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  1. The minimum charge I saw on board for wine was 11 bucks. Add the gratuity and you are paying a minimum of almost 13 bucks/glass for wine. That wine is many times the same quality so overall, drinking on the ship is a ripoff in my opinion. Yet people will pay. As I said, I got the experience I wanted. Despite the wine selection, it was a great experience. I have some qualms about THIS specific chef’s table which i will cover in my recap.
  2. I usually have low expectations for debarkation. This is ship to door. We did self disembark because we needed to get to the airport to get our car, but we didnt need to be the first out. Plus, I didnt get to sleep until 3 so i needed a little sleep. Again, we did not show our passports nor did we ever see a customs agent. It was all automated using facial recognition. I don’t know whether to be impressed or terrified. We decided to use this company that also took us to the port. I may not have been happy with them going to the port. But I am definitely happy with the airport transfer. They were already waiting for us when we got off.
  3. Personally, I know nothing about wine. Although, I did do research on some of those wines. They may not be expensive wine, but they paired with our food quite well. Their presentation was more scripted then usual, however the product is still good enough for us to keep going to chef’s table. However, the other specialty restaurants experience has been wondering if i should do them anymore.
  4. How could I forget Mamma Mia. WE went to this show after dinner. This show was phenomenal. My wife nailed it on the first show. The men were hired to do Mamma Mia, but they were contracted to do “something else”, Which Blue Planet was that something else. As much as they butchered the songs in that production, they killed it here.
  5. Tonight’s comedy act was pretty good. We had a two comedians doing their boys. Jeff Nease was ok but Rodney Johnson has me in tears. He sounded familiar. I’ve probably heard good act somewhere. Maybe even seen him on a previous cruise. But despite that, it was a fun night. Hence ends our first Oasis class adventure on the Allure. Tomorrow is a full day. Prices were insane flying home. I originally had the latest flight home from Fort lauderdale. I changed out to fly out a little earlier, but out of Orlando. So the adventure is that we rented a car, driving up and visiting Disney Springs. Specifically, we are going to the Void and doing the Star wars virtual reality thing and having dinner at Art Smith’s Homecoming. It was way too expensive to try and visit the Galaxy Edge at Hollywood Studios when at most we could probably only get 5 or 6 hours there. We’ll be back for the full Disney Experience next year. So, we’re not done yet.
  6. Tonight’s dinner is at Sambas. As I said, this was not really a restaurant for my wife as she doesn’t eat meat much. So this place is a combination buffet and churriscaria. Its just lots of meat. I took some pictures of the buffet. Note this buffet is superior to the windjammer. It has a more Brazilian flair to it. All in all, it was pretty decent as far as buffet go. The main course is of course the meats. They have 8 kinds of meat. Some were good, some were mediocre and some was bad. I did not take photos as they were not very inspiring. Regardless, it was a lot of food and I waddled out of there. Would I do it again? Probably not. It did not stand out. At a retail price of 30/person without tip, it would not be worth it. At 21 without tip (25 quoted to me was 21 with tip), it made this place barely worth it. Not something that will get me coming back over and over like Chefs Table. Tonight is the last comedy show of Rodney Johnson and Jeff Nease. I didnt do research on them. I will treat tomorrow as an excursion day because i dont fly out until 9:40 tomorrow night. I will recap the cruise later this week when i’m at a real keyboard.
  7. So rumor has it that these people got into a fight and are confined to their cabin and they posted a guard. There has been someone standing guard since last night. I also heard someone else is also guarded on 6. I haven’t investigated.
  8. You’re welcome. This has been fun documenting my vacation. By the time i post my final thoughts, you will be on the ship. Enjoy
  9. So this despite my mixed results with the specialty restaurants, I have or will have eaten at a specialty restaurant 5 out of our 7 nights. they were offering a sale. 25 bucks per person for Samba. We took it. I actually wanted to eat there but decided against it earlier on my 3 meal plan because my wife does not eat red meat much. But 25/person is less than what the meal would have costed if i used my plan so i am not upset here. So later tonight or tomorrow, there will be a review of this place as well. The only restaurant we did not eat in was Sabor, but we were not going to because of our horrible experience on Navigator.
  10. There is no vomit comet here is Costa Maya. Thats at Cozumel. It depends. I’ve crossed it several times. I normally don’t get sick, but the last time i did. You need to take that if you want to visit Tulum or Coba. I climbed a total of 3 ruins yesterday. 1 at Kohunlich and 2 at Dzibanchi. I was told that the tallest one that’s climbable is Coba near Cozumel. I climbed up that one 5 years ago. Also, Coba was way more treacherous coming down than any of these ruins down here.
  11. So apparently we are celebrating the birthday of the Allure. They made a cake!!
  12. Its possible. I went to wonderland 3 years ago so i don’t readily remember. Wonderland was awesome.
  13. posting the video kind of made it difficult to put anything after it. So here is my thoughts on Chefs table this time around. Chefs Table is easily the best meal on the ship. However this time around, the wine was a little stingy. No one really got more than 1 glass, each. on previous Chef’s Table, wine flowed much easier. Even though, we only got one glass of wine, myv low tolerance self got trashed. My night was done after that. This event is very dependent on who you are dining with. For the most part, we’ve had good luck throughout our cruises. This last night was probably the best group we’ve had. These guys wanted to get me shots after this. That would probably kill me. Despite a couple hiccups, this was successful
  14. Last night was Chefs Table. It is the best meal of the cruise. Here is the menu. We meet up at the library on 11 and made our way to the 2nd level of the diamond lounge. This was the setup. First was the bread. This is the same Focaccia that we got from 150 Central Park. It was warm this time. Fortunately, this was the one thing we really liked from 150. first course, Scallops Carpaccio paired with the Pinot This pairing worked quite well. I’m generally not a white wine person. Okay, I’m generally not a drinking person, but this worked well. Next was the Tomato Soup paired with the Conundrum. This pairing was wonderful. The acidity in the tomato soup was balanced by this wine. Next, Lobster Salad and the Sauvignon Blanc. I could have done without this pairing. This dish was a little uninspiring. I expected more. Main Entree, you had a choice between the fish and steak. I chose the steak which was paired with the Cabernet. Another wonderful pairing. Best steak of the cruise. Salted caramel espresso martini. This was a disappointment. It looked so good, but it’sa weak drink. If i say its a weak drink, then it truly was. It was too creamy, did not taste any caramel or alcohol. Barely a coffee taste. Dessert. “The World” This dessert was the bomb. Presentation plus taste. Pretty much perfection. Here is how it was served. IMG_5248.MOV
  15. Good morning from our last day of our cruise. Here is today’s cruise compass.
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