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Allure Cruise: Day 3 At Sea

Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on December 9, 2011

Allure of the Seas, Day 3 At Sea
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Late this morning was the Cruise Critic’s Meet & Greet event, held at the same time as the repeat cruisers party. Held in the Dazzles lounge, the first event wasn’t as smooth as it could have been. People sat around in their own little groups instead of standing and meeting people. Fruit, cheese, and juice were available as snacks. After a brief raffle by cruise line staff, many of us dashed out to attend the Crown & Anchor Society party outside at the Aquatheater. Here we got free cocktails and an address by the ship’s executive staff.

Ready for lunch, we discovered the Wipe Out Café by the ping pong tables and miniature golf on the sports deck. Here you can get tacos, quacamole and tortilla chips, burgers, and hot dogs. There’s free frozen yogurt here as well. The sports section also includes a Flowrider, zip line, and basketball court. If you want chocolate soft ice cream, head mid-ship on Deck 15 near where the steel band plays.

golf

Miniature Golf

Beach Pool

Beach Pool

Pool

Pool Deck

After lunch, we claimed lounge chairs in the Solarium, a quieter location than the four pools on the same deck. Glass-enclosed, you’re protected from the wind although the sun can get hot.

Solarium

Solarium

That evening, we had been scheduled to see Oceanaria, but the show got cancelled because the water in the pool was sloshing too much for the performers to make a safe dive. We were given an alternate time, that unfortunately coincided with our specialty dining reservations.

Royal Promenade

Royal Promenade

Interior View

Interior View Toward Rear

Rising Tide

Rising Tide

Check out the Rising Tide bar, which rests on the Royal Promenade and then elevates toward Central Park three decks higher. It’s cool to watch it rise toward the stars like a spaceship. Inside, it’s shaped somewhat like Jabba the Hut’s barge in Return of the Jedi. We had drinks there the last night of our trip.

Here are pix from dinner:

Butterflied Shrimp

Butterflied Shrimp in Garlic Sauce

Dessert

Dessert

Coming tomorrow: Magens Bay at St. Thomas

Don’t forget to check out my contest over at Fresh Fiction for a chance to win a signed ARC of Shear Murder, a deck of tropical drink playing cards, and a Virgin Islands cookbook.

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