Not So "LIVE" Allure of the Seas: TAKE 2

#1
West Virginia
4,451 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
I'm BAAAACKKKKK!

One word for the past week onboard the Allure? Superfantabulicious!

Before I start, I want to let you know that I wrote a review of the Allure of the Seas last March. You can find it here, if you haven't read it, or feel like killing some time by reading it again.

This review will be a little different. I have a lot of pictures to share, but this will be less of a photo tour (you can find that in my last review) and more of a travel "diary," if you will. If you stay with me, I'll tell you about a surprise, the "new" Labadee cabanas, a wedding, and more.

Let's begin...
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Michele



Jewel of the Seas, 7 Nights, Southern Itinerary, 9 April 2017
Freedom of the Seas, 7 Nights, Western Itinerary, 3 July 2016
Oasis of the Seas, 7 Nights, Western Itinerary, 8 February 2014
Liberty of the Seas, 5 Nights, Western Itinerary, 19 November 2012
Monarch of the Seas, 4 Nights, Bahamas Itinerary, 30 July 2012 - REVIEW
Allure of the Seas, 7 Nights, Western Itinerary, 12 February 2012 - Pictorial REVIEW
Allure of the Seas, 7 Nights, Eastern Itinerary, 27 March 2011 - Pictorial REVIEW
Freedom of the Seas, 7 Nights, Eastern Itinerary, 3 January 2010 - Pictorial REVIEW (REVIEW without photos)
Mariner of the Seas, 7 Nights, Western Itinerary, 25 February 2007 - REVIEW
#2
West Virginia
4,451 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
A little background before I begin...

Last year my parents had enough Royal Caribbean Visa points to cash in for a free cruise for 2. I talked them into the Allure of the Seas and booked them in cabin 8560, the same D8 balcony cabin that my DH and I had last March. (Oh the jokes that were made, but that's another story.)

Fortunately for the family, my parents decided that they love cruising more when the FAMILY is with them. SO, the next thing I know, I'm booked aboard the world's largest cruise ship along with my siblings and nephew. My parents cruise for 2 is now a cruise for 14. But it doesn't end there.

My sister and her fiancé decided they didn't want to wait until our Thanksgiving 2012 cruise to get married, so they changed their plans and asked for my help with the wedding planning on the Allure. I LOVE to plan, I LOVE weddings, and I LOVE to cruise, so this was right up my alley.

I went to work finding a wedding planner. I was able to find Tropical Weddings Jamaica through the Cruise Critic message boards. Before long, a Montego Bay beach wedding and reception was planned.

Not only was I looking forward to cruising the Allure again, but I was excited to celebrate my sister's upcoming wedding. However, my excitement was soon OVER THE TOP.

My mom gave me a call several months before our cruise and mentioned that she really wanted her siblings on the cruise to celebrate my sister's wedding. We decided to keep it a SECRET - and we DID!!! So, our group of 14 was increased by 5 (3 uncles and 2 aunts) plus the groom's 2 brothers making us 21 crazy cruisers! How we managed to keep this a secret is beyond me, but I'm so glad we did, as you will soon see.

After a ton of planning, making show and dinner reservations, a handful of room changes, airline flights, car rentals, hotel rooms, and all the other little things involved with cruising and traveling, we made it our way to Florida. Here's is the story of last week's journey.

***But you're going to have to wait until tomorrow... I want to do this right, and I'll be sloppy if I continue tonight.
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Michele



Jewel of the Seas, 7 Nights, Southern Itinerary, 9 April 2017
Freedom of the Seas, 7 Nights, Western Itinerary, 3 July 2016
Oasis of the Seas, 7 Nights, Western Itinerary, 8 February 2014
Liberty of the Seas, 5 Nights, Western Itinerary, 19 November 2012
Monarch of the Seas, 4 Nights, Bahamas Itinerary, 30 July 2012 - REVIEW
Allure of the Seas, 7 Nights, Western Itinerary, 12 February 2012 - Pictorial REVIEW
Allure of the Seas, 7 Nights, Eastern Itinerary, 27 March 2011 - Pictorial REVIEW
Freedom of the Seas, 7 Nights, Eastern Itinerary, 3 January 2010 - Pictorial REVIEW (REVIEW without photos)
Mariner of the Seas, 7 Nights, Western Itinerary, 25 February 2007 - REVIEW
#3
BC
176 Posts
Joined Jan 2012
Loved your last Allure review. We are sailing on her in November. Can't wait!
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Ruby Princess- 11/11/2012- Princess Cays, St. Maarten, St Thomas, Grand Turk
#6
16,397 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Welcome back, and looking forward to the rest!
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Carol

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness...Travel helps us discover we are family after all." --- Mark Twain

Ama Waterways 06/18

Celebrity Summit 01/18
Grand Princess 10/17
Celebrity Equinox 05/17
Celebrity Infinity 01/17
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Celebrity Constellation 05/16
Celebrity Reflection 2/16
Celebrity Equinox 11/15
AMA Serena 06/15
Regal Princess 04/15
Celebrity Summit 11/14
Celebrity Constellation 08/14
Royal Princess 4/14

Azamara Quest 1/14
Allure of the Seas 11/13
Golden Princess 9/13
Celebrity Solstice 8/13
Norwegian Breakaway 5/13
Navigator of the Seas 2/13

Norwegian Epic 11/12
Celebrity Century 8/12
Celebrity Equinox 5/12
Norwegian Pearl 2/12
Celebrity Eclipse 12/11
Caribbean Princess 8/11
Sapphire Princess 5/11
Oosterdam 4/11
Brilliance of the Seas 12/10
Celebrity Solstice 11/10
Oasis of the Seas 8/10
Mariner of the Seas 4/10
Radiance of the Seas 11/09
Ruby Princess 12/09
Mariner of the Seas 8/09 Mexican Riviera
Mariner of the Seas 4/09
Vision of the Seas 11/08
Monarch of the Seas 8/08 Baja
Monarch of the Seas 4/08 Baja
Vision of the Seas 11/07 Mexican Riviera
Serenade of the Seas 8/07 Alaska
Monarch of the Seas 5/07
Liberty of the Seas Pre-Inaugural 5/07
Mariner of the Seas 8/06
Carnival Pride 5/06
Mariner of the Seas 8/05
Sun Princess 5/05
Vision of the Seas 10/04
#7
Northern NJ
4,708 Posts
Joined Apr 2010
Support - right back atcha!
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Please check out my food review of the Oasis. A good resource for Oasis, Allure or just about any RCI Ship! The Almost Complete Food Lovers Guide to the Oasis of the Seas

Song of Norway-Nov 1991 * Majesty of the Seas-Sept 1994 * Diamond Princess-April 2004 * Mariner of the Seas-April 2006 * Carnival Valor-March 2007 * Explorer of the Seas-April 2008 * Explorer of the Seas-July 2009 * Oasis of the Seas-July 2010 * Carnival Glory-July 2011 * Enchantment of the Seas-Oct 2011 * Enchantment of the Seas-Oct 2011 * Allure of the Seas-April 2012 * Brilliance of the Seas-Nov 2012 * Celebrity Equinox-July 2013 * Celebrity Summit-July 2014 * Quantum of the Seas-Nov 2014 * Quantum of the Seas-Dec 2014 * Liberty of the Seas-July 2015 * Celebrity Summit-Oct 2015 * Anthem of the Seas-Mar 2016 * Harmony of the Seas-Oct 2016 * Independence of the Seas-July 2017 * Harmony of the Seas-Sept 2017 * Celebrity Equinox-June 2018 * Symphony of the Seas-Oct 2018 * Celebrity Edge-March 2019 * Anthem of the Seas-May 2019
#8
Columbus, OH USA
30,555 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
Welcome back, I'm kind of hoping that I will once again be following in your footsteps. As we have discussed previously, I read every review before going on Allure and remember yours very well. I will also say reading reviews of Allure helped make it a great cruise more than any other because Allure is so different. That said, got our taxes done last night and got more back than we expected. I'm hopeful that when I get back from Jewel I'll book my return to Allure for 2013.
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1st cruise 4/29/06 RCCL Voyager of the Seas. - Eastern Caribbean.
2nd cruise - 5/11/07 Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas. MOTHER'S day cruise!
3rd cruise - 4/27/08 Freedom of the Seas -Western Caribbean. Freedom's 100th cruise!
4th cruise - 4/16/09 Navigator of the Seas - Cozumel/Belize.
5th cruise 11/15/10 Majesty of the Seas - Key West Nassau.
6th cruise -5/1/11 Allure of the Seas Eastern route 30th anniversary cruise
7th cruise 4/14/12 Jewel of the Seas Cozumel Costa Maya
8th cruise 4/28/13 Allure of the Seas Eastern route
9th cruise 10/28/13 Majesty of the Seas Halloween in Key West
10th cruise 5/3/14 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean
11th cruise 4/26/15 Freedom of the Seas Western Caribbean
12th cruise 4/30/16 Oasis of the Seas Eastern Caribbean
13th cruise 10/17/16 Majesty of the Seas 4 day from Bahamas
14th cruise 4/29/17 Adventure of the Seas ABC islands.
15th cruise 9/18/17 Majesty of the Seas Irma shortened cruise
16th cruise 4/27/18 Jewel of the Seas Southern Caribbean

91 nights at Sea
8 different boats
21 days on an Oasis class, 19 days on a Voyager class, 19 days on a Radiance class,
19 days on a Sovereign class ship, 14 days on a Freedom class, .










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#9
Ohio
982 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
You're such a tease And now I'm hooked and anxiously awaiting the rest of your review!
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Kelly

Sailed Explorer of the Seas 11/10/11; 10 night Eastern Caribbean
Day by Day review of our trip with pictures
Sailed Explorer of the Seas 11/3/13; 11 night Southern Caribbean
Day by Day review of our trip with pictures
Sailed Grandeur of the Seas 11/11/14; 10 night Eastern Caribbean
Day by Day review of our trip with pictures
Sailed Grandeur of the Seas 11/29/15; 10 night Western Caribbean
Day by Day review of our trip with pictures
#10
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
456 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
Looking forward to reading more. Thanks for taking the time to share your cruise with us.
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Norwegian Pearl - November 2011
RCCL Explorer of the Seas - January 2010
Crown Princess - October 2008
Celebrity Mercury - November 1998


#11
Louisville, Kentucky
409 Posts
Joined Mar 2005
bookmarking this for later! I started reading the other review you did and those pictures were FANTASTIC! Looking forward to our cruise this summer. after seeing you all on the "secret" aqua theater balconies, I am dying to find them myself!
#12
937 Posts
Joined Jul 2009
Oh.....I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow now to read the rest of this! Time difference between the UK and the USA is a nightmare.

Looking forward to hearing how it all goes

CK x
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#14
Waterford,WI
685 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
Michele, Hope I get to read some before we leave on Friday. What was your favorite show? I heard mixed reviews about the ice show. We were not able to book that and if it is not worth it we will not wait in line for it. Welcome back and what I do not get to read before I go I will look forward to reading when I get back. Can't wait to hear about the wedding, I am sure it was just beautiful. How nice for the family to be able to surprise them.
Cindy
#15
2,166 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
I've been SO looking forward to this review!!!! Michele, will you be posting the cruise compasses? I would love a more recent one
#16
NJ
720 Posts
Joined Jul 2004
Looking forward to reading your observations, since the last edition was so fun.

Thanks for taking the time to write and share with your CC "fans"!

We have 39 days to go and great people like you make the time go much more quickly!
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mmcruise
Brilliance of the Seas - Team Cocktail 3/16
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Allure of the Seas - Eastern 4/12
Norwegian Jewel - Cruise to Nowhere 1/11
Disney Wonder - 3 nighter 2/10
HAL Eurodam - NYC debut weekend 8/08
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Jewel of the Seas - Western 2/05
#17
1,052 Posts
Joined Nov 2009
BOOO TEASE BOOOO

Waiting for the rest I will sit here and hit refresh till you come back and bless us with the rest.
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Majesty of the seas December 18, 2009
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Destiny review 4/23
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#18
St. Charles Missouri
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Joined Apr 2008
i am all set.
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Independence of the Seas Dec 2017
Allure of the Seas November 2016
Navigator of the Seas Sept 7, 2014, Independence of the Seas Mar 29, 2014, Allure of the Seas Nov 17 2013, Oasis of the Seas May 25 2013, Liberty of the Seas Nov 25 2012, Liberty of the Seas Nov 29 2012, Liberty of the Seas March 2012, Carnival Freedom Sept 2011, Majesty of the Seas Jan 2011, Mariner of the Seas May 2010, Carnival Fantasy September 2009, Majesty of the Seas March 2009, Freedom of the seas May 2008, Carnival Triumph July 2007, Majesty of the seas July 2006, Explorer of the Seas May 2005, Carnival Destiny April 2002, Sovereign of the seas July 2001, Monarch of the seas January 1999, Sovereign of the seas Feb 1998, Viking Serenade April 1997, Big Red Boat June 1996, Song of America October 1995

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#19
222 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
Um...it's tomorrow. I am at the edge of my seat! Love your reviews.
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A few other wonderful cruises on Princess
Several Cruises on Royal Caribbean
A couple of fun cruises on Carnival
#20
Northern NJ
4,708 Posts
Joined Apr 2010
Originally posted by cruiser1956
Um...it's tomorrow. I am at the edge of my seat! Love your reviews.
Patience! Patience!
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Please check out my food review of the Oasis. A good resource for Oasis, Allure or just about any RCI Ship! The Almost Complete Food Lovers Guide to the Oasis of the Seas

Song of Norway-Nov 1991 * Majesty of the Seas-Sept 1994 * Diamond Princess-April 2004 * Mariner of the Seas-April 2006 * Carnival Valor-March 2007 * Explorer of the Seas-April 2008 * Explorer of the Seas-July 2009 * Oasis of the Seas-July 2010 * Carnival Glory-July 2011 * Enchantment of the Seas-Oct 2011 * Enchantment of the Seas-Oct 2011 * Allure of the Seas-April 2012 * Brilliance of the Seas-Nov 2012 * Celebrity Equinox-July 2013 * Celebrity Summit-July 2014 * Quantum of the Seas-Nov 2014 * Quantum of the Seas-Dec 2014 * Liberty of the Seas-July 2015 * Celebrity Summit-Oct 2015 * Anthem of the Seas-Mar 2016 * Harmony of the Seas-Oct 2016 * Independence of the Seas-July 2017 * Harmony of the Seas-Sept 2017 * Celebrity Equinox-June 2018 * Symphony of the Seas-Oct 2018 * Celebrity Edge-March 2019 * Anthem of the Seas-May 2019