From my perspective the booking excursions issues had been worked out by the time we cruised - we were the last cruise of this summer for them. We made our reservations in the hotel lobby in Basel before we ever transfered over to the ship - so I guess the pre-night folks had an advantage. That said, it sounds like they added more of what was popular. So for example, there were TWO macaroon making classes and also a demonstration onboard the ship from the ship chefs. There were TWO groups going to Anne Frank House and an afternoon option for Van Gough museum. There were TWO groups going canoeing and the second group started just 45 minutes after the first. I honestly didn't hear from anyone that didn't get to do what they wanted to do. I felt like the Adventure Guides were being VERY accomodating as far as suggesting options to get everything you wanted - putting together the puzzle pieces of a schedule to fit everyone into everything. We met with Mikall to get everthing booked but then had a discussion with Emily later to confirm we had picked what was really right for our group. It was nice to say "tell me how hard is the canoeing, REALLY?" and have the freedom to make changes right up until that day. Also - people were changing their minds and skipping or changing excursions as the week went on - so there was alot of exchanging of color cards. This is a vacation that is NOT Disney Cruise Line with tons of excursions and a heiarchy of how you get to sign up for limited spaces (platinum then gold then silver- that no one complains about) and it's not an ABD Land based where everyone does everything on the agenda except for some rare exceptions when there is an alternative - it's somehwere in the middle.