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  1. Being a fine wine wholesale distributor, I must chime in.....Yes, there are plenty of good quality screw cap wines, but if you're looking to bring a "special" bottle on board, you will need a corkscrew.  I travel at all times with a wine key, part of my daily routine.  I put one in my checked baggage with my toiletries, and nobody said boo about it.  Just make sure you carry on your wine and keep the wine key in your checked bags.  Good luck!

  2. Definitely following.  We have Harmony booked in April and Labadee is on the itinerary.  I heard that after the President was assassinated they stopped cruising there, and heard that they might even pull out of Haiti completely.  Also because of the devastation of the earthquakes, and now those poor people who were kidnapped, I would avoid it at all costs.  We did have it on a previous itinerary, similar to the one we have in April that has Falmouth, Nassau, Coco Cay and Labadee, and I have a feeling that we may go back to the same as the last two cruises....Cozumel, Roatan, Costa Maya and Coco Cay.  Will be disappointed for sure, but at least I'll be on a ship and not at home!!

  3. We got a couple (Wife and I) and were planning on booking 2 rooms on a future cruise. We booked while on Allure in August 2021, for a cruise in August 2022.  Booked it no problem, got a great rate, good rooms etc....Had to wait a couple days to have it load up, called mid week the week after, and were told that that we needed to book it again with Casino Royale.  Basically they work as you TA, and by booking direct with Royal at Next Cruise it created a massive cluster.....Finally got it sorted out but a total pain in the you know what...regardless, it was $800 so I wasn't letting it go!

  4. Wife and I take $200 a day to the casino - $400 for both of us.  We maybe lost $600 on the entire week's cruise in August that we each got $400 off a future cruise.  I booked two rooms on a future cruise which we had planned on taking anyway!  I also keep getting emails for free cruises through Casino Royale but unfortunately do not have the time to take off to utilize any of them

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  5. I’m in the fine wine business and brought 2 bottles on my cruise in August on Allure. Brought to dinner twice at Chops and had opened each bottle early in the day to let breathe. The waiter and wine steward were so enamored by the bottles they called over the head Maitre D to come over and taste my wine. Let alone no corkage fee and an enjoyable night. One night we couldn’t finish the bottle and left for the staff and were super appreciative 

  6. 55 minutes ago, GTO-Girl said:

    Just saw on our FB group that The Key was cancelled for our 10/17 Allure cruise

    We didn’t even have the option on Allure last month.  While sailing with 1500 on an Oasis Class ship there were no lines for anything so it wouldn’t be worth it but don’t know the capacity in April when I’m sailing again..

  7. Just sailed Allure in August, and bought the Drink Package with VOOM Surf and Stream for $71/day, used the internet everyday and beyond got our money's worth from the drink package...FYI The Key was not offered on that sailing


    Question is, we're sailing on Harmony OTS in April, and were thinking of doing the same package, but since The Key is offered at $27.99, would it be worth it as a benefit to us if we just took the Beverage Package at $58 AND The Key?  Figuring that the Internet is $13 with the above mentioned package, The Key would only be and additional $14 pp/pd.  Is it worth the extra $14?  We already bought the UDP, so the Welcome lunch with Chops would probably be included?


    Just trying to rationalize if we should book it or not...Thoughts from "the experts"?????

  8. Can't see anywhere, but trying to find out if there's Hibachi at Izumi.  Taking our daughter and her best friend for her Sweet 16 and wanted to do something special for them.  Besides that, what else would be good to do on the ship?? If not much else, anyone have a good recommendation in Bermuda??  I'll scan that thread but maybe kill two birds with one stone here.


  9. So while on Allure on 8/15, we booked 2 balconies on Adventure for August 2022, and were fortunate enough to have used Casino Royale's discounts!


    While looking around for prices and deals, like I do all the time, I noticed a cruise in April 2022 on Harmony out of Port Canaveral, and couldn't believe that I was able to get a forward (CLOSE to midship) balcony for $1738!  It was too inexpensive NOT to book!!!


    Anyone have any idea WHY IT WAS SO CHEAP??  Granted, the Suites were triple the price, so we just stuck with the Balcony.  


  10. Debating whether or not to bring our son who's going to be 18 before our next cruise.  He's inquiring about drinking on the ship.  I do recall seeing that 18 year olds can drink beer and wine on board.  My question is, are there packages for the 18-20 year olds or do they have to buy a la carte?  I know as the parent, I need to sign something, which is no big deal but just looking to make it financially worth it if possible...Yes, we never cruise without the Unlimited Drink Package, but don't want to cheat it and give him beer without paying...

  11. If I might add about the disembarkation process, it was the easiest, most organized, QUICKEST thing I've ever encountered!  We had luggage tags #14, they said 8:45-9:15.  We got up, ate at WJ, walked back to the room at 8:30, they were already up to luggage tag 40 or something like that.  We got off when we could, walked through passport control with no line, our bags were there along with the only other 2 that had our same tag number and got our shuttle to Budget.  Was off the ship, and on our way in under 5 minutes....

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  12. 1 minute ago, Sunshine3601 said:

    Wow - I am really surprised to hear the Allure was Not socially distancing theater seats.       

    Lives reviews and photos I have seen on various sailings have shown social distancing on all shows, including the ice shows.    


    Nope, it was show your bracelet, go grab a seat where you want.  Granted, most people were spread out, but that was by choice and the fact that there was plenty of room

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  13. 43 minutes ago, Sunshine3601 said:

    I am sure the theater seating will be socially distant, it is on all the other royal ships that are sailing.     

    That is incorrect.  We were on Allure last week, and the theatre was not socially distant.  However....The vaccinated passengers were on deck 4 and the unvaccinated were on deck 5.  That being said, with 1500 pax on board Allure who holds 6000+, the theatre was pretty empty anyway

  14. 1 minute ago, BND said:

    We took that one time.  Bought tickets onboard and it drops you at Ron Jon's.  We then walked down to the Cocoa Beach Pier and had lunch on the pier. We walked back, went through Ron John's and caught the bus back.  Been there, done that.  Since we always stay at the Radisson in PC when we cruise out of there, we've seen a lot there so now we just stay onboard and enjoy the quiet.  Best excursion we did there was the Space Center.

    We stayed at the Radisson after storming out of the Days Inn by the pier.  Best decision we made!  What a great hotel!

  15. 1 minute ago, nelblu said:

    I was reading some of the ship's tour, and it made it sound that there's a shuttle service.

    When we sailed there in '19, we just took an Uber, it was a lot cheaper than a ship's shore excursion.  It's only a few miles

  16. We played a bunch in the casino, and each got a $300 and $200 future cruise credit.  When we got back and checked Casino Royale, it went up to $400 each!  We had booked at Next Cruise on the ship and got a good deal for two cabins.  


    My question is, if we are both playing together, and only handed one card, would we have gotten one bigger offer?  They said 2500 points gets you a free cruise, and the two of us combined had over 2500...

  17. We stayed in Cocoa Beach before we went on Allure on 8/15.  We also sailed into there as a port of call on Adventure in '19.  Your best bet is stay on the ship!  It's a beach town, nothing much to do.  If you forgot something, you can always take an Uber to Ron Jon, shop there, there's a CVS and Walgreens next door to each other, across the street.  There's a cool pier a few blocks from there as well with some nice bars over the water, you can watch the surfers, or just go walk on the beach.  Nothing much at all to do in town, unless you went to NASA. 

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