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Old 02-04-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Is it too early?

Hi, everyone. I'm new around here (obvious, huh?). My name is Deb, and I am planning to take my DDs (Ella 7 & Alexia 9) on Disney Dream for a 4-day Bahamian cruise in July 2014. It feels like a really really long way out to start planning. But is it really? This will be our first cruise and our first vacation more than 1 state away from home, so I'm overthinking everything. I normally overthink, but it's been especially bad since I decided it was finally time to do this thing.

Sorry! I've been lurking in the background for awhile and I think I just needed to ramble a little.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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IMHO, it's never too soon to make plans, because before you know it the time will be upon you. Mine snook up on me faster than I thought! That's my 2cents
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:33 PM   #3
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I started researching as soon as I knew we were sailing. I found it useful because over time, I've been able to better prioritize what to do. THings I thought we'd want to do have now gone by the wayside after reading reviews or cons, etc. Other things have moved to the top after seeing consistent rave reviews. I've come to realize 4 nights isn't enough time to doeverything, so I'm trying to plan to hit the few things on my "MUST Do list. That list took several months to compile
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:35 PM   #4
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Planning is half the fun! Gets you excited to go. Even a year away!!!
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:38 PM   #5
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Welcome! July, 2014, huh? Well, after 17 month of reading the disboards, you will need that cruise vacation!!

Four night Bahamas on the Dream will be a blast.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:38 PM   #6
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The best part of the journey is the anticipation and the planning.
Actually saw a study that the health benefits of the journey is also gotten from the planning!

For me, planning and learning about where I am going is half the fun.

May I suggest you join a disgroup? If there is not one for your cruise- start one. We met some great people from the dis on our cruise meet that I am proud to call friends.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:41 PM   #7
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Whew! Thanks for the reassurance. I have known that I wanted to take this trip for years, but things just kept getting in the way.

I LOVE planning. So much so, that sometimes I forget to finish things. But this is one project that I will absolutely follow through to the end!
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:44 PM   #8
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Welcome! July, 2014, huh? Well, after 17 month of reading the disboards, you will need that cruise vacation!!

Four night Bahamas on the Dream will be a blast.
I know! Right??

We're taking a smaller vacation this summer to a water park in Kansas City. Nowhere near the experience, but I hope it will help a tiny bit with the vacation bug.
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Old 02-04-2013, 09:48 PM   #9
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The best part of the journey is the anticipation and the planning.
Actually saw a study that the health benefits of the journey is also gotten from the planning!

For me, planning and learning about where I am going is half the fun.

May I suggest you join a disgroup? If there is not one for your cruise- start one. We met some great people from the dis on our cruise meet that I am proud to call friends.
Great suggestion. Thank you! I haven't seen our date, so I guess I'll be the first one. We love meeting new people, and being a single parent, I consider adult contact somewhat of a luxury.
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:30 PM   #10
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We have been planning for well over a year. There are a lot of details to consider and the DISboard is a great place to get answers. We are only 47 days away and still coming up with questions and planning issues. So no it is not too early. Enjoy the journey!
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:35 PM   #11
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The best part of the journey is the anticipation and the planning.
Actually saw a study that the health benefits of the journey is also gotten from the planning!

For me, planning and learning about where I am going is half the fun.

May I suggest you join a disgroup? If there is not one for your cruise- start one. We met some great people from the dis on our cruise meet that I am proud to call friends.
I totally agree with enjoying the planning part of the journey!

It's never too early OP.
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #12
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Never too soon..

We are in the process of planning our 4 night cruise on the Dream for the end of August 2014. Just need to nail down some final details before we book in the next couple of weeks. The benefit of booking so early is that we have 14 months til our PIF date. Taking my GD, who will be 5 at the time of sailing, just before she starts kinder.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:06 PM   #13
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OP in my opinion it's never to early to book & plan a cruise. We booked our upcoming June Western cruise on the Fantasy back October 2011. We booked May Eastern 2014 cruise (Fantasy also) this past December. As one of the PPs noted planning & anticipation is half fun; at least it is for us.
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:22 PM   #14
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We booked each of our last 2 cruises right at a year ahead - love the planning and researching! Another thing we do as soon as we book is start a "cruise fund" jar - all loose change goes into the jar, which we decorate just as added inspiration We did this for our first 2 cruises and were surprised at how it adds up...this cruise our 6 yr old granddaughter will be cruising with us and one of the first things she did was decorate her very own cruise fund jar! She has well over $100, and has learned some important lessons in savings as well. Happy planning!
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Great suggestion. Thank you! I haven't seen our date, so I guess I'll be the first one. We love meeting new people, and being a single parent, I consider adult contact somewhat of a luxury.
I hear ya! Being a single parent as well, I can relate.
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