We had already spent 2 days in Dubai prior to embarkation. We arrived at the Cruise Terminal at about 11 am and our check-in was smooth and quick. We were able to get to our stateroom at midday so we went and had a drink first before a little exploring.
We found our stateroom straight away but were a little disappointed to discover that it was just off the Centrum and hoped that this would not be too noisy. Also, we were right above the lifeboats so could not see right down the side of the ship! Never mind, the stateroom was a little smaller to what we were used too but was pleasant enough. The bathroom was a little too small for my liking tho'. We freshened up a little and then went exploring again. By now we were hungry so went to the Windjammer for lunch which, of course, was delicious. I jokingly said to my husband that as we were one of the first to check in, our luggage would be the last to arrive ... strangely enough this was true - it didn't arrive till after 6 pm! We were on 8.30 sitting for dinner so we weren't too bothered as we sailed at 6 anyway.
Dinner the first night was informal and we met with the other occupants of our table. Our waiters were attentive - the assistant waiter more so!
Cabin 7594 - very close to the Centrum which could be quite noisy if you go to bed early! View from balcony was restricted by the lifeboats - ie you could not see directly below.