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Cruising along the Caribbean

After you climb, zip, sip, soak, swim, skate and surf, take a break and just read

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IT'S A RARE moment of bookish peace for a passenger on the Allure of the Seas, one of the world's biggest and most action-packed cruise liners.

While he relaxes with a book in one of 10 whirlpools, his fellow travelers are playing on the giant Royal Caribbean ship, which can carry more than 6,000 passengers.

Want action? Ride the zip line, high above the decks. Surf in the onboard wave simulators. Clamber up the rock-climbing walls (there are two). Go ice-skating (yes, on a shipboard rink, in the tropics). Swim in four pools. Play mini-golf, ride a carousel, watch a live Broadway musical. Hit the spa or just troll through the many shops.

And, as on all cruise ships, eat-eat-eat. Then eat some more. On the Allure of the Seas, choose from more than 25 places to dine and snack, from fancy restaurants to a Starbucks.

With all this on board, many passengers might be content even if the ship never stopped at any ports during its weeklong Caribbean cruises.

Kristin R. Jackson is The Seattle Times' NWTraveler editor. Contact her at

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