Royal Family Suite
  16. Central Park View Stateroom
  17. Owner's Suite
  18. Family Ocean Stateroom with Balcony
  19. Family Interior Stateroom
  20. Royal Suite
  21. Presidential Family Suite
  22. Royal Loft Suite
  23. Cabin Amenities
  24. Dining
  25. Adagio Main Dining Room
  26. Giovanni's Table
  27. Chops Grille
  28. 150 Central Park
  29. Chef's Table
  30. Rita's Cantina
  31. Windjammer
  32. Izumi
  33. Solarium Bistro
  34. Samba Grill
  35. Johnny Rockets
  36. Park Café
  37. In-Room Dining
  38. Drinks
  39. Pools & Decks
  40. Pool Areas
  41. Sun Decks & Open Areas
  42. Deck Plans
  43. Recreation
  44. Lounges & Public Spaces
  45. Vitality Spa
  46. Fitness
  47. Retail
  48. Other Activities
  49. Nightlife & Shows
  50. Vintages
  51. Boleros
  52. Bow & Stern
  53. On Air
  54. Rising Tide
  55. Schooner Bar
  56. Champagne Bar
  57. Viking Crown Lounge
  58. Blaze
  59. Dazzles
  60. Solarium Bar
  61. Trellis
  62. Boardwalk Bar
  63. Wipe Out Bar
  64. Pool Bars
  65. Casino
  66. Shows & Other Entertainment
  67. Service & Staff
  68. Staff & Ship Policies
  69. Health & Safety
  70. vs Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
  71. vs Carnival Cruise Lines Carnival Magic
  72. vs Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Epic
  73. Conclusion
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