I lay out in backyard about 1 hour a day for the last 2 weeks before my cruise. I tan very easyly and since im leaving on Sun Apr 19, Im plenty dark right now. Usually where I live I can lay outside till mid Nov before it gets to cold. As long as its over 60 and the sun is out. I dont use tanning beds. Even if I went on a cruise in middle of winter when im less tanned. I will be dark after the first couple days.
Im very lucky of my skin type.