Are you looking at the largest ship built? Are you looking for a smaller more intimate ship? Are you booking yourself or using an agent?
I always book myself. That is I find my stateroom, review all of the ports, decide which dinner time I wish, before I call an agent. I try to do as much homework as I can to have control over the much anticipated cruise.
Have you learned from any mistakes from your last cruise? What did you like? Dislike? What were you able to tolerate but wish for it not to happen again?
Most importantly did you make some new cruise friends? I have failed to tell you this fun story.
We were on a European Holland America cruise, while the Bon Voyage party was happening, we met a couple from the East Coast. In the middle of our conversation the Event Director stopped by, asked how many cruises we had been on. When the couple announced it was their sixth cruise, he asked if he could talk to him. After a brief conversation, he sat down.
Holland American announced later that they had selected a Mr. Holland American and a Mrs. Holland America and if any guest could find out who they were they would win a bag full of prizes. I was on the hunt, smiling asking multiple people who would look at me with this, "what the heck are you talking about" look. Having coffee with the same new cruise friend couple in Turkey I was sharing my frustration on not being able to find Mr. or Mrs. Holland America. They both nodded agreeing that it would be difficult in a ship of over 2,500 passengers.
You know where I am going right?
On the last evening of the cruise Mr. Holland America stood up to be identified and yes it was our cruise guest friend. Laughing he said, "Why didn't you ask me in Turkey?? I was bursting to tell you."
I know there is easier ways to make friends on a cruise, meet new cruise friends!!!