Great Vacation-Great Ship: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by glickk
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Great Vacation-Great Ship
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Embarkation was easy--at port terminat at 11 am and we were on the ship by 11:25. It was wonderful wandering around and seeing everything. I think we covered much ground and got oriented before sail away. We also were in the theater for the muster drill--have to say that sitting down and watching the safety video was much nicer than our other trips where we More stood outside in lines "mustering"
I loved the Solarium Bistro and some of the healthier choices (fell in love with the crepe sandwiches--esp. the shrimp and veggie varieties). One of our favorite parts was all the different dining options--we found ourselves asking repeatedly if we could ever go back to freedom or voyager class-since we really enjoyed eating other places (solarium, hot dog stand, rita's) and not having to do lunch in windjammer every day.
Our state room attendant was good--not great. But she was efficient and kept the room really clean. We still struggle with My Time Dining. Really miss the consistency of the same wait team every night--but really enjoy the flexibility. My daughter and husband loved Chicago (i left to stay with my younger son for a bit). The headliner show was a group that did Frankie Vallie--they were FABULOUS. Ice Show was creative and fun. Didn't love Blue Planet as much (can you tell we are a family that loves shows).
One of our favorite evening activities while my son was off playing basketball or watching March Madness with his new-found "posse" of friends was sitting in Schooner Bar for the piano player. My daughter got to sing with him on Broadway Show tunes night and was hooked the rest of the cruise. Did some trivia games as well. . . .and a lot of just hanging.
Had long lines disembarking at Nassau--which has never happened to us on a cruise before --but eventually got off the ship to a really WINDY day. Took a nice boat ride to Blue Lagoon, which was (thankfully) well sheltered from the wind. We were the first cruise ship to port and left before the crowds from Disney and Carnival came--this was a perfect first day relaxing excursion. Split up in St. Thomas with boys doing sea turtle and my daughter and I did the power cat excursion. Liked both but since none of us are big snorklers--really wished that RCL would offer some excursions that are sailing (or other boat rides) but no snorkeling. Just kind of hung out on St. Maarten.
We came for the sea days and they didn't disappoint. Did the zip line--barely a line on the last day of the cruise (and it didn't look like long lines earlier). Rode carousel, sat in Central Park and read. LOVED the Aqua Theater (another great addition). There was so much to do we feel like we barely cracked the surface--esp. since we tried to make sure that we spent some time just relaxing.
We'll be back!!!! Less