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  1. The first one is round trip on the train. Takes about 2 - 2.5 hours. Unlike most excursions, we found this to be cheaper to book through Celebrity instead of directly. I think this is because the cruise lines buy up tickets in bulk and get a substantial discount. The last one is one way on the train and then transfer to a car/bus for the ride back. Not sure about the middle one.
  2. I just repriced under the current sale and went from 3 perks to 2, but added KSF (Kids Sail Free). Saved $700 but now have to pay $200 in grats. Still happy with that.
  3. In May, wheelchair assistance was in On Air, starting around 7:30am. Seemed to be a pretty slow process, as they were going by departure number and only on about 15 when our number (30-something) was called. (On Air was also the "family" departure lounge with cartoons and coloring for the kids)
  4. As far as I could tell, they were replaced with ... nothing. There weren't any parades, character meet-and-greets, etc, and the second ice show and aqua show were just gone, not replaced by anything.
  5. Just posted on https://www.royalcaribbean.com/cruise-ships/itinerary-updates and tweeted out.... Effective immediately, the U.S. government has implemented new regulations that prohibits travel from the U.S. to Cuba by cruise ship. This change requires us to immediately replace all Cuban ports. For all 2019 sailings on both Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas, we have secured alternative ports and we are in the process of communicating the new itineraries to our guests and travel partners. For these guests, they will have the option of remaining on their sailing with the new itinerary and receiving a 50% refund or they may cancel their cruise and receive a full refund. For 2020 sailings on both Majesty and Empress of the Seas, we are working to secure alternative itineraries and expect to be able to communicate to our guests and travel partners within the next week. We are sorry for this unexpected and sudden change to our guests’ upcoming vacations and appreciate their understanding.
  6. Allure had it advertised in the Compass last week.
  7. There was a lot of late night activity in the club, bars, casino, etc. There were also some 10:00 shows. The sand was clean but a little on the courser side. There was some seaweed on the beach and some rocks/coral in the water. If you're bothered by that, you might want to bring water shoes, but I was fine with regular flip-flops. There are foot baths as you come off the beach into the pool area. No, remained on Florida time (EDT, UTC-4) for the entire trip. Local time in both Falmouth and Cozumel were an hour behind ship time.
  8. https://truegradefoods.com/truewater is what was offered on Allure last week.
  9. We had early (5:15pm) dining on deck 4 (Grande), and one of the tables near us had different people each night that arrived halfway through our dinner, so it seems like they are using multiple dining rooms for MTD right now and filling in space where available. I want to say these people arrived around 5:45 or 6:00, so I'm not sure about the 6:30 start time (or maybe they weren't MTD at all, and just early diners being accommodated from other sections)
  10. Had a great time, of course. My only complaint was I was kind of disappointed with the opening hours for a lot of things, e.g. the only complimentary food after 9pm when the Windjammer closed was Sorrentos/Cafe Promenade, and that got boring after a few days. With them moving early dining up to 5:15, I often found myself hungry again around 9:00-9:30. Also, despite removing the second ice show, there were only two skating sessions, and they were both during dinnertime. In Labadee, we just enjoyed the Columbus Cove beach and a Labadoozie or three. In Falmouth, we were supposed to go ziplining (I've done it before there and enjoyed it), but my wife wasn't feeling up to it, so we cancelled and I just walked around the port a bit and got a beef patty and enjoyed a mostly empty ship. In Cozumel, we didn't want to do an all-inclusive since we had the beverage package on board, so ended up at Paradise Beach, which was perfect.
  11. Just back from the May 19th, 2019 sailing of the Allure to Ladabee, Falmouth, and Cozumel. This is the first time the Allure has run this itinerary since April 2018, so I'm providing some info for anyone who is interested. Cruise Compasses and Daily/Evening Planners from all 7 days Adventure Ocean Daily Planners from 6 of the 7 days (I never received Day 3 in my stateroom and couldn't locate a copy at the time I realized it). MDR Lunch/Dinner Menus for all days. MDR breakfast menus were standard and available elsewhere. Platinum and Kids Crown and Anchor Onboard Offers loaded to Seapass cards. The links above will take you to Dropbox. If you're not a Dropbox member, just click No thanks, continue to view to dismiss the popup and view the PDF content. You can also download the PDFs using the link in the top right corner. Please let me know if you have any difficulties and I'll do my best to help. Other random notes/info: Captain was Tore Grimstad, Cruise Director was Jimmy Rhodes, and Activities Manager was Flavio Maeda Headliner was Travis LeDoyt (Elvis Tribute) Lots of typos in the Compass (e.g. am/pm, references to Miami instead of Fort Lauderdale) Menus in the app switched around several times, but were eventually consistent with what was offered. The app worked decently well for viewing information, however sometimes chat messages would not show up for hours, despite saying "Delivered." Push notifications were also spotty. You are automatically "linked" to everyone in your stateroom for messaging, however you can also add others by name even if you are not traveling with them. Formal Nights were Days 2 and 5 (both sea days) All MDR breakfasts/lunches were offered the choice of buffet only or a la carte plus buffet. Children's MDR Menu is the same as I posted last year: https://ibb.co/nxSK7n Tutti Salad Bar offered in MDR on all sea day lunches 10 Drink Card advertised in bars starting Day 5 for $79+18% Draft Beer card advertised in Compass on Day 6, didn't notice any signs at bars or pricing There was a medical emergency on the last day which required us to get to Miami ASAP, so we were going full speed (~23 knots) for a while and it was VERY bumpy. At the normal speed (~19 knots) it was very smooth sailing. If you have any other questions, please ask and I'll do my best to answer.
  12. From a recent Compass/Departure Letter scan for Allure (March 2019): 5:30-8:00 Windjammer 6:30-8:30 Park Cafe 6:00-9:30 Cafe Promenade 6:30-8:30 Solarium Bistro 6:30-8:00 American Icon (MDR) 6:30-9:00 The Grande (The Key only)
  13. No, I very much appreciate it. It's super helpful when trying to plan our specialty dining and make sure we don't miss any good nights in the MDR, and I'll be happy to pay it forward during my sailing.
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