Cruising the Bahamas

Allure of the Seas
Ft Lauderdale, Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Maarten
October 13-20, 2013

People say bigger is better. Well, that is certainly true of cruise ships, at least in our experience. The Allure of the Seas was more like a floating resort and if you never went outside you wouldn't know you were on a ship. Everything from the FlowRider® to a Zip Line to an Aqua Theater to an Ice Skating Rink to a 42' Climbing Wall to a carousel — and yes we did ride the carousel.

The FlowRider® was so much fun — you would have thought Jay was raised on the beaches. He was the hit of the day and Bonnie spent part of her birthday on the FlowRider® — even knee boarding — no hands for two whole seconds.

And as if the ship activities weren’t enough there were always excursions at the ports of call: Nassau — snorkeling along Rainbow Reef; St. Thomas — a sailing adventure that included snorkeling with the turtles (all three of them) and should we mention sailing is not for the faint of stomach as several of our cruisers spent their excursion hanging over the rails of the sailboat; St. Maarten — mountain biking—with not only breathtaking views but breathtaking hills to climb (okay we did have to walk up one of the hills) and stops at two beautiful beaches.

We have decided two difficult realities after a cruise: stepping on the scales and cooking your own food — not to mention laundry and cleaning up after yourselves. Where is our cabin attendant Hendra?

 

Breakfast at Johnny Rockets
 
Ready for the Aqua Theater show
 
 

Zip Line
 
Stand Up - Hook Up - Shuffle to the Door

Jump Right Out for Fun Galore
 
Is it too late to get out of line?

Are you sure this is safe???
 
Eight decks up on a thin piece of cable
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