Note: Posted on Day 3 due to internet issues.
Day 2 on Allure of the Seas can only be described as a day of exploration and getting to know this beautiful ship. I slept a little later than I’d planned. The curtains really block out the sunlight that’s already limited in our Central Park balcony stateroom. MrsMJonTravel and I started our day with breakfast in Allure’s nicely appointed Concierge Club. Continental options are available on a small buffet, and a hot breakfast can be ordered from the menu. I went with a ham and cheese omelet and a double espresso. I love espresso coffee! We also watched a very brave person zip line across the ship while we were enjoying breakfast.
After breakfast, we sauntered around the Boardwalk, and MrsMJonTravel took a spin on the carousel! There was a little shopping, a little trivia, and a big Venti Bold from Starbucks for yours truly! There was a Cruise Critic Meet & Mingle in Dazzles at 10:30am. I hadn’t even noticed, but the invitations left in our room listed Tuesday as the day for the event, and not Monday as originally announced by Royal Caribbean. I’m sure the incorrect date cut into attendance at the party as it was fairly lightly attended. After that, we were off to the Royal Promenade for the “Move It Move It” Dreamworks parade. Unfortunately, we were a little late and unable to snag a good viewing spot. Nonetheless, here’s my attempt at a photo. My apologies for the quality.
Around noon I headed over to the Vitality Spa for my (as MrsMJonTravel calls it) man facial. OK…it was a shave of both the face and my head. Yes, bald really is beautiful as long as I’m wearing it. Ha! There was some pool time by the Beach Pool followed by a late lunch at the Solarium Café, a very nice spot for lunch that had decent food and none of the craziness of the Windjammer. If you couldn’t tell, the crowds in Windjammer can get on my nerves. Ha!
Our late lunch was followed by a trip to Vintages for wine flights. Hey….we know how to get an evening started early! The crew at Vintages has been extremely friendly and helpful. It’s a very quiet spot on Central Park and is easily one of my favorite spots on the ship. (More on the Rising Tide Bar in another post!)
Well, it will soon be time to get ready for dinner. Tonight is formal night, and much to my chagrin, I’m putting on a suit. I used to drag my tuxedo with me, and seriously considered bringing it this time. However, it’s just a tiny bit snug, and I insist on being comfortable on vacation so I’ll be strolling around tonight in a basic business suit. Maybe next time on the tux. Oh, who am I kidding. I’ve got 13 more nights of cruising to go! I might rent one on board!