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Escaping the never ending winter! Sorta live blog from Allure of the Seas March 24-31

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Hi everyone!!

   I can't even say how much I love the live blogs between cruises so I thought I would see least try andjot some things down this trip.  I have never purchased voom before but we have the 2 dogs at home and I need to get updates as I have a new sitter and a very untrained 11 month old puppy!!  

    I'm guessing that this will be a pretty uneventful blog since I plan on spending most of my time reading in my deck chair and using that deluxe drink pkg!!  We have a ton of firsts on this trip... First time in Miami and labadee, first interior cabin and most of all first time on an oasis class ship.  We have done vision, Voyager and freedom class but never the big ones.  I'm excited for the neighborhoods, worried about deck chairs in the solarium and on the sky deck.  

   Our group consists of my husband on his 3rd cruise, me (on my 5th) and our 16 year old daughter (her 4th).  We are headed to St Maarten (I think this is the day I stay onboard and get the hopefully empty solarium), San Juan (we will walk to El Morro and just enjoy old Town for the brief time we are docked) and labadee (can't wait!!! My first Royal beach).  We have the BOGO purchased and hope to get sabor night one and 150 night 2, but I'm worried about getting in so we shall see.  We also have the izumi hibachi booked and the Brazilian steakhouse (leaving the vegetarian 16 year old to fend for herself that night).  

   We leave out if O'Hare at 530am Saturday...ugh... and will be happily in the Miami heat by 10.  We went relatively cheap and are staying at the Hampton inn and suites a couple blocks away from the beach.  It will be a very low key day as work and the weather have been truly kicking me in the butt this winter.  

   Feel free to ask me questions...I will try and keep up but this may definitely be more livish than live.  I may try to Periscope too but with no 🐹 and no mike I'm nervous about even trying!  And now I'm off to read the allure blog from last week!!!   Jane

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11 hours ago, Cindy Leslie said:

Enjoy your cruise. Our first time on the Allure is in July and I can’t wait! We also booked an interior cabin to save some money. Look forward to seeing what your observations are regarding the ship!

I will take pics of the room!  Jane

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Cruise -3 days

Might I just say, packing sucks!   Starting this process earlier than last Sunday might have helped but work was definitely in the way!   I watched several Rick Steves videos all about the dangers of overpacking and how you should pack for best case scenarios.  Yeah....no.  I have packed for every worst case scenario imaginable.  I swear I will try harder for our 17 days in Europe this summer, but I can’t do it now.  Thank god everything is summer light weight clothes.   My suitcase is at 48 lbs and I might have decided to take a carry on suitcase as welll.  It might be that I don’t need 7 pairs of shoes for 9 days but after staring at them for 30 mins and not being able to make a decision! I decided to just throw them all in.  My brain is most definitely shot and I need a vacation!!!  

My goal was to be packed, devices charged and photos cleared from my phone so I can be in bed by 10 tomorrow but that isn’t gonna happen either lol.  I’m giving up tonight so I can nestle all snug in my bed while visions of beaches dance in my head!  Jane

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Funny story! Twenty years ago, we were fairly young and on an 11 day cruise with a much older crowd. It seemed everyone was in a wheelchair, used a walker or had an attendant. I had packed gowns and shoes for every special night on the ship. One night we dressed for dinner and I was horrified that I had forgotten the shoes to go with whatever I was wearing that night. My husband said, "Don't worry, No one will be looking at your shoes. Everyone is going to be impressed you can WALK!" LOL 

So I  think of that when I pack now, especially shoes. I take the fewest (is that a word?) number and make them work. More room in the bag!

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Shoes are the first sacrifice.  I used to bring tons of different shoes to make sure I had something to go with every outfit.  Now ?  HUH !  I am NOT joking....on my 16 night B2B Star Class cruises on Anthem I had 2 pairs of shoes for the cruise.  I actually had 1 more pair that I used for flying b/c I knew it would be cold and I needed a pair that I could wear with socks, but the other 2 cruise shoes were flip flops and I never missed not having any other shoes.  I did bring a pair of water shoes which I never wore but for regular use, just 2 pair.  It was wonderful.

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5 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Shoes are the first sacrifice.  I used to bring tons of different shoes to make sure I had something to go with every outfit.  Now ?  HUH !  I am NOT joking....on my 16 night B2B Star Class cruises on Anthem I had 2 pairs of shoes for the cruise.  I actually had 1 more pair that I used for flying b/c I knew it would be cold and I needed a pair that I could wear with socks, but the other 2 cruise shoes were flip flops and I never missed not having any other shoes.  I did bring a pair of water shoes which I never wore but for regular use, just 2 pair.  It was wonderful.

I only bring 2 pairs of shoes.

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Cruise -2 and -1!

So day -2 was not pretty.  No shoes came out of the suitcase and I spent two hours trying to get photos off my phone.  My laptop and external hard drive couldn't find them so I couldn't transfer them.  I'm hoping I have enough storage but decided to take my camera just in case.  Of course that required an hour of clearing off memory cards.  I got to bed at 1130 for a 230 wake-up. 

   We didn't oversleep which was a bad thing.  After Jeff was already up and showered, I realized that our frontier flight was now 4,5 hours delayed.  Ugh.  I went back to a sorta sleep for a couple hours and we finally got to Miami!  

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We are staying at the Hampton inn South Beach.  I wouldn't want to do a weeks vacation here but it was awesome to taxi in, get right into our room and be on the beach with just a block's walk.  We spent a couple hours on the beach and then showered and are dinner at Maxine's bistro. It was a perfect choice...we all could get something a little different and it was literally a couple hotels over.  Collins avenue is very pretty at night.  The art deco is fun and the neon is cool.  20190323_204335.thumb.jpg.444eaf12b4a8478dc653e977b86583be.jpg20190323_204358.thumb.jpg.33d16fb0b9c83ac855668b5fe6b9c303.jpg

We finished the night with a BOGO rum runner at the hotel bar and called it a day.  

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  It's only 10 and we don't have to get up till 8!!! Yeehaw!!!!   I haven't gotten that much sleep in probably 2 months lol.  Tomorrow we plan to call for an Uber at 915 , and hope to be at the port by 10.  Because my family have me grief over taking pics, I got them too late for the expedited check in.  I'm hoping we will still be onboard by 11!!  I am still in a panic over the BOGO reservations and want to get those done!  Jane

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6 hours ago, Cindy Leslie said:

Thanks! That would be fabulous! We’re in a Category 6v on Deck 8. (First time in an interior in a very, very long time.)

We are in room 8440... Can't remember what category that is but it's right off Central Park and it's pretty basic as I understand it.  It will be an adventure!  Jane

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Cruise day 1!!!!

Finally here!!!!   We arrived at the terminal with a great Uber driver who shared all sorts of stories from Cuba. 20190324_101146.thumb.jpg.458d4b89070c20c4f88c3acc02e881ea.jpg20190324_100648.thumb.jpg.f9ebdda04bd15acf50ece256a0e1d152.jpgI love getting here early...we arrived about 955.  A porter led the car all the way in, grabbed our bags and we were in the doors.  We literally were 5 mins check in and security with no lines whatsoever... Even at the picture!  We are now at 1042 waiting to board!  My family of course didn't load the apps yet so we did that...argh!  

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We are ready to go!!!  Starting to board!! Jane

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