There is such a thing as TOO big

Trip Start Feb 05, 2011
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Trip End Feb 13, 2011


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Saturday, February 6, 2010

The story of this cruise begins with the longest leg ... getting aboard!

When the Oasis of the Seas was first announced, buzz started in the Atlantis Alumni community to charter it.  Rich Campbell was pressured like never before to find a way to make it work. 

Make what work?  He explained that Atlantis Events are like no other - that the gatherings have the highest attendance in any one part of a cruise ship in all of cruising.  This ship was built to accommodate up to 6300 people, but NEVER could even half of them occupy the same location at a time. 

It made perfect sense - and when the Liberty of the Seas cruise in left port on January 17, 2010  nearly 1,000 passenger under capacity - the announcement that the 2011 cruise would be aboard the (under construction) Allure of the Seas was a shocker.

It was billed as the 20th Anniversary Cruise - and it was all going to somehow work like no cruise before.  But we didn't think it would work in so many ways.  Too big, too expensive (50% more expensive than the normal January cruise), bad economy, pick any of these.  Nevertheless, the official release for booking was sent out and bookings were limited by loyalty. 

On Sale Dates:

    Feb 6, 2010 - 4 or more past vacations
    Feb 9, 2010 - 2 or more past vacations
    Feb 11, 2010 - All Alumni
    Feb 23, 2010 - On sale to the public

We didn't think it would book.  We thought we might want to be aboard, but we would
play it smart and wait to book until the excess capacity generated bargain prices.
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