This was our second cruise after a 7 nighter a year ago with Royal Caribbean. Our children are 4 and 7 and were very excited about another cruise. I'll focus on the experience of cruising with kids in this review.
We got to Circular Quay about 2ish. Getting on the ship was totally painless, went through the formalities etc and got our passports checked (for the one and only time the whole cruise!). We were on the ship within half an hour easily and headed up to the Lido for the first of many fabulous meals.
We had an outside cabin on Deck 2. It was bigger than the one on Rhapsody of the Seas although it is still a bit of a squeeze for four people. The sofa was made into a single bed (the steward made it every day but did not turn it back into a sofa) and the other bed was above our bed and was pulled down each night. The curtain between the lounge and the bed area is only about 1m wide on each side so not quite sure what that was for, you couldn't pull it all the way across. The window was nice and big and I liked the position of the cabin (2696) because it was only 3 cabins from the aft of the ship, where there is a little deck so you could easily get out there to check the weather in the mornings. It was however very noisy, there is some sort of infrastructure below it and it was very noisy the mornings we were coming in to port. It didn't bother us too much, at first the children were awake anyway then in the second week (when they had been staying up later) they were used to it I think so they slept through it and I was the only one who woke. Something to consider with cabins in this area if you like to sleep in.
Great location near small aft deck but very noisy some mornings.