Love at first Allure!: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by CM_MO
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Love at first Allure!
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Our port excursions were wonderful, especially the snorkeling at St. John's Trunk Bay from St. Thomas.
Only downside on St. Maarten, wish we had been told ahead of time that May 1 is a holiday there, and More all the shops were closed.
Loved strolling Central Park with nightcap from Rising Tide Bar, shopping along the Promenade, listening to piano bar, observing young folks at the pool from the Schooner Bar or during the day playing mini golf, etc.
There was so much to see and do, couldn't possibly do it all on one cruise. No lines for anything though.
Only criticism is the ridiculous cost of photos. In digital age there is no need to print and reject so many fabulous pictures that are taken. RCI should sell the CD for one reasonable price. More people would purchase. 20 prints & a CD for $450 is too much. Also, don't need 20 8x10 photos no matter how good they are. We did however, like the way you could find all photos you are in (facial recognition) in one designated portfolio.
All in all, FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE! Was my first, but it will not be my last cruise, and can't imagine any better ship than RCI Allure. Less
Cabin review: 9630
The cruise was fabulous. The Junior Suite was so nice and roomy. Even a walk-in closet. everything about the room was wonderful. The larger balcony for quiet breakfast or evening wine & cheese was so relaxing. Especially liked the secondary black-out curtain for afternoon napping. Our steward was OK. He did whatever needed to be done, but not overly attentive and difficult to contact. We did take a magnetic dry erase marker board and placed that on outside of bathroom door to leave requests for him to handle, which he did. That worked very well. A good CC hint to use.
Port and Shore Excursions
Probably not good to write review because May 1 was a holiday on the island and everything was closed, except 1 gift shop in Marigot. The ferry around to Port Royal was absolutely lovely. Shine's singing, rum drinks and music provide great atmosphere for the Caribbean mood and relaxing. the bus trip back was interesting. Think we would have more enjoyed taking ferry back though.
St. John Snorkel/Sail
Dan gave great narrative of life on and history of St. Thomas. Very informative and fun.
The snorkeling was fabulous. Beach area was pristine and water was clear and full of beautiful coral and fish to observe along the well laid out trail.
Would go again, any time!
Princess Reunion Cruise
No personal service
Fantastic retirement cruise