Pre-Cruise Planning: To-Do or To-Don’t

July 1, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

Cruise Planning
Recently, we at Cruise Critic attended a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) seminar to evaluate our personality types. An MBTI assessment is used to measure how people perceive the world and make decisions, based on four pairs of attributes: Extraversion (E) or introversion (I); sensing (S) or intuition (N); thinking (T) or feeling (F); and judging (J) or perception (P).
We were asked to guess what personality traits we had before our assessment results were revealed. Turns out, most of us proved to be very intuitive and schedule-oriented — no surprise for this group of planners! We thought it’d be fun to see where our members stand on the decision-making scale (judging vs. perception) when it comes to researching their cruise.
What we asked: How much of a pre-cruise planner are you?
What they said: About half (50.77 percent) of our poll-takers are slight J’s. That means they prefer to plan ahead for the major components of their cruise, such as excursions and port activities, while keeping some flexibility for the rest of the trip. Nearly a quarter of our members (24.63 percent) were strong P’s, meaning that they would rather leave their options open.
Where do you fit in with the results? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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    4 Responses to “Pre-Cruise Planning: To-Do or To-Don’t”

    1. fortun8
      July 3rd, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

      We plan the airfare, ship, itinerary, and try to guess which cabin will be best on port or starboard side and bed facing forward. From there we are open to suggestion. But we use cruise critic posts for land tour private companies with small group tours. We have been successful on past 3 cruises in using independent tours and small groups. Before that we went with the masses like sheep. We also like to be flexible to add tours with new friends we’ve met.

    2. Bonnie
      July 4th, 2013 @ 2:04 am

      How do we know which cabins have the bed facing forward? Also, which is better, starboard or port?


    3. CGMCruisers
      July 5th, 2013 @ 8:51 am

      The more we cruise, the less we feel a need to control every aspect of our cruise. Of course, we do plan a destination, the ship,cabin type and travel to & from cruiseport. If there’s a port of call we are unfamiliar with, we will explore what options are available for organized shore excursions, but generally we like to venture away from the beaten path so we look for options that allow us to see the port as the locals see it. We have found some very good independent cab owners and independent tour guides through internet postings and blogs.

    4. Victoria Gerrity
      July 8th, 2013 @ 3:43 am

      Oh, the planning. I love to plan- what to wear, what drinks I’m going to remember to try this go round, what the ‘official cruise color’ will be (mani pedi, hello!), what to do in each port (one adventure, one chill/relax, one shop, which fun books to devour on the Lido. Planning and dreaming and deciding keeps me sane as vacations are so short and in these stressful times, planning can extend the fun and help you look forward to it even more. Planning pays off many a time as I’ve thought ahead to pack for a Plan B or two- snuggly clothes or rain clothes so we can still play if the weather misbehaves, medicines, etc. We even have cruise folders (waterproof) with sections for pre-cruise/cruise. We’ve researched other ports and what to do, in case of changes to itinerary. I’m planning right now for our Oct 27 2013 cruise and having a blast!

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