There are several things to check out aboard the ship.
>> The Horizon Court provides continuous food, fantastic views in the daytime, and live entertainment in the evening. During the day, it features breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets. In the evening, the outer area becomes a bistro (sample menu at http://www.princess.com/onboard/menu4.html
) and the area around the dance floor usually has a live combo for dancing.
>> The pizzeria at the top of the atrium is a great lunch spot. It's also open in the evening if you want a snack after the show.
>> Also for lunch, the outdoor grill at the forward end of the pool area has more than your basic hot dogs and burgers, including some "surprises" like knockwerst or bratwerst and sourkraut.
>> Be sure to go to afternoon tea in the dining room at least once durning the cruise!
>> If you enjoy wine, the wine tasting (which usually occurs in the afternoon on the first day at sea) is an exceptional opportunity. There's a charge ($5 per person) to attend the tasting, but you receive a credit of $5 if you order a bottle of wine (to be served at dinner) at the close of the tasting. Thus, it costs nothing to sample five wines (two whites, two reds, and a champagne). The head waiters and the wine stewards also explain the wines and remain on hand to answer any questions that you may have, either in general or regarding a specific wine.
>> Whatever you do, don't miss dinner in the dining room and the production show!
>> The Wheelhouse Bar has a reasonable dance floor and two groups that play dance music from 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
>> During days at sea, I like to "chill" in one of the magical teak lounge chairs on the shady side of the Promenade Deck.
>> I have yet to make it to a sing-along in the atrium lounge, but they seem to be extremely popular.
There are three one-time events that are not to be missed:
>> The Captain's "Welcome Aboard" Cocktail Party (usually held in the atrium),
>> "Island Night" (usually held in the pool area) -- and be sure to check out the vegetable carvings and ice sculptures on the Island Night Buffet, which might be set up in front of the outdoor grill on the lido deck, and
>> The "Champagne Waterfall" (usually held on the second formal night), where they serve free champagne to everybody and invite ladies to come up and have their pictures taken with the Maitre d' pouring champagne into the stack of glasses.
Additionally, if you are into baudy English humor, you probably will enjoy Pub Night.
And then there are the ports of call, which have their own message board....