We are a 60 something couple from California with 30 cruises on various cruiselines. We flew to FLL 2 days in advance and stayed at the Embassy Suites. We ventured up to Boynton Beach to meet relatives for dinner the first night. The next day we went to Sawgrass Mills, the Bonnet House and the Hard Rock Hotel. After the usual breakfast, we returned our rental car from Budget to the Quay St location and caught a cab to the port. They provide a shuttle but too many people were waiting with lots of luggage.
Embarkation was a breeze, friendly and no lines at all.
We went up to the Windjammer before the worst of the crowds, then to our stateroom and soon after our luggage arrived. My husband brings clorox wipes to disinfect and found the bathroom to be dirty. We also noticed a drawer that hadn't been cleaned full of lint and dusty fixtures. We called about this and 2 people showed up and took care of the problem.
We had an oceanview balcony 6664 near the elevators. It was a quiet room with the bed near the balcony. Drawer space is limited and I brought adhesive hooks and an extension cord.
We had Anytime dining which was no problem. We had a table for 2 each night. We also ate in 150 Central Park and did Chefs Table. There are so many choices, we also ate in the Solarium bistro and Park cafe several times.
We found the food to be good everywhere but the coffee no so much.
The highlight of the cruise was the entertainment. We went to almost every show, just skipped the ventriloquist. The Aqua shows and Ice shows were amazing. We saw Hairspray the first night, it wasnt crowded at all because our cruise had 4000 So Americans onboard. The comedian had a small audience because English speakers were just 1000 people. They had an ABBA show and NYE everyone was crammed into the Promenade. Can someone say Fire Hazard?
The pools were pretty cold but the chair hogs didn't care. Towels on the chairs despite the signage and no enforcement of the 30 min. rule.
I did the zipline and tried Scrapbooking--there were just 2 people for that activity. My husband signed up for the Spa sauna, heated chair thing which he enjoyed. There was never a lack of things to do or see on this ship. However, you lose the feeling of being on the sea, so I was glad to have an Oceanview balcony.
We had a small Meet and Mingle with an annoying host.
For the ports: Labadee was better than I thought it would be. My husband was upset we were going to Haiti with the cholera thing, but he was impressed as well. We love the beach so it doesn't take much to enjoy Labadee.
In St Thomas we planned to go to Jost Van Dyke but our excursion was cancelled and we had to scramble for another one. We ended up going on a catamaran to snorkel and ended up at Water Island where Joe Biden and his wife were on the beach.
In St Martin it was a cloudy day. Having been to Orient Beach many times, went to Great Bay in town which was so much better than years ago when there was glass on the beach. Its cleaned up and there are rental chairs and umbrellas.
We had 2 sea days in a row to relax and then went to Nassau. We were the first ship in that day. It was cold and windy so we went downtown before the crowds, then back to the ship for lunch. After lunch, we took a taxi to Cabbage Beach. It was a bit warmer but still windy, the beach was gorgeous though.
The cruise ship is amazing. There is so much to see and do. The interactive boards around the ship tell whats going on and where it is. Of course a holiday cruise has lots of kids and families so I probably would not do it again. But now I am curious to try Allure.