When we cruised on the Allure last january we had a great cruise and I love that ship as well as the Oasis, which we will be on for the second time in april 2012.
I have never paid to go to any special restaurant on the Allure or any other ship. I do spend money in the bars, but I am fine with the food in the MDR.
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
Vision OTS 2-14-2015
Freedom OTS 3/6/16