Ken - you are SO right. Our first cruise we went at the prescribed time and by the time we found our bearings it was muster drill and then 6pm dinner. Before we knew it the first "day" was over. The second time we were there at 11:45 and we were already familiar with the ship, or cabin location, lunch, and spa reservations by the time many people were parking. It made the first "day" like a bonus day compared to the last cruise.
Carnival Fantasy 6/05
RCCL Sovereign of the Seas 4/07
RCCL Navigator 12/07
RCCL Navigator 11/08
RCCL Liberty 7/4/09