A cruise worth saving up for provides once-in-a-lifetime memories
Most people will never have the opportunity to spend a week on the largest ship in the world, which is the Allure of the Seas or its sister ship, the Oasis of the Seas. Those luxury liners could provide a once-in-a lifetime journey in the Caribbean for those who can save up for a wonderful time never to be forgotten.
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The ship has 1,956 balconies. Beds are very comfortable and the staterooms with outside access have a table and two chairs beyond the glass sliding doors overlooking the sea. A passenger would not realize the ship was traveling unless he or she looked over the railing down some 10 stories at the waves below. Inside, the bedroom with a shower and sink and toilet are very functional and comfortable areas with lighted pictures on the wall. All lights inside and on the balcony are very accessible. There are 46 wheelchair accessible staterooms. As the ship cuts through the sea, a passenger probably sleeps through the night better than at home. Sailing today has come a long way from the days of PLOJULPs Rn WKH 0DyflRwHU.
There are 20 chefs, 222 cooks and 188 bar servers. All the bread and pastries are made fresh on board the ship. The ship has a bakery machine that makes 4,000 rolls in one hour.
Each restaurant operates independently with its own galleys, culinary and service teams. More than 110,000 pounds of ice cubes are made every day and more than 4.7 million pounds of fresh water are consumed on a daily basis. In an average week, 18,000 slices of pizza are eaten as are 16,000 pounds of chicken and 15,600 pounds of beef.
Free shows are part of the ship’s recreation. The Aqua Theater has the largest performance pool on a ship with artistic divers amazing the audience. There is a free comedy show, artistic acrobats and a live showing of “Chicago” on the Allure. There are swimming pools, kiddie pools and endless free yogurt.
The ships visit the eastern Caribbean at Nassau, St. Thomas and St. Martin. They go to the western Caribbean with stops at Labadee, Haiti, Falmouth, gamaica and Cozumel, Mexico.
A cruise is not for everyone. For those who go for it, it’s a trip never to be forgotten. And the staff couldn’t be friendlier.
Health & Science Dr. Milton Friedman