June 26, 2011 - Eastern Caribbean / Allure of the Seas: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by my2qts
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June 26, 2011 - Eastern Caribbean / Allure of the Seas
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
The positive was the dining room. We paid for My Time Dining - which I didn't feel was necessary; but my travel agent said it was important to do on this ship so that we got to our reserved shows. But anyhow, we requested the same dining room staff (Waiter/Asst Waiter) for every evening. They were fast, friendly and very personable. They asked every evening if we had to be somewhere after dinner and they planned accordingly so we were never late for a show. We never had a complaint about the food, it was prepared perfectly. We didn't try any of the dinner venues that have a cover charge because my daughter is a plain jane eater and wasn't going to pay $20 for her and she'll end up eating pasta. We did have lunch in Izumi for Sushi and it was great. It's just that you pay $3 a head ($5 a head for dinner) PLUS the price of the food. So considering other cruises have sushi standard in the Windjammer, I felt that this was a rip off.
What my family enjoyed the most in addition to the Adiago dining room was the shows. Chicago, Blue Plant, Oceanaria, How to Train Your Dragon ice show, Monopoly ice show, Lucas headliner, and Let You Entertain Me aqua show were all exciting and thrilling shows. They do warn you when you board the ship that Chicago may not be suitable for children, but the choreography and the talented singers and dancers is just too exciting to miss. The storyline of Chicago is stupid, and although it's about lovers, sex and murder - it's nothing worse than the headlines in the Daily News or the Post so it's what my children are exposed to when they catch the local news channel and newspaper headlines. The headliner show with Lucas was great, we caught the first one and he does his thing with puppets. The kids loved it! They wanted to see the last show but Mr. Lucas stated to the audience that he was going to make his last performance geared to the adults more so we didn't see it again.
Another enjoyable feature is the jog/walk track; boardwalk with the carousel, face painting and balloons. Plus I would think the ice skating rink would be a fun place too, don't forget to pack pants and socks! I couldn't find a place to buy them on board and in the ports and if you don't have pants you cannot skate.
In regard to the ports. Bahamas - dirty, harassed constantly by islanders to buy this or that and we spent about an hour in town and came back to the ship. St. Thomas - Very clean and we were never harassed by anyone. We went to Emerald Beach. The water was calm and the beach was empty. It was beautiful and relaxing. Paid to rent lounge chairs and towels that were under a palm tree for shade. St. Maarten - Very clean but again we were constantly harassed by islanders to buy this or that. We went to Dawn Beach. The water had these big waves that knocked you down but the kids enjoyed it. The beach was empty, beautiful and relaxing. We paid to rent lounge chairs with an umbrella but they didn't have towels to rent only to buy for $12 each. If you go, bring your RC towels with you! The food is very pricey (restaurant on the beach) we were concerned with the cleanliness and therefore we did not eat there.
Overall it was fun to be on a cruise and if I were to consider going on such a large cruise ship again, I would consider an off peak time. We will cruise again but I think next time we'll try a smaller RC cruise ship. Less
Cabin review: FI3830 Family Interior Stateroom
3830 - Family Inside Stateroom. Very small for 4 people to move around once the sofa bed is made up for sleeping. Closet/Drawers/Shelves are adequate for 4 people. The bathroom sink is very low but it was a great size for my 8 year old daughter! The stateroom attendent comes twice a day and the service is spectacular! The kids enjoyed the mints and towel creatures!Read All Family Interior Stateroom (FI) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
It is dirty and you'll be harassed constantly by islanders to buy this or that.
Very clean but again we were constantly harassed by islanders to buy this or that. We went to Dawn Beach. The water had these big waves that knocked you down but the kids enjoyed it. The beach was empty, beautiful and relaxing. We paid to rent lounge chairs with an umbrella but they didn't have towels to rent only to buy for $12 each. If you go, bring your RC towels with you! The food is very pricey (restaurant on the beach) we were concerned with the cleanliness and therefore we did not eat there.
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