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Allure of the Seas Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Great multi- generational cruise

Review for Allure of the Seas to the Southern Caribbean
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motherof2
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jun 2022
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We were a family group of 12 ranging in ages from 13 to 75 with 2 grandparents, our 2 children and spouses, their 5 children and one girlfriend. All of us had traveled together on Harmony of the Seas in 2018 and had loved it. We grandparents have been on 26 cruises with several different lines .. We all drove to the terminal, two groups parked on site, one group rented a van so were delivered to terminal by Avis. Check in went smoothly, all had brought required records and were onboard in less than half an hour. Staterooms were all ready and we immediately tried to make reservations for various ship activities. We were able to get seats at the diving show and the ice show but very disappointed that Mama Mia had been canceled. It took awhile to all get squared away on the app but it was worth the expense so we could stay in contact with everyone, I highly recommend spending the $ for it. We had made reservations for Specialty dining for the 6 adults ( 2 of the grands are adults but we wanted them in charge of the the other 3). We couldn’t get reservations for all of us together. Making reservations pre-cruise are a little cheaper than waiting til on the ship. No one got the drink or soda package but we did get the packaged waters. We loved Chops Grill, with Giovanni’s a close second. Four really enjoyed the wine tasting opportunity. We ate all our breakfasts in the Windjammer and grabbed lunch wherever was convenient. Quite amazingly we found a large table in the buffet for all 12 of us and ate at it everyday. Even the crew members laughed and said we needed a Reserved card on it! A lot has already been written about the ship- comments that criticize Allure should be taken lightly. The crew were wonderful, the food delicious, the shows impressive. There were minor glitches but they are working with fewer staff, in the difficult environment of Covid. Quite unexpectedly, very few guests wore masks anywhere but all the crew always did. ( 5500 passengers). Happily none in our party contracted Covid on the cruise and we weren’t aware of many who got sick onboard.

There were a lot of ‘passengers as the entertainment’ around the ship- contests, karaoke, trivia, Sudoku, etc. and often the venues weren’t large enough for everyone who wanted to participate. So get there early if you want to be included. Nine in our party enjoyed the ice skating- bring socks and long pants to skate. The ship provides free ice skates, reservations required. Some of the entertainment events required reservations- but there always seemed to be some room for a few without.

Our Perfect Day at Coco Cay was wonderful, despite the afternoon downpour. Younger generations enjoyed the time at the water park, despite its hefty excursion fee. One set remarked they really enjoyed the freshwater lake alot too. Places to catch free lunch are interspersed around the whole area and trams are available for easy transportation. Since the ship is huge, new peers have been built for them but transportation for challenged walkers is provided to security gates at both Aruba and Curaçao. Pay attention to requirement to return ship beach towels after each use or you may find yourself charged for each towel not accounted for. Bring water shoes, some of the beaches are a little slimy with seaweed. In Aruba we walked to bus station close to terminal and got a $5. Pp round trip ticket to beaches- rented a beach chair for $10 each, got lunch at the beach.

Cabin Review

Cabin is adequate, liked the surround shower so didn’t get bathroom floor wet. Several hooks for towels, wet bathing suits. We bring additional metal hooks for inside cabin for bathrobes, etc. would get a larger balcony stateroom except I need a walk in shower as opposed to a tub.

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Aruba

Ate at 5 O’clock Somewhere in the evening to have the specialty Aruba Ariba cocktail. Happy hour drinks $5.00, so much cheaper than on board ship. The drinkers in the family loved it.

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