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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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The freshly cut prosciutto you pass on the way in sets the tone for a delicious, savory Italian meal.


Overview

Giovanni’s is an inviting, trattoria-style Italian restaurant located along Allure's tree-lined Central Park neighborhood. There are tables for two and four, as well as for ten or more people, with both inside and (assuming its not raining) outside seating. Other than the Windjammer, it's the only restaurant open for lunch on embarkation day. It also offers lunch on sea days. The service charge is $15 for lunch and $20 for dinner.

Reservations are recommended, especially for dinner.

Lunch / Dinner

Before even starting to choose what to eat, the waiter brings a basket of Italian bread and a small plate with olive oil, balsamic, and parmesan to dip the bread in. The menu is full of Italian specialties like lasagna, saltimbocca, osso buco, veal meatballs, and pasta. The antipasti platter looks great. It's simply mouth watering to watch the waiters cut fresh prosciutto as you first walk into the entrance.

The lunch menu is not very long, but has some delicious choices, such as arugula salad with cured beef, big pieces of parmesan, and balsamic vinaigrette. We also enjoyed the taglierini ai calamari, capesante, pomodorini e pesto (pasta tossed with calamari, scallops, cherry tomatoes, and a creamy sauce). The calamari was not chewy at all and the bay scallops with the tomatoes and the cream sauce were the just right addition. In short, the dish looked and tasted amazing.

Dinner at Giovanni’s is only a little more formal, and the menu choices just somewhat more diverse. There are more pasta and fish dishes on the menu. Our favorite appetizer was the sformato di fontina e spinaci con funghi trifolati e pomodorini – a fontina and spinach soufflé with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes. It was perhaps not the lightest appetizer, but everything complimented each other so well, we couldn’t stop enjoying it.

Because the appetizer was on the heavier side, we decided to go for a lighter main course. The baked sea bass was the perfect choice. The melt-in-your-mouth bass was perfectly cooked, served with baby lentils in a delicious red wine reduction and artichoke cream.

We think Giovanni's is one of the best specialty restaurants on the ship and a relatively good value at $20 per person. Just be sure to make your reservations early, as choice table times book up quickly.

Dessert

For dessert, Giovanni’s offers bomboloni, cannoli, tiramisu, panna cotta, chocolate cake, zupa inglese, and a trio of chocolate textures. Of these, the zupa inglese, a traditional sponge cake with layers of Italian custard and brandy-infused berries, is the best and not too heavy.

Giovanni’s also offers specialty coffees with liquor for dessert at an extra charge.

Wine List

Giovanni’s wine list is a section of Royal Caribbean’s complete wine list. Most wines are from Italy, but you also find some from France or other parts of the world. Prices start at $7 per glass or $27 a bottle and go up to $240 for a bottle.

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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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