In most cases cannot agree with those who are complaining. If a complainer finds just one itty-bitty thing to squawk about then he/she will continue to search to find all the negatives. Everyone makes their own "time" good or bad.
Embarkation: No issues, we live on west coast of Florida, took Cruise Connection bus, dropped us at the pier at about 11:15, luggage on rack, proceed through security, to check-in and we were on the ship within 15 minutes.
Stateroom: We had an outside balcony. The room itself was very efficient, really, how much more room do you want? Spent quality time relaxing on our balcony, especially with early morning coffee. Bed linens and towels were
A-1. Crisp, clean, white, and nice cotton quality. Enjoyed the interactive TV, nice choices re movies, etc.
Food: C'mon, if you are really a "gourmet" you probably won't be traveling with the rest of us. I'd say I'm a foodie, but not gourmet. If you could not find one thing to eat on this ship that you enjoyed, then you spent way too much time in your stateroom or with the complainers! If you had the time to observe that your DR waiter and his/her Asst DR waiter don't like each other, then you need some new friends to keep your attention.
Public Rooms: All I can say is WOW! Colors and designs interesting and imaginative. Subdued and sedate in areas where you expect it (solarium for example) and exciting and outgoing (casino, promenade, H2O zone, etc.)otherwise.
Service: Those we interfaced with daily called us by name by Day 2, others polite, helpful, and most of all cheerful. Only one surly staff member in the future cruise department - impatient and bossy to her fellow workers and no smiles or welcoming warmth to passengers (okay, maybe she had just been accosted by the "complainers" so we have to let this pass)
Activities: The Daily Compass has every activity posted for every hour. From jewelry making, scrap-booking, flow-rider, shows,you name it. Richard Spacey was probably the best cruise director I've encountered. Lots of energy, quick wit, and huge smile. His TV productions were really a hoot too, especially his fake chest hair LOL!
Shore excursions: We didn't do any, been there, done that. Enjoyed the ship.
Miscellaneous: 6,000 other passengers - we didn't experience any time or place that made us feel we were with 5,998 others, not even in the Windjammer Buffet.
Neighborhoods: What a concept. Enjoyed every one. Each day there is a Scavenger Hunt where you explore a neighborhood, return to the On Air Club after 1/2 hour or so, review your answers and have bragging rights for the day that you got all the points covered. The enhancement of the scavenger hunt is a guide book entitled "Live the Oasis" on sale for about $10. Even if you don't do the scavenger hunt, get the book it has lots of interesting information and facts. Follow the guide through each neighborhood and you will learn some of the tiniest of details put into this ship.
We enjoyed the ship so much, we've booked the Allure for Halloween week in 2011.
In summary, unless you belong to the 'complainer' group you should walk away saying what 98% of the other passengers say - 'UNBELIEVABLE'