Normally, I make vague plans for each day, but these are subject to change if I get interested in something else. However, for my September cruise, I am doing a lot more planning. About half of the people sailing in our group have never cruised before. Therefore, I have to act as the 'tour conductor'. We should all have a good time...
I am a HUGE "go with the flow" type of guy...disclaimer, on a full charter Smooth Jazz Cruise, I plan down to every detail so I won't miss anything....
but to my basic premise...since I am not a big shore excursion fan, which requires good advance planning to make sure you won't get shut out of an excursion..when I wake up every morning, I decide what I "might" do that day.
I usually just have a couple of things planned during my day. Trivia at 4:30 and then meeting for drinks before dinner so that we can find dinner companions. Beyond that, sea days are just relaxing. I read the passages each night to get a rough idea of other activities but that is about it.
As for the pool, I haven't laid by the pool in my last dozen cruises; not my idea of cruising.
"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
F Scott Fitzgerald
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I do like to take part/watch events as they go, but for the most part, it is 50/50 if I watch/participate or not. I go with the flow,. If I feel up to it I will, if not, I don't....I do try to do one or two for sure each day....as for sunning on deck, it isn't for me. I can take around 30 minutes on a deck chair before I have to get up and go do something, even if that means walking around the decks a few times--I gotta keep moving!!!!!!!!
The last cruise I think I was in there for three of the seven nights and that was more than enough.....The singers are OK and the comedians are a hit or miss. The magic/illusion show--PASS!!!!!!! The two production shows--I'll be there!
I plan on skipping out on San Juan when there in September, so I can sit back and just flake out all day.
2007 Victory & Triumph
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I do any damn thing I feel like,,,,and that's exactly why I enjoy cruising so much. I have no phone, no pager, no blackberry, not a thing in the world that I must do. As soon as the lifeboat drill is over,,,it's just relax, relax, and then more relaxin'.
The only things we plan in advance are shore excursions. We go online and book all shore excursions that we are interested in. We can change our mind up to the booking deadline (usually the night before) and get a 90% refund. We view the 10% penalty as a kind of option to hold our spot.
Other than that, we make no plans; just relax, unwind, and enjoy our vacation.
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I have done it both ways - but I have to say that I usually get more out of cruises when I make an effort to plan a few things in advance. Obviously shore excursions.
I'll tell you one cruise where you will be busy all day long every day and still wish you had more time, a Queen Mary Trans-Atlantic. They have solid activities all day long that aren't just mind-numbing - great lectures, demonstrations, etc.
I do think it is a good idea to check each daily schedule the day before and make sure you are aware of things you want to do. Too many times I have picked it up later on the same day and said "wow, I would have gone to that..."