We purchased FCC’s on the Grand Princess in March 2007. We then did a land tour of Italy by Train in June, 2007 and decided to return next time by ship. We are Princess loyalists and knew that we wanted to tryout the new Ruby and end in Venice. The question was Grand Med or Greek Isles. We felt that Athens and Mykonos was enough time/ports for Greece, and since we had not been to Barcelona or Istanbul, we settled on the Grand Mediterranean departing Sept 1, 2009 (wow 11 days to go) and booked the cruise in April 2008. We are staying 3 nights pre-cruise in Barcelona and 2 extra nights post cruise in Venice. Thinking back on all the research and planning that we have done, I have a difficult time estimating just how many hours we have actually spent reading guide books, researching tours and on the internet. My guess is that that it is far more time than the 18 days that we will be travelling. But like anything else, you only get out of something what you put in. And it has been a lot a fun, particularly communicating with fellow cruisers on CC. We are down to the short stokes right now, as we leave for Barcelona next Friday. I have a 3-ring, day-by-day, binder ready to explode and DW has her spiral bound note books. And we are still putting in 3-4 hours a night fine tuning our daily plans and checking out places to eat.
But as I read through the posts on CC I’m not sure if we are in the minority or majority when it comes to cruise planning. So how much time do you put in planning a cruise?
Mike & Linda