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  1. Tonight, I completed my mobile check-in for our Allure cruise on June 30th. Both my wife and I are on the same reservation number but I did not complete her check in until tonight. I completed my check-in three weeks ago and my assigned boarding time is 11:30 AM but hers is 2:30 PM. We are both on the same reservation number so this makes no sense to me at all. Has anyone else experienced this before?
  2. Marine Traffic showing that Allure of the Seas is currently making 22.9 Knots off the coast of Miami headed for Port Everglades arrival at 1:00 AM Sunday morning. That seems very odd as she normally arrives at Port Everglades around 6:00 AM. I hope everything is OK with her.
  3. We sail on the June 30th Western and got the email on Friday, May 3rd. Our only impact is 1 1/4 hours late into Falmouth, Jamaica and leaving an hour later than original scheduled departure time which only results in a loss of 15 minutes in port. Seems like those of us on Western itinerary are less affected then the Eastern trips.
  4. I watched her leave Port Everglades this morning and then watched the Lady A arrive this afternoon. 8 weeks from now I will be drinking Pina Coladas and Tito's with OJ on the Allure. Thanks for keeping Berth 18 warm for us, Harmony.
  5. @RCL replied back to my Tweet, "No worries. We haven't canceled even our most upcoming sailings let alone anything in June. We'll get it fixed ASAP, but the issue isn't impacting her operations at all- Brit" So let's see how this one goes....
  6. Good to hear......make sure you save plenty of Tito's Vodka and Fireball whiskey for the June 30 sailing!! And make sure they have fixed the stinking Azipod!!! :-)
  7. I'm on her on the June 30th sailing. I hope it does not require a Drydock. I wonder if it is worth a phone call to the home office?
  8. Does anyone know if Fireball Whiskey is available on Allure of the Seas. Traveling on Allure on June 30th with friends who have an annual tradition of Fireball shot before dinner. Have to let the tradition continue. Just asking for a friend. 😉
  9. I cannot find the way to update my signature with the Cruise Countdown widget. Any help is appreciated. TIA.
  10. Stupid question but when is Allure doing its repo back to Port Everglades? I could not find the actual date that it is due back in Fort Lauderdale. Thanks in advance.
  11. Hi all....it’s now been two weeks since our fabulous cruise on the Freedom of the Seas. Sorry it has taken so long for this report but I needed to decompress to the reality of no longer being on vacation and being back to reality. Here goes for Cruise Day 1: I awoke early around 6:00AM and looked out our room window to see the following: I then headed down to the gym to get my workout in and had this view from the treadmill: I wish this was the view from the treadmill at my gym every day! [emoji2] Lisa awoke around 8:00 AM and off to breakfast we went. We found a nice little place right down the street from the hotel called Waffler Avenue. Little walk in place where you order at the counter and sit outside to have your meal. Great place with reasonable prices. After breakfast we walked around La Ventana al Mar Park and took some pictures of Condado Beach. Then it was back to the room to get ready to leave for the Lady Freedom. Our goal was to leave the hotel by 11AM and we were out of the room by 10:30 and in the lobby by 10:45 awaiting our Uber. I ordered our Uber and off we went to the Pan American pier and after a short ride we arrived at just about 11:00. Total cost of UberXL ride from Condado Vanderbilt hotel to Pan American pier was $7.75 not including tip. We made our way into the terminal after leaving our luggage with the porter and made it through security check and were checking in by 11:15. Upon arriving at the check in counter there was a piece of paper informing us of a slight itinerary adjustment due to Tropical Storm Beryl. Instead of stopping at St. Thomas on Sunday, we were heading directly south to Aruba and Curaçao on for a full sea day on Sunday. No big deal as we made it to St. Thomas on Friday at the end of the cruise. More to come on this later in the review. After checking in we were on our way up the escalator to board Lady Freedom by 11:35. Once onboard we decided to check out our dining room table for first seating. We discovered the we were placed at a table for four people. Not that there is anything wrong with sitting with others, we decided that since it was a special occasion for us, we would prefer a table for ourselves each night for dinner. We found the dining room manager and he promptly found us a nice table for two in the Isaac Dining Room instead of a table for four in the Galileo dining room. Such great service by the awesome dining room staff of Freedom. Then it was off to Windjammer to have lunch at 12:15. The crowds were starting to arrive but we found a table to relax and have a leisurely lunch. Drink #1 of the day with lunch was a pina colada!!!! Cabins were not going to be ready until 1:30 so we finished lunch and walked the promenade to check out what was in store for the next week. Before the promenade walk, we made our reservation at Chops for our Anniversary celebration on Sunday night. Before we knew it the cabins were open. We then made our way up to deck 10 to cabin 1244 to find the following: This was courtesy of our DD, Allison who arranged this on her own as a surprise for us through Royal Caribbean. (Of course it was courtesy of both kids but the older one paid for it. [emoji2]) I kept wondering why she kept asking us for our itinerary the entire week leading up to our cruise. The one thing I left out was our booking number. Now I know why. [emoji2] Of course Allison spent a good part of the afternoon texting us to see if we were in our cabin yet. [emoji2] Seeing this surprise really makes you appreciate the job you have done as a parent. ❤️ Sorry for the brief digression from the review.... After calling Allison to FaceTime and thank her for the surprise, we then headed upstairs to the Pool Deck. This is where we ran into fellow CC member, prekteacher, Barbara and her husband Tom as they were leaving the pool. We are so glad that we met up with them.[emoji2][emoji2][emoji2] Lisa and I hung around the pool for another few hours and we also met BalogMom and their family as well. Around 4PM we headed to the cabin and the luggage had arrived and we unpacked and got ready for dinner. After dinner it was a stroll on the promenade and waited for the opening night show. After the show we were off to the top deck for sail away from San Juan. A beautiful nighttime view of Old San Juan at sail away: This would conclude our first exciting day onboard Freedom. Off to the gym for a workout. Hopefully next update later today or tomorrow. Cheers, Rob Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Hi everyone... My name is Rob. I am from Baltimore, MD (Owings Mills to be exact) and I work as a Operations Director for a Wealth Management Practice affiliated with a large NY based Investment Management Bank. My DW, Lisa, is a Social Worker for one of the hospitals here in Baltimore. We are taking this cruise to celebrate Lisa's 50th birthday and our 25th anniversary which occurs on July 4th. We are the proud parents of two wonderful teenagers. Our DD, Allison, is a rising Junior at the University of South Florida and our DS, Jordan is a rising Junior in a private high school here in Baltimore. This will be our first 7 day cruise that Lisa and I will be taking by ourselves without the children. Allison is currently taking summer classes at USF while we will take Jordan to camp next Sunday morning. We felt it was a great time for us to finally take a week for ourselves and visit the Southern Caribbean an itinerary that we had yet to cruise. About one month ago, our vacation was put into jeopardy because Lisa had a health scare which required surgery and hospitalization and an extended recovery time of 4 to 6 weeks. Fortunately, she is almost back to normal and will return to work two days before we leave for our vacation. :-) Ok enough of the background.... We are leaving on Friday, July 6th on an 8:30 AM Southwest flight from BWI to SJU. We will be staying at the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel in an Ocean View King Suite courtesy of Lisa's brother. (Thanks, Paul). We should arrive at the Vanderbilt by about 2:00 PM on Friday and expect to be poolside by 3:00 PM. We plan on having dinner somewhere in the Condado area of San Juan. Between my OCD planning and vacation excitement, we never fly in the day of the cruise so we expect to have a nice day before the cruise in San Juan. Saturday morning will be a lazy morning before heading over to the Pan American pier to board the Freedom. As of right now, our only plans for excursions will be the St. John beach trip while in St. Thomas and Mahlo Beach while in St. Maarten. We do not have anything set for Aruba or Curacao as we just like to explore the downtown areas when making our first visits to new Ports of Call. On board, we only have the Deluxe Drink package as of now. We will look for specialty restaurant deals once we are on the ship. I hope to start posting updates as we get closer and once we are on our way. Picture of our family:
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