Allure of the seas is a beautiful ship. We really enjoyed the ship, there are alot of nice features as well as some things that could have been done alot better.
Embarkation was a breeze, we got on board by 11:30am; although we could not get in the cabin until 1pm. The design and decorations around are just beautifu, the electronic boards that can help you find where to go are a great idea. The cabins of course are still way too small!!! Unless you book a suite you're packed like a rat! There was less drawer space than the older ships. They now charge for room service if you order after midnight.
The windjammer is a horrible place to have a meal because it is way too small, in the previous ships it has TWO sides and takes up the whole end of the ship, on this one that is not the case, it's very hectic and small, not enough variety and people are just plain rude. The whole cruise i only ate there twice. BTW they do NOT make made to order omlettes there! You have to go to the main dining room to get that.
We tried chops grille and it was pretty good, another specialty restaurant we tried was "Samba Grill". The good news is if you've been to a Texas De Brazil you know what to expect...the bad news is if you've been to Texas de Brazil YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT!!!! It was horrible, they take forever to bring you any meat, and most of it is rare to medium rare, it you ask for it med/well you'd better be prepared to wait about 15-20 mins for ONE piece of meat!!! The cupcake place was nice, the classes are $22 which i found a bit too much, they do get booked up so you'll need to make the reservations by the first day. THe promenade cafe on deck 5 isn't great either, usually on the other RCCL ships they have a variety of items which change daily; on this one it's the same food EVERY day! The cookies are like bricks! The food in the main dining rooms was okay, they have taken somethings off the menu due to costs. (for example the souffle with the gran marnier sauce)
We did not book any excursions because we have been to all these ports in the past and know that you can just simply walk off the ship get a cab and go to the beach! If you just want to go to the beach and do a little shopping don't waste your money on any of the excursions, you can save a lot by just getting a cab and going on your own. In Nassau for example for just $4 per person you can go to cabbage beach which is beautiful with crystal clear water, rent an umbrella with 2 lounges for $20!
I will let you know that on the morning of disembarkation they WILL physically knock on your door if you're in your cabin past 8:30am! They don't play! The towels for the pools or to go ashore cause a lot of problems because the attendants don't credit your account like they should so watch out; there were a lot of people at the guest services desk on the last morning with complaints (including us) about having a $20 charge for a towel! The picture kiosks are not user friendly and the staff is very poor with bad attitudes! The ship itself is geared towards small kids, if you have kids it's a great ship to be on!