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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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Staff

Overall the staff of the Allure was very friendly and attentive. We did run into a a few difficulties at the main restaurant, and we were not impressed with the way the head waiter handled the situation. Our table waiter, however, was great, and handled the problem without complaint. As with most cruise lines, waiters and bar tenders do work in different places throughout the day.

Tipping

Royal Caribbean does not include tips in the final bill, so you have to tip waiters and stewards yourself at the end of the voyage. The line recommends $3.75 per passenger per day for the dining room waiter; $2.15 for the assistant waiter; $5 for the room steward and housekeeper; and 75 cents for the head waiter. Instead of tipping in full at the end of the trip, you can always tip the bar tender or your steward with cash—which may get you some better service during your voyage. The line also gives passengers the option of having the gratuities billed to their onboard account.

Dress Codes

The dress code throughout the voyage is "smart casual" on most nights for the main dining room and most other restaurants. Chops Grille and 150 Central Park do ask you to dress in more formal attire, however. Depending on the length of the trip, Allure of the Seas also has formal nights where everyone dresses up for a chance to meet the captain of the ship.

Loyalty Programs

After one cruise with Royal Caribbean you become eligible for entry in the Crown & Anchor society as a gold member. Members gain one point for every night on a cruise, or double points if you stay in a suite. The more you cruise with Royal Caribbean, the more points you get—with 30 points you are elevated to Platinum status, at 50 points Emerald status, etc. Pinnacle Club is the highest status level, and it requires 700 points to achieve this level (that's 100 seven night voyages in a normal room). Members get different benefits, like on-board credits, parties, and special offers at the spa, stores, or internet service.

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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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