As I mentioned, we had booked the cruise as an "inside guaranteed" room. All we knew is that we'd be somewhere on the ship, in an inside room. On the previous cruise, we had ended up on deck 2 and were hoping for a better placement this time. We didn't get our placement until two days before the cruise (the day before we were leaving). Immediately we looked at the ship plans and found out we were mid-ship, BALCONY! Unbelievable. I've wanted a balcony every time, but it's just too much more. I felt incredibly blessed to be "gifted" this upgrade, at no cost! When we got to the room, there was a "Diamond" welcome package for the original room-bookers, a Portuguese speaking couple. We enjoyed the snack basket, but couldn't use the coupons. Asking our room steward for new coupons was the first sign he wasn't quite up to the job, it took a lot of run around with guest services to finally get them (if we even did, I don't remember now).
Not too big! I don't understand people who say you don't spend anytime in your cabin. We spent quite a bit of time there!
I didn't take a picture of the bathroom on the Allure, but it was pretty much just like the ones on the Liberty/Freedom ships.
We had heard about the locking door handle, and to make sure not to get locked out on the balcony. I thought maybe we could just leave the door open a little. Nope. It makes a horrid whistling noise. Also, leaving the door open really warms up the room.
Probably the best thing about having the balcony, was watching the storm on the last day. That was awesome. I'm thrilled we were in our room when the front moved across, and not making a mad dash for cover up on the outside decks!
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