Allure of the Seas-Sept. 30, 2012 My Experience

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Hello from another Virginian - Waynesboro!

I'm really enjoying your review. I'm planning on taking this same cruise next May, so I'm getting some good ideas from you of things to do. (cough, Senor Frogs, cough!)

Keep 'em coming!
Vermont
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Hi Harold,
we are sailing a week before you next year. We are a group of 22 and we are loving your review...I kind of wish we were on the other sailing now because watching planes take off and land is one of my favorite past times. I even bought my house because it's near an airport and on the flight path! -I am now adding Sunset/Maho to my "bucket list" this is a must-do for me, now!!
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Harold - great job on the review ... Love the pix too. Nice to see different perspectives from the same cruise week! Cannot be everywhere at once
Virginia Beach, VA.
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I apologize for being absent yesterday and most of today. When you work for a fire department, especially for the Navy and a hurricane approaches things start hopping! It's been a busy couple of days around here for me. Tomorrow I will be evacuating Virginia to avoid the hurricane. So I will try and squeeze in a little more tonight. Oh, and hello to all my neighbors through out Virginia who have commented.
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Enjoying your thread so far, keep up good work.

I was just looking at your signature, and see you will be sailing the Allure 2 months after us........you must really enjoy her.

We live in the snow belt area of the Great Lakes, and when we built our house and moved in when it was 1993 we had a Halloween Snow Storm.
So as well as you battening down the hatches, we too shall be preparing.

Try to get some rest.
Stock up on firewood, water.

Be safe

Safe travels.

Sue and crew
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So after a great day at St. Maarten it was time to sailaway into the sunset. I even got to see my first pier runner of the cruise. It seemed as though most people were good about making it back to the ship with time to spare this trip except for one person in St. Maarten. Here we go:

Phillipsburg


I wish I lived there!
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Sorry about that snafu....
Continuing on:

Another nice place to live!


And here he is! Our St. Maarten pier runner anout 10 minutes from sailaway!
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Did it again. Moving on:


Flowrider sailaway wipeout!!


Bye bye St. Maarten!


I'm sailing away!
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One last shot of St. Maarten:


Days 6 & 7 were our at sea days with Day 6 also being the second formal night with lobster on the menu in the MDR.

Thursday night there was a Top Tier Event for C&A Platinum and above folks in the Amber Theater with a performance from the cast of Chicago doing some singing. The top cruiser's on this sailing were recognized and a nice time was had by all. After that it was time to bar hop. I bumped into Susan and Chris at the Rising Tide Bar and had a few drinks and also met some of their Flowrider mates which led to unwittingly becoming part of a Quest team (drinking included) and then more shenanigans in the dance club.....


Top Tier Event.


After Quest in the Dance Club. Susan, do you recall where the hat came from? I don't?????? It looks like I was having fun!
So after a late night of partying I decided enough was enuff! Bedtime!
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So upon finally waking up Friday morning 9ish. I headed up to the Windjammer for some breakfast. Most of days 6 & 7 were spent just walking the ship, hot tubbing, relaxing and enjoying adult beverages. The 2 main events that we did have on Friday were a Slot Pull in the casino and a cabin crawl for our roll call. At the slot pull each person ante'd up $20 and we picked a machine and commenced in some extreme slot pulling. After everyone had finished thier "pulls" we came out about $8 ahead per person. We were WINNERS!!! So we divided up our winnings and promptly began our cabin crawl.

If you are not familiar with what a cabin crawl is I'll fill you in. To have a good crawl you need to get at least 6 different category of cabins to tour. This only works if you have folks in your roll call that volunteer to show their cabin and you have a manageable number of people participate. Cabin Crawls are a great way for people to see a wide range of cabin categories and possibly convince them to try something different on a future cruise. Yo know the ones who always get an inside cabin and wish they had a balcony. Well once they see one you know they have to try it. We wound up with a good selection of cabins and some very gracious volunteers to show their cabins. Here are the photo's:


Breakfst view from the Windjammer.


Best cabin on the crawl. A Sky Loft Suite on Deck 17.

Sky Loft Balcony View.


Sky Loft windows.
More to follow....
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More Sky Loft photo's:




View from the loft area.


Retractable TV.


View out the expansive windows from the loft area.


Sky Loft shower.


My friend Buddy discussing the merits of staying in a Sky Loft Suite...
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Storm clouds behind us.



Relaxing in Central Park.

Central Park.


Last Formal Night. I clean up pretty good don't I???
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Another towel critter.


Sailing in the moonlight.


If you've ever wondered about the inner working's of a Flowrider.....


Enjoying my favorite beverage: A Lava Flow of course!
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Can't really see the pics well on my iPhone, so ill give a better response tomorrow.

That's Julia from brazil on the flowrider. She is pretty good and back on the ship in November, then april 2013. She is a tour guide and maybe the luckiest person I know!

I don't even remember the hat, so the vodka was playing more tricks on me than even you . Although it is highly likely I took the pic. Haha. David always had hats and I have a pic of me in a derby the next night, so it's a good bet that was his. Do you remember Allan Brooks coming into blaze and all of us chatting with him? That was a fun and crazy night! Thanks!!

(I think you still missed my post, which is not even funny anymore. I think it was #76 or close. I mention I was born in Portsmouth)

Stay safe and enjoy warm Mexico!!
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Chris confirmed that it was indeed David's hat
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Sunset from the Viking Crown Lounge....Our last night at sea.....


Viking Crown Lounge.


One more of the Viking Lounge.


This is a picture of myself, Buddy and Kim our favorite bartender on this cruise. Kim worked at the Boardwalk Bar and she made the best Lava Flows on the ship!
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Originally posted by swwake
Can't really see the pics well on my iPhone, so ill give a better response tomorrow.

That's Julia from brazil on the flowrider. She is pretty good and back on the ship in November, then april 2013. She is a tour guide and maybe the luckiest person I know!

I don't even remember the hat, so the vodka was playing more tricks on me than even you . Although it is highly likely I took the pic. Haha. David always had hats and I have a pic of me in a derby the next night, so it's a good bet that was his. Do you remember Allan Brooks coming into blaze and all of us chatting with him? That was a fun and crazy night! Thanks!!

(I think you still missed my post, which is not even funny anymore. I think it was #76 or close. I mention I was born in Portsmouth)

Stay safe and enjoy warm Mexico!!
Yes I do remember Allan Brooks coming in and chatting. Funny I remember that but not getting Davids hat put on my head!
I figured Mexico was far enough away from the hurricane to be safe!
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My favorite Dreamworks character's:



The Oasis of the Seas passing us in the night. She's on the way out to Nassau as we head into Ft. Lauderdale.

This picture means the cruise has ended:


And this picture means I'm heading home:



Until we meet again Allure of the Seas.........
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In summing up this cruise I have to say it is the best one that I have taken to date. I really like the Allure of the Seas because it has so much to offer. It is a beautiful ship, has a great crew, and goes to great destinations. I was able to cross off one of my bucket list items having made it to St. Maarten and Maho Beach. I had the honor of sailing with some great Cruisecritic roll call mates. Al you know I'll see you and Jan again in the future. Susan I hope to see you and Chris again on a future cruise. I hope everyone has enjoyed reading this review as I have enjoyed reading many of yours and others reviews here on Cruisecritic.

Well that's a wrap folks.

HAPPY CRUISING!!!

HAROLD
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