Day 1: Embarkation
We left home about 11:20, arrived at the port noonish. Passengers were still coming off the ship. We drove right up to drop off the luggage, pay the parking fee and parked in a very close spot. There was less than a five minute wait to get through the metal detectors and fill out the health screening inventory. We waited less than ten minutes to check in and get our sign and sail cards. About half of the waiting area was filled. It never got all the way filled as they started boarding passengers and gave newly arriving passengers those seats. We were onboard around 2:30.
Somehow, our dinner got switched from "confirmed" late seating to your time open seating, so we had to visit the Maitre D' to get it changed. We like the social aspects of dining with the same people and having the same wait staff every day. We got our table assignment the next day but had open seating the first night.
We booked an 8H, extended balcony, room 8162. It was midship, directly under the pool. Other than a few deck chair scraping sounds when the balcony door was open or music when we were out on the balcony, we heard nothing. I was very pleasantly surprised. It was exactly in the middle between the elevators, so we had no hallway traffic at all.