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I do not get why people say that they only sleep and bathe in the cabin.  You would be surprised how much time you actually do spend in a cabin.  Not to have room to move isn't a great idea- If you can afford to sail- spend more and consider two cabins- It is much more of a great experience.  I would hate to be tripping over suitcases or not have a place to unpack- the bathrooms are also so small.  Since we have to wait longer to cruise- consider the money you are saving!

Well after 40 cruises I can honestly say we do just sleep and shower in our cabins. When we arrive to a port we are off the ship from the moment we can get off to the time we need to reboard . This itinerary has 4 ports. On sea days we are poolside from sunrise to dinner time then casino and shows. So yes it’s possible and is done. We did end up getting another cabin since my original post on this thread. We are also doing 3 pre nights onsite Disney prior to the sailing for a family of 5 . Also majority of my cruises I upgraded prior to the sailing by bidding or price drops.

I prefer to spend money doing experiences rather than luxurious rooms. We splurge on excursions and the casino usually gets a good donation. We also travel more than 1x a year. So getting a good cruise deal is the goal. So even though the cruise is a year away, my budget is set for the cost of the trip, if the price is lower than the goal then that’s a savings.


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18 hours ago, Cruise a holic said:

 

I do not get why people say that they only sleep and bathe in the cabin.  You would be surprised how much time you actually do spend in a cabin.  Not to have room to move isn't a great idea- If you can afford to sail- spend more and consider two cabins-

 


Just me, when stuck in a crowded cabin we really do spend all our time elsewhere. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to make the cruise happen. The nice thing about the mega ships is there’s a lot of different places to “hang out.”
 

But, yeah, two cabins is better than one. For us it’s not the extra floor space, it’s the extra bathroom that makes all the difference. 

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2 hours ago, setsail1975 said:


Well after 40 cruises I can honestly say we do just sleep and shower in our cabins. When we arrive to a port we are off the ship from the moment we can get off to the time we need to reboard . This itinerary has 4 ports. On sea days we are poolside from sunrise to dinner time then casino and shows. So yes it’s possible and is done. We did end up getting another cabin since my original post on this thread. We are also doing 3 pre nights onsite Disney prior to the sailing for a family of 5 . Also majority of my cruises I upgraded prior to the sailing by bidding or price drops.

I prefer to spend money doing experiences rather than luxurious rooms. We splurge on excursions and the casino usually gets a good donation. We also travel more than 1x a year. So getting a good cruise deal is the goal. So even though the cruise is a year away, my budget is set for the cost of the trip, if the price is lower than the goal then that’s a savings.


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I can honestly say that the oasis class of ships is my favorite.  Been on the Allure twice and loved it.  Also been on the Oasis and Harmony.  Every cruise we felt like we didn't have enough time on the ship.  My favorite room was the Central Park view window.  Quiet, and when you look through your window, the view is quite relaxing and serene.  Plenty of things to do for the Kids and for the Adults.  Some prefer the smaller Classic ships and I can understand that but for us its mega ship all the way.  Also, I usually get the replenish drink package (I'm not really an alcohol drinker) on an Oasis class ship because of the Vitality Spa.  You can get unlimited smoothies and fresh fruit juices with the package.  Sigh, just thinking about when I get to cruise again.  

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7 hours ago, setsail1975 said:


Well after 40 cruises I can honestly say we do just sleep and shower in our cabins. When we arrive to a port we are off the ship from the moment we can get off to the time we need to reboard . This itinerary has 4 ports. On sea days we are poolside from sunrise to dinner time then casino and shows. So yes it’s possible and is done. We did end up getting another cabin since my original post on this thread. We are also doing 3 pre nights onsite Disney prior to the sailing for a family of 5 . Also majority of my cruises I upgraded prior to the sailing by bidding or price drops.

I prefer to spend money doing experiences rather than luxurious rooms. We splurge on excursions and the casino usually gets a good donation. We also travel more than 1x a year. So getting a good cruise deal is the goal. So even though the cruise is a year away, my budget is set for the cost of the trip, if the price is lower than the goal then that’s a savings.


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We don’t gamble nor spend money on shore excursions.  Since we have been to ports many times (4-5 cruises a year) would rather spend our money of the accommodations.  We no longer want to wait on long lines only to boared a bus and tour.  We now go ourselves on beach or land tours.  We spent a week at Disney last January after our wonderful Harmony Cruise- Perhaps getting old- but Disney no longer for us.  Much to crowded- HATE the lines- was so hot.  But our family wanted to see the new Star Wars land and we agreed to go with them. 
 

Breakfast and drinks on a balcony is wonderful.  Bottom line do what you can afford- cruising is wonderful and we cannot wait to go on our next adventure.  Of course in a healthy environment!  Be safe and well all.
 

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You will love Allure.  Oasis class is amazing for teens, and for adults who still like a lot of activity.  Smart move getting the second room.  While you would have survived with one room, it would have been tight.  As others noted, having 2 bathrooms is a huge benefit.

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I always go for the cheapest room possible...even if that's a guaranteed inside cabin. When we done the Epic a few years ago in the Med we were out the cabin some mornings at 4:30am and not back til 6pm...time for a quick change then not back to the cabin til 11pm so we didn't want to spend on the cabin at all 👍

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49 minutes ago, Smiles1984 said:

I managed to get some footage of allure when she left Southampton a couple of days ago, she might not have been amped but she's looking good!

 

Thanks so much for that.  Enjoyed watching her!

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