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7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale

7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Labadee
  • Day 4
    Falmouth
  • Day 5
    Cruising
  • Day 6
    Cozumel
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades)

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Pros

Caters to every type of cruiser: families, couples, adventurers, food- and wine-lovers.

Cons

Upselling is rampant, and extra fees can quickly add up.

Bottom Line

If you want a fun-filled cruise with plentiful activities, you can't beat Allure of the Seas.


Cruise Reviews

3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was a sort of last minute cruise. We generally sail with Celebrity on smaller ships. We cruised on the Edge the week before this cruise, and thought it would be fun to "compare and contrast" and try a huge ship. The two ... Read More
This was a sort of last minute cruise. We generally sail with Celebrity on smaller ships. We cruised on the Edge the week before this cruise, and thought it would be fun to "compare and contrast" and try a huge ship. The two experiences were night and day. This review will be a little odd, as my intent is to inform on our experience, and the experience of those with kids. Embarkation: Couldn't have been easier. Celebrity provided a complementary port transfer from Fort Lauderdale, which was very convenient. We probably;y got to the Allure about 10:30, and were on the ship within minutes. Going from a new ship with roughly 2700 passengers to one with 6400 passengers is quite a switch. There were hundreds of people milling about, and it was difficult to know where to go. We headed up to the cafe for lunch, but the lines were pretty bad. This is a recurring theme. We had to eat, so we ended up at Johnny Rockets, which wasn't healthy, but it was tasty. The ship is huge. There are parts we never saw, and we did a lot of exploring. The ship is starting to show some signs of wear but such things don't really bother me. No leaks, overflowing showers or any of that. For those with kids, you will be able to keep them entertained. Between the kids area at the pool, merry-go-round, ice rink, flow rider, etc, there is plenty to keep them occupied. And if you are an adult who needs a lot of activity, you are covered also. I'm pretty laid back, a chair and a book and I'm happy. The door was nice, and the staff kept the ship tidy. I am a former smoker, but even when I smoked I'd go outside. The casino is disgusting. I can't understand why RCL still allows smoking there, when Celebrity and other lines have done away with smoking in the casino. There is a huge smoking area on the pol deck, which is covered. My thinking was that since school was in session, there wouldn't be too many kids. Apparently, there was a "kids sail free" deal, so there were 1250, which may not seem like a lot, but it felt like a lot more. Sadly, a lot of the kids weren't the best behaved. I didn't see the usual "hit al the buttons on the elevator" stuff, but I saw a kids run into an older guy who spilled coffee on the kid, and the kid's mom yelled at the guy with the coffee. So lots of kids running every where. I have kids, but they are older so I'm done with the ill0behaved kid thing. Noise level. I've been on smaller RCL ships, and had to choose where I sat on the pool deck carefully as the volume always seem to be on 11. The same applied to the Allure. Even the guy running trivia was WAY too loud, let alone the person making announcements for pool events. The ship simply abounds in really loud places. I prefer quiet. Vibration and movement: I think this size of ship would really appeal to people who don't like cruising, as there is pretty much zero vibration, and the ship is so stable I was unaware when we left port. I heard some people complain about the amount of movement, but I just don't agree. Maybe they are used to huge ships; I thought it was remarkably stable. Dining: Not a fan. We had "my time" dining. They have multiple dining rooms, and you are assigned to one. If you want to try another, you have to wait until 8:30, and you can go to another if someone with timed dining doesn't show up. The buffet always had lines, but others I was cruising with said that wasn't their experience. Maybe it was my timing. We ate lunch in the buffet 5 times, 3 times we found a place to sit, 2 times we didn't. My wife thinks this is intentional to encourage paid dining. We ate in Chops one night, which was excellent, and Vintages, where we had wine an tapas. The service was great in both, as was the food. We also ate in Izumi. We were seated and waited about 15 minutes before we got water. 10 minutes later, they took our order. I think we were there about 45 minutes before we got served, and the waitstaff just didn't seem that interested. The food was fine, service not so much. We generally don't take advantage of status perks, however, we went to the buffet for breakfast and once again, the lines were awful. Then we realized the Diamond Lounge was just up the hall from us. Hallelujah! No lines, continental breakfast, and when I asked, they got me yogurt. The second day I didn't even have to ask. The Diamond lounge was a place of peace when everywhere else was noisy. Decent coffee all day long, and complementary booze in the evening. We met some very nice people there. So bottom line: Great if you have kid, or need a lot to do, not so great if you are more interested in just relaxing, meeting new people, and having a conversation. Maybe if I had a bunch of grandkids I'd do it again, but absent that, smaller, quieter ships for me. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
One of RCL's largest ships in their fleet. We had a close to full ship on our cruise and it surprisingly didn't feel crowded. Overall I gave this cruise a 10/10. Some tips if you are considering this cruise. 1. Book a ... Read More
One of RCL's largest ships in their fleet. We had a close to full ship on our cruise and it surprisingly didn't feel crowded. Overall I gave this cruise a 10/10. Some tips if you are considering this cruise. 1. Book a later dinner time, we did ours at 8pm and never had to wait (both for coastal kitchen and MDR). 2. If you have a late dinner time the pool areas and solarium are empty because everyone is getting ready for dinner from around 3pm on. 3. We had a Junior Suite, which gave us the lowest Royal Suite Class next time I would definitely pay for more money to get the next tier up. JS allows dinner at Coast Kitchen which is a small maybe 25 table restaurant reserved for suite owners and Pinnacle members. This is a much more intimate and quiet dinning experience that has a changing menu like the main dinning room. The next Royal Class Suite tier would allow access to the private sundeck and bar which would help hugely because when it is a sea day you realize " oh ya, there's 6000+ people on board and no chairs". The higher tier also allows access to a private beach area in Labadee, plus you can do breakfast and lunch at Coastal Kitchen and have access to the adjoining bar and lounge area. 4. If you go to Labadee you can easily find chairs and shade if you setup camp near the trees just behind the beach area, plus you don't have to pay a fortune for the shade loungers. 5. If you go to San Juan and are a military member and want to tour the forts its free with a government ID. My friend and I plus the wives were able to tour them for free which saved us $120 per couple. 6. If you can drink 3 or more drinks a day the booze package is worth it especially when its at 45$ per day per person or " second person is 50% off" offer is valid. The elevators tend to be full a majority of the time so definitely get your steps in when you can. Be sure to keep your copy of the daily compass because the App might feed you the wrong info with the wrong times. The Oceanaria and ice show is definitely worth seeing. The overall size of the ship made walking off dinner easy and fun, from the Promenade deck to Central Park. I would definitely go on this size ship again but would definitely book a higher level suite for those perks I mentioned. Service is superb as always and I've never had a faster embarking and disembarking experience. Be sure to do as much online before you leave and it is cake walk. We had them do our photo's at the pier which took less then 1 min other than that no waiting (arrived around 12:30pm). Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
Went with a group of friends who had been on the sister ship a year or two ago and liked it. Boarding was easy as was exiting ship on last day, well organized. Entertainment top shelf, shows were all terrific, Ma Mia cast exceptional. ... Read More
Went with a group of friends who had been on the sister ship a year or two ago and liked it. Boarding was easy as was exiting ship on last day, well organized. Entertainment top shelf, shows were all terrific, Ma Mia cast exceptional. They also started in the other main show as well. Food overall was very good and plentiful. Ate mainly at main dining room at night, waiters bent over backward to provide exceptional service, food was mostly good with some misses. Meals at breakfast mostly at Windjammer. Food okay and many choices offered. Biggest issue was trying to find table for larger party, somewhat a madhouse nearly bumping in to others getting food, competing for tables and some days by 9:30 to 10 am big line at doors. Lunch mostly at Solarium, again food good but challenge to get table, even for groups of 4. At smaller food venues e.g. deli often too crowded to wait it out. Did not pay for any extra dining experiences on advice from our previous travelers. Worst problem is chairs a pool mid ships to front. By 9:30 AM every chair from pool side around bow on both sides including solarium had towels and other items reserving them despite signs saying not permitted. Only chairs were near smoking section in shade and in back on shady side. Disappointed at lack of entertainment in lounges before 9 PM, apparently there had been in the past but stopped. Given we went to dinner at 8 pm no music with drinks. Cabins are small. but were kept neat. Room attendants also were accommodating and aimed to please. Shopping in ship generally okay with lot choices but no bargains. Bought watch supposedly 35% off for $310 found on Amazon after I got home for $236. Buyer beware. Did not take any of RC excursions. Familiar with St. Maarten, knew what to expect in shopping in Phillipsburg. San Juan took a short bus tour then shopped. Again if stayed for longer time might have gone into Fort area more. Labadee ended up nice, but crowded and food there most mediocre. Overall had good time more due to company would take smaller ship next time. Read Less
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