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Allure March 3, 2013 Review. Not as awesome as I thought, but still better than work

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Hello all, this is my first review. Just got back a few days ago. It was nice to get away, but I guess I just had too many expectations. Don't get me wrong, the ship and the crew are wonderful. I still feel I was a little let down with the ports. I know the Oasis class ships are more about the ship than the ports, but still there's part of me that didn't feel OMG wowed.

 

Anyway, both me and bf are in our mid 30s, and we work 6 days a week. We were really looking forward to and needing a relaxing vacay. I've been on cruises before and for the most part I'm easy to please. Bf had only done a short Carnival cruise before and doesn't like the "trapped on a ship" feeling so that was why we chose the Oasis class of ships. Also I chose Allure, bc being a fan of Chicago I wanted to see that show as opposed to Hairspray. So we booked very late, Jan 3 for a March 3 sailing, so we had to pay everything up front. Eek. We got a great cabin 6580, deck 6, starboard side mid ship, ocean view balcony. I had never had a balcony before and know I don't know how I'd ever get a cabin without one now! Our stateroom attendant was Michael and he was great.

 

Ok so let me back up. We're from CA so we flew out Sat night's red eye. Got to FLL at 6 am and rented a car to kill time. Really what ended up happening was we parked in a shady lot and took a nap. We rented from Dollar. Do not rent from Dollar, they don't have a free shuttle to the port! I originally had reserved with Alamo, but rebooked with Dollar bc it was a bit cheaper. Also I had an incident with Avis before when I showed up a tiny bit late and they would not honor my reservation price. So that's why I rebooked with Dollar at a later time 7am instead of 6 with Alamo. Well that change ended up costing us an additional $16 in cab fare bc Dollar didn't have a shuttle. :o

 

Once the cab dropped us off, we tried to find a porter for our bags. It was a mad house out front! They way the ports ask for tips is a little confusing, esp if you are someone who's first language isn't English. They said, Do you want to leave a donation for the porters? I already had some money out for them, but I noticed a family nearby that was a little confused by how he worded it. Anyway, after dropping off our bags we went inside to the security line and check it. Something a bit embarrassing happened to us during the security checkpoint. LOL See next post, this one is getting long.

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So we got caught with tiny airplane size bottles of Bacardi at security! LOL We had some left over from the plane (one of the flight attendants kept hooking us up!) so they got put in our Contigo travel mugs and went through the x ray. The guy screening them had the most serious face on like we were trying to smuggle in drugs! This then led to a thorough bag search, and a very nice lady asked us if we wanted these returned to us on the last day. Of course we said yes. I just assumed anything confiscated on embarkation day was lost forever. Anyway, it was funny seeing these four tiny bottles getting seized. After that we went to check in, and even being a lowly Gold, we still got to go in a very short Gold line and check in was a breeze. After that we were off! I think from getting dropped off by the cab to getting onboard was only about 30 mins. These people have their stuff together and know how to do their job. :)

 

View from onboard of Ft Lauderdale. Let's see if this works.

oops WAY too big. Hold on. Let me try something else.

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I would have drank the little bottles of booze really fast rather than give them up to security. Because you know they will be drinking them later. Glad they gave them back to you.

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What picture? :) But still a great start to your review.

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Trying again.

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Ok that worked but I gotta figure out a faster way now bc I gotta resize all my pics. :( Stay with me here, I swear I got some tips and inside info coming up later. :)

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Good shot..I cant even figure out how to post a picture and I have been around for awhile. :p

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I was on your sailing too!!! So cool to see the cruise from another perspective.

Cool! Let me know what you think. Are you going to do a review as well?

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Ok, so once we got on, we poked around for a bit. Bf asked why the front of the ship looked so warehouse-y and they should have made it more prettier. LOL He didn't realize right away that what he was looking at was the dock!

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Anyway, here are some shots from the first day.

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Coast guard showing off doing some donuts.

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I loved these crystal dresses.

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I don't know where everyone is here!

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The cabins were opened promptly at 1pm. We actually didn't realize this, and saw the doors to the cabin hallways were still closed around noon. Well, us wanting to go out to the Sun deck first thing, went to the port side on the 14th deck and tried to open of the those doors. Oh man are they heavy! I was wondering why they were closed. DUH! bc we weren't supposed to be there yet. Oops. After wrangling with that thousand pound door, we got spotted and a cabin attendant shooed us away. But very quickly after that all the cabins were opened and we got to ours. I didn't take many pics of the cabin but it's your basic ocean view cabin, lots of pics of the size on this forum. We got the bed by window configuration. Also, no need to bring extra hangers! I brought three slim hangers and didn't need them. I ended up ditching them before flying home.

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We got our luggage very quickly and I was very happy all our RRs got through (shhhh!). I think we got our luggage about 2pm!

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So we got ready for dinner after muster. We had early seating, and our request for a table for two was honored. Bf was very happy about that. If you want to request a certain size of table, I emailed rcldining@rccl.com about a month and a half before sailing. Too far out and I don't think they will try to accommodate you. We got table 666 (eek!) nice table by the railing, and our waiter was Austin from India. Our asst waiter was also from India but I forgot his name. :( They were both great.

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I can't remember what this soup was. Obviously wasn't TOO memorable. If I am correct, this was the coconut soup with seafood?

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However this was totally yummy. The fish rillettes/pate app. Bf is just starting to get into seafood and even he thought it was yummy. We thought about ordering another one, but we actually didn't gorge ourselves on food, which I guess is a good thing.

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We salmon was very moist. I usually only eat salmon as sashimi bc usually it's overcooked to my liking, but this was perfect!

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Also we were very happy that we got a perfectly med rare prime rib just like we asked. It was SO tender. Great flavor, we literally didn't need a knife to cut it.

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For dessert, sorry guys, I have to admit we did not stay for dessert even one night. We're just not into sweets. I'd rather save my calories for booze. LOL

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So Day 2 was Nassau. Last time I was here we had weird hours too, and this time was no different. So let this be my first complaint. Many people don't like Nassau and wonder why they even keep it as a port. I know these big ships can't go to as many ports as the smaller ones, but what I don't get is why they give us hours from 7am-2pm? Most of the shops don't even open till 9:30-10, so that doesn't give you much time at all! I say scrap Nassau all together and give 3 more hours each at St Thomas and St Maartin! Just my opinion though.

 

Anyway, we ordered room service the night before and it worked just fine as a wake up call. In fact they do call you on the phone to confirm before they deliver it. The food was just so so, but we had planned to eat more later anyway. The eggs were strange. The sausage and roasted tomato were good, so were the hash browns (when they showed up hot at least), and the fruit plate was hit or miss. Some of the fruit was very sour!

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Our plan for the day was to walk to Fort Fincastle, Water Tower and Queen's Staircase. I had missed it last time I was in Nassau. The fort was very small, but the staircase was very cool and looked much more impressive in person, not usually the case with anything. We took a few wrong turns bc many of the streets don't have street signs. I had a map and still got lost but it wasn't too bad. Keep in mind the walk isn't long, but it is a bit hilly, so if you think you can't do it, take a cab or van. I thought we needed the exercise so we walked. A lot of the locals stop to help you and tell you where to go. There was a guy in a wheelchair at the top of the Staircase that told us to do the fort first then go down the staircase and it leads straight back to Bay Street. He asked us if we knew the history of the stairs (I did) so he didn't tell us the story, but later I did see him telling the story to some other tourists later. I am sure he does this for tips.

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And directly across the street from the church was the Pirate Museum.

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Now I am a big pirate fan, and I love history too, so I was excited to come here. In retrospect, I would not come here unless you are with kids. This was not any better than the displays at Disneyland. In fact Disneyland is better bc there are Johnny Depp replicas at least. :D It's $12 a person, and I expected to have more antique artifacts and such, not just replica display and dioramas. There was a tiny room at the end with a few antique weapons and a cool chest with a very intricate lock. However bc of the glass it was impossible to photograph :( and that was my fave part of the museum.

 

After that then it was lunch at Athena's. They really have cut back on the size of their octopus in the past year or so, but I have not had octopus like how they make it here, so I begrudgingly paid $18 for a tiny plate of grilled octopus, and a huge plate of conch fritters that weren't very good. :(

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I liked the $3 for 8 pcs of conch fritters I got last time at a stand called Linda's Place inside the building before you exit into the city, but she was closed that day. I thought maybe it was just too early when we first got there, but at almost 1pm on the way back in she still wasn't there.

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Pics from the ship, port side. This is my fave part of Nassau.

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You guys still with me? Am I boring? Shall I go on? LOL

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So dinner that night, since there were no escargot for us too :( I tried the scallop app. It was ok, but served too cold. Bf liked it, he thought they tasted like little bits of lobster. Our waiter told us there was a storm or something that wiped out the escargot farms in Vietnam(?) so that's why the shortage. Bummer. I was really looking forward to them.

 

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The duck as amazing, the skin really crisp, the fat melt in your mouth, and the meat very tender. I was worried the sauce would be too sweet for my taste but it was good, the sweet part was separate from the actual sauce. The potato cakes were just eh.

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This I believe was the filet, and was very yummy. Very tender and again cooked to our liking.

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Later that night we had a late snack at Vintages (the only specialty place we did). All this was the last group. Eight dishes (I forget what they called it, but it's the last one for $15), plus we got a paella for an additional $3. We did not even come close to finishing it.

 

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The pulpo (octopus) was served cold, and was no where near as tender as Athena's. Bf wasn't too impressed with Athena's until he had this, he actually didn't even swallow his bit. =/ The skewers were good, however I felt the shrimp and sea scallops were a tad under done, too soft. The shrimp didn't have that "bite" it's supposed to have, and prefer my scallops more seared. The thin ham on the right is much like proscuitto, so we enjoyed that, but the other sausages were just so so. The crab cakes were good, and I would have been happy with just those. Well actually the stuffed piquillo peppers, artichokes and caperberry plate was really good too. The place is very quiet and intimate if that's what you're looking for. It was about 11pm and there was only one other party in there, two girls.

 

Well that's it for today. I'll try to pick this up again tomorrow. Even if there doesn't seem to be much interest, I'll just quickly go over some issues that I had and that I think may help other newbie cruisers in the future.

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Dont worry, you will have plenty of lookers...Looking forward to more. :)

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Yeah, we've done Eastern several times; I agree Nassau is weird times. St. Maarten is fine, kinda feel "been there, done that". We do love Sapphire beach on St. Thomas, though.

 

We are doing Oasis this fall since we loved Allure so much, though!

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Dont worry, you will have plenty of lookers...Looking forward to more. :)

Thanks for the encouragement!

 

Yeah, we've done Eastern several times; I agree Nassau is weird times. St. Maarten is fine, kinda feel "been there, done that". We do love Sapphire beach on St. Thomas, though.

 

We are doing Oasis this fall since we loved Allure so much, though!

I didn't really care for St Maartin, as far as what we got to experience. More on that later. I wish we had more time on St Thomas though bc we went straight to St John (which we LOVED! it was exactly what we were looking for) so we didn't see St Thomas at all. :(

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I'm not going to do any more photos tonight, but thought I would put in a few thoughts I had before I forget. Even though we did bring some Rum Runners, there's no way anyone could ever smuggle on enough for the entire week. So we did get to know a few bartenders. Pick out a bar and bartender you like (or a few) and stick with him (or her) for the duration of the cruise. Esp if you tip them extra, they WILL give you stronger pours and even some freebies. I started to tip them extra in cash (so they can pocket it directly) instead of on the account. I did notice after we started doing this that we got even better service. We had a day time guy and a night time guy. I won't say who, just in case they aren't allowed to give freebies, I don't want to get anyone in trouble. But by day two we were getting drinks in larger glasses, double pours, Cokes on the house, etc. I did also notice that Boleros closes around 1am. I don't know if any other bar stayed open later (didn't notice any to) but in cases like wanting a drink after 1am, the RRs came in handy.

 

Simple Call drinks are only about $6. We got Bacardi and Cokes. Well one day we didn't feel like getting a proper drink so decided to go to the pub for a beer. Well, a Newcastle in a bottle cost just as much! That was the last time we went in there. :( Too bad though, I really liked the feel of that venue. Oh well.

 

If you like a certain type of music, you can find it on this ship. There's a lot going on. Jazz in the jazz club, latin music and dancing in Boleros, dance music in the many clubs (didn't go to any of that though! LOL). Just a note though, you could def hear the bass and drums in our room (6580) from Boleros at night. The music usually went on till about midnight. Not too bad but if you're an early sleeper, this probably wouldn't be good for you. Also keep in mind same thing can happen if you have a Boardwalk or Central Park balcony. Central Park is of course quieter, but there can be people happily drinking it up down there, or there could be a movie playing at the Aqua Theater that you could hear if you have a Boardwalk room.

 

If you're into Flowrider, Zipline or Rock wall, don't wait till the last sea days to try it out. That was exactly what we did! Second to last sea day is when everything had the longest lines. The first sea day is really when you should start trying stuff out. We didn't do Flowrider until the second to last sea day and by then we didn't have enough time to get the hang of it. It was a lot of fun though. On the way back is usually colder and windier too, so standing there in line in a wet suit is not that fun.

 

I'll post more tips if I think of them as I go. Time to go home.

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Enjoying your review so far! I have never been on an Oasis class ship, but am planning my honeymoon on one, so all of these reviews are peaking my interests!!!! Can't wait for more!

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Thought of a few more. I loved being on the Sun deck on deck 14. If you want space and peace and quiet, this place is for you. BUT it can get really windy out there! And if it's too windy the staff will tie up the loungers so you can't really use them unless they think it's ok. They also play some IMO no so good music, so if you're particular about tunes, bring ear plugs. They did play a decent mix though, some current pop music (not my flavor) and some classics (Bowie, which I love).

 

The Solarium is nice, but no where near as quiet as I thought. It's not loud, but it's def not a quiet sanctuary I imagined. It's crowded and people are talking, I don't know what I was thinking! Also on the way back, the waves were very strong, and being that far forward one could easily get sea sick, yes even on this big a ship!

 

Don't think you don't need sunscreen bc it's cloudy or overcast. The sun this much closer to the equator is SO much stronger! I'm from sunny So CA but still I got burned. I usually don't tan or burn easily but now I've learned my lesson. Also bring more than one can of sun block if it's the spray kind bc they can get jammed. I brought one spf10 and one spf30. Well the 30 one's nozzle got messed up and wouldn't spray! And after getting sun burned the 10 wouldn't have been enough protection! We got burned during St Thomas/St John day and pretty much stayed in the shade the rest of the week.

 

Enjoying your review so far! I have never been on an Oasis class ship, but am planning my honeymoon on one, so all of these reviews are peaking my interests!!!! Can't wait for more!

 

Lucky you to be in Ft Lauderdale and so close to the ports! Well I am near the LA ports but those cruises are ehhh. The Oasis class ships are really nice, and not TOO big once you get used to where everything is, however, I will agree with Drama Queen that I wish there were more windows to the ocean at a lot of the venues. Other than being on the Lido deck or Windjammer, I think Viking Crown lounge was really the only lounge type place that had ocean views. I remember last year on the Monarch one of my fave places to have a drink before sunset was the Schooner bar overlooking the ocean. On Allure, nope.

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Really loving this review - lots of useful info already, and looking forward to hearing more. We're on the Allure for the equivalent week next year and I've bookmarked your review for when I start planning.

 

Thanks :)

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Ok, so once we got on, we poked around for a bit. Bf asked why the front of the ship looked so warehouse-y and they should have made it more prettier. LOL He didn't realize right away that what he was looking at was the dock!

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Anyway, here are some shots from the first day.

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Coast guard showing off doing some donuts.

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I loved these crystal dresses.

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I don't know where everyone is here!

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So funny, I did this on my first cruise. We went to look at our dining room table for eight, by the window, and I said " is this the view we'll be looking at all week" not realizing I was looking at part of the port dock!!! And that was BEFORE an adult beverage!

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Btw - we were on this sailing too!!! Loving your review and agree with you about Nassau. I'd much rather have more time in St Thomas and St Martin.

 

I have been home sick with a sore throat and earache since Monday and have done nothing but laundry, sleep and read CC reviews of our sailing. Also, It appears the ship is still rocking for me! Those last couple of days were very rough seas.m this happened to me years ago when we first started cruising. I'm just getting my land legs back today!

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Btw - we were on this sailing too!!! Loving your review and agree with you about Nassau. I'd much rather have more time in St Thomas and St Martin.

 

I have been home sick with a sore throat and earache since Monday and have done nothing but laundry, sleep and read CC reviews of our sailing. Also, It appears the ship is still rocking for me! Those last couple of days were very rough seas.m this happened to me years ago when we first started cruising. I'm just getting my land legs back today!

 

I'm sorry to hear you're not feeling well! :( Hope you get better soon. Yeah I was really surprised at how rocky the last few days were, even with us having a low mid ship cabin. We hung out at the Flowrider most the last two days and it was overflowing splashing a lot of the people sitting down in the front of the viewing benches.

 

We never did hang out in any hot tubs in the Solarium (always too crowded) and by the last few days I couldn't even walk in there. Too much movement and too humid. Made me feel sick really fast in there.

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So the next day was a sea day. I was really looking forward to eating breakfast in the MDR, esp the eggs benedict. Well, they weren't as good as I remembered from having them last time on Monarch. I also got the smoked salmon, and good thing I ordered two dishes bc both plates were very small portions. I remembered last time I got the benedict and either the smoked salmon or kippered herring (can't remember) and I was so stuffed that I couldn't finish them.

 

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The smoked salmon was just fine, and I really liked this kind of lettuce.

 

Not really much to report from this day. They had finally opened up the Sun Deck this day, so that is where we spent a lot of our time sunbathing that day, but there were a lot of clouds out still. We missed dinner that night in the MDR, we slept through it! So we ended up getting room service. Room service has a limited menu, but really comes in handy, esp if you want hot food and your only other options are either pizza at Sorrentos or cold sandwiches at the Promenade Cafe.

 

BTW let me add in here, I didn't really care for the pizza at Sorrentos. I've never had authentic NY pizza, and being from CA I guess my tastes are different, but this pizza had a crap load of cheese, barely any sauce and even fewer toppings. However, I did like the semi soft crusts. We ate here two times when it was really late and just wanted to grab something quick, but not one of my fave places to eat. I think during the day you can order a custom pizza but we never did this.

 

As for Promenade Cafe, their cold sandwiches were just fine if that was what you were in the mood for. I saw many people getting brownies and sweets too, but you know I never got any. There were usually three different sandwiches, two with meat, and one veggie (grilled eggplant). There is a cold version of the kummelweck here too. Not the same though.

 

Which brings me to the Park Cafe. If you want to grab something that can store in your mini fridge (don't forget to ask you stateroom attendant to empty it for you!) you can get a few of the asian shrimp and noodle salad and keep in the fridge, and you can have a late night snack of shrimp if you want. The shrimp are large, not like those tiny bay shrimp you get in the salad bar in the Park Cafe. You can get some salad dressing for dip if you like, I happen to like 1000 island. :)

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Oh duh, so I forgot to tell you about the room service! Ordering through the tv is very simple, and after you put the order in, someone calls you and confirms. Several times I got a woman with a Filipino accent and she has a very soothing voice. Made me want to talk like her too!

 

Our faves were the steak sandwich, which comes with onion rings on top, and fries on the side. The first time the rings and fries came out perfectly. The times after that they were kind of limp. When they call, they ask how you want it cooked. We always got med rare, and it was usually right on or very close to it. The steak itself was tender and had good flavor. Better than some higher quality "fast food" joints' steak sandwiches here at home. Not too much fat on it, but bc of the soft texture I'm sure had some good marbling to it. It was about 1/2" thick. The sandwich comes with bbq sauce, but I easily got a whole bottle of A1 when I asked for it. There's also a smoked salmon baguette, not bad, a Mediterranean chicken salad (good if you feel like eating a salad), and the Honey stung chicken (I never got this bc I don't care for fried chicken and then dipped in ranch EEK) There's also a burger that you can get with cheese, bacon, onion, tomato, etc. Not bad for late night eating. Don't forget to tip the person who delivers you food! :) We usually gave $2 each time, but if it was later, a bit more. We ordered a few times right before midnight, and were not charged the $3.95 service charge for late night ordering. I guess as long as you get the order in before midnight you are fine, even if they deliver the food after midnight.

 

Sorry I never got any pics of dinner room service food. As soon as it came we scarfed it down.

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Great review...thanks! Are there any beaches near the port in Nassau to just relax and swim? Our cruise in Dec will stop there for a day...never been, and don't know what to do! Thanks!

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We are on the Allure in April, so I am loving all these reviews! Please keep it coming and giving us your honest opinions and advises.

 

OWD

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We are on the Allure in Sept. I am enjoying your review. I am surprised to read that you had rough Seas and actually felt them. I noticed on the Oasis that it was the first ship I have never felt movement on.

 

Do you think the rough seas were due to Winter weather or is that just always the norm for Eastern route??

 

We have only done the Eastern route once and I was seasick on the day down and day home (but....we followed a hurricane on the way down but great weather on the way home)

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Great review...thanks! Are there any beaches near the port in Nassau to just relax and swim? Our cruise in Dec will stop there for a day...never been, and don't know what to do! Thanks!

I've never done the beach at nassau but as far as I know, yes there are several beaches there. Junkanoo is one, but I hear mixed reviews on it. In Nassau there are vendors that bug you on the beach. Same as on Orient in St Martin. Did not like that at all.

You can go to Atlantic resort too, but you have to pay money to set foot on their property, unless of course you go to the casino.

What your choices are of doing stuff depends on what times you will be there. Seems like Nassau times are always weird.

 

We are on the Allure in April, so I am loving all these reviews! Please keep it coming and giving us your honest opinions and advises.

 

OWD

Yes I am trying to give my honest opinions on things that I quite did not like. Hope I don't come off too negative, but some of the experiences were not very fun. Stay tuned.

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We are on the Allure in Sept. I am enjoying your review. I am surprised to read that you had rough Seas and actually felt them. I noticed on the Oasis that it was the first ship I have never felt movement on.

 

Do you think the rough seas were due to Winter weather or is that just always the norm for Eastern route??

 

We have only done the Eastern route once and I was seasick on the day down and day home (but....we followed a hurricane on the way down but great weather on the way home)

 

I think it was due to a storm up north that was causing the bumps. The Captain (we had Capt Johnny, he was very good) said that was why. But I have read that generally the Eastern route is rougher than the western, since you are more out in open water bordering land only on one side and open Atlantic on the other. However, on several occasions on the way down, I kept saying how smooth it was.

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Alright so on to my fave day of the entire cruise, St Thomas day! Well for us it was St John day. I really wanted to go to Trunk Bay and it did not disappoint! I just wish the weather was a little better, and the waves were a bit strong so our snorkeling pics didn't really come out very clear.

 

We booked the excursion through RCCL. It was the St John Coastal Cruise Tour, and it runs in conjuction with the St John Historial Walking tour and the Shopping Tour. Our meeting time in the morning was 10:30, so you really have time to do a bit of shopping in the immediate area before you left. I don't think you would have time to take the water taxi into Charlotte Amalie to do better shopping. Or if you know exactly where you are going perhaps you could make it work. I wish I had more time here bc I really wanted to get one of those pirate hook bracelets. No go for me. :(

 

Anyway, we got off the ship and the weather was beautiful!

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When our excursion was ready to go, we followed the ferry captain, Capt Jack to our ferry with the three different tour groups. Each group had a different wristband color. For the Coastal Cruise we had blue. The ferry ride over was about 40 mins and a bit choppy but nothing terrible. What I didn't like was the style of Capt Jack's commentary. He would emphasize certain words or repeat words over and over again for emphasis, just not to my liking. It got kind of annoying after awhile. He did point out interesting facts though, like where Christopher Columbus ran aground bc he was not a very good navigator, and where he towed his ship to repair it, etc. I enjoyed the historic info.

 

Some pics going over to St John.

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See how small and quiet the beaches are? There didn't seem to be many big beach resort type hotels on STJ at all. There were more on the STT side where there's just rows and rows of beach chairs.

 

This is Cruz Bay from one of the vantage points on STJ.

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Right down in Cruz Bay there is a small town with restaurants and shopping. This is Mongoose Junction. It's blurry bc I took it while the safari van was moving.

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So the next day was a sea day. I was really looking forward to eating breakfast in the MDR, esp the eggs benedict. Well, they weren't as good as I remembered from having them last time on Monarch. I also got the smoked salmon, and good thing I ordered two dishes bc both plates were very small portions. I remembered last time I got the benedict and either the smoked salmon or kippered herring (can't remember) and I was so stuffed that I couldn't finish them.

 

When I cruised on the Explorer last year, I, too, was really looking forward to the Eggs Benedict. I was disappointed as the eggs were too hard. I learned that I could ask for them "softer", and they were much better.

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