I am not a heavy cruiser having sailed about 5 times before, but the Allure was the first time the ship was really The Destination. The food was the best, entertainment is top notch and service/quality of all the employees on this ship will make it hard to cruise on any of the other ships. There also was always something to do and it rarely seemed crowded on most of the ship. Getting on and off the ship took 30 minutes each way from the airport! Here is a quick review of our May 1st experience:
Food-Main Dining Room-Food was good and went to great as the cruise went on.
Chops & Giovanni's- Nice upgrades for dinner.
Rita's- Very odd Mexican combinations that were not tasty.
Park Cafe-Probably the biggest surprise and the best breakfast/lunch on the ship.
Solarium Bistro- Food was unusual, but I felt ill a few hours after eating.
Windjammer (buffet)-A small space, always crowded and food was really not very good. The deserts in particular tasted very bland. The last good Windjammer was on the Radiance of the Seas.
Entertainment-Everything on the boat was different and I would definitely sign up for Chicago, Blue Planet, Comedy Club, Ice Games and any of the Aqua events. All of these shows were tremendous upgrades in quality from any of the shows I have seen on other ships. Reserve your Entertainment months in advance!
Destinations-Nassau- we just went to see the Atlantis Resort, which was worth touring. The city overall has not changed much over the years and still looks a little rough.
St.Thomas-A great place to shop for the usual watches and jewelry.
St. Maarten-Wow this place not only is clean, but shopping and the beach are right next to each other. Get up earlier and spend some extra time here.
Two things to improve:
Room Air Conditioning-Our room really never got cold & was able to maintain a constant temperature.
Slow Internet-With all the technology on the ship, the internet is still expensive (should be free) and very slow like on all the other RCCL ships. I could not ever connect to my Corporate Web Mail Site, which could have been a problem.