Since we live in the Northeast we flew into New Orleans on Friday morning prior to embarkation. We arrived around 12:30, checked in and were able to explore New Orleans that day and evening. That was fine although I am not in any rush to return to that area.
On Saturday we checked out of hotel and were on board by 12:00. Very smooth embarkation. Good Job Royal Caribbean!! Lines moved along very rapidly and as long as everyone had their cruise documents in hand there was no issues.