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I am in a BAD way. My cruise leaves next week, just about anything that can be planned, researched, or organized is done and confirmed.

 

Guess what? To keep the buzz going, I started the pre planning research for the NEXT cruise I want to do. Haven't told DH. it's a 12-14 day Aus/NZ trip and on the spendy side, so am thinking 2020 so I can save a couple of year's worth of bonus checks to pay for it.

I have never thought of doing structured planning for a cruise i haven't booked yet. It does sound like a good way to evaluate the total vacation rather than just looking at the NCL portion. Maybe I could do that with ALL the future cruise possibilities? I could have hundreds of worksheets in a giant Excel workbook. Awesome sauce!

 

Maybe I should seek professional help?

 

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I have never thought of doing structured planning for a cruise i haven't booked yet. It does sound like a good way to evaluate the total vacation rather than just looking at the NCL portion. Maybe I could do that with ALL the future cruise possibilities? I could have hundreds of worksheets in a giant Excel workbook. Awesome sauce!

 

Maybe I should seek professional help?

 

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Professional advice says "What are you waiting for? Get planning to plan!"

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OMG you people are totally insane. But I loved reading about your insanity!! Keep them coming. Personally I’ll be looking for clothes 20 mins before we leave for the airport. I’m a firm believer that it will all work out why stress over it. :'):p:cool:

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Ugh my DH *always* suddenly realizes he needs to do some preparation about a week before. Then he insists I run all over town with him while he finds clothes, shoes, whatever else he needs because he just realized things in the closet are worn out, don't fit or are 20 years out of style (LOL).

Just when I'm ready to relax and enjoy calm anticipation because I am 500% ready, there he is with "should I bring this?" "what should I do about ... ?" over and over and over.

What was my prediction? One week to sail and DH wakes up this morning and says "I want to go look at shoes at Cabela's today."

 

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My planning has mainly to do with attractions, transportation and accommodations. I pack the night before and know the necessities as I’ve done it so many times.

My problem is I’m thrifty and prefer to DIY so I have information on:

1) where my ship docks or tenders

2) A google walking map or public transportation map & schedule to each attraction or hotel (usually the most economical option)

3) pre-booked entrance fees & estimated spending

4) a blurb or podcast about the site for DW

5) liberal estimated arrival and departure times for sites (DW shops)

 

I create a manual for each port which I remove from the binder the night before going ashore. I only do ships excursions when sites are a distance away or DIY is complicated as DWs stress levels aren’t as high as mine. I also know my limitations when it comes to communication in a foreign language.

I love this listing of what you compile. I did so much reading and research long ago. Now it's finally 8 days away and I don't remember where to find everything. Like where do I find the schedule for each port that shows where each ship will berth.

 

And anything thrifty!

 

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Bermuda in September?

 

You can start constantly watching tropical updates for any Atlantic storms and research any ports on a New England/Canadian cruise in case you board the ship and the itinerary changes (you can get several sweatshirts in your luggage, correct?). :eek:

 

OMG! I posted this half tongue in cheek back in the middle of August because the OP of this thread was on the Dawn to Bermuda leaving yesterday

 

Dawn is doing the New England/Canada itinerary this week because of Florence.

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OMG! I posted this half tongue in cheek back in the middle of August because the OP of this thread was on the Dawn to Bermuda leaving yesterday

 

Dawn is doing the New England/Canada itinerary this week because of Florence.

I saw your post earlier today when I was hunting for mine about my DH and last minute shopping!

 

I looked up the OP and here is what she(?) said about the itinerary change:

"We're not excited to have our second-ever cruise turn into our first from a year ago, but as long as I’m not home processing food from the gardens, I intend to be happy."

 

(Their first ever cruise was on the Gem. To CANADA)

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OMG you people are totally insane. But I loved reading about your insanity!! Keep them coming. Personally I’ll be looking for clothes 20 mins before we leave for the airport. I’m a firm believer that it will all work out why stress over it. :'):p:cool:
I picked my friend up for a few day road trip. As I watched in horror, he dug through the clothes basket (I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say they were clean) to find clothes to bring. Then he went to find his suitcase.

 

As you point out, everything did work out. Probably because no ship or airline were involved. He did some shopping when we reached out destination.

 

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I picked my friend up for a few day road trip. As I watched in horror, he dug through the clothes basket (I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say they were clean) to find clothes to bring. Then he went to find his suitcase.

 

As you point out, everything did work out. Probably because no ship or airline were involved. He did some shopping when we reached out destination.

 

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Whoa, I would be so stressed out!!!

 

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I picked my friend up for a few day road trip. As I watched in horror, he dug through the clothes basket (I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say they were clean) to find clothes to bring. Then he went to find his suitcase.

 

As you point out, everything did work out. Probably because no ship or airline were involved. He did some shopping when we reached out destination.

 

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Talk about chasing the plane as you’re taxiing down the runway!!! I’d be out of my mind!

 

 

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Hello...my name is Amy....and I am a compulsive vacation planner.

 

Do you have a daily spread sheet done?

 

haha....I do.

Ooooooohhhh,,, whats a spead sheet for???

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Ugh, tried to link to a comment earlier in the thread, but it's not working.

Spreadsheets in this case usually show a cruise day by day with each activity, reservation, etc. listed in chronological order. The pic is on about page 2 or 3 of this thread.

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I am such a planner. lol What I do is open up a suitcase about a month out and put it in a spot in our bedroom that is out of the way and throw things into it as I come across or buy them. It just helps me keep track of everything and makes sure I pack everything. lol I started doing that when I forgot to pack my ex-husbands dress clothes (ages ago) for the second cruise we went on and I forgot to pack socks for Disney one year. lol

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I have a large tub in one room that I put everything needed in. clothes bought for the cruise special section of my closet. the tub so far includes:

*our 3-1-1 TSA bags-slowly filing.

*a box with trial size cosmetics from the monthly subscriptions I belong to.

*Passport holder with passports already tucked in.

*sun hats

*portable bluetooth speaker for music in our cabin

*magnets

*stainless steel straws

*mini binoculars

*2 backpacks

*crossbody bag

*lanyards

*empty packing cubes

*4 already packed packing cubes

 

I have already packed swimsuits and coverups; under clothes for DH and self; night clothes and the prizes and wrapping bags for the meet and greet I am organizing.

 

I also have a spreadsheet by day with what we plan to do and wear those days. and lists of what I still need to buy and pack. Typically I dont like to plan what to wear day by day but I am trying to make this cruise with carry on only.

 

our cruise isn't until December! I asked my DH if he thought I was crazy for already starting to pack. He said no... it makes you happy. lol I think I'll keep him.

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On the Getaway right now. Just a few FYI’s for our Planner group.

- Magnets do not work in The Haven rooms. We brought some magnetic hooks and they do not cling to the walls.

- Boarding times seem to be getting later at Port Miami. They did not open the security area until around 10:05 yesterday, Haven boarding started around 11:15, and general boarding around 11:30.

- The muster drill was a cluster. We went to ours in O’Sheehan’s around 3:15. It was supposed to start at 3:30, but people were still strolling in until it finally started at 3:45.

- Everything else has been awesome. In our opinion, The Haven is everything it is advertised as and more. The crew is incredible and so friendly.

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Ooooooohhhh,,, whats a spead sheet for???

 

Yep...What Shellbelle said. Mine has the days at the top and times on the left had column.

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On the Getaway right now. Just a few FYI’s for our Planner group.

 

- Magnets do not work in The Haven rooms. We brought some magnetic hooks and they do not cling to the walls.

 

- Boarding times seem to be getting later at Port Miami. They did not open the security area until around 10:05 yesterday, Haven boarding started around 11:15, and general boarding around 11:30.

 

- The muster drill was a cluster. We went to ours in O’Sheehan’s around 3:15. It was supposed to start at 3:30, but people were still strolling in until it finally started at 3:45.

 

- Everything else has been awesome. In our opinion, The Haven is everything it is advertised as and more. The crew is incredible and so friendly.

 

 

 

I would presume the Breakaway won’t have magnetic wall also? Is the door magnetic?

 

 

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On the Getaway right now. Just a few FYI’s for our Planner group.

- Magnets do not work in The Haven rooms. We brought some magnetic hooks and they do not cling to the walls.

 

Wow - I hope the Jade has magnetic walls. It's an older ship so it should, right? And, I am not in a Haven cabin. I love my magnetic hooks - I hang them all over the cabin!

 

I am really enjoying this thread - I may not be quite as organized as some of you, but I plan constantly. My next cruise is just over a year away and I am on CC every day reading and planning!

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Too many post to read all but if you're an Amazon PrimeTV or Netflix person have you downloaded all the shows and movies to keep you entertained. Kindle/Koodo full?

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I just finished my itinerary (semi final draft) and sent it to the others in our travel group (only 4 this time). Flights, tours, dinners, $$ needed for tours, site visits, lunch, names of tour operators, etc.... No spreadsheet yet.........

I have my tour info in separate packets.

Now, the packing "stacks" for the departure in 6 weeks;-P

And, stalking CC for any extra info that might pop up.

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