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

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Again, keeping this report light on text. Important to note about this update! There is a kick ass video! And a poll for Piers!


Good morning everyone! Time to wake up to a Johnny Rockets breakfast!


Yum! Breakfast at Johnny Rockets is totally included!


Something else revolutionary on Allure is how you view your cruise photos. In most cruises, you have to go find all your photos on these giant walls. looking through hundreds of photos to find yours. On Allure, the "welcome aboard" photo (or the first photo you take on the cruise) sets up your facial recognition, and all your photos are accessible on these kiosks via your SeaPass card.


Some of the better photos, they will print for you, and put them in these binders. Each guest is assigned a binder, and that number is located on your SeaPass card. Such a much improved system than the past.


Exploring the ship we find very random things...


Elissa…go look inside...


This is what you see inside…yeah, I don't get it either!


Random Promenade shots...


Welcome to Costa Maya!


But first…ice cream! (They have these ice cream machines located around the pool deck…totally included…)


Have I mentioned how much I like the Central Park section of the ship?


Love it!


Another look at Rising Tide. Here is what it looks like on the Central Park level when it's fully up. BTW, I'm currently sitting in the Rising Tide having a NewCastle!


EDIT: Better yet...I'm currently E-Stopped on the Rising Tide!


Does anyone know why some of those rooms don't have balcony doors? Bonus points if you do!


Hooray! We have docked at Costa Maya!


The water sure is BLUE!


Is the ship blue…or is it just reflecting off the water? Elissa's mom thinks they re-pained the ship blue overnight!


Russell! Love the shirt!


Last time I was here I saw someone vomit strawberry Margarita all over the dock! Ahh, the memories!


Costa Maya….it's a very typical Mexican port town...


And it has one of these! Should I buy something here?


You can get all the typical little Mexican trinkets...


Along with Predator!!!!




…and ACErs!


Oooh! It's like the Mexican Dollar store!


Elissa goes looking for the hot bargains!


"It's the hit new sensation from Mexico! Ball in a Cup! Why are you not playing Ball in a Cup when you could be playing Ball in a Cup?"


Swim up bar. Awesome!


No, this sign is not telling you where the bathroom is…it's telling you where you can rent a taxi…and a WOMAN!!!!


Holy crap that ship is huge!


Here we see the Predator again…in between a cock…and Jesus. I love Mexico!!!


WTF! The Predator was everywhere! This is my new favorite random Mexican statue!


I tried to get Elissa to buy this outfit…she said "no."


The following are the choices for the poll at the top of this thread. Which of the following two beer cozies fit Piers best?


Option #1


Option #2


Gimp masks.


LOL! The Predator! AGAIN!


"Do you think this Flamingo looks good on me?"


I'm not exactly sure what this is, but I think it's implying that the large joint is his penis.


Greedo shot first.


Yeah, yeah, yeah…typical penis pipes…nothing out of the ordinary.


Dolphin encounter! Yup...


You know what's worse than Mexican lube?


Mexican pregnancy test!


Park Cafe has a "make your own Panini bar"…totally included!


OMG! Is that what day it is???


I'm beginning to think this might now be the "pizza that is better than the missionary position."


Yes, that is bacon…BACON on those cupcakes!


What is there to do right now???




It's formal night….the women look sexy….


The boys look silly!


Tonight's menu...


This Thai BBQ chicken was awesome!


Yup, another night of KidTums drinking Sprite with a spoon.


The 2nd best dessert of the cruise! The sampler!


The cheesecake…awesome… the chocolate cake of sex…even better…the other thing…WHO CARES!!!


Oh yeah! We are on a boat! Duh!


Here we are at one end of the ship…and you can't even see the other!


"I love me some pussy!"


"I agree!"


Do you see what I see? Yes! It's a FLAT TIRE!!!


The view of the ship is just stunning!


Tonight was the kids club pirates parade! Where all the pirates take over the ship!


Pirate KidTums attack!


She is taking this pirate business VERY seriously! Arrrr!


Tonight was our Flowrider private lesson! AKA - the Flowrider instructors trying to kill us! Here's video proof!


They had us doing all sort of bizarre tricks!


I love her when she's on her knees!


The instructors were insane! This one let one of the kids ride on his back!


Elissa is having a moment of zen.


"I'm on my knees because I can take it!"


Here they were all "jump in and slide the board under your butt! Try not to die!"


Then they had us try doing it BACKWARDS! Seriously…they wanted to kill us! (It really was amazing and awesome!)


We had the hot Swedish chick as one of our instructors…basically…I would do anything she told me to!


Freakin' AMAZING ship!


Cozumel tomorrow! That should be fun for about a moment or two!

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I really want to go back on a cruise now! Thank you for the updates, they are wonderful!


On that binocular-looking thing with the captions "Exploring the ship we find very random things...", and "This is what you see inside…yeah, I don't get it either!", was that just a picture inside or was it playing a video of a woman getting dressed?

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The Flowrider looks awesome. Regardless of what the instructor looks like, I'd do all sorts of crazy stuff on that thing.


For the poll, it's got to be option 2 - because it applies to both beer, and, well, certain people who drink said beer.



Great pictures as usual! I've got to say, I don't know how it is on the ship, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Johnny Rockets meal I had at SFMM.. it was quite delicious.

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Russel's T-Shirt is awesome!

I picked #2.

The flat tire was awesome!

I would totally do any trick for hot swedish teacher!

Kid Tums is the cutest kid in the world!


Can't wait for more!

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Yes this is becoming EPIC (wait wrong line). I have always been a bit shall we say putty tat when it comes to going out on water. Not sickness, but if I feel I can't swim to land I freak out. Lakes even bother me. BUT seeing this ship and this report I am SOLD! Just amazing around every corner. I agree I would not be able to handle the sun deck over the water, but the other parts of the ship would suit me well. Forgive my flat out laziness. What is this TPR cruise I keep hearing about in Oct?!

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bonus points if you know why those balconies don't have doors


It looks like those rooms don't have doors because they aren't really rooms? Looks like the pool takes the place of the rooms and the "fake" balconies were added so the ship looks symmetrical from the side.

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Wow this ship looks amazing. Thanks very much for the trip report although it makes me extremely jealous.


I know you've answered loads of questions regarding upcharges but I have a couple more burning, (more calories than the fella with the flat tyre) are the classes, included? Also what are the prices like for the zip wire and flow rider? Cheers.

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So, is there no waterslide on this ship? All the other stuff, but not waterslide in any pool pictures that I've seen. Just seems like a pretty big item to not have.

This came up not too long ago, I believe during a Q&A session with RCCL. I'm not sure exactly what was said, but the gist of it was:


- They had slides on some of the older class ships (Vision Class, I believe) and what they learned from that was:


- The slides were often closed due to winds (the Toilet Bowl slide on Epic is reported to be closed more than it's open)


- They required higher than normal height restrictions for something that is geared mainly towards kids (Aqua Duck has a 42" height restriction - taller than Big Thunder, Space Mountain, or Tower of Terror, for one of the tamest water slides out there.)


- And they felt the money was better spent on water attractions like the H20 Zone, which had no height restriction and hardly ever closes, and spend that money on other attractions and expanding the kids area.


The bottom take away for me is that they tried it, and found that it wasn't a "bullet point" they needed to advertise their ships because it was a feature that was very popular.


I've been on 3 ships that had big water slides, and every time they were either not being used, or closed.



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Also what are the prices like for the zip wire and flow rider? Cheers.

All included. There is no charge at all. You can book a private session for the Flowrider, which is what we did last night, which is $60 per person, and it limits the group to 8 people. We only have 4 people last night and plenty of time on the Flowrider (our session ended up being about 90 minutes)


The rest of the time I've been going during the normal public sessions, and I still got in a TON of Flowrider time.


But yeah, those two attractions, the rock climbing wall, the carousel.... all included. No additional cost.



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This ship looks AMAZING! The flowrider and Zipline also look awesome, just like the rest of the ship Looks like you are having a great time!

Did anyone else notice the error on the menu for the Thai BBQ Chicken it said served with 'Lemong Rass!' and for the Poll I chose #1.

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