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Can we over think a cruise..over plan, and not leave anything to serendipity? Do we really need to know everything, about everything before we board? Just wondering.
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Yes, yes, yes and yes (covers 4 cruises I did that on). Got wise, only plan what I'm ordering from bon voyage dept. I used to pack 30 days in advance, this last time I packed day before and didn't forget a thing. Somewhere I forgot to understand that this is vacation and just need to chill out
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A very good point, Trip. I admit to getting hung up on all of that "stuff"...and need to chill out a bit. Speaking for myself, I think I just get happily excited about the cruise and want to plan (control?) everything so as to have the cruise of my life.

Maybe a little Zen therapy is in order for my next pre-cruise planning...
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Well, some people don't need (or want) to know "everything" and others do need to.

Especially if it's a new cruise line, new itinerary, or new ship somethings ARE different.

Given the two choices, I'd rather be as well-organized and prepared as possible. I'd rather spend the time thinking about things before my trip, not during it! That time should be spent thinking about as little as possible other then relaxation and fun!
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I do think on your first cruise you tend to overthink things and overplan because you don't want anything to go wrong. After that some people will become more relaxed while others continue doing that, depending on their nature.

Btw. the word serendipity means a fortunate accident(watch the movie Serendipity, one of my favorite movies of all time(what can i say, I am a romantic), and you'll understand the meaning). A more fortunate choice of words would have been chance or fate, which are essentially the same thing.
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Can we over think a cruise..over plan, and not leave anything to serendipity? Do we really need to know everything, about everything before we board? Just wondering.
Every trip I take, cruise or land, business, family, or pleasure, I research and plan throughly. Once the research and plan is done, I switch 100% to the "Go with the Flow" mode. The PLAN becomes a guide, NOT a law.
The trip itself has to be fun as well as the destination.
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Things will go wrong, no matter how much we plan ahead. But, things that go wrong on vacation are less likely to be really significant than day to day life. Yes, it's a bummer if the ship's A/C goes out (had that happen once), but if it goes out at home you probably have to pay to have it fixed.

For me, part of the vacation is just rolling with the punches. I've never had any big punches...even the A/C got fixed pretty quick. But, little things will be less than perfect. I expect that and just move on when it happens. Our expectation that vacations should be perfect are just a need to have that period of time with everything the way we want it to be. I'm afraid that life doesn't work that way.

I do make sure that I have studied the layout of the ship, if it's one I haven't been on, so that I not totally clueless when I get lost...notice I did not say "if I get lost". If we are going to a new port, I may do some preliminary research, so that we have some clue what we want to do when we get there. And, I have a detailed packing list that I have been working on and using for years....um, make that decades. Otherwise, it's just yippeeee, let's go.
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Aah, like the pirate's code, it's really more of a guideline.
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Study, Plan, Research, and write it all down. Print out copies of important stuff. Keep it all in a notebook / 3 ring binder. Just before you leave the house, put the information you have collected on the coffee table, and leave it behind. Now the cruise becomes an adventure. The folks at home won't worry about you because they can see all the planning you have done. All you really need is your documents and a swimsuit. ( This last does not apply if you are flying through Atlanta, they want you wearing more than a bandana. )
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Given the two choices, I'd rather be as well-organized and prepared as possible. I'd rather spend the time thinking about things before my trip, not during it! That time should be spent thinking about as little as possible other then relaxation and fun!
Yes!
Its good to be educated about where you are going and prepared for the occassional glitch, whether it be the airlines, the taxi, the cruiseline, or the excursion folks.
Having a plan b to fall back on is comforting. No need gettimg worked up about an even that cannot be undone. Make the best of what you have at hand.

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I’m as guilty as they come! I definitely over think and plan for any vacation especially this upcoming cruise.
Now on the other hand my two friends that I’m cruising with probably couldn’t even tell you the name of the ship. That’s one reason they love to travel with me, I take care of everything. All they have to do is write the check and show up. I’m starting to think I have control issues.
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Honestly, I think one can overplan a cruise, just as you can overplan on any other vacation.
I first figure out the dates, the itin., the ship, the cabin, etc.. I usually know something about the islands as I've been to most of them several times. If If I'm going somewhere I haven't been before, I'll do some homework prior to going, whether an a cruise or land vacation.
After I've done that, which doesn't take too long, I don't fret or worry about it too much. I think honestly some people do too much worrying, planning, etc. and if everything doesn't come off exactly as they think it should or as they had it planned, then it becomes a problem for them.
Some planning is called for but when you've done what you can, sit back and go with the flow.
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I’m as guilty as they come! I definitely over think and plan for any vacation especially this upcoming cruise.
Now on the other hand my two friends that I’m cruising with probably couldn’t even tell you the name of the ship. That’s one reason they love to travel with me, I take care of everything. All they have to do is write the check and show up. I’m starting to think I have control issues.
Guilty! I plan plan plan. All the way down to the bathroom stops driving to New Orleans. I believe it is called OCD! Like you mentioned Aerogirl, I often wonder if my 3 cruise friends even know the name of the ship. I book, I schedule, I plan, they just say "Tell me what time to be ready and how much do I owe?" I even know exactly what I plan on wearing everyday of the week. And I rub this off on at least 2 of my travelers.
Bad I know. I don't freak out too bad when things don't go as planned, but that's probably because I've planned for things to not go as planned!
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Nope,,,,as most of you know, the lovely Mrs. Jones and I cruise quite a lot, so now I just book the ship, wait till a day before embarkation, throw a few things in the suitcase, and get aboard. We live in Central Florida so don't have to worry about airlines, car rental, hotels or anything like that, and I'm sure that contributes to the "devil may care" attitude, but for me, it's "no problem man". Just get me aboard.

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Once everything is planed and paid for I pretty much go with the flow. I do however look to see things like where’s the best place to snorkel and do a beach day. However, I agree with Ron, If you plan out every step of the trip your going to be disappointed at some point. I think with a land vacation to places like Disney you benefit from having a good plan but on a cruise you just need to roll along.
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I guess you can say I overplan to a point. After we select a cruise I start a 3-ring binder. I put the usual stuff such as Fun Pass, itinerary, what other cruise ships will be in port at the same time, etc. in it. Then I have a section for each port of call. This is nice since we can pick it up and see what the port has to offer. And it includes any shore excursions we have booked. Then I fill it in with a packing list, a what to wear list (we don't follow this to strictly just an idea of day to day stuff). And a calendar of daily events that we stick to the mirror in the cabin. And other odds and ends we think important. HOWEVER, and this is important, when the book is finished that is the end. We don't sit around and fret or worry about the cruise. It is kinda like a Fodor's Guide for us. Now when the my wife asks what time do we arrive in such and such a place, it is all in one book. And we take the book with us. As I said maybe it is over planning but we do find it helpful. As we get older our memories just aren't what they used to be and this is a way to stay on top. Almost forgot. We are retired so I have the time (lots of time) to do this.
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Can we over think a cruise..over plan, and not leave anything to serendipity? Do we really need to know everything, about everything before we board? Just wondering. :D
From reading this and others boards I believe people definitely overplan and overthink their cruises. They don't leave anything to be surprised by when they board the ship. They seem to need to know every detail of the cruise down to what kind of butter is served in the dining room. I don't get it. I don't read a lot of the topics when I see the subject, just not that interested.
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For this cruise I don't care about the little details, just the important ones like weather and not getting lost on board.
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For me... Planning and the anticipation are all part of my vacation experience. Weather it is a cruise or a land vacation. I'm not well to do. So part of my planning is trying to figure in extra costs I might incure on a vacation. And I always plan on the high side. I do this because then I can relax without financial worries. I think part of my cruise experience is being on these boards and reading about other cruise mates experiences. Especially on the same ship I'm cruising on next. Thank you all so much for all of your wonderful tips and insights.

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Can we over think a cruise..over plan, and not leave anything to serendipity? Do we really need to know everything, about everything before we board? Just wondering.
From reading this and others boards I believe people definitely overplan and overthink their cruises. They don't leave anything to be surprised by when they board the ship. They seem to need to know every detail of the cruise down to what kind of butter is served in the dining room. I don't get it. I don't read a lot of the topics when I see the subject, just not that interested.
I guess you missed the days past when Carnival served "President" butter. It was absolutely delicious!!! And it was available in the MDR and the buffet!
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Huffca,
I stretch my vacation dollar by lots of planning and daydreaming. But, once on board, I let go of all of that and just let things happen. Then, I stretch things some more by talking about the cruise and looking at photo's I took.
I have had some amazing things happen by allowing myself to be open and spontaneous on cruises. Every cruise changes me, usually a tiny bit, but sometimes in a big way.
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I stretch my vacation dollar by lots of planning and daydreaming. But, once on board, I let go of all of that and just let things happen. Then, I stretch things some more by talking about the cruise and looking at photo's I took.
I have had some amazing things happen by allowing myself to be open and spontaneous on cruises. Every cruise changes me, usually a tiny bit, but sometimes in a big way.
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Hi Marty,
Oh you understand. I love the planning and hearing all the tips everyone has to give. Then I enjoy being able to just wing it once I set foot on the ship. Yeah. Can't wait for the next. I think next cruise I'm going to keep a diary. I've never done that. I think it may be fun. And help me make my Storybook.
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I’ve been looking so forward to this cruise and can not wait to go when the thought occurred to me, once it’s sailed I won’t have it to look forward to. Guess I better get planning another!
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I’ve been looking so forward to this cruise and can not wait to go when the thought occurred to me, once it’s sailed I won’t have it to look forward to. Guess I better get planning another!
That sounds like a wonderful cure :-)
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I am with Hufca on this one. We plan and celebrate our upcoming cruise for a year usually. The anticipation is half the fun. We make plans and research what to expect. But In the long run. we jsut enjoy the vacation and go with the flow.. the main purpose is to just have fun and relax. Do all you want to do and see what u want to see... Then getting home to arrange all the pictures and enjoy all over again.
Every couple months I get out the albums and reminis about the fun that was had. Thats what keeps me coming back for more. Happy cruising everyone.
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This kind of talk gets me so excited. I can hardly stay in my skin. and I have until the end of march. URG... I feel like the lady in the old Mervins commercials saying open open open... but i'm saying cruise cruise cruise... :-)
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