We took a cruise on the then brand-new ship, Allure of the seas. we were only the second cruise to ever embark!
This ship is beyond amazing- if you are looking for the WOW experience, this ship (or the twin ship Oasis of the Seas) is it!
Things to do: Ice skating, zip line, flow rider, mini golf, swimming, full size basketball court, rock climbing wall, merry-go-round on the boardwalk to name just a few.
Great eating options- free things included unlimited hot dogs or polish dogs with all the fixings on the boardwalk, sorrento's pizzeria open 24/7, pool-side cafes with hotdogs/hamburgers, the windjammer buffet, and the dining room. for a small cover charge ($7-10 per person) you can have ALL YOU CAN EAT Johnny Rockets diner food, Rita's Mexican Cantina food, and several others.
The difference between this ship, and Royal Caribbean and all other lines and ships is the ENTERTAINMENT! Carnival has a comedy show and a couple of other things, but Royal Caribbean can fill your entire week with world-class entertainment. LIFE SAVING ADVICE: royal caribbean gives you the option to BOOK YOUR ENTERTAINMENT SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE YOUR CRUISE, DO IT!! otherwise you will have to stand in an enormous standby line and hope you get in.
World class shows: Broadway's Chicago (the specific cast on RC's ship won a TONY!)
Ocean-Aria: world class diving show in the open air amphitheater on the back of the ship
Blue planet: crazy acrobatic show! great!
Comedy Club: good comics, very little seating
The crew is phenomenal, and the food and dining were wonderful. Highly Recommend!