Excitement for cruises

How many people are as excited for their next cruise as they were for their first?

I find myself looking over the boards, looking at recent reviews of the ship we are sailing and just as excited this year as I was last year when I was preparing for our first cruise.

I'm thinking maybe it because it is a different and larger ship than the one we went on last time.

I am already thinking about what clothes I am taking and having dreams of getting to the port.. I must really need this vacation.

Does anyone else go through the same thing?

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41 Answers

I think I am looking forward to my next cruise even more so.

I've done every bit of research I can think of, including checking the 15 day weather forecast for Galveston :)

I've viewed every youtube video I can find on the ship.

I've visited the roll call twice a day.

I've even visited that *other* critical site seeing if there is anything new.

I only have to last two more working days until I am on the downhill slope to where I can finally board!

I think I get more excited for each cruise because I know how much I am going to enjoy myself :)

After over 20 years and about 30 cruises I still get excited for a cruise. New ports and new ships are always exciting. I will still look forward to even a 4 night Baja cruise that I have done lot of times on ships I have been on.

Nothing can compare to the excitement of our first cruise. We didn’t know what to expect. There was a healthy mix of fear and excitement.

We still look forward to upcoming cruises, and we get excited as we board, but it’s not the same.

I agree with the fear factor. The lack of fear, coupled with the accessibility of the internet for (too much) research may explain my increased giddinessHappy.

I am excited for each cruise. It doesn't matter how many time I've sailed each time is anew adventure. When I stop looking forward to the cruise, then it is time to stop. But I agree with BAK1061, nothing beats that first cruise where there was so much unknown. Today, first time cruisers have many ways to calm theirs fears or find answers to many questions. In 1998 our information was primarily through a travel agent or friend who might have cruised. This doesn't diminish the excitement or fear of a first cruise, it just changes it a bit. I'm extremely excited about our cruise in 16 days and talked about it with at leas 5 different people at the Commissary (on base grocery store for those unfamiliar with military lingo) today.Big Smile

I still get excited with every cruise I book. I'm a planner, so I love looking at reviews, pictures, and youtube videos. I take notes from reviews of drinks to try, best lounges to hang out at, and quiet places to relax onboard.

I also start researching the ports because we usually do private shore excursions, and I try to do something new each time.

The inter web has ruined it. People want to see their exact cabin. Not it’s location, but actual photos of it. Why ? Are you bringing your own curtains ? Maybe a throw rug. Too much information. There’s no surprises anymore. Today’s first timer has access to ......YouTube videos, forums like this, bloggers photos. We had........nothing. It was all a surprise. Venturing into the unknown. It was great. And our second was even better, because we were going on a different ship. A different line. The food was amazing. The entertainment was great. Just being on the ship was great. We would be seated with strangers at dinner. We had the same waiters every night. There was a conga line of the waitstaff with baked Alaska on their heads. The Grand Buffet. The Ice carvings. Chocolate extravaganza.

‘Now, everyone eats alone. At whatever time they want. People have to plan every step of their vacation. C’mon folks, lighten up. Live on the edge. I dare anyone to not check out any aspect of their ship until they board. Do what you have to online, like print out boarding passes, etc., but don’t look at any videos of your ship. No pictures. Nothing. Let the ship surprise you.

Am I bringing curtains? ROFLMAO!! no, but I do check for photos of our exact cabin. A few times we had the wrap balcony or the one next to it and I wanted to see the differences in the room layout & how the bed faced. It made a difference and we changed decks; but I'll admit, I look at the reg balcony photos of those too Happy.

Same ship or ports, doesn't matter, it's a cruise! Each time is exciting. Who know, we may be sailing out of Baltimore in a snowstorm. Now that would be an experience to remember! Happy cruising to all.

I enjoy all the research that is available. It helps me daydream about being on the cruise during the long countdown to embarkation day, and it helps to keep my expectations real. I also like to find out what is free (or included in the fare for you purists) and what is additional charge. Without the interwebz, I would have missed out on Alfredo's - a "free" specialty restaurant on the Royal Princess (Thanks for the heads up, Deb). I also would have missed my nightly counseling sessions with Gerry the Giraffe Big Smile


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