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  1. Willa Jean for breakfast is a must have for us on our trips to New Orleans.
  2. Ditto on the WWII museum, well worth the time and money. Enjoy the restaurants and food while you are there. I suggest breakfast at Willa Jean but make reservations if you go. Domenica or Pizza Domenica is great for their wood fire pizza. Go on a carriage ride in the French Quarter to learn some history of the area.
  3. Just as a follow up and our experience with the UDP on our Allure cruise. We were never given any restrictions at any of the restaurants and never charged anything extra in any restaurant, including Izumi, with 2 proteins. For us, the service was the worst in Giovanni’s and it has always been our favorite. The restaurant wasn’t packed but the wait staff seemed overwhelmed and had trouble managing their tables. We probably enjoyed Izumi sushi for lunch and teppanyaki for dinner one night the most. It definitely seems they are expecting staff to do more with less these days. For us, the UDP was worth it.
  4. Wow! I guess I was really really late to the party and not-so-fun after-party, just finished reading your entire review. What a roller coaster! I hope everything is still on an upward trend for you and you are able to cruise during the holidays. Positive wishes for your continued recovery!
  5. Yay! Another cruise with A&L. Coming along while I wait for my Allure make-up in 2 weeks, thanks to Dorian. Have a great trip!
  6. We also eat in the specialty restaurants every night and we have the UDP for our upcoming cruise on the Allure in October. I agree that there is discrepancy between the package description and what people are being subjected to when on board. We were originally scheduled to be on the September 1 Allure sailing that got shortened and I emailed the suite concierge to make dinner reservations, who promptly told me that there would be a $10/person charge to eat Hibachi, therefore I emailed customer service regarding all of the controversy around the UDP and how it was being interpreted and this is the response I received: I will report back with what actually happens.......
  7. Thanks for your report on your experience with the UDP. We have always chosen to eat in the specialty restaurants and have bought the UDP for our upcoming cruise on Allure in October. I have been reading a lot about the inconsistencies with what the UDP is and how it is being handled on various ships. It seems to be all over the place on how it is being interpreted on each ship. I have sent an email to customer service asking the question regarding up-charges (Hibachi) and charges for requesting a second entrees and what restaurants are included......and in general the inconsistency in the UDP and description and how it is being carried out. Hibachi is supposed to be included but we were specifically told there would be a $10 charge for each of us. It’s not that we wouldn’t pay it, the problem I have is with their description of the UDP and appearing to be inaccurate in how it is carried out. I’m interested to see what my response will be..... Thanks again for telling your experience with it!
  8. Thanks for taking us along. We were supposed to be on the Allure 9/1 sailing but chose to cancel after making it all the way to FLL and they shortened it to a 4 nighter. We have rebooked for 10/13 but having your review to read for the last couple of weeks took a little bit of the disappointment away. It helped to vicariously cruise with you and your family. Your review was great and hope you had a great time. Can’t wait to hear your preference between the CLS and ATS! Thanks again!
  9. Following along with you. We were supposed to be on the Allure 9/1 sailing.....made it all the way to FLL on the Thursday before and after our sailing was cut to 4 days, we decided to rebook for the 10/13 sailing and headed back home after 2 days. At that point it was uncertain where Dorian would come ashore and was looking too much like it was going to be in FLL and we weren’t inclined to have to ride out what was predicted to be a Cat 4 hurricane. We were lucky enough to get the same category for almost the exact cost....just have to pay for airfare and hotel again. We can’t complain though, after 36 cruises, this is the first one that has ever been affected by weather and we always cruise late August/early September. Hope you had a great time!
  10. Did you bid on an upgrade? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Did you find the Platinum check-in? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Our experience has been the same and we’ve cruised out of NOLA about 10 times. I think it seems so chaotic because it is small. It’s actually the best port we’ve encountered for being able to park close and walk, coming and going. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. If you booked with TA, they will probably be sent to the TA, they are the sticky ones and you can’t use the holders with them either. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Back on the road to our destination for the night. About 10 miles out from our hotel coming into Baton Rouge we hit some major traffic. Stand-still for about 10 minutes, then took 1.5 hours to go 10 miles! About 50 minutes we noticed something weird going on in the car in front of us. The man in the front seat climbed to the back and was sitting rather odd - we thought at first he was changing pants. Then the driver climed to the passenger seat and the man in the back seat moved to driver seat. The now passenger climbed to back seat and we then realized he was peeing in a bottle and the now driver had done the same! We got a good laugh out of it as they poured 4 bottles of pee out the window! Welcome to Baton Rouge!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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