Allure of the Seas for Thanksgiving 2012: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by Funhawg
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Allure of the Seas for Thanksgiving 2012
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation - smooth and quick - 20 minutes from taxi to on-board.
Disembark - tedious waiting, but functionally smooth.
Dining - Windjammer is the typical buffet cafeteria food - so-so.
MyTime dining in the Adagio was fine. Waiter (Ted) was fantastic and food quality was better than average but not great.
Wipe-out cafe is great snack food and really appreciated the pretzel dogs and frozen yogurt. Promenade Cafe - good snacks and anytime food (24 hrs). Enjoyed my evening cookies before bed. Park Cafe - busy but food was good. Roast beef sandwiches are hard to beat.
Johnny Rockets was great but I don't get the idea of $5 cover and I still have to pay for a milkshake.
Doughnuts were very much appreciated every morning on the boardwalk.
Specialty Dining - Chops Grille was outstanding and the value ($35/pp) was terrific 4 1/2 stars. 150 Central Park - More OMG! Very unusual food selection but quality, presentation and taste were unrivaled Five Stars. Giovanni's was more food than you could possibly eat and the service was terrific. Food quality was four and a half stars.
Shows - Chicago was great production, but needs an intermission. 90 minutes in those seats would be hard for anyone. Oceanaria was fantastic and to think they do this while the ship is bobbing and weaving around the seas is pretty impressive. Blue Planet was also fantastic. Comedy shows were very entertaining, although not necessarily appropriate for anyone under 18. DreamWorks shows at Aqua Theater were fun and kept the kids entertained.
Excursions - Nothing booked for Labadee, Haiti, but the Dragon Zip Line looked fun. I was content to float around the private bay. The locals will hound you to buy their trinkets. In Jamaica we booked the combo Ocho Rios and Montego Bay trip. There really is not enough time to climb the falls, and make ti to Montego Bay for shopping and lunch. Cozumel was the Jungle Buggy and Snorkeling at Punta Sur - Fantastic and the guide (Adrian) was entertaining as well as informative.
On-Board the ship only felt crowded at meal times and getting on and off. Otherwise, plenty of deck chairs, plenty of activities, and as with most cruises, more than sufficient opportunities to eat! The Zip line was fun, albeit short. Didn't use the Flow Rider pools but was entertained by everyone else that did.
All-in-all a great experience. Beware there are a lot of things that are chargeable (cupcakes, milkshakes, Starbucks, etc.) but we still didn' spend an exorbitant amount. Less
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