corky1

corky1
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Allure of the Seas

September 2014 - Allure of the Seas to Caribbean - Western

The ship is THE destination

We have cruised RCI on many occasions; most often in the Caribbean.  We had not cruised on an Oasis class so we didn't really care about the itinerary. We really didn't care that much about seeing Cozumel and Jamaica for the umpteenth time, and that was a good thing.  (Those days the Allure was ours!!! We were really free to explore its wonders.) 

The ship is truly grand.....we were quite impressed that even though there were a combined total of 8000+ individuals on board, we really didn't feel crowded.

A few observations: 

     The cabins are a wee bit smaller and the DW was not impressed with the layout of the bathroom. (We had an ocean view balcony.)

    We ate in Chops one night and it was fantastic.  Other nights we had early dining in the MDR.  My wife is not a heavy beef eater and she was pretty un-impressed with the other selections she tried on the menus.  I do believe that these new menus leave a bit to be desired.

    All of the staff went out of their way to be helpful.

    The entertainment was awesome.  We especially enjoyed Chicago and Blue Planet.  Cannot say enough about the divers and acrobats that so thrilled us.  Imagine, they are diving into that little pool as the ship is underway at 18 kts.

    Embarkation and debarkation is a breeze.  The only disappointing part about this cruise, as with all of them, is when you walk off the ship that last day.

    We would highly recommend the Allure. Love

 

 

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Explorer of the Seas

October 2013 - Explorer of the Seas to Bermuda

Explorer of the Seas - Bermuda - 10/2013

The Explorer is a great ship.  We first sailed her 12 years ago and I can state that without qualification, she has aged gracefully and is in very good shape. 

On most cruises the elevators are a great bottleneck, on this cruise that was not the case; people actually were courteous and not pushy!!!  In fact, the passengers and crew on this cruise were some of the friendliest and most pleasant we have ever met.

Embarkation at Port Liberty was very smooth.

See the sail-away from The Viking Crown Lounge.  You get a tremendous view of the Harbor and going under the bridge is awesome.

Seas were very smooth throughout.

Bermuda is Absolutely Wonderful.

We had MTD and that worked out great for us.  Had room service for our "wake-up" coffee but our breakfast was in Windjammer.  (We love the variety and they do really great omelets.)  We ate in Portofino one night and the food and service were outstanding. 

Cruise Director Leigh is superb and the entertainment was good;  Quest, Love and Marriage etc. are always fun. The ice Show was excellant....we were not totally awed by the "Featured" guest entertainment but it was decent.

All in all, we were well pleased and would absolutely recommend this cruise.

 

 

 

 

 

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Allure of the Seas Allure of the Seas - On embarkation, avoid the Windjammer and enjoy the Park Café. Really great build your own salads and the Roast Beef Sandwiches are to die for.

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