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

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  1. iloverags2

    iloverags2 DIS Veteran

    Feb 13, 2002
    Your family is so stinkin' cute! Loving your report, and really appreciate the side-by-side comparison of RCI and DCL.

    MORE!!! (Please???!!!???)
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  3. UGAFan0829

    UGAFan0829 DIS Veteran

    Dec 21, 2004
    What a cool report! I'm definitley subbin' as I've often wondered what it would be like to cruise with RC, so I'm very excited to read the comparisons! Keep it coming!!:thumbsup2
  4. LimoFam5

    LimoFam5 DIS Veteran

    Jun 16, 2009
    How were these? Did your kids enjoy them? How do you feel the youth couclers compared to Disney's?
  5. mnrhannah07

    mnrhannah07 1,287 miles from WDW

    Sep 10, 2010
    Great TR so far! After I started reading this one I had to go back and read your other Trip reports! Your kids are so cute and seem like really good kids, heck any kid is good if they are willing to switch off babysitting duty! ((info from last Trip Report!)) My husband and I got pregnant a few months after we were married((not planned, but wasnt doing anything to avoid it!)) and we are wanting to wait a few more years for our next and you trip report is giving us more reason to wait, the older our son gets before we have our next, the more mature he will be for babysitting duty on future cruises!!!!!! lol
  6. Señor DonDuck

    Señor DonDuck DIS Veteran

    Feb 23, 2010
    Woo hoo, day 1! Kudos for the terminal pics.
  7. mnrhannah07

    mnrhannah07 1,287 miles from WDW

    Sep 10, 2010
    Double Post
  8. tony64

    tony64 <font color=blue>Should've been a Cowboy<br><font

    Jun 21, 2003
    Love the report
    BUt I think it's not curb to boarding that counts, it's curb to buffet that really matters. ;)
  9. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

    Mar 25, 2007
    Hey, just cause you just finished a TR that was all about double eating, doesn't mean that you should compare them all to that! :rotfl2:
  10. livingis2me

    livingis2me DIS Veteran

    Sep 22, 2008
    Ha Ha! I'm with you on that one.:thumbsup2 No worries there, Windjammer is open as soon as you board.:goodvibes We had something else in mind to tempt us away from the buffet.:) ....but you'll have to wait to hear all about it.;)
  11. Jennifer48

    Jennifer48 Not a Disney bride but engaged and honeymooned at

    Jun 1, 2005
    Hi Jen! I love reading your cruise trip reports, even if this one isn't on the Mickey ship! :laughing: Your family is so adorable and you tell it like it is. Can't wait to hear further comparisons! :thumbsup2
  12. JKSWonder

    JKSWonder Twelve plus trips and counting

    Nov 25, 2008
    Hehehe!!! :rotfl: Now, if they actually had done something like that I would have definitely awarded Shrek some points!
  13. nenner1

    nenner1 <font color=darkorchid>I must've been distracted b

    Mar 1, 2007
    Girl, your response almost needed it's own post. You know when I copied and pasted it into word, it was 4 pages, right?

    But maybe that' my fault for getting so far behind. LOL!

    Sometimes it's good, sometimes at 6:30 AM when all you want to do is sleep you don't want to hear "Thye've given up on you, you're on page 2. You really need to get an installment up before everyone stops reading. You do know you got that part wrong, right it was (insert whatever activity, food, place) we liked, not (insert other thing here). You got your points all wrong..blah blah blah"

    Just kidding, you know I luv ya hun!

    Do you think he'll stay there??? wink wink!

    Feel Free...hey speaking of, don't hate me cause I can't keep up with my reading. I am way behind in everyone's TR's and I'm so sorry. But those CC people are so dang demanding! I have to keep that one going at a good pace since they really will abandon you. Disers are much more forgiving.

    BUT I have a 3 day weekend so I hope to catch up an all the great trippes then!
    You're preaching to the choir, sista. That's why Disneyland for us has been probably pushed back another year. Airfare is crazy!!!

    Stuckey's is like a southern road trip mecca. Back in the day (70's) they were everywhere, part restaurant, part truck stop, part convenience store. They were known for their pecan roll-or really pecan anything, I think they started in GA. But they were everywhere in FL off the interstates. it was *the* next place to stop, with billboards all over proclaiming "X miles until the next Stuckey's" They are pretty sparse in central FL now, but last time we were up in north FL still some of them there.

    Yes, definitely. I thought about it a lot before we left, it actually wasn't our first choice for where we wanted to be. Our room was starboard so our own balcony was out, and where we wanted to go, the sundeck or "wings" on Deck 14 over the bridge are now too heavily populated, plus if you are at the front of the ship, once you pass the camera that's is. If you are on the back like we were they can keep on ya until you are totally out of focus.

    And you did notice how small the C.Freedom looked from Allure, right? That became the butt of the comedian's joke later in the week- literally. stay tuned, LOL!

    YES, it was! And it was quite big, I know the photo doesn't show perspective but it was probably 8-10 inches long or so. It looked fake all covered in sand like that. It wasn't.

    Then you are gonna LOVE Ron's solution to the smokers on the balcony next to us!!! :laughing:

    Ha ha, That's pretty good! It was impossible on my iphone! I'm glad you found me!

    No, not at DTD, but I think it is at Citywalk at Universal. I'm pretty sure.

    Yeah that is all kinds of messed up. Ron is right, about that, I will have to revise my points. I was really hoping that port arrival mess on DCL would have been scrapped by now, but I guess they are still going with it. Boo.

    No, we didn't. We just budgeted ourselves a nice chunk for bat bills, and actually we did pretty good. Ron didn't buy the beer bucket he thought he was gonna and I pretty much kept it to about 1 drink per day. OK On average 1.5-2/day. Not bad really. One thing about Allure, there wasn't as much sitting around and relaxing (with or without) a drink on this boat- so many activities we were always on the go!


    They had to, if it had been just one ramp it would have been too steep to climb!

    No kidding. One thing quite disappointing- none of the characters that physically walked on 4 legs were there, Donkey was the most notable omission. They also didn't have the zebra or giraffe from Madagascar. I guess figuring out to do with those 2 extra limbs on the costume was more than RCCL wanted to figure out.

    Nope, no wine...nuttin! You go on DRY baby! And no, we really didn't sneak. I just didn't want to deal with the "naughty" room and the mixers onboard were not great anyway(the world's grossest OJ- blech!):sick:. I just like rolling up to a bar (or better yet when they come to me!) and being served, it always tastes better when you don't make it, right?

    They are better looking from the outside for sure! the inside...well.....;) we'll get to that!

    Sorry! Yes, you are right about the time. I am a little backwards myself due to working nights. :goodvibes

    There will be more soon!

    It does, those ports are just awesome!!! I got a look at that "family" stateroom Ron wants to cram us all in though...yikes, it is no bigger than a regular one. Not sure I could handle all 5 of us in a space that small!

    Hehe, it is really, REALLY high up there!

    Yeah, it wasn't bad- just a little further away from everything and that awful air freshener! That shopping plaza across the street was quite convenient!

    Yes, very high. And we weren't really paying attention to the prices much at the time, we must have already been in cruse mode LOL so when we got the bill it was like "oh *^%#%&!"

    Ohmigosh, so so exciting!!! :goodvibes

    Easy there, Charlie, cool your tiger blood. You are right. I guess I am still holding out hope DCL will change things back..or do something....but for now, yes Shrek does deserve another point, duly noted.



    Thanks so much for reading! :goodvibes

    YES! THAT is whjat's missing! Kara- you're a genius! You need to call them up and tell them about it ASAP. What a win/win! They make tons of money off us, and we no longer gripe about the time and the wait because we are loaded! :idea: Ingenious!!!

    Sadly, I think you are right. I'm actually surprised they backed down this time. I agree eventually they will cut it off altogether.

    Yep it was pretty painless. I honestly don't know how they get it turned around that fast in order to begin boarding at or even before 11 AM. There is an awesome show on TLC or sometimes on the Planet Green channel called Extreme Cruise Ship which shows what they go through on turnaround day. It's actually filmed on sister ship Oasis but no less amazing.

    If you ever catch it showing, be sure to watch it or DVR it! It's a show any cruise fan would enjoy. Here's the sneak peek on youtube.


    Oh thank you so much, I'm so glad you are enjoying it! There will be more soon, I promise!!!!
    Thank so much for reading! I think you'll find out lots of interesting stuff. :goodvibes

    The kids clubs were good! this was our first time using them on RCCL, and we don't have a lot negative to say, except we don't like the hours (sometimes they close during the afternoon for a couple of hours, and when they don't, they have a lunch session that has a charge, I believe $7.95), also anything after 10 PM is a cost of $6/hour. Our older kids loved it so much we let them stay after hours a few times, the $$ racks up quick for multiple kids. They were begging to go there, and Savannah would have stayed all day and all night if we'd have let her. There aren't nearly as many kids as on Disney, so they do get more individual attention. The 9-11 group averaged only about 10 kids at a time. The 3-5 group was slightly more populated, averaging around 15 kids at prime time in the evening. During the day both clubs were sparsely populated (often 5 or less kids). The youth counselors seem very similar to DCL's. In fact we were told on our last cruise that DCL and RCCL's youth program staff is trained by/obtained from the same company. I will have a lot more specifics coming up, with a lot of pictures.

    Aw, thanks!! I'm so glad you enjoyed them! So many awesome memories!!!

    Yes! Perfect plan! :goodvibes As much as they love their little sister, they were glad to finally not have to do ANY babysitting duties this time around. I did ask them to help me keep an eye on Sarah in the H20 play zone, she's a maniac! LOL!!! Glad this helps tide you over until your family's cruise!

    Yep, now the real good stuff! I actually have to do a bit more writing because I want to present the next part a little differently over here. So hang in there!! :goodvibes

    Oh yeah!!!! We didn't wait too long to start stuffing our faces, promise!!!!

    LOL!!!! :rotfl2: You guys are gonna get a run for your money!!!!

    Hopefully not too long of a wait, work has been brutal this week. Hang in there everyone, it's coming....oh is it coming!!!:lmao:

    Yay! So glad to have you join us Jennifer!!!! it will be interesting for sure! We always seem to have some adventures, this one is no different!!!:lmao:

    Heck yeah!!! :rotfl2: It was a bit anti-climactic but many people's jaws were dropping as they the glory of the....

    (dun dun dun)

    ROYAL PROMENADE! That's what's up next!! I just have to scour my pics, I wasn't smart enough to focus on one area at a time on one day, they are all scattered over the days and we took THOUSANDS of pictures!!!:eek:
  14. Skyw

    Skyw DIS Veteran

    Oct 8, 2006
    I am liken this report better the the CC one!!!! More fun!! :cool1::cool1::cool1:
    They are a little more reserved over there. ;);)
  15. Jathanis

    Jathanis Full Blown Disney Fanatic

    Sep 26, 2010
    Definitely subbing this one - needed a good read to decide if the next cruise was on the Dream/Fantasy, or if I could talk DW into one of these monster ships!

    (BTW, you had me at the Duloc bit!)
  16. knewton64

    knewton64 - May the luck of the Irish always be with you -

    Aug 20, 2008

    Getting caught up -

  17. Fastpaks

    Fastpaks Living the Dream, One Image at a time!

    Nov 18, 2009
    So how many batteries did you take? Or did you try rechargeable again... Dark side of the moon... made me LOL. I swear it took me back to my childhood... I miss living in Fl at times.;)
  18. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

    Mar 25, 2007
    OK, here's how sad I am. I found this a couple of months ago - there were two episodes that I DVR'd - this one on the Oasis that is incredible, and another on the QM2 Transatlantic. Yes, I DVR'd them and watch them over and over..... And I want to go on a Transatlantic crossing now....
  19. morgansmom2000

    morgansmom2000 DIS Veteran

    May 16, 2007
    Um, as far as I can see he has computer access too! Where's his TR? :rotfl:
  20. Wadekind

    Wadekind DIS Veteran

    Mar 13, 2009
  21. DisneyZell

    DisneyZell Likes Adventures on the High Seas

    Sep 28, 2004
    We have talked the last couple of years about trying the huge ships from RC. So I look forward to seeing how the trip goes and all the juicy details. You take great pics! Keep up the good work.


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