Allure vs. Oasis

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#1
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We have a chance of taking a cruise on the Allure or Oasis this September.
I think the itineraries are the same. The price would be the same.
We would be looking at the cheapest oceanview balcony rooms.

Is their any real difference between these ships?
Which one would you choose & why ?

thanks
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On Oasis Boardwalk you have Sea Food Shack; On Allure you have Rita's Cantina. On Oasis you have Hairspray in the Theater; on Allure u have Chicago. The Aqua show is different, so these are the few differences. they both have the Dreamworks Experience, and the Royal Promenades are the same.
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Essentially they are the same boat. You will have almost the exact same experience on both. Book based on either the itinerary you want, or based on the day they set sail. Due to always having to go back to work on Monday's my wife and I prefer Sat to Sat cruises which is the Oasis so that we have a day to recover at home before the grind begins again. I believe the Allure is a Sun to Sunday cruise. You cant go wrong with either and you most likely wont be able to tell one apart from the other.
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I believe the Oasis sails on Saturday and the Allure sails on Sunday. We are going to be on the Oasis in September and it will require us to fly out on Friday so I will need to miss an extra day of work in addition to the one week cruise. I got such a good deal on the Oasis however, it makes up for the missed day of work.
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I believe the Oasis sails on Saturday and the Allure sails on Sunday. We are going to be on the Oasis in September and it will require us to fly out on Friday so I will need to miss an extra day of work in addition to the one week cruise. I got such a good deal on the Oasis however, it makes up for the missed day of work.
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Oasis has the donut shop where Allure has the hot dog stand. I liked Rita's cantina on Allure very much. Also the cabins on Allure have the outlets up on the vanity instead of underneath.
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Have they added the Hot Dog Stand to Oasis yet? Or changed the Solarium grill to the Samba steak house? Those were 2 other diffences I can think of. Other than the schedule and a couple shows, as mentioned, basically the same ship. I am certain you will have wonderful time no matter which you chose.
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OOOOhhhhhh thats what I was gonna say!.....RICHARD SPACEY would make my decision right there!

....he is seriously a show in of it/himself!

I will miss him when I board the Allure next month.

He is SOOOOOOO great and fun!....makes the trip even better!
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I have been on the Oasis and am going on the Allure in June.
For you if I had to pick, I feel both are the same - if the Saturday or Sunday
departure is something, then pick from that!
Of the two, I'd say ALLURE 'cause its the newest! Have fun...
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We are going on Oasis-09/10/11-Please join our Roll Call if you decide on the Oasis and this date in September. Whichever you choose-Have a great cruise!!
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Originally posted by funat55
I believe the Oasis sails on Saturday and the Allure sails on Sunday. We are going to be on the Oasis in September and it will require us to fly out on Friday so I will need to miss an extra day of work in addition to the one week cruise. I got such a good deal on the Oasis however, it makes up for the missed day of work.
I am looking at the same cruise.

How did you get such a good deal?

Bill
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I have to stick up for the cruise director on Allure; Mr. Alan Brooks, he was great
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Originally posted by S.S.Oceanlover
I am looking at the same cruise.

How did you get such a good deal?

Bill
We put a group together over a year ago. Its mostly two families but our TA booked a block of rooms and then luckily we filled them.
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Have sailed both. Both were great cruises. A few different restaurants and shows between the two. Different cruise directors, but that's not a make or break deal for us. Probably the deciding factor would be the day of the week to cruise out; and of course, cost usually trumps all else!
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Originally posted by funat55
We put a group together over a year ago. Its mostly two families but our TA booked a block of rooms and then luckily we filled them.
cool, that's awesome. I thought you had just booked and you had my adrenaline pumping.

$1000pp for an inside cabin got my heart to slow down.

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Originally posted by AF-1
I have to stick up for the cruise director on Allure; Mr. Alan Brooks, he was great

Alan's not on Alure at the momement, it's Ken Rush, who, IMHO, isn't so great
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Originally posted by uksimonusa
Alan's not on Alure at the momement, it's Ken Rush, who, IMHO, isn't so great
Not so great? I'd go as far as to say he sucked. I don't know why that guy gets the big ships. He sure did love himself though.

Originally posted by Shippy
We have a chance of taking a cruise on the Allure or Oasis this September.
I think the itineraries are the same. The price would be the same.
We would be looking at the cheapest oceanview balcony rooms.

Is their any real difference between these ships?
Which one would you choose & why ?

thanks
It really is a toss-up, but I would choose Oasis over Allure. On Allure, I thought the best show was Blue Planet, but I liked the Broadway show (Hairspray) and the Aqua show better on Oasis. I also thought the ice show was a little better on Oasis. And as previously stated, and I know each ship has 2 alternating cruise directors, but Richard Spacey on Oasis is a thousand times better than Allure's Ken Rush. Spacey's evolution of dance routine was hilarious.
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I've not been on Allure but I can comment on the few unique things about Oasis. Hairspray is a really great show and worth seeing again if you've seen the broadway version. The Seafood shack was just okay but then I'm not a big seafood guy. My son is and he really enjoyed the crab legs. I'm not a big fan of donuts, again my son loved them but I found them fairly stale and a waste of 600 calories or so. A hotdog stand might make more sense in that location.

The wife and I went to the Solarium Bistro for dinner and honestly it wasn't that great. VERY quiet and reserved and the food, while being very healthy, just wasn't worth the extra cost in my opinion. On the last day, we discovered the Bistro for lunch and it's definitely the best kept lunch secret on the ship. Great turkey wraps, lemon salmon, fruit cups instead of chocolate, asian soup. I'm not even a health food guy but this food was really good.
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