Review of Allure Of The Seas deck 8 (Central Park-Cabins)
Rising Tide Bar (elevator bar / upper level; base level is on deck 5).
Central Park (neighborhood / bar-dining district) is an outdoor relaxation area with plenty of seating, live tropical plants and trees (in several gardens), live entertainment (Dreamworks Character meets-greets, guitar performances, wine tastings, art auctions). Central Park shops include Coach Store (boutique for leather goods- handbags, accessories, sunglasses, scarves) and Regallia (designer watches, jewelry). Central Park gardens feature a collection of live plants of mostly sub-tropical trees and shrubs, seasonal flowers. There are 5-deck high “green walls” of flowering vines spanning up to 25 ft / 8 m. Allure cruise ship offers a Central Park guided tour (usually on the itinerary’s last seaday) with duration ~1 hour.
Central Park is an outdoor zone (within the ship's interior) with direct access to several venues and a huge garden. Positioned midship, Central Park's garden is home to nearly 21000 live plants and features multi-deck-high metal columns and green walls (covered in vines and ferns), several pathways, recordings of various species (birds, insects, animals) played, live seasonal plants (flowers, shrubs, trees). Signage boards provide detailed information on all of Central Park's trees and plants.
Parkside Gallery displays and sells modern artworks. Art auctions are hosted daily at the Boleros Lounge (deck 5).
150 Central Park (menu, open between 6-9:30 pm, 76 seats) is a specialty restaurant at surcharge US$40 per person. Reservations are required, dress code is formal. The restaurant has a 6-course tasting menu by celebrity chef Michael Schwartz. Wine pairings are available at extra charge (US$75 PP). The menu has itinerary-based dishes made with seasonal food sourcing. Food ingredients are locally-sourced (produced in small farms in Florida). Among the menu items are tapas, soups (potato leek, butternut squash), homemade (mushroom tortellini, crabmeat raviolini), pan-roasted halibut, grilled tuna, poulet rouge chicken, grilled pork loin, braised beef short rib, vegetarian dishes and desserts (lemon tart, milk chocolate cremeux, chocolate bourbon tart, yogurt panna cota). There are two main (rotating) menus – Shadehouse Menu (Sunday through Wednesday) and Harvest Menu (Thursday through Saturday).
Chops Grille (menu, 130 seats) is a premium steakhouse-seafood restaurant open for Dinner-only (between 5:30 – 9:30 pm). This is a specialty restaurant (at US$39 surcharge per person) with an open kitchen allowing guests to watch the food preparation. Reservations are recommended. Included in the surcharge are bread with butter (first-served), 2 appetizers, 1 entree and desserts. At extra charge from the menu can be ordered soups, salads, prime meat (beef, veal, pork, lamb, poultry) and seafood specialties. Among those are New York strip steak (12 oz), filet mignon (6 oz, 9 oz), veal chop parmesan, short ribs, lamb chops, roasted chicken, crusted tuna, snapper Veracruz, grilled branzino, lobster, shrimp, scallops. Steaks are served with a choice of 3 sauces (bearnaise, peppercorn, bordelaise). Among the upsell dishes are dry-aged steaks (16 oz), porterhouse (20 oz), Maine Lobster. Chops Grille menu also has sides/sharables (mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, truffled creamed corn, roasted mushrooms, grilled vegetables) and desserts (chocolate pie, chocolate lava cake, red velvet cake, cheesecake, warm cookie plate, ice cream, specialty coffees).
Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen (menu, 96 seats) is the RCI’s signature Italian specialty restaurant (family-style trattoria) at surcharge per person (US$20 lunch, US$25 dinner). Giovanni’s restaurant is open for Lunch (12-1:30 pm /seadays only) and Dinner (between 6-9.30 pm). Reservations are recommended. Among the traditional Italian dishes served here are focaccia (oven-baked bread), ciabatta, antipasti, salads (Caprese, Caesar), fresh-made pesto sauce, seafood stew, lasagna, meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, pasta (pappardelle, gnocchi, risotto, crab ravioli), veal osso buco, beef tenderloin steak, torta (chocolate cake), cannoli, bomboloni (doughnuts), tiramisu.
Vintages (open between 12 am - 1 am, 73 seats) is the RCI’s signature wine bar with a la carte tapas menu. The menu has appetizers (at US$5 each) and an extensive selection of fine wines and Champagnes (by the glass and bottle). Vintages Bar offers scheduled daily wine education classes and wine tasting events (with sommelier service), a tapas menu (for lunch/dinner) and sometimes an all-you-can-eat buffet (for a ﬁxed fee).
Park Cafe (100 seats) a complimentary deli restaurant with both indoor/outdoor seating (on Central Park). Park Cafe is open for Breakfast (7:30-11 am, with hot panini sandwiches and make-your-own bagels) and Lunch (11:30 am - 6 pm) offering delicious sandwiches (incl Kummelweck /roast beef on weck) and custom-made salads.
Trellis Bar (20 seats) is a Central Park bar (outdoor) – among the best places for pre-dinner or late-night drinks.
Britto is an exclusive art gallery selling pop artworks by Romero Britto (Brazilian artist, painter, sculptor, serigrapher/screen printing). Organized as an interactive space, the art gallery displays artwork, collectibles, giftware, luggage, a limited edition of custom-made (for RCI exclusively) Britto artworks.
AquaTheatre (located on decks 8-9-10, capacity 735 seats, with a deep pool; feature shows are ““OceanAria” and “Let You Entertain Me”/DreamWorks)
Cabins from 8100 to 8730, of which Inside (categories 3V, 6V), Oceanview (6N), Balcony staterooms (categories 1C, 2C, 1D, 4D, 7D, 8D, also 1I-2I-4I-Boardwalk View / aft location) and the rest are Suites (categories GS-Grand, J3-J4-Junior, A1-AquaTheater Suite).
deck plan 8 cabins information: All forward-facing / fore-location oceanview staterooms feature a slanted large window overlooking the ship’s bow. Most of the aft balconies offer views of the Aquatheater. Boardwalk View balcony cabins are located above the Boardwalk Neighborhood, so noise could be an issue. Be advised that all the Boardwalk cabins have “interior balconies”, which are not private (can be viewed from verandas located on the opposite side).
Deck 8 changes after Royal Amplified 2020 refurbishment
Dazzles Disco (lower level 1 of 2) was replaced by Music Hall (lower level 1 of 2) - 2-decks high dance lounge with live band music, large dance floor, intimate seating, pool tables. Dazzles (capacity 222 seats) was the ship’s 2-story Disco Nightclub and Dancing Lounge with a large dance floor, bars on both levels, and offering as entertainment daily dance classes (including ballroom dancing) and nightly themed parties (with DJ programming and often live band performances).
Picture This (relocated to Deck 6) was replaced here by Central Park Library.