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Which Beer Cozie should we buy Piers? (See Page 18)  

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Wow, everything looks incredible! Of course the favorite part for me was all the food and salivating over the menus. I would literally gain 20 pounds on that ship! Robb's cupcake was hilarious Elissa and Janice did really good on theirs! When I was reading your report I saw that the schedule on your TV showed the cupcake decorating and I totally was thinking I would absolutely do that. And then you guys went and did it! I am so jealous. Guess I'll have to eat a few creme eggs and pretend it's as good as your food. That price is great as well. I love the Disney cruises, but they are pretty expensive. I think my next cruise will have to be on this class of ship! Wish I was with you guys!

 

Has Kristen done any of the kids activities and if so, how were they compared to other ships. Also, do they have a casino on that ship? I live in Nevada so I don't care about casinos, just wondering.

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Always have loved the sort of "this is a cruise ship too?!" kinda ships, the ones where you almost forget you're at sea with all the stuff going on inside. Thus, this ship seems to be like the only one I'd ever want to stay on if I took a cruise. It just looks so...awesome!

 

Thanks for the great TR so far Robb, hope your cruise stays as good as it has so far!

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I have a TON of photos from today...will be posting them later tonight. We have the comedy club show in a about an hour. But today was awesome...and I'm totally exhausted from the Flowrider, eating way too much food (warm chocolate cake...OMFG!), and just wandering around this amazingly huge ship!

 

--Robb

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Robb -

Glad you all are having a blast! beats out recurrent flight attendant training in oh so exciting phoenix! and thanks for the costs, you're right its beyond its value and alot cheaper than I had imagined! how was chicago (if you saw it yet?)

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Day 3 - Lots of photos! Here we go!!!!

 

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Today was our first "port day!" Good thing they have these clear gangway signs!

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Down the escalator we go to the gangway!

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As we get off the ship, this is our view!

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Today we are in Labadee, Haiti...Royal Caribbean's private resort!

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Just in case you forgot what ship we were on.

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Holy f**k that ship is HUGE!!!

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Every time we've come to Labadee, they've added something really cool. The first time we did the zip line, the next time we did the Alpine Coaster, and now they've added new stuff to the beaches!

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This gives you an idea of how huge the resort it. It's nearly impossible to see everything on one visit, especially if you do any excursions.

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There is a little something for everyone here!

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Lets go check out the Alpine Coaster!

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The line is pretty long today...but there it is! This is one of the better Alpine Coasters we've ridden!

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Everyone on the TPR cruise in October will get a pseudo credit! =)

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See all of these canopies on the beach? They are all new from our last visit. I love it when places make upgrades like this, even if it's kind of small, it really makes a HUGE difference!

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And if you're into zip lines, while I kind of found this one to be a bit tame, you get REALLY close to the water, which is kind of cool.

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The ship is bigger than the damn beach!

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Another look at the beach. You can see how high up the lift hill on the coaster goes and even higher where the zip line starts at.

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KidTums played on the for quite some time.

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This gives you a good idea of how far over the water the zip line goes.

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KidTums is washing the sand off Elissa's feet...

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Elissa's mom has crabs!

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Who do you think made this? Robb? Russell? KidTums? Or Elissa? Vote now!!!

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Is THIS considered offensive? =)

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"I'm gonna fill up this bucket of water..."

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"And throw it at DAN!!!!" It was very cool that they had some chlorinated water play areas if you didn't want to get all sandy and dirty!

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"Is THIS offensive???"

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Another look at this huge ship! This class is nearly 80,000 tonnes bigger than any other cruise ship in existence!

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Awww...what a nice family photo....

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ROBB!!!! NOT NOT EAT THE CRUISE SHIP!!!! IT IS NOT ON THE DINNER MENU!!!!

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F**K ME!!!

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What day is it again?

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The view from the ship. Amazing.

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The ship has awesome little touches...like kid sized lounge chairs!

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KidTums went to the pool...

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And I went to the Flowrider!

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They were teaching people the "throw your board and catch it trick!"

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ON YOUR KNEES FATASS!!!!

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This ship has a great kids pool and play area.

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JUMP!!!!

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"After spending a day at the beach...the water play area...the pool....this ice cream is exactly what I need!"

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"Art!"

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Sorrento's, which first appeared on the Freedom class ships has gotten a huge upgrade on the Oasis and Allure...

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In addition to the pizzas they have pre-made...

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They have added a "make your own pizza" bar!!!

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Here is what it looked like before it went in the oven...

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And here is what it looked like when it came out!

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OM NOM NOM! It was great!

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Elissa had them make an extra extra extra cheese with more cheese pizza!

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Yummy!

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Exactly how I like my women!

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These were AMAZING!!!!

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Amy made us one with extra extra extra chocolate frosting!

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It was character picture time with the striped shirt guy from Madagascar!

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KidTums is a king Julian fan!

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"Hey Droid users...where's YOUR jukebox docking station? Yeah...thought so!" ;)

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For some stupid reason, we went to check out the jogging track.

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The jogging track on Allure was build on deck 6, which is an area that is often unused on ships, and to avoid people having to move chairs, etc, on the top deck of the ship.

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Oh, so this is the jogging track?

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Nerdy stats!

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"Gotta run off that ice cream cone, daddy!"

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At least the jogging track has a sense of humour...

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I sure hope they have enough of these! =)

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Another look at the promenade.

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Central Park...where I'm currently sitting, having a beer, writing this report!

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"Art?"

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I love that the giant touch screens are "OSX Friendly!"

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Oh no! Please don't make me have to choose between "Awesome Wine Tasting" and "Country Line Dancing!"

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Let's take a look at tonight's menu...

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OMFG! It's Italian night! On the RCCL ships that means it's "Warm Chocolate Cake" night! Yeah!!!

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Hey look! It's Shrek!

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The Promenade is back to being "gay friendly"

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And so is Rising Tide!

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Park Map!

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Our dining room table has an AWESOME view!

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"Fresh Mozzarella! I'll have this for a starer, entree, and dessert!"

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This garlic soup may not look like much, but it's the best soup on the menu for the entire week! It's awesome! Great for dipping!

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Chicken Marsala....yum!

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Rigatoni Pasta with Spicy Chorizo Sausage...OMG!

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And this...OMG.... the warm chocolate cake. This may very well be the best menu item of the entire week! I'm sure anyone who has been on RCCL recently may agree!

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This picture makes me horny!

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Most of you know we're not "show people", but we went to the Comedy Live show anyway tonight...

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We had some guy named "Lenny" from New York who kind of looked like a "straight Scott Hodges." He was ok, kind of "Last Comic Standing" caliber who wouldn't be the last comic standing...

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The drinks menu for the comedy club was funnier...

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KidTums in the kids club made dinosaur tracks.

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This is my current view as I'm typing all this!

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HOLY F**K!!!! OH MY GOD!!!! Tomorrow's schedule had the most amazing thing.... THE LADY GAGA DANCE CLASS!!! Piers! GET HERE NOW!!! We are SOOOO THERE!!!

 

Have a great night everyone! More reports to come tomorrow!

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Awesome photos.... The interactive flat screens are impressive.. The arbitrary use of a flatscreen for a gangway is even more impressive.. But the most impressive- Is KT's official dinosaur name Kristenadon?

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^ All of what you said... Yes! The arbitrary use of the flat screen is exactly why I took that Gangway photo! They put those flat screens (which is all over the damn ship!) to very good use. Like totally practical use.

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I am highly jealous of you sitting on a boat with a beer writing your report as I'm at work, where I've been for 18 hours now, waiting on some HD videos to convert over to WMV files so suits can approve them! Please have a beer for me!

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Dude loving the DOMO shirt!!!

 

Also, the ship looks pretty amazing too...more amazing with every update. Lady Gaga dance class??!!

 

Oh, and the private resort is awesome. Totally trumps the Princess one I've been to a couple of times.

 

Must go on a RCC sometime!!

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Awesome report! This is why I love TPR...so I can live vicariously through your adventures and share some of my own!

 

Now....I need to go on a cruise STAT!

 

Oh, and when you see CHICAGO, my friend Victor is the lead. I think he's still on the ship!

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As a cupcake fan, I am glad to hear the cupcakes are good! How much are they? I am so excited to try this ship out, I loved Freedom of the Seas and this one just seems even better! Glad you guys are having some fun family time before the craziness starts. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

 

You guys really seem to enjoy Labadee. When we went there in 2008 it was horrible. It was dirty and the beach was not that great, with rough water and rocks everywhere. There were locals trying to sell us stuff as we got back on the ship. I told myself next time I would not even bother getting off the ship but seeing all of your positive reviews I may change my mind.

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