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Singinalot’s 2nd time on Allure - my picture review and blog 1/5-12,2020

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11 hours ago, davekathy said:

Yikes..for a breakfast buffet!! 😲 After paying that bill I wouldn't have been able to take a nap. 😉 Thanks for taking us along on your cruise.

Why on Earth would you tip 18% for a buffet breakfast?! The scammed you.

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I don't know what this means.


my husband says it in the room tour video I posted...his sense of humor


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Why on Earth would you tip 18% for a buffet breakfast?! The scammed you.


turns out this was common everywhere we went in Miami...but yes, very scammy to us and hubby did bring it up to the customer service desk


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I decided to walk to CVS and do some hotel exploring while Nate napped a little longer.

The Seafair is directly outside the hotel
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looking up at the hotel
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The hotel and the Seafair
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6 hours ago, Despegue said:

Why on Earth would you tip 18% for a buffet breakfast?! The scammed you.

 

Love that even after overcharging for the buffet and including a service charge they still give you a line for an additional tip.  I wonder how many people don’t really look at the bill and add something more?

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Turning back and heading towards CVS you immediately come to the people mover
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Jenn texted she had landed and was on her way so I decided to head back to the hotel. Meanwhile Nate woke up and said he was heading to the gym so I went to find it.

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It’s ok for a hotel gym. Nate thought it was great.


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Love that even after overcharging for the buffet and including a service charge they still give you a line for an additional tip.  I wonder how many people don’t really look at the bill and add something more?


right?!


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Jenn texted that she had made it to the hotel so I went to meet her in the line for check in.
She was given room 2714. View:
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Nate finished his workout so the 3 of us decided to walk to Bayside marketplace and get vacation going.
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Nate really liked this kabob place and ate there twice:
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Christmas is my favorite
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We got a text that Brett had arrived so we headed back to the hotel.


ps Nate and I are at FLL with over an hour until we can check our luggage so I’ll probably post a lot until then


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Once at the hotel we let Brett and Jenn get settled and Nate and I explored a bit around the property.

Lobby:
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There were a couple of these charging stations and I just thought that was brilliant:
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The pool terrace and bar:
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view from the terrace:
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The gang’s all here! Lets go see what mischief we can cause
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There are Lime scooters everywhere...I guess Brett and Jenn use them all the time in Cali (where she lives) so we decided to give it a go.
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We ended back at Bayside
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If you’re hungry for something you’ll pretty much find it there
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After wandering a bit more we decided to head back to the hotel and figure out dinner.
Brett had recommended a place I hadn’t heard of, Lincoln Rd.
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Oh! let’s talk prices for a second. Nate and I each had a drink at the bar at the hotel: They automatically include 18% grat in everything. $37 for 2 drinks!

We all also got drinks at Bayside. Brett paid for those and I know they were $12 each before gratuities etc.
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We hailed an Uber to Lincoln Rd.

I liked the lines on this building on the way
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another text from the hotel
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I got a text from the pet sitter that made me happy. Sam was going on a hike.
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8 hours ago, Despegue said:

Why on Earth would you tip 18% for a buffet breakfast?! The scammed you.

They didn't scam me as it's the OP s receipt not mine. 😀

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On 1/10/2020 at 5:05 PM, singinalot said:

 

Sitting on our balcony in Haiti as we wait for the last of the guests to board, trying to read this book “The Last Train to London” that I just can’t get into, so figured I’d go ahead and start this. The next two days may be less posts since we’re not finished yet, but I do already have some drafted so let’s get this party started!

 

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Yes!!! Another review by Singinalot.  

Great dress!!  You guys look so happy....

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The kebob place looks amazing.  We are in Miami a lot and would love to know where it is...... My husband would be in heaven.  The best kebobs I have had (doners) were from a Turkish take away place in London.  

 

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The kebob place looks amazing.  We are in Miami a lot and would love to know where it is...... My husband would be in heaven.  The best kebobs I have had (doners) were from a Turkish take away place in London.  
 
Thanks. Kathy


it’s on the top floor of I believe the second white building at Bayside. It faces the marina there. Not too hard to find since there isn’t much up there...a gelato stand is on the other side of it. Nate loved it


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Yes!!! Another review by Singinalot.  
Great dress!!  You guys look so happy....


Thank you! I was so excited about that dress! (and it was a Christmas gift from hubby)


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We arrived at Lincoln Rd, a Fun little road to walk down with shops and open patio restaurants with cuban, italian, spanish food. None of us could decide what we wanted so we walked down to the beach first.
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From the beach we walked over a street to this place all lit up called Taco Taco.
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awful service, awful food, and they ripped us off...I only had $26 in food and drink and somehow my bill alone was $45! they charge the gratuity, tax, AND a service fee.I’m not going to post pics of the food because I would not recommend this place to anyone.
I (and my wallet) felt sick the rest of the night.


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*Don’t worry it DOES get better after this day. I promise.*

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We took a taxi back to the hotel for about the same price as the earlier uber and all crashed for the night (except husband who couldn’t sleep) with plans to meet in the lobby at 10am.


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Who’s ready for embarkation day????!!!!

We got starbucks for Nate and I. $20 (and I used a gift card I had gotten for Christmas so FREE) much better than $74 yesterday!

lyft xl to Port Everglades $66. Daniel, our driver, was from venezuela. He has been here 8 years and loves America in comparison. He picked us up at 10:30 drop off 11:15 onboard by 11:30!

one final look at Port of Miami:
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There she is!!!!
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Rambo did indeed look unimpressed waiting for the luggage at the carousel 🙂

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