Port Everglades – 1850 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Whenever we travel to new places, trying new foods is the one thing we look forward to most. For us, eating at new restaurants and trying exciting new menu items is something that we truly enjoy. With over 25 places to grab a bite onboard Allure of the Seas, including both Complimentary and Specialty Restaurants, foodies like us will not be disappointed.
Royal Caribbean offers plenty of complimentary dining options included in your cruise fare:
The Main Dining Room – Multi-level Main Dining Rooms offer cruisers a different dining experience with the ability to retain the same wait staff each night. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menu has everything from French toast, buttermilk pancakes, eggs Benedict, cheesy grits, and toast to fresh fruit. For dinner, cruisers can select a timed seating for a dinner reservation at either 6:00 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. nightly in their assigned main dining room, or they can opt for My Time Dining (just show up anytime between 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. and ask for a table) which is located exclusively on Deck 5.
When it comes to seating, cruisers can opt to have a private table with only their traveling party, or make new friends with group dining by joining other parties for dinner. Although we prefer to dine alone, there are times when dining with other cruisers can be a fun way to learn about other cruises you’d like to take or fun excursions you’d like to try. The best part about the Main Dining Room is the service. Your wait staff goes the extra mile to learn your likes and dislikes as the cruise progresses. If they know you love raspberry iced tea, you can be sure that as soon as you sit down – your waiter or waitress will greet you with an ice cold glass of raspberry iced tea upon arrival. This is the type of service we were looking for, and Royal’s staff certainly does not disappoint.
The Windjammer Buffet – An all-you-can-eat complimentary casual self-service buffet located on Deck 16 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Fresh-pressed paninis, pastas, soups, salads, sandwiches, and various meats from carving stations all can be found on the lunch menu. Regardless of breakfast, lunch or dinner, Windjammer is our pick for cruisers with kids simply for its variety and laid-back atmosphere. Windjammer literally has something for everything, and parents with little ones can rest assured that if their picky eaters don’t like something – there is bound to be another item to satisfy their pallets.
For example, many of the dishes are prepared bland, without sauce. Diners are able to select from an array of toppings and sauces to personalize their entrees. This also helps with picky eaters in the group who may not enjoy a particular dish because of a certain sauce or vegetable. With our little travelers, we like to keep things simple. We have a few picky eaters in our group who don’t like mushrooms. It was nice to see a number of dishes that typically included mushrooms served them separately.
Park Cafe – A complimentary grab and go market café located in the Central Park Neighborhood serving soups, salads, sandwiches, and snacks serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Solarium Bistro Buffet – A casual self-service breakfast buffet located in the adults-only Solarium on Deck 15 – Forward.
Although we enjoyed breakfast at Windjammer, it was nice to have the option to change things up from time to time. This is one of the best things about Royal Caribbean’s ships. There are so many venues where breakfast is offered, we could pick a different one almost for each day of our cruise.
We enjoyed grabbing breakfast at the Solarium Bistro on port days. Having breakfast in the Solarium allowed us to take in the views of port from the peaceful surroundings of the Solarium deck while also enjoying a delicious selection of hash browns, bacon, and eggs. Most of the time, we had breakfast in the Solarium while the crowds were heavy heading into port. While everyone was disembarking the ship for a day in port, we were enjoying a quiet breakfast in the Solarium. Afterwards, we headed off the ship with little to no crowds.
The Wipe Out Cafe – A complimentary casual self-service buffet in an intimate setting located not far from all the funtivities onboard (The Flowrider, basketball courts, zipline, and all four pools) and serving hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, French fries, ice cream, and pizza. This spot was a favorite of ours on sea days, and our winner for best quick-service onboard. It was very convenient to grab a snack from Wipe Out while we were lounging by one of Allure’s four main pools.
The café also offers a few outdoor tables for those wishing to dine nearby. On especially windy days, it was hard to hold onto our snack plates by the pool, so grabbing a table near Wipe Out and watching a basketball game on the Sports Deck was a nice advantage.
Wipe Out is also home to two Coke Freestyle Machines for those looking to refill their refillable Coke Freestyle mugs.
Café Promenade – This hot spot on the Promenade serves everything from coffee to sandwiches, pizzas, pastries, and desserts (mocha brownies!) 24/7. After a late night in the club, you’re bound to work up an appetite and Cafe Promenade was one of our favorite late-night spots.
Johnny Rockets – Located in the Boardwalk Neighborhood and serving classic American fare like hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled cheese. While Johnny’s is free to cruisers for breakfast, there is a surcharge for lunch and dinner unless you have the unlimited dining package.
During our cruise planning, the one consistent thing we heard was that Johnny Rockets was the best spot for breakfast on the ship. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until our last sea day that we finally made it to Johnny’s, and it most definitely stood up to the hype. This is a ‘must eat’ for us. Johnny Rockets, which is included in your cruise fare, is located in the Boardwalk neighborhood of Allure of the Seas, and it offers both inside and outside seating. We prefer dining outside, but if you’re looking for the classic diner vibe, request a booth inside next to a tabletop jukebox. Buttermilk pancakes, omelets, French toast, and more are all on the menu. Jared raved about the a dish called ‘The Works’ which consisted of Country Potatoes and Ham while Janine loved her Three Egg Omelet with peppers, onions, and cheese.
Sorrentos Pizza – A complimentary counter-service pizzeria located along the Promenade serving lunch and dinner with a few tables located inside the restaurant itself. If you are able to grab a table, we love to enjoy a slice or two while enjoying all the activity along the Promenade. From demonstrations to entertainment and everyday people watching, this is a great spot to grab a bite.
Just outside of Sorrentos are two Coke Freestyle Machines for those looking to refill their refillable Coke Freestyle mugs.
Room Service – Allure offers complimentary breakfast, lunch, and dinner room service.
Although there are an array of complimentary dining locations onboard Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean also offers a number of additional dining options that are available by reservation-only. In addition to the above Complimentary Dining establishments which are all included in your cruise fare, guests onboard Allure of the Seas also have the opportunity to dine at one or all of the Specialty Restaurants for an additional fee. Specialty Restaurants offer cruisers the option to enhance their onboard dining experience for an additional fee which you can read more about here: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines: Specialty Dining – Allure of the Seas
Our very first ever cruise with Royal Caribbean International onboard Allure of the Seas was beyond incredible. We often refer to this cruise as one of our best vacations to date. We both agree that it is firmly in our Top 5 Trips Taken. Allure of the Seas offered everything we were looking for, a good mix of activity and relaxation, fantastic food, and the ports of call were fantastic. Although we consider our activity level on this cruise a pretty active one in that we made it to the gym or ran on the track each day and also managed to see and do so many things both onboard and in port, we still managed to arrive home feeling so relaxed.
We’re so glad we finally decided to take a chance on Allure of the Seas and Royal Caribbean, and we’re are kicking ourselves that it took us so long! We will absolutely be cruising again on Allure of the Seas in the future, and we can’t wait to try another of Royal Caribbean’s ships on our next cruise!
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