Sunday, June 19, 2011
This is the first of several reports from the Allure of the Seas from 11-year-old Jakob Levin and his grandmother, ATC Blogger Marcia Raffel Levin.
Hello! My name is Jakob Levin and this is my first day on my third cruise, Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas. The two other cruises I was on were the Crystal cruise and the Disney cruise.
We departed from Port Everglades about an hour ago. My first thoughts of this cruise was that it was going to be babyish, but it is not really that babyish. It has a ton of bars, restaurants, candy, shops and a sunglass shop. They have some childish stuff, like meet the Dreamworks characters, breakfast with the characters and a children’s camp.
We stop three times at three exotic places which are Labadee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica, and Cozumel, Mexico. Some interesting things are you can go zip-lining and snorkeling in Labadee. I am bunking with my grandmother. I’ll be back tomorrow, here is Grandma:
I am Grandma. and I have been on many more than three cruises, but this is indeed a trip.
This is truly the ultimate vacation, where you see multiple generations – one group had four generations – and lots of kids of all ages.
There are approximately 300 kids in Jakob’s group – ages nine to 11 – and his two little brothers, ages 5 and 6, are in another group. (They, I believe, are among the ‘babyish’ guests on board.)
The ship has that proverbial something for everyone – spa, children’s programs, nightclubs, theater, rock climbing, etc.
The ship, as I originally noted when Allure of the Seas launched last year, is incredibly well designed. Multiple dining options, great signage and while staterooms are not designed to accommodate a lot of luggage, they are indeed comfortable.
Our boat drill site was the gym – one of the largest I have ever seen. We had lunch on Deck 16 which houses a ginormous buffet. Everything (except the size of the cabins) is huge.
A fun fact the line shares with guests: The ship has two-and-a-half acres of kitchen space.
We are going to explore some of that space right now.
Jakob Levin is going into the 6th grade and has been traveling with his grandparents since he was 3 years old.