Posted August 21st, 2011, 05:46 AM
Well, as usual, I can't sleep well the night before the cruise, so here I am, checking email and stuff early in the morning. DH is awake also, but the kids are sleeping soundly. Lucky them!
I thought this would be a good time to give everyone a bit of background about us. We are a group of five (DH, two sons, 14 and 18, and a family friend) from Pittsburgh. We've sailed a bunch as you can see from my signature, but have become "loyal to Royal" since we sailed on the Liberty of the Seas a few years ago. Thanks to a quick 3-day cruise on the Majesty of the Seas that I managed to squeeze in back in January, right before the cruise credits-to-points change happened, we are now Platinum Crown & Anchor members for the first time. I'm looking forward to being on the other side of the boarding area to see what it's like on that side of the room.
We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas last year, so I'm looking forward to seeing both what's familiar on the Allure of the Seas as well as what's different. A few highlights in my mind that are on my "to do" list include: Izumi, Rita"s Cantina, Jazz on 4, the Riding Tide Bar, the Champagne Bar, the Cupcake Cupboard, ... well, pretty much all of the Royal Promenade
..., FlowRider, ice cream on the Pool Deck, the casino, Samba Grill, Park Café, Johnny Rockets, and the comedy club. Yes, those are just a "few".
Oh, about our cabin... We are booked in a Promenade cabin. What's disappointing to me about the Oasis-class ships, as compared with Voyager- and Freedom-class ships, is the lack of Promenade cabins. There are so few, and even fewer that connect to another cabin (just 3). And those that do connect, do so to a "large interior" (category L) cabin, not another PR cabin. That seems strange to me as well. I guess that's another advantage to us for booking early... we were able to get a cabin that we wanted which was in limited supply. I do love Promenade cabins!
Hmmm... Here's a disadvantage to Tapatalk. I can't review the rest of the thread while posting this to reply to others' posts. I guess I'll post those separately.