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Singinalot’s 2nd time on Allure - my picture review and blog 1/5-12,2020

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OOTN
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We went to dinner in Windjammer
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Afterwards Nate went to the room to watch hockey and I went to the casino...and a stop at Sorrentos

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I love Central Park at night
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The following day was St. Thomas, our first port. I was so excited for St. Thomas. We were supposed to go there in 2017 but were re-routed. I had a big day planned for us!

We got up at 6:30 ship time and went straight to MDR at 7.
We were waiting to get off ship at 7:30, but we docked late and didn’t get cleared until 8.
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What a terrific accomplishment with your weight loss. I have struggled my entire life with my weight. Lots of ups and downs.   This year my goal is not to use the word diet but make better food choices and keep  my exercise consistent.  We will be on the allure the end of February and look forward to our 3 mile walk around the track. Love the track on the oasis class ships.  
 

 

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I will be on the TA with you! Your day seems very similar to mine..as does your weight loss maintenance !!  I was wondering if there is a spa area we can use after the gym to shower off and maybe Steam Room or Sauna?

My balcony will be overlooking Central Park! Thanks so much for the pictures!!!

 

 

 

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What a terrific accomplishment with your weight loss. I have struggled my entire life with my weight. Lots of ups and downs.   This year my goal is not to use the word diet but make better food choices and keep  my exercise consistent.  We will be on the allure the end of February and look forward to our 3 mile walk around the track. Love the track on the oasis class ships.  

 


yes, exactly. for me it was a lifestyle change, not a diet.

I will be on the TA with you! Your day seems very similar to mine..as does your weight loss maintenance !!  I was wondering if there is a spa area we can use after the gym to shower off and maybe Steam Room or Sauna?
My balcony will be overlooking Central Park! Thanks so much for the pictures!!!
 


there is not one...at least in the fitness center. I never did go into the spa area, but i don’t recall ever hearing or reading about one...but maybe with the dry dock that’ll change???




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The ship offers several excursions in St. Thomas. I did a lot of research on what the best option would be for us. In the end I decided on a DIY. If you’ve read my previous trip reports you won’t be shocked by this.

SO on to the fun!

We followed the taxi signs

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It’s almost sheer chaos at the area where the open air taxis are. I think I had to say about 10 times that we wanted the taxi to red hook. In the end we weren’t really waiting that long, but with all the people around and the employees shouting it was overwhelming. We took the 40 minute taxi to Red Hook for $11 a person and then purchased the ferry for $16.30 each round trip to St. john.
We caught the 10am water taxi (9 ship time). arrived at St. John at 10:20am island time and then took a $6 10 minute open air taxi to trunk bay. This is VERY easy to DIY! Just be aware of actual time versus ship time and you’ll be just fine!

The open air taxi to red hook
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They have no idea what they’re in store for...they’re just trusting me.
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passing the local DMV
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passing the other port with several ships in
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the ferry terminal

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the pier at St. john. there are taxi drivers waiting there
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we took the open air taxi to trunk bay

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it costs $5 to enter since it is a national park
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first stop,
hot dog stand for them
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This was the view we had of trunk bay during the taxi ride...this got everyone excited...and it truly lived up to the hype

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Wow. Red Hook has a fancy terminal now. Last time we were there it was just a trailer/ticket booth. :classic_biggrin:

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While they got their hot dogs I strolled to the nearby drink stand.
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The Lime N Coconut with an extra shot of rum...turned out to be my downfall for the day
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we finally made our way to the beach
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Wow. Red Hook has a fancy terminal now. Last time we were there it was just a trailer/ticket booth. :classic_biggrin:


haha wow! yeah it has a bar inside too and a little shop


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Hi Crystal!  I'm so glad I found your review, but it looks like I have some catching up to do!!  Hope you and Nate had a wonderful cruise and I look forward to reading all about it 😎 🌴 🌞 

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7 hours ago, Coralc said:

Wow. Red Hook has a fancy terminal now. Last time we were there it was just a trailer/ticket booth. :classic_biggrin:

I was going to post the same thing, boy have things changed. Years ago when we were dropped off there it was like really this is it. We kind of thought pretty good chance we would never see the cruise ship again.  lol

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8 hours ago, singinalot said:


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We were there for a week over Christmas and can't say enough how beautiful St Thomas and St John are!

Paradise!

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Great thread and pics, thanks for posting!

 

Tell your boy Nate I liked his "This is a tool" shirt 😉

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9 hours ago, deladane said:

Hi Crystal!  I'm so glad I found your review, but it looks like I have some catching up to do!!  Hope you and Nate had a wonderful cruise and I look forward to reading all about it 😎 🌴 🌞 

 

So good to have you following along! Do you guys have any trips planned this year?

 

7 hours ago, JamesEM said:

My latest diet seem to be a slower way to gain weight.

 

that's the struggle with diets 😞

1 hour ago, MericaAR15 said:

Great thread and pics, thanks for posting!

 

Tell your boy Nate I liked his "This is a tool" shirt 😉

 

I will! He loves the Grunt Style brand

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LOL as I go through my photos it looks like I took a lot of rum induced selfies that day so I’ll skim over them for the beach photos. I have been to a lot of beaches in my life, but this one was just so different...and beautiful. It rained on us a couple times and we didn’t even care.

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On 1/10/2020 at 3:13 PM, singinalot said:

Now, Brett and Jenn have never cruised before.

So did your friends get hooked on cruising? 

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So did your friends get hooked on cruising? 


sadly, no. They said they could do 3-5 days but that 7 was just too long for them. LOL. 3-5 days is way too short for us.


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Just now, singinalot said:

 


sadly, no. They said they could do 3-5 days but that 7 was just too long for them. LOL. 3-5 days is way too short for us.


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At least they got to experience a cruise for themselves and make that determination based on their own experience.

Agree. 7 days is the starting line for us. 

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54 minutes ago, singinalot said:

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LOL as I go through my photos it looks like I took a lot of rum induced selfies that day so I’ll skim over them for the beach photos. I have been to a lot of beaches in my life, but this one was just so different...and beautiful. It rained on us a couple times and we didn’t even care.

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We chartered the sails boat in the background of your photo above (with the red sails) out of St. Thomas on our cruise in 2016.  Brought back great memories seeing in your photo.

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We chartered the sails boat in the background of your photo above (with the red sails) out of St. Thomas on our cruise in 2016.  Brought back great memories seeing in your photo.


oh wow! what a memory and experience that must have been!


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i have a lot of gopro footage I need to upload to Youtube. I walked the entire beach and I think it was a 5 minute stroll.

who knows what number drinks these even are I am soooo not a drinker in real life...
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the boys thought they could dead lift this water log
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me & Jenn
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after a couple of fun hours at the beach we decided to take the taxi back to the ferry pick up and look for some lunch
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Goodbye
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The entrance to honeymoon
beach is along the drive
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