Embarkation was a breeze. We started the process about 11:45. We are Diamond members of RCCL and took advantage of express check-in. Our companions (1st time RCCLers) were welcome to check in with us. We dropped our carry-ons in our cabins and proceeded to the Windjammer for lunch. The cafe was smaller than experienced on previous ships but the food was good. We then started exploring the ship. We started out by going to Central Park to make reservations for dinner one night as we had a gift certificate from our travel company. No problem. We traveled deck by deck around the public areas and stopped at our cabin to freshen up before dinner.
We had MTD and waited about 20 minutes the first night to be seated. After that we had reservations and never had to wait and had the same table and waiter each night. We did not plan a show for the first night and explored a bit.
Day 1 (Nassau) had breakfast in the Windjammer and it was only OK. After that we had express breakfast in the dining room and it was very good. We walked around the port for a while and went back to the ship. We have been to the Eastern Carrib. many times before.
We planned and reserved our shows before boarding and it was a good thing we did as the ship was full and we did get to see everything. Hairspray, the aqua show, Come fly with me, Ice Show and Headliner were all very good. Technical difficulties with Come Fly with Me caused the show to be cancelled that night but they substituted the comedy show and rescheduled the show for the next night.
Crowd management was well handled and we rarely felt overrun with people. There were plenty of places to do some intensive people watching. Plenty of activities.
We mostly ate in the complimentary venues. We enjoyed Park Cafe for a light lunch and the dining room for a wonderful salad lunch buffet. Chops Grille was excellent.
Although there were some children on board they were well behaved and not in the way of those seniors who did not want to be bothered by kids. they seemed to be occupied with age appropriate activities.
Our cabin was an ocean facing balcony and was nice and quiet. I do believe that those that face the inner court yards of Boardwalk and Central Park would be rather noisy and I observed that there were rarely people using their inner balconies.
The staff was super friendly and helpful. The aids they have to direct one around the ship were easy to use. After the first day we had no problem getting around the ship.
Our next trip will definitely be to experience the Allure.