Despite it looking rather chaotic, we were able to board fairly painlessly. This may or may not be due to my mom tripping several passengers in front of us and paying off the boarder guards.
As soon as we boarded, we got acquainted with the ship (read: located where the buffet was and promptly stuffed our faces).
The views as we set out for Alaska:
The pool deck:
The main lobby (wait, do ships technically have lobbies?):
Oh, and the best part? Free champagne at the welcome aboard reception. It's not weird to pound three in secret and then go back for your "first," right?
Another sign? I actually pulled myself away from the buffet for 45 minutes and worked out.