Embarkation: Arrived at Port Everglades around 10:45. Check-in was quick and efficient, no lineup at all. Once registered, we were seated in a "holding area" till ship was able to take us on. We were on board by 11:45 or so.
Ship: This ship is amazing! We joked that we would need a GPS to find our way around it, but actually once you figure out where the main venues are, it is quite easy to navigate. The elevators show which floors have which amenities and there are numerous interactive screens throughout the ship which are very helpful. I was really worried that we would have to wait in line for everything on such a huge ship or that there would be throngs of people everywhere but this wasn't the case at all. Sure there were alot of people around when there was an event going on (promenade parades or parties) but I never felt like I was in a sardine can ever. We enjoyed the whirlpools several times and there were only 2-4 other people with us at a time. We never had trouble finding chairs around the pool nor in the Windjammer. No lineup for the rock wall and about 3 people ahead of us on zipline. One night it seemed as if we were alone in Central Park it was so quiet.
Cabin: We had an ocean view balcony on starboard side, deck 10. No need to have to bring a power bar, there were plenty of power outlets located near vanity. My husband liked the IPOD dock and there was plenty of storage. Our cabin steward Elvis was terrific. Everyday he gave us a riddle that we could ponder.
Dining: No complaints at all with regards to the food. We tried the Solarium on the first day but decided the food there was too "healthy" for our taste LOL. We chose to eat at Johnny Rocket's for breakfast the rest of the cruise except the last day when we ate in the Windjammer. Johnny Rocket's is complimentary for breakfast and they serve standard breakfast fare made to order ie, pancakes, french toast, eggs, etc. One of our personable dining room hosts also worked at this location in the mornings so we enjoyed chatting with him daily.
Food in the MDR was delicious. We opted not to do any specialty restaurants as we were quite pleased with the food and service here. We had my time dining and our dining room staff was top notch! We joked with them on the first night that we wanted to be seated in the "fun" section and we couldn't have asked for a better table. Our waiter, Hemant was a sweetheart. I can never make up my mind with what I want to eat so most nights he would convince me to order 2 entrees. We laughed that this 95 lb guest would always have the most food piled in front of her. Leo, our assistant waiter always had a glass of lemonade waiting for us and never let our glasses run dry. Our head waiter, Anna was bubbly and always smiling and our comical host, "Wan" kept us laughing every night. We were more than happy to tip them beyond the standard gratuity as they made each dining experience so enjoyable.
We had most of our lunches on sea days in the Windjammer. Very pleased with the buffet. They changed up the menus daily and food was hot and plentiful. Most crowded days were first and last cruise day but even then, no battles to get food or find a seat.
Loved the hot dogs on the Boardwalk and made to order pizza at Sorrentos. Also had to sample a red velvet, cream-cheese iced cupcake from the Cupcake Cupboard ... yummy!
Entertainment: Shows onboard were outstanding. Chicago was true broadway quality. Oceanaria was wonderful, with high diving, trampolines and cirque de soleil-like vibe. Blue Planet was also very enjoyable, same type of show as Oceanaria minus the water. The headliner was "Beatlemania" which we loved. The comedy show was quite funny. I would have to say that the weakest shows were the ice shows, not as good as on Liberty of the Seas but still ok. We had reserved all our shows prior to the cruise which seemed to work out fine. Most nights I think most people in standby lines were still able to get in.
Disembarkation: Due to weather, we were delayed by about an hour getting off the ship. Other than that it was a smooth process and we were at the airport by 11:00, plenty of time to catch our 2:00 flight.
Summary: Loved every minute onboard Allure ... even on the last sea day rocking and rolling in 15-20 foot waves. Took advantage of reduced deposit and onboard credit offer and decided to book Oasis for next year. CAN'T WAIT!!!!!