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Thoughts on the 100th Blog Post, Allure of the Seas and My Latest Race with the Royal Caribbean Team

John’s update on his contributions to Haiti relief was the 100th entry in the short history of the blog, according to blog historian Lyan Sierra-Caro. You’re free to comment on the blog at any time of course, but I particularly encourage you to comment on the first 100 entries as a body of work.

The blog has become a part of my professional existence, i.e., it’s another generator of deadlines to be met. Sometimes it’s fun to do, sometimes it’s a pain. Like life!

With all the hard work the team is putting in these days, I’m looking forward to writing about the fruits of their labors in the upcoming months. These are not easy times in the business world, but the team is determined to improve our guest experience and stay at the forefront of innovation in the travel and leisure space.

The most tangible development in the near future will be the arrival of Allure of the Seas in just over six months. We are very pleased with her construction process and so we just announced the addition of a 12/1 four-night sailing as we were able to do with Oasis of the Seas last year. The 12/5 seven-night sailing will continue to be the maiden voyage but the four night will allow the opportunity to sail on a brand new ship at a lower price point. We are planning a special call at Labadee as the one stop on the four-night cruise.

After this I promise to stop talking about my running for a while. Last weekend I was on Royal Caribbean’s six person team (known as “Cruise Control”) at the Palm 100. That’s a 100 mile relay race from Ft. Lauderdale to Palm Beach to Ft. Lauderdale. In a race lasting nearly 12 hours we came in second place by 54 seconds. In the last 25 miles we reduced the winning team’s lead by about five minutes but it wasn’t quite enough. None of us are happy about finishing second for the second year in a row despite improving our time by an hour over last year. Next year we need to win. Having said that, the same commitment and camaraderie that I see every day at work was evident throughout the race. David, Bo, Kara, Camilo and Dan were a pleasure to race with and I am determined to improve my performance in 2011. In fact, I’ll put it on paper. This year I ran 15.9 miles in 7:03 per mile. Next year I will do 17 miles in under 6:55 per mile.

15 responses to:
“Thoughts on the 100th Blog Post, Allure of the Seas and My Latest Race with the Royal Caribbean Team”

  1. Joe Pedante

    I heard Capt. Johnny will be moving to the Allure. We had him on the Mariner in May 2008 when it was in Florida and loved his personality/announcements. If he is going to Allure then I would be even more tempted to book the 4 night Allure sailing. My wife and I weren’t going to take anymore “big” vacations until we buy a house, but these kind of events don’t happen often and we should travel while we are still young. Let me know what’s up. Thanks, Loyal Royals–Joe and Debbie

    • Adam

      Hi Joe. Thanks for the compliment on Captain Johnny. As of right now he will be staying onboard Mariner, but we are excited to have captain Hernan Zini be the Captain of Allure of the Seas.

  2. Joe Church

    Adam, Have you ever run a marathon distance on board one of the RCL ships? I’ve run them on 3 RCL ships and will be doing a 4th in June. At 3 in the morning you have the deck to yourself until the deckhands come out with the hoses to scrub everything down. BTW the deckhands have always been very considerate even though I repeadtedly get in their way. :-)

  3. Roger Custer

    I appreciate this blog and wish there were more frequent postings. Thanks for putting it together. We’re sailing in May on the Mariner and look forward to it as always.

  4. Frank Rosen

    My wife and I am getting ready to sail on the Oasis of the Seas again. we will be doing a back to back in May. Was a decision ever made concerning when the ship does the Eastern Caribbean and stopping in Nassau. There was a discussion about switching the stop to Sunday and having two days at seas back to Fort Lauderdale. We thoroughly enjoyed the ship the last time and can not wait to set sail on her again.

    • Adam

      Hi Frank. We are so happy to hear that you will be sailing with Oasis once again. In regard to Nassua, Oasis of the Seas is currently stopping there on Fridays.

  5. jodi

    My family and I had an incredible Spring Break aboard the Oasis of the Seas. It was my 1st cruise since childhood, and I am sold!

    We are looking to book a cruise again next April. As my 8 year old twin girls asked “what do you do next if your 1st cruise is on the Oasis?” The only possible choices are the Freedom Class ships or the Allure. And while we are leaning toward the Allure, we are wondering, how long until further information comes out on entertainment and restaurants, etc. Will there be slight changes to make the Allure unique in some ways?

    Anyway, our onboard experience was amazing. Thank you for providing us with relaxation and memories. Here is a link to a few collages and photos from our trip. I think you will especially like the one called “Size Matters.”


    Thank you,


    • Adam

      Thank you for sharing your experience from your recent cruise on Oasis. We’re happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves. Regarding Allure of the Seas, stay tuned to learn more about the ship and its amazing offerings. Thanks again, jodi.

  6. sTEVE

    We have just returned from our cruise on the Oasis of the Sea and had such a great time we have already booked on the Allure of the Sea next Easter. Can you tell us if there are any planned changes between these two ships?

    • Adam

      Thank you for your inquiry Steve. At this time we haven’t announced any changes to Allure of the Seas, but stay tuned. In the meantime you can visit to learn more about Allure and her sister-ship Oasis of the Seas.

  7. Greg Embry

    My wife and I had a great time on the Oasis in Jan and we have a trip planned on the Allure Jan 2011. Will you have “Hairspray” on the Allure or a different musical production?

    • Adam

      Greg, we’re happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip upon the Oasis of the Sea. In terms of the musical production on the ship, we’re finalizing the entertainment as we speak, so stay tuned for that announcement. We’re sure you’re going to love it.

  8. Albert

    Hi Adam,

    I was on the Dec 5th Inaugural sailing of Oasis and I just booked Allure for Dec 19th for Christmas. I’m happy to say that this will be my first cruising as a Platinum member, so I’m excited. Anyways, to my question. Will Captain Bill Wright be the master for the first few sailings as he was on Oasis? My family loved his videos prior to sailing, so when we saw him in person he was like a celebrity to us. In case you’re wondering, you and Richard were too. Look forward to Allure being as spectacular and breathtaking as Oasis was when we first boarded her!

  9. Philip M Nagel

    Allure… and all that Jazz!

    Hi Adam, we are very pleased with the announcements regarding Allure of the Seas. My fiancé and I will be getting married on Allure of the Seas on 8 May 2011 and we are already incredibly excited as it is now exactly a year away from the big day. We are out on a mission to invite and get as many of our family and friends to sail with us as possible. “Marketing Tools” like Chicago – The Musical certainly makes our wedding cruise very attractive to our potential guests.

    We are looking forward to more Allure of the Seas information.

    Thank you for the continuing good job.

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