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Out the Stateroom Window - Allure of the Seas, August-September 2018


Solitary Flyer
Cozumel, Mexico
August 29, 2018
I enjoy writing about what I see outside of my hotel window when I travel. There is something I personally enjoy about pulling back the curtains and looking to the world beyond. During my recent cruise, I had the opportunity to see changing scenes from the balcony of my stateroom on The Allure of the Seas.

Pelican in the Morning
Cozumel, Mexico
August 29, 2018
I enjoy the changing scenes and that is one reason that when we cruise, Chris and I choose a stateroom with a balcony. Opening the curtains and watching the world beyond increases the enjoyment of getting away and seeing the world. There is so much more to the world than the ship, the decks, and the port.

Despite late hours of activities on the ship, I get up early to enjoy the sunrise, especially when the ship is sailing into a port. 

Sunrise off Roatan
August 30, 2018
The changing scenes as the ship is sailing are generally best illuminated by the golden rays of the morning light. On our recent trip, I was able to capture some memorable scenes in the early light of day as the ship was porting. Sometimes the images don't work out quite the way my mind sees them, but, usually, I am able to find my memory in the captured scene.
Moon over the Gulf of Mexico
August 28, 2018

Although I enjoy sunrises the best, on our recent trip I captured an image of the moon over the Gulf of Mexico. It took four tries to get everything the way that I saw the scene in my mind. 

Whether sunrise, sunset, moon, or birds and wildlife being able to stand on the balcony outside my stateroom is far more enjoyable than clamoring to the upper decks of the ship to attempt an image. And if it happens to be sunrise, well, I know that my morning coffee will soon be delivered by room service and I will be able to sit on the balcony and enjoy the developing scene in relative solitude while sipping my favorite morning beverage.

There is a lot to see outside the stateroom window. I'm glad that I took time to enjoy the view.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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