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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

Experience: 4-6 cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 41

Overall Rating:

5 out of 5
Verified Review
7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)
Sail Date: June 15, 2014
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 9202
Traveled As: Family (older children)
Reviewed: 3 years ago

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.

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Catered to each person in our group

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Floi rider, zip line, arcades kept the kids busy


5 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
Lots of age related activities

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Sochiulla is the best dining room server in the fleet!!

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Makes you forget you are on a ship

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Sized perfectly. There is so much to do, that you don't spend much time in the room

Ship Tip

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

5 out of 5
Book the zip line online early
5 out of 5
Rose Hall water park, if you have kids
5 out of 5
The dolphin push-pull is worth the money - unforgetible experience
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