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Old 08-19-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Live Trip Report from the Allure of the Seas!

I managed to get myself booked on a sailing of the Allure this upcoming weekend, August 26th. It isn't the Oasis but similar enough to give me an idea of what the experience will be like for our our group sailing on the Oasis next summer (More details here http://www.dreamsunlimitedtravel.com...ions/rccl1.cfm ) . It has been a while since I cruised RCL and I really wanted a test run to make me better equipped to answer all of the questions leading up to our group cruise.

I am in the process of arranging a ship inspection the first day to see as many different stateroom categories as possible. I will then be sailing for the week on a Western itinerary.

I have sailed RCL, Princess and Carnival in the past, as well as being Platinum Castaway on DCL. Disney has always been my sentimental favorite. I am really excited to experience the new super ships and see how different the policy and procedures are from what we are used to on Disney.

If you have any questions ask away. I will answer what I can in advance and find the answers to the others while onboard. While there may be some questions specific to Oasis, I understand the similarites of the 2 ships far out weight the differences.

I will also be posting regular updates as I work my way through the pre cruise process and once I get onboard!

I will do my best to approach the cruise as a guest and not a Travel Agent!!
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:57 PM   #2
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I'd be interested in breakfast options Tracey. Some mornings I just want coffee and a bagel. Others I want a pretty full meal (eggs, bacon, etc). But every morning I want to do that with the least hassle.

Also, any options for in-room coffee in the morning?
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:58 PM   #3
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Also wanted to ask about internet options. How much does it cost and what kind of speed we can expect.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:23 PM   #4
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I'd be interested in breakfast options Tracey. Some mornings I just want coffee and a bagel. Others I want a pretty full meal (eggs, bacon, etc). But every morning I want to do that with the least hassle.

Also, any options for in-room coffee in the morning?

You can order room service for in room coffee. This can be done in the morning, or pre-arranged the evening before. Just leave your card on the door.

There is a breakfast buffet as well as places to sit down and order breakfast every day.

This is pretty standard on cruise ships.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:42 PM   #5
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I'd be interested in breakfast options Tracey. Some mornings I just want coffee and a bagel. Others I want a pretty full meal (eggs, bacon, etc). But every morning I want to do that with the least hassle.

Also, any options for in-room coffee in the morning?
there are several places to eat breakfast and an electronic sign showing how busy some of them are....

there is sit down breakfast in the MDR (main dining room )..
there's a buffet breakfast in windjammer (like cabanas)
there's a "vitality buffet breakfast" in the solarium bistro (where the adult pool is)
there's an "american breakfast" (eggs/pancakes/french toast) in Johnny Rockets
there's breakfast paninis, burritos, bagels, fruit and yogurt in the Park Cafe
there's pastries, muffins, donuts and starbucks coffee in Cafe Promenade

those are the ones i know of....probably there are others as well..

also, i think that Cafe Promenade is open 24 hours (something i wish they had on the disney ships - a 24 hour place to have a cup of coffee and a snack other than from room service)
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:45 PM   #6
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there are several places to eat breakfast and an electronic sign showing how busy some of them are....

there is sit down breakfast in the MDR..
there's a buffet breakfast in windjammer (like cabanas)
there's a "vitality buffet breakfast" in the solarium bistro (where the adult pool is)
there's an "american breakfast" (eggs/pancakes/french toast) in Johnny Rockets
there's breakfast paninis, burritos, bagels, fruit and yogurt in the Park Cafe
there's pastries, muffins, donuts and starbucks coffee in Cafe Promenade

those are the ones i know of....probably there are others as well..
Johnny Rockets is free as long as you eat there.

If you want it to go....it's a jillion dollars.

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Old 08-19-2012, 05:46 PM   #7
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I just figured out MDR means main dining room.

Sometimes it takes me a minute.
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:50 PM   #8
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Johnny Rockets is free as long as you eat there.

If you want it to go....it's a jillion dollars.

yes, i remember you saying that on your review of the allure!!! crazy!!!!

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I just figured out MDR means main dining room.

Sometimes it takes me a minute.
only reason i know is DD was on the radiance of the seas two weeks ago (in alaska) and kept saying MDR (where she said dinner was terrible by the way, but she said windjammer was great - she never tried the for fee food on the radiance)..
I should add that she said the RCCL radiance cruise was the most fun she's ever had on any cruise ship and the service was outstanding
This was her first non-dcl cruise
She's now been converted to RCCL loyalist
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Johnny Rockets is free as long as you eat there.

If you want it to go....it's a jillion dollars.

Is it still free? I thought now there was a cover.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:25 AM   #10
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Is it still free? I thought now there was a cover.
Sorry...I think you are right.

I think it was $4.00 if you ate it there and a jillion dollars if you wanted it to go.
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:11 AM   #11
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I'd be interested in breakfast options Tracey. Some mornings I just want coffee and a bagel. Others I want a pretty full meal (eggs, bacon, etc). But every morning I want to do that with the least hassle.

Also, any options for in-room coffee in the morning?
Room Service for in room coffee but I don't think Kevin mentioned it, but there is also the donut bar that is open for breakfast on the Boardwalk - half a dozen different donuts, and filtered coffee. From our rooms that was a pretty short trip down a hallway and around a corner - no lines, just grab and go.

I found that I preferred going for a walk around when I woke up tha waiting for room service (or being woken up by them), and either grabbed Starbucks for "pre breakfast", or a donut and coffee from the donut bar in the boardwalk zone.

One of the things I really liked about the Allure was the number of "in between meal"/snacking options - donuts, cupcakes, Starbucks, hot dogs, pizza, etc that are located separate to the proper restaurants.

Talking of food, I can't overstate how much I loved the Park Cafe - It was certainly a regular hangout for us during our time on the Allure. I from time to time contemplate going on a week long cruise just to eat the roast beef rolls (making them potentially the most expensive sandwich in history).

There are two spaces on the ship that I really enjoyed (other than the casino lol), the Solarium (the Adult only pool area), and Central Park. It is hard to explain why, other than they just felt "right".

I am sure you will love all of it Tracey - looking froward to hearing about it when you finally get on board.

Other tip: The cupcake store has a frequent cupcake eating program...
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:59 AM   #12
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Phew! What a weekend!!! I made it to my hotel late on Saturday night, The Crowne Plaza near the airport/port. It was a 5 minute ride from the airport. Very nice hotel, modern rooms and very spacious. There is a restaurant on site and the staff has been very helpful and friendly. There is not much in the area to walk to, so it would be a good place for a pre night but not the place you would want to book for a 2 or 3 night pre/post stay.

I was able to call Saturday morning and add the extra 2 nights, they even honored the great rate I had by booking online. $98 per night with taxes, AAA discounted. Best part is the free wifi!

We are scheduled to get on the ship tomorrow, I am not sure how much of a pre cruise tour I will get as everyone at RCL is crazy busy, that's alot of people on 2 sailings to take care of. From what I know now, it seems like RCL has really stepped up and is making this as right by people as possible.

From what I have heard (this is unofficial as I haven't heard it directly from RCL but believe it to be true), passengers scheduled to cruise yesterday are getting an onboard credit of $650 per cabin for inside/ocean view/balcony cabins, $1000 for Junior suites and a higher amount for other suite types. For those already in the area or en route, they are reimbursing 2 nights hotel stay up to a max of $250 and offering $100 per person per day for food expenses. They are also offering a future cruise credit in the amount of 10% of what you paid for the cruise.

I think this is very generous for a weather related issue that was not their fault.

I am on my time dining this week and will report back my experience. I am a little concerned now that my experiences will not be typical but we will see!
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:37 PM   #15
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see if you can get them to cough up the cabin configuration diagram (which rooms have the bed by the closet/which by the verandah)!!!

seems to be an RCCL state secret!!
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