He first cruised while in his mother’s stomach. (He was a stowaway.) He’s been on 16 other sailings since then, cruising with NCL, Carnival Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean. He wants to be an inventor and build robot legs for his grandfather. He’s Charles, an eight-year-old cruiser from South Carolina. I spoke to the exceedingly amiable fellow and his mother for some kid-friendly perspective on Allure of the Seas.
A typical day. The day starts with room service cereal (“Gotta have my pops!”) and TV (Cartoon Network and the DreamWorks channel). Then it’s off to Adventure Ocean, with a few shows, carousel rides and meals at Johnny Rockets mixed in. Edgar tells me he’s nocturnal, regularly staying up until 2 a.m. in Allure’s Adventure Ocean area. (After 10 p.m., babysitting fees apply.)
Favorite onboard activity. He’s not interested in surf simulators yet, but Allure’s science lab is a draw. His favorite activity: making snow in the middle of the Caribbean.
Needs improvement. One of two ice shows, “Ice Games!”, confused mother and son (and writer). The show is inspired by Monopoly, so they (and I) thought they’d be playing along. But only a few people get to “push a button” that actually does anything. Zoltar, the all-knowing gypsy camped out in the Boardwalk, freaks him out, too. He’s right to be wary of anyone claiming to see the future — especially a soothsayer who says you’re about to be besieged by money grubbers.
Dining habits. What kind of food do you …? “Ice cream,” he answers before I finish, his mom shaking her head vigorously in opposition. He prefers the stuff on Allure to the Ben & Jerry’s served on other RCI ships (both carry an additional cost). When he’s not eating ice cream, he’s at the Windjammer, the Adagio Dining Room, Johnny Rockets and Chops Grille. Chuck isn’t a steak man, so the waiters brought him chicken and noodles at Chops. He is a burger man, but not any cheese-and-beef sandwich will do. He sent back the triple cheeseburger at Johnny Rockets because the cheese just wasn’t right. Then he sent back another.
A first time for everything. He’s heard mom praise the restorative benefits of an at-sea massage, so it’s time to try one himself. With parental consent, he’s hired a masseuse for the last day of the cruise.
DreamWorks army, yay or nay? I’m scared of Shrek. Charles is not. Through Royal Caribbean’s partnership with DreamWorks, characters materialize for photo-ops, tickle kids during a breakfast (no extra cost, but reservations required) and perform at the AquaTheater. He’s no fan of Gloria, the rotund hippopotamus from “Madagascar,” but Puss in Boots is welcome to drink a coke and make fake snow with him anytime.
From a tour of his cabin to the 411 on sun deck hideaways and the for-fee steak in the main dining room, Dan’s been all over Allure. Missed any of his reports? No worries: They’re all right here.
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