Allure of the seas tranatlantic before Covid 19 lockdown
The amazing allure of the seas certainly has the wow factor. Unbelievable the sheer size and amenities that can be found on this ship as we transited the Atlantic from Florida Port Everglades to Barcelona . I have only one minor gripe and that might be just too picky, the quality of food served in the main Grande restaurant at dinner. A bit bland and unimaginative at times. The food quality and presentation was not on par with other cruise lines that we have tried. The service however in the main dining room and indeed around the ships eateries was excellent, cheerful and very helpful staff. We are not customers whom normally pay the extra for further fine dining venues as we usually find that the main formal restaurant on board fulfils our requirements. On this ship there are a choice of premium paying eateries which we heard from fellow travellers were very good. The seas cut up a little on the initial part of the transit from the straights of Gibralaer and bearing in mind the size of Allure she did roll a little but not to any detriment of our trip, then again the Captain did state that we had 35 ft waves at some point !, but we soon settled into beautiful sunshine and plain sailing for the majority. The Captains and fellow officers, joining in the activities on board, he certainly leads and others follow which i believe infiltrates through all of his staff in being upbeat and and goes towards the happy atmosphere on board. Our cabin on this trip was an Ocean view balcony at the back on deck 14 of the ship, more than adequate and kept spotless by the steward. As with cabins, space is limited but we still had the comforts of a super king size bed a sofa flat screen and a bathroom with a solid shower screen,no flimsy curtain! Perhaps RCI could drop their profits very slightly and offer a few free movies within the cabin, all movies are charged whatever age of the film..play it again Sam !. As we were on a transatlantic we had just the one stop off at Malaga so shore excursions did not come into play. There were plenty of activities on board to suit all age groups, day and night time. We, like a lot of guests enjoyed the open decks in the sun during the day, did not have to fight for a sun bed, but people do still get up at silly oclock to place their towels for their favourite spot each morning, not frustrating, just amusing little traits. i guess you call it people watching ! We attended the evening shows, excellent aswell as an ice skating show on How to train your Dragon, very skilful and directed towards the younger generation. So much more though with an array of bars and venues to sample. The rising tide bar which takes you from the Royal prom to Central Park transiting 3 decks over 15 mins was one of our favourites prior to Dinner. Central Park on deck 8, now this is wow with real fauna replicating a stroll throughb the park which hosts several eateries. During the day there was activities such as the zip wire, flo rider, golf putting course ,all were popular. So all in all we had a great time and will sail again, an experience we would like to share with our grown up children next time so they can take in the wow factor. RCI just up your game with your food at dinner and it will all be spot on!. As they say big istnot always beautiful but when you are at sea for 12 days, big is great with so much to do. There were few people that had face mask on and few people coughing that's normal on a cruise with the air-conditioning, once we got to Barcelona we were the only ship in port was bit scared if they will let us off the ship and if my flight was still on lucky we all got off and made my flight back to London Gatwick.
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