The Allure is a huge ship, need more room to tell the story.
STAIRS AND ART. Our goal was to be calorie neutral on this trip. Mission Fail. I gained 6 pounds, which I assume is all muscle from the gym work. If I stayed on the ship another month I would look like Michael Phelps. The wife and I skipped almost all bread, no Pizza, No candy or ice cream. AND we usually took the stairs. It is important you use all 4 stairwells from deck 3 to deck 15. RCL invested over $1 million in original art and photography in their CULTURES OF THE WORLD collection on each landing. Beautiful and fascinating. Okay, so maybe we were drunk at 2 AM and took the elevator. But we powered through the stairs all week.
CLUBS AND BARS. Dazzles on decks 8 & 9 was the most happening dance club we found. The Viking Club Lounge was more mellow and offered great views of the ship. One night the cast of Chicago came to the lounge to play show tunes but not any you have heard before. You can skip that. A COMPLAINT, there are NO indoor CIGAR SMOKING venues. The upstairs of Dazzles is already smoking, cigars would not make that great of a difference. Ship is very biased against CIGAR Smokers. A few night they offered to allow up to smoke in the Solarium Bar and then said no, we have a private party. INSIDE TIP 7pm-1am you can smoke in the Gold card bar upstairs in the Private suite level. You will see 4 wooden doors and the restricted sign. It is a nice outdoor bar. Look for Wayan from Bali. Great bartender and great to talk with.
DECK CHAIRS. 8am grandma comes out with seven towels to lock up 8 prime deck chairs. By 9am all the chairs are taken. RCL has a no holding policy but they do not even try to enforce it. A better idea might be to allow one adult guest to hold one chair to give everyone a fair chance for their "place in the sun" If you get shut out deck 14, follow the signs for the sundeck. Usually still chairs available there but is in direct sun.
STAFF. How they keep those cheerful attitudes I can not imagine. Every crew member acknowledged or said hello to every guest they came upon. The service could not have been any more attentive.