Allure of the Seas. July 8-15. A lot of differences in the two ships. Even though they are sister ships. Embarkation took a little longer then we anticipated. We had to wait for all the VIP, platinum members and suite guests to board before us. My hubby saw this as a way to encourage us to take more cruises to get more points but, I felt it was more a reminded that we were in a cheaper room. Stayed in a boardwalk balcony room. As we did also on the Oasis. On the oasis it was quiet. The addition of the Mexican Cantina on the Boardwalk caused some added noise. thought it really did not bother us. The boardwalk rooms are great for viewing the aqua shows. We were on the 12th floor so, we also had a good view of the ocean. I recommended trying to get a room farther to the back for better scenery.
Finding a quiet place to relax was impossible. We did scope out the "secret" public balconys-HINT HINT- on the 11th and 12th floor, in the back but, people seem to be catching on to these area and they were rather packed with loud drunks later in the cruise. We were left wondering why RCI did not designate these area as quiet zones. ????
Nassau, Bahamas- We did not get off the ship. Instead we took advantage of the ship being empty and went to a movie, enjoyed the gym and did a long walk on the jogging path. We found this walk rather gratifying as we were looking down onto the Carnival Estasty. It looked like a row boat. We couldn't help but notice everyone looking onto our ship. Then we had to remind ourselves we were on that ship 16 yrs ago before we crossed over to the other side.
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands-We did the Bike tour on water Island. Tour was more strenuous then I had thought but, it was well worth it. The views were beautiful and all the tour guides were very knowledgeable on the hidden history. I recommend this tour to any one that knows how to mountain bike ride.
St. Maarten was interesting. We went to Maho Beach and got blasted with the jet engines. What an exhilarating experience. A JetBlue passenger plane seriously blew us away. We got some great pic of planes landing and taking off. lots of fun for those adults that want to feel like a teenager again. How to get there?? Gotta take either a taxi or the water taxi to the town. About a mile behind the ship. We took the water taxi. $6 p/p. Then walk a few blocks and grabbed a shuttle type bus. Bus going to the left. First one that came along said Maho Beach. $2 p/p. This is a public shuttle. I highly recommend this. Many of the island people were on and off the shuttle and were rather polite. Don't be alarmed when each and every person gets on and off says "good afternoon". It took about 30 min to get to the beach. BUT!! Give yourself at least 2 hrs to get back. There is only one road and if you get stuck at the bridge it can delay getting back to town. Hope this helps if your going to get "your hair blown back". As we were a little confused at how to get there.
Our opinion of the ship. It was more congested then the Oasis. Elevators were more packed and we had to wait several nights for the My time dinner. The shows were good. Food was Moderate. Next time we will book a freedom class ship again.