I should first say that we love cruising with Royal Caribbean. We have sailed on Voyager, Navigator and now Allure.
Embarkation: Super easy and fast at Fort Lauderdale, we arrived around 11am and by 11:30 where already onboard. It helps when you have platinum or above.
Food: We chose my time dinning and the first night was incredibly busy. The line for guests that has reserved a time was HUGE and the line for those who did not was double. However, the menu was really good compared to the previous selections (before menu change) and well the service was excellent. We were lucky enough to be seated with Roxana and Moises at the Adaggio dinning room and let's just say we ate with them every night. They where amazing. NOTE: The windjammer is SUPER small, well actually, we were told is is the same size, 800 guests, in all ships. This makes a HUGE difference when you think that there are 6000 people on board. The other dinning venues, the hot dog place, and the sports area dinner and the pizzeria and promenade cafe are great. The best overall is the park cafe.
Specialty Restaurant (150 Central Park): Very expensive, but VERY nice for a treat. TIP: there is a regular menu of $40 p/p and another for $75 for royal wine pairing p/p. Now, this is NOT either or it is $40+$75 p/p. Just saying, dont be surprised. In the end it is worth it.
Entertainment: Chicago was GREAT, the Aqua Theater show was amazing, if not heartstopping and the Blue Plannet show was also great. The ice skating show was the same as in previous RCI ships. The comedy show was excellent, however, it was already ALL booked even on the first day, so be fast. In case you dont make reservations, dont worry, just stand in line and you will get in, it is worth it.
Excursions: In Labadee, the zipline is super expensive. Just beach and relax is good. In Jamaica, the river tubing and ziplinning is AWESOME. Great guides, includes lunch. The water is COOOOLD. In Cozumel, there is an excursion called Passion Island by Catamaran. There is NO catamaran, it is a regular ferry. But the excursion is AMAZING. For $75 p/p you get all inclusive drinks (alcoholic), lunch, and water sports.
The cruise director ALLAN is super good, probably the best on RCI.
Overall, I really enjoyed this ship, however it is tooo big and I prefer the Navigator/Freedom style ships.