We just returned from our cruise on the Allure of the Seas. We left from Ft. Lauderdale on 11/13/11, on our way to the Eastern Caribbean. As first time cruisers we weren't quite sure what to expect, but the Allure certainly exceeded anything beyond our wildest dreams. What a magnificent ship.
Upon embarking, we were on Deck 5, which is the main public area of the ship. We made our way to Sorrentos, a pizza place for some lunch. You have the option of making your own personal pie, or choosing from a variety of pre made pies. We opted for the already prepared ones which were delicious. We then started to explore the ship, which is a big undertaking. Even after being aboard for a week, I think we werent able to see everything the Allure has to offer.
The ship has several of what are referred to as neighborhoods. The first neighborhood we visited was the Boardwalk. Here you will find a carousel, ice cream store, Hot Dog stand, Johnny Rockets, Ritas Cantina,candy store and the Aquatheater. It has a very fun vibe to it, and we enjoyed our times here. We did eat lunch at Johnny Rockets one day which was very good. The burgers, fries, and onion rings were quite tasty. We also went to the neighborhood called Central Park. This is amazing. Who could believe that there is a wooded park on a ship. The Central Park Cafe is here which provides some great dining options. They have a create your own salad station, panini station, and the best roast beef sandwich I have ever had. My husband insisted on having this sandwich for lunch almost every day. Central Park is also the home of some of the specialty restaurants on the ship. We had dinner at CHOPS which is the steakhouse on the boat. The food and the service were excellent.
After seeing the neighborhoods, we went to our stateroom. We were pleasantly surprised at how spacious the cabin was. There was ample room for all of our stuff. We were lucky enough to have a stateroom with a balcony and took full advantage of it. I loved having my coffee on the balcony every morning. I dont think I could cruise again without having a balcony. Our stateroom attendant, Keith Christmas, was excellent. He anticipated our every need, and was a great source of information about everything on the ship. We were so fortunate to have had the superior service Keith offered.
All of the staff on the ship were very attentive and treated us like royalty. Our waiters in the dining room, Marlon and Fandy went above and beyond with their service. There wasnt anything they couldnt get for us. We looked forward to dinner just to see them. The food in the dining room was excellent. There were so many choices every night! We did not eat breakfast in the dining room except for one morning. We found it just took too long. Instead we visited the Windjammer Cafe for our morning meal. Everything here is buffet style. They have many stations here such as waffles, pancakes french toast,oatmeal etc. They have many pastries to choose from and a lot of freshfruit is available. It is so nice to eat breakfast and look out at the water .
The pool areas are a lot of fun. I recommend getting up there early and claiming a chair so you can get a good spot. The pool decks have the flow rider, the sports court, and mini golf and the Wipe Out cafe. We had so much fun sitting out and catching some rays. At night there is a show to go to every nite. The entertainment was the only thing we found to be just ok. We were not really thrilled with the shows, except for the Headliner show. Earl Turner is a superb entertainer. He had us on our feet from the first minute to the last. The casino was fun, but we had no luck. Oh well, maybe next time.
Getting on and off the ship at the ports was done in a quick and orderly manner. We enjoyed all the ports, but St. Martin was our favorite. We could not believe that a week passed so quickly. We were so sad to leave this floating paradise. Cant wait to cruise again