Live From Allure of the Seas: 3 Postcards From Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s Private Hideaway

Labadee, the private resort Royal Caribbean carved out of Haiti’s north coast jungle, is dotted with thatched roofs, sun loungers and roving bar tenders. During an uncomplicated beach day, Allure of the Seas passengers bobbed on rented mats, zipped over the Caribbean, rebuffed a steady stream of “Sir. Sir, let me show you somethings” at […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: It’s Pop Art!

Wielding a balloon anything could be the ultimate ice-breaker — just ask sister balloonists Ryann (above left) and Angela, who are stationed near their face-painting mom in Allure of the Seas’ Boardwalk area. (It’s a family biz.) While Angela took classes with a master balloonist, Ryann is a visual learner, adept at watching someone pump, […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: Can’t Live Without Starbucks?

I sat on a brown leather chair under a metal tree and arching skylight sipping a Starbucks iced coffee. It seemed like the right thing to do before debarking for sun-beaten Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s private peninsula on the north coast of Haiti, and Allure of the Seas‘ first port. Mandy C. asked the Lido Deck […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: 5 Cool Ways to Chill on the Sun Deck

The pool deck beer cart guys earned their tips today. Atop the 6,360-passenger Allure of the Seas, the whole city seemed to gather to experience a sunny sea day. “I got winner” was heard frequently at the six ping-pong tables, passengers from 10 to 60 waited for their chance to surf or zip, and the […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: Would You Pay Extra for a Steak in the Main Dining Room?

Put a pay item on the main dining room menu — one of the last bastions for “free” cruise food — and you’ll have some traditionalists broiling. Not me. In Deck 3 of Allure’s Adagio dining hall (calling it a room is a bit silly), I ordered the Chops Grille 10-ounce filet mignon, a “thick […]

Live From Allure of the Seas: 5 ‘Firsts’ for Embarkation Day

The first-day flurry is on: cattle herding in Port Everglade’s cruise terminal (okay, it was actually the easiest embarkation I’ve ever experienced), show and restaurant reservations aplenty, kids’ club check-ins, soda card purchases, the muster drill. But, beyond the administrative hoo-ha, embarkation day on the 6,360-passenger Allure of the Seas is about adopting cruiser-brain as […]

Coming Sunday: We’re Live From Allure of the Seas

We’re thinking big: This weekend, we’re heading to the Western Caribbean for a seven-night cruise aboard the 6,360-passenger Allure of the Seas. And you’re invited. Please share this post!

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