If you have taken more than one or two cruises, what do you do differently now?

I no longer sweat the embarkation process and I've slowed myself down as far as trying to see every square inch of the ship on day one.  I also bypass the bulk of the shops on the ship and skip the "outlet sales" unless I really need something.

What do you do differently now if anything?

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Actually - now that I have a few more cruises under my belt - embarkation/disembarkation is a bit easier due to priority boarding (it has to be really screwed up to be a problem now). I do tend to eschew the buffets in favor of sit down dining, now.

Stopped buying all my pictures.  Now we just get the embarkation and port pics.  

We eat in the MDR more. 

We find our muster location before drill time.  Then we show up a little early if it's an outdoor location so we can get a spot in the back and lean against the wall while we wait for stragglers.

Avoid the shops more often, generally know where to go and what to look for and embarkation day is so much simpler now.  Show up at the right time!

On the positive side: We are not as driven to do "everything". We relax a bit more and just enjoy watching those trying to do "everything". We don't worry if some port is missed as we might make it there the next time. We know what time is usually best to show up at the port of embarkation and know the routine. We know what things we like to do together and which ones to do apart. We know when we are given exceptional service rather than standard service.

 

On the negative side: We tend to be less tolerant of slow service in the dining room and/or incorrect temperature food.  We know what standard service is and we tend to be disappointed when that is not met. We also tend to miss some of the "posh-ness"  we felt when we first started cruising that seemed standard . Maybe it has to do with becoming a "curmudgeon".

I research (fares, ports, ship, cabins, EVERYTHING) a lot more. We book more excursions through outside vendors instead of through the cruise line. I also try to organize my work schedule so that there are no major matters to deal with the week before we leave; that I can ease right into vacay. Wink

I tend to worry less (is that even possibleWink) about having to do everything at once.

I've become very particular about selecting the right cruise line and the size of the ship for me.

One thing we have done is we plan jewelry  purchase for the time we are on the cruise. Besides a few things purchased, we wait to look at earrings, rings and watches for the cruise. I know that pricing is better. We do not buy booze on a cruise anymore, since we have to fly to and from ports, we buy the booze at the departure airport... Less stuff to haul around. We will stop at the spa if we have pre booked anything and make changes if required. But overall, we don't sweat the little stuff any more.

We really don't do anything differently. 

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