Part of the enjoyment of a cruise is the anticipation. Thinking about where you are going, what you are taking is half the fun.  If you are fortunate enough to stay before or after in the port area, that adds to the anticipation.

Do negative reviews about ships or ports or negative comments about cruising in general dampen your enthusiasm? Where's the "excitement" that used to be present on this site?  Seems like a lot of lengthy lectures and negativity, or is it just me?