Cruise Review - Allure of the Seas
By Simone Kacan
I recently returned from a 7 night Caribbean cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, the biggest passenger Ocean Liner in the world.
The itinerary was Labadee (Royal Caribbean’s own island off the coast of Haiti), Jamaica and Cozumel (Mexico). I had previously cruised to 2 out of the 3 stops, but it was the ship I really wanted to experience and what it had to offer.
From the pier, the embarking process was so well managed and efficient, I was onboard in less than 15 minutes.
I had an ocean view balcony cabin which was fantastic. Lots of cupboard space, flat screen TV, iPod docker, very comfortable bed and very modern bathroom.
Being the largest cruise ship in the world, you would think you that you would constantly get lost; to the contrary it was the easiest ship to navigate around.
As it is split into 7 neighborhoods you can work your way around by the neighborhoods on each deck. If this fails, next to each elevator there are touch enabled navigation screens.
They can advise your location, where you would like to get to, and activities for the day and restaurant details.
Highlights were the variety of shows onboard. A 90 minute production of the Broadway musical Chicago was excellent. “Blue planet" had acrobatics, dancing and amazing singing and costumes. The Ocean Aria at the Aqua Theatre performed at night was an incredible display of high dives and tricks from platforms 70 meters high. The ice skating show “Ice Games” was thrilling and wonderful, actually one of my favorite shows. The DreamWorks character welcome parade on the main promenade deck was fun and very colorful.
The variety of activities was also amazing, there were so many things you could do you really didn’t even need to get off the ship. There was entertainment all day and night.
Food was another highlight, from the main dining room to the buffets, Rita’s Mexican Cantina, Park Café, Promenade Café, New York Pizzeria, there was so much variety and I never went hungry.
There was a big variety of shore excursions in each port and very well organized. Getting 5770 passengers on and off the ship seemed an effortless operation. There were no queues for anything, anywhere. Even on the sailing days at sea there were so many things to do, I couldn’t believe that there were that many passengers I never saw.
My expectations were exceeded in everyway. The Allure is a ship where you can relax by the pool or in the adults only solarium, listen to great music or dance the night away, see class act shows and eat such varied and tasty food from 25 dining options onboard.
The Allure is for the young, singles, couples, families and the older generation. I highly recommend anyone and everyone to get onboard if you have the chance, you will have a fantastic time.
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