Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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4-6 cruises


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5 out of 5

In spite of we had a great time

Sail Date: June 15, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (older children)

Room Type: Balcony

Our party of 10 booked 5 staterooms 18 months prior to sailing.  The grandparents would be in the middle with 2 grand daughters on one side, 2 grand sons on the other side and the parents on the 2 outside rooms.  Perfect.  The rooms were paid for and we were counting the days until sailing.  Then, we discovered that the middle room was taken away from us and failed to notify us.  After much hassle and screaming, the problem was solved by Royal Caribbean.

We left port on June 15 and began the "trip of a lifetime".  We, the grandparents, had cruised 4 times prior to this cruise, including the Allure, but for the rest of our group, it was their first.  Upon boarding, we rented the ship board phones.  Each chilld had one and each set of parents had one.  These phones work only on the ship and allow you to call, text or locate any of the other phones.  It was fantastic and really gave us peace-of-mind.  Be sure to rent these as soon as you board, because they arae extremely limited at this time.  Our grandkids, ages 14, 12, 11 and 9 were able to go about their activities without the parents.  The ship is easy to navigate and there are so many age related activites for the kids.

We thought that dining might be a problem for our party because we have so many picky eaters.  But, this turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip.  Our dining room server catered to each person and everyone was thrilled with the dining experience.  We attended all of the shows - Vegas qua;lity - and many of the smaller venues.  

Our off-ship excursions were amazing.  The kids had a ball in Labadee, 5 of them even did the giant zip line. In Jamaica, we went to Hilton's Rose Hall water park.  It included lunch at the restarant or buffet.  In Cozumel, we went to the Dolphin push-pull.  Indescribable!!  It was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill for all of us.

Although the Allure of the Seas holds over 6,200 passengers, you never see crowds or stand in lines for an inordinate amount of time.  So much to see and do on this ship.  We highly recommend this cruise for people of all ages.  But, don't book it through Cruise Only.

Ship Quality
Makes you forget you are on a ship
Food and Dining
Catered to each person in our group
Service and Staff
Sochiulla is the best dining room server in the fleet!!
Children's Programs
Lots of age related activities
Onboard Activities
Floi rider, zip line, arcades kept the kids busy
Destinations and Excursions
Dolphin push-pull in Cozumel was the highlight of the trip
Cabin / Stateroom
Sized perfectly. There is so much to do, that you don't spend much time in the room
Labadee (Cruiseline Private Island)
Book the zip line online early
Falmouth, Jamaica
Rose Hall water park, if you have kids
Cozumel, Mexico
The dolphin push-pull is worth the money - unforgetible experience


Get ship board phones early, if you are travelling with kids from ages 8 to 16.

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