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Amanda.H January 18th, 2014 06:06 PM

First Cruise
 
Hello.

I am considering booking today a cruise to the Caribbean in May on the Allure of the Seas. I figure that it is one of the biggest boats, and should offer the most. We are a 25 and 26 year old couple.

My question is, is the Allure a good choice for a cruise for two in the mid 20's? I know Carnival are the fun ships but we want fun and amazing ports/ activities too.

In addition, what are ports actually like? Is it hard to find things to do or navigate? Do people go back to the ship to eat lunch or find food at ports?
Is buying a beverage package really worth the money? We drinks, but not a ton.


Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

Trip January 18th, 2014 06:59 PM

My question is, is the Allure a good choice for a cruise for two in the mid 20's? I know Carnival are the fun ships but we want fun and amazing ports/ activities too. Either line will give you a fun experience, and all the lines cruise to the same great Caribbean ports. The Allure is a very distinctive ship, so, you cannot really compare it to any Carnival ship.




In addition, what are ports actually like? Is it hard to find things to do or navigate? Do people go back to the ship to eat lunch or find food at ports?
Is buying a beverage package really worth the money? We drinks, but not a ton. In the Caribbean the ports are quite manageable,and easy to get around...do some research on the ports, check out excursions offered by each line, to see what interests you. You can get less expensive excursions off the ship...Vans and taxis are lined up at the dock, offering excursions. Most people dont go back to the ship, for lunch, with excursions taking them to far points on the island, usually. Some people try and fit 2 excursions into the day, so a quick local eatery, can be interesting,and delicious.




storybookcruises.com January 18th, 2014 10:55 PM

I agree with Trip!

First, and definitely foremost, book with a reputable agent and not with the cruise line! An agent will be able to answer ALL you questions and let you know what to do, how to do it, and where to do it. A cruise line represents themselves and should you have any problems, who do you think they will represent?

A good agent will be able to give you all the options and give you all the information necessary so you can make an informed decision, because as Trip said, comparing these two ships is like comparing apples and oranges - they really are completely different.

Pete

Donna January 19th, 2014 06:50 AM

I think you will love cruising on Allure of the Seas...Which itinary are you looking at? Both Allure and Oasis of the Seas offer a lot of onboard activities and top notch entertainment along with many restaurants and choices of foods...

rollerdonna January 19th, 2014 08:47 AM

I have to admit, I have not cruised on Royal Caribbean for many years, and especially not on one of the huge ships. However, from everyone I know who has, they have been very happy, and there is so much to do on board, especially for 20-somethings, lots of physically active activities, and of course all the wonderful food and entertainment. I don't think you will be disappointed. Research your ports before you go to get the best possible experience re: shore excursions.


donna

Amanda.H February 24th, 2014 04:24 PM

Thank you all for the advice. We actually went ahead and booked the Western Caribbean for May. We are now still looking at excursions considering things in Cozumel like swimming with dolphins or stingrays.

I am trying to figure out what else there is to do besides enjoying all the food in Jamaica. I have read on here some where that some people took trips to Ochos Rios and other places. I also want to so the Ruins in Cozumel but do not want to take up 8 hours of my time there.

We went with AAA who offered us VIP checking, champagne on arrival, one upscale dinner for free, and 50 dollar on board credit when we booked.

69 days!

Thank you all for helping!

Donna February 24th, 2014 04:55 PM

Have a wonderful cruise, I am sure it will be great..


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