Trip, first of all I love your posts - from these little thought provoking inquiries to your book list and particularly your well thought out and (usually
) even tempered mediator style answers.
That said, our first few cruises were very frenetic trying to do EVERYTHING on the capers and fit all we could into our port times. After this many though it all depends on whether it is just DH and I or if we have another couple or family members. If it is just the DH and I we sometimes book an excursion either through Carnival or on our own, or we just head to a beach or shopping area in port. On the ship we try to split our time between relaxing in a deck chair and participating in the activities on the ship. On longer cruises we try to catch an afternoon nap on our days at sea. We usually hit the casino for a little late night action and sometimes just take a romantic midnight stroll around the top deck. In other words we play it by ear and just try to have fun and relax.
However, if we take a newbie with us, we try to do some things with them and plan to allow each other time to ourselves rather than being joined at the hip. We also enjoy the afternoon tea and have enjoyed one of the art auctions. This is something we never did on our first few cruises and we try to do something new (like a dance class) on each cruise.