This is the second cruise my mom and I have taken together. I live in Illinois and she lives in Texas so we meet at the port. We didn't stay at a hotel we arrived the day our ship would leave. Embarkation was not a problem.
The ship was fabulous and huge. Our room was in a great location not too close to the elevator but not too far either. My mom has problems with her knees so walking can be an issue.
We like to relax and shop, so we didn't pay attention to any of the activities on the ship. We had a wonderful stateroom attendant, Eduardo. I know we embarrassed him slightly with a little incident which I shall not name but my mother is to blame (smile). We did take advantage of one of the spa specials. We had a choice of five services for $79. All of it was spectacular.