We booked a back to back on the Allure in February. Be Aware-if you are looking for a cruise with less children then don't book the Presidents Birthday week-New York and Boston have the whole week off
and there were 2,000 kids on the cruise!!! Can you imagine? We will never make that mistake again!! but despite this we still enjoyed ourselves very much. Entertainment is excellent-I don't know if any cruiseline beside Disney can compete. Chicago was good (not great)-Blue Planet (we didn't like at all-music does not match the motion-it's like cirque) but comedy club was fabulous, and the headliner shows were terrific.
Food we ate in the dining room every night except one was good. Service the first week was better the first week than the second (we changed waiters and tables) We ate at the steakhouse once each week and only because it was included in our package and it was EXCELLENT!!! Windjammer for lunch was fair and some days we ate at the Park Café. Same for breakfast-Windjammer,Park Café,or Johnny Rockets-All fine. There was plenty of fighting over pool chairs,yet there are plenty of options on this ship. One beach pool where the water comes up to your chair (salt water) and two freshwater pools plus a huge childrens area great if you have babies or young children. There is plenty going on all day and something for everyone to do whether you are in a port or not. It's hard to not have a good time on this ship-but once is enough for us-Chicago has a five year contract and Blue Planet is the same and so is the ice show. We talked to many people who keep coming back on the same ship-but for us-people who go to all the shows,
we were bored by the second week. Oh I forgot to mention the diving show-good but the same each time also.Once you've seen it-you've seen it. All in all I would highly recommend this ship-especially for families, and everyone really but once is really enough-We've also been on the Oasis and its basically the same-just different entertainment. If you are into entertainment then spending a little more to go on this ship is for you!! We had an outside cabin (because we were on for two weeks) and it was spacious and had plenty of room. If I have a complaint it is there T.V. system-Princess is much better-they have on demand movies, more than you can imagine and its free!! Here the T.V. is terrible and they are always trying to sell you something-Actually that is another beef I have-why charge for hamburgers at Johnny Rockets and charge for coffees and cupcakes!! Your already paying a lot for the cruise-I don't get whey they are nickel and diming you all the time. Why have extra charge restaurants? Charge a little more for the cruise and make everything free except for liquor and fu fu drinks. All in all fun, fun in the sun-Highly recommend this ship and its sister the Oasis.