We (DH-42, DS -11, and me - 43) sailed on the FOS on the 8/7/11 sailing. This was our 5th cruise, previously having sailed on RCCL, Carnival and Celebrity. We chose the FOS for the itinerary as well as the activity options on the ship. Prior to embarking we spent alot of time on the CC boards, planning our time, pre-booking our own excursions, and reserving shows and activities on the ship - I felt pretty prepared!
We stayed at the Country Inn and Suites the night before - adequate accommodations, and the pool was fine. Our one complaint was the LONG line and lack of tables for the free breakfast on Sunday morning, but that was to be expected. We got what we wanted and then took it back to our suite.
Embarkation was a breeze - we got to the port early and were one of the first 100 or so people on the ship. It is gorgeous! We walked around for a few minutes and then went to the Windjammer for lunch - it was still pretty uncrowded. Afterwards, we had time before cabins were opened so we explored - somehow we left our camera bag (1 SLR with extra lens, 1 flip video cam, and 1 point and shoot) in the arcade and when we later went back for it (about 90 minutes later) - of course it had been taken. I went immediately to Guest Services and surprise, it had not been turned in. They told me to check back again later, but I had my doubts we would ever see it again - and we did not, despite checking back numerous times (more on this below). We ended up buying a new camera in the ship's store the next day.