Cigars can only be enjoyed on the outer, upper port decks. You will go through both a metal detector for yourself and a scanner for your carry on baggage.
Embarkation was fairly smooth at 11:30 a.m. and we disembarked at 8:30 a.m. and it was also quite smooth. It is a warehouse luggage pickup but I am quite used to it. Grab a porter and it will make your life easier.
You probably can get liquor on board if you pack it in your checked baggage and not your carry on. It is against cruise line policy to bring liquor on board.