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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Constant barrage to buy more things, and constant fees which added up to a lot!

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by jsvacationer

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2017
  • Destination: the Western Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Family Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

We went on the RC because it according to the checklist seemed to have the same things as Disney but cost was much better. It was a huge mistake. The environment was not at all kid friendly. They have things for them to do, but kids are definitely secondary on the boat. There is not a lot for kids to do, the kid areas are really quite small and thus packed with all of the other kids who are stuck on the boat as well. Several activities are for adults only and have age requirements, unlike Disney where you could do everything together.

The cabins were nice, kept clean. The staff was good. The dinners were great, but again very deceiving as far as kid friendly. Each dinner took about 2 hours, so by the time you were done, the kids were practically rolling on the floor throwing food they were so bored and if you weren't busy enough watching out for your own kids, there's everyone else's kids who are bored and having melt downs. They don't even offer crayons for the kids to color with anymore because they drew on the tablecloths. If it's just adults, the cruise is fine, with kids, disaster.

The other problem is everything has a fee. Lots of fees. When you book the cruise, they tell you things like room service food is free, you can order all of anything you want - that's true, but what they don't tell you is that there is a delivery fee of $8 per order. That makes your midnight snacks add up fast. Also restaurants change. This one is free during these hours and then after a certain time you pay for it and they were not very up front at all about the charges. Several times we almost got charged and then we realized that this or that came with a fee.

We did order room service as well as the other parities in our group. The orders were wrong almost every single time. I finally called to ask for the correct order because I just wanted my bagel for goodness sake, and they sent up a tray of chocolate covered strawberries to apologize, and they were all molded! It was just amazing to me like how could this get much worse. We did have several in our party come down with mild cases of food poisoning a couple times during the trip - one happened to be when they had a water problem and you couldn't flush the toilets for about 4 hours!

The boat staff in the stores were every bit as much like sharks circling the waters as the locals on the islands. There literally was no where you could go where we weren't hit up at some point by staff trying to get us to buy things and if you go on the island then the locals go after you.

In short, our party of 13 said we would never do this again. We ended up spending thousands more than we originally thought because of all of the added fees that come later after you book, unlike Disney who is upfront about the costs. In the end, we spent more and did not have near as good of a time.

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Family Ocean View Stateroom with Balcony

The cabins were kept clean and housekeeping was great.

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had fun in the kids park.

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