|View from our Cozumel dive boat.|
Earlier this week my hubby and I took our youngest son (12) and our nephew (14) on a spring break cruise with Royal Caribbean's Allure. After four semesters of online classes back to back, I really needed a break. It was our fifth or sixth cruise with this company; our first was with another company that went poorly. Luckily, I gave this vacation option another chance because we love sailing the seas and visiting different places around Mexico, the Caribbean, and even Alaska.
|Cousins on the green.|
So what's the advantage? Your typical vacation bill includes hotel, gas, food and entertainment. Just imagine if all you payed for was under one roof? Or in this case, deck. A typical cruise includes your room, room service, five star dining, entertainment, sports, classes, gym membership, and other perks such as pools, hot tubs and saunas. Not to mention, a glorious view of the blue horizon and visiting other countries for a day. If it's done right, you are spoiled rotten. If you're not addicted to alcohol or gambling, a cruise can be a very affordable vacation indeed. A three or four day cruise runs about $100 per person per day.
|He dressed up for dinner!|
What else? It's important to know that if you take a tour or other adventure at a port, it will be an
|Jamaican Breadfruit Tree|
Other costs that come with cruising include transportation to the port. There is parking if you drive, but shuttles from the airport usually will take you straight to a cruise terminal. Additional fees include gratuities, which in the case of Royal Caribbean, they add onto your bill at the end of the cruise whether you like it or not. These cover your room steward and waiters in the dining room; if you wish to give them more, you can do so personally.
|Our dining room staff, Mr. Al and Mr. Reymond; two of the kindest gentlemen you could ever meet.|
|Mr. T & Me aboard the Allure.|
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