Having cruised on sister ship, Oasis, two years ago, expected to be unimpressed with Allure - WRONG. While much the same as Oasis, definitely superior in terms of service, crew friendliness, food quality and general ambience.
Shows, Chicago (good but perhaps a bit too raunchy for a cruise with such a diverse group), Blue Planet and Ocean Aria are not to be missed. Do not be put off with need to pre-reserve the shows as many people with reservations do not show up and there seating becomes available shortly before performances - maybe not the seats you would choose, but there will be something.
This ship has so many activities at all times that there truly is always something for everyone.
Junior Suite this time on deck 7 which I consider to be a marvelous location for getting around to public areas. Money spent for the extra space - even a walk-in closet (great for two ladies traveling together with way too much clothes) was well worth it.
Evening entertainment venues were excellent - at any one time, there might be a choice of Jazz, Classical, 50's rock and roll, easy listening, etc. Just amazing.
Given that we were part of a 6000 person floating village, there was never any issue with waiting to exit gangways on shore days or of returning - all smooth and marvelously organized. Check-in was also well organized with many, many lines and took only about 20 minutes; disembarkation was speedy and efficient.
The ship's captain was personable and friendly and seen frequently around the ship talking with passengers. Cruise director was excellent - his morning show was not to be missed.
TV's in cabins act as not only entertainment media but can be used to check everything going on, restaurant availability, status of on-board accounts, etc.
Only downside is the limited number of ports that this huge vessel can dock. Nassau, after a couple of visits, is just boring; St. Thomas (with trips available over to St. John) is always lovely as is St. Maarten, but the same ports, for those of us who would like to cruise again on the ship, becomes monotonous; the Western Caribbean route is available but it, too, uses the same ports every trip. Hopefully some other ports will be found for this wonderful ship.
All-in-all - ALLURE is a wonderful cruise experience