My DH & I just returned from a 7 day trip on The Allure of the Seas.
We enjoy traveling, we have been on about 10 cruises, RCCL, Oceania & HAL.
We are in our early 60's.
This ship does have the WOW factor that they want. It is huge and it does amaze.
We really enjoyed the shows first and foremost. The shows are what this ship does best IMHO.
The Royal Promenade entertainment is always alot of fun too. We were there for the Halloween fun.
We were impressed by the costumes and involvement of the passengers. We were part of the costume parade. Lot's of fun.
We thought also that they had a good mix of sea time and port time.
Our cabin was perfect also. It was a Jr. suite and was vey roomy with a wonderful walk-in closet and good sized bathroom. Our steward did a great job.
What we did not like about The Allure ... was the dining experience. That for us is part of the fun of a cruise.
The MDR is gorgeous. The service and food was awful! We ended up only eating twice in the MDR. So, if dining is important to you, you will probably also be disappointed. At both of our tables, our tablemates were surprised and dismayed with the poor service and food, they were all frequent cruisers on RCCL. I believe that this is due to the numbers of people served.
Too many for a nice feel. The waiters are rushed and the tables are too close together for nice service. i.e. the waiters were having to reach over & across diners faces in order to serve the food. I was never asked if I would like a cocktail or wine with dinner. Things like that.
Also, we tried several of the specialty restaurants.
Samba, a Brazilian steakhouse $30 per person extra, the meat was awful, filet tasted like liver, the waiter, disinterested. The setting in the Solarium was beautiful.
We had reservations at Chops, but a woman eating there said it was OK but Giovanni's was better. So, cancel Chops, and go to Giovanni's instead. She was so right ! That meal ($20 pp) was the best we had all week and our waiter was fun and attentive. My DH complimented him to the restaurant manager. This restaurant has a cozy comfortable atmosphere.
Next, we tried Johnny Rockets and for $5.oo pp the shakes and burgers were great.
Now, Rita Cantina, I was disappointed after reading a few good reviews for this place. Perhaps the Fiesta night is when it is good and fun.
Overall, for all the action and entertainment, it is a high energy, fun cruise. It is just too bad that they have had to lose so much on the dining end of it. It is the first time we have come home from a cruise weighing less than when we left home !!
We were also disappointed when we went to book another cruise and asked if they didn't have booklets showing their cruise offerings so we could look them over and decide. The fellow helping us said that there was one in our cabin. We said no there wasn't one... he said he would call to confirm what we had said.
So, our room steward got us a booklet, but we decided not to go back and make a future reservation.
Not sayinng that we won't go again on RCCL... we will just look at other offerings also.