First you leave your luggage in the drop off zone at the port and get in line.
(sorry Audrey for this not overly flattering picture, it's the only picture I took of the line, this is the 2nd line btw)
Then finally, welcome aboard!! There were some crew members standing around eager to help guide you in the direction of your room. We found ours quickly, Room 6311 - 6 being the deck we were on and 311 being the room number. It was an inside cabin, and I LOVED it. It was far roomier than I expected. Starting at the far end of the room, here is what it had...a Queen size bed with night stands on either side, only about 15 inches wide, but I hadn't expected a walk space at all! There were curtains at the foot of the bed so you could close off the bed area, incase someone wanted to sleep and the other didn't. They didn't do a fabulous job blocking the light, but it was better than nothing. Then there was a dresser/desk/entertainment center/vanity. This also held the room safe and mini fridge. Across from that wall unit was a love seat and coffee table. Then came the closet, which was on the same wall as the desk thing. It was very roomy and comfortably held all our clothes (the desk had drawers for our unmentionables) as well as shelves that were perfect for shoes. In the closet was a couple of life vests also. Across from the closet was the bathroom. Very small, but not uncomfortable. On first view I was overwhelmed by the smell akin to a portapotty, but that dissipated quickly. The toilet is kind of small and looks flimsy, but I got used to it. It flushes via a button on the wall with a big woosh. The sink is in reach from the toilet. The shower though was of a nice size, and had doors not a curtain which helped make it more pleasing. The shower head could be moved up and down per your needs. So low for me and high for Mr. Man! I apologize for not getting any pictures of the room.
We had about two hours before we had to go to muster, so we went up to the buffet. It was confusing because they tell you the buffet is in the Windjammer, and then we got there and they sent us back to the Island Grill. It was not so confusing once we walked into the Island Grill, as it turned out that was just an extension of the Windjammer. This buffet, the Cafe on the Promenade and the main dining room were all the places you could eat without a fee.
The food was good, but then I've always been fond of buffet food. Only thing unpalatable was the fish, it was dry, tough and flavourless.
After eating we headed off to investigate the ship.
Looking at the promenade from deck 6
The main pools on deck 11, we never used them.
When it was time for the safety drill(muster) we headed to the location indicated on our sea passes.
As the deck 4 walkway was full of people we just sat and waited for it to clear then played shuffleboard.
For the entire trip we had every dinner in the dining room. I highly recommend it. While the Windjammer is great for breakfast and lunch, dinner in the dining room is excellent! Our servers name was Erol and he was from Turkey. He'd worked on the ship for 5 years. His wife is a chef in the kitchen. Joking back and forth was sort of hit or miss. It also depended on how long he'd been working, but he was a very nice man and quite congenial no matter what. He learned by the third day to not even ask if we would be getting any wine and just immediately would remove the wine glasses for us. He also was quick to learn that we liked to share and try each others dishes and so he'd bring extra of the top items for us to have. Like on the night we had lobster he brought us three or four extra! There were two formal nights and we wore church clothes for that.
Erol, our waiter, is in he background of this one of Mr. Man's parents