Bobcatdad

Bobcatdad
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Joined: 08/09/2014
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Allure of the Seas

July 2016 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Great ship!

My wife and I are frequent cruisers and have sailed mostly with Royal Caribbean Cruise line, although not exclusively.  The Allure is a magnificant ship with plenty of things to do on board.  With a capacity of 6,000 passengers, you might thing it would feel crowded, but the size of the ship compensates for this.  The only time we really felt a line was at My Time Dining.  There are 3 dining room and one is exclusively for this feature.  I would recommend having a regular dining time.  The ship had 5 pools, plus a water park area for younger kids.  The 16 and over area in the front of the ship is where we spent a lot of time.  So no young kids running around making noise for those of us that have been through that part of life.  They police it well also, telling parents/kids trying to swim in this area that they are not permitted in the Solarium area.  All of the shows are very good with the exception of the Headliner.  Was a participant on American Idol and America's got talent, but didn't have the "star performance" we expected. Not always on pitch and just didn't have the presence of a headliner.  Skating show and water show were both top shelf.  Specialty restaurants are great with 5 or 6 choice options.  We booked this cruise at the last minute. We chose this cruise because of the ship, but we are not that crazy about the ports of call.  Labadee has been upgraded significantly since we were there years ago.  A very nice day ashore with lots of activities and a large area for all passengers.  Jamacia is just an ok port.  The dock area is nice, but not so great when leaving that area.  Cozumel is mostly t'shirts and jewelry, so we got a day pass at one of the resorts.  There are excursions offered by the ship that I'm sure make up for some of this, but we choose to book things on our own because they are usually quite expensive.  Booking on your own is not for everyone though, so don't let that stop you from booking an excursion.  Food in the Windjammer cafe is good, but not great.  Evening dining is much better, but still wouldn't give it a 10.  Still, a great value for the money.  We've cruised various cruise lines and I would give any of them a 10 on their food.  I would give a 10 for the specialty restaurants.  Those meals were great.  Service on RC has always been great.  Hope this helps. 

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Brilliance of the Seas

April 2015 - Brilliance of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Carnival Ship in Royal Clothing

We have cruised more that 2 dozen times on various cruise lines and decided to take a "short" long weekend cruise on the Brilliance of the Seas. If you are looking for a party boat, then this is your ticket. We usually sail with RC and have been very happy with the cruises in the past. Drink prices have gone up to $10.00 per drink.  Add in the tax and gratuity and my wife and I were spending $25.00 every time we ordered a drink.  This encourages passengers to get the drink packages.  Believe me, people are getting the drink package and they drink constantly. The pool area is small and crowded and VERY loud because of the drunks. One passenger took off his swimsuit while competing in the belly flop contest and again in the sexiest man contest.  Really? No one stopped him from the staff. After sailing away from Cozumel for a couple of hours, we needed to turn around to take an injured passenger back because he fell down the steps on the upper deck.  No he was not sober.     Food was just ok.  Service is always good with RC however.  Maybe if you're young (or older for that matter), like to drink your days and nights away and don't mind low standards of behavior, this is the cruise for you.

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Adventure of the Seas

January 2015 - Adventure of the Seas to Caribbean - Southern

Great ports

my wife and I chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary. We have cruised many times, but the itinerary is the most important thing to us. The Adventure of the Seas is a nice ship with a lot of features. Food was good but not great on this cruise. Entertain it was good but not great also.service is always outstanding on a Royal Caribbean cruise however. You are almost guaranteed wonderful weather when you cruise in the southern Caribbean. We would recommend this cruise.

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Freedom of the Seas

July 2014 - Freedom of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Great cruise

We have sailed many times with R.C and rarely do we not have good things to say about them.  This cruise was no exception.  Service was always outstanding.  Food at dinner was great. Food at lunch and breakfast better than average.  Entertainment was good, but not outstanding.  Cruise director did a very nice job.  Really enjoyed the skating show and the activities on deck.  The Promenade was outstanding with many shops and things to do.  They have a very nice parade for the little ones also.  We never get tired of going to St. Thomas or St. Maartin. I recommend this cruise and cruise line.

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Bobcatdad's Tips

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - Found a new beach Kokamo beach, just ourselves and another couple there. Just beautiful and there is a new resturaunt there on the beach. Expensive, but worth is to sit on the shore without the big crowds.
Port Canaveral, Florida - We flew into Melbourne instead of Orlando. Time wise about the same, but a breeze getting in and out of Melbourne airport.

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