Family Friendly Cruise: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by hobbesey

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Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Other
This is the second time my family was on an Oasis class with Royal Caribbean. People ask me do you feel like you are with thousands of people. I said the only time I ever feel that way is when maybe a show lets out and you want to get an elevator. Overall, the personal service is what makes the difference.

My family went on the Oasis last year and the Allure is basically the same ship with a few differences. The biggest difference this year was more Dreamwork characters experiences. I have a young daughter who is 7 years old and is in love with the Penguins of Madagascar (like her father). Last year, I felt I was always guessing trying to find the characters and they were limited. This year, every day, they listed exactly who would be where and what time, and I can say they were out more often. The character breakfasts are great because they go to every single table and take pictures with every kid. As I said, this year, there were more opportunities at other times More to get pictures and interact with the characters. My daughter got to spend a great deal of time with Mort. She was thrilled each and every time.

In addition, the shows they had were very family friendly in most cases. The aqua show with the diving and such is always great to watch. The other shows in most cases were something I could take my daughter to also to enjoy so it was good for adults and kids.

Last year we had a stateroom that had a bunk bed that dropped from the ceiling. This year to get an adjoining room we had a sofa turned into a bed. I have to say it was a very big bed for such a little girl. I was amazed at the size it converted. Our room attendent was Dwight from Jamaica, and he truly pulled out all the stops to make it special for her. It wasn't just the towel animals, it was the little things from extra chocolates in a design for her or just how friendly he was with her as he really wanted to listen to a prattling 7 year old. The balcony was very nice and with the space opened between the two rooms made it a large balcony for everyone to enjoy.

Since we cruise with extended family we usually do dinner all together in the main dining room. The service, of course, was exceptional. The meals overall were very good. It is not 5 star cuisine but is better than good. My only complaint is they need more chocolate desserts. It was a running gag with my family as I am a chocoholic. But of course, there are plenty of other places to get chocolate on the ship.

The one downside I felt was the itenary. We wanted to do something different from last year so we did Eastern Caribbean. Just because of geography, you hit a port the first day. Then, you have two days at sea to return. It is always nice to have the first day at sea to just relax and have that formal night. The first day on the ship we had the formal night. My daugher loves formal night as she loves to get dressed. I would definitely prefer the first day at sea, and alternating ports like the Western Caribbean.

One of the differences between the Allure and the Oasis is the Allure has a hot dog house. It was good for a quick snack. Also if you are into Starbucks, you can have your coffee fix.

I would definitely do an Oasis class on Royal Caribbean again. Less

Published 04/12/12

Cabin review: D46710 Superior Outside View Stateroom with Balcony

Room 6710 is on deck 6 with the boardwalk. We had a balcony room and my estimation would be directly even with the carousel. We never heard the noise from the boardwalk. The doors were very heavy. The view was very nice. The layout of the room is good with a child. Your bed is in the front of the room and the sofa bed is in the back of the room towards the balcony. Having family in the adjoining room, we were able to of course then go into the next room or go out and not worry about disturbing out sleeping child, so it's a nice set-up for a parent.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Beach Break

The time at the Bahamas was very short. For the money, I would not recommend the tour to the Atlantis. We arrived at 8:30 am and the pools didn't even open till 9 am and the slides till 10 am. And of course, we had to head back to the ship by 2:30 pm. So, you have very limited time, so for the money it really isn't worth it. There are a lot of pools and the slides are fun, but it gets busy fast so that you can't really do them that many times.

St. Maarten was beautiful. The cab rates are fixed to go to certain places. We took a trip to a beach on the french side. The fare was reasonable at $6/person. We also knew when we got there, each place charges for chairs/umbrellas etc. Again, we didn't find it outrageously priced getting a couple of chairs with an umbrella and two drinks right up against the water. It was a beautiful beach.

Coral World Tour

We had a private time with Omar the Sea Lion. That sea lion really wanted to play. He was friendly and fun and very sweet. My daughter got a big kick of the time with him. It was just the three of us and got to spend 45 minutes and really learned a lot about sea lions. You could tell Omar loved to be rubbed as he was starting to snooze at one point.

Paradise Point Skyride

In St. Thomas, we did things on our own. There are open air large bus/cabs that will take you to the center of the shopping district. We also went out to Coral World to play with Omar the Sea Lion. It was a fun experience. St. Thomas is beautiful. Beware of the cab ride back from Coral World over the mountain. I'm used to New York City cab drivers and that trip was nerve racking.

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