This is our first Cruise, so we are going kid free on this one. Also, we don't have anything to measure it against, but a freshly renovated ship does sound nice. Although, we are really not picky, so I'm pretty sure we would have enjoyed it either way. :)
I agree with the 'vacation mode' idea. Every day life is such a bustle, I vow to not be in a hurry at all (unless it means making it back to the ship before it sails) lol in fact, on the days we our out to see, i don't even think i want to know what time it is. I hate living by the clock.