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Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Western

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Overall rating:

4.4 out of 5
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Allure of the Seas

7 Night Western Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 27, 2019

Ship: Allure of the Seas

Cabin number: 6605

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Review summary

For my first cruise, my experience exceeded my expectations. The food and drinks were absolutely exceptional, the service was great across the board and there was so much to do on and off the ship. We were so sad to leave! I will definitely book another cruise with Royal Caribbean via the site in the future. The discounts and the onboard credits certainly made the trip all the more worth it.

Embarkation

4 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Windjammer Marketplace

5 out of 5

The videos that I've seen of Windjammer must've been outdated because I was pleasantly surprised at just how clean area was kept and the food was just as good! It quickly became our go-to place for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sorrento's Pizza

4 out of 5

Pizza was super delicious! I wish we didn't just two small slices at a time. Fortunately we could return as many times as we wanted.

Solarium Bistro

5 out of 5

LOVED coming here for breakfast. It has some of my favorite selections from Windjammer but without the packed/overcrowded feel.

Solarium Bar

4 out of 5

On embarkation day it was a bit packed and the employees already seemed overworked. The drinks were nice though!

Izumi Japanese Cuisine

5 out of 5

Hibachi was super fun!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
The fitness center was a little lacking but as far as functionality goes it was okay

Guest Services and Explorations!

5 out of 5

Employees at Guest Services were kind, attentive and very fast to resolve any issues.

Focus

5 out of 5

Very easy to find and select your favorite photos with the kiosks.

Flowrider

5 out of 5

My younger brother really liked this feature and spent much of his sea days here.

Entertainment

4 out of 5

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
My nephew absolutely loved Adventure Ocean. He spent most of his time there, especially during sea days.

Adventure Ocean®

5 out of 5

My 10-year-old nephew absolutely loved the program and spent much of his time here.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Cramped for three people to stay in for a week's time and the power outlets were all on one side which made it a challenge but the sofa bed was a great addition.

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida Did not visit port

I'm a South Florida native and worked in Ft. Lauderdale for many years so I didn't feel the need to explore near the port for my vacation.

Labadee (Cruise Line Private Island)

5 out of 5
The best port! I did the Dragon's Breath Zipline which was beautiful and scenic on the way down.

Falmouth, Jamaica

3 out of 5
Port was nice but all of the interesting activities are a bit of a distance away. We visited the Dolphin Cove which was about an hour away. It was a wonderful experience but the pictures for the dolphin encounter are overpriced for the quality that you receive.

Cozumel, Mexico

4 out of 5
This was nice as well. We did an ATV excursion to Jade Caverns via shoreexcursionsgroup.com and it was very exciting. I was a bit disappointed to discover that we overpaid for some of our trinkets and souvenirs at a shopping center just outside the port shopping area but that is most likely my own fault as an inexperienced traveler.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
We had the option of doing self-embarkation but the time we were supposed to be ready to disembark was a little unclear. I was under the impression the doors would open at 7AM and we would begin to file out then but they actually opened at 6:30AM and I was unable to finish my small breakfast before I was rushed out. I am grateful that we were given the option to leave early on our own though.
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