Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
mairem17

Allure of the Seas Halloween Week Trip Report 10-30 to 11-6 with Pics

Recommended Posts

Hello everyone this is my first review so just bare with me. This was my first RCI cruise and it was amazing. Me(Marie) and my son(Joseph) flew in the day before the cruise and stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66. Thank god we made it to Fort Lauderdale because up on the East Coast it was snowing. We boarded on Sunday October 30 for a weeklong cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Here are some pictures from the plane and the port from the hotel.

 

jv0htg.jpg

 

View from airplane window at Philly International

 

5nvmzm.jpg

 

It seems to be very cloudy out.

 

ixwj9z.jpg

 

Here is a view from the Fort Lauderdale airport looking out at Oasis of the Seas. I also would like to add to the fact that when the plane was lowering altitude I was able to see Allure of the Seas from the plane heading back to Fort Lauderdale from Nassau, but was too late with the camera.

 

4goi07.jpg

 

The Emerald Princess docked at port viewed from our balcony.

 

dxct3q.jpg

 

Oasis of the Seas seen from the balcony.

 

Also this was the weekend of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

 

hswfx4.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

zxu06p.jpg

 

jjbg8y.jpg

The Eurodam at port.

 

That afternoon we just sat up on our balcony and watched the ships disembark. It began to rain so we just sat and watch television for the night anxiously waiting for the arrival of the Allure. In the morning we went out to the top terrace and snapped some pictures of the ships in port.(But none could match the Allure)

 

hx4w0o.jpg

 

qrxgfk.jpg

 

After taking pictures of the view and ships we walked around the property and admired all of the yachts that were there that weekend. We then grabbed a taxi from the hotel to the port where we would soon board the best ship on the seas. You really can't understand the true size of the ship until you get upclose and see it towering above everything else. At the terminal we had the fastest check-in we have ever had. Ten minutes and you are onboard the ship taking in all of the magnificent areas. Here are a few pics of the ride their and the embarkation.

 

2q2pclh.jpg

 

hsrixc.jpg

 

This ship is extremely massive in size and is extraordinary. It is amazing of all the research you can do on this ship, nothing can prepare you for what's in store for you until you actually get onboard.

 

Well I must head to bed now and catch up on all the sleep I missed. More to come tomorrow!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love it!!! Just as nenner1 is ending her cruise report, another one pops up!!! Thanks in advance for all your work!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Love the review so far! Can't wait to read the rest. It's interesting that you said that you could see the Allure coming back. That would've been a cool picture to see.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here are some more pics of the boarding:

 

etzejn.jpg

 

9kvx8h.jpg

 

242bi4k.jpg

 

When we got onboard we decided to just explore a bit before heading for lunch. We then preceded to the Park Cafe for one of their famous roast beef sandwiches, but there was a line out the door and as far back as fifty feet! So we decided to just head to the Windjammer. The food was pretty good there too so not much to complain about. Anyway after lunch my son wanted to go to the aft balconies that are right above the aquasuites, so we went. Here is one of the shots from the balconies.

 

2zi669j.jpg

 

I would also like to add that it is amazing of how much of a workout it is getting from one end of the ship to the other or going up or down the stairs. I would like to close this post out with a few pictures we grabbed throughout the ship that day:

 

20us4g5.jpg

Central park

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

More pics of the ship on Day 1

 

15n4lfl.jpg

Rising Tide Bar In Central Park

 

34q2oia.jpg

 

1f87a.jpg

The Boardwalk Top View

 

That is all for now. More to come later.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Loving your review and pictures. Looking forward to more. Hoping to get on the Allure someday. Sailed on the Oasis last year and loved it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

. Your doing great so far for a first review. . We did this same cruise back in May.

Edited by BillOh

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Is it just me...I don't see any pictures!!

 

I see them just fine so I think its just you

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After walking around the ship for a few hours we went to our muster drill and sat through the regular procedure, but the good thing is that you no longer have to bring your life jacket with you, you just watch a video and it is all done. Afterward we headed up to the top deck grabbed some pina coladas and enjoyed our sailaway. It was a bit overcasty, but it didn't rain that day so we were happy about that. The ship actually left pretty early because the captain said they already had all food and luggage on at around 4:30. With us in port on Sunday was the Carnival Freedom and the Island Princess. Here are some of the sailaway pics:

 

fwlu9e.jpg

Here is the Carnival Freedom leaving port that day. There is actually an extremely large mega yacht sitting right behind it, but you could never tell.

 

34dotc3.jpg

The Allure pulling away from terminal 18.

 

ehd7x0.jpg

Island Princess docked across from us as we depart from Port Everglades.

 

mtzzn.jpg

I know this pictures is a little blurry, but it is a shot of somebody surfing on a flowrider in their backyard captured from atop the ship.

 

66kupz.jpg

The Fort Lauderdale beach and jetty.

 

25k3o21.jpg

The Island Princess following us out of the port heading out to sea.

 

That night we decided to pass on having dinner in the Main Dining Room and just head to the Windjammar again for a meal. Part of it is us being lazy and being up pretty early to watch the ships pull into port. Also that night we went to see Chicago. It was actually better than I thought. Just like everybody says, it does get cold in the Amber Theater so bring pants or a sweatshirt. Later we just walked around the ship and admired all of the artwork that they have throughout. Next up is Nassau, Bahamas and Halloween!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Looking forward to more of your review and pictures too! They look great at home (couldn't see them at work this morning) and reading and looking at the pictures will get us through the rest of the week! We fly to Ft Lauderdale Friday afternoon and Sunday round two of our Allure adventure starts (round one was the June 14th sailing).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Looking forward to more of your review and pictures too! They look great at home (couldn't see them at work this morning) and reading and looking at the pictures will get us through the rest of the week! We fly to Ft Lauderdale Friday afternoon and Sunday round two of our Allure adventure starts (round one was the June 14th sailing).

 

That is funny because my sons birthday is June 14th!:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks everyone for the nice comments!! More will come tomorrow or the day after.:D:D

 

wv333r.jpg

Here is a pic I snatched of Allure in Nassau last Monday!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I leave on Sunday, YES THIS SUNDAY, and can't wait, thanks for the review!

 

Questions:

Favorite place on ship,

How was the weather?

What is your allure, MUST DO's?

 

Any other tips are welcomed!

 

Thanks look forward to more!

 

Heather

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I leave on Sunday, YES THIS SUNDAY, and can't wait, thanks for the review!

 

Questions:

Favorite place on ship,

How was the weather?

What is your allure, MUST DO's?

 

Any other tips are welcomed!

 

Thanks look forward to more!

 

Heather

 

 

Also storage question, was there under the bed storage?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I leave on Sunday, YES THIS SUNDAY, and can't wait, thanks for the review!

 

Questions:

Favorite place on ship,

How was the weather?

What is your allure, MUST DO's?

 

Any other tips are welcomed!

 

Thanks look forward to more!

 

Heather

 

My favorite place on the ship is either the sun deck(area on top of bridge) or the Central Park. The weather the first day was cloudy in Fort Lauderdale, but it didn't rain. The only other time we had bad weather was in St. Thomas where it rained from 11:00 to 5:00, luckily it was light. For a tip I would recommend trying to seeing all of the shows. That is what we did and we loved them all. For the storage question, you basically can fit anything under the beds. Also be aware that there is not much closet space so pack smartly. You can probably just keep reading my report and I will most likely get to all of the areas that concern you. Thank you for reading and your nice words!:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I leave on Sunday, YES THIS SUNDAY, and can't wait, thanks for the review!

 

Questions:

Favorite place on ship,

How was the weather?

What is your allure, MUST DO's?

 

Any other tips are welcomed!

 

Thanks look forward to more!

 

Heather

 

Have a great cruise! Allure is AWESOME!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was on this cruise with you, and the one before. I loved our cruises and love seeing your pictures. Allure was just fabulous. The word about park cafe has gotten out. We enjoyed embarkation lunch for both cruises in the Solarium Bistro. It was busy, but tolerable both visits.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry everyone for the delay, I have been planning my thanksgiving cruise for next year. Anyway hope it was worth the wait!

 

The next morning we pulled into Nassau and awaiting us was Carnival Fantasy and Aida Aura. In the distance you could faintly make out a figure of the Disney Dream that was too docking in Nassau that Monday morning. We didn't have anything planned, but to just do some shopping and try to walk over the old fort on top of the hill. After all of the crowds left the ship for the day, we headed to the Windjammer to grab breakfast before we headed out. Afterward we went to the room to grab out equipment(sail pass cards, cameras, money, etc.), headed to deck 2 gangway, and out the ship. The weather that day called for thunderstorms, but oddly enough the sun was shining all day with only a few clouds in the sky. Here are some pictures as we were out on the top deck and when we were walking down the pier:

 

 

The Carnival Fantasy already docked at its berth.

2ml7hc.jpg

 

What is the lifeboat doing out on the water? Oh whoops that is the Aida Aura.

8z0igk.jpg

 

The Disney Dream still en route to its pier.

mju3gx.jpg

 

Atlantis Beach Resort over on Paradise Island.

t059np.jpg

 

This is a picture of Allure of the Seas(right), a Brazilian Naval boat(right), Disney Dream(left), and the Aida Aura(left)

2k1mit.jpg

 

Some of you may already have seen this picture, but I will put it up again.

2wpqqdu.jpg

 

Next Up: Fort Fincastle, & the Straw Market

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After we made it down the long pier, we began to walk to Fort Fincastle. The walk should have been just a mile, but we got lost and ended up in some bad parts of Nassau. Before you actually get there, there are these steps called the Queen's Staircase, which was pretty cool. Anyway we finally made it up there and to our surprise it is like a tourist scam. They set up all of these shacks telling you that you have to buy something or they will kick you out. Also if you wanted to go up into the fort they said it cost $5 a person. We decided not to pay and just walk around it. On the other side there was a sign that sad no admission cost. Oh well, it is a small fort anyway. We still got a few pictures and enjoyed the view and the history. Here are some pictures of the fort:

 

 

This is the Queen's Staircase, which was used as a secret passage to the fort that is located in a 100 foot valley, shaped opening in the earth. As you can see it is now mainly used as a way to exercise for the locals.

11ts85e.jpg

 

The 'Welcome to Fort Fincastle' sign.

3013g9d.jpg

 

These cannons are located right in front of the castle facing toward the harbor. If you were to look inside of them now, they are used as trash cans.

2ilzrr4.jpg

 

View of the cruise ships at dock from the fort. No matter where you go in Nassau, you basically have some sort of view of the ships towering over the town.

dzw19s.jpg

 

The historic water tower located right next to the fort.

2d9qu1f.jpg

 

We saw tons of these little lizards running around on the sides of streets and everywhere. I decided to grab a picture of a few of them.

2h52sdv.jpg

 

Up Next: Nassau Downtown & the Straw Market

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • 2019 Cruisers' Choice Awards
      • NCL Sail-Away Giveaway Sweepstakes - Win a 7-Day Cruise on Norwegian Joy!
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Community Contests
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...