January cruising is a necessity for New Yorkers trying to escape the cold. This cruise was the first leg of a three leg journey. First time on the Allure also. It's a huge ship. (Don't think we saw it all.)
We arrived Port Everglades one day early and stayed at the Garden Hilton. The room was nice and clean but nothing special. The food at the hotel poor. Plenty to do near by.
Arrival at the pier on Sat around 11 AM. The documentation to board the ship took no time at all. We were in a Grand Suite, but no one was tied up at embarkation. I was amazed at how they had everything in hand. Our room 14660, was ready. The suite was large but not the largest we have stayed in. Plenty of storage. The balcony had two lounges and a table and two chairs. Clean and well maintained. We rarely saw the cabin steward or the Butler. Had breakfast in room every day but it was available in the Concierge Lounge also. No one really explained the amenities of the Grand Suite. Found out free drinks every day from 5 to 8 Pm, two days in. Read all you can regarding shows and specialty restaurants and book reservations prior to getting onboard.
It was easy to forget that you were on a ship. Central Park was amazing and the Restaurants and shops were too. Times Square and the Boardwalk were also amazing. There was so much to do and see that you always felt like you were missing something. Never did make the Donut Shop. ( It should be open all day.) Not a few hours in the AM. Two of the shows were missed completely. Scheduling would not allow us to go. They should be available longer and for more days. The reserved seating for suite guests was terrible. What happened to Orchestra center rows 1-12 until 15 minutes prior to show.
The specialty restaurants were worth it. Rita's Cantina with the alcohol package a good deal. Chops really excellent food. Giovanni's Table was still more Northern Italian than I would have liked.I like my red sauce. But loved the tiramisu.
The best part was the CASINO. On evening one, My wife hit for over $5000 on a penny machine. Maxed out a quick Hit. We are casino players and were treated Royally with their Club Royal Program. Drinks credits and amenities. They made us feel appreciated.
The Ports were their Island Labadie, Haiti which was set up well. Enjoyed the day with a special buffet for suite guests. Jamaica just did some light shopping. Cozumel Mexico again light shopping. Being older and having done these ports many times we tend to go to familiar bars, shops and restaurants that we have been to before. Both Jamaica and Cozumel offer a wide selection of things to do. Go do them.
It was a great cruise. I will go back.