It was as expected: do as much as or as little as you want.
We embarked in Sydney and as we had travelled on Rhapsody before we were anxious to see the refit upgrades. The centrum sculpture has been removed and the aerial mechanics installed. Later we were to see the aerial acrobats and it was a fantastic show.
We were in a balcony room and it was well appointed with kettle and tea making facilities, a fridge with soft drinks and unlike other hotels etc. the cost of the items in the fridge reflected the same price as that over the bar - $2.50 per can.
We chose to make this a relaxing holiday and spend much of our mornings in the quiet Viking Crown Lounge reading or the likes, we'd make it to the Schooner bar for a pre lunch beverage and then decide what to do for the afternoon based on the list of activities. Sometimes watch a movie, maybe a nanny nap, maybe a swim or something else. Prior to dinner we enjoyed watching the sunset from the Viking Crown Lounge and after dinner, a show and /or head to the centrum or the bar or the casino.
This is how we choose to cruise. We choose not to go to the restaurant for dinner, we always eat at the Windjammer for dinner and either the windjammer or the new Park Cafe for lunch. Great innovation for the cafe as those that want a smaller lunch can do so without being tempted with the other delights at the buffet.
Downfalls: not many really. The Viking Crown Lounge has been invaded by a Japanese style restaurant, Isumis, which the smell and the music spoil the ambiance especially during quiet time. They have installed a platinum club in part of the same area which has reduces the general seating area and put in a few lounges in the rest of the area which has detracted from the previous single chairs facing the pool that made the area so attractive. Secondly, we were God Members of the Crown and Anchor Society and had a special line to embark. We were the first in line to get to the special queue and ended up waiting longer in that queue than the rest as our cards were not in the special line but a runner had to go to the other area with a list of names to get their seapass cards and return. This took much longer than queuing in the normal line - so much for privileges.
All in all we had a great cruise and are looking forward to next years cruise on the Navigator of the Seas.