This was my boyfriend's and my 5th cruise together, first time taking Royal Caribbean. We've sailed on Norwegian once, and Carnival three times, and our first time taking a cruise that was more than 7 or 8 nights.
I suspect that because of the time that we went, plus the length of the cruise, was the reason that the ship's demographic tended to skew older this time. I recall our cruise director, Rob (who was great, by the way! Lots of good one-liners), said that we only had 11 kids on the entire ship. But surprisingly, we had a lot of fun! Let me start from the beginning.
We drove down to Tampa from NYC, and stayed for 2 nights at the Chase Suite Hotel pre-cruise (which is fantastic, and we'd definitely return there if we find ourselves back in Tampa again). We arrived to the port around 1pm, and check in was a breeze. We were on the ship by around 1:40-1:45. Went straight to the pool, grabbed lunch, and wandered the ship for a bit. 11 decks total on the ship.
Noticed a strange, wet-towel odor in the bathroom when we first arrived. Bed extremely comfortable, and being in an interior room, felt like we were sleeping in a cave (probably another reason why we overslept 9/10 nights). Vanity is sufficient, also good closet space. Bathroom was tiny, weak water pressure in the sink, but good pressure and temperature in the shower. Also a small couch and table in the room that we pretty much used as storage for clothes. Clothing line is actually in the shower, which made it hard to shower without getting whacked in the face by your drying bathing suits.
Also, small selection of things to watch on TV. Lots of kiddie shows and shows in Spanish, and repeated movies.
Our room was toward the front of the ship, so we heard and felt pretty much everything. If you're a light sleeper, try to get a room in mid-ship, or toward the back.