Allure of the Seas Ship Tour 2013

Allure of the Seas model

Allure of the Seas model

In 2013 we sailed Allure of the Seas.  This amazing Royal Caribbean mega ship offers something for everyone!  I was reluctant to cruise on a ship so large, but the advantage of so many activities and venues is that it feels surprisingly uncrowded!   Also, due to the way the ship was designed with certain "neighborhoods and an open interior, I found it much easier to navigate than much smaller ships.  The open concept allows you to easily see into other parts of the ship and know which way is forward and which is aft. Although the distances between venues are greater on this ship, it's much easier to find your way around. The only disadvantage of such a large ship is that it cannot tuck into the small ports and off the beaten path locations.  We enjoyed this ship as a floating wonder to enjoy while on board and expected to stick to well worn tourist paths while in port.

A couple of notes: These are all our own photos, most of the panoramas are Kathy's and not nearly as good as Jeff's photos.  Some of the venues may have changed with recent ship upgrades.  We did not receive any compensation or free travel; these are our own impressions. 

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Ship photos

The back of this ship is open to the sea and sky, a unique design for cruise ships.

The back of this ship is open to the sea and sky, a unique design for cruise ships.

Cabins

Stairwells are well separated from hallways and elevators are tucked between twin stairwells on each cabin level, ensuring that no matter where you cabin is in the hallway, it is quiet.

Stairwells are well separated from hallways and elevators are tucked between twin stairwells on each cabin level, ensuring that no matter where you cabin is in the hallway, it is quiet.

Lots of artwork adorns each side of the stairwells

Lots of artwork adorns each side of the stairwells

Cabin hallways are wide and bright, doors are recessed along the hallway, minimizing luggage clutter on departure day, and cleaning carts.

Cabin hallways are wide and bright, doors are recessed along the hallway, minimizing luggage clutter on departure day, and cleaning carts.

D8 Ocean View Balcony 8716

D8 Ocean View Balcony 8716

Boardwalk Walk Balcony 8717

Boardwalk Walk Balcony 8717

Royal Promenade Deck 5

A panorama of the Royal Promenade from the staircase. Guest services on the left and the photo shop on the right.

A panorama of the Royal Promenade from the staircase. Guest services on the left and the photo shop on the right.

A view to the cupcake shop and Promenade cafe with the Schooner bar above.

A view to the cupcake shop and Promenade cafe with the Schooner bar above.

Sorrentos pizza on the right, shops and the Rising Tide Bar to the left

Sorrentos pizza on the right, shops and the Rising Tide Bar to the left

The captain makes use of the Rising Tide bar for his entrance during a parade

The captain makes use of the Rising Tide bar for his entrance during a parade

A parade on the Royal Promenade

A parade on the Royal Promenade

On Air Club, Starbucks kiosk and the stairs to Entertainment Place on the Royal Promenade

On Air Club, Starbucks kiosk and the stairs to Entertainment Place on the Royal Promenade

A kids parade works its way through the Royal Promenade

A kids parade works its way through the Royal Promenade

A cupcake making class at the Cupcake Cupboard

A cupcake making class at the Cupcake Cupboard

The vintage car on the Royal Promenade

The vintage car on the Royal Promenade

 View of the Royal Promenade from the Rising Tide bar

 View of the Royal Promenade from the Rising Tide bar

Boardwalk Deck 6

A few steps up from the Royal Promenade is the entrance to the Boardwalk

A few steps up from the Royal Promenade is the entrance to the Boardwalk

A view of the Boardwalk from the Sports decks

A view of the Boardwalk from the Sports decks

The Dog House, Ice cream shop, and carousel on the Boardwalk

The Dog House, Ice cream shop, and carousel on the Boardwalk

The Lighthouse Bar area and view to the Aqua Theater on the Boardwalk.

The Lighthouse Bar area and view to the Aqua Theater on the Boardwalk.

The Aqua Theater pool and view to the stern

The Aqua Theater pool and view to the stern

A view from the Boardwalk balcony cabins to the Boardwalk

A view from the Boardwalk balcony cabins to the Boardwalk

A Boardwalk Balcony and Johnny Rockets below

A Boardwalk Balcony and Johnny Rockets below

Nighttime view of the Aqua Theater

Nighttime view of the Aqua Theater

Rita's Fiesta at Rita's Catina

Rita's Fiesta at Rita's Catina

Rita's Cantini

Rita's Cantini

A birds eye view of the Aqua Theater

A birds eye view of the Aqua Theater

Passenger participation games at the Aqua Theater pool

Passenger participation games at the Aqua Theater pool

The Rock Wall, view of the Aqua Theater suites, and boardwalk balcony cabins

The Rock Wall, view of the Aqua Theater suites, and boardwalk balcony cabins

Entertainment Place Deck 4

A panorama of Entertainment Place, the Comedy Club, Studio B, Casino Royale theaters and clubs

A panorama of Entertainment Place, the Comedy Club, Studio B, Casino Royale theaters and clubs

The Amber Theater

The Amber Theater

Blue Planet show features high energy acts in the Amber Theater

Blue Planet show features high energy acts in the Amber Theater

Studio B hosts the Quest game show

Studio B hosts the Quest game show

Studio B also hosts the ice rink and ice show...It looks like Central Park, but it's just a set for the ice show!

Studio B also hosts the ice rink and ice show...It looks like Central Park, but it's just a set for the ice show!

Vitality At Sea and Spa Deck 5

Central Park Deck 8

Central Park shops and cafes

Central Park shops and cafes

The large glass enclosures admit light and views to the Royal Promenade below

The large glass enclosures admit light and views to the Royal Promenade below

Giovanni's in Central Park

Giovanni's in Central Park

Vintages wine bar

Vintages wine bar

Park Cafe

Park Cafe

Evening entertainment outside the Park Cafe in Central Park

Evening entertainment outside the Park Cafe in Central Park

Pool and Sports Zone Decks Decks 15 & 16

Pools and hot tubs

Pools and hot tubs

From the pool decks, a look down to the Central Park and Central Park Balconies

From the pool decks, a look down to the Central Park and Central Park Balconies

Zip lining above the Boardwalk

Zip lining above the Boardwalk

A zip liner whizzing overhead  the Boardwalk

A zip liner whizzing overhead  the Boardwalk

Ping Pong tables and the Wipe Out Cafe of the sports deck

Ping Pong tables and the Wipe Out Cafe of the sports deck

The cantilevered hot tubs on port and starboard 

The cantilevered hot tubs on port and starboard 

The solarium Cafe below, Solarium bar above, pool all inside the Solarium

The solarium Cafe below, Solarium bar above, pool all inside the Solarium

A panorama of the Solarium pools

A panorama of the Solarium pools

Solarium loungers

Solarium loungers

Solarium pool

Solarium pool

Outside of the Solarium, there is a sun deck for taking photos of the bow

Outside of the Solarium, there is a sun deck for taking photos of the bow

Ocean View cabins and helipad on the bow

Ocean View cabins and helipad on the bow

Kids Zone Decks 14 kids & 15 teens

Sorry for not having any photos of the kids zone...we didn't have any use for these spaces and taking photos there is difficult!

Windjammer Cafe Viking Crown Lounge and Chapel

The Windjammer Cafe

The Windjammer Cafe

The Viking Crown Lounge by day offers incredible views over the pools, Central Park and the ocean.

The Viking Crown Lounge by day offers incredible views over the pools, Central Park and the ocean.

The Viking Crown lounge at night has n entirely different feel

The Viking Crown lounge at night has n entirely different feel

The Chapel

The Chapel

If you'd like to see my full review with photos and narrative for Allure, as FamilyGoBoston on Cruise Critic Click Here

if you'd like to see more photos and a full review from Allure's sister ship, Oasis, Click Here or see my review as FamilyGoBoston on Cruise Critic Click Here