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  1. I did a live thread on the princess board comparing it to Royal. I love Royal and Royal is my brand, but my cruise on the Ruby Princess last May threatened that standing. Sure, Princess can't compare to the major entertainment spotlights that Royal Caribbean has, but it makes up for keeping a lot of the old cruising standards. I found the service to be WAY better on both my Princess cruises. Something that has been slipping on Royal and Carnival. Its kept a lot of the classic cruising details that other mainline ships have dropped. (chocolates on pillow!) The two things that stood out for me on Princess. First. Their burger at the Salty Dog edges out for me as best burger at sea, even beating out Guys which i love. The main reason is that its a similar burger BUT they cook it to order and that wins out. Second. Their bed is absolutely amazing. Its to the point where I'm looking to see if i can buy it for my house and dropping 1600 bucks for a king size mattress (not quite there yet).
  2. When doing an estimate of the number of people, I use the math of 90% of full occupancy (as oppose to double occupancy which is every room has 2 people). Full occupancy for a cruise ship means every bed is filled. From what I hear that number falls at 106% of occupancy which is what Royal Caribbean aims for. They cannot have more people than lifeboat capacity. I did this when I found out there was going to be 8 cruise ships at Fort Lauderdale on my December 1st sailing on the Allure. I came up with a number of 56400 people (90% of full occupancy of all ships x 2 coming and going). I was scared that they would beat the record that day. I was right about that they did beat the record, but the number came in at 55964, so I was really close considering.
  3. I read sometime ago that damages are applied to your account. I know it was a fairly recent post because it was about the virtual interior rooms. Someone damaged the screen, which is in essence a large TV hung on its side to simulate a window. They got nailed for like 5K on their onboard account or something like that.
  4. I was on the December 1st Allure cruise and did the Chef's table. I agree that it was not the best venue, but the Voyager class was worse. They put you on the landing in the MDR which was loud throughout. At least for us, the diamond lounge calmed down after 8:00 when the happy hour was over and we could actually talk afterwards. However, I found the presentation to be lackluster and scripted and the wine pairing to be mediocre at best. I've done it on Grandeur, Navigator, Anthem and now Allure. Grandeur was the best, but Allure was easily the worse. On other cruises, the chef who did Chef's table seemed quite proud of their achievement, whereas this one, it was just meh. There was no pride or anything. Plus, I expect Chef's table to be the most diligent when it comes to allergies, and this one could have ended in disaster where one lady had one of her allergies accommodated to, but not the one about tree nuts, and my wife was almost served the peanut butter dessert despite her peanut allergies. It just felt like they were barely going through the motions.
  5. The Chef's table on this ship is the best two i've been to. I've done Chef's Table on Grandeur, Navigator, Anthem and Allure. The top two were on Grandeur.
  6. https://cruisefever.net/port-everglades-breaks-world-record-for-cruise-passengers-in-one-day/?fbclid=IwAR1MTtqkhgdcztwh93rTES9uBqrZzurvvT7nmo3NvFPpE-vFa-G_0Ao35s4 Hey @FionaMG, we actually did break the record!!!
  7. https://cruisefever.net/port-everglades-breaks-world-record-for-cruise-passengers-in-one-day/?fbclid=IwAR1MTtqkhgdcztwh93rTES9uBqrZzurvvT7nmo3NvFPpE-vFa-G_0Ao35s4z Boom!!! Called it!
  8. FYI, when we left for our Allure cruise on December 1st, there were EIGHT ships there. I was afraid they were going for world record that day. From what i see (or don't see actually) I don't think we made the record, but I'm certain there was over 50,000 passengers there that day.
  9. Roatan was a major reason I booked this cruise. Although I have been there before, my wife hadn't. Was a little disappointed when they canceled it, but pretty much saw it coming for like 4 months when it was announced Allure was still suffering from propulsion issues.
  10. @FionaMG Are you scanning the Compasses. Yours looks so perfect and mine are twisted and gnarled and cut off because my picture taking skills stink.
  11. There is a very small chance I might hit the Grandeur in March of 2020. Lots of things have to fall in place. If it was just me, I have the time and the money to book another one. However, my wife can't go, so it would be a solo one again and I'm not willing to do another solo unless at least one of my friends join me...but at the same time, I have to do it solo, so i can get the extra points, so my friends, if they go, have to either go solo, or find a companion. The one friend who would do it...*cough* @death_star needs the points more than I do, and if he can do it, will also do it solo, but he has even more restrictions than I do to hop on a ship and go in March.
  12. That's my point. You had to work at seeing the sea. You had either deck 5, or deck 15 to see the seas and everything else, was closed in. The central park is enclosed. The Boardwalk is enclosed except for the rear, The Promenade was much more enclosed and had fewer windows (or maybe I missed them). On other ships, even the Anthem, there was more windows that looked out. Anthem felt similar because of the size, but it wasn't nearly as bad because of the additional width of the Oasis class. And if you weren't near a window, that additional width on Oasis class makes it tougher to glance out the window. Even on 15, if you had to be right next to the edge to see the sea, or you see nothing. This is just my observations and my preferences for cruises.
  13. I told myself that the only way I would do a Oasis class, is if it was more than 7 days. 14 day cruises is a bit too much. I found the sweet spot of cruising for us is 10 nights. An Oasis class spanning that time frame would be perfect. The transatlantic ones are 11 nights, but only happen like twice every 5 years or so. I thought I might be able to catch it, but things didn't work out.
  14. Are the specialty restaurants the same price on other ships as well? I thought Chops was only 35 on Navigator last year, but i could be wrong. I had the 3 dinner special then too. I think i also paid 75 for it, not 99 per person.
  15. On other ships, I found the reservations on board is a little weird. They will tell you they can’t take you, but then you look in the restaurant that night T that time and it’s totally dead. On Allure, the restaurants were actually more crowded.
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