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Oh, no, not another Allure of the Seas Review?!?! Well, I thought that what really made our October 14 Eastern Caribbean cruise one of our best cruise experiences to date was the social aspect of it, enhanced by participating in our Cruise Critic Roll Call.

 

SO, we thought this would be unique, not just another cruise review from one perspective. If we can all get coordinated here, it will be a tale of 3 women who met on Cruise Critic, found common ground and a budding (and continuing) friendship, dragged 3 husbands along for the ride, found other friends to join in the fun, and had a most amazing week on land and at sea. And for myself, I wanted to relive it one more time before moving forward to planning our next cruise.

 

Essentially, my thesis/theory for this review is to be open and put yourself out there on your roll calls, pay attention to who you’re talking to, get to know them, let them get to know you, and your cruise can be like a fun reunion of meeting up with your ‘old’ new friends!:)

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The major playahs here will be myself from Delaware, Sherri (Sunebeach) from Kentucky, and Macy (wannasail4ever) from Alabama. This is our 2nd cruise with Sherri and 1st with Macy. We all have different life schedules and commitments, so please bear with us if each of us jumps in at different times or disappears for a while.

 

I’ll start with some background on me (and DH Paul, aka crazycatsailor). We are mid/late 50ish and began cruising together 6 years ago after I chaperoned my daughter’s high school chorus/band on RCL Majesty of the Seas for a Musical Festival/Competition and wanted to get right back to a cruiseship without the work of keeping tabs on 200 kids:eek:! Paul grew up on the water, loves it so much that he entered the Coast Guard the day he graduated High School. We have cruised once a year since then, are working towards twice a year and more.

 

We have only been married since 2006, so we enjoyed the honeymoon phase through our first few phases spending time together. As often as possible we would request a table for two in the Dining Rooms, and were perfectly happy to not mingle with anyone else.

 

As cruising has become our love and addiction, we began gravitating towards other addicts to get our fix with:D. Cruise Critic has been an amazing resource for us. In our obsession we want to know everything about every nook and cranny of our ships, all the options for excursions and making every second of our cruise count, and we know we can find it here.

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Our 2010 cruise on the Oasis of the Seas was the first time we really started getting active on a CC Roll Call, and began making new friends months before we set sail. We named ourselves ‘The Big O’s’, MarlinJim designed t-shirts for us, we planned meeting for our first roast beef sandwich at the Park Café and sailaway on the secret deck 14,

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some excursions together, and a get together on our last night so we could compare notes and say goodbye. Our highlight on that cruise was that shortly after setting sail we met up with the Allure of the Seas before her maiden voyage for a great photo op and amazing experience. At that moment we decided we would book a cruise on the Allure while on board.

 

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(Credits for this amazing photo is to CruiseCarrie)

Paul and I really clicked with CruiseCarrie (Carrie and Jim) on that cruise. They talked us into booking the Freedom for 2011 and decided to join us. We also booked the Allure for ourselves in 2012 at the same time.

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Flashback to Freedom of the Seas now, November 2011:

It was fun having our reunion with Carrie and Jim on the Freedom, and on that roll call we clicked with Sunebeach – Sherri and Mike. If any of you have had the pleasure of being on a roll call with RevSmith, she was on that cruise, and she was a great cheerleader, ringleader, dancing countdown number poster, and a wealth of knowledge! When we walked into the Meet & Mingle, Mike and Sherri invited us to sit with them (it was pretty obvious who we were since Jim and Carrie gave me and Paul t-shirts ‘Hello my name is Judi and I’m addicted to cruising’ (Of course Paul’s had his name on it, not ‘Judi’):rolleyes:

 

We ran into Mike and Sherri again towards the end of the week and enjoyed a few hours hanging out at the Schooner Bar together. We hoped we had planted the seed for them to consider joining us on the Allure.

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In the meantime, after those 2 great experiences with the CC Roll Calls, I started the thread for our October 14 Allure cruise. I think I found my true calling – being the official greeter!

Into our second page of the roll call, Macy piped in (wannasail4ever) and became another official greeter. Right away I appreciated her friendliness, helpfulness (she had already sailed the Allure so had good first-hand experience). Ray and Betty (Raybettn) also became frequent posters, and FINALLY around Thanksgiving, Sherri/Sunebeach posted that she and Mike were considering booking. It was the funniest thing starting to get emails/texts from both her and Mike that they were going to surprise the other with this cruise as a Christmas gift! Oh, no, I worried they’d be double-booked!

Not to take anything away from everyone else on our roll call, but the three of us did a pretty good job of hogging the roll call, although it grew to well over 100 Meet and Minglers! Since my memory sucks, I had started keeping a list of everyone’s names for myself, and ended up being the keeper of the roll call.

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YES!! I finished my cruise, I finished my report, now what do I do??

 

Read someone else'e report :D

 

Yahooooo!

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As our excitement grew, our planning for the cruise took on a life of its own.

 

We began talking about getting together the day before the cruise to watch the Oasis sailaway. We all did a lot of research to figure out how to get to the jetties that you see on Port Fever. This is what I'm good/bad at...my uber-organization that somehow always fizzled into disorganized chaos! I found a great review by Nenner1 that gave explicit directions to getting to the right spot. In my organized phase, I compiled all this great information into one post, and even added it to our personal website (see my signature). But when I got to the disorganized phase, totally forgot where I put that! It wasn't until I just looked back at our roll call to refresh my memory that I found my link to Nenner1's review. Oh, and I think I've already hit my disorganized stride, since I think I'm starting to get all over the place...partly cause I want my buddies to have time to pipe in and they don't seem to be around right now!

 

We all talked about Hotel recommendations. On our last pre-cruise night in Fort Lauderdale Paul & I stayed at the Hyatt Place Fort Lauderdale North. It was an ideal location - good shopping across the road for last minute things (Publix, liquor store, Payless for the forgotten water shoes, and plenty of places to eat). But for whatever reason it was twice the price, and we found that the Renaissance was highly rated and with our AAA discount it was in the low 100s. One thing I noticed since our last time in FL was that quite a lot of the hotels are now charging for Internet, parking and shuttles. Sherri and Mike booked the Renaissance also...Macy and Butch (OH, I think I forgot to mention Butch:eek:...so sorry! I owe you an ice cream!) stayed across the 17th St Causeway Bridge on the other side of the canal.

 

Others from our roll call were either travelling with groups of their own, coming in the day of, already on the ship, or staying at different hotels, so again it was just us 3 amigas and our DHs.

 

Now, I should add something here about our DHs. I kind of started worrying as we were getting so friendly about how our DHs would react...what if they didn't get along...even what if WE didn't get along as well as we thought! (I've had the experience both ways - feeling comfortable chatting with someone on a board and in person...eh. AND vice versa). Although Paul and Mike have their own CC logins (crazycatsailor and wildcatfans) mostly they and Butch would ask us 'what are they saying on the boards?). But they were great with sharing the excitement, helping us make decisions, and 'schlepping' around with us!

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YES!! I finished my cruise, I finished my report, now what do I do??

 

Read someone else'e report :D

 

Yahooooo!

 

Hi Sinny! I've seen your posts on the 'post a picture of your dress' boards. I 'lurk' there to get cruise clothes ideas...even though I haven't bought a new cruise dress in a while.

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OK, so where am I now? Oh yeah, still planning - that took me 2 years and was so much fun. That's why I like to book a cruise as early as possible. What better way to make the enjoyment of a cruise last than have 2 years with it! For most of that time we just wish time to go fast so we can get there, but as we get really close I panic that it will be over soon. Is that crazy or what?!?:p

 

So we had our hotels booked. By the way, speaking of hotels, Paul and I opted for a pre-flight hotel also. We live in Dover, Delaware...minimum 1.5 hr drive to any airport; we can get to the airports at Philly, Baltimore, Reagan, Dulles and even Newark, NJ in 2.5 hrs, so we have a lot of options. Our best airfare was Jet Blue out of Reagan airport - I don't remember exactly, but round trip for the 2 of us, with extra legroom seats one way, taxes and insurance was just over $500, I thought was a great deal. Originally we started looking for less expensive offsite parking there and found a website that advertised $8/day at the Renaissance hotel in Arlington, VA. On a whim, we called there and they had a Park, Sleep & Fly package for not much more than the parking itself, and we figured since it is more than 2 hrs driving we'd start out the day well rested...I am NOT an early morning person!

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Hi Sinny! I've seen your posts on the 'post a picture of your dress' boards. I 'lurk' there to get cruise clothes ideas...even though I haven't bought a new cruise dress in a while.

 

OK, so where am I now? Oh yeah, still planning - that took me 2 years and was so much fun. That's why I like to book a cruise as early as possible. What better way to make the enjoyment of a cruise last than have 2 years with it!

 

Hi! I've seen you too before :)

 

I love the planning phase. Someone once asked me that wouldn't it save a ton of money if I just planned but never went anywhere.

He probably thought he was being REALLY funny :rolleyes:

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Planning excursions in the ports was next.

 

Our cruise visited Nassau, St Maarten and St Thomas.

 

Nassau was a mixed bag for us - most of us have been there plenty. Mike and Sherri planned to do a Segway tour as well as some other members of the RC.

 

Paul and I thought to walk to Junkanoo Beach and have lunch at the Fish Fry, but that didn't happen - (the aftermath of having TOO good a time the night before!). Macy and Butch said they'd join us there...I don't know how THEY made it:p, but they got some pictures so we saw what we did..or didn't...miss.

 

St Maarten - Macy highly recommended Bernards Tour for our day in St Maarten and 10 of us chose to do that together. I emailed Bernard after we got that number of people together so we could all be on the same bus. Mike and Sherri chose to do a more active excursion - that crazy Mike! They did the Rhino Rider Snorkeling Adventure. When we get to our REAL reviews coming up (this is just reporting our planning phase still) we'll get Sherri to discuss their experience.

 

St Thomas - This was the 3rd time on St Thomas for me and Paul...one of our favorite ports. This was the first time at the Crown Bay pier and not Havensight. We had previously been to Sapphire and Coki Beaches, and each time had a view of St John and wanted to try that next. We usually prefer planning excursions on our own, but the logistics of coordinating of getting to the ferry, taking the ferry, taking a cab to get to a St John's beach (we were leaning towards Trunk Bay) and back made us nervous about timing. The 3 couples all wanted to do this excursion together and we all agreed that the ship excursion would be the way to go.

 

There are several excursions to St John in the catalog, and we finally figured it out - most of them head over on the same ferry and then you go on your merry way to either the shopping or walking excursion or stay on the boat for the coastal tour. All of them give you plenty of time on your own.

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Hi! I've seen you too before :)

 

I love the planning phase. Someone once asked me that wouldn't it save a ton of money if I just planned but never went anywhere.

He probably thought he was being REALLY funny :rolleyes:

 

Oh, what I wouldn't give to make this my full time job! Paul and I always say I could make a TON of money if there were people out there willing to pay me to plan their vacations to this kind of detail. If that kind of job was out there, I'd be having to give my current boss (IT consultant) notice!:D

 

Being a Travel Agent isn't the answer.:mad: I'd be losing money spending this kind of time for someone else with the commissions they get.

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Thanks for the review!

 

Hi Kirk! I think I'll do a couple more posts for now since I have to get to real life (for a while anyway)

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PLANNING CELEBRATIONS AND PARTIES!

 

During our roll call everytime there was a birthday, anniversary, wedding, etc. we said we'd have to toast it when we were together. We figured we'd be toasted all cruise with THAT mentality!

 

Macy had mentioned from their previous Allure cruise that Rita's Fiesta was a fun way to start the cruise with a bang! We all agreed that the first night would be a great time to start the celebration! We had SO many people sign up for that one that we thought we'd be taking over the whole restaurant.

 

For anyone who doesn't know what Rita's Fiesta is -Rita's Cantina is a Mexican restaurant on the Boardwalk...it's where the Seafood Shack is on the Oasis. I always thought the Seafood Shack was kind of a dud...it never seemed to have much activity the week we were on the Oasis. Rita's Fiesta seemed to be a great way to fill the restaurant and bring some activity to the Boardwalk in the evening.

 

For $20 for cocktails/$10 for no alcohol - you get a family style meal that was actually quite a bit better than I expected, silly Mexican hats, 3 drinks (mostly Margaritas which are QUITE strong - although you can request other drinks or beer), or sodas for the $10. AND best of all, a fun party atmosphere!

 

And a warning if you should choose to participate in the dance contest - how did I miss knowing this?!?, and if the winner is a tie (and I suspect even if not) - the tie breaker is downing a shot of tequila the fastest.

 

More on that...and pictures (it's a good thing none of us are running for public office) later.:D

 

Sherri and I learned about the Prohibition Party on the same day, and the texts between me, her and Mike (Paul was driving or he would have been in on it!) were fast and furious! We decided this was a MUST DO...having read from even jaded cruisers that this was the highlight of their cruise. There were a lot of 'off CC' posts between us as we planned our costumes!

 

Again, for those who haven't heard (especially since this is exclusive to the Allure)...the Prohibition Party, in keeping with the theme from Chicago which is the play performed on board, the Jazz Club is turned into a Roaring 20's Speakeasy on only one night of the cruise. It sounded like a fun party to us...ESPECIALLY if you were to dress up and get into character. For $35, it is a 2 hr event that includes drinks (many gin-based for the time), hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment.

 

Our worry had been that it is SO exclusive - it started out being 50 people only but I think that has been increased to 100 - but on a ship of close to 6,000 passengers we thought it would be impossible to get tickets. We watched the Royal Caribbean website like a hawk for when the shows, dining and entertainment opened up. I have to admit I was selfish, and waited until all 6 of us were booked before telling everyone else about it.:o

 

As the entertainment opened up we did book the shows, but none of us (especially me and Macy since we'd pretty much seen the similar shows on the Oasis and she had been on the Allure) went too crazy over them. For me and Paul, we knew you could get totally stressed out trying to do everything on these megaships, so we agreed to be more selective about what we really wanted to get to.

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One thing I noticed as a second timer to an Oasis class ship. Some of the 'firsts' that we were so amazed by on our first time on the Oasis didn't entice us a second time - specificially I'm thinking the zipline, the carousel, the Rising Tide bar. Maybe it is just us - we both started the cruise pretty wiped out from work and real life, and were wanting to have time to relax; or maybe it was because socially we had so much more planned on this trip than ever before.

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We didn't make it to as many specialty restaurants as we planned on. I'm one that doesn't mind spending a little extra on a specialty restaurant on a cruise if it provides a different kind of experience, and especially since we LOVE food (obviously from all my posts lamenting my weight! :eek:) and our little burg doesn't have much in the way of restaurants beyond the chains.

 

We really enjoy the flexibility of My Time Dining. To me there is nothing more annoying while on vacation than having to cut short time relaxing or doing something fun to go get ready for dinner, or missing something that is happening during our dining time. And we don't like leaving an empty space at the table with traditional dining if we choose to go to a specialty restaurant or if we're tired and just want room service or the Windjammer, especially if it's spur of the moment so we couldn't give our table and wait staff notice. Even with MTD, if we happen to find a wait staff that we really enjoy, we can make that request. That was our experience on the Freedom last year - we had Vincent and Devendra (no I DON'T have a great memory, I was going through a pile of papers yesterday and found a paper they gave us when we asked their names...we gave them WOW cards...excellent!)

 

Somewhere along the line we had heard that some of the Specialty Restaurants were being offered at 1/2 price for the first and second night to MTD cruisers. Obviously, we had Rita's Fiesta scheduled the first night and the 2nd night was formal night, but we decided that since we really wanted to try Samba's Grill, we could still dress up (we - or at least I like to dress up, and Paul is kind enough to dress like a penquin for me).

 

But no 1/2 price - that promotion was done away with when they moved to the Dining Packages instead. There are 3 packages - Central Park, Chef's and Choice Dining Packages. You book one of a list of restaurants according to the package (i.e Giovanni's, Chops, Sambas, 150 CP, Chef's Table, Izuma) ahead of time for the first night and once on board book another 2. Besides that we had Rita's already planned for the first night, we thought if we really had our hearts set on something and then couldn't get it at a convenient time it wasn't worth the savings.

 

So we did Sambas the 2nd night for full price. At that point we still wanted to go to Giovanni's and Vintages later in the week (we totally enjoyed making a meal of tapas one night on the Oasis), but one time we'll have to do a B2B to fit it all in!

 

I'm going to have to take a break now or the kitty will have no fresh litter and we'll have no creamer for the coffee, etc.

 

 

I've yakked quite a lot here - although I kind of have a sequence in mind, which is a synopsis of our planning phases and then more detail as we began the trip, input from my co-horts, etc....feel free to pipe in with questions or comments.

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Hey, this is the second of the three amigas...

We met Judi and Paul on the CC boards and in real life on the Freedom in the fall of 2011. We just kinda "clicked". Like Judi said, clicking on line, is much different from 'clicking' in person. We, too, were worried that two or three of us might click, but the 4th might not. We were so glad it all wen't well and we really enjoyed spending time together...or not. That was our rule...if one or the other of us couples wanted to be 'alone' then, we'd graciously acquiesce. No harm...no foul. [THIS is KEY to these kinds of friendships working..just sayin':rolleyes:]

 

The minute we disembarked from the Freedom,Judi and Paul went to work on 'selling' us on the Allure cruise. [not really...I just like to make them feel like they did :p lol] When the DH finally 'surprised' me for Christmas, I immediately went into full on planning mode with Judi on CC boards.

 

A word or two about the CC boards...they are what you make of them. I "met" some great people on the boards of course, Amiga number three...Marcy and her DH Butch. Ray and Betty, Tarius, Happytraveller from Scotland, Jeff and Sheila from San Diego [can't remember your CC name, I'd have to refer back to our roll call] Benyae and her aunt, and several more. When we met in person, we also clicked, but on different levels.

 

Back to the cruise at hand... the three amiga's planned a pre-cruise meet and greet of our own. We met the day before the cruise to watch the Oasis sail away from the 17th Street bridge, then went to dinner together. The plans for the water taxi didn't work out, unfortunately. We were really looking forward to that.

 

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We met again after muster drill for sail away on our secret deck...aft.

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Then went directly to Ritas for our cruise kick off fiesta!! What a Party!!

We LOVED the Rita's Fiesta...don't know why people [a term I will loosely use for "food snobs" on CC] compare it to Taco Bell, as it was much better than that! LOVE ME some shrimp wrap thingy's...whatever they were called!! I could have eaten them every night!! As you can see, we had a fabulous time, from what I can remember of it!!! [just kidding]

 

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Like Judi said, we planned our excursions both together and separately. The DH likes to be 'active' and wanted to to the Rhino boats and we'd already decided on that and booked it before the rest of the group chose the tour. We all seemed to want to do the St John's tour and the DH's love of boats lead us to take the scenic boat tour version rather than the walk and shop tours. The six of us had a great time on the way over and back.

 

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My favorite things from the cruise were the new friends...and old.

 

The absolute best thing we did was the Prohibition party. IMG_0584.jpg

 

We all dressed up and played our parts...[imagine best 1920's New Yourker flapper babe accent] We became "Bubbles and Big Daddy" for the evening. It was so much more fun than if we'd just worn our everyday clothes etc. The looks we got from the other 5996 passengers was priceless as they didn't even know about the event as it's a big "Shhhhhhh!" secret.

 

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Hey, this is the second of the three amigas...

 

Well, fancy meeting you over here Sherri :D. Now where's that Marcy chick...ha ha, I know...it MUST be your spell check!

 

We met Judi and Paul on the CC boards and in real life on the Freedom in the fall of 2011. We just kinda "clicked". Like Judi said, clicking on line, is much different from 'clicking' in person. We, too, were worried that two or three of us might click, but the 4th might not. We were so glad it all wen't well and we really enjoyed spending time together...or not. That was our rule...if one or the other of us couples wanted to be 'alone' then, we'd graciously acquiesce. No harm...no foul. [THIS is KEY to these kinds of friendships working..just sayin':rolleyes:]

 

A word or two about the CC boards...they are what you make of them. I "met" some great people on the boards of course, Amiga number three...Marcy and her DH Butch. Ray and Betty, Tarius, Happytraveller from Scotland, Jeff and Sheila from San Diego [can't remember your CC name, I'd have to refer back to our roll call] Benyae and her aunt, and several more. When we met in person, we also clicked, but on different levels.

 

Hopefully some of you from our Roll Call will come over here to say hello! See, it's the same as our Roll Call - me and Sherri hogging it all! But really, although the 3 of us clicked the most, we had so much fun with other people. Ray and Betty (Raybettn) led the way for us by already being on the ship on a B2B. It was great that we always ran into Sheila & Jeff (oreok) even when we didn't plan on it. Silly Sherri - that was Bennaye's SISTER Susan (even at 10 yrs my junior your memory is as bad as mine). I got SUCH a kick over Stuart's (SunnyElgin) excitement over going on the cruise and being there for his dad's wedding to Happeetraveller. It was so nice to see them around the ship in their kilts and I'm so sad I didn't see Hazel in her wedding dress.

 

DivaAAC wanted to surprise her DH with their 10 yr anniversary vow renewal, and Paul (an ordained minister among all his other skills!) volunteered to 'officiate'. It was a special moment for us to be there.

 

It's so strange too chatting with people and not necessarily having a face to go with them, so you don't know whether you actually were interacting with them or not! On the boards Gina(ginamarie935) was very friendly, and we knew she'd be travelling with 2 other couples so we might not see them much...we never even realized till later in the week that Sherri and I were dancing with her friends at Rita's!

 

Back to the cruise at hand... the three amiga's planned a pre-cruise meet and greet of our own. We met the day before the cruise to watch the Oasis sail away from the 17th Street bridge, then went to dinner together. The plans for the water taxi didn't work out, unfortunately. We were really looking forward to that.

 

As I mentioned before, we had been working on figuring out the best way to get to where we could watch the Oasis (and whatever other ships sailed on Saturday). On the map, it looked like about a 1.5 mile walk, do-able if we took it easy, and I figured we could walk up the beach to the nearest hotel from there to catch a cab back. We also found out that there's a trolley we could have grabbed a block from the hotel to get us partway there. To put a crimp in the plans for us- but a good thing for Macy...she and Butch had met a childhood friend they hadn't seen in 32 years for a late lunch and afternoon of catching up, so our plans to find them were pushed back. So the 4 of us started the walk, figuring we'd catch the trolley if it was there. We walked by the stop, didn't see one in the distance, so started crossing the 17th St bridge. Almost halfway up we realized that it was a delusion that we were in decent shape as we huffed and puffed up a very steep incline! At that point a trolley passed us by, but we were behind the barrier separating the walking path from the traffic, and there was no stopping on the bridge unless the gate was lifted for tall ships to pass under. We found an observation area on the bridge where we had a great view of the Oasis' aft, and that was good enough for us!

 

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We texted Macy and Butch to let them know where we were, and kept hoping they would show up to watch sailaway with us - we had been talking about this for months...even if it wasn't the exact location we had planned on. Around 4pm she texted asking if we were still on the bridge and next thing we knew...reunion! (can it be called a reunion if you've never met?!?)

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We watched a Princess ship sail first and then the Oasis.

 

The water taxis were running, but because of high winds they were running late and having trouble docking. After waiting for way too long we finally gave up and headed to the Bimini Boatyard for dinner.

 

We met again after muster drill for sail away on our secret deck...aft.

 

Paul and I had such amazing memories of the Oasis sailaway with the 'secret' deck 14 forward being the perfect spot that we suggested that for our sailing. Unfortunately, we never made an alternative plan - because the door was locked because of high winds. During the day we had scouted out the aft deck 14 so headed there hoping that others might think the same way. It was a real disappointment because we thought that would be a place we could meet others from our roll call, but I'm thinking Jeff & Sheila showed up and maybe a few others...it was a blur to me by then (oh yeah, I didn't wait till sailaway for my first drink as usual, raced from Muster Drill on Deck 7 Boardwalk aft (held under the overhangs because of rain) to the front of the ship on deck 14 and then the aft deck 14 - a workout if you know the size of the Allure!)

 

Obviously Butch had done this before and could just relax...

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Before we knew it we were late for getting to Rita's!

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My favorite things from the cruise were the new friends...and old.

 

The absolute best thing we did was the Prohibition party. IMG_0584.jpg

 

We all dressed up and played our parts...[imagine best 1920's New Yourker flapper babe accent] We became "Bubbles and Big Daddy" for the evening. It was so much more fun than if we'd just worn our everyday clothes etc. The looks we got from the other 5996 passengers was priceless as they didn't even know about the event as it's a big "Shhhhhhh!" secret.

 

 

OMG, you all look FABULOUS!!! I can't wait to get on the Allure!! Probably in 2014 as we have 2 other cruises booked for next year - but I love reading the reviews! Great job!!

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Then went directly to Ritas for our cruise kick off fiesta!! What a Party!!

We LOVED the Rita's Fiesta...don't know why people [a term I will loosely use for "food snobs" on CC] compare it to Taco Bell, as it was much better than that! LOVE ME some shrimp wrap thingy's...whatever they were called!! I could have eaten them every night!! As you can see, we had a fabulous time, from what I can remember of it!!! [just kidding]

 

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We had stopped by Rita's during the afternoon to make sure we could get a large table together, which we knew was tricky since we already had a list of more than 24 people from the RC booked that night. We were told to just get there a bit early. That didn't work out so great with sailaway being a little late, and I had to run back to the cabin for a pit stop first.

 

By the time Paul and I arrived Mike, Sherri, Ray, Betty, Bennaye, Susan, and another couple we had never met before

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were seated at a large table. I felt bad for them, it was potentially awkward sitting with people who have been chatting (even if online) for the past year or more. I still missed how they ended up sitting at our table - they weren't on our Roll Call....much less they never even heard of Cruise Critic! I don't remember their name, but they took it in stride and seemed to have had a great time too.

 

Finally, Macy and Butch arrived fashionably late...time to get the party started!!!

 

I think this is the photo I was taking from the camera in my hand in the above photo:

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Yes, what WERE those shrimp wrap thingy's..because we all could have made a meal of that. With all the negative reviews we'd read, we were pleasantly surprised. The chips and salsa were very good, and by the time dessert came around I was too full to partake. MAYBE that's because the drinks were as good and strong as past reviews have said???

 

Now, ladies...you know how they say 'what happens on the ship stays on the ship'. I guess we need to agree how much to tell about what happened at Rita's! :D:D:D

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My favorite things from the cruise were the new friends...and old.

 

The absolute best thing we did was the Prohibition party. IMG_0584.jpg

 

We all dressed up and played our parts...[imagine best 1920's New Yourker flapper babe accent] We became "Bubbles and Big Daddy" for the evening. It was so much more fun than if we'd just worn our everyday clothes etc. The looks we got from the other 5996 passengers was priceless as they didn't even know about the event as it's a big "Shhhhhhh!" secret.

 

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Who posed you for the picture by the car? It's well composed! You all look fantastic! I am greatly looking forward to this event!

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My favorite things from the cruise were the new friends...and old.

 

The absolute best thing we did was the Prohibition party. IMG_0584.jpg

 

We all dressed up and played our parts...[imagine best 1920's New Yourker flapper babe accent] We became "Bubbles and Big Daddy" for the evening. It was so much more fun than if we'd just worn our everyday clothes etc. The looks we got from the other 5996 passengers was priceless as they didn't even know about the event as it's a big "Shhhhhhh!" secret.

 

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Besides Rita's, this was probably my favorite moment of the cruise.

 

The only negatives I'll say here about it is:

1. It coincides with The Quest, and that was a great disappointment for us to miss, even if they're starting to get a bit 'tired' and redundant after seeing so many of then.

2. It's a bit late in the evening (starts at 10:30pm till 12:30am - $35 was a bit high for 2 hrs. I would have liked 10pm-12:30am for that cost.

 

We were SO glad we dressed up - Sherri's right, I can't imagine it being as much fun not dressing up. We had so much fun for months planning our costumes. It's pretty funny... people asked what was the highlight of your cruise? A 20's Speakeasy costume party and a Mexican fiesta!

 

I repurposed my first Cruise cocktail dress and did some altering and adding on after Sherri bought the dress I almost bought. Macy SAID she didn't plan anything until the last minute, but looked mahvelous! And SO amazing was how coordinated our men were - that wasn't planned! Bubbles and Big Daddy were amazing at getting into the part - as was the blonde 'doll' and the guy with the cigar:D

 

It was so much fun walking around the ship in our costumes. That photo is one of my favorites of all time. One of the professional ship photographers posed us and shot that. We took quite a lot of photos, but I thought this one was the best composed and without too many 'normal' people in the background. We left behind a LOT of boa feathers in our wake. SUCH great memories!!! We're the Cat's Pajamas...and the Bee's Knees!!!

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I was just thinking back to embarkation. As most Allure reviews state, generally the embarkation process is a breeze.

 

I had gone onto CafePress to customize a shirt for myself. While I was there, I decided to open a 'store' so anyone from our roll call could order shirts - I did lots of variations and designs (all using that great Allure photo from Carrie I posted earlier). I didn't mark up any prices, but nobody bought anything anyway!:eek: It was a great learning experience though, and I'm working on doing an 'addictedtocruising' store there and keeping it simpler.

 

I wore my shirt on embarkation day figuring that way people could find me. I did a double-take when as we got out of the taxi at the pier someone approached me and asked if I was delacruz. I totally forgot I had the shirt on (I get very discombobulated at the point of checking in and out - I usually let Paul handle that...I just do the pre-planning!) It was OmishJoe, who hadn't been very active on the Roll Call, but kept up on it and must have seen my post with the design!

 

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We got separated from Mike & Sherri when they went to the left for check-in for deck 10 check-in and we went to the right for deck 8. After check-in we were seated in the Platinum C&A section - they were in the Gold, and Macy & Butch were somewhere in Emerald. We joked that we'd rather be 'slumming it' and hanging out with them, so we tried to move to the Gold section when we found them, but were stopped - we were told THEY could move to where we were but we couldn't stay THERE. Weird.

 

As we headed back to our seats with them we found Macy and Butch, so now we all got to move up to Emerald.

 

So, just a heads up to anyone travelling in 'mixed' C&A company.

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were seated at a large table. I felt bad for them, it was potentially awkward sitting with people who have been chatting (even if online) for the past year or more. I still missed how they ended up sitting at our table - they weren't on our Roll Call....much less they never even heard of Cruise Critic! I don't remember their name, but they took it in stride and seemed to have had a great time too."

 

 

The couple was in line in front of us when we arrived and the host asked if they had a preference for their table, they said "no" and were ushered to our table. WE were a little afraid that Butch and Macy would be left out, but when they arrived the host just drug another table over to add to ours and it all worked out well. Their names were John and Jennifer, (I believe) something with double J's...I gave them the cruise critic sell...and a card with my contact info for CC. They ended up just blending right in with our crazy little group... after the three margarita's who cared anyway??? LOL!!. :eek::rolleyes:

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Day one, check in was a breeze, and as Judi said, we were seated in the Gold section as we are 'just'... 'lowly gold members' LOL...and the DH had just struck up a conversation with those around us when Paul crept up behind us and sat down to talk, the 'bouncer' came over and told us that they could not be seated in our section, but we could join them if we wanted...and then we ran into Macy and Butch and before you knew it we were seated in with them in the Emerald section as Judi reported.

 

A word or two on the service: I forgot to look for the WOW cards at check in and other than our room steward, didn't really find anyone I would have given one to..that's a convo for another time. We did encounter a great bar tender at the solarium bar, but one of the waiters foisting drinks on us really could have taken a lesson on 'no means no'. Other than that, we had the 'usual' great service that we've come to expect with Royal. I don't think Judi and Macy had the same experience...maybe they should have been with us on the 10th floor, lol.

 

A word or two on our room: the A/c problems that I'd heard about on CC boards seemed to be in the process of being worked on while we were on board. The maintenance team started forward and worked their way aft during the week we were on board. We should have saved money from our bar bill as the smell of solvent fumes made us high as a kite just walking down the hall. We accused our poor room steward of turning off the A/C while we were in St Thomas [80% humidity and temps in the 90's] so entering our room to the sweltering temps was not very welcome! Turns out they'd been working on our a/c unit and apparently when they were done didn't turn it back on... the rest of the week was fine, just that one day in a very hot room was not fun. Try putting on tight clothes while sweating like crazy...that and after being out in the heat all day, we just wanted to come back to the room and lie down in the cool air and 'nap' for a bit before the festivities of the evening...didn't happen.

 

The highlight of Day one was of course was Rita's...plans kinda fell throught after that for what else we had planned.:o

 

I really did want to purchase a shirt for sail away...but after plans for Rita's and the dress I was going to wear, I decided not to as I figured I wouldn't have time after sail away to run to the room to change...and worried that our luggage wouldn't be there to do that anyway...they were great shirts and I'll probably purchase one of her 'addicted to cruising' shirts [with a hello my name is... on it..hint,hint Judi] Or one that has my tag printed on it... "If found please return to room_____" maybe we can velcro numbers and change them out for each cruise...lol

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Day one, check in was a breeze, and as Judi said, we were seated in the Gold section as we are 'just'... 'lowly gold members' LOL...and the DH had just struck up a conversation with those around us when Paul crept up behind us and sat down to talk, the 'bouncer' came over and told us that they could not be seated in our section, but we could join them if we wanted...and then we ran into Macy and Butch and before you knew it we were seated in with them in the Emerald section as Judi reported.

 

A word or two on the service: I forgot to look for the WOW cards at check in and other than our room steward, didn't really find anyone I would have given one to..that's a convo for another time. We did encounter a great bar tender at the solarium bar, but one of the waiters foisting drinks on us really could have taken a lesson on 'no means no'. Other than that, we had the 'usual' great service that we've come to expect with Royal. I don't think Judi and Macy had the same experience...maybe they should have been with us on the 10th floor, lol.

 

A word or two on our room: the A/c problems that I'd heard about on CC boards seemed to be in the process of being worked on while we were on board. The maintenance team started forward and worked their way aft during the week we were on board. We should have saved money from our bar bill as the smell of solvent fumes made us high as a kite just walking down the hall. We accused our poor room steward of turning off the A/C while we were in St Thomas [80% humidity and temps in the 90's] so entering our room to the sweltering temps was not very welcome! Turns out they'd been working on our a/c unit and apparently when they were done didn't turn it back on... the rest of the week was fine, just that one day in a very hot room was not fun. Try putting on tight clothes while sweating like crazy...that and after being out in the heat all day, we just wanted to come back to the room and lie down in the cool air and 'nap' for a bit before the festivities of the evening...didn't happen.

 

The highlight of Day one was of course was Rita's...plans kinda fell throught after that for what else we had planned.:o

 

I really did want to purchase a shirt for sail away...but after plans for Rita's and the dress I was going to wear, I decided not to as I figured I wouldn't have time after sail away to run to the room to change...and worried that our luggage wouldn't be there to do that anyway...they were great shirts and I'll probably purchase one of her 'addicted to cruising' shirts [with a hello my name is... on it..hint,hint Judi] Or one that has my tag printed on it... "If found please return to room_____" maybe we can velcro numbers and change them out for each cruise...lol

 

About those WOW cards...on our last cruise on the Freedom we were not given the cards although I had heard about them (remember I get discombobulated during check-in:confused:) and we DID have wait staff who deserved it. Guest Services didn't know what we were talking about when we asked for them, but the program had just been implemented and we finally got them.

 

So our service on the Freedom in 2011 reassured us that it wasn't a downhill trend after our Oasis cruise in 2010. On that cruise we felt that the level of service wasn't what we'd experienced on Royal Caribbean before. Generally, they seemed rushed and harried more than usual. In discussing this with some on our Roll Call, the theory (which made perfect sense) was that since the Allure was about to make her maiden voyage, much of the best crew members were 'shipped' over there to start out with an experienced staff.

 

Well, there were no excuses like that this time, and we were NOT wowed. We tried hard to think of someone to give a WOW card to, but nobody even came close to consideration.

 

We remarked on the first day how unusual it was for us to not see our room steward at all the first afternoon. As we were touring the ship and scouting out the 'secret' deck 14 we saw room stewards all over delivering luggage. When we went back to see if ours was delivered, they were all piled in the hallway with others, but no room steward in sight; we just got it ourselves. It took a couple of times of leaving notes asking for ice and hair conditioner (mine didn't travel well) before we got them. A couple of times we heard him being reprimanded by his supervisor, and overheard him grumbling often.

 

We're pretty good about re-using our towels, but after a while throw them on the floor (indicating we want fresh ones), and I swear that they ended hung back up; not even neatly. Worst of all....no chocolates on the pillows:eek:.

 

We also never had the best service in the Dining Room. This was at least our 3rd time doing MTD so we know that it's much more difficult for the servers compared to Traditional Dining where they take everyone's order at one time, bring out each course all together, etc. But it felt like they were always scrambling and running around frantically.

 

We're very easy going and always try to be aware that the room and wait staff are not our personal slaves waiting to mind-read our every whim, but I remember thinking very often that I was SO glad that we were having the best cruise on a SOCIAL aspect, because the service aspect just wasn't there this time. Obviously, it's the luck of the draw since Sherri just reported that generally they had the 'usual' great service.

 

While I'm on the few negatives of the cruise...

 

We also had issues with the air conditioning in our cabin. We would often check to make sure the balcony door was locked but it would often feel humid and warm even with the AC turned down. We also got a notice in our room that they'd be accessing the balconies while we were in St Thomas.

 

And what was up with the water? The water in the shower was either scalding hot (I was surprised that it would really get lawsuit hot!), or freezing. We could rarely adjust it at a good in between temp, and I overheard quite a few conversations about this too.

 

And the last negative while I'm on a roll....our Meet & Mingle:(

 

I'm really curious to know if any cruisers from recent sailings had a similar experience as ours - the time was changed and we were rushed out with no time for mingling. More on that in just a bit.

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Our Meet & Mingle experience:

 

Being the obsessive over-planner that I am (well, in my defense, you really have to plan on these mega-ships since there's SO much to do!), I created a calendar for the week for us, and read over the most recent Eastern Caribbean Compasses to see how the other events mixed with our schedule. I noticed that the change in time for the Crown & Anchor Recognition Event conflicted with the 10:30 am time for our M&M at Dazzles; I was surprised at that since I thought a lot of the 'involved' people would want to be at both...like US! Rather than the usual evening in one of the lounges, the C&A event was 10:30am on the Boardwalk! Oh, well, the M&M mingle was more important to us than the usual C&A shpiel and watered down drinks.

 

One of the last things I said on our Roll Call before we flew out was to make sure to go to Guest Services if the invitation to the Meet & Mingle wasn't in the cabin by Monday Evening (the M&M was scheduled for Tuesday 10:30am at Dazzles - according to the 'Scheduled Party List' on RCCL website.)

 

Suddenly Monday night I realized that WE hadn't received our invitation, so we went to GS. They said we'd have to come back in the morning since that coordinator wasn't available. Somewhere along the line we ran into Sherri who told us about the change in time; they had received their invite.

 

After going back twice the next morning, she met with us, and told us we hadn't registered and couldn't get an invitation. Not only did I start the Roll Call on CC, I was the first one to register for the M&M! I was the keeper of the list of names. The QUEEN of the Roll Call!:p Again, good thing I'm organized when it comes to cruise paperwork, cause I ran back to the cabin to show her my both the emails for when we registered and when the 25 person minimum was reached...she begrudgingly told us we could go!:mad:

 

The change in time and venue was 2:30pm IIR at the Comedy Club.

 

I was SO looking forward to meeting so many people that I hadn't met yet. We got there just a little early (we had rearranged some things since we weren't expecting the schedule change) and had time to grab a cup of coffee and begin chatting a bit when the M&M began. Typical winning of the raffle tickets, a bit of talk, and before I knew it, it was over...because there was a Diamond Shopping talk about to begin in the room! WHAT????:eek: We tried to spend some time meeting and chatting, but got kicked out. I guess having people come in to be talked to about about spending money was more important than people happy to be on a cruise together.

 

I'm so sad even now that we didn't have the chance to put all the faces to the names and talk. I know that it's easier for me to be all chatty on the keyboard than in real life, but I still wanted to spend more time together. We were all pretty stunned about it, and I really wanted to make some kind of complaint about it, but haven't gotten around to it, or even know who to contact.

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Our Meet & Mingle experience:

 

 

After going back twice the next morning, she met with us, and told us we hadn't registered and couldn't get an invitation. Not only did I start the Roll Call on CC, I was the first one to register for the M&M! I was the keeper of the list of names. The QUEEN of the Roll Call!:p Again, good thing I'm organized when it comes to cruise paperwork, cause I ran back to the cabin to show her my both the emails for when we registered and when the 25 person minimum was reached...she begrudgingly told us we could go!:mad:

 

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I'm really enjoying your review! This sort of behavior just infuriates me. I do not fault people for not knowing something. But if they don't know the answer to something....don't make stuff up or fib about it! Go and find out the answer from someone, as this is part of your job responsibilty.

 

I get that in my professional life as well and I get really annoyed about it.

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Hi! I've seen you too before :)

 

I love the planning phase. Someone once asked me that wouldn't it save a ton of money if I just planned but never went anywhere.

He probably thought he was being REALLY funny :rolleyes:

 

Planning is half the fun!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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Well, here I am..........better late than nevah! Right? Third Amiga, :) Macy (Marcy to you, Sherri!) :p I have to say that this cruise was great socially. I feel like Butch and I met 4 very good lifelong friends along with many others who I truly do look forward to cruising with in the future. What was funny was how many times we kept running into our CC RC thread members all over the ship. Sheila and Jeff (Oreok) and Butch and I must have had GPS magnets attached! We always ended up together! Not to mention, Tarius (Jeff) from Canada. We even sat on Junkanoo Beach together along with some real fun youngsters from Ireland! (Don't ever try to outdrink those guys......right, Paul?!!)

 

A little about Butch and Macy. We are from Selma, Alabama (Macy from Dothan, AL originally........that's on the way to Panama City Beach, FL for all you spring breakers!) We are also diehard Univ. of Alabama fans having gone to school there. ROLL TIDE! Sherri and Mike could appreciate that cheer..........don't think Paul and Judi actually cared. LOL. We had sailed on the Oasis and the Allure previous to this cruise and therefore knew pretty much every nook and cranny available to spend any time. We also did not feel the urge to make every bit of entertainment available having already done it. One fabulous repeat on the entertainment agenda for us was BLUE PLANET. Could see that one many times over. Amazing. We are late 50's and very energetic. Love to get out out there and DO! In other words, we don't sit still too much. So, I guess you get the picture. We're overgrown kids. :D

 

As for the trip, let's see if I can add to Judi's amazing assessment of the cruise. She's right. We became fast and furious chatters on our roll call. (Not to mention Facebook group chatters.....which was beyond fun!!!) Sherri allowed us to help plan her wardrobe and also Judi wore Sherri's gloves to the PP and allowed me (the last minute costume planner) to wear her black ones. Thank you Judi! All in all, I think we looked pretty good. It's amazing how those flapper costumes make you want to talk funny! And you should hear my southern accent in costume mode. Hysterical.

 

Oh, let me warn you about that 17th Street Causeway Bridge should any of you wish to watch the ships sail from that vantage point the night before your sailaway. Whew. It's a heck of a lot steeper than it looks and it's a booger to climb. Great view! I'm in reasonably good shape and I thought my heart was going to explode. Well, we were late getting there and I was dragging poor Butch behind me to arrive before Oasis sailed and I totally blew off my new Amigas! Sorry about that, girls!

 

Embarkation: It was a breeze. We stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66 (secured on Priceline for the bargain of about $85.00/night including taxes). It is on the opposite side of the 17th St. Bridge. (Thank goodness for that taxi that drove me back across that sucker after dinner!) We took a taxi to the port around 10:30 a.m. . Very easy, quick, inexpensive ride. Zipped right through the line and into our Emerald waiting area where the others eventually joined us. (We made Diamond this sailing, wonder if their little rule will work there??) We were able to board around 11:30 (I think). Once boarded, we scurried around getting soda pkgs, checking on Rita's Cantina and getting our first drinks of the voyage.

 

Then it was off to the Central Park and Park Cafe. Darn, where did that rain come from???????? Beautiful place! Ah, photos soon. (What on earth did Photo Bucket do to itself?)

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Thank goodness you showed up finally Macy....I thought others would think we made you up! :p

 

I don't know WHAT's going on with Photobucket. I switched to the new interface to see what your problem was, and then MINE was broken (although it worked OK in Google Chrome, IE9 and Firefox...just not in IE8). It was a Java error, so I worked on that, and eventually fixed it, but can't tell you how!

 

Overgrown kids...that hits the nail on the head for what we are...hey and since I'm 1 year younger than you, I don't call myself late 50's yet:rolleyes:, although I can't get away with 'mid' any more!

 

But even if the 50's are the new 30's, that 17th St bridge....WHOA! I can do a full hour of Zumba and not have my heart pounding like it did on that bridge! Since the original plan was to cross the bridge and then we'd have at least another mile walk, 1/2 the bridge was quite far enough, thank you! It wasn't the same experience as I imagined, but like everything else on this cruise for us -the fact that we were together was the most fun.

 

Next time we'll take a cab and get up close and personal to the ship!

 

Luckily, after all those months of the Tres Amigas chatting and our DHs getting dragged into this, they all got along swimmingly also! (Macy I'll 'steal' your photos until you can get back into it.)

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(I think they were scheming on how to purchase that yacht in the background!)

 

Speaking of Zumba - to get off track again - I had heard that the Allure will sometimes have Zumba with a certified instructor, or at least 'Latin dance class' or something to that effect. I was hoping to keep up with my workouts, but I scoured the Compasses and didn't find anything beyond 'Party Line Dance Class', 'Flash Mob Dance Class', 'Lady Gaga Dance class', and maybe a couple of others. Fun, but not a real workout.

 

When we sailed the Oasis 2 yrs ago, our largest ship to that point was the Explorer. So we were certainly WOWed getting on board. I remember our first afternoon exploring the ship and walking past a fellow passenger who was muttering ' Wow, all I can say is 'Wow'' under his breath! Perfect reaction! Last time I was so excited I thought I'd explode; this time it was a different kind of experience, but still SO amazing.

 

Somewhere between getting on the ship and going slightly separate ways we lost track of Butch & Macy. Hmmmm, suddenly all that discussion on the Roll Call about chocolate cookies popped in my head...sure enough! We found them at Cafe Promenade. (Sherri, now I'm stealing YOUR pics)

 

 

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Planning is half the fun!!!!!!!!!!!:)

 

It really is! I can't imagine taking a cruise without it. OR not going crazy between cruises if I couldn't live and breath and dream about it. :p

 

I've had several experiences of being in a Travel Agent's waiting area and hearing them book a cruise for someone without any recommendations, or pointing them in any direction to do research. I've been known to scribble the Cruise Critic website on a scrap of paper and hand it to them as they're leaving!

 

One of my co-workers mentioned yesterday he was interested in going on his first cruise for his 1 yr anniversary. I asked him about timing, budget, interest, etc. During my lunch break I already had the whole shebang planned for him, including best airline and flight. $191 pp RT from Reagan to Tampa in April? I'm going! Oh wait...I'm going to San Juan instead with Mike and Sherri....and Butch & Macy - we KNOW you want to join us!

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Yes, Macy, you and Butch really need to find an open room somewhere on the Adventure and come along!!!

 

Day two: Nassau. DH and I had already planned the Segway tour we booked through Jeff with Nassau @ segway intl .com cost was 130 for tour and transportation for two. We got a discounted rate as Benyae and companion joined us on this tour. It was a lot of fun.

DH during 'training' course before the tour...

 

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driving along the beach area...

 

Don't we look goofy in our safety gear?

 

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on our way to the obstacle course races...we're pro's now!

 

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We checked out the Junkanoo beach area where we were going to try to hook up with Paul/Judi and Butch/Macy...but didn't see them anywhere along the area, so we headed back to the ship for these...

 

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note the date on the camera...yes, the food porn was taken earlier in our cruise...the boardwalk doghouse was one of our most frequent stops for lunch, snacks...we only tried the windjammer on the last day...disappointed. Park Grill was all that it was hyped up to be. Never ate at Izumi's or whatever the sushi place was called. The Solarium Bistro was handy so we ate there alot, the peach yogurt parfaits were to die for...should have tried them the first day and not the next to the LAST day...[note to self] Though we love Johnny Rockets, we never made it there either?? not sure why...oh, yeah, why have a hamburger for 4$ when the fabulous hotdogs are right there for free??? {sorry, I was too into eating my food porn and not taking pictures of it...so that shot above is the only food porn you'll get from me...Samba's grill was too dark and the photos I attempted there didn't turn out too well...just sayin']

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We were booked for Ice Games show...never made it. We were rather enjoying ourselves in the Solarium. Glad I decorated our door, thought that didn't prevent us from trying to open a door later in the trip...yes, alcohol was involved...I was getting p'd that someone took my door decorations when I realized we were in the forward hall, not the aft!! Oh, my! Just so you know, the bartender at the solarium bar knows how to make a great margarita...

 

 

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Day two was also formal night number one...

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so we were treated to towel animals and chocolates...

 

the Captain's reception...the champaign might have been free, but I prefer something fruitier...

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and it was Chicago night for us...Great time...great show!IMG_0485.jpg

 

the tags I made for us...I believe Paul and Mike might have needed them after Rita's...lol

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Day three was a sea day, so we explored the ship...and tried to enjoy the Solarium, but by then the water was very hot, and I almost was scalded by the water. NOTE Please let the water run for a while and test it before stepping into the spray...the chrome is out in full sun and gets super hot heating the water to near melt your hide off temps...just beware.

 

a pic from our abbreviated Meet and Greet...

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Samba grill for dinner was great. Come hungry...I made it through 3 courses and couldn't go the other 6 or so...nice ambiance.

 

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more almost food porn...

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We were booked for the comedy club, but don't remember what happened that we didn't make it...we probably went into a coma after eating so much at Samba's.P1010031.jpg

DH and the 'dancing girls'...

 

Needless to say we missed the Love and Marriage show too...darn.

 

Tomorrow is the St John's tour...Sunrise in St Thomas...

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