We just returned from our second cruise on the Allure. We have also been on Oasis, so are familiar with these wonderful huge ships. We took our cousins with us. They are frequent cruisers on another line, but this was their first time on RCCL. I booked Boardwalk Balconies for us. We were on Deck 12, starboard, the fourth and fifth cabins back from the Aquatheatre. The location was perfect since we could see all of the shows from our balcony and also see the ocean. Our cousins were wowed!
Embarkation and debarkation were very smooth, although once off the ship, the customs line was very long. This is not the fault of RCCL, but is due to recent government cutbacks in this area. We were driving so it didn't matter, but anyone with an early flight might have had problems.
The entertainment was all spectacular, our table in the Main Dining Room was in a quiet hallway next to a window. We were thrilled with our location and enjoyed the peace and quiet. Our Maitre D;, waitress, and assistant waiter were excellent and we enjoyed all of our dinners there. I think the food at dinner has improved, and I was very pleased with our selections.
We found breakfast and lunch in the MDR to be rather chaotic and rushed, so we avoided going there. We had breakfast twice in Johnny Rocket's and twice in the Park Café. Both places had very good food and a fun atmosphere. The good news about the Windjammer is that now they seat you when you go in. The bad news is that you may get a really bad table! We spent a lot of time in the Promenade Café eating sandwiches and cookies, plus pizza that we would bring over from Sorrento's.
We loved Captain Johnny! He was very visible, personable, and funny too! We were also very impressed with Assistant Cruise Director, Zac, from South Africa. I think he would be a great Cruise Director!
For the first time on the big ships, we encountered somewhat rough seas on this cruise. I don't know if this had something to do with the azipod problem, or if it was just "rough seas". It wasn't terrible, we have certainly experienced much worse, but I was surprised. We are good sailors, so no problem for us.
All in all, it was a wonderful cruise, and RCCL did their very best to WOW us!!