Allure of the Seas spent day 9 (Monday) in Nassau, Bahamas, arriving around 7am, and departing promptly at 3pm for St. Thomas where we will arrive Wednesday morning. MrsMJonTravel and I spent the day by the Beach Pool with our friends, electing not to get off the ship in Nassau….again. Nothing against Nassau, just been there a lot and have no real need for any shopping type items there this visit. If Allure spent longer in  port, perhaps we might have trekked over to Atlantis, but no such luck. No worries….a day on Allure beats a day at Senor Frogs anytime!!

After an afternoon by the pool, it was time to head to the room and get rested for a really fun Halloween. MrsMJonTravel went with a tiara and a sash as “Miss RCCL” and yours truly…well, I spent 20 bucks on eBay for a former President Bill Clinton mask. Don’t roll your eyes, I could not have fathomed how popular I’d be!

Monday evening was also our first visit to the main dining room as a party of 6. We had a new table, 148, on deck 3, not far from the Captain’s table. Our new server, Steve, was tremendous. There were a few missteps outside of his control, but he was working so hard, I can’t possibly care. Not to mention, they were obviously outside his control. I dined on the filet of beef, which was cooked perfectly, flavorful and tender. I should mention that my appetizers of escargots and lobster bisque were wonderful as well, and most importantly, at the right temperature and not cold like the week before.

After dinner, we explored the Royal Promenade, which was extremely crowded in anticipation of the Halloween costume parade. Unfortunately, I did not arrive in time to enter, so I just watched. I never would have expected my Bill Clinton mask to be such a highlight, but I had untold numbers of people yelling my (well, his) name (happily, not angrily) and asking for pictures with me. Seriously, I was shocked. Don’t know if it’s a testament to our current economic or political climate or not.

After the parade, the ship hosted a huge “Monster’s Ball” in the ice skating rink known as Studio B. The ice floor was covered with a dance floor, and there was a really great (for a cruise ship) band. A good time was had by all. There was more party going on at the ship’s dance club Blaze, and Boleros, the Latin Nightclub as well. In short, it was one late, but fun night aboard Allure of the Seas. They really went all out with the Halloween party, and the ship was decked out too. I’ve noticed that many of our fellow cruisers have even decorated their balconies and stateroom doors for the occasion. I highly recommend Halloween on Allure of the Seas!

Tomorrow, dinner at Chops Grille! YUM!!!!