Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby SharkTums » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:43 pm

Finish the update!!!

The last day was sad, cause we knew reality was fast approaching but we did some more awesome stuff!!!

And Maureen, you'll see pictures of the Dreamworks Character Breakfast including the Penguins!! And yes, they'll be on the Freedom!

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby broomy » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:33 pm

robbalvey wrote:
broomy wrote: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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Thanks very much. When you think about it and take into account all the things you get for nothing it really does seem like great value for money.

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby moinab » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:21 pm

SharkTums wrote:And Maureen, you'll see pictures of the Dreamworks Character Breakfast including the Penguins!! And yes, they'll be on the Freedom!


Lose. Their. Minds. Christian may actually explode. :lol:


ETA - for those who are interested in cruising, after reading this thread, but may be a bit more *ahem* budget conscious, the Freedom and Voyager class ships can be tremendous bargains. Obviously, you won't get all the amazing amenities of the Allure, but you will still get a fantastic vacation for several hundred dollars less (which adds up, if you have 5 people in your party, like we do!) ;)
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby HowieP » Mon Feb 21, 2011 5:42 pm

My father and my family are planning a cruise for next year and this looks like one awesome ship. I'm suggesting this one to him when I see him. =)

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby robbalvey » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:40 am

Going to finish this next update in two parts because it's a big one! Basically, the last two days of the cruise all rolled up into one huge update! here goes....
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We pull into Cozumel, Mexico and see two Carnival ships... Ha! The Allure is bigger than those two ships put together! =)
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Turns out there would be a total of 9 different ships in port today! That's a LOT of margaritas and nachos to serve!
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Oh, yeah, thank you day plates for letting me know!
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It's early morning and people are already zip lining across the ship!
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The information screens have this AWESOME feature letting you know what restaurants are currently open, and which ones are busy. Loved this little touch.
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In this picture you can *kind* of get a sense of how huge the Allure is compared to another ship. And the Carnival Freedom I believe is one of their biggest ships!
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"Thank you to my daughter and her wonderful iPhone 4 so we didn't have to pay for this picture!"
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I swear to god, first glace I thought it said "Have a nice day, asshole!" LMAO! =)
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Yup, it's official. We're in Cozumel!
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Noted!
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Oh, man, we totally have to book the next TPR Cruise on the Trans Caribe!
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"Just imagine what I could do with a four hour erection!"
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"Oh Jesus Christ!!!"
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Well...it's true!
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Piers?
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Good puzzle for the next Club TPR Games page?
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This one was my favourite! =)
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No words....
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"Mexican Coke is better than ANY Pepsi!"
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Typical Mexican cruise ship port stuff.... ukulele, ball in a cup, etc, etc....
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And PLENTY of tequila!
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I am SURE these are all officially licensed products.
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I couldn't find option #2 for Piers in Cozumel, so instead he got this lovely shirt!
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Well...at least it's 1/2
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Cozumel defunct water slide!!! OMG alert the press we must save this important relic of the amusement industry!!! Anyone in Ohio interested?!?
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F U too mr. Monkey!
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WANT!
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There was no Predator in Cozumel, but oddly enough plenty of Ghost Rider?
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Back on the ship, having lunch at one of my favourite new restaurants...Park Cafe....
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Where they have "better than normal sex salad" every day!
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"I love you Mr. Ice Cream."
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Kristen's animal of choice was the shark of course! So proud!
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The hot dog place....
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Sooooo good!
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If anyone on RCCL ships does the logo and mascot trivia...here's all the answers! =)
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And of course Elissa has everything all organized and planned out in the cabin!
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More of these bizarre little things around the ship that you can look into...they actually hold a scavenger hunt where you have to go and find all these things.
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This is what you see when you look inside.
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See ya later Mexico!
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Here's another one....
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This one at least has boobs....sorta.
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it's getting dark...that means....DINNER!
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Gordon Ramsey would have the crab cake.
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Tonight, I'm going to get porked!
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And the pork was amazing!
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I got a "backup chicken" just in case....
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And for dessert, this awesome cheesecake!
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That's what the Rising Tide looks like on top, when it's down on the ground floor.
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F U too, Mr. Monkey!
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Looking at our account you can see how my cruise is going: Cupcake, Cupcake, beer, beer, beer, beer, cupcake, cupcake, beer, beer....pretty awesome if you ask me! =)
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Blue Planet was another "Cirque" wannabe show. It wasn't really my thing, but Elissa's parents loved it! And no, this isn't based on the IMAX movie of the same name! =)
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Not being a rocket scientist or anything here, but I *think* that's the Blue Planet.
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There was lots of singing and dancing and stuff like that...
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Then they brought out this big tree which gave me nightmare flashbacks to "Light Magic!"
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The whole trampoline thing seemed pretty popular on the ship.
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Finale! Hooray!

Part 2 of this final update coming next!
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby jray21 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:52 am

I swear to god, first glace I thought it said "Have a nice day, a$$hole!" LMAO! =)


I totally thought that too! I had to do a double take to see what it said. I have been around TPR too much! The food looks incredible as always!
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby robbalvey » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:40 am

More Allure of the Seas photos....
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Awww....last full day of the cruise...very sad. :(
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But it was the day of our Dreamworks character breakfast! Check out the menu.
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They brought me this deadly chocolate muffin!
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No, really, they are actually trying to kill me with this food! =)
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"Mommy....why are you letting CoastinKatie touch me?"
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Highlight of the entire cruise!!!
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Meh, after the Penguins, Alex doesn't doesn't seem quite as cool.
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At 8:45am, The Gravity Group got money. (that's what it says on the schedule!)
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RANDOM SHARK!!!!
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I see don't flush your flying carpet, Jeff Johnson depends, vaginal blood soaker, and SMALL CAR?!?!?
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This is in Central Park and is called the "living wall", but since all living things eventually die, isn't this really the "dying wall." Something to think about! ;)
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KidTums has a Giant Octopus on her face!
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They really are milking as much as they can out of that Dreamworks deal! =)
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Spectacular location for this theater!
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And it even has comfy chairs!
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Oh, geez...here comes CoastinKatie spreading her ass burgers all over the place...
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Proof that some bikini's should not be made in certain sizes! =)
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Lunch at Rita's Cantina! Note that this was the only upcharge table service restaurant we went to the entire cruise! All the other table service meals have all been included!
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The chips & salsa options were amazing!
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Very colorful.
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This upcharge restaurant is only $7 per person, and you can order whatever you want off this menu!
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As you can see, I took full advantage of that!
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And so did the rest of us! =)
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The star attraction of Rita's Cantina was the fresh churros, ice cream, and fruit. OMG, sooo good!
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That's more like it!
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"Do I make your horny?"
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Another awesome thing was these kiosks that allowed us to check in for our flight! It even printed out our boarding passes!
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We walked into the ice skating show and saw a Monopoly sign, a crab, and a lady in a pink tutu. That's it, we're done!!! =)
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FACT! Princess Fiona is the god mother of the Allure of the Seas!
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"Hey! You wanna know a little secret about this ship?"
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It's not advertized anywhere, but on some of the upper decks (I believe it's 11 and 12...), there is a place you can go that overlooks the Aqua Theater.
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You can see it on the other side, deck 6 is the boardwalk, deck 7 is another public area, decks 8, 9, and 10 are all the Aqua suites, but then on decks 11 & 12, those balconies are open to the public!
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And look at the amazing view from up here!
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There are even deck chairs and tables so you can hang out up here.
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I seriously love little "hidden gems" like this on ships. There aren't any signs leading you into this area, and it's not advertized anywhere. You just have to "know about it."
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To give everyone a full re-cap of the ship, let's take a close look at some of the themed decks starting with the Royal Promenade.
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Yes, Royal Promenade...that's what we said.
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Of course we start off with my favorite part of the promenade! =)
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The "On Air" club is where they host a lot of "tech" related events. They do the Wii Sports challenge and Karaoke in here.
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Bolero's is another bar with a lounge band at night. This is the place where the Lady Gaga dance class was held!
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The Shop is where you go to buy stuff...duh! If you want any logo merchandise here or you want to buy "The Captain", this is the place to be!
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Another shop. Not even sure I went in here the entire cruise.
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More shopping. Cloths and random stuff.
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They sell straw wine in here!
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While Sorrento's isn't "new", the "make your own pizza" bar was, and probably the best new addition to the "included" food options on the ship.
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This is the ship's "British Pub" - lots of beer and a dude that plays guitar and sings for you. Kind of like K.K. Slider, but less dog.
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And this has to be the best new addition to the RCCL ships! Soooo good!
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This is another shop....I guess! ;)
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Cafe Promenade - Is it sad that there are so many included food options, that we never even made it to this one?
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Directed by Ron Howard. Starring Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, Warwick Davis.
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Trivia on top, complaints dept down below.
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Another bar....
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...in case you needed a new watch or some diamonds or something....
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The photo place is right above the champagne bar.
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And one last look down the Royal Promenade!
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Next we'll go take another look at the Boardwalk...
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"I want to be big...like John Holmes!"
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Runner up for best new place on the ship!
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Never had anything from here...it's an upcharge, which may be why, but the ice cream did look amazing!
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Pets at Sea is RCCL's version of "Build a Bear."
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We got some amazing photos of KidTums in here!
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Johnny Rockets...
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Rita's Cantina...
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Here you can be a kid in the candy store.
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Pinwheels is a shop full of random toys and plush animals.
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They put out an unlimited amount of donuts until around 11am!
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And of course you can't forget the star attraction of the Boardwalk, the Carousel!
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"Deck 4" isn't really themed, but it houses a lot of important feature of the ship...
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The casino is very good at taking a lot of your money, and not giving much of it back!
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Studio B is where they do all the ice skating and TPR Quest!
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You can take your chances and hope to see someone funny in the Comedy Live club.
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Everytime I saw this all I could think about was Roxanne Blaze! (Google her!)
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And of course, the jazz club.
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And finally, a look at my favorite new section of any ship, Central Park!
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If you're into wine or tapas style dining, you do not want to miss this place!
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Craig T. Nelson inspired luxury items.
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They sell colourful luggage!
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The more "Serious" portrait studio.
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Mmm...sex salad!
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Italian fine dining.
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The Trellis Bar. This place was great at night to sit and have a beer, and just "hang out" in this nice quiet area.
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The Rising Tide in "low tide" mode....
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Steakhouse fine dining.
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And finally, 150 Central Park, probably the most luxurious of all the upcharge restaurants!
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Seriously, this is one INSANELY HUGE ship! That took you through just 4 of the decks, and that doesn't even include any of the sports deck, gym, pool deck, etc!
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Our final dinner service of the cruise...
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I choose MEAT!!!
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This onion soup may not look like much, but don't be fooled....it's great!
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Now THAT is a nice sized piece of animal!
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So many things I want!
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I will settle for only these two! =)
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On the final night of the cruise something amazing happened....
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They were playing a Katy Perry concert in the Aqua Theater!!! OMG! Tyler would have died! (Damn, she really DOES look like a Furby!) =)
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I seriously cannot say enough awesome things about Allure of the Seas. Thank you again Royal Caribbean for building such an awesome ship!

Hope you all enjoyed our Cruising with TPR updates! Looking forward to the October cruise!

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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby Hhappy » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:56 am

Thanks for all the updates, looks like an awesome ship.

Guess i'd better start saving money for a cruise on this one.
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:35 am

I guess it wasn't really until this last update that I got that sense of "having to remind yourself that you're on a ship" you spoke of. The quality of everything you showed looked amazing. And the food.....wow. Yeah, October's gonna be good.
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Re: Cruising with Theme Park Review - Feb 2011

Postby moinab » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:48 am

^No joke! I'm going to have to schedule in at least 2 hours of workout time, every day, to avoid gaining 10 pounds! :omg:
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