Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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5 out of 5

First time on the Allure

Sail Date: August 17, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Family (young children)

Room Type: Balcony

Although we are seasoned cruisers, and have been on many Royal Caribbean ships, this was our first time on the Allure.  We had read reviews and seen pictures, and while the ship looked beautiful, we had some concern that it might be just too big.  Still, we thought it would be worth a try, so we booked adjoining balcony cabins on the 9th deck.  From the moment we entered the ship we were blown away by the spacious public spaces.  It was around 1 pm when we boarded, and we went directly to our cabins where our luggage had already been delivered.  We unpacked, and then went to the pool deck to relax and let my grandson enjoy the H20 Zone (kids pool area).  The entire week was spent relaxing, exploring the ship, enjoying Nassau, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas.  Our dining room service and food was outstanding, as was our cabin attendant.  The ship was at full capacity, but with the exception of the Windjammer (buffet) it never seemed crowded.  After having a difficult time finding a table there, we decided to take advantage of the information available on the cabin  TV which told us which restaurants were busy and which had immediate seating.  There are a tremendous number of complimentary dining options, and we found all of them to be great.  The ship is stunning...Central Park and the Boardwalk were great places to relax and people watch.  The Allure is a very large ship, but still had the Royal Caribbean "personality" ...just with many more venues.  One final point...the childrens program (Adventure Ocean) is absolutely outstanding.  This is my grandson's 4th Royal Caribbean cruise, and his favorite part of cruising is being able to go there.  If there are any potential cruisers out there that are apprehensive to take small children on a cruise, take our word for it...they will have a ball!

Ship Quality
Food and Dining
Waiter Maurice and Head Waiter Richard are outstanding
Service and Staff
Entertainment
Children's Programs
Onboard Activities
Destinations and Excursions
Nassau Dolphin Encounter was great
Cabin / Stateroom
Nigel Davidson was our attendant, and he was awesome!
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Cruise Port is right next to the airport...transfers were super easy
Nassau, Bahamas
Dolphin Encounter was great fun for my son and grandson
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Emerald Beach is a great alternative to Magens Bay
Philipsburg, St. Maarten
Great shopping

Tip

The Park Café in Central Park is a great place for breakfast and lunch.



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