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The 'Allure' Of DreamWorks' Shrek

When reflecting on 2014, come December, it just may be our “Year of Shrek.”

For people who used to think the word was simply a misspelled synonym for “scream” — as in “shriek” —having two Shrek experiences in the same year was at least unusual, and at most unthinkable.

But we did.

The first was on Allure of the Seas. Royal Caribbean has a promotional deal with Shrek-TUTSDreamWorks, which has among its stable of characters Shrek and Fiona. On the Allure, both were part of the ship’s parade (as opposed to the parade of ships), and we were among the spectators, camera in hand.

The movie of the same name was available for passengers to watch. We’d already seen it.

A few weeks after disembarking, there we were again. Or there Shrek was again. This time, it was in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, at Theatre Under The Stars, where a cast of thousands (okay, dozens) did a stage adaptation of the movie. Yes, Shrek, The Musical.

For this occasion, we had company. It was family time and family included three grandchildren. That was the reason for going, wasn’t it? Shrek is for kids. Yet a funny thing happened that night in the park.

The kids loved it, but the adults loved it more!

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Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas
4 nights
November 13, 2014
Tampa (return): Cozumel
Inside: $290
Cost per day: $72
www.royalcaribbean.com

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