bulldogbandit
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Joined: 12/28/2013
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Allure of the Seas

September 2015 - Allure of the Seas to Europe - Western Mediterranean

Best Bucket List Cruise

My wife and I and another couple booked this cruise for our first Europe trip, knowing Allure was an excellent ship, and were very happy with it. We did arrive a day early in Barcelona to enjoy the city, then hit the ship.

Embarkation was smooth and efficient, Allure was as fine a ship as it has always been, and the staff aboard honored our special requests (one of which is a flourless chocolate cake, only generally offered one night a week as a special dessert). We decided to do the Chef's Table, and must recommend this option over any other specialty dining option as the most memorable meal we have ever had. Multiple courses, wine paired with each course, and the chef explaining the preparation and wine selection.

The ports visited in Italy were the most jam packed due to the sites available, but how can you not tour Florence, Pisa, Rome, and Naples-Sorrento-Amalfi Coast.

Our CO agent (Kathy Jezek) did an excellent job with helping us with all details to make this a very special trip

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Independence of the Seas

December 2014 - Independence of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

Excellent "smaller" ship

My wife and I wanted to try a smaller ship than the Oasis class, and Independence did not disappoint. Staff was excellent but not too intrusive. Only minor issues of scheduling meals around shows, and we did miss the Solarium Bistro and Park Café as dining options, but other than that well worth the time and price.

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Oasis of the Seas

December 2013 - Oasis of the Seas to Caribbean - Eastern

Excellent cruise, lots to do or not do

Truly enjoyed the cruise, accomodations, service, food, activities, and the ability to do nothing if desired. Only wish time had not been so tight in Nassau. Best port was St. Martin.

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bulldogbandit's Tips

Serenade of the Seas Serenade of the Seas - Test your internet package on day one, if it does not work right, cancel, it will get no better. Depends on your devices
Barcelona, Spain - Going one or two streets of La Ramblas yields a more non tourist experience
Naples, Italy - Again, would have loved even 2 hours more to tour with having to watch the clock
La Spezia, Italy - Be prepared for a trek to Florence and Pisa, but well worth it
Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - Spend the first few hours familiarizing yourself with this ship, it is huge. Also check dining hours at restaurants
Independence of the Seas Independence of the Seas - Be sure to check out the Case de Habanos at the pier instead of the merchants lining the streets. As of December 2014, the ship had a cigar lounge next to the Alhambra, which was nice for a late night or after dinner cigar.
Oasis of the Seas Oasis of the Seas - I liked the Solarium for breakfast, but it was too "healthy" for the kids, they preferred the larger variety at Windjammer. Park Cafe is good also but hours were shortened from last year when we did the Allure. Earliest AM coffee option is Cafe Promenade

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received a helpful vote on their Serenade of the Seas cruise review - Excellent cruise, ship and ports

received a helpful vote on their Allure of the Seas cruise review - Best Bucket List Cruise

received a helpful vote on their Serenade of the Seas cruise review - Excellent cruise, ship and ports

shared a quick tip for Serenade of the Seas"Test your internet package on day one, if it does not work right, cancel, it will get no better. Depends on your devices"

shared a quick tip for Allure of the Seas"Spend the first few hours familiarizing yourself with this ship, it is huge. Also check dining hours at restaurants"

added Sep 6, 2015 cruise on Allure of the Seas to their profile.

reviewed their Europe - Western Mediterranean cruise on Allure of the Seas and gave it 5 stars!

commented on a Independence of the Seas cruise review. - "One thing I forgot to mention is that the ship has (at least during December 2014) a cigar room and bar next to the Alhambra Lounge " read more

received a helpful vote on their Independence of the Seas cruise review - Excellent "smaller" ship

shared a quick tip for Independence of the Seas"Be sure to check out the Case de Habanos at the pier instead of the merchants lining the streets."