I put all my suits, dress slacks, Jackets, and shirts (other then T's and polos) on hangers in a garment bag--I've found they stay much nicer; but I can barely lift it and always put it with the checked luggage, on flights and ships.
A good ball-park estimate for when the cabins are ready is 1:00. You cabin may be ready sooner, but not much later.
This is why, if you plan to try to board early, you have whatever you may need in your carry on bags. And even if your cabin is ready by 1:00, you may not see all your luggage until 4:00-5:00 or later.
hi Teach. Also keep in mind that the laundry room will have an iron and ironing board if anything needs a last minute touch up. First night on board is very casual. Usually what you arrived on board wearing.(within reason, of course) A'ndrea
It never fails that I always overpack, say I'll never do it again, and I keep repeating that same pattern. For the most part, you will live in your bathing suit for the week. If you keep that thought in your head, you just might pack more sensibly than I.