Big Ship vs Middle Ship: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by Ruth
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Big Ship vs Middle Ship
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Over all we are so glad we saw this ship, but we have decided we don't like the mega ships. We are going back to the smaller or middle ship in size. More personalized and the food is better.
The only real negative to us was our dining experience but other than that it was an OK trip. We are glad we went to see the ship.
I did book the diving shore shore excursion in Cozumel. I am AOW certified. I've dove in Aurba, Bonaire, Curacao, Belize, Mexico, all over the caribbean and Florida. I only booked it with the ship because my husband wasn't able to dive with me that day. I would have normally booked this without the ship. I was shocked Royal Caribbean chose this dive company. The boat was very small and old. 11 divers from the ship on a 30 ft boat with 4 crew members (captain, 2 dive masters & a photographer). Everyone was walking all over each other. Hard to put your dive gear on tanks with that many people on board. US would never have allowed this many people on a boat this size. It reminded me of the boat that sunk in the Florida Keys in Dec 2011. One passenger was tramped and died. This was very unsafe. I will go back to booking my own diving and not go with the cattle herding group. Also will take a taxi by my self to a dive company before booking with a cruise ship again.
But live and learn. Booking shore excursions with the ship is usually always this way. I knew that when I booked it.
If you asked me would I recommend you to take a cruise on the Allure of the Seas. I would say Yes to see it. Sometimes if you except less you enjoy it more.
You will have fun! No cruise is a bad cruise. It is just the food isn't that good. Less