Flew from Michigan to Fort Lauderdale on the same day as our sail. No problems. Took cab from airport to port and had cab driver stop at Walgreens for sundries as we traveled with carry-ons ONLY. He charged us $30 total with the stop and wait while my travel partner ran in. Traveling with carry-ons only was GREAT. Even with the carry on we both brought to many cloths!!! I did not want to pay $30 to check bags with Delta and risk losing them on same day as boarding. I had one Carry on with rollers and one very large beach bag from Target full. Had no issues.
Our room was nice. Plenty of room for two adult women to get ready. I got ready in bathroom and friend got ready at vanity. Room had large closet and drawers and cubbies. Lots of well thought out storage. The flat screen tv was in an odd spot which inhibited viewing from your bed.
It was nice to have a view of Central Park from deck 9. We just walked down the stairs to have breakfast every morning in the Central Park restaurant. If it was lunch time the custom salads were marvelous. Much better than the main dining room which was crowded and not relaxing.
Spent the days at the Solarium adult only pool. Nice size pools over looking the sea just at the entrance of the Solarium. The hot tubs were very relaxing and nice as well. There were always lounge chairs available however not much shade on deck. Go up one more floor at Solarium next to bar to find shade. Gorgeous views and a very well though out design for the entire ship!
I loved the newness of everything. It is very modern on board with all the best technology.
Drinks are VERY EXPENSIVE!!! Expect to pay between $7-$10 PER cocktail. A 15% service charge comes on each bill. I spent $200 on cocktails over the week and my friend $300. Now I know why people smuggle liquor on board! The drinks seemed watered down and thus you order more.
We had 6pm seating for dinner. It was easy to move to 8:30pm as needed if we did not make it. Be aware that if you do not have your table assignment on you Sea Pass it is a EXTREME HASSLE to get your table assignment. You must go to the dining room and wait in line with many people waiting to speak to the head waiter and take care of it. What a pain. This is not how we wanted to spend our first hour on the ship!!!
The food in the main dining room was adequate/sufficient. Nothing special at all. Just mediocre. The highlight was lobster tails one night. Many people seemed to take advantage of the upcharge dining venues. I also would not recommend the wine package. It averages to $30 per bottle for the package. We purchased by the night at dinner for $23 and had great choices.
The night Clubs are are AMAZING! Fantastic Salsa Dancing Club - Boloeros. I attended every night. The disco Blaze was also nice and Dazzle is beautiful. There was also a Jazz Bar - not many people there and Martini Bar. Very disappointed that there are no blue cheese stuffed olives on board for a dirty martini so we skipped it.
Port Labedee was great. Try taking a nap in a hammock. Walk down further to the best part of the beach. The sand in the water is very very rocking, recommend water shoes. We did not get off in Jamaica as the Port is under construction. And been to Cozumel many times and stayed on the boat. We got massages and went shopping during the port days. Try the Happy Hour Massage $120 one hour. Included mini facial, foot massage and hot oil back massage.
ALL SHOWS are a must. Dont miss them. They are both Vegas Style - Blue Planet, and Broadway Style - Chicago. Dont miss the Aqua Show or the Comedy Club. BOOK everything online if you can because shows do sell out!!!!!! We also went to the Ritas Cantina Feista the first night. $20 includes 3 margaritas and dinner. What a bargain plus lots of entertainment and dancing.
The trip went by way to fast. Before we knew it we were back to Fort Lauderdale. We are going to go again next year and try the Eastern Caribbean on Allure of the Sea. This ship is one of a kind and I rate it with top marks!