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Old November 28th, 2010, 11:02 AM
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Prior to your cruise do you research as much as humanly possible about every aspect of the ship ,cruise ,shore excursions or none of the aforementioned ?

I research constantly .I post a lot of questions to the frequent cruisers on CM .They know so much more than I do .

My wife is the exact opposite .She never does any research nor does she ask me anything about what I research .She prefers to be surprised .
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Old November 28th, 2010, 11:20 AM
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Henry,

We are somewhat similar. I do quite a bit of research on the ports but I find myself doing less formal research on the ships. In the course of my duties here on Cruisemates I do more research and learn more than I need. Sometimes I wish I knew less. It would be more of a surprise and, once in a great while, less of a let down.

My wife does ask some questions about upcoming cruises. Mostly she asks about the ports. Her main ship questions are: "What type of cabin?", "How's the food?" and "Do they have nickle and penny machines in the casino?"

I do believe that you can "over research". However, under researching has far worse consequences.

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Old November 28th, 2010, 11:29 AM
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I am always the cruise instigator. I probably under research, because I look at the itinerary, check out the ship and air fare, and yes, the cost. Keith asks nothing except "what does it cost?"

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Old November 28th, 2010, 01:34 PM
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I say research is fine ....to a point! I think leaving some mystery to the ports, and, the ship, allowing some surprises on your vacation.

Getting the essentials in place, that will effect your enjoyment is important, but, by all means, let serendipity come into play as well...

Does it really matter in the scheme of things, how big the safe is? Could be just me though
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I over research-or so DH says. To me it's part of the cruise experience. What else can one do while waiting for the sail date? I'd say about 85% of info I get never comes into play but I like to know what to expect. I see so many cruisers standing on the pier, map in hand with absolutely no idea where they're going or what they're doing (in some cases-where they are!) I hate to waste those precious minutes. Spontaneity can be fun but also dangerous when you're in unfamiliar territory.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 02:43 PM
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I tend to be an over-researcher, however I think there may be a bit of serindipidious joy in just tossing the die.
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I know which ship, how many days, and what the ports are, but I don't over-research any of it.
I leave that up to my hubby who researches every detail about the ship, its size, its tonnage, what year it was built and where, who the Godmother is, who the Captain and CD are, and what the specialty restaurants are.
He also researches the ports and the shore excursions. He doesn't like surprises...

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I like to know as much of the relevant stuff as possible, but agree that some people seem to go all OCD over minor things that really just don't matter & couldn't possibly affect your holiday. My wife will not talk about it & changes the subject..for instance I suggested going for a nice dinner in Barbados on our overnight stay, it's high season & booking is essential, so I have been waiting for an answer for months, probably too late now.She refuses to look at the ship details, the various restaurants or facilities..don't even talk about trips! One day I will just NOT organise anything & when she says what are we doing I shall ''dunno up to you haven't sorted anything?''
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Research is always a good thing, as long as its not over done...I like to know some basic information on any port of call, what there is to do there. I may decide not to do anything, although I've never gone to a port where I didn't get off the ship. Some suprises are good, others not, so it does pay to do some kind of research.
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I do just enough research on the ship and ports to give me an idea of what I must see and do. The rest I just wing it!
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I choose my excursions when they become available 180 days in advance. If the cruise is to a part of the world I have not previously seen, I will usually pick up the DK Eyewitness guide. Otherwise, I just show up. I only sail on Regent Seven Seas so I have been on all of their ships before; so no need to research the ships.


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I say research is fine ....to a point! I think leaving some mystery to the ports, and, the ship, allowing some surprises on your vacation.

Getting the essentials in place, that will effect your enjoyment is important, but, by all means, let serendipity come into play as well...

Does it really matter in the scheme of things, how big the safe is? Could be just me though
totally agree!
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Today at lunch, I got a "talking to" with regard to my response on this thread. "Wing it" versus "plan it" rears its ugly head! Keith would rather go with nothing planned. I wondered if others have that discussion. Keith says what he means when he says that he wants to know the cost, is that he doesn't want financial surprises at the other end.

I suppose winging it is fine, up to a point. I guess it depends on the kind of trip you're taking. I like to know that I have a bed to sleep in at the end of the day. Also, if there's something I really want to see, I like to have tickets so I don't miss it. To me, if it's a cruise, planning is part of the fun! If an event is on the other side of the world, I may never get another chance to see it.

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