Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by MTBELL1970: Our Amazing Cruise!
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Our Amazing Cruise!
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
This is our 2nd cruise. Our 1st with Royal Caribbean and it exceeded our expectations! I traveled with my wife, my daughter (11) and, son (11 mo.). We flew down to Miami the day before we set sail. We got a rental car and drove to Ft. Lauderdale for the night and stayed at the Riverside hotel. The next day we went to Port Everglades and boarded the ship. Embarkation was a breeze! We boarded the ship within 30 minutes of arrival because we did online check-in. I recommend doing online check-in because it will be easier getting through the terminal. When we boarded the ship we arrived into the Royal Promenade. The promenade was on deck 5. It was beautiful! When you walk in you are face to face with the levitating bar. At night this bar levitates and when you look up you can see the stars. Also on the promenade there is Café Promenade. They have sandwiches, soups, and desserts. We went to deck 8 which is central park. There we ate at the Park Café. In the morning they have More
a make your own bagel station. My daughter loved this because the have every type of bagel and cream cheese. For lunch they had their famous roast beef sandwiches and soups. I do not recommend the soda there it tastes horrible!! At the beginning of the cruise you can buy a drink package. I recommend this because you can get free soda from the Coca-Cola machines around the ship. Our stateroom was ready at 1:00. We had the boardwalk view stateroom. They were very good sizes. The bathrooms were amazing sizes for a cruise ship. The rooms were cleaned thoroughly. Our stateroom attendant was very friendly and he put up with our crazy schedule. The main dinning room was nice and had different food options each night. Our head waiter was very nice and helpful. The drink waiter brought my daughter a chocolate cookie milkshake for free on the 4th night. We liked that we did not have to eat at the dinning room each night and were able to eat at other places like the park café, café promenade and Johnny Rockets (this costs money and did not come with the cruise fare).
Day 2, we awoke to the beautiful ocean and went to Windjammers. This restaurant is a buffet style place. The selection was wonderful! They had lite bites and Asian style food which you usually do not find on a cruise. We took our son to the youth area of the ship and went to a room where we could play with him. My daughter went to her section for her age group and met many friends. The youth program (Adventure Ocean) was amazing!! My son went to the Royal Tots and Babies program. They had every Fisher Price toy and every Baby Einstein movie imaginable. During the day it cost $6.00 for them to babysit. At night it was $8.00 to babysit. My daughter loved the youth program and went everyday. She said that the staff interacted with them unlike our last cruise. They played many games and on the last night they slimed one of the staff members whom the children voted for the most. That night we saw the aqua show Ocean Aria. The show was amazing and had lots of humor. Professional divers dove from 9 stories high and they did muscle acts as well as trampoline acts. Day 3, after we arrived at the cruise lines private island in Haiti. My wife and daughter did the aqua park with Kate's friend's family whom we met on the cruise. The aqua park was fun with trampolines, slides and an inflatable iceberg to climb on. The beach was beautiful and had a great view of the ship. We went back on the ship for Kate to shower so she could get her hair braided. The hair braiding people only accept cash. That night was the same as the night before and Kate went to the kids club from 7:30 to 10:00. You have to pay $ 7.00 every hour from 10:15p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Day 4 was Falmouth, Jamaica and we stayed on the ship all day because we did not do a shore excursion that day. We went to the pool which was fun. The pool area was nice. They had 4 pools, 1 current pool, 8 hot tubs, and 1 h20 zone for non potty trained babies. Kate went on the flowrider and zipline and she loved them.That night Kate ate with the kids club which was pizza, chicken nuggets, French fries, and lemonade. Day 5 was cruising and it was the same as every other at sea day except that we played put putt that morning and ice skated that night. Ice skating was fun ,but it had specific times you could go. Day 6 was our last port day. We were Cozumel ,Mexico. We left Luke at the youth club and swam with dolphins. Swimming with dolphins was amazing!! We saw some of Kate's friends that she met and we were in the same dolphin encounter group. We got to kiss,high five, and touch the dolphin. Then the dolphin let us grab on it's fins, ride on it's belly and push us on boogie boards. Last on our excursion, was that we got to touch and feel a manatee. Day 7 our last full day on the ship and also Luke's 1st birthday. We went to DreamWorks breakfast and got pictures with the Penguins of Madagascar and Mort from Madagascar. The dinning room staff brought Luke to the front of the crowd and sang to him. We celebrated his birthday at the cupcake shop onboard. We ordered a special cupcake for Luke and it looked like a Christmas tree! The lady at the shop was unfriendly and the cupcakes were cold and hard. We were beyond disappointed!! Day 8 was debarkation day. We were very sad to have this wonderful vacation come to an end. Debarkation took longer than embarkation. We got off the ship at 9:30 and we did not get into a taxi until 10:30.The customs line took forever to get through.
Overall, our cruise was amazing and exceeded our expectations. We had a wonderful time and would recommend this ship to many people. Less
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