This was our first cruise. We live in FLA, so it was easy to get to, but the parking fee was a lot for only five days ($60). It's not even a parking garage. It's a parking lot. Embarkation was quick, efficient and the staff was very pleasant.
We were onboard by 12:30. Had one of many of the "special" drinks. Went to the buffet for lunch, which was great. Loads of food. Walked around the ship to get the idea where everything was and found it easier to walk the stairs than wait for elevators. Great decor! Very windy. We couldn't walk around the top deck because it was so windy and cold. It was like that the entire next day (Sea Day). I didn't realize we had to do a drill with life vests before we left port. That was a little weird, but it went by fast.
Our Cruise Director was awesome, she was totally energetic and fun. We went to several shows, which were great. We also went to several Bingo games, which we didn't win, but had a great time. The informational session she had helped us plan our trip better.