This was my family's first cruise with Disney Cruise Lines. We have been on about 15 other cruises over several years, mostly on NCL, one on Carnival, and one on Princess. We decided to try Disney this time, as they were dong a "kids sail free" promo to the Mexican Riviera. We have pretty much been around the world on cruise ships, but the Mexican Riviera was a new destination for us.
The embarkation involved passing through security at the port, then sitting in a large waiting area until the ship was ready to be boarded. It had plenty of seating, as well as a big screen TV playing Disney Channel. We were there quite early (due to coming from our home in Alaska). It was very loud, with tons of kids of various ages running all over. There was no food/drink available besides two vending machines, so make sure you get food before you arrive.
They boarded the ship using numbers, based on when you arrived and got through security. This part of the process was very well done, as, once it was actually time to board, you got right on the ship, and they sent you to a specific restaurant to get something to eat. We were sent to Parrot Cay, where there was an excellent buffet and wait staff.
Cabin was located near the stairs on the 6th deck. It was relatively quiet, though. The separate toilet-shower areas (with a sink in each) was very nice. There was one bunk that came out of ceiling, and the couch folds into a single bed. These two beds would work well for kids or teens, but would be a little small for an adult. The cabin was very clean and in good repair. The balcony had a great view. There is a flat screen tv that rotates, so it can be used in both areas of the room. There were many tv channels, and not just Disney stuff. There were way more (20+) than any other cruise line we have been on. Plenty of storage space, between closet and many drawers. The only negative thing I can say is if you leave your balcony door open, you can hear everything the neighboring cabins are doing, very clearly, and I would imagine they can hear you, too. You can hear them even if your balcony door is open and you are way in the other end of the inside of your cabin.