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Cruise Critic has an interesting story/article/project/I'm not sure what you want to call it on their website about the Allure of the Seas, which is Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship and I think the largest cruise ship at sea if I'm not mistaken.
I can honestly say I have no desire to go on this ship. EVER. Sure, there are neat things on it, but it's not my vacation style. If I wanted the amenities of a land vacation, I would go on a land vacation. Maybe it's because I've only sailed on Carnival's (aging) ships that aren't quite so involved, but I don't think a ship like the AOTS is for me. However, I can see why people would be interested in it.
One thing I can't get over is all of the fee-based restaurants. The cruise industry is definitely changing away from mostly-inclusive to hardly-inclusive. Still, it's one of the best value vacations you can find out there.
What do you think about the Allure of the Seas? Would you go on it?
AOTS would not be a good ship for us. We just looked at the link you shared then did a little more looking on the RCI site. For us it is just too big, too expensive and too many pay option extras. I have a hard time keeping my spending in check while traveling & think I would do better with out all the extra options to spend money. But the biggest draw back of all is the 3+/potty trained rule for the children's programs.
Proud mom to Boogie (7) and Babydoll (5)
I don't think I'd be interested, either. But, I'm sort of an NCL lover because I love free style.. so for me to switch lines would take a lot.
I do think some of the features are kinda cool- starbucks (but I don't wanna pay $2 for it on a ship when you can get free coffee).. I like the whole Central Park setup deal. Um, but I live a few hours from Central Park.. so.. I can sorta take a train there.. LOL! But, it's a neat concept.
There are too many pay for meals, though, as you ladies both said.. that's insane. One of the biggest perks of cruising, IMO, has always been "mostly everything included" and that made it cheap. Now, there's so much to pay for.
Erika & Christiaan (7.27.2004)
.. and our daughter, Alexis..