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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review
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Allure of the Seas - Memories That Last a Lifetime

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by mac.burch

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  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

My family and I are big cruise fanatics. Together, we have been on several carnival ships, plus the Disney Dream, Norwegian Epic, and most recently, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. In comparison to the past ships I’ve been on, the Allure of the Seas seems to be the most luxurious while offering the best mix of experiences for all ages. It stuns its customers with beautiful architecture and great service, while providing a wide range of activities, entertainment and excursion options. The only drawbacks are the limited numbers of soft serve machines, lack of water slides and financial costs. Regardless of the cons, your family will make amazing memories that last a life time.

The employees on the Allure of the Seas provided us with outstanding service throughout the week-long cruise. The chefs were very talented and never failed to surprise us with their phenomenal cooking. The varying food options were definitely a plus, as were all of the beautiful restaurants that were spread throughout the ship. Every room was stunning and obviously well thought out. The staff members were very polite and provided assistance whenever it was needed. One of my minor critiques is that there should have been more soft serve machines throughout the ship. Since there were only 3 ice cream stations, the lines were often very long. The machines needed to be restocked constantly, which made the wait even longer at times. Occasionally, the machines were out of service further limiting ice cream access for hungry guests.

The Allure of the Seas did a great job targeting all age groups. Lots of their entertainment was meant for all ages. We attended a wide range of activities such as: a parade with Dream Works characters, several movies that were played throughout the week (all of which were kid- appropriate), and a variety of shows, some of which were conducted by performers, while other shows were done with audience volunteers. The Allure of the Seas grabs the attention of adults with many different spa/massage options, although I cannot rate the spa experience because I never scheduled an appointment.

Probably one of the most important parts of a cruise are the pools. The Allure of the Seas does have several pools, but it could definitely use some more. While on the ship, neither my family or I spent much time in the pools because they were always crowded with kids. Another downside to the Allure of the Seas is that it doesn’t have any water slides, although, I do believe that the FlowRiders make up for that. FlowRiders are machines that create artificial waves. The Allure of the Seas has two; one for surfing while standing, and the other for surfing while laying down. There are trainers at each machine that teach new users how to ride the waves. The trainers taught riders different tricks to do once they were ready. The laying down FlowRider was definitely a big hit with the kids. There were usually about 10 kids waiting in each line at a time.

In my opinion, the biggest issue with the Allure of the Seas is the cost. The price for 6-8 nights ranges from $500-$700 per person, as well as around $100 for taxes, fees, and port expenses (also charged per person). With the cruise costs, as well as flight tickets and souvenirs, this vacation can definitely start to add up. Although the Allure of the Seas is definitely one of the nicer cruises, it may not be wise for some families to spend a fortune to go on a Royal Caribbean cruise when there are cheaper options.

After taking both the pros and cons into consideration, you can decide for yourself whether or not the Allure of the Seas should be added to your bucket list. With excellent food and service, a variety of entertainment options, and artificial waves to surf, I believe that the Allure of the Seas is a great vacation choice to make memories that last a lifetime. Overall, I rate the Allure of the Seas 4.5/5.

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My family and I went Parasailing in Haiti. The water was beautiful and the view from the air was amazing. I give this an average rating only because everyone in my family got very seasick, as well as most of the other people on our boat. I wouldn't recommend parasailing to those who are prone to motion sickness.

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