Great for families!: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by Cruise Crazy Family

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Great for families!

Sail Date: August 2017
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Although this was an expensive trip, it was almost as nice as Disney CL for a better price. Not all room include a bunk bed, so make sure you check that if that is what you want. There was so much to do for the entire family. Although there are a lot of extras which you can buy, we enjoyed the cruise without paying for anything extra and loved it. We tried the rock climbing and the zip line, and truly enjoyed most of the free restaurants. The shows were family friendly. The ice skating shows really set this cruise line apart. The buffet did not include as much variety as Norwegian or Disney, but we enjoyed the My Time Dining option in the MDR. Our children rarely attend the kids' clubs in any cruise line, but we enjoyed the family activities (parents invited), including the science projects. Their science activities' staff were energetic and knowledgeable. Parents enjoyed the large gym which is directly attached to the track. Even on the last sea day, it was practically empty. There More was plenty of equipment for everyone's use. I wish the yoga was free, but it was not.

We did not book any excursions through the cruise line but we enjoyed walking around and using the free trolley in Old San Juan. We found a starbucks near the port and took advantage of the free wifi. While on the ship, we bought the wifi package and we were happy with the service. It was cheaper for us not to buy the entire week's worth since we just check in with family a few times during the duration of the cruise.

The beach in Labadee was nice. You have to pay for an umbrella, so be ready to sweat it. There is a trolley to help you get around but it was always full. We walked up to the next station so we could get on. The buffet was super busy with few options, so we decided to go back on the ship for lunch.

We always enjoyed the ship's pools in the morning or on port days when there are no crowds. No water slides on this ship, but our kids really enjoyed the current pool. There are so many pools and hot tubs for everyone to enjoy and find a deck chair. Our children enjoyed the 3 arcades on the ship. There were often issues with the machines but the staff credited us every time. Make sure that you keep track of how much is spent on your kids' room keys! If you don't want them to spend, deactivate their cards for spending!

We would gladly cruise with Royal Caribbean again, although Disney remains our first choice. Less

Published 09/09/17
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Cabin review: FB12706 Family Outside View Stateroom with Balcony

The cabin was similar to the cabins on Norwegian and Disney in size. The balcony was a good size. Our stateroom attendant kept it in great shape. We had a queen size pull out couch, a bunk bed, and the king size. Lots of room. We asked the attendant to put the beds away daily as it makes the room feel much bigger. I wish there was a drying clothes line in the washroom.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Port Everglades is very close to Fort Lauderdale's Hollywood airport. It is not worth buying the cruise transfers if you are not traveling alone. We paid $17 (including tip).

We enjoyed being able to just walk off the ship, take a trolley and head to the beach. The beach was beautiful and the water wonderful. You have to pay for an umbrella. You may need to wait for the trolley as it was often full. The buffet did not offer a lot of variety so we decided to go back to the ship for lunch. We brought our own inflatable toys for the kids which we bought at the dollar store before our trip and fit easily in our luggage.
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We decided to tour Old San Juan on our own. We took the free trolley in front of the pier (it passes every 20-30 minutes). You get it at the post with a numbered banner. It will take you either around the interior of Old San Juan (covered trolley with windows) or to the fortifications (open trolley). Children were free to visit and we paid $5 for each adult to take a self-guided tour. The views were fantastic. I look forward to returning to San Juan to explore more next time.
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