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We have been trying to sail on this ship for several years, waited until the price was right and it was well worth the wait!! We are a family of four (two adults 50+ and two college students) and there was plenty of us to do together as well as activities that suited us individually. Overall, the week was GREAT and it was exactly what we had hoped for. The cabins were well-equipped and comfortable (read a lot on here about the mattresses; but, we all found them to be just fine - no complaints), our room steward (Joy) was a complete delight and our MDR waitress (Ann Marie) was friendly and welcoming. Our casino experience was OK, a few disruptive guests were there every single night and the dealers' patience was running short -- rightfully so -- which made it uncomfortable for everyone else. Food is another issue ... we ate at Chops and it was perfection. Unfortunately, with the increase of up-fee restaurants on board, the quality of MDR meals has sharply declined. My kids were the ones to notice that the meals started really bad (not good when the ceasar salad is the highlight of your meal) and progressively improved. Maybe to motivate people to switch to up-fee restaurants? Maybe to make sure they ended on a positive note so people would give decent reviews? We'll never know. But, it was REALLY obvious. If you enjoy trivia as a family, there was at least one game each day and it was a good way for us to all reconnect, besides meeting at dinner. The Blue Planet show was GREAT and the comedians we saw (there were three) were all good, especially the guy from Miami (What is his name? HaHa! Fellow cruisers will get the joke.) I have two Cons to share: (1) Adding the room service fee took away a simple pleasure we've always enjoyed -- breakfast on the balcony. Yes, you could get toast and coffee and fruit at no-charge. But, isn't that what we grab every day racing out the door before work? Who really takes time for a nice breakfast, unless you're on vacation? And, we did order the Continental Breakfast three days in a row and it was never delivered! When we called to follow-up on the order we were told there was a 45-60 minute wait. So, as I'm sure they expected, we just went to Windjammer. Meanwhile, our neighbors who ordered full breakfasts with the $7.95 fee had no problem getting their breakfast delivered. Interesting ... and (2) after spending THOUSANDS of dollars on this cruise, it was simply insulting for them to sell small bags of popcorn at the theater venues for $2.50. Really?! The popcorn machines were set up so the smell was in the air. My heart went out to the parents with small kids who were pleading for it and had to fork over the $2.50 for what was literally a few pennies worth of popcorn. It was just tacky. Overall, the ship was amazing, never felt crowded even though it was sold-out, the musicians on board were wonderful, the holiday decorations and music were appreciated and we had a fabulous time. A few minor areas for improvement - sure, but no deal-breakers and nothing that put a damper on our trip. First time purchasing the deluxe drink package. Don't think I'll ever do a 7-day sailing again without it. Nice to not think about the cost, fun to try new drinks that the bartenders recommended, always had the fresh-squeezed OJ and upgrade coffee at meals. Excited already about our next cruise!!

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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by jnjsmom

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We have been trying to sail on this ship for several years, waited until the price was right and it was well worth the wait!! We are a family of four (two adults 50+ and two college students) and there was plenty of us to do together as well as activities that suited us individually. Overall, the week was GREAT and it was exactly what we had hoped for. The cabins were well-equipped and comfortable (read a lot on here about the mattresses; but, we all found them to be just fine - no complaints), our room steward (Joy) was a complete delight and our MDR waitress (Ann Marie) was friendly and welcoming. Our casino experience was OK, a few disruptive guests were there every single night and the dealers' patience was running short -- rightfully so -- which made it uncomfortable for everyone else. Food is another issue ... we ate at Chops and it was perfection. Unfortunately, with the increase of up-fee restaurants on board, the quality of MDR meals has sharply declined. My kids were the ones to notice that the meals started really bad (not good when the ceasar salad is the highlight of your meal) and progressively improved. Maybe to motivate people to switch to up-fee restaurants? Maybe to make sure they ended on a positive note so people would give decent reviews? We'll never know. But, it was REALLY obvious. If you enjoy trivia as a family, there was at least one game each day and it was a good way for us to all reconnect, besides meeting at dinner. The Blue Planet show was GREAT and the comedians we saw (there were three) were all good, especially the guy from Miami (What is his name? HaHa! Fellow cruisers will get the joke.) I have two Cons to share: (1) Adding the room service fee took away a simple pleasure we've always enjoyed -- breakfast on the balcony. Yes, you could get toast and coffee and fruit at no-charge. But, isn't that what we grab every day racing out the door before work? Who really takes time for a nice breakfast, unless you're on vacation? And, we did order the Continental Breakfast three days in a row and it was never delivered! When we called to follow-up on the order we were told there was a 45-60 minute wait. So, as I'm sure they expected, we just went to Windjammer. Meanwhile, our neighbors who ordered full breakfasts with the $7.95 fee had no problem getting their breakfast delivered. Interesting ... and (2) after spending THOUSANDS of dollars on this cruise, it was simply insulting for them to sell small bags of popcorn at the theater venues for $2.50. Really?! The popcorn machines were set up so the smell was in the air. My heart went out to the parents with small kids who were pleading for it and had to fork over the $2.50 for what was literally a few pennies worth of popcorn. It was just tacky. Overall, the ship was amazing, never felt crowded even though it was sold-out, the musicians on board were wonderful, the holiday decorations and music were appreciated and we had a fabulous time. A few minor areas for improvement - sure, but no deal-breakers and nothing that put a damper on our trip. First time purchasing the deluxe drink package. Don't think I'll ever do a 7-day sailing again without it. Nice to not think about the cost, fun to try new drinks that the bartenders recommended, always had the fresh-squeezed OJ and upgrade coffee at meals. Excited already about our next cruise!!
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Cabin Review

Cabin 7138
The bed was comfortable, there was plenty of storage space and lots of little cabinets to keep things organized. I liked that the balcony had two chairs and a regular table, They used to show movies in the cabins and now they charge $11.95 for them. We were out and about most of the time anyway; but, we did used to enjoy catching a movie in bed (Another petty policy change just to make more $$). And, of course, our room steward Joy was so friendly and helpful. It was really appreciated!
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Submarine Tour
    It was comfortable and easily accessible for people of all ages, shapes and sizes. It was not expensive. The guide was friendly and enthusiastic. Did we see much? Not really, some fish and a few jellyfish but nothing great -- no WOW moments. You are basically in the hull of the boat with glass on all sides. My advice: skip breakfast the day you go on this excursion. I'd say about 25% of the people in our group were puking into the blue plastic bags they provided. It was interesting, I'm glad we did it, but I was also glad it was only about an hour long.
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  • Falmouth
    Unless you book an excursion, you will not be able to safely wander outside the gates of the little tourist area RCI has created. There are plenty of little shops and restaurants (with free wifi) inside the gated area so you can get off the ship for a few hours. We thought we'd walk around Falmouth, but within 5 feet of the gate we were approached by several very aggressive people all offering drugs. We turned around and went right back into the safety of the compound. Excursions leave on buses from within the gated parking lot, so perfectly safe to book those I think. Bottom line: Did we visit Jamaica? Yes. Did we really experience Jamaica? I don't think so.
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  • Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
    The port is easy to get to and parking is very close to the terminal. Boarding was a breeze, plenty of help with luggage at the curb. Over $120 to park. If you've never been here before, Port Everglades is a functioning commercial port and not tourist-friendly. You cannot walk anywhere, there are no shops or restaurants, so don't plan on getting off the ship (if you're doing a back-to-back) and going for a stroll, you'll only see cargo ships and tankers.
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  • Labadee
    A lovely area, spent the afternoon wandering around. Plenty of lounge chairs, a nice buffet lunch. Kids went paddle boarding. It was $15/each for an hour. Well worth it. Great photo ops with the ship in the background. Bring sunblock and hand sanitizer.
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