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drs723 May 6th, 2013 12:46 AM

Allure of the Seas--Western Caribbean Questions
My wife and I are going on the Allure of the Seas on May 19th for our honeymoon... its a Western Caribbean cruise. It's my wifes first and my first one in 15 years.

I've never cruised the Caribbean before. Our stops are in Labadee Haiti, Falmouth Jamaica, and Cozumel Mexico. I was wondering how far away are the beaches there from where the ship actually docks?

Also, does anyone have any advice for someone who is a first time cruiser on Allure of the Seas?

Also, how are the seas in the caribbean in May? We were thinking of getting stuff to help with sea sickness but I have also read that on these larger ships if you do hit rough seas you will barely feel it.

Thanks a lot!!!

Donna May 6th, 2013 08:50 AM

You will have a wonderful beach stop at Labadee, although, it is a short tender ride from the ship. They will serve a BBQ lunch on the beach in a few places...

Each evening, read through your daily paper for times and the schedule of events for the next day. May be a good idea to pre-book some shows, they are all pretty much amazing. Catch a parade or two as well during the week and don't forget to catch a water show, they too are worth seeing.

Have a ball.

MTL May 6th, 2013 11:02 AM

Hi Donna,
Long time you've been to Labadee.There is a pier since 4 years now.No tender on the Western cruise.
Have a nice day


Moonlight Reader May 6th, 2013 02:56 PM

Seasickness - These ships are huge and have stabilizers. I get incredibly seasick on small boats, IMAX theaters, carnival rides, winding roads, etc. but I do not get sick on these cruise ships. If you are worried, I suggest booking your cabin low center of the ship where there is the least movement. If you want to take something, take Bonine, but take it before you get on and remember, you should not drink with seasickness medication.

Donna May 6th, 2013 09:59 PM

I wasn't sure if the new pier was actually finished, glad to hear it is....No tender, how nice.

drs723 May 6th, 2013 11:29 PM

How far away is the beach from where you dock? Is it right there or do you need to get in a cab to get there? Sorry if it's a stupid question but again this is my first time in the caribbean.

Donna May 7th, 2013 07:41 AM

Hi Drs,
There is no silly questions here...There is a beach right when you cross the pier, but you can also walk across the way and find another beach. Labadee is a private beach just for Royal Caribbean. They will have staff there and you can purchase drinks with your sign/sail card right on the beach.

drs723 May 7th, 2013 10:32 AM

So if I have the drink package I can just use my sea pass card and I won't get charged extra?

What about the ports of Falmouth Jamaica and Cozumel? How far are the beaches there from the port?

Also... when you get the drink package... can you is it everywhere on the ship including restaurants? What about all the nightclubs?

Does anyone have any other information we should know about the Allure? We are so excited!!!

Thank you for all your help Donna, Moonlight Reader and MTL... it's greatly appreciated.

Moonlight Reader May 7th, 2013 01:14 PM

I cannot respond regarding Jamaica because I haven't been there in a decade, but I just got back from a trip to Cozumel, plus I am a diver, so this is my fourth trip to the island.

Cozumel is mostly iron shore ship side. If you want to enjoy beaches, you will likely have to take a taxi to the beach. I am sure there are some shore excursions that will take you to the hotels with the white sand beaches or you could go to Chankunaab park, which has a private beach, dolphins, manatee, bars and rents snorkeling gear. It isn't cheap (entrance is a bit over $20 per person) but the sand is great, the equipment was up to par and they have nice shaded seats on the beach, no extra charge.

drs723 May 7th, 2013 02:18 PM

Thanks for your response. I appreciate all the helpful information.

Can anyone else answer my other questions?

It would be greatly appreciated.

Donna May 7th, 2013 08:30 PM

Hi Drs,
I would suggest doing the Dunns River Falls in Jamaica, but I would book it through the cruise line and play it safe there. There is a bit of beach at the beginning of the walk up the falls. In Cozumel, there is Chanakaab Park, a short taxi ride from the pier, huge beach, snorkeling, restaurant, swimming, etc.

drs723 May 8th, 2013 09:43 AM

Does it cost anything to enter Chanakaab Park if so how much? And how far/much for the taxi ride?

Moonlight Reader May 8th, 2013 01:20 PM

Chankunaab park costs a little over $20 per person (more if you rent snorkel gear, which you can do as part of he entrance ticket, they had a special that included a t-shirt, a beer, entrance, and snorkeling gear, which is what we got, I think we paid something like $28 per person).

The taxi takes about 10 minutes to get there. I can't remember the cost, but it wasn't extortionate.

The sand is blonde. There is a pool with swim up bar. They have a dolphin area and a sea lion show. You can watch the sea lion show and do a tour of the dolphin area for free with admission. There are chairs with shade and chairs in the sun and an area to shower the salt off after swimming or snorkeling. There are a couple of bars and there is no smoking in the park.

I used to go semi-regularly to Cozumel to dive, so March was my first actual visit to the park because I was on a cruise with my sister who does not dive. It was quite nice.

drs723 May 8th, 2013 05:46 PM

wow... that sounds awesome.... thanks so much!

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