On Level 8, The Allure of the Seas has central, open-air boulevard called Central Park. It's lined with restaurants and upscale shops. There are real trees, benches for sitting, and bird song (piped in). Also bars, but there are bars in every public area of the ship. It's really quite beautiful.
I didn't reach out and touch them, but I'm pretty sure these birdies are blown glass.
Friends and Fiberworks, the amazing organizer of our cruise. Above is almost everyone on the cruise. I'm standing behind Deeann. Next to her is Tobias, of Malabrigo yarns. He was gracious and funny and a wonderful cruise co-sponsor. I had met many of the fellow cruisers before, either on the previous cruise, or at SAFF. It was like a reunion of old friends, with the bonus of meeting some great new ones.
Lunch in the Adagio dining room. Pure luxury. I believe we had lobster bisque.
Even the work was fun!