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This is a great choice for families — second only to Disney Cruise Line and significantly less expensive. It’s also ideal for sporty travelers: The line’s adrenaline rush-driven activities — the best at sea — include rock-climbing, surf simulations, ice skating, ziplining, inline skating, and boxing (in a real ring). Entertainment choices feature high-dive shows on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, as well as parades with stilt walkers and “Madagascar,” “Shrek,” and “Kung Fu Panda” characters, the result of a partnership with DreamWorks Animation.

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russhendrix
Second Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
2-3 cruises

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Allure was Fantastic, but first time cruisers should read this

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Allure of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

As far as cruises go you can't go wrong with this one.  The Allure is Amazing...Huge, pretty new, Clean, and well appointed.  The staff was friendly and there is a lot to do on the ship.

If you aren't familar with cruises you should keep some things in mind:  They say that a cruise is "all inclusive", but this couldn't be further from the truth (this is for all cruise lines, not just RC).  From the second you book the trip  they are working to get more and more money out of you. Everyday i got emails from RC to sell upgrades.   Some of the extras they try to get from you - upgrading your room, doing their excursions (which are expensive), upgrading your dining, pay for Overpriced pictures taken by aggressive photographers on the ship, buying alcohol package (expensive), buying juice package, buying bottled water package, buying the soda package (soda is not included on a cruise), tips (why they just can't inlcude this in the price i don't know),  Wifi (outrageous price), parking for your car (outrageous) or airport transfers, and the list goes on and on. Its a game cruise lines play to get as much money from you as possible.  You can go and not spend a lot, but i think most people end up spending some.  They give you a card much like a credit card for use on the ship and some people get a shock at the end of the cruise when they get their final bill.

There is a good variety of food and lots of it, but to me it just tasted OK.  You can tell they are feeding people on a budget. I had a strip steak in the main free dining room and it was as thick as a piece of paper.   On this ship as most new cruise ships, there are about two or three times as many pay resturants as their are free ones.  The quality of the pay food would be similar going to a nice resturant at home.  On the Allure they had a pay ice cream shop....I didn't appreciate that, but you can get free ice cream at dinner - its just not as good.  They also have a pay cup cake place, pay starbucks, pay coffee places, ect.  They have a pay Johnny Rockets which is good and not expensive, but when you are already supposed to be getting free food its a little frustrating.  With the exception of the spa, bingo, gambling, and tours i think all the entertainment was included.

I'm not sure why, but cruise ships always go to the worst possible ports.  You do have to be careful in most places when you get off the ship. St. Marteen felt pretty safe so we rented a jeep and explored the island for the day (much cheaper than doing their excursions) - it was fun!

Its important that you make reservations for all of the shows you want to see or even think you might want to see weeks before you get on the ship. Do Not wait.   Otherwise, you are forced to wait at the end of the line and either won't get in or sit in back of theaters.

If you are able to spend the money, I would highly recommend a balcony room.  Spending a week in a small room with no view of the outside makes you feel clastrophobic after a few days.  We had a ocean view balcony and it was nice to have some privacy and just sit and watch a sunrise or sunset eating free room service.

Even though there are about 8500 people on board including staff most of the time it didn't feel crowded except at the pools. This ship feels less crowded than other ships I have been on.  If your looking at different cruises I would just say try to get a newer ship as they are used 24/7 365 days a year  - ships age quickly.  When i was looking there was a tempation to save a few dollars and go on a cheaper cruise line, but you get what you pay for.   RC is one of the best cruise lines and if you do your research you will find that different cruise lines have different niches. If you are set on a cruise this is one is a great one, if your undecided another type vacation maybe better.

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hanawaykp
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Really Exceptional

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Vision of the Seas | Sail Date: Aug 14, 2014

This is the 4th cruise that I have taken over a period of about 20 years. Actually, I had almost given up on cruises, however, Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas was an awesome affordable cruise! The staff and crew were focused on making this an exceptional experience. Mind you, I came into this thinking by the time this four night cruise is over I will be ready to jump overboard. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Cruise Director, Steve Davis, was unbelievably energetic. He was involved and truly cared about the experience of the cruise. He was excited about it and involved! The Vision of the Seas was renovated not quite a year ago and is an absolutely gorgeous ship with multiple panoramic views. There was an adult pool near and whirlpool area that was quieter with less sun that was more my speed. The entertainment was top notch, a comedian, a performer (I did not think I would like spinning plates - it was soooo fun!). The musical was wonderful. I am going to a Broadway play in two weeks in NYC and if you told me these were Broadway performers I would easily believe it! The Michael Jackson dance that the cruise Director taught with passengers was the most entertaining performance I found unbelievably fun. The food was excellent in both the main more formal dining room as well as in the "Windjammer" Room. I also took a Sushi making class with my partner with about 20 other people took. Arthur taught the class and you could not have a more informed, interested, and lighthearted handsome soul teach that class. It was wonderful and now I've made my own sushi twice at home since the cruise.

      I have had other cruises on the Cunard Countess years ago when Cunard had some smaller ships. I also have been on the Norwegian Dream about 10 years ago. More recently I was the chaplain on Rosie O'Donnells "R Family" vacation on the Holland America Oosterdam to the Mexican Rivera. The first two cruises I thought were rather boring. I could not wait to get off (these were both in the Caribbean). The last trip on the Oos

terdam to the Spanish Rivera from the West coast of the US it was hard to evaluate since I really was the chaplain. Overall, I vowed I would never get on a cruise ship again! Royal Caribbean changed my whole perspective!

      This vacation was the most fun I have ever had on a vacation. I liked there were people from all over the world and from kids to the elderly. As a gay man, me and my partner felt welcomed, and I like to be in a heterogeneous group. I like being around people of all different backgrounds and interests. It was great fun, with no stress, and I felt like it enabled me to get back to being me! My partner hates to lose money so we did not spend a lot of money in the casino, but paradoxically he loves going the casino. My rating 10/10 and I know of no one related to Royal Caribbean, it's my opinion.

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emilylwheeler
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Balcony

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Jewel is a true "jewel"!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Jewel of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 05, 2014

My husband and I just recently returned from our 5th cruise, our first with Royal Caribben aboard Jewel of the Seas, and we would highly, highly recommend the Jewel and the Southern Caribbean cruise! The boat is smaller but you would never know it!  This was the smallest boat we had ever been on but we loved the more intimate experience - there were no lines and you still felt as though you had plenty of room - it did not feel crowded.  Our balcony stateroom was immaculate and we had a wonderful room steward.  The dining room offered quality food choices and a diverse menu.  The spa was also very refreshing!  All crew members we encountered were very friendly and helpful.  All the features of the boat were great but we have to say that the port intensive itinerary was what really made the trip spectacular!  5 ports in 5 days with huge time windows at each island made for an active yet relaxing trip.  We don't prefer too many "at sea" days so this cruise was perfect for us, with only one "at sea" day on the way back.  Overall out of all 5 cruises we've been on over the past few years, this is the only one that we've both agreed we would sign up to do again tomorrow!  Highly recommended for young couples looking for active days and relaxing evenings!

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bellayoubeauty
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Oceanview

Experience:
1 cruise (first)

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Great Weekend Getaway. Obstructed view on deck 8 not bad at all!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Majesty of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 18, 2014

I had a great time on the Majesty.The stateroom was clean and comfortable. I purchased a guaranteed oceanview stateroom and I received a room on Deck 8, which was an obstructed view. The view is obstructed due to lifeboats hanging from deck 9. However, the view was not bad and you could still see the ocean. It was better than being on the 7th level where view was not obstructed but level 7 was an open deck so people could walk right past your window. Atleast, on deck 8 there was no walking deck for people to hang out right outside your room. I was in room 8500, the end of the hall, which was even better because only the left side of the view was obstructed, The other side was wide open. The food was decent and there was plenty of it. Don't purchase a drink package because there is a cheap liquor store on the boat and you can mix your own drinks. Free soda, lemonade, tea, and juices available throughout the day on Deck 11 and 12. Dont spend more on non alcoholic drink packages either because it is all available for FREE once you get on board. Hope this helps. Love

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wsphillips2
Third Mate

Traveled As:
Couple

Room Type:
Inside

Experience:
4-6 cruises

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Death by 1000 cuts!

small verified icon Verified Review | Ship: Navigator of the Seas | Sail Date: Jul 06, 2014

I have cruised 4 times before traveling one Royal Caribbean or the Navigator of the Seas. I really enjoy cruising as a vacation. However, this trip left a very bad taste in my mouth. First, the positives. The ship it's quite beautiful very well appointed for younger traveller. The shows were very entertaining and the food was quite nice. It should have been a fantastic vacation but it was not. We traveled out of Galveston and followed all the recommendations for how to board the ship. We were on our feet for 2 hours and 55 minutes before we reached our state room. Most of that time was spent in an air conditioned areas with temperatures in the mid 90's. We traveled to Cozumel Mexico where they try to charge you $30 a person or more to swim on the beach. Every traveler I spoke with talked about how the locals did everything they could to rip you off. And that set the tone for the entire trip. Royal Caribbean tried to reach in my pocket at every turn for the entire trip. If you want an aged New York strip steak at chops restaurant it will cost you 35 dollars extra to make the reservation plus they will charge you another 12 or 18 for the meal. That approach to dealing with travelers was consistent throughout the trip and was immortalized by having the captain of the ship hawking DVDs on the last day of the cruise while explaining how to leave. My dining room waitress began asking for 10 star evaluations after day 4. And the begging continued every night until we got off of the ship. I witnessed a member of the staff mocking an elderly passenger who was concerned about something at the poolside. He rolled his eyes and made fun of the man behind his back and this gentleman was in charge of Guest Relations. One associate cruise director, in charge of a game show, was stern and no fun at all while hosting a game on board ship. During the game she took a phone call and spoke loudly while the rest of us sat in silence. At one point she said on her phone conversation "I've gotta let you go on old fart is trying to cheat." The man was simply trying to get a game card. On the night we arrived two porters were arguing over luggage. It was already 7 o'clock and I had checked my bag at noon. .They were fighting over who was being the most lazy. I peeked into the holding room to see if I could find my luggage and they suggested that I was to blame for all the luggage being late and ordered me to leave. I was standing in a public area. On one occurrence, I ordered a specialty drink from The bar. The bartender was unfamiliar with 1 of the drink specials they advertise. In attempt to figure out how to make my drink she spoke to another bartender who informed her I was saying the wrong drink. He then told me three more times I was ordering the wrong drink. He even opened up the drink specials book and pointed to the drink he was talking about. I took the book from his hands, flipped the book back 2 pages and showed him the drink that I wanted. He then suggested I had not been saying that drink special and that the confusion was entirely my fault. At the buffet, I witnessed three young men joking, giving each other hi fives, and grabbing their own groins while also handling the food. I also had not experienced shore shopping like this before. there was a person on board ship who provided maps and suggested places to shop. It was like QVC on steroids everyday all day. shopping ran on at least one perhaps two of the television channels 24 7 while on board the ship. we were told by Royal Caribbean that the prices were amazing. However, a quick internet search showed that Amazon full virtual a everything at a better price. I was put off by the fact the ship staff would tell us blatantly false information. I did by some jewellery while in Grand Cayman. The same jewelry was for sale on board the ship. The clerk in charge of the jewelry shop told me over and over that they had the best prices and after several minutes of painful negotiations I was told the price they were offering was too low to even make. the Royal Caribbean offer was simply three times as high as I paid for the same exact jewelry. They were trying to rip me off amber lane directly to my face. The entire experience was quite off putting. I guess I just expected a higher degree of professionalism with the staff. These are but a few of the problems I had dealing with the personnel on board the Navigator of the Seas. If you ignore this portion of my review and still decide to take this trip I would suggest you book your excursion trips through Royal Caribbean directly. Royal Caribbean places people who buy from them at the front of the line for departure. While this may not seem very important it can to take an hour or more just to get off a ship this size. Additionally, the excursion I purchased through Priceline in Jamaica left without me and then refused to provide me with any assistance to get to our location. The instructions I received never stated there was a specific time for departure just at the buses would begin running at a set time. When I arrived 45 minutes after the buses were to begin they were all gone. And the excursion company refused to help me. My only choice was to spend an additional $50 for a taxi cab drive and they were not sure they could bring me back. The moral of the story is don't book excursions with third party vendors. In summary, facilities great service terrible. And when you are paying for the service it ruins the vacation.

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Sail Date: Nov 01, 2014
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