Wonderful New Years on Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas Cruise Review to Caribbean - Eastern

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Overall rating:

4.3 out of 5
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Allure of the Seas

8 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip)

Sail date: January 08, 2022

Ship: Allure of the Seas

Cabin number: 12138

Traveled as: Family (older children)

Reviewed: 4 months ago

Review summary

great time, i hope they continue to sail as they are doing as much as possible to keep passengers safe

Embarkation

5 out of 5

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Vintages Wine Bar, Live music in Jazz Club, Dazzles and in Central Park, New Years Eve party in Aquatheater. It was not clear when rock climbing was open, it was hit or miss--they should list times in the app

Entertainment

5 out of 5
Broadway musical Mamma Mia

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very careful Covid protocols, staff wore double masks at all time (surgical and KN95). Cleaning and disinfection efforts were exemplary

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Loved having outdoor venues such as Central Park. Nice walking track on deck 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Clearn, comfortable. This cabin is next to the entry for the bridge, so you can see the bridge officers etc entering. However, they are going in and out all night. Also the balcony next to this cabin serves as the smoking area for the bridge, so if you are sensitive to smoke, you will get smoke onto the balcony

Ship tip

Spend time with a glass of wine from Vintages, just sitting outdoors in Central Park listening to music

Ports of call

Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida

3 out of 5
cruise terminal well organized and spacious. Return customs was basically a walk through, they use a digital facial recognition so it is contact-less (no stamp in passport)

Nassau, Bahamas

3 out of 5
Cocoa Cay is the private island. Lots of beach chairs, but if you want to see the water you need to claim a chair early am. Very safe with lots of life guards in ocean. Did not use the thrill water park

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas Did not visit port

Ship refused entry due to covid

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

4 out of 5
The Great Bay Beach excursion was added as an option. We took it but $39 was not worth it per person. This beach is immediately across bay from where ship docks on the Atlantic side. If you want to visit, take a water taxi to this beach for $7 round trip--easy to navigate ferry. You can then check out beach and decide if you want to rent a chair and umbrella or just check out the shops. Our excursion included "free wifi" which came from a bar and was very spotty. Beach was crowded and very loud with a DJ set up right next to chairs. Alternative, you can take a taxi to Maho beach (if you have 8 people, its $16 each round trip) to see the planes fly right overhead, or take a taxi to Orient beach or for a real "hidden treasure" take a taxi to Mullet Bay beach. Be careful to arrange return transport if you go off on your own, the cruise ship will not wait if you do not return on time and are not on a cruise authorized excursion. There is no Uber on the island

Basseterre, St. Kitts

4 out of 5
Carombola beach escape was nice. We walked down the beach to the Discovery Bar and had rum punches with Morsi. Great beach on the Carribean side

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Customs was a breeze. Taxi's plentiful and cheap to airport about $15, you can skip the cruise line transfers which are expensive ($11 per person)
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