Pixie777

Pixie777
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Allure of the Seas

December 2014 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Wonderful Cruise

Don't let the size of this ship intimidate you.  For having so many passengers, the ship ran very smoothly and never seemed crowded.  There were so many things to do, that you really didn't have any crowds in any one place.  BIG RECOMMENDATION:  Go online and get all of your tickets for evening shows (ice, water, theater, etc.)  When you've pre-registered for them, you just go to the entrance and they scan your card.  Without the reservations, there are long lines, and only if those registered people don't show up, you will be allowed to see the show that night.  The onboard activities (zip, flowrider, etc.) didn't seem to be as crowded, probably because of the smaller age group doing those types of activities.   The food was very good (not fantastic) in most of the restaurants and cafes.  The service was fantastic.  There were always crewmen near if you needed something.  All of the evening shows were terrific.  Very well done, and some of the best acts I've seen at sea.  This very large ship does run a bit slower, probably because of the height of it.  I also noticed a little more movement from sided to side - probably because of the height, but it wasn't too disturbing.  We were in Cabin #12222 which is midship.  Embarkation and debarkation were fairly easy - again considering the size of the ship.  But, we carried on our luggage, so we didn't have to pick them up at the end.  I've sailed over 15 cruises and it is ONE of my favorites.  However, because of her size (I'm guessing), they only go to 3 ports, which was a disappointment.  However, I'm very glad I went on the Allure and I would recommend it.     

 

 

 

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Independence of the Seas

December 2013 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Best Cruise Ever

I've been on about 15 cruises with different lines (RCCL, Princess, Holland America, NCL, and Carnival).  I would have to say that this was the best cruise yet.  Everything was great - the food, the entertainment, the service, the ports.  The ship (160,000 tons) was smooth with no movement, even tho there was a day with wind and the seas were a little rougher. 

 

The architecture of this ship was absolutely the most beautiful I've seen.  Like RCCL’s newer ships, this one had the promanade deck that ran through the center of the ship.  Shopping and some restaurants were all located here.  It was like walking through a mall - only there were 3 layers of rooms above it.  We were in one of those rooms overlooking the promadade.  You could see a lot of action below.  The room had a window with a sofa in front, so you could sit and look out.  It felt like an outside cabin, but without the view of the water.  Our cabin (6275) was located mid ship, so walking to the dining room on one end, or theater on the other didn't seem too far to walk either way.

 

All of the staff were always smiling and seemed happy.  They were especially attentive on this ship and made everyone feel special.  The “buffet” as seen in many ships was not located partially outside on deck, but in a large dining-type room.  This made it much more comfortable, and there was never a time where we couldn’t find a table.  The staff was so helpful, and would carry your plate for you if you had anything else in your hands (coffee, bowl of soup, etc.)

 

The entertainment was the very best that I’ve seen.  With such a variety (singers, dancers, ice skaters, comedians, orchestra, violinist, special ABBA group that was contracted) the entertainment was always something to look forward too.  Some ships have “canned” music, but this orchestra was live and able to be seen and appreciated.  The dancer's costumes were the most beautiful that I’ve seen.

 

I’ve been to most of the ports that we stopped at, so I chose to stay on board in Grand Cayman.  It was a great day since the ship was so uncrowded.  I climbed Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica, which I’ve done in the past a few times, and its still a great experience.  I also went to Green Grotto Caves, which was a good choice, and I’m glad I was able to see them.  There was fairly strong wind the day we went to Labadee, and the snorkeling that we did was not a good experience.  But that was not the fault of RCCL.  We chose to return to the ship afterward, so I didn’t really get to appreciate the private island and what the cruise line has done to make it great.  I had been to Labadee about 25 years ago, back when it was just an island with some sand and beach.  The cruise line has definitely done tons of work on this island.  I will definitely put Independence of the Seas back on my list of ships to again cruise with.

 

 

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Pixie777's Tips

Philipsburg, St. Maarten - I was really disappointed here since my last visit about 30 years ago. Nothing now, except shopping and about 80% jewelry stores. We went to a McDonalds which had a coach roach climbing the wall.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida - Our flight didn't leave until evening, so we took the water taxi and toured the billion dollar home area which makes several stops along the way to shop or eat.
Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - Tip #1) Get all of your evening shows pre-registered on line Tip #2) Carry on your bags - if possible. It makes a much easier deportation Tip #3) If doing MyTime dining - still go online and make time reservations.
Independence of the Seas Independence of the Seas - You have to get tickets (free) for the ice skating show, so don't forget to listen for announcements. It was probably the best of all of the shows.

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