Review of Allure Of The Seas deck 5 (Promenade-Lobby-Shops-Spa)
Amber Theater (upper balcony level 3 of 3, capacity 347 seats)
Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness Center is a 2-level wellness complex. On this level is the “ShipShape Spa” (open between 8 am - 10 pm). The Spa has no natural light/windows and consists of reception, relaxation room (complimentary water/teas), Beauty Salon (manicure/pedicure, hairstyling, makeup, waxing, barbering, teeth whitening), 29 treatment rooms (incl for acupuncture and couples massages), Razul Room (mud treatments), Medispa (botox treatments), Jacuzzi Room, Thermal Suite (4 heated ceramic beds, sauna/steam rooms, rainforest showers). Thermal Suite day passes cost US$30 PP. There is a separate YSPA (teen spa) area for treatments and services for teenagers (ages 13-17). YSPA menu has facials, massages, nail and hair treatments. Mainly on port days are offered spa promotions, incl discounts, add-ons, 2-for-1, taster treatments. Up to 10-20-30% discounts are offered with booking multiple treatments. A spiral staircase leads to the upper level (ShipShape Center/Fitness).
Vitality Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. It serves the wellness complex with drinks (a la carte priced menu- smoothies, protein shakes) and healthy food (complimentary- light sandwiches, pre-made wraps, fruit and yogurt cups, granola bar).
Royal Promenade is similar to the RCI’s “Royal Esplanade” (on Quantum-class ships) design concept of a multipurpose (shopping-dining-entertainment) district. This is a huge, open-floor design interior area resembling a street. It has natural light from above and runs almost the full length of the ship connecting both atriums (forward and aft). Royal Promenade has lined-up multiple bars, lounges, restaurants (most with outdoor seating), boutiques and shops selling duty-free merchandise. The “street” features impressive design and decoration (incl original artworks) and various daytime activities. Among those are live music, fun demos, dance classes, alcohol tastings, DreamWorks characters meets-greets.
Port Shopping area hosts daily talks about shopping options in all ports of call in the ship’s current itinerary.
Royal Shops is the ship’s duty-free shopping arcade with name-brand boutiques (retail shops) selling at discount prices perfumes, cosmetics/beauty products, fashion/accessories, shoes, leather goods, watches/jewelry, sunglasses. The list of boutiques includes Kate Spade (designer bags, clothing, shoes, accessories), Michael Kors (designer handbags, watches, shoes, clothing, accessories), Regalia (designer jewelry), Solera (cosmetic, skincare products, perfumes), Willow Shop (retail clothing/organic garments), Prince and Greene (designer clothing/accessories). The Shop sells Royal Caribbean logo merchandise/souvenirs (apparel, accessories, cruise ship models). Port Merchants is a general store for conveniences (also liquor and tobaccos).
Sorrento’s Pizzeria (open between 11:30 am – 3 am, 66 seats) is a complimentary restaurant with both indoor/outdoor seating (on the Royal Promenade). It offers fresh, oven-baked pizzas (3 slices at a time) and pies for lunch, dinner and late-night. The decor features brick walls and an wood-fired oven. The pizzeria’s menu has traditional items (with meat, cheese, vegetables, gluten-free, incl Hawaiian, Florentine, pepperoni, barbeque chicken, four-cheese), custom-made pizza/pie, daily specialties, antipasti (olives, mozzarella, grilled vegetables), desserts (biscotti, gelato ice cream, raspberry mousse, amaretti, chocolate panna cotta). Drinks are at extra charge.
Bow and Stern Pub (menu, open between 11 am - 1 am, 128 seats) is a traditional English/Irish pub bar (gastropub). The menu is a la carte priced, with additional lunch and dinner menus. The main menu has a selection of draught beers, IPAs, ales, craft beers, plus a variety of snacks. The food is standard pub fare and delicious. Among the snack items are marinated olives, fried hominy, deviled eggs, potato chips, tomato-bread soup, polenta fries, chicken wings, roasted pork sliders, cured meats, selection of cheeses. Also available are wines, bourbon flights, cocktails and desserts. The decor features dark wood, brass finishes, deep booths.
Champagne Bar (66 seats) sells rums, martinis and Champagne wines (by the glass). The bar often offers 2-for-1 cocktail specials.
Sorrento’s Pizzeria (open between 11:30 am - 3 am, 66 seats) is a complimentary restaurant with both indoor/outdoor seating (on the Royal Promenade). It offers fresh, wood-fired oven-baked pizzas (3 slices at a time) and pies for lunch, dinner and late-night. The pizzeria’s menu has traditional items (with meat, cheese, vegetables, gluten-free, incl Hawaiian, Florentine, pepperoni, barbeque chicken, four-cheese), custom-made pizza/pie, daily specialties, antipasti (olives, mozzarella, grilled vegetables), desserts (biscotti, gelato ice cream, raspberry mousse, amaretti, chocolate panna cotta). Drinks are at extra charge.
Cafe Promenade (menu, 58 seats) is a complimentary, quick-food eatery (patisserie-brasserie-cafe bar) open 24-hours for snacks and drinks. Among the displayed foods are croissant sandwiches (mini), fresh-baked pizzas (in slices), biscotti, cookies, pastries, muffins, cheesecakes, ice cream. Free of charge beverages are coffee, tea, water (dispenser).
Cupcake Cupboard (open 11 am - 11 pm, 10 seats) is the ship’s bakery shop for cupcakes (a la carte priced). Cupcakes are fresh baked daily, large-sized, with rich frosting and in many different flavors and fun designs. During the scheduled cupcake decorating classes (30-min, for kids and adults), passengers can design their own cupcakes with icing, sprinkles, colored sugar and other toppings. Participants in the classes get bonus points in the dessert checklist.
Cupcake Cupboard (10 seats bakery, a la carte dining, fresh gourmet cakes/pies; 12:30-11 pm)
Starbucks Coffee Bar (open 7 am - 11 pm, 56 seats) is an a la carte-priced bar for specialty drinks and snacks served by trained baristas. Starbucks at Sea’s menu is the same as on land, offering frappuccinos, smoothies, lattes/mochas, refreshers, iced coffee/tea, sweets. Ordering is also the same as in the land-based bars. Payments can be also made via Starbucks cards (or the phone app). Starbucks coffee prices are as follows: cold drinks (Coffee $4,25, Mocha $4,75), Iced Cafe (Americano $2,75, Latte $3,75, Mocha $4,25), Tazo Tea (Shaken Iced $2, Latte $3, Hot Tea $1,75), Vanilla Steamer ($2,75), Soy Milk ($3), Hot Chocolate ($2,75), hot coffees (at $3,50 - Americano, Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha), White Chocoate Mocha and Caramel Macchiato (each $3,75).
Rising Tide Bar (capacity 32 seats) is the first-at-sea moving bar (designed/constructed by Serapid). The “elevator bar” has a hydraulic system for ascending/descending over 3 decks. The glass-steel construction weighs 40 tons and ascends (smoothly and silently) from Royal Promenade up to Central Park (on deck 8). The bar is oval-shaped and full-serviced by a bartender.
Boleros (90 seats) is the RCI’s signature Latin-themed lounge-bar-nightclub. The lounge has comfortable plush seating, large dance floor, stage for Latin band music performances (salsa and merengue) in the evenings. The cocktails menu has an extensive list of mojitos, margaritas, premium tequilas and rums. After 10 pm, Boleros Lounge transforms into a disco nightclub with DJ programming. Daily here are hosted art auctions.
Boleros Latin Bar & Lounge (capacity 90 seats, stage/dance floor, live band Latin music entertainment; smoking venue) Art auctions
On Air Club (113 seats) is a sports bar with large TVs mounted on the outside. It also serves as a multipurpose lounge (for daytime activities /bingo, workshops, Nintendo Wii gaming tournaments) and as a late-night karaoke bar.
Shore Excursions Desk has computer stations and tables (no paper brochures). It provides information on Royal Caribbean cruise tours and excursions (sponsored ashore), also planning and tour booking services.
Guest Services is the ship’s Reception Desk for 24-hour staff assistance, information, bookings/reservations (via iQ tablets), luggage and cashier services.
Main Dining Room (level 3) “My Time Dining” 5:30-9:30 pm.
AquaTheatre (entry is on deck 6)
Power Walking / Jogging Track (2-lane, covered, 2,4 laps = 1 mi) makes a full circuit, but portside/starboard seaviews are obstructed by lifeboats/equipment. Aft on Deck 5 (by the Jogging Track) are located several small seating areas with deckchairs.
Deck 5 changes after Royal Amplified 2020 refurbishment
"On Air Club" (karaoke and sports bar) was replaced by "Spotlight Karaoke" - fleet-first venue featuring a stage for singalongs, 2 private rooms (for parties) and themed nights.
Changes were made to the retail zone with Solera expanded (now includes The Shop's area), Logo Shop (replaced Prince and Green Shop), Island Market (replaced Kate Spade), The Collection (replaced Regalia Shop) and Fine Watches Regalia (replaced Michael Kors Shop).
Amber Theater was renamed Royal Theater.