We arrived at the port at 10:45. Check in was easy and we were quickly into the waiting area. We are minor smugglers, and didn't have any issues getting on board everything we needed. Everything was carried on. We had wine, water, soda, beer, and some alcohol. They never asked to look into any of our carry on bags. We also had a couple bottles ordered and delivered to our room thru the bon voyage dept.
They started boarding around 11:30. We quickly made our way to our room and asked if we could drop off our bags prior to the room being ready. No problem at all, and we were having lunch on Lido deck by noon.
Our stateroom was 8232, aka the bowling alley balcony. The room was great and the balcony huge. Loved the location towards the aft, by the elevators and stairs, and one floor up to either the Lido buffet, or aft pool. We found the room to be very quiet, and never heard any noise from above the entire cruise.