Embarkation very easy. We got to the port via travelynx shuttle who took us from orlando airport to the hampton inn in cocoa beach, then from the hampton inn to the cruise port the next morning (always plan on arriving a day early for your cruise to accomodate for any airline problems, weather problems etc).
We were at the port around 1115am. you can't get to your room until after 1pm, so they suggest you go up to the lido deck's restaurant (called the "gathering" on this ship). It was pretty jammed there, but we were told by a relative who cruised before on this ship to go up one flight to the pasta bar because it is rarely crowded. That was very good advice. you can pick what you want by checking off a list of items, and take it up to the bar and they deliver it to where you are sitting. (they give you a sign with a number so they can find your table. The pasta bar was discovered later in the week by everyone, so try to hit it earlier in your cruise.
after we ate in leisure, we went to our cabin, and our luggage came about 40 minutes later.
The main reason why we selected this particular ship was the advice of my wife's brother who had a cove balcony, which sits right above the water. He said it was a truly amazing experience to sit that close to the water and he was right. It was amazing.
Our cruise consisted of 4 ports conzumel, roatan, belize and costa maya. Conzumel was very nice. we took a taxi tour to the far side of the island where the pretty beaches are. he also took us to a tequila factory (where we purchased a bit more tequila than we should have!) We also asked him to take us to a place to eat lunch that the locals go to, not a tourist trap. he did that and waited for us to finish our lunch.
Roatan the next day was very nice..we didn't sign up for any excursions, just shopped the center square. People were very nice here. (buy some honduran coffee here. good stuff). also for a small donation they will stamp your passport (the donation is to help the local school children in getting proper toilet facilities in their schools. We didn't spend too much time in Belize. if you don't have an excursion planned there isn't much to do. this is the only stop where you have to be tenured to the island. In costa maya we had a private beach day that my wife purchased via a trip advisor ercommendation called the maya chan beach. it was a wonderful day as they pamper you with drinks and food. they will even bring a drink out to you in the water as you are floating in one of their tubes. see www.mayachanbeach.com
This was our first cruise where we never made it to any shows in the evening. In fact we even missed 2 dinners in dining room. we just used our time for relaxation this time. the dining room staff were fine very attentive, even though I sensed that they were a bit tense, afraid of making a mistake it appears. Our table mates had the same observation (and this was there first cruise).
Debarkation went very smooth. We took advantage of the luggage express service. they print off your airline boarding pass for you and they take your luggage to the airport and the next time you have to deal with it is when you are at your home destination. well worth the $20. or so per person, and you can leave the ship whenever they say you that the ship is cleared to begin debarkation.
all in all a very enjoyable cruise for us. enjoy, fellow travelers!!