Just back from the Oct 23 sailing, hard to describe the true nature of tis ship, we have sailed on many different ships and cruise lines and the Allure of the Seas has spoiled us.
Embarkation a breeze, no more than 10 minutes and we were on the ship. Greeted by very friendly and helpful staff. Room ready promptly at 1:00, luggage delivered by 4:00.
Ship itself is incredible, the open stern, aqua theatre, royal promenade, central park, boardwalk and much more, even with 6000 passengers, ship felt crowded only during special events on royal promenade like the Dreamworks parades and 70's music tribute.
Loved the adults only Solarium, big, quiet, beautiful, never any trouble getting lounge chairs, pool and 2 hot tubs in the solarium and 2 hot tubs just outside the doors. Wonderful healthy food for breakfast and lunch in the Solarium cafe, lots of fruits, cereals, vegetables, soups, entrees and much more, good eating!
Entertainment was wonderful, the stage production of Chicago was totally broadway professional, much better than the usual cruise ship offerings, could easily been seen on Broadway. Ocean Aria show in aqua theatre was amazing, incredibly talented performers. Headliner show was Abbra Cadebbra, ABBA band that looked and sounded just like ABBA, great show, very entertaining. Also enjoyed the Blue Planet show, did not get to the Ice Show, heard it was very good.
So much to do on the ship, something for everybody we danced each night to the Frontliners in Dazzles, a great band and my wife and I also won the rock and roll dance off and were named KIng and Queen of rock and roll and got a great selection of gifts, medals and two awesome crowns for the cruise staff. Lots of fun. Wife also did Zumba on the promenade several times, very popular over 100 people dancing each time. Dance classes and entertainment of all kinds every day, bingo, trivia, instructional classes, really too much to list her. more than enough to keep someone busy every minute.
Sports deck is awesome, we did the zip line suspended high over 7 decks, don't look down! Two large Flow Zones where you can surf or body board, two very. very tall rock climbing walls. Basketball courts, beautiful putt-putt golf course, table tennis, and more.
Cruise director Allen Brooks very good, involved in everything, cruise staff also very engaged and friendly.
Food and service in MDR was the best on any cruise we have been on, very good selection on the menu, food always delivered promptly and the taste and presentation was very good. Our waiter Hera and her husband, Ramonchito were great, always brought extra entrees and desserts.
If you go to Labadee, skip the excursions and spend the day at the RCL beach, beautiful, clean, safe, lounge chairs, great food provided, no need to spend time and money going elsewhere. We did the Sand Island excursion which was nice, but If I had known about the Labadee beacj, I would have stayed right there. Took a excursion to Irie Beach in Jamaica, very well done, all you can eat and drink, lots of activities, beach was nice, but, getting in and out of water was difficult due to extreme drop off in beach.
Hurricane Rina caused us to be diverted from Cozumel to Nassau, not my favorite, very crowded, dirty, loud, not much to do, same old junk to buy, sent an hour walking around and then back to the ship.
Wonderful time, getting ready to book again on the Allure or Oasis.