We went on Allure of the Seas Eastern Carribean Cruise in October 2011.
It was our first cruise and the ages of the group were 4, 32, 43, 64 and 89 so a diverse age group.
Pre Stay - We decided to go three days earlier as we came from England so wanted to get over the jetlag. We stay 2 nights at Alhambra Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale which was excellent and then 1 night at the Hilton at Port Everglades. The only thing wrong with the Hilton was that there is nothing to do around that area although they do provide a free shuttle to the beach area.
On the morning of the cruise getting onto the ship was very easy and well organised. From setting off from the hotel to being on the ship took a total of about 30 minutes.
We was on deck 10 and in a superior balcony ocean view stateroom. The stateroom was fine for us and the bed comfy. We had me and my husband and our four year old child in our bed and there was more than enough room.
The places we ate were: -
Main dining room - very good, did not have a bad meal there and the waiter was very good advising us on what was best to have each night. We also had breakfast there which was fine too.
Park Cafe - ate there for snacks and breakfast - liked it here. Go here when you first get on the ship - hot beef sandwiches - lovely!!
Sorentos - Was here most days for lunch - Pizza - very good.
Chops Grille - this was the only speciality restuarant we ate at and it was very very very good. The steak is to die for!
When i was looking at reviews i wanted to know what the drinks cost were like and nobody every wrote it so here it is: -
Beer - you are looking at about Â£6 for a draft and $7.50 per bottle.
Cocktails - are between $7.50 - $8.50
Spirits and wine - you are looking around $9 - $11 for house.
The other thing i need to mention is the Kids Club. My son LOVED it - we did not see him for the week!!!
Although we was full on the cruise - it did not feel it even on sailing days around the pool. There is always spaces available and they will collect your towel etc if you leave it unoccupied on the chair for more than 30 mins so beware - no saving chairs!!!