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

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  1. sperkins921

    sperkins921 Why's the Rum always gone???

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    I'm really enjoying this trip report! I'm itching to see where you go in port.

    I love that you did this report b/c for the past year I've been tossing the idea of the Dream then the Allure/Oasis and back to the dream around. I see things I like on both. And it's good to have someone who is honest when Ogre beats the Mouse, or where the Mouse truly rules.

    That off site parking that you used for RCCL, is there one close to the DCL port? $15 a day is a hefty price- esp if you are paying to rent the car in the first place. I might have to just drop it off and use a taxi to get back to the ship...

    Something else I'm liking is the sheer number of pools and hot tubs on this ship versus the Dream. I've seen pictures of the pools on the Dream that are :scared1: to look at.

    Thanks again for the report and I can't wait to read more!!
     
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  3. nenner1

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

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    Once we were a bit settled in, we headed up to start having fun on deck! Allure of the Seas features some attractions- yes, attractions!- that you would have never imagined could have been on a cruise ship. The biggest mind-blower I think would have to be the Zip line. Yes, Allure (and Oasis) have a zip line for you to fly from aft to midship over 9 open decks!

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    A look from below up at the zip line:

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    While the line looks (and is) short, and the ride only lasts about 9 seconds- let me tell you it is more imposing than you would think. There are some restrictions. There is the usual height restriction (52"), and there also are weight restrictions. You have to weigh 75 pounds minimum and 275 maximum to go on the zipline. They do have a scale, and they will weigh you if they think you may be close to either end of the spectrum. You also have to be wearing shorts or pants and have socks/closed toe shoes. They do have some funky cloth and Velcro shoes you can wear if you did not bring your tennies. I used them, they are pretty comfortable and they have a large range of sizes. You have to also be 100% completely dry to go on the zip-line; they get a lot of folks straight from the pool that have to be turned away. As you might imagine there are waivers to be signed, the great thing is you do all of that online before you cruise, so all they do is scan your SeaPass card and all of the info pops up. So no more waiver lines! Yay!

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    We headed right to the zipline platform on Deck 15 aft. We were among the first zip-liners! When you first line up, they scan your SeaPass, then you go to get your harness. It is on the ground, you step in it and pull it up like a pair of pants, then the members of the staff will adjust and buckle it for you. (They aren’t all up in your business like they were on Independence putting on the Rock Wall harnesses if you know what I mean). Then you will get a helmet, and shoes if you need them. You can’t be wearing or carrying anything that could be considered loose: jewelry, stuff in your pocket, glasses*, etc.

    *I have read on Cruise Critic that you cannot even wear prescription eyeglasses on the zipline. None of us wear glasses so I can’t comment on that for sure, but if you normally wear glasses and want to do the zipline, you might want to consider bringing some contacts with you.

    A look at the loading platform from behind:

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    Ron and Brendan went first. Savannah did not weigh enough. She weighed in at 72 so we figured we’d let her eat a bit over the next couple of days and then try again.


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    Here goes Ron! (video- click picture to play)

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    Way to go, B!

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    I waited a little bit but finally decided to go for it:

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    A harness is not exactly the most attractive accessory;)

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    Here's my video. It is a bit long (about 1 minute) sorry about that!

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    Ok, for some reason I was pretty freaked out to try it at first. I had what we'll call a "minor incident" on the practice zip line in Labadee which basically resulted in me having to be yanked back up onto the platform after starting to go down the line when I wasn't supposed to be (Not my fault- I wasn't tethered in correctly). I lost a shoe and got a little shook up but was otherwise unscathed. (Right after that incident I had to be the FIRST person to go down the actual zipline- pretty skeery!) But even that didn't really freak me out like this did. Looking down 9 stories to hard steel and concrete and visualizing myself impaled on the carousel like a hot dog on a skewer...well...it was unsettling. The worst part though was after the ride, as I was getting unhooked, I was teetering so close to the edge of the landing platform.... I could totally sense how near the edge I was, at one point I even grabbed the padding which was on the plexiglass wall there, just to be holding something, and it ripped right off the wall! Somehow the guy got me safely unhooked and I managed to get off the platform OK. I began to think maybe I was just crazy and I wasn't really that close to plunging 9 decks to a gruesome death and that my eternal epitaph wouldn't really be on the Cruise Bruise site. Then Ron told me he noticed it too: if I had taken just one eensy weensy step back I would have been a goner.

    Livin' on the edge:

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    But wait! There's more fun to come!
     
  4. nenner1

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

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    Once we got on the zipline, the line started to build up so we headed over to the Flowriders. This wave/surfing machine has been standard on RCCL ships since the Freedom came out in 2006. They have been extremely popular and are *the* ultimate place for people watching, especially if you are just a tad sadisitic like me and love watching the faceplant wipeouts!

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    Allure and sister ship Oasis both have not one, but TWO flowriders! Starboard is used exclusively for boogie boarding (52” height requirement), and Port side is used just for stand-up surfing (59” height requirement).

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    Waivers are required, and can be done online but wristbands are still utilized for the flowriders so because obviously it is wet there and Sea Pass scanners can’t be used. You will have to present and have your SeaPass card scanned at the desk where you will get a wristband. You can keep it on all week (like the boys did) or just get a temporary one (like Savannah and I did).

    Lines were pretty reasonable at the Flowriders, so the boys and Savannah were anxious to Hang 10!

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    These shirts were awesome. I hope they made it!!

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    Ron does some stand-up surfing:
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    Brendan Boogie-Boards:

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    Sarah wasn't much into watching the wiper-outer's. She would have much preferred to run around like a maniac. I indulged her to a degree and she found the mini-golf course which she just loved!

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    It has a regular set of putt-putt holes and a tiny kiddie course too. Cute!!

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    Chip? Dale? Are you in there?

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    Time flew by and before you knew it, it was time for the muster/lifeboat drill. Or as many like to call it – the “mustard” drill.

    We stopped back at the staterooms first to change into dry clothing and double check the interactive TV. It is pretty cool, you can do everything on there from checking your stateroom account, to seeing/making reservations, to even ordering room service!

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    On to mustard! Like Phil Collins in the 80’s: no jackets required, and there was no mustard either-just hundreds of us crammed tightly into our station: the On Air club.

    Now the upside to muster on Allure and Oasis: no sardine-tallest-to-shortest, scrunch together in the lineup out in the 90 degree heat on the promenade deck. That much I liked.

    The downside is the picture isn’t nearly as fun or interesting.


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    We had to crane our necks to watch the short video, and then we were dismissed. It was pretty painless. Until we hit the stairs.


    Up Next: Team Alpha Super Awesome Cool Dynamite Wolf Squadron
     
  5. princessnpirate

    princessnpirate Mouseketeer

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    Looks like a great trip so far! Makes me want May to come :) How did you do the research for the cruise? I am having a hard time - was it just the cruise critic boards?
     
  6. morgansmom2000

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    Wow! I don't think I could have done the ZipLine. That would have been far too scary for me. I probably would have freaked if Dan and Morgan did it too!

    The FlowRiders are cool though! I could watch people faceplant all day!
     
  7. iloverags2

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    Are you sure you are on a cruise ship? ;)

    The zip line looks absolutely awesome! So glad you survived that! Anxious to hear if you were able to "beef up" Savannah so she could have a go at it.

    Sheesh, you haven't even left port yet and I'm already pooped!
     
  8. sperkins921

    sperkins921 Why's the Rum always gone???

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    Me too! I'm gonna need a vacation from their first hours of vacation! :lmao:
     
  9. anewmac

    anewmac Ive got nothing planned whats an OCVP to do?

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    Yeah cant wait

    Is this an ancronym like military talk LOL (Whisky Tango Foxtrot?) lol
     
  10. knewton64

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

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    .......foolish mortals!!


    NEVER do some cooking at home -

    THEN head out to the library

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    read your trip report!;)


    WHY??


    All THOSE PICS OF FOOD!!!!

    ARGH!!!!!


    My mouth is just a drooling....
    WHHOOPS!!

    I need a napkin:lmao:.


    Those pics look just FAB:thumbsup2
    (ESP BUBBA GUMPS)


    Hmmmmmmm.......

    I a just a gonna have to return the favor -

    YA KNOW?:lmao:



    SO -----

    be on the lookout for food pics in
    my upcoming adventure into Hawaii -popcorn::


    the adventure begins in 300 hours.....

    BUT WHO IS COUNTIN?:rotfl2:


    ANYWHO -

    glad ya had fun:goodvibes




    T.T.F.N.
     
  11. MISSREBECCA76

    MISSREBECCA76 "Hello, My Name is Rebecca, and I have a Disney Pr

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    I am loving this trip report....can't wait for more! :)
     
  12. sweetpee_1993

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    Okay. I was totally freakin' out with you reading about how you were a hair away from plunging to your death while being untethered from the zipline! I was aggravated because here they've offered this awesome activity and left an obvious safety loop hole...What were they thinkin'?!?! :scared1: But then I looked at your picture of being untethered from the zipline. Lookit again! There's a line attached to your waist that ties you off so even if you'd stepped back over the edge, no plunge. Just a heart attack, awkward dangle, and spider-man style clinging onto the ledge. You were o-kay. I now give my safety stamp of approval. :wizard: Way to go, RC! :woohoo:

    Looooved the pics and video of the flowriders. I've always thought "no way" just because I know I'd be fodder for the sadistic voyeurs (of which I am proudly one of the group). It just looks like so much fun! If only I could make eeeeeveryone turn around or cover their eyes... :cool2: :lmao:

    No sweaty intimate intros to your shipmates during the mustard drill?! How will you recognize each other's scent later? :laughing: I'm liking the RC a/c treatment. I could sooooo go for that!

    Hangin' on every word and resisting cruise critic to skip forward.... popcorn::
     
  13. sperkins921

    sperkins921 Why's the Rum always gone???

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    *struggles with inner self*
    must not skip...to...cruise...critic review..........must not....skip....ahead....
     
  14. livingis2me

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    I meant to say something about that...;) I noticed the tether later after zip-lining a few more times. They actually do not take it off until you step out on the the other side of the safety gate.:thumbsup2 No problem... :cool2: That first time, I didn't realize she was safe. I saw how close she was to the ledge and I didn't want to say anything to her because I didn't want to scare her.:scared1: I thought she might faint and go over the side.:sad2:

    Ron
     
  15. livingis2me

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    Trust me, the cruise critic review is nowhere near as detailed as this one... That was is intended for a much different audience.;) This one is much more fun!!!:cool2:

    Ron
     
  16. sweetpee_1993

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    You did better than I would've if I didn't know she was tethered! I'm kinda squirly with some things. I think I'd have been screamin' and climbin' over the rail to grab hold of her and hang on! :laughing:


    I figured the reports would be written differently according to the target audience. I want to hear the perspective that contrasts with DCL so I'm going to be patient and wait. Such a challenge, tho! On a good day I have the patience of a gnat. :upsidedow :lmao:
     
  17. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    So basically they have Whack-a-mole?

    And bad dancing IS allowed on AOS?

    Cause I really wanna know......;)

    Loving it, keep it coming!
     
  18. JKSWonder

    JKSWonder Twelve plus trips and counting

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    Hey Jen! I want you to know I didn't stop reading....Mike and I were on vacation in St. Lucia last week (we returned this past Thursday night *sob*), so I'm catching up on your report today.

    So far, it's all looking amazing.

    St. Lucia has a rainforest with ziplining, including one they do at night. I wanted to give it a try, but Mike was opposed. I'm the daredevil in the family with everyone else, Mike and kids, holding me back! I did finally get him to go snorkeling this time, and lo and behold, he loved it just like I told him he would.

    Curious to see what you do in St. Thomas as I am trying to figure out what would be the best excursion for us there.
     
  19. Jennifer48

    Jennifer48 Not a Disney bride but engaged and honeymooned at

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    You don't even need to get off that ship at port, has everything already there! Zip-lining, surfing, shopping, etc!

    :scared1: about your zip-lining experience!

    Did Savannah gain enough weight during the week to get a turn?
     
  20. Jessieknj

    Jessieknj Mouseketeer

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    I am loving your report. This is def a ship I would love to go on!
     
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