Kat: I think half of the fun of a cruise is the planning of it! You can't start researching too soon in my opinion! I think you will find tons of useful information here on Cruisemates. I can answer a portion of your question...what to do in Aruba. One of my favorite things to do there is the jeep tour. You see a lot of the island and it is a great time. Just be prepared to get dirty!!!!!! It really is great fun.
Mary Lou Scanlon
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ken is great, we had a van for four of us and a great driver/guide. see the web site for suggested tours or ken will custom design one for you. research the islandlnd you will love it. it is the only island that still looks the way it did when discovered by columbus.