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I usually book a cruise about a year out...and during that year of waiting / anticipation I try to read, research and view every little thing I can find on that ship/cruise etc.....so that included the funtimes...I don't take it as guaranteed just an idea of what we might have going on etc......I also like others don't necessarily stick to my pre-cruise idea's of what to do, but do enjoy daydreaming about them leading up to the cruise....I am also a totally OCD anal person who loves to plan so there is that too lol....

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I personally like being surprised, so I don’t look, but doesn’t bother me one wit if people want to read them.

 

 

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I looked to see what types of toddler activities they have and what times they tend to have the open family play. First time on NCL coming up so wasn't familiar with what they offer.

 

THIS! Our 3 year old grandson might be going with us on our next NCL cruise and I wanted to see what kind of activities they offered for his age group and what time they were opened.

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For me, it's been over 8 years since i cruised. I'd like to see one in advance just to get an idea of what's happening compared to when I last went. Also, it's good to have a basic idea of when something I may really want to do is, so I don't book myself for the spa or something else at the same time.

 

They're also good to give first time cruisers an idea of what to expect.... they often don't realise just how much stuff there is to do on a ship.

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Yep, planner here. Looking at something a year our doesn't make sense, but we cruise Glory in 2 weeks and someone just posted recent FunTimes. Am I going to look at these....yep!

 

For me, it helps to know what kinds of activities might be going on, on what days and in what venue. For example, there is a cooking demonstration in the steakhouse on the 2nd day at noon. That sounded interesting to me so, once onboard, I will confirm that this exists, since I would like to go to it.

 

 

It also helps to know what shows are playing, what days of the week, how that lines up with things you are doing in port that day.

 

 

True, nothing is set in stone, but looking a RECENT FunTimes close our cruise helps set expectations of activities that we would consider doing once onboard and, if available. We only cruise once/year and sometimes there are big changes that reviewing the FunTimes helps bring to light.

Nice, im cruising the Glory in two weeks as well :) guess we shall sail the same sea! We do Glory for April 14 and 21 then move next door and do April 28 on MSC Seaside... 21 glorious nights under the moon

 

Lots of good answers here.. i just always thought that, no two weeks are ever the same as in , sure they will do a lot of the same things, but what happens oen day at this time may happen another day at another time, or maybe not at all... to each their own :)

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I'm actually not much of a planner, but I LOVE looking through the Fun Times for an upcoming cruise! Reading them puts me in the "feeling place" of being on a cruise, kind of like watching a good cruise vlog on YouTube does. It conjures up the feelings of being on board, which for me are those of freedom and ease, and the fun of having so many wonderful choices before me of things to do and see and eat. :)

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It seems pretty obvious to me, because it is fun to look through them and think "In X number of day, weeks, months, I could possibly be doing this fun activity instead of whatever mundane, stupid thing I have to do in my everyday ordinary life". People like reading them because it is fun to think about vacation, the same reason so many of us are logged on here so often.

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Nice, im cruising the Glory in two weeks as well :) guess we shall sail the same sea! We do Glory for April 14 and 21 then move next door and do April 28 on MSC Seaside... 21 glorious nights under the moon

 

Lots of good answers here.. i just always thought that, no two weeks are ever the same as in , sure they will do a lot of the same things, but what happens oen day at this time may happen another day at another time, or maybe not at all... to each their own :)

 

Well, hope to run into you! We're taking my my wife's brother and his wife, both are new to cruising! And I'm jealous....21 days....awesome! Let me know what you think of MSC. We signed up for the matching rewards program, but have to book anything with them.

 

I never take anything as gospel until I'm onboard and can see for myself. But, doesn't hurt to get an overall feel for activities and such.

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Why do you care? And why do you care enough to start a thread about it? Skip the threads that are asking for the FunTimes and move on.

 

 

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It seems pretty obvious to me, because it is fun to look through them and think "In X number of day, weeks, months, I could possibly be doing this fun activity instead of whatever mundane, stupid thing I have to do in my everyday ordinary life". People like reading them because it is fun to think about vacation, the same reason so many of us are logged on here so often.

 

Ditto.

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I'm a recovering planner.

Now I just take it one day at a time when cruising.

Being x military it hasn't been easy.

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Why do you care? And why do you care enough to start a thread about it? Skip the threads that are asking for the FunTimes and move on.

 

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I have said several times just curious AND if you note, many people had many different reasons which i found interesting and totally understandable.. it opened my eyes to why yes..

 

HAVING said that,... if this thread doesnt interest you, why did you bother to open it, and further more, why did you bother to make a post... skip it and move on practice what you preach in other words :)

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Well, hope to run into you! We're taking my my wife's brother and his wife, both are new to cruising! And I'm jealous....21 days....awesome! Let me know what you think of MSC. We signed up for the matching rewards program, but have to book anything with them.

 

I never take anything as gospel until I'm onboard and can see for myself. But, doesn't hurt to get an overall feel for activities and such.

looking forward to what MSC has to offer for sure. All the dailies etc are online, menus and the like, but I will have time to review those evening prior... waiting for teh surprises and changes... im sure many things are different.

 

i will do a review from the ship as i have to work each day anyway :( for some time at least, which is done online, so can easily update MSC for sure

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I’m research junkie. I’m like that robot in the movie Short Circuit. I need input. I research everything about our upcoming cruises. I find out all different things.

 

Take, for instance, the cooking demo in the Steakhouse someone mentioned. BEST lunch on the ship, hands down! And it’s free. It’s also limited due to space, so you need to know what time it’s planned for and plan to arrive early (and eat a light breakfast).

 

I make lists of things I want to do. If I don’t get to do them, they go on the list for the next cruise. I plan what I’m going to do, then I plan what I’m going to wear while I’m doing it, so I can make my packing list.

 

I have all my ducks in a row and it makes me feel good. I’m less likely to forget something important or just something I wanted to have. Then because I’m a Gemini, I go with the flow . But the structure I built before keeps me from forgetting things. As we look at each day on the ship or on shore, those things that were important rise to the top to remind me. I weigh them again against what has newly arisen and ask myself, “this or that,” and work from there. Life is good 🤩

 

 

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In addition to many other reasons listed in this thread, I also like to check where the activities are being held. Then I look at the deck plans.

 

For instance, on the Pride most of the trivia is deck 2 forward, just past the casino. So I know if we're early for trivia we can spend a bit of time in the casino first.

 

On the Sunshine, many of the activities are in the ocean plaza, with the Java Blue cafe just around the corner, so I know to plan on getting to activities a few minutes early to get my mother a latte first.

 

Plus I fine many cruise lines to be cryptic in some descriptions of activities. Seeing it in advance gives me the opportunity to figure out what the activities actually are and if I'm interested in it.

 

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I truly dont understand it but maybe someone can shed some light and i will shake my head saying duuuuh me of course..

 

i can undertand menus.. they dont change, and people like foodies.. but the funtimes, baffles me

 

I've thought the same thing.

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Guilty!

Yep! That's me.

 

While I generally don't enforce my plan on the family, rest assured there is one. clear.png?emoji-smile-1684

Same! My hubby is not as much of a planner (although he likes to be prepared, if that makes sense). He gave me a notebook because I want to organize ALL.THE.THINGS.

 

I didn't even consider looking at a funtimes and now I think maybe i should? Leaving so soon, and I'm mostly packed except for the toiletries and other carry-on accoutrements .

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I’d like to see the fun times from my cruise mainly because this will be my first cruise and I’m curious about what there is to do. It’s not that I want to plan every second of every day. I do like to know what my options are though. I researched cruise activities the same way I researched each port to make the most

Of my time there.

 

 

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I just like to look them over to have an idea of what they provide activities wise. Obviously it's not going to be the exact same on every sailing, which is not a bad thing. I don't really tend to plan out what we are doing ahead of time except for the excursions though because I prefer to leave things open ended on a vacation. Honestly I wish they had some way of just letting people sign up for an "excursions pass" ahead of time, and you could choose from say, a list of things offered, to go on instead of having to pick ahead of time the exact excursions to do. But for me it's fun to see what events they have going on, and get a feel for things. But I don't really do more than casually read them once.

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There are a lot of good reasons to review the daily program beforehand. I think I may have mentioned another thread earlier how we enjoyed the film by the pool. We wouldn't have even considered it if we weren't aware in advance that the films were so close to First Run. Another benefit was having my interest piqued with regard to the Clue game. If I hadn't seen it in the program beforehand I wouldn't have thought to ask about it and wouldn't have learned how lame it is. Might have wasted some very valuable time aboard ship checking out something that would have been so utterly disappointing.

 

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with all the replies and various reasons, i can see now why people would like to see them... makes sense :):) makes sense if you are someone who plans that well, i plan everything to a T, except what i will do on the ship i guess thats why i didnt get it, but now i do! ty

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