We've never cruised before and had no idea what to expect - all we've done are all inclusives.
Embarking was hectic, we aren't used to so many people. The biggest problem here was that our luggage wasn't on the same bus we took from the airport to the ship. Our luggage came separately in a cube van and didn't make it to our room, we had to go down and collect it ourselves. This did cause some anxiety initially because who likes to be separated from their luggage?? They assured us this was a normal practice, and they were correct.
Dan Dan (cruise director) is AMAZING. Hilarious, fun to talk one on one with. Don't miss anything he's a part of.