May 2016 - 7 Night Eastern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale Roundtrip) Cruise on Allure of the Seas
A Big Ship With A Lot of People
This ship is on par with the Royal Caribbean brand. I have been on over 10 RCCL cruises, so I like their brand. Although you may not feel crowded, there are a lot of people and some of the bars are not staffed to support. As such, you will need to go to the bar to order your own drink and wait. There are no deck bar servers at all. Many, many people will reserve deck chairs all day and never use them. This is my pet peeve. Some people save a chair in the shade, while sitting in the sun. RCCL does not enforce the 30 minute rule on deck chairs. The food is good in the large dining areas, on par with any big buffets on land and trying to serve a lot of people at once. The specialty restaurants are a bit better, but I would not waste my money on more than one. The dining room is fine. Entertainment is fine and worth going, but if you want Broadway quality, go to Broadway. These entertainers endure cruise staff conditions because they are not on Broadway. I found that the large ship did provide a nice variety and more options, but mostly it just provided more options to upsell you something. So was it better than the smaller ships, not really.....I would pick the ship based on where you want to go and not the size. You will get the same on either.