The Arizona Cruisers Invade the Allure of the Seas, April 28, 2013 ~ A Pictorial Revi

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Arizona
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If I sail out of Fort Lauderdale again, I think I will stay in the hotel and not be walking across that bridge again. When that bicycle hit me, it felt like my brain was spinning inside my skull. Everything was muffled and I was very dizzy. I experienced nothing but incompetence from everyone. First, Bill called the 911 operator and she was totally clueless. Bill can interject his recollection of the 911 call. Then the EMT's showed up and they hadn't secured my neck or anything and had me sit up, then to my feet. I'm very dizzy at this point & felt like I was going to pass out. Then they asked me if I could climb over the guard rail Seriously? I abruptly said no! They said well we don't know how to get you into the ambulance. I said figure it out. They finally got a flat board to lift me over the guard rail. Then I get to the trauma center and they were all very casual not at all acting like this was a trauma. The nurse said oh your bleeding. We were told this was a closed wound. Does it look closed? They put ice on my head and were going to release me without doing any testing. Thats when we insisted on further tests to make sure I wasn't having internal bleeding in my brain. Last thing I want is to have a seizure as I'm in the middle of the Atlantic. CT scans were normal so I felt relieved but yet still dizzy. They put one staple in my head but it was still bleeding. I continued to bleed all night at the Hyatt. Thank God I had one of those absorbent medical pads to cover my pillow so I didn't ruin the pillows at the Hyatt.

It continued bleeding. It bled not stop from Saturday night until about Tuesday. I couldn't wash my hair for 48 hours so I had this bloody hair that was pinned up in a ponytail for the first couple days. I went to formal night Monday night with my bloody hair in a ponytail. I started to feel a little normal by mid-week with the exception of losing my balance a lot and general dizziness.

I am still dealing with this today and I have a hole in the back of my head today that has to be packed with gauze twice a day. I go back to see the surgeon on Wednesday to see what the next step is. I had 3 different doctors including the Tucson emergency room (yeah 2 trips to ER) that all said it should have been stitched from the inside out. Instead of one staple that did nothing and actually let an infection set in. So I am on antibiotics today and having to deal with this open wound on the back of my head because the FLL ER didn't do their job properly. Do I seem a little ticked? Yeah I am. All of this is at my expense too because the guy that hit me is not a US citizen so he's not responsible to pay all my costs.

Morale of the story always get travel insurance. I always do and this time it will pay off for all the times I've bought it and not used it in the past. Travelguard will reimburse me for all my out of pocket medical expenses. It will be awhile before I get the money because all bills have to be processed and I have to prove I've paid the money then I file the claim then get reimbursed but I will finally not have to pay in the end.

Sorry to write a book in Ginny's review. Loving your review too Ginny.
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#42
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OH and I will add that I had a fantastic cruise. Considering what I was dealing with, this could have been a cruise from HE!! but it was amazing. I absolutely loved this ship and look forward to the day I can go on her again when I don't have a head injury. Of course cruising with good friends made it all that more special.
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#43
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Originally posted by BillOh
Three weeks later this still rattles me to read it and all I did was watch. I'm surprised Lisa hasn't gotten a bill from the city for the sidewalk damage.

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That's probably coming Bill. I wouldn't doubt it. I already got my bill of $726 from the fire dept for the emergency transport.

I forgot to mention the police that went to the wrong location under the bridge instead of over the bridge because he clearly couldn't see the flashing lights on top of the bridge. He showed up at the hospital and said the guy had no ID and was from South Africa. My DH said did you arrest him and he said no he took his finger prints and issued a citation. With all the terrorist activities in this country, if someone cannot produce identification, they should be arrested until they can prove who they are. There was a bike lane on the other side of the guardrail and he claimed he was riding on the pedestrian walkway and had not brakes on his bike.

I had to mail off a check for $2 to the Broward Country Police to obtain a copy of the police report.
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Since most people don't like to see pictures of injuries, I thought I would post the option in case anyone wants to see what my wound looks like, click on this link. Picture taken May 15th (injury happened April 27th).
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Thank you for posting the rest of the story, Lisa. I didn't want to tell everything as you had the facts, after all it's your head!

I might add here that we have known and been friends with Lisa a long time so of course we were with her when she was hurt. But Bill & Gina had just met her in person and they were fantastic! You can tell they are very caring people. This is a great group beyond the Arizona Cruisers. We were lucky to have sailed with such wonderful people on our Roll Call.

We just got back from church and we have to run out for an errand. Then I will return and will get back to the business of boarding the fantastic Allure of the Seas! Hang on. More is on the way.
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#46
Phx East Valley AZ
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Originally posted by rednancy1
Hi Ginny, Laura and Mike,

This is like old home week here.

The review is excellent and love the pics.

The Oasis TA sounds wonderful. We're doing the Brilliance west TA in Aug 2014

We miss seeing you and Dan.
Hope all is well.
I am spoiled after the Allure. I thought the ship would be too crowded but it is so big never felt any busier than any other cruise ship.

Lisa..you are so lucky that you did not have a major bleed from your brain.

Ginny you are doing a fantastic job. Proud of you!!

Laura
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I keep checking to see if there is another installment of Ginny's review. I'm waiting in anticipation.

By the way, thought I would add that 3 doctors in my home town told me I did have a concussion. I'm not sure why Ft Lauderdale trauma said I didn't. I'm still dealing with the issues of dizziness and these weird feelings in my head when I look upwards, turn a certain way or even just laying down. My doctor said I may have those symptoms for awhile but hoping they will fade.
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The next morning we awoke to this sight from our balcony. There was the Allure waiting for us! The Ruby Princess was also there, along with the Carnival Freedom which we could barely see from our vantage point.


My Steve & Audie had gotten up early to return the rental car. When Sue and I got ready we met at the Pool Cafe and had a mediocre breakfast sandwich. We were there when the guys came back & joined us. We were in our Arizona Cruiser shirts, ready for our big Sail Away!




Sue had the shirts especially designed for our group. Good job, Sue!

At 10:30 we were to meet everyone in the hotel lobby. Lisa had pre-arranged for South Florida Elite Shuttle to take the 15 of us to the port at that time. (The 13 Arizona Cruisers plus Bill & Gina). They provided us with two large vans with covered trailers for the luggage. They were on time, efficient and clean. It was a good choice for us. The cost was $10 pp for our group, but Lisa tells me that price will vary depending on the size of the group.

We pulled up at the port and promptly unloaded. This is surely one of the most efficient embarkments we have ever had in 13 cruises. We were directed to a window and checked in. Because we were Emerald we were sent to the Platinum/Emerald waiting area. There we were seated with Sue & Audie, Bill & Gina. Because our group is at all levels of C&A status we were spread all over the expansive waiting area. I sent out a quick text to everyone to meet at the Park Cafe upon boarding.







I didn't take a lot of pictures of the waiting area in all my excitement, but I did see there was a child’s play area that looked nice, restrooms and vending machines. I took special note of the Diamond waiting area as that is the area we will be sitting in on our next cruise!

The boarding process began with the highest C&A levels and suites, then Diamonds, followed by Platinum & Emeralds, then Gold. We were under the impression that Lisa would be having wheelchair boarding assistance, but they only had one porter doing wheelchairs. We found out later that she got discouraged by a ridiculously long wait and ended up walking aboard up that long steep ramp with the assistance of her DH Steve. (He’s a keeper, by the way). He took such good care of her all week.

As reported on many other reviews the process was fast and efficient. Despite an e-mail, which we ignored, to not arrive at the port until after 1 or 2 PM we were on board happily between 11:30 and 12:00. We met as arranged at the Park Cafe where we had the famous Roast Beef sandwiches & salads. Sorry, for some reason my picture taking at this part of the cruise was pretty limited, probably because I was weighed down by camera bag, purse, rolling carry on and my computer bag. I really have to learn how to travel lighter. But, have no fear. I will have quite a few pictures of the ship as we continue on in this review. I am sure many of the scenes you have seen on previous reviews ad nauseum, but I hope I will have a few new views to contribute along the way.

At any rate – this is where I am going to get flamed by many of you. The roast beef sandwich was tasty, but come on people – it’s just a roast beef sandwich! I have had better roast beef sandwiches. If you have ever been to the White Chocolate Grill in Scottsdale, AZ..........but I digress. Anyway, JMHO mind you, I preferred the salad. I did not return multiple times for the famous sandwich. As a matter of fact it is the only roast beef sandwich I had all week. There are so many options available on this ship that I had very few things twice. Now the cupcakes.........I did have two of them during the week. But, at least I tried different flavors!

Even though we got on the ship early and quickly the Park Cafe secret is out. By the time we got there the inside seating was full and there were only places to sit were in the sun outside. And it was hot just baking, especially since we were under a glass canopy. So we ate and then walked around a bit until our cabins were ready promptly at 1 PM.

Next up: Getting Down To Business & Sailaway!
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I couldn't chew the roast beef sandwich with my sore jaw. The bicyclist had hit my cheek & jaw with either his head or his shoulder so my jaw was rather sore on the cruise which limited what I could eat but trust me, toward mid-week, I was eating all I could including steaks. My DH had got me a wonderful salad from Park Cafe that truly was amazing. Very yummy.
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#50
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I've always known Lisa was a hard headed tough cookie......little did we know. Gina and Bill deserve such kudos as they waited on the bridge as the police had yet to arrive when the ambulance was ready to leave.

I agree with Ginny about the roast beef sandwiches. They were good but not worth the praise they have been getting. We also only had one. Perhaps had there been more time we would've given it another try. Perhaps because we were chaffing at the bit to get our cabins and get our choice package reservations made. But I'll let Ginny finish the story.

Sue
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We were waiting at the door to the port side of Deck 8 at 1 PM. The cabin areas were opened right on time and we proceeded to our port side D1 Balcony cabin, 8196. We chose this cabin based on previous reviews. This cabin is in the center of the forward hump with an extended balcony. We were next door to Laura and Gene and we had the balcony divider opened before Sailaway. That worked out well as all of the Arizona Cruisers were planning to meet on our balconies after the Muster Drill as we had big Webcam plans.
Here are a couple of pictures of Cabin 8196:






Laura & Gene were in 8198. The only difference between the cabins was that their bed was closer to the window. They preferred their configuration and we preferred ours so everyone was happy. The closet was close to the bed in our cabin but it only caused a problem when we both tried to get into the closet at the same time. Otherwise, I really liked to sit on the sofa and see the ocean just outside our door.

Lisa & Steve and Sue & Audie were just down the hall from us in D8 Cabins. They were very close to the elevators and they were very happy with their cabin locations. Norine, Gene & Charlotte were in a JS a bit further aft of us on Deck 8 also.


Light Bulb Moment: There may be times during this review where I will step aside and discuss what I may do differently next time or give little hints on the art of cruising on a ship the size of the Allure. This is one of those times. I personally think Deck 8 is the ideal deck on this ship. We were close to Central Park, with it’s restaurants and relaxing atmosphere and basically convenient to almost everything we wanted. The next time we book on the Allure (and I really hope there is a next time) I would try to get a cabin closer to where Lisa & Sue were located and forego the larger balcony. The reason is that we really had no need for that size of a balcony. This is the first time I have ever cruised, even to Alaska where I did not utilize my balcony as much as I am accustomed. There was always somewhere else I wanted to be! Being closer to the elevators would have been a better choice for us. We were closer to the middle of the expanse between the two elevators and so we always had to walk down the Endless Hallway to go either forward or aft. If we were close to the center of the Promenade for example, we would walk all the way forward to the elevators then have to go towards the aft once again on Deck 8 to get to our cabin. Every time we passed Lisa & Sue’s cabins I would look down the Endless Hallway and think that I still have a long way to go! If you are toward the aft you can take the aft elevators to Deck 8, have a pleasant relaxing stroll through Central Park and then turn the corner and viola! You are at your cabin.

Would I always choose a balcony on this ship? Absolutely! Sometimes that is the only way you would know you are at sea with all the inside attractions. You will see how we continued to seek out sea views at various locations during the week.



Our Emerald gift was waiting for us when we arrived in our room. It was a nice touch.


Since our luggage had already arrived I left Steve in the cabin to unpack while I went out with the girls to make the rest of our reservations for our Dining Choice packages. The three of us with the Choice package (Sue, Laura and myself) were obligated to eat at Chops on the first or second night. We were able to make that reservation online, but the other two restaurants (remember, we had gotten the package just before the price increase and the addition of Izumi) had to be booked onboard. Norine, Lisa and Sheila were going to add reservations to join us at select restaurants and we wanted to be sure we would all be seated at the same table. Before heading out we tried to call the number listed on the television to confirm all three reservations but it didn’t work – so off we went to each restaurant. We started at Samba Grill, and then went to Giovanni’s. At both restaurants there seemed to some confusion as to what we were doing, but it got quickly worked out. When we arrived at Chops we told the hostess that the three of us already had reservations for 6:30, we wanted to add a couple of more reservations and we wanted to be seated together. The hostess took one look at just one of Sea Pass cards and said, “Oh yes, I already had you seated together”. She said that she figured it out since we were the only ones on the whole ship to purchase the 3 restaurant Choice Package and our reservations were for the same time. She was the first of many crew members to really, really impress us!

So, with that job completed we went back to our cabins and went our separate ways until after the Muster Drill.


Our Muster Drill was held at 4:30 in Studio B. It was uneventful and we headed to the elevator. This is one of those few times when you really feel the number of passengers on the ship.

Here is another
Light Bulb Moment to help you survive the crowded elevators:

At times like these when the majority of passengers are heading one direction on the elevators you are better off to start on the lowest deck when every one is heading up, or on the highest deck when everyone is heading down. If that is not possible head down to go up, or up to go down. Otherwise you will have one full elevator after another pass you by. If you are physically able, take the stairs.


After having successfully negotiated the elevator challenge we arrived back at our cabin, ready for our long anticipated Sail Away and the real beginning of our cruising adventure!
#52
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I didn't spend all day Saturday and Sunday on the computer so I missed the biginning of your review.

I need to correct my friend's name to Georgia. I don't know where you got Charlotte. Georgia really enjoyed the cruise.

Thanks for doing this Ginny. It seems like I never get a review written.

Norine
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#53
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Originally posted by Quilting Queen
I didn't spend all day Saturday and Sunday on the computer so I missed the biginning of your review.

I need to correct my friend's name to Georgia. I don't know where you got Charlotte. Georgia really enjoyed the cruise.

Thanks for doing this Ginny. It seems like I never get a review written.

Norine
Now how did I mess that up? I am so sorry. I probably called her Charlotte a time or two on the cruise!
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Originally posted by Sunny AZ Girl
Now how did I mess that up? I am so sorry. I probably called her Charlotte a time or two on the cruise!
Her name was Georgia, you called her Charlotte, How about a compromise and call her Carolina.
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Originally posted by BillOh
Her name was Georgia, you called her Charlotte, How about a compromise and call her Carolina.
LOL! At least I kept it in the South.
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Big Red Boat 06/93 (Bahamas)~ Explorer of the Seas 06/05 (Western Caribbean) ~ Jewel of the Seas 04/06 (Eastern Caribbean) ~ Monarch of the Seas 12/06 (Baja Mexico) ~ Monarch of the Seas 04/07 (Baja Mexico) ~ Golden Princess 01/08 (Mexican Riviera) ~ Explorer of the Seas 04/08 (Eastern Caribbean) ~ Caribbean Princess 05/09 (Southern Caribbean) ~ Radiance of the Seas 09/09 (Cabo San Lucas) ~ Mariner of the Seas 05/10 (Mexican Riviera) ~ Carnival Spirit 07/10 (Alaska) ~ NCL Pride of America 05/11 (Hawaii)~ Allure of the Seas 04/13 (Eastern Caribbean) ~ Jewel of the Seas B2B 05/14 (Southern Caribbean) ~ Oasis of the Seas 05/15 (Western Caribbean) ~ Jewel of the Seas 10/15 (Panama Canal) ~ Harmony of the Seas 10/16 (Spain/Transatlantic) ~ Freedom of the Seas 10/17 (Italy/Spain/Transatlantic)

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Our long anticipated Sail-Away had arrived! Everyone in our little group arrived at Laura’s and our cabins in their new blue shirts. Earlier, while unpacking, Laura’s Gene and my Steve had figured out how to attach Norine’s beautiful banner to our balcony. It was a bit of a challenge as we thought there would be openings at the bottom and top of the railing for the ties, but there weren’t any. Let’s just say duct tape (always on my packing list!) and luggage straps were involved. Good job, guys!




And that is Georgia at the front of this picture!


From our balcony we had a good view of the Carnival Freedom


The city of Fort Lauderdale


And Lisa’s Bridge
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As the ship pulled away from port we were watching for certain sights such as the “Flowrider House”


And the famous Port Everglades Webcam


I am happy to say the Webcam saw us, too. Do you see us?


Here we are!


Soon we passed by the rocks and the beach that are so popular for watching sailaways:


And we sailed past Fort Lauderdale beach heading towards Nassau.
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Originally posted by AZ Karaoke Girl
Since most people don't like to see pictures of injuries, I thought I would post the option in case anyone wants to see what my wound looks like, click on this link. Picture taken May 15th (injury happened April 27th).
Oh Lisa, that is just awful! My heart goes out to you. What a horrible experience and I'm in shock about the way you were treated by both the paramedics and ER staff. My head seriously hurts now just thinking about what you went through. I'm so sorry.
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We had Early Dining at 6 PM on the 4 nights we ate in the MDR. All 13 of us were linked together by Sue’s TA. We were all able to be at one table, which was nice. Our servers were Nenita & Silvana.


They were efficient, friendly and always smiling which made for a pleasant dining experience overall.

I know that both Steve & I had the Prime Rib which was excellent. I am not a foodie, but I do enjoy a good meal. I can honestly say that the food in the MDR did not disappoint. I am not afraid to try some new things because if I don’t like it I can always ask for something else. There was always something on the menu that caught my eye. I have learned that food is so subjective, that what may be good for me may not be for the next person and vice versa, so I really don’t plan to dedicate a lot of time in food reviews beyond my basic impressions.

I also did not take a lot of food pictures as there are so many food pictures already posted in the many excellent reviews already on this board, so you will have to look elsewhere if that is what you want to see, but you won’t have to look far!

Here is where I also have to confess this evening that I, the compulsive photographer on any trip, forgot to bring my camera. So, this post about this evening will be lacking a lot of photos. Trust me, I will make up for it later on.

After dinner we had reservations for the 9:30 show at the Aquatheater. We headed there and had our fist glimpse of the Boardwalk. While I was prepared to be impressed by Central Park from previous reviews I was really “Wowed” in true RCI fashion by the Boardwalk. Pictures did not do it justice for me. I loved the fun atmosphere that permeated this neighborhood. I will post pictures later on, but a picture does not relay the atmosphere sufficiently. You just have to go yourself!

We knew from all of those wonderful previous reviews that even if you have reservations you must go at least ˝ hour early to get prime seats, which we did. The show was marvelous and I really missed my camera. Even though flash photography and videos were not allowed during the show I have gotten fairly good at non-flash photography, if I say so myself. If our cabin had not been forward and we had not been all the way aft I would have gone for the camera. On a smaller ship I would have gotten it. But then again, a smaller ship would not have had this kind of a show.

All I can say is to make sure to see this show! It was an early highlight of our trip. We took the advice of our Mighty Roll Call Leader (BillOh) and booked the first evening. What I learned from this is to always follow Bill’s advice! The lighting effects in the dark really had a great impact on the show and the ship was sailing slowly as the distance to Nassau from FLL was short. I learned that the shows the following night when the ship was trying to make up time with rocky seas to St. Thomas were cancelled and rescheduled in the daytime. It was nice they were rescheduled, but the new times would have interfered with our other plans.

After the show we wandered the ship a bit to see some of her other attractions. Then it was off to bed as we had early plans for our next morning in Nassau.