A few weeks ago, I wrote about our 7 day cruise in the Caribbean on the Allure of the Seas. At that time, I want to clarify my thoughts before writing more on our shipboard experience.
In my opinion, I would like to sail an Oasis class ship like the Allure on a repositioning cruise from the US to Europe (a sailing without any/many ports of call). On a small ship, I get cabin-fever after a few sea days. On the Allure, I don’t believe it is possible to be bored – too much to do!
If I had children traveling with me, I would love to sail on the Allure to almost any destination. Again, many things for kids to do, including an ice ring, Flow Riders, cartoon characters, children program… If I were going with an extended group of family members, I would like to sail on the Allure (or the Oasis) for the same reason – lots to do.
For the two of us to sail the Caribbean, the Allure is not our favorite ship – it’s too big and carries too many passengers. Most of the activities are facing inwards, towards the center of the ship. When I was onboard, I could forget that we were on an ocean going vessel (not what I wanted to do). It felt more like a combined hotel, shopping mail, and an amusement park. That is not the reason that we love to cruise.
However, getting on/off the ship (including embarkation and debarkation) was extremely efficient. I was surprised that Royal Caribbean was able to move 5400 passengers so quickly. The required mandatory drill before leaving port was painless. We didn’t carry our life vests to our drill stations, they ship’s crew is prepared to pass out life vests when needed. We didn’t feel overcrowded in the venues.
Personally, I like smaller ships…