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7,061 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
Last week there were a couple of shows on the Travel Channel that featured Mariner of the Seas when she was sailing in the Mexican Riviera in 2009 (we did this itinerary), and also another featuring a 5-day Caribbean cruise on Voyager of the Seas. I tivo'd both of them and we watched the other night.

One thing my husband and I noticed is how both of the featured families were on the go constantly. Now, we understand that these Travel Channel specials are basically infomercials for the cruise line, so of course they're going to show all the great things available for people of all ages.

And then there are people like us. Our excursions consist of hiring a cab at the port and taking us into town, and that's if we decide to get off the ship. We haven't done a pre-planned, excursion heavy cruise since our first one. We have been to Nachi Cocum in Cozumel twice, and that was booked online in advance. We like to go to trivia. I like to sit by the pool with my kindle, have a few drinks and people watch. I played bingo for the very first time on our last cruise on Carnival, and that was because we were literally sailing in a hurricane and it was too windy to enjoyably sit by the pool.

And it's not like we don't do things; we're just not into planning, we just plan as we go. This also includes dinners in specialty restaurants where we've just wandered up on the afternoon of the day we want to eat there and ask if they have anything available for that evening. And they always have. Same goes for massages. I always get an in-port special and have never had to book in advance. I will admit I like to lay in bed at night with my highlighter and go over the activities for the next day, but we typically don't schedule things.
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Mariner of the Seas 2006 (Eastern Caribbean)
Mariner of the Seas 2007 (Western Caribbean)
Mariner of the Seas 2008 (Eastern Caribbean)
Mariner of the Seas 2009 (Mexican Riviera)
Carnival Destiny 2010 (Key West & Cozumel Girls' Cruise!)
Carnival Dream 2010 (Western)
Carnival Dream 2012 (Hurricane Sandy!!)
Freedom of the Seas B2B 2014
Brilliance of the Seas 2015
Liberty of the Seas 2015
Freedom of the Seas B2B 2015
Celebrity Constellation 2016
Harmony of the Seas Transatlantic 2016 (Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale)

Celebrity Reflection 2017 (Eastern Caribbean)
948 Posts
Joined Jan 2007
depends on the ports and such. Oasis last year we did Bahamas, St thomas, and St Marteen. If there are more ports there is more we would do. We did Kayaking and Hiking so we could see more of St Thomas, and in St Marteen we did zip lining, and then went over to the beach where the airplanes come in, and had lunch.

Bermuda - on Grandeur, will be very laid back. All I want to do is go to the beach and lay out, go to the frog and onion bar on the way back, and then go to St George, other than that, we will be sleeping and eating.
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Infinity 08/08
Freedom of the Seas 12/07
Legend of the Seas 04/07
Nordic Empress 05/99
Oasis of the Seas 7/2012
Grandeur of the Seas 7/2013
Vision of the seas 8/2014

136 Posts
Joined May 2007
It depends on the cruise. I'm not really into ship activities. I'm more interested in the ports. I usually get a balcony because I like to lay around and read or nap on sea days. Those are my kid's favorite days. They've usually memorized the ship the first day. I have twin sons that are 16 and they've been cruising since they were 6.

I find myself planning less as I cruise more. When we were in the Mediterranean we hired drivers right at the port. We did that at two ports in Italy and I'm convinced it was the way to go. We had a great time on the Amalfi coast with a little Italian man named Sal that spoke fluent English. His cab was rather old and hot but we had a great day. We did the same thing in Freeport in the Bahamas. It's usually half the price of a ship excursion and never crowded. I've never once worried about missing the ship.

On out last cruise it was raining the day we were in Cozumel so we stayed on the ship. I've already been there at least 4 times. There are some very beautiful beaches in Cozumel but the ship was peaceful that day.
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Carnival Triumph 7/2016
Carnival Triumph 1/2016
RCCL Oasis of the Sea 6/2015
Carnival Triumph 12/2014
RCCL Navigator of the Sea 12/2013
Carnival Triumph 6/1012
Carnival Conquest 7/2011
Norwegian Jade 8/2010
Carnival Ecstacy 6/2009
Norwegian Star 8/2008
Carnival Ecstacy 1/2008
Carnival Conquest 7/2007
Carnival Elation 1/2006
Disney Wonder 6/2004
Jubilee 7/2003
Apopka, FL
1,399 Posts
Joined Jun 2003
During our cruises, if I was any more laid back I'd be in the morgue. I do nothing!
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Sitmar Fairsky 1983 ////// Celebrity Constellation 2013
Song of Norway 1985//// Freedom of the Seas 2014
SS Dolphin 1990 ///// Regal Princess 2014
SS Norway 1992 //// Norwegian Star 2015
Carnival Imagination 1997/////Regal Princess 2016
Carnival Paradise 1999////// //Oasis of the Seas 2016
Carnival Sensation 2000////// Regal Princess 2017
Carnival Glory 2003
Mariner of the Seas 2004
Grandeur of the Seas 2006
Navigator of the Seas 2006
Sovereign of the Seas 2006
Brilliance of the Seas 2007
Norwegian Dawn 2007
Celebrity Century 2008
Celebrity Century 2008 (again)
Carnival Legend 2009
Carnival Inspiration 2009
Monarch of the Seas 2010
Monarch of the Seas 2011
Oasis of the Seas 2012
Celebrity Constellation 2012
Freedom of the Seas 2013
5,076 Posts
Joined Aug 2008
Well...It's seems like your title and the body of your post are talking about different things. In general, we tend to be active, on-the-go type people. We're not big advance planners of what we'll be doing each day, though. If there's an excursion that we really want to do at a given port, we might book it in advance to be sure we don't miss out. But most times we sort of go with the flow.
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SW Florida
7,100 Posts
Joined Nov 2006
DH likes to be "busy" and I like to be chilled out DH is happiest when we're touring and exploring. I'm happiest when I'm just chilling out on a beach Amazing that we've been very happily married for 43 years
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Wood Dale, IL
536 Posts
Joined Nov 2002
We are fairly active, we generally book excursions prior to leaving and unless we have been somewhere many times (like Cozumel) we almost always plan ahead. We have excursions booked at every stop for our upcoming cruise with the exception of Cannes which will be a beach day (weather permitting).

Sea days we don't do much--eat, read, play trivia, sleep, eat and well eat some more.

So many different types of cruisers around, neither way is the wrong way to enjoy your vacation.
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Dec '02 Majesty of the Seas--4 Night Bahamas
Dec '03 Navigator of the Seas--Western Carib
Apr '05 Jewel of the Seas--Eastern Carib
Jul '06 Brilliance of the Seas--Med/Greek Isles
Apr '07 Adventure of the Seas--Southern Carib
Jul '08 Jewel of the Seas--Baltics
Mar '09 Independence of the Seas--Belize/Mexico
May '11 Oasis of the Seas--Western Carib
Sep '11 Vision of the Seas--Holy Land
Feb '12 Celebrity Millennium--Western Carib
Jul '13 Adventure of the Seas--Italian Med
Jun. '14 Freedom of the Seas--Eastern Carib
Jan '16. Allure of the Seas--Eastern Carib
Ontario, Canada
123 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
We'll usually book an excursion, as we're pretty avid snorkelers and love to see new fish and marine life....other than that, we're very laid-back. I love the newly wed shows and the comedy shows, but that's about it. I'm considering doing the art auction at some point, but we're mostly there to relax, have a few drinks, read a few great books and people watch. I have a friend who signs up for seemingly every activity/project/seminar, and she comes home absolutely exhausted. To me, that doesn't sound like a vacation....but to each their own, and that's why cruises are so great; they cater to everyone!
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07-31-2011 Carnival Legend
01-05-2013 Grand Princess
01-04-2014 Carnival Liberty
10-04-2014 Carnival Liberty
02-07-2015 Carnival Glory
Virginia Beach, VA.
11,193 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
When I am on a cruise I am a laid back while on the go person.
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Grandeur of the Seas Dec. 2009
Freedom of the Seas Sept. 2010
Majesty of the Seas Dec. 2010
Freedom of the Seas Oct. 2011
Majesty of the Seas Nov. 2011
Monarch of the Seas May 2012
Allure of the Seas Sept. 2012
Carnival Glory May 2013
Allure of the Seas Sept. 2013
Majesty of the Seas Sept. 2013
Carnival Pride March 2014
Allure of the Seas Sept. 2014
Carnival Breeze Sept. 2014
Carnival Splendor May 2015
Carnival Splendor October 2015
Majesty of the Seas Dec. 2015
Enchantment of the Seas Feb. 2016
Majesty of the Seas April 2016
Carnival Splendor October 2016
Empress of the Seas November 2016
Oasis of the Seas Jan. 2017
Carnival Vista March 2017
Carnival Sunshine June 2017

Link to my Allure of the Seas review:

Bethpage, LI, New York
3,156 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
In the Caribbean mostly go with the flow, depending on how we feel that day.
But in exotic cruises, port days are intensive, sea days we chill
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Nordic Empress, Bermuda 7/01, Radiance of the Seas, Alaska 6/02, Adventure of the Seas, S. Caribbean 5/03, Legend of the Seas, Hawaii 12/03, NCL Dawn, Bahamas 5/04, Serenade of the Seas, Panama Canal 4/05, Freedom Maiden Voyage, W.Caribbean 6/06, Brilliance of the Seas, Mediterranean 9/07, Majesty of the Seas, Bahamas 3/08, Oasis, Caribbean 1/2010, Brilliance, Nova Scotia 10/2010,Independence,Canary Islands, 1/2012Allure, Caribbean,4/2013
3,364 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
We're pretty relaxed on a cruise, sea days will find us mostly reading, people-watching, & just laying around, although I do use the gym for a few hours each day. We hardly ever do excursions anymore, if we do, it is usually something active liking biking or snorkeling. Our favorite thing to do is just explore on our own. I am perfectly happy just having a beach day!

We do very little advance planning, prefer to see what we feel like doing each day. We wait until the day we want to go to book a specialty restaurant and have never had a problem getting a reservation.

1,749 Posts
Joined May 2012
We are always in the go, we don't drink alcohol but we rarely sleep more than 6 hrs a day lol, crazy but we rather sleep in our houses

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Laurel, Maryland
1,303 Posts
Joined Apr 2006
We are in between. We will plan shore excursions either through the cruiseline or with a private company in advance as we are going on the cruise to see the ports we are stopping at. On sea days, we relax, sleep in and enjoy the ship.

Mary Anne
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Carnival Carnivale - May 1980 (Bermuda), Celebrity Galaxy - August 2003 (E. Caribbean), Voyager of the Seas - July 2004 (W. Caribbean), Grandeur of the Seas - August 2006 (W. Caribbean), Explorer of the Seas - August 2007(Bermuda & E. Caribbean), Freedom of the Seas - August 2009 (W. Caribbean), Grandeur of the Seas - October 2009 (Bermuda), Radiance of the Seas - September 2010 (14 night Ultimate Alaska), Adventure of the Seas - January 2011 (Southern Caribbean), Serenade of the Seas - October 2011 (B2B - Southern Caribbean), Serenade of the Seas - May 2012 (12 night Mediteranean & Greek Isles), Enchantment of the Seas - September 2012 (Bermuda), Grandeur of the Seas - August & September 2013 (B2B -Bermuda and Canada & New England), Radiance of the Seas - June 2014 (Alaska), Navigator of the Seas - August 2014 (Honduras, Belize, Cozumel), Celebrity Solstice - April 2015 (11 night Hawaii to Vancouver), Grandeur of the Seas - October 2015 (8 night Bahamas cruise), Celebrity Constellation - June 2016 (12 night Italy & Croatia cruise), Radiance of the Seas - May 2017 (12 night Hawaii to Vancouver), Celebrity Equinox - September 2017 (11 night Southern Caribbean)

Maryland's Eastern Shore
6,106 Posts
Joined Mar 2007
We like to book excursions pre-cruise and enjoy the ports. Sea days we just hang, I read, DH does cryptograms. And, somewhere in all of those days we nap, see shows, eat and play the slots.
Cruising is definitely our favorite way to vacation.
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Past Cruises
April 8 2016 RC Serenade of the Seas Caribbean
Sept 11 2014 RC Explorer of the Seas NE/Canada
Dec 3 2012 RC Explorer of the Seas Eastern Carribbean
June 20 2010 Carnival Pride Bahamas
Sept 2 2009 RC Jewel of the Seas TA
Jan 2009 RC Voyager of the Seas Western Caribbean
Sept 11 2008 RC Explorer of the Seas Canada
Jan 2008 RC Brilliance of the Seas Panama Canal
June 2 2007 RC Radiance of the Seas Alaska

3 hours east of Toronto
7,962 Posts
Joined Aug 2006
Hi all!

I like to go go go since my life is pretty relaxed. I do book shows & excursions ahead & try to make it to trivia, Bingo & shows for entertainment.
Great thing about cruising is you can do or spend as little or much as you want.

~ Jo ~
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Florida East Coast
1,210 Posts
Joined Apr 2008
I like to do whatever suits me at the particular time. Never pre-book excursions, guess I'm a wing-it type of person-
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Majesty of the Seas Jan 15 2018

Grandeur of the Seas July 2007
Grandeur of the Seas June 2008
Serenade of the Seas April 2009
Grandeur of the Seas April 2010
Navigator of the Seas Feb 2011
Rhapsody of the Seas June 2011
Jewel of the Seas January 2012
Enchantment of the Seas May 2012
Grandeur of the Seas May 2013
Enchantment of the Seas Sept 2013
Brilliance of the Seas Jan 2016
Brilliance of the Seas Feb 11 2017
954 Posts
Joined Jan 2005
We might book an excursion or two (depending on the ports). Mostly we just wake up, check the weather and make a last minute decision how to spend the day. We will usually find something to do in the morning, relax all afternoon and half the evenings we will go to a show, the other half we just chill. Gosh that sounds like a great way to live all the time!
Palm Springs, Calif
41,290 Posts
Joined Apr 2005
I generally plan all our excusions and DH, tags along. It wouldn't do me any good to ask him what he would like to do because he would say I don't know, so he relies on my excellant planning to plan our days in Port. We however do enjoy our do nothing days and relax, walking around in port or whatever comes to mind.
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Boston Area
8,011 Posts
Joined Jan 2010
When we are in port, we always have an activity planned, usually a few When we are cruising, I always have ideas that I should go do a lot f ships activities, but somehow, we end up in the solarium or on the balcony
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