I do alot of planning on every trip I take, even business trips just in case I get time for myself. I'm on a tight budget so I do alot of price shopping for cruises and hotels. If I had money, I could probably be more spontaneous because it wouldn't matter if all the reasonable hotel rooms were taken or I had to change plans at the last minute.
I also research the destinations so I know what I want to do when I get there and don't find out I missed something cool later. Some people like to be spontaneous and I am moreso when I'm actually there but I feel much more comfortable knowing I've done what I can to plan the best vacation for what I can afford.
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I don’t do as much research as I used to. Since I’ve been on seven Carnival cruises and 11 total cruises I know what to expect on the cruise. I just look at prices on cruises during the time period I am interested in.
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We did quite a bit of research prior to our last cruise. These boards are the best help you can find. When we went on the Glory for the first time this last Feb. it felt like we had been there before. I had so many questions answered, and so many good descriptions that it all seemed familiar. It is just fun to do. It is living vicariously through others lives, and then getting to do it yourself. Bottom line is it is fun and helpful.
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I do all the research that i can find. I love looking on this board and seeing what everyone's port they love and I research the ports we are going to and getting ideas of what to do and where to go. I'm so hooked that it does drive my family nuts. lol
My DW gets frustrated with me I do so much research because I’m on the computer ALL day as a graphics designer in the print industry.
But after pressure all day long I find research for something I like very relaxing. Maybe I go overboard some. I visit sites where photos of vacations are posted to see ship balconies, and public areas. When in port I take multiple photos of the outside of other ships so that I know how the balconies are. Such as how the cabin doors open so if we have adjoining balconies with friends or family I’ll know which cabins to book so the partition will not block either cabin door.
I don’t research for hours or days but off and on for weeks I think. Even when I’m done and booked I re-research some more.
The first thing to do is to research which cruise you want to go on. Once I have the destination, ship, and dates--I book it! After I have booked the cruise I start looking for info on the islands I am going to.
I am booked for September (Carnival Triumph) and I have already found info on Grand Turk. I have looked at some of the touristy things to do on St. thomas and so far the one I REALLY want see is Coral World. I have six months to find out more, so I won't worry. I should know the layout of the ship by the time I board, partly cuz I was on the sister ship Victory, and I have printed the layout of the ship with the names of the bars/lounges. It'll be awesome this time cuz I have a cabin on Panorama deck, woohoo deck 10, darn good view and close to the lido deck!
I research before I book, after I book...etc. My Carnival Vacation Planner loves it when I call. I know exactly what I want..all he has to do is get me the price. Researching and researching lol helps the time go by faster! My family calls me a master schemer cuz I find the best possible deal I can wether it is the cruise, airlines, hotels you name it!
as a first-time cruise (July 28th, Sensation to Bahamas) with my teenage son (also his 1st!), I'm probably researching things mroe than I need to. However, once I've completed my first cruise, I'm sure the research will be limited to excursions on future cruises.
My head is spinning - and even when I think I have all the answers I wanted, someone else posts a question that I hadn't thought of.
Our next cruise will be when my son graduates high school in 4 years (2011) and it will be the 8-day eastern caribbean on the Freedom, so when I'm ready to book that, I'm sure I'll have lots of questions for those who've sailed the Freedom.
This site is a true blessing for virgin and non-virgin cruisers alike!
My DH and I are taking the transatlantic cruise on the Grand Princess, April 28, to the Mediterranean. I have been researching since the day we booked it. There is so much to see at these ports that we really have to plan carefully so we can see as much as possible. This board and another I have been reading has been extremely helpful.
I'm on a tight budget so I do alot of price shopping for cruises and hotels.
I also research the destinations so I know what I want to do when I get there and don't find out I missed something cool later. Some people like to be spontaneous and I am more so when I'm actually there but I feel much more comfortable knowing I've done what I can to plan the best vacation for what I can afford.
I am in the same boat. I takes about a year to save up for a budget minded cruise. I do A LOT of research for any cruise. We like to do our own excursions so I research as many web sites about beach clubs I can find. I will save the pages over time and as we sail date gets closer we narrow them down to one or two. We call them, send e-mail etc. to find out all we can. I don't like surprises! Especially those that cost me a lot of money we didn't plan on spending!
This research has saved us a lot of time and money in ports! Plus, it's just plan fun!
I am lucky that I can research a little at work.
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My first cruise we booked the night before it left. so we didnt know jack about a cruise or what to expect or even what was included. Now going on my second here in a few weeks I have learned so much from experence and alot from this board. It good to know whats included like on the first night when you get lobster or steak and you're deciding between the two) now i know i can order both or 5 lobsters if I wanted. I like to research not just for cruises but for everything we do hotels, weekend at the clubs everything I find it fun.
We just booked a cruise for 8 of us for next april 2008! Wish it was sooner but like some of you said. Planning is so much fun too. We do parties to prep for our cruises. We get together with our group as much as possible. Lot's of fun fun fun!!! Ilove doing all the readingon the different stops we have. Things to do and how much time we can fill in that short visit. Lot's of pictures from past cruises. We look thru them all and just dream. This next cruise will be our 7th cruise and our 5th with Carnival. We love carnival for all the fun and great food and service. We have never been disapointed.... happy cruising to u all!!!!!!
I research everything. From the ship deck plans, cabins, the ports, hotels, itineraries, excursions, ect, ect. I enjoy it and will be on the computer everyday looking at something to do with the cruise. I study the deck plans before booking to know where I do or do not want on the ship. I study the deck plans to try and figure our way around when we get there. I know what alternative dining places there are besides the dining room (yes we are not dining room people). I enjoy doing the research. I think I would like being a travel agent!
Carnival legend November 2009
Carnival Glory October 2007
Carnival Elation November 2006
After looking for the best price, most of the research I do has to do with destination ports especially if it is one that I have not been to recently or not at all. This gives me a good idea as to possible shore excursions.
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