Saturday, June 23, 2012

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

Welcome to the Allure of the Seas
Boardwalk Dog House
I just got back about a week ago from a 7 day cruise through the Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas; the newest ship in the Oasis class. If you've been aboard this majestic ship, you know that you sometimes tend to forget you are in the middle of the ocean as you walk through Allure's rendition of Central Park, complete with trees and simulated singing birds and crickets. The Boardwalk is also unbelievable, with its beautiful carrousel and delicious Coney Island-style hot dogs from the Boardwalk Dog House. And of course, there is something incredible about ice-skating as you navigate through warm ocean waters, or fly across a zip line on a moving ship.

Central Park at night
Carrousel in the Boardwalk

Ice Games Show

Crack-A-Lackin Smoked Salmon
Parade in the Royal Promenade
But while the Allure of the Seas was breathtaking in all of its elegance and splendor, and I immensely enjoyed the entertainment, including the colorful parades on the Royal Promenade, acrobatic wonders in the AquaTheater, and the captivating shows, (my personal favorite being the Broadway hit musical Chicago); the food was an unforgettable part of my journey. There are a whooping 25 dining options on board the ship! Besides the Main Dining Room, Adagio, and the buffet restaurant, Windjammer Cafe, there are several other complimentary options to choose from. You can grab a quick bite in Park Cafe, which serves delicious sandwiches and made-to-order salads, pizza at Sorrentos, or enjoy a fun and tasty Character Dining breakfast, featuring Dreamworks characters. The kids (and kids at heart) will love eating movie-inspired breakfast items like Crack-A-Lackin Smoked Salmon Plate and Chocolate Love Potions while taking pictures with Alex, Gloria and Mort from the movie Madagascar.

View to the Promenade

Broadway Musical "Chicago"

Sit back and enjoy...
Decadent Dessert Sampler
If you're in the mood to venture into something different, the ship also has a nice selection of specialty restaurants (for a nominal fee) that offer options like Italian food, Mexican food and a Brazilian steakhouse. But to be perfectly honest, the dinner in the Main Dining Room was so phenomenal, I couldn't venture anywhere else in the evenings. I looked forward to the incredibly cheerful service, creative presentation, and medley of flavors I would savor each night. It was the perfect prelude to the dancing and night time enjoyment that followed. Oh, and if you must have your shot of Starbucks java, don't worry. The Allure boasts the first Starbucks at Sea. This is a post celebrating the fabulous dining adventures aboard the Allure of the Seas, and giving you a glimpse of some of the amazing dishes I feasted on during my sailing.


Antipasti Platter

Shrimp Cocktail

Caprese Salad


Scallops Au Gratin


Lamb Shank

Garlic Tiger Shrimp

Lasagna Al Forno

Grilled Sea Bass

Surf and Turf - Lobster and Prime Rib


Raspberry Panna Cotta

Cherry Chocolate Cake

Key Lime Pie

I hope you liked your virtual culinary trip on the Allure of the Seas. Now you have to embark on your own journey; eating five times a day and growing a couple of pant sizes in order to truly comprehend this awe-inspiring experience. In the meantime, for my complete album of food pictures from the Allure of the Seas, visit my FB page at, and if you like what you see, please take a couple of seconds to Like my page! Enjoy and Bon Apetit!


  1. Love the post and especially the photos!

    1. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them!

    2. Hi Maria, I just booked the Allure 10/13/2013. SO SICTED! I love your blog. I was going to reserve every specialty restaurant, but, after viewing your blog, the main dining room looks pretty good! Should I save my money? Any Suggestions?

    3. Hi! It really just depends on whether there is a specialty restaurant that appeals to you on the ship. I was absolutely excited about eating in the main dining room each evening and the food was spectacular but if you'd like to try something different, there is always that possibility. For example, the fine dining specialty restaurants are available at a nominal fee which is definitely a lot less than what it would cost to eat at a luxury restaurant off the ship. Or, if you happen to love Mexican food, their Mexican restaurant had a special on specific nights that included certain drinks and party favors that would be fun for the family. If you do choose to remain in the main dining room throughout your stay, and save the extra fee, you will still be wowed each night be the quality of the food and the selections. Enjoy your cruise and let me know how it goes! Thanks for your comment! Maria

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  3. Hi Maria!

    My turn is on 12. january 2014. Thanks You for the tips! I'm sure we'll enjoy!

    Greetings from Finland!

    1. Hi there! That is wonderful! I am sure you are going to have an amazing time. It is such an impressive ship and it will definitely leave you with great memories. Enjoy and let me know how it goes. Thanks for writing! Maria