Shrek Takes On Mickey: The Dreamworks Experience Aboard Allure of the Seas 9/18-25

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  1. Cheryl726

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    Great TR! Really enjoyed reading it and seeing all your wonderful pics! That must've been awesome to see the Oasis that night. Waking up on debarkation day is the worst-I almost felt your pain seeing those morning pics! And isn't it the best when kids keep in touch after the cruise--my DS still talks to a friend he made on our Dream cruise last summer!

    Looking forward to a TR from the Fantasy! Have a great cruise!
     
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  3. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    What a wonderful cruise. I am so glad you shared it with us. Love the flash mob video. That looks so fun.
    Have fun on the Fantasy!
     
  4. JKSWonder

    JKSWonder Twelve plus trips and counting

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    We are sailing on the Fantasy one month before you, on August 25, 2012. If you have any burning questions, let me know, and I'll get back to you with any answers I can find when we get home.
     
  5. sunita35

    sunita35 Earning My Ears

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    I really loved your report!!
     
  6. CSHaydt

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    Wow... you absolutely answered every question i had. I started reading your posts at like 3 this afternoon and just ended (almost midnight); ok there were some breaks (food, playing with son, bedtime routine) but... WOW.. This is exactly what i wanted to know cause we just got off the dream in May and were debating between Fantasy for 2014 and RC Allure.

    I have to admit i missed your Shrek/Mickey tally you had going on so i started my own and at the end of the end i think we're going to be happier on DCL at least for a few more years while our son is still on the younger side.

    I have to admit (and yes i read all your posts about nickle and diming) i'm married to a CPA so those little pay here and there things would drive us CRAZY!!!!!!!!! We don't typically do the specialty restaurants and i do the reservation times in WDW really far in advance - i don't think i want to do them on the cruise too. Also food quality means a lot to us, and it sounds like it's not that great on RC - we did a RC cruise about 8 years ago and we were disappointed in the food back then.

    Thanks again for this awesome trip report! It made all the difference to me! Thx. Again!
     
  7. Mysteria

    Mysteria I guess the tag fairies wings were clipped.

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    Sad the report is at an end. Thanks so much for sharing your trip with us!
     
  8. livingis2me

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    I'm still not quite sure about the nickle and diming thing I've heard people speak of. Other than soda....:confused3 They do have iced tea and flavored water, you know. There are specialty restaurants just like Disney. There are pay for coffee drinks, just like DCL. So I just don't get what people are talking about, no offense. Johnny Rockets, maybe??? There are plenty of really good free options, you know. And the food in the MDR was the same or better than the Disney regular dining room too.

    Ron
     
  9. cyclenut

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    I am also a little confused about that. We just sailed the Freedom and didn't feel like there were any more additional charges than DCL. They had all the same stuff as included, except for soda and bring your own alcohol. There is much fervor over the towel deposit be found it to be a non issue. We checked out a towel on the first day and just exchanged for fresh towels when needed. Turned them in at the last opportunity. They have the speciality ice cream in Ben and Jerry's and the cupcake cupboard. They do charge for some of the fitness classes, but the charge is small and primarily there to make sure people who reserve a spot actually show up. I think it was $10.

    For DCL ... You want a bottle of water, you pay. You want pictures, you pay. You want soda from the bar, you pay. You want speciality restaurant, you pay. You want snacks before the show, you pay.

    Once you buy the soda card on RCCL, you get about the same stuff as you do on DCL as included. Except with RCCL you can get soda from the bar with your soda card, so no extra charge.
     
  10. waffles77

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to create such an in depth trip report! It sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful time.

    My husband and I are spending our anniversary on the Allure in October and I came across your TR. I have spent so many productive hours that past few days reading the report and taking notes. You have been an incredible help!!
     
  11. BensDaddy

    BensDaddy Graduate of Goofy's Flight School

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    You should put these all together in a PDF and then publish them as an e-book. I think you would be surprised by how many people would download them.
     
  12. dizzi

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    When you board the Allure are you aware at that point what restarants are pay and what are not?

    Are the restaurants that are included spread equally around the ship?

    I read there is flavored water, is this on the Oasis also and where do you find it on the Allure?

    My Son and his wife just went on the Oasis, they were able to take 2 bottles of Wine or champagne, do you know what the regulations are on this?

    Can you take on your own soda?

    What about packets to add to water?

    Is there soda water available for no charge?

    How Fancy was formal night?

    Did you do any kind of meet and greet for sailing, is there any boards like this for Royal?

    Lastly, Was thinking about doing a room with a balconey over the boardwalk in which you can also se som of the ocean, do you know if these are truly ONLY the ones on the very end or canit be a couple in from the end?

    Thanks So Much we are getting ready to book our first amily NON Disney Cruise, I am both SAD and Excited!!!
     
  13. hart6066

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    Yes--for both, the "pay" restaurants are listed right on the RCCL website. They are also noted on the cruise materials by a $ sign. 150 and Chops and Giovanni's are all next to each other in Central Park. On Oasis, Izumi is right next to Windjammer, and the Solarium Bistro is pay just for dinner. The other pay restaurants, Johnny Rocket's and the Mexican place on Allure (It's Seafood Shack on Oasis) are both on the Boardwalk.

    Flavored water was great and is on both--it was in the Solarium, Park Cafe, Windjammer, and maybe Cafe Promenade, but I think they may have only had water

    I didn't think you were allowed to bring on any alcohol, so don't know about that. I also don't think you're allowed to technically bring on soda--flavor packets would be fine.

    Formal night was definitely fancy, but there were people dressed in a variety of things. I will say that I found the Oasis this summer to in general be MUCH dressier than the Dream last April. On formal night there were quite a few tuxes, etc. It was more that after dinner, walking around there were more people wearing sort of "cocktail party" clothes than cotton dresses and shorts. After formal nights, I changed out of my long dress, but I put on my cocktail dress I brought--people were definitely more dressed up.

    The kids and my mom had a boardwalk balcony room and it was about 4 rooms from the back--definitely could see part of ocean--and on decks 12 and 14 you have the back "secret" balconies!

    Honestly--I wouldn't do a week long cruise on DCL now--Oasis just had so much more for a week--pools, rock wall, flowrider, availability of food, etc. I'd do Dream for a 4 night again, but a week long I'd do something else--have a great time!!!
     
  14. dizzi

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    Can you tell me more about the back secret balconies and where they are,

    Are they also overlooking the boardwalk?

    thanks
     
  15. hart6066

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    You should definitely go over to cruisecritic site to look for specific info. The decks look right out the back of the ship and are over the Aquatheater so you can see the shows and things from them. No one is ever on them because you access them from going all the way down the room hallways.
     
  16. dizzi

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    oh got you

    thanks:cool1:
     
  17. livingis2me

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    Good answers! I know what you mean about having a hard time going on a 7 night Disney after being on the Oasis. I'll be on a 7 night Disney in September and I'll definitely miss the flowriders, zipline, ice skating (and ice shows), all the food choices, etc. etc......

    On the Allure it wasn't very formal overall. There were a few tuxes and gowns, but mostly dress shrits and slacks for men (with and with jackets/ties) and cocktail type dresses for the ladies. Also a lot of Dockers and button down shirts for the men.

    As far as bringing soda. Officially I don't think you are supposed to bring it, but it is not enforced. I brought a carry-on full of about 40 Coke Zeros and customs wanted to look through it, but after checking to make sure there was no booze they passed me and my soda right through. I saw a lot of people walking around with sodas that were obviously brought on board.

    Ron
     
  18. nenner1

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    OK the slacker is officially back to answer questions. I am going to do one page of replies per day and that should catch me up in no time!:goodvibes
     
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    Awesome! Glad you like(d) it!!

    LOL- same for us! I'm going to go for 'been together forever' but a little bit of the latter may apply!!

    Nope, it really wasn't as easy as Disney to find kids/family Karaoke. BUT they will for sure get their sing on aboard the Fantasy come Sept!

    Giovanni's was awesome! For sure my favorite restaurant (that we've tried) on Allure!!

    oh my gosh me too. Between looking back at these pics and looking forward to the Food & Wine menu lists....oy...

    Yes, it was a lot like Palo! It was so yummy! Have to say I am really looking forward to Palo on the Fantasy!:thumbsup2

    Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it!

    Beth and Steve are a lot of fun, and the girls are just dolls. You will enjoy cruising with them! We are actually thinking of making our rebooking cruise for Thanksgiving 2014 on the Fantasy! Gobble Gobble!

    Well the score is pretty much that Shrek pummeled poor Mickey in the ship department. LOL. the Fantasy has some features I am really looking forward to checking out (Aquaduck, Satellite Falls, etc.) but the Fantasy is still like a cruise ship...Allure (and Oasis) are almost in a different category all to themselves.

    Not to say we don't still enjoy Mickey! We are super excited for our cruise on the Fantasy next month!!!

    The way this upcoming cruise has been struggling to get filled, actually I am cautiously optimistic that we just may not be body-to-body in the pools. We shall see!

    I know, it was actually puzzling to me. The second sea day was overcast, but still warm. But because of the lack of sun I could see why maybe some folks weren't out on deck- the first sea day though was sunny and beautiful. I sure don't know where everybody was but I'm glad that they were where they were! Haha!

    Oh yeah, it was delish. I could use one of those right...about...NOW!

    It was a LOT harder than I thought! I've never been known for my balance and agility though...I tend to be a bit clumsy. So I'm not surprised I wasn't very successful. LOL

    I did Boogie Board too- that is a lot of fun, but I preferred doing it when the Flowrider was not split in two with the net down the middle. I didn't have as much success when it was halved off- I kept slowly creeping to the edge. And since they had the divider out the entire cruise, I didn't do it much.

    Definitely worth the try though...at least once!

    Yep! It was still fun and I really enjoyed the extras that you get by having the jumbo-tron screens out there - like the instant replay and underwater view. But we just enjoyed the one on Independence of the Seas more. it seemed more like we (the audience) was more a part of the festivities then and not just watching- an audience..if that makes sense. Yep, you will just have to try it! Hehe.

    Thanks so much, I'm so glad you like it! Yes, Allure is quite different than the Magic. Don't get me wrong though we had amazing cruises on the Magic!!!

    Chops was $30 per person.

    Giovanni's Table (Italian) was $25/pp

    Samba Grill is normally $25/pp but we got the MTD (My Time Dining) Half Price Special that they offered (not sure of they still offer it and it is not always available on every cruise)..so it was $12.50 each- (it is worth every penny even at $25/pp)

    Rita's Fiesta is $25/pp including the alcoholic drinks- $10/pp without the drinks (kids).

    Hope that helps!! We found the quality of food in the Specialty Restaurants to be well worth the additional cost. (Where Rita's was lacking just a bit in food made up for in atmosphere IMO)

    Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it! We are looking to try Carnival someday- especially the new ship the Breeze intrigues us. DCL and RCCL are awesome cruises too. IMO you can;t go wrong!!!

    LOL I hope every day in between has been awesome! So glad you are loving it!

    Awesome, I'm so glad this TR has helped you make that decision! I think you and your kids will LOVE Allure. And I really think being an experienced Disney cruiser helps out when you prepare to go on Allure. Us Diser's know one thing- and that is how to PLAN. A skill that comes in handy on Allure for sure!
    Enjoy your cruises (and look for my Fantasy TR coming very soon...VERY soon! Woohoo!)

    Oh it was soooo gooood. It was a "Lava Flow" which to me seemed a lot like a Pina Colava- it was Frozen Pina Colada with a ribbon of raspberry in it ....YUM!

    Aw shoot, now I don't know what you were wondering. That's what I get for waiting so long to reply! LOL! But you were probably wondering where all the people were! I know I was. It's like a huge group of thousands were just locked in their staterooms. It was so odd! But I loved every second of it!

    Thanks Trisha, hope you and your parents are doing well! have fun on the C Dream this fall- that is another ship I hope to check out someday. I think your plans for the future cruises are absolutely perfect!!! If I do say so myself!

    YES! That's right! Thank you SOOOOO much- your review on CC was so helpful to me in planning! This is my way of returning the favor!

    My poor S3- but did you know it took a licking and kept on ticking? Yes, once it dried out it was OK- it still works!! It has a few issues now- the lens sticks when turning it on and off, among other minor annoyances. But to have survived that soaking is pretty impressive. I did get a Rebel T2i for Valentines day last year and I have been slowly learning how to use it. But both of my Canons will be coming with us on the Fantassy!

    Thanks again for reading! And for your contributions in posting your experience on Allure- it helped us get the most out of our cruise! We are so grateful!


    OK gang, I'll be back tomorrow with more!
    :) Jen
     
  20. Keggy

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    Great trip report! I understand everything you are saying with RCL and DCL. We are platinum on Royal and Gold on Disney (almost platinum, prob next year). The nickle and diming thing drives me insane. I just don't see it and I am a fan of both cruise lines.

    We sail the week after you on the Fantasy - pretty bummed we aren't on the same sailing! We live in Celebration and are Rays fans so I loved seeing your hubs shirt in the one pic.

    Thanks for the report!:)
     
  21. disneyholic family

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    DD and her husband were just on RCCL's Radiance of the Seas in Alaska.
    Since i was heavily involved in trip planning (not to mention trip financing), i have to agree with this...i didn't see nickle and diming at all..
    they wanted bottled water, so they bought a water package with two cases (they drink a lot) ...
    but at the end of the cruise, they had an entire case of water left and you know what? RCCL refunded them the cost of the unused case of water...
    do you think disney would refund you anything after you've purchased it?

    they also wanted pop, so they bought the soda package...and they loved the soda package - every bar they sat in, they had another diet coke....never had to pay a penny for it....

    and speaking of refunds...
    when they were in Juneau, DD's husband was feeling really ill when they were at mendenhall glacier, so he went back to the ship and didn't go on the whale watching excursion they had booked for the afternoon.

    RCCL refunded the cost of his whale watching excursion (over a hundred dollars)..

    do you think disney would ever refund the cost of an excursion you didn't go on (especially when you came up to guest services the day after the excursion)?
    i doubt it..

    DD was very impressed by all aspects of her cruise - the service, the entertainment, the activities, the organization...she said it was the most fun she's ever had on a cruise!! by the way, this was her first non-dcl cruise..

    go to the cruisecritic.com forums - go into the RCCL roll call boards for the Oasis and you'll find the meet and greet there..

    RCCL actually has official RCCL meet and greets with food and prizes - go to the cruisecritic.com boards to find out about them..

    DD loved her meet and greet!! (she won something but i can't remember what)..
     

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