So many reviews of the Allure and so many different opinions and experiences........and that is what you can expect. This ship has both good and bad things going on and the hoards of people do not contribute to a "restful" experience that some people describe.
We got to the port on a rental car shuttle bus, and unlike our previous experience when we sailed on the Oasis we waited in a line of busses and shuttles for about 20+ minutes (?don't know why but our shuttle was passed by many other cabs etc.). Once in the port building proper the check in process was painless and fast but on the ship there was NO greeting from anyone and a disappointing entry onto this otherwise great ship..........forget that video of the Oasis, this was not good.
The good: Spectacular video scenery/programming of the OceanAria......but the overall story was underwhelming and aerial performance weak compared to similar program on Oasis. Comedians were funny, Headliner Tony Tillman great (we watched 2 times after wait list for second show). Food at Chops and Samba Grill although extra were worth the price and a positive.
The bad: The hoards of people who could care less about anyone except themselves............THEY are on VACATION and YOU should remember this and leave them alone to do whatever!! The issue of 6000+ people must be considered on balance to book a ship that has otherwise good features noted above.
Poor service in main and some specialty restaurants (Giovanni's) that is caused primarily by understaffing. Our waiter in Giovanni's had over 24 people to wait on................THIS is in a restaurant we PAID to attend. Surprisingly, good to excellent service appeared in the main dining room the day the ratings envelopes were delivered to our cabins...........hmmm.... maybe they should be delivered on Day 2 of each cruise,
The really bad: RCI staff have apparently given up on trying to enforce any of their own rules...from babies/infants with diapers in the pools to children in R rated shows to children in specialty restaurants after acceptable hours noted in the RCI restaurant "rules" to other examples noted by our more experienced fellow cruisers ....These exceptions are perhaps explained by their desire to not ****-off anyone to maintain revenues.........BUT this had degraded the cruise experience for many and we will choose to leave this experience to those who consider this to be a "restful" experience....but we are among those who will not do this again and return to the smaller RCI and other lines ships.