Even though the slider does a wonderful job of reducing the normal amount of exterior noise, it still lets in sound from the aqua theater. We were on deck 8 and second cabin from the viewing end (#8727) and they were doing a LOT of rehearsing during the day and at full volume. We chose this to report back to a couple of customers that are interested in "Allure" or her sister but it wasn't bad as long as you knew what you were in for. Didn't even go down to see the water show since view from our balcony was SO good. Water show is very polished now and has a large cast (counted 20 including the 2 rescue divers). We went to all of the reserved entertainment plus an extra ice production (How to train your dragon) and we did pre-reserve everything online. All smooth and just present SeaPass for scan to enter venues. You can wait until you board and go to the box office OR wait until 10 minutes before showtime for entry without a reservation ( I did this for BluePlanet a 2nd time and was allowed in). DW even did the zip-line just to say she did and was third in line on a port day. It never got very backed up that we observed. Oh, we also pre-reserved the pay dining venues which I recommend.
Overall, this is a Vegas style ship with LOTS to do and see. It doesn't fit the bill for many of our customers but I enjoyed it and I think it does have a place in the market (just not sure if the market can sustain both of them).
Robbie H, I am on Allure in Jan; cabin 10723; so I believe I am four cabins from the end; Since you were two decks below where I will be; do you think the noise is from Aqua theater is evident no matter what cabin or what floor you're located on? I don't have a problem with noise; so it will be a no issue for me; I am just curious. I have booked all the shows already, did u enjoy eating in the main dining room?
Freedom of the Seas Dec 11
Allure of the Seas: Jan 11
Voyager of the Seas: May 09
Splendour of the Seas: May 07
Explorer of the Seas: Jan 04
Majesty of the Seas Jan 99
If they stop rehearsing so much in the daytime, it shouldn't be an issue. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. Just didn't see the need for the music to be so loud as they did their rehearsals. We have cruised so much that we don't leave the ship much and we were probably in the cabin more than most. Boardwalk is still a fun place to be and I have no regrets. As for the MDR, we did eat there 3 nights and even though it is still the same 7 night menu, everything we had was delicious and the wait team was perfect.
Thanks Robbie, Its good to know that someone like you, that does cruise often saying the food was good. I know in the past, we're all heard a lot of complaints on the food that Royal Caribbean serves, just something else to look forward to.
We didn't use the ipod deck but it looked like the speakers were contained in it. We didn't print boarding passes either BUT there were 2 self-service kiosks by guest relations where you could review your account or print your airline boarding passes.
And as for the food, I don't know if the MDR will maintain this but both the steak and lobster nights had larger portions coupled with good flavor. For suites and D+, the concierge has even added a small lunch menu that looked good (but after being the first to arrive, we were ignored by the waiters the day we went in to sample this and left after watching everyone place their orders...not a warm fuzzy at all).