Yeah we are excited too. We dont leave until september on our fourth cruise. We usually get there about 9 am, as we would prefer to wait earlier and get on the boat at 10, rather than later. It gives you plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the boat. You wont get ur luggage till about 5. You should be allowed in your room by 2 pm. At dinner, be sure to order AS many as anything you want. ONe night, i ate three lobsters! (I love lobster) BE sure if you are booking excursions, to book with Carnival, and if the are popular,,,book as soon as you get on the boat. (or better yet, before you leave. Take two walkie talkies with you, as phones do not work, and that way you have instant access to your son. IF your son has a different last name than you, you MUST have a notarized letter from the other parent stating that you can take him out of country. When the casino opens, go to the service desk in the casino, and ask for two FREE id holders. You can use these to hang your room key on, which will stay on you for the entire cruise. When ur in another country, keep an eye on your son. ESPECIALLY since you are not traveling with a man. DONT buy anything on the boat until after the third or fourth day, cuzz they all go on sale after that. 50% off original price. HAVE a great time!!!!!!!!!!