glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Review by russhendrix

Allure was Fantastic, but first time cruisers should read this

In response to review, glomarrone says ...

Thanks for all your tips.  I think that they are very helpful to first time cruisers.  I have heard parents tell me that they don't even want to bring their kids to Boardwalk because it ends up costing them a lot of money when the kids start asking for what they see.  Cruises are adding more and more things to extra cost.  Soon the MDR will be a fee eatery I am afraid.  The daqys of all inclusive are far going and will never return. 

 

One advantage of River Boating is that more things are included in the cost which in general is higher than on cruise liners.  . 

Tags: Royal Caribbean Caribbean - Eastern Allure of the Seas

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Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

That was a great and honest review. As far as the charges that the cruise lines charge for, well I'm going to go back to some of my previous posts. Just because you can book a cruise by yourself online, doesn't mean you should.

I've mentioned before, contact a professional consultant before you book. Going through a TA WILL save you money. A professional will tell you about the pictures, the pay-for restaurants, the excursions and the on board charges. If this is your first cruise, spend time with the agent and ask the questions. As Glomarrone mentioned , a river cruise is expensive, but they are one of the most inclusive packages out there. There are a few luxury lines that are also all inclusive, and very expensive.

Even experienced cruisers know by now that there will be more charges coming up on cruises, so pick your favorite cruise line, do your homework and enjoy the cruise.

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Well said John!

Cruisers – new and experienced alike – need to remember that you don’t have to purchase any of these extra things in order to enjoy a wonderful vacation.  Sure they’re tempting.  They’re attractively packaged and presented by trained salespeople – just like almost everything else you can buy in the world.

We’ve found it gets much easier and less expensive the more we cruise.  We’ve learned from the crew where to get the best free internet in every port.  We’ve done the big excursions and found we prefer simpler things (yes, we’re glad we took a helicopter to walk on a glacier but we really enjoyed hiking to a lake from Skagway more).

The important thing is to relax and enjoy yourself.  Sometimes that may mean spending extra but it sure doesn’t have to.

Happy cruising!

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Thanks for the tip about asking crew members about the availability of Internet service onshore.  I'll have to remember that.  Usually we just look for signs mentioning free Internet service or people congregating in one place sung their laptops.  Gloria

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral
It was a good concept.

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