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Allure 7/20/2014 Review

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These are my thoughts from my experience. You might like them or you not. Feel free to let me know.

 

About us: Husband, Wife, 17 YO son, and Grandmom. We did the Oasis 2 years ago, so we were familiar with this class of ship.

 

Cabin: We had 2 hump Jr. Suites on deck 8, so we could open up the balcony divider. Our balcony had 2 loungers, 3 chairs, and a table. Lots of room. The really nice thing about deck 8 is there are no inside cabins because of the Central Park stores and restaurants, so half the cabins, very quiet.

 

In summation:

Ship and crew: Absolutely fantastic. For those that think of crowds, the Allure will carry 6,000 passengers with 4 pools (and a Solarium pool) and the Voyager class will carry 3,000 passengers with one pool (and a Solarium pool). Never had a problem finding chairs around the pools.

Boarding: We got there at 11:00 and were on the ship before 11:30

 

Food: Borderline outstanding in the MDR. Favorite appetizers were escargot, bay scallops, shrimp cocktail, crab cocktail, mushroom soup, duck. All portions were very small, so I would order at least two, sometimes three. Favorite main courses were prime rib and salmon. Central Park roast beef sandwiches were great. Windjammer, only did breakfast which offered everything, pretty good. Did breakfast in the Solarium a couple of times, not bad, kind of like a healthy WJ. Johnny Rockets was good, I like that they bring you onion rings and French fries as soon as you sit down. We did no other food venues.

 

Entertainment:

Aqua show, not to be missed, best show, very entertaining

Ice Show, good

Blue Planet, OK / fair

Chicago, hated it. Did not like the music, the theme, the dancing, nothing of it appealed to me

Comedy Club, we had two performers. The first was exceptionally good, really enjoyed him, second was just OK. I would recommend this, as it is in a small cozy room, lot of fun and interaction with the guests. Reservations are a must.

Headliner show, I don’t remember the guy’s name, but he was very good, singer, impressionist. I would recommend everyone attend this also.

Room Steward was great. I brought a cooler and asked that it be filled with ice every day, no problem.

 

Casino is nice. There are two identical sides, one smoking, one non-smoking. If you play, you will lose. All card tables were $10 minimum. Craps, $5

minimum.

 

Passengers: Definitely international. Biggest group from South of the border, Mexican, Central and South America. The quincianerros were on board. More about this later. Rather entertaining.

 

Next up, we arrive in Ft. Lauderdale the day before. We stayed at the Hyatt Pier 66.

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Hyatt Pier 66. We booked the tower so we could view the port. We wound up with 4 rooms on 10th floor. One facing East (view ocean and the Port Everglades meeting the ocean, the other facing south with a view of the cruise ship piers.

 

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As you can see, the balconies were very nice.

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Pools were very nice.

 

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There were a lot of very nice yachts docked here, just incredible. We did walk the dock to check them all out.

 

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Nice little boat:

 

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You really had to go down and stand next to this one to appreciate it. Just unreal:

 

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One more:

 

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Got to the ship about 11:00 and we were on by 11:30. Here is a shot of our balcony, deck 8 hump:

 

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Nassau. We did not get off the ship. Here is a Carnival "ship" coming in:

 

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Then Mickey Mouse arrived:

 

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Here is the "Beach Pool", salt water. Although we hung out in the Solarium most of the time, it was nice to come here on occasion.

 

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Not so good pizza here:

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If you don't mind me asking, what room numbers on deck 8 are considered "hump"? I noticed the loungers :)

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