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Old 04-19-2012, 06:40 PM   #511
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Rock wall, Rock Lobster, Cakes, Skates, Allure Glass Cleaning and Disco Balls. Pt.2

After skating, we had to hurry a bit to get ready for dinner. We had 6:45 reservations for MTD tonight. It was 2nd formal night, so we expected it to be super busy in the dining room this evening, and it was.
We were a few minutes late for our reservations and weren’t sure if they would honor it. The line for “no reservations” was massive, but I got in it in case we were too late for our reservation. Ron went up to the”reservations” side desk to check, and sure enough they said we were not too late. We would still have to wait for a few minutes to be seated, however. The MDR on Allure at each deck has a large comfortably furnished waiting area, complete with these by-the-glass wine dispensers. (They are on each deck). Just swipe your Sea Pass card! Ingenious!





Waiting for our table:



We only had to wait about 10 minutes before we were seated. We were on the other side of the dining room this evening, and we informed our server Laurence and his team that we had Blue Planet reservations and would need to eat fairly quickly. He assured us we would make the show in time, and his team did an AMAZING JOB getting us in and out of the dining room in about an hour and 10 minutes. Kudos!

For appetizers, the boys chose the Seafood Salad: shrimp, scallops and smoked salmon with a brandy cocktail sauce:



I had the Creamed Wild mushrooms in Puff Pastry: A heart blend of wild mushrooms, cream, and herbs encased in a delicate puff pastry: delicious!



The entrees were quickly out:

Sarah and Savannah ate from the kids’ menu: chicken tenders and spaghetti and meat sauce respectively:





And my seafood loving boys both had the Fisherman’s plate: Lobster tail and Garlic shrimp:





I had the Thai BBQ Chicken Breast with perfumed Jasmine Rice:



I wasn’t expecting to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised. The chicken was quite tasty. It was coated in a spice rub and drizzled with a coconut/lemongrass sauce. While peanut flavor was quite discernable, I was expecting the “BBQ” flavor to be sweet/sour based- it wasn’t. In fact there wasn’t any BBQ flavor at all. Of course this was the first time I had had any Thai food so my expectations could be unrealistic. It was very tasty and perfectly cooked. Very juicy and tender chicken.

Our awesomely fast serving team was ready for dessert as soon as we were. Dessert for all of us choosing to eat it was the Sampler Trio. As described very simply on the menu, a trio of exquisite tastes and textures on one plate.



I have no idea what the ones on the end are. I think one was mango-ish. They were somewhat bland and vanilla. The highlight for sure is the flourless chocolate cake in the center. Wish I could have just gotten three of those, it was scrumptious!!!

We were finished with dinner and headed to the Amber Theater for the evening's show before 8:30 PM. Blue Planet would start at 9:00 and we wanted to get decent seats. We entered at Deck 4, which is the balcony level. There was still plenty of seating here, even front row, but we could see that the railing would impede the view a bit from those seated in the first row or two. We could see there were still plenty of prime seats below so we headed down to the main level of the theater.

We got what could arguably be some of the best seats in the house. We were dead center of a row about halfway back from the stage. We were directly in front of the mixer board/sound and effects personnel in fact. GREAT seats!



OK, so here is the one and only picture I took during Blue Planet worth posting. The new little point & shoot was just so horrible I didn’t even bother trying to get any during the show.



About the show, we loved it. Blue Planet is amazing. It is visually stimulating with the usual singing, dancing but so much more- acrobatics, trampoline, and more. The plot is somewhat shaky- there is the whole mother Nature/earth theme going on and then it kind of just busts into this weird love story, then back to the nature stuff. Not cohesive at all, but frankly it didn’t much matter. This show is just all about the visual spectacle, the tricks and acrobatics. It was pretty enthralling. We thought the vocal talent was outstanding- man that Mother Nature can wail! The singing and dancing numbers were fun and exciting. The acrobatics, aerial work, trampolines, just all captivating. The living tree and underwater scenes are not to be missed.

Since I did not do a good job of getting pictures, here are a few I've rounded up to give you an idea of what this show is all about:













Sarah fell dead asleep during it though!



Back up in the rooms, the kids were tuckered out and Brendan agreed to look over sleeping Sarah so Ron and I could go check out the 70’s dance party on the Promenade.

After he eats his S’mores cupcake, of course:



We had a cute puppy and a monkey hanging around when we returned to our staterooms:



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Old 04-19-2012, 06:49 PM   #512
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With the kids settled in, Ron and I headed down to the Promenade to find the party well in effect:



Even though the area was quite crowded, we were easily able to get a decent spot near the Globe that opens up into an aerial bridge. Another good spot to be for this party would be near the Rising Tide bar.



Before you know it, the Promenade blared with the sound of the opening theme to Rocky and the Globe began to emit smoke and open up:



Out came “Rocky”, who turned out to be- surprise, surprise: Ken Rush in his White Polyester Leisure suit! He graced us all with his presence with a rendition of John Travolta to the tune of –what else? Staying Alive:




The crowd looking forward:



The crowd looking aft:



Ken invited all of those dressed in 70’s garb up on the Rising Tide bar. Most of these costumes were pretty over the top and I speculate that these folks are more likely ship staff in costume, as opposed to guests. Not thinking many people are bringing along Day Glo bell bottoms and Afro wigs in their luggage. Just saying.



After that it was the “Village People” doing the YMCA!


Here’s the video…Click to Play:


They even came down and mingled with the crowd and did conga lines and such!



Ken threw a whole lot of stuff down at the crowd from above, rubber bracelets, T-shirts, and thousands, yes, thousands of flashing glow rings. Can’t give much advice if you want to catch goodies from above. If you want the T-shirts, be located a distance away from the Globe and bridge but not too far away. They would throw them as far as they could but never just dropped any down below. I didn’t even get a flashy ring, LOL.
And if you ever wondered why Ken Rush really got his job, well it has to do with his glass cleaning skills…..

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Kung Fu Panda made an appearance to the tune Kung Fu Fighting. He was on the Rising Tide but it wasn’t raised very high at this point and was kind of hard to see.


Those Village People are still going:



And finally, Ken and the entourage escape in to Central Park via the Rising Tide Bar.


After the crowd dissipated a bit, we decided to take our first trip on the Rising Tide.



I wanted to buy the Live the Allure book, but apparently you can only buy that during certain times. The bar staff was pretty confused when we asked to buy the “book”, and didn’t have a clue at first. Eventually when they figured out what we were talking about they said we had to “catch the lady” that sells them. They didn’t know when that lady would be there. So, I gave up on the book. I did however decide to have the bar’s signature cocktail: the Rising Tide.



Ascending into the stars:



We were surprised how short the ride up is, it only takes 3 minutes to go the three decks up or down. It was a lot faster than I expected, for some reason I thought I had read it took 15 minutes (actually it departs every 15 minutes, so it makes sense that I just misinterpreted what I had read previously).

For those curious about riding on the bar without purchasing anything, be aware that lots of folks will hop on just for the ride- it appeared to be pretty typical behavior. In fact if you are just standing in the standing room only area of the bar, it is a little difficult to get service. OK a lot difficult. I think the servers assume the people standing in that area don’t necessarily want drinks.

We got back to our room, enjoyed a bit of time out on the balcony and hit the hay! That wraps up day 6!

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Old 04-20-2012, 10:25 PM   #513
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OMG the kids looked adorable, Sarah's so BIG

The MDR on Allure at each deck has a large comfortably furnished waiting area, complete with these by-the-glass wine dispensers. (They are on each deck). Just swipe your Sea Pass card! Ingenious!
OHHH i need one of those for parties LMAO


Our awesomely fast serving team was ready for dessert as soon as we were. Dessert for all of us choosing to eat it was the Sampler Trio. As described very simply on the menu, a trio of exquisite tastes and textures on one plate.
all looks yummo

After he eats his S’mores cupcake, of course:
I liike his style!

After that it was the “Village People” doing the YMCA!

That indian was way into.. i was waiting for spirit fingers


They even came down and mingled with the crowd and did conga lines and such!
ohh wheres the line for that one!!!! note to self get in line 1st


I wanted to buy the Live the Allure book, but apparently you can only buy that during certain times. The bar staff was pretty confused when we asked to buy the “book”, and didn’t have a clue at first. Eventually when they figured out what we were talking about they said we had to “catch the lady” that sells them. They didn’t know when that lady would be there. So, I gave up on the book. I did however decide to have the bar’s signature cocktail: the Rising Tide.
LOL I love when people have no clue about things that are for sale etc, its like dont you LIVE on the ship.. dont you get info on this stuff.. didnt you go to orientation?


is that napkin blue.. did you SPILL some of your drink. no the horror

For those curious about riding on the bar without purchasing anything, be aware that lots of folks will hop on just for the ride- it appeared to be pretty typical behavior. In fact if you are just standing in the standing room only area of the bar, it is a little difficult to get service. OK a lot difficult. I think the servers assume the people standing in that area don’t necessarily want drinks.
have I taught you nothing.. belly up to the bar... show the girls off and you will have no prob getting a drink LOL

We got back to our room, enjoyed a bit of time out on the balcony and hit the hay! That wraps up day 6!
man your already on day 6.. but you just cruised.. your going way to fast LMAO

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sometimes that the best times on vacation! i mean oh no that sucks
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Welcome back, Jen! Hope you will stay healthy for awhile. Time to get that immune system built up.

I love the pics of the back of the ship - is it open all the time? It is so cool - like a big fishing boat! I would love to have one of those suites with the balconies right out over the back - you could just watch the shows from there!

I can't believe it took that long for you to get ot the cupcakes! I think I would take the S'Mores, but the soda pop looked interesting. Good price on those - I think they are $4.25 at DLR.

You ladies all look beautiful in your dresses. So cool you found matching dresses for all three of you! Wow! I love the wine stations. Such a great idea. I'll bet the sales are really good there, and the prices don't look good, too. It's always great when your dinner plans fit in to your show plans. I'm glad you enjoyed the show.

So nice of Brendan to volunteer to babysit - after a proper reward, of course.
It's great to have you back - I am loving your TR!
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Oh dear...I do hope you have finally kicked all the bugs out of you, and stay healthy.

Love watching people on the rock climbing walls, but I'm afraid if I ever tried it myself the ship's doc would be kept busy! Games on the Boardwalk - what a cool idea!

Ummmm, as for the Manly Breakfast cupcake? Ew, yuck! What were they thinking??? What did Brendan think of the S'mores one? It looks delish! Although I think I would have picked Strawberry Shortcake; it's so....pink! Bright pink! Pretty pink!

Someone took your skates??? Seriously??? Geez! You really do see it all when traveling, don't you? Sarah looks so cute in her skates!

OMG! I totally love the wine by the glass dispenser! Wonder how they would feel if I just hunch over and put my mouth under it?

The girls look darling in their formal dresses.

Wow, tons of folks at the Promenade for the 70's Party. Very cool. And the Rising Tide Bar is definitely a cool thing to do. Must really sail on Allure so I can check that out!
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There is a cover charge to eat here- $4.95 per person for food, which includes a sandwich, family style fries and onion rings, and a dessert (apple pie or a sundae). All drinks (besides water) cost extra. (I brought my tea along from Central Park!)
I'm totally late to this party. I love how beautiful this ship is but I have to admit I'm a little turned off that so many of the dining options are up-charges.
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OMG! I totally love the wine by the glass dispenser! Wonder how they would feel if I just hunch over and put my mouth under it?
I think I just found my long lost sister! I like the way you think Cindy!
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I'm totally late to this party. I love how beautiful this ship is but I have to admit I'm a little turned off that so many of the dining options are up-charges.
What is awesome is that you don't have to go to the up-charge restaurants. The food in the dining room was great. But I've got to admit I loved that we had so many options!!!! And we had our lowest room bill on any cruise we'd ever taken.

Another great update Jen!!!! Love you!

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Oh, thank goodness someone else who feels the same way! I figured anyone who read that would think I'm a lush.
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I'm really enjoying your review since I'm going back and forth on whether i should book a Fantasy 7 night western or an Oasis/Allure 7 night western. Can you tell me how you felt about the MDR food? (i've heard mixed reviews) Speciality restaurants look great but we really dont wanna spend the extra $$.
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Oh, thank goodness someone else who feels the same way! I figured anyone who read that would think I'm a lush.
Not at all...I personally wondered how much it would cost to have one installed in my kitchen!
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Not at all...I personally wondered how much it would cost to have one installed in my kitchen!
Ya, but I would have to change the bottles way to often.

Wait do I sound like the lush now? LMAO
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What is awesome is that you don't have to go to the up-charge restaurants. The food in the dining room was great. But I've got to admit I loved that we had so many options!!!! And we had our lowest room bill on any cruise we'd ever taken.

Another great update Jen!!!! Love you!

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I have really enjoyed reading your cruise report. But I too have wondered about all the additional charges you incurred. I have only cruised on Carnival and our biggest additional expense was pictures. My husband can not pass up pics of his family.

Could you post one all inclusive list of your food and activities along with the prices for your trip? I will understand if you don't want to share. But it would be very helpful for those of us considering RCC.

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