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Home Travel Guide Current Travel Guide Current Travel Guide Allure of the Seas Cruise Adventure

Allure of the Seas Cruise Adventure

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"Allure of the Seas" Cruise Travel Adventure.

Our family booked our summer vacation on the “World’s Largest Cruise Ship –  The Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Allure of the Seas. Cruising from Fort Lauderdale to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico.

The Allure of the Seas is 1,187 feet long, 213 feet wide, with 18 decks accommodating over 6000 passengers and serviced by 2,384 crew members.

Overlooking the ship's boardwalk.The Allure of the Seas is one of the smoothest running ships on the seas. It offers a variety of modern and efficient staterooms and a multitude of activities sure to please every family member. No other cruise line offers a thrilling zip line adventure or surf and boogie board simulators with lessons. It has an ice skating rink, rock-climbing wall, full basketball court, Flash Mob dance classes, a miniature golf course and visits with Shrek, Puss-and-Boots among other favorite DreamWorks movie characters. Stop in at your favorite Starbuck's coffee shop, only on the Allure of the Seas.

While the kids are entertained with the many Youth Programs, mom and dad can slip away and enjoy a room service breakfast before a luxurious beauty treatment at the Vitality Sea Spa, play a couple hands of blackjack at the Casino Royale, and then dine at the gourmet 150 Central Park.

Note: Once you have booked your cruise and have your cabin and confirmation number, go online to reserve dining options, complete activity waivers, and select shows and times and land excursions. This will help assure you of getting your first choices and eliminate waiting in lines.

On your cruise departure date, it is a good idea to board the ship early. We arrived at 11:25 a.m. and immediately checked in with a staff member, where we got our pictures taken for our ID cards Try your hand at miniature golf at sea!and were acquainted with the cruise protocol and itinerary. It was then off to explore this enormous playground.

Note: If you arrive early, be sure to pack your bathing suits and other necessary items in a carry-on bag, because it may take a while for your luggage to arrive to your stateroom. Most staterooms are closed to the public until 1 p.m.

We grabbed a bite to eat at the Windjammer Café and started to explore this city on the sea and its seven neighborhoods. The Royal Promenade has a Las Vegas feel with its cafes, shops and amenities. Central Park has piped in birds chirping among 12,000 plants and 56 trees. It’s a peaceful neighborhood with quaint boutiques and fine dining restaurants. The Boardwalk has a Coney Island theme with a carousel, mini-fun house, rock-climbing walls, themed restaurants and a donut shop. The Pool and Sports zone features the Flow Rider with boogie boarding and surfing.

Boogie boarding at the Flow Rider activity site.We took advantage of the ship being only one-fourth full and slipped into our bathing suits and jumped into the pool. With only two other families, we received full attention from the activity staff with surf and boogie boarding lessons.

Our cabin was on Deck 9. We had a stateroom with an ocean view and balcony. Across the hall were the same sized rooms with a balcony and boardwalk view. There are two twin size beds that can be put together and a sofa that turns into a futon-style bed. The room was small for our teenage daughter and her younger sister for seven nights. The balcony did allow a little more square footage for room service dining and sunset views.

Here are some of our family’s favorite shipboard activities:       

Scuba Diving Class
For $249, guests can get certified to Dive in Conzumel, Mexico. First start in the Allure’s Aqua Theatre. All training materials and equipment, except mask and snorkel are included. Open water training begins in the world’s best diving location: Cozumel.  Afterwards, receive a PElizabeth with a friend at the DreamWorks parade.ADI SCUBA Diver certification upon completion of the course.

Arts & Crafts
If you love crafts, the ship offers scrapbook and jewelry kits in the Explorer Academy. Classes begin at 10 am and run throughout the day.  For a fee of $9.99, guests can make unlimited pages for their memory album or a necklace, bracelet and earrings. A free kit is included with your purchase. It’s a great place to escape the sun, crowded pools and make new friends.

Ice Skating
During the Day’s at Sea, the Studio B theatre offers 30-minute skating sessions. There is no charge and the staff provides ice skates. Be sure to pack long pants and a pair of socks. For those who choose not to skate, the theatre offers plenty of seats to watch the skaters and listen to the fun music. Be sure to come back in the evening to watch an ice show with professional ice skaters from all over the world.

Entertainment
Enjoy the Broadway-style production of Chicago in the Amber Theater.  Not as good as the movie, yet the talent is pretty darn close to perfection. The Blue Planet show is a must see too.

Make A Wish
Walk around the largest cruise ship in the world and help the Make A Wish Foundation. For a $10 donation, walk around the deck 2.4 times to equal one mile and get a cool T-shirt. RCCL has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience of hope, strength and joy.

Dream Works Characters
This is the only ship where you will see the cast of many Dream Works movies in a top notch-Mardi Gras style parade.  Have your photo taken with Shrek, Puss-and-Boots and the penguins from Madagascar.Katie enjoyed the ship's carousel - what a treat!

Children’s Activities
Have your children become pirates and find treasures or get their face painted and be part of a circus performance at the Adventure Ocean Kids Club. Morning  sessions start at 8 am to noon. Afternoon begins at 2 pm to 4 pm and the evening from 7 pm to 10 pm. After 10 pm there is a late night party zone from 10 pm to 2 am for a fee.

Cupcake Classes
Learn how to decorate a cupcake.  The Cupcake Cupboard offers adult and children’s decorating classes throughout the cruise. The costs are $22 for adults and $15 for kids. I thought that was pricey, so I just observed other guests as they learned about baking and decorating cakes.

Dance Classes

Learn how to dance like Lady Gaga or take a Flash Mob Dance class. Throughout the cruise, classes are offered in the Royal Promenade. Later in the evening, music will start aThe girls enjoying a day at the beach in Port Labadee, Haiti.nd a group of thirty or more people will dance in unison to various songs. It’s quite fun to watch.

Look Younger
The Vitality at Sea spa offers anti-aging solutions for both men and women in their Medi-spa. Located on the sixth deck, the serene spa offers a full service of treatments and a peaceful café.
 
More Information:
 • The cost for a family of four ranges from $4,000 to $26,000 depending on the month and your choice of stateroom location.
• The departure port is only a short taxi ride from the Fort Lauderdale Airport. This airport has direct flights from most major city airports throughout the United States.
Allure of the Seas has an identical sister ship, Oasis of the Seas. Both ships offer two cruise destinations:
• The Western Caribbean sails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, Jamaica and Cozumel, Mexico before docking back in Fort Lauderdale.
 • The Eastern Caribbean sails from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas, then to Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, and Phillipsburg, St. Maarten before arriving back in Fort Lauderdale.
 
For information go to: www.royalcaribbean.com.

 ~ Jill Weinlein - For more of Jill's travels visit her website at www.jackandjillscruisereviews.com.

 

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