We've cruised on a number of ships including the Oasis and wanted to compare it to the Allure. There were numerous improvements on the Allure, most were subtle. Other reviewers have touted the many virtues of this ship, and I agree with most of these comments. But, let me give you a few negative comments with the hope that someone from Royal Caribbean reads this also.
1. The Welcome Aboard Party for Platinum and above members of the Crown & Anchor Society was held in the Ice Rink. A terrible venue for this type of get together. Cramped seating, no live music, no dancing, and no place to set your drinks. The reason given was that this great ship had no other location that would accommodate the expected 1000 people. To bad only around 500 showed up.
2. Food: Windjammer Breakfast...same items - no variation - day after day. Lunch and Dinner...a little better variety and quality than breakfast but no better than many buffets on shore priced at $8.95 per person. Probably the worst buffet food I have had on any ship I've been on.
3. Food: Dining Room Dinner...prime rib - forget it, it's awful. Lobster - over cooked and dry, need a steak knife to cut it. Not impressed by the variety or quality of the food.
4. Food: Samba Brazilian Grill...nice idea but there was too few wait staff for the number of people dining. Service was extremely slow. I expected quality meats cooked expertly...what I got was meat that was dry and of a much poorer grade than you would expect from this type of specialty restaurant. The Fillet Mignon tasted more like leather. Want an especially nice desert? You won't find it here. Even the flan was dry and tasteless.
There's more... but my memory is starting to fade. Sometimes that's a good thing.