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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by EncinitasGal: Allure - Western Caribbean 8/14/2011

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Allure - Western Caribbean 8/14/2011

Sail Date: August 2011
Destination: Western Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

This was our 41st cruise, 28th with RCCL, so we have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn't. If you haven't booked a cruise yet and are not in your 20's or with a big family group, we suggest you stick with the Voyager or Freedom class ships.

That said, if you are already booked, here are our thoughts (By the way the Lido blog on this site is excellent!)

The Positives:

Embarkation and Debarkation are wonderful.

Chops Steak house and Samba Grill are excellent.

Don't pass up the free Johny Rockets Breakfast!!!

The gelato on the Boardwalk is better than the Ben and Jerry's on the other ships.

Dazzles has wonderful variety dancing music.

Watch the interactive screens carefully at mealtimes to see what restaurants are packed.

You can always find a lounge chair,finding space is harder.

If you like Jazz, hang out in the beautiful club.

Oceanaria and Blue Planet shows are must More see!(Book before you get on the ship)

If you are Crown & Anchor Diamond or above go on the backstage tour!

The Pinnacle Club on deck 17 is not just for Pinnacle members, it's a great escape, so is the Viking Crown lounge.

Ok, the negatives..

The Windjammer is smaller than the Voyager and Freedom class with almost double the passengers!

The waterline in Labadee is full of coral which cuts your feet.

Falmouth Jamacia is over an hour away from Ocho Rios and 45 min from Montego Bay, it is still under construction and there is little to do there.

The internet hovels are an abomination!

There are times when it feels like there are 6,400 passengers on board.

Everything here is inner directed, very little ocean views unless it is from your stateroom, don't expect the gym to have those beautiful full windows or have great views from the dining room.

The Solarium is not fully enclosed and is not air-conditioned, the glass above concentrates heat so you feel like a bug under a magnifying glass, the deck there is hot also.

Central Park needs fans and misters!

The dining room is not the open space we are used to for this line. Less

Published 08/28/11

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