We loved our first cruise ever - on Allure of the Seas. Totally relaxing, every need was taken care of and we were treated like kings.
Check-in was fast and efficient, as we had done all our pre-cruise check-in online. Our room was ready by 1:00. As per their suggestion, we had a bag with us with bathing suits, etc, and enjoyed a great meal and swimming while we waited for our luggage to arrive around 3:00. Our balcony stateroom was gorgeous, and very spacious and well-appointed. Just beautiful.
We had pre-booked all on-board entertainment, which we highly recommend, as the shows fill up quickly. Arrive at least half hour before a show to get good seats. The quality of the entertainment was incredible. Port excursions had been pre-booked as well, and everything went very smoothly.
We ate at the main dining room every night, and every single meal was fantastic. Great personalised service, wonderful menu choices, beautiful atmosphere, and fabulous food. The staff went way above and beyond the call of duty! Again, having reserved My Time dining resulted in no wait times for seating for tables for 2 or 4. We never paid for any of the premium restaurants on board. Absolutely not necessary, as there is more than ample choice among the included restaurants and cafes. Coffee was surprisingly good throughout, and there were fine beverage choices included if you don't want to purchase a beverage package.
Even though this is a huge ship, right up to the last day, we were finding quiet spots to hang out. We never felt crowded or rushed. The gym is beautiful, the walking and running track amazing. There is a LOT of walking around on this ship, and if you choose to do the stairs you can minimize the inevitable tightening of the clothes from all the great food.
This was the most relaxing vacation we ever had, and hopefully the first of many more cruises for us. What a beautiful ship! Wonderful holiday!