The Grand Bar Orpheus on Deck 6 and Capriccio Lounge, one deck above, were always busy in the evenings. The former was lively, the latter more sedate. The Concorde Plaza, on Deck 7, was also busy in the evenings. It has a ground floor and two mezzanine decks above.
The Planetarium Bar, across the atrium from the reception area, was invariably quiet, as was La Tavernetta, which doubled as the speciality restaurant in the evening.
These days, the bars usually have areas for smokers. In the Concorde Plaza, smokers can light up on the mezzanine decks, indulging their habits and enjoying the best views over the bow of the ship. There was also a large smoking area in the open-air Cafe Terrazza at the rear of Deck 11.
I noticed that passengers paid little attention to smoking areas and just moved the ashtrays to more convenient spots if they wished. There were lots of smokers, which would upset some people, but none of the rooms was ever smoky.
The casino had tables, but the banks of slot machines were more popular. Also, there were always a few people picking over the merchandise in the Portobello Market Square, which sold inch-of-gold chains and logo wear.
There is a small Internet cafe, but you have to swipe your charge card and pay 50 cents a minute. There's also a library, but it was only open for two hours a day.