Thanks for the report, Jeff, and welcome to Cruise Reviews!
I'll be aboard Allure in two weeks. I did a cruise on the Oasis when it first debuted and am looking forward to it.
Did you do My Time Dining or have an assigned seating? It is a theory of mine that the MTD revolution has caused main dining rooms to be less crisp.
I am with you on the embarkation/debarkation. It is quite amazing that they are able to move so many people so efficiently.