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Three’s Still a Charm: New Review of Allure of the Seas

Three’s Still a Charm: New Review of Allure of the Seas

May 26th, 2017, 06:48 PM
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Three’s Still a Charm: New Review of Allure of the Seas

It’s a compliment to Allure of the Seas that after our third trip on this massive and fascinating ship, we complained that we didn’t get to everything we planned.

We didn’t ride the carousel (yeah, even us overgrown kids still like riding up and down). We didn’t play miniature golf. And we only had the Tutti salad bar twice for lunch in the main dining room.

But we did a whole lot of stuff and like our other Allure cruises, had a whole lot of fun.

So, what did we do to make the third trip as good as the first? For one, we did the specialty dining package for the first time. That upped the food experience big time. It actually made the dining exciting, as we played the “Where should we eat today” game.

Then there was the show. And oh, what a show it was! Mamma Mia blew us away. Of the three shows we’d seen on Oasis class ships (others were Cats and Chicago), this one was far and away the best. The quality of the voices, the energy and exuberance of the production brought the whole audience to their feet, and made for a truly memorable experience that I didn’t think a show could ever do.

Which proves, once again, that no cruise line puts on a show like Royal Caribbean. And even though we’d seen the dives, flips, twirls and whirls of the aqua and ice shows before, we still couldn’t get enough of them.

Perhaps we didn’t go to some of the other events we had in the past, like the ‘70s dance party or marriage game show. But instead, took time to enjoy wine in the Trellis Bar in Central Park and take pictures of the pretty little yellow-and-black bird who mistook the ship’s neighborhood for a garden in Cozumel.

We also explored new areas for us, like the serene Solarium, which by day is a favorite of Kindle readers and hot tub bathers but by night literally sizzles as a Brazilian steakhouse.

Another first for us on this voyage was investing in the ship’s Voom wi-fi. The package rate for a seven-day cruise ($12.99/per day, per device) is cheaper than the day rate (19.99/per day, per device). And the streaming version (package rate of $17.99/per day, per device; day rate of $27.99/per day, per device) is faster than the basic one. But either is fine if your goal is just to keep your e-mailbox from spilling over.

So, while we didn’t ride the horses or hit the links—or even stare at the ocean as much as I’d like—we still managed to make it, once again, our “wow” kind of vacation. - Musing About Cruising
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May 27th, 2017, 09:33 PM
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Thank you for the TR.

We loved the Oasis and look f/w to the "Ovation" cruise we have planned in Dec.

I think RCI is ahead of the curve when it comes to ship design.

Cheers, Larry .
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May 29th, 2017, 11:57 AM
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Great report. It's funny, I can't remember as much as you did. I should start keeping a notebook with me when I travel. Once again great report.
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Jun 2nd, 2017, 06:16 PM
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Thank you for your feedback! Note to tch912:a while back, I started taking a journal on trips and while it can be somewhat of a pain writing in it, I always appreciate it later--it's those details one tends to forget and reading the journal always brings them back.
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