We boarded the Allure of the Seas on Feb. 26, 2012. We read alot about the ship, but was surprised and impressed by what we found. Even though the ship is huge, there weren't many lines or crouds. The cabins are pretty much the same as most major cruise ships in this class, but the rest of the ship is just amazing. Food was pretty good. Entertainment was the best we have ever had on any cruise. The different entertainment venues were all very nice and easy to find. This ship has the most up to date electronic systems for finding your way to a specific location. The same electronics advise you about availability in restaurants. From either these touch screen devices throughout the ship, or your cabin TV, life is made very easy and enjoyable. The decor on the ship is beautiful.
Central Park is a very inviting place to eat lunch. The Park Cafe offers great salads, sandwiches, and more. We toured with the Horticulturist in Central Park. He explained the set up and talked about the plants. All plants are real. They are constantly checked to see if they must be replaced or not. They are beautiful, but a little more color would be nice.
The Boardwalk is a very cute place to visit. Everything from an Ice Cream Palor, to a Johnny Rockets, to a Hot Dog Booth are all available there. At the end of the Boardwalk, is the Aqua Theater, which offers wonderful aqua shows throughout the week. The Boardwalk even has those carnival type mirrors that make you look thin or fat.
This ship is equiped with solar panels that provide a percentage of the electricity for this ship. The Captain told me that they produce enough electricity for the Grand Promanade (Deck 5).
Speaking of the Grand Promanade, what a beautiful, wonderful place. There are various restaurants, shops, and activities located there. At times, certain parts of the decorations open up to become stages. Throughout the week various events were held there, such as parades and a 70's dance party.
Also on deck 5 is a levitating bar that travels between deck 5 and deck 8 (Central Park) at certain set times. It looks like a spaceship.
The shows on this ship are fantastic. The first night we saw a Broadway Play, Chicago. Later in the week was a Headliner, and then later yet, there was a production number. All were terrific.
On deck 4, there is a Comedy Club. Great venue! Also, there is Studio B, the Ice Skating Rink. There are shows offered throughout the week with great performers. Also, on deck 4 is the Casino. It is a large casino and is beautiful.
We had My Time Dining. The dining room is 3 levels with My Time Dining on the top level, deck 5. We did make reservation upon arrival on the ship, and found that for the most part, that worked out fine. Only one night did we have a fairly long wait. The restaurant staff was great. The food for lunch and dinner was very good. They aimed to please!
Now, for my one complaint,the Windjammer Buffet for breakfast left a lot to be desired. Of all the cruises we have taken, this has been the worst breakfast ever. I won't go any further about this, but if possible go to another venue.
The pool deck, 15, was great. Lots of different pool, jacuzzi's, and even the Solarium for adults. At the aft of 15/16, the ship offered a Zipline which was great. In the same area there were two Flowriders and a miniature golf course. Great, fun deck.
This is a ship which we feel everyone should experience at least once.