Big is not always better: Allure of the Seas Cruise Review by chica53

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Big is not always better

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Eastern Caribbean
Embarkation: Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
Let's start with the good:

- boarding process was painless. Lots to do. Specialty restaurants are top notch. Love the touch screens next to each elevator that let you know what's happening at all times throughout the ship and help orient you. Plenty of pools and hot tubs.

Some of the entertainment is spectacular and great fun specially the musical Chicago, the comedy club, and the Aqua theatre.

Now for the bad and I must preface this by saying that I prefer a more relaxed and intimate cruising experience so I have a definite bias.

Service is very impersonal. Never even met my cabin steward.

Because there are 5,000 other passengers on the ship you have to preplan EVERYTHING- from visits to specialty restaurants, to reservations at the shows. Even with reservations we showed up at two of the shows and there was no seating left.

Food in the dining room is fine - nothing to write home about. Windjammer is same as with all other More ships.

Solarium has absolutely no shade which is a shame because it's the only quiet pool area reserved for adults.

I love to work out and tbe gym is cramped and not as attractive as those on smaller ships where they are located on a high deck and afford a beautiful view of tbe ocean while you work out (bliss). Less

Published 07/09/11

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Only there for 4 hours so I didn't even get off the ship. My daughter in law said there were a few cute boutiques near the dock but mostly cheap merchandise

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We arranged for a private guide with van to take us on a tour of the island through our travel agent. I found the Dutch side underwhelming but the French side had some nice boutiques and restaurants. We ate at a restaurant right on the beach that offered a pretty extensive menu and was reasonably priced

I give this port a high rating but not because of anything related to RCI. We chartered a catamaran for a day of snorkeling with captain Jaime and his dog Lisa. It was great fun. He provided all of the snorkeling equipment as well as a yummy barbecue chicken lunch with brownies for dessert.

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