When you are super lucky like me and you save your pennies for a year or so and you get yourself signed up for an amazing cruise - you are sent a list of excursions from the ship essentially asking you how you would like to spend your days.
Are you one of those folks who prefer a slow vacation - where you don't really do anything scheduled, but instead bum around on your own? Or are you on of those folks who want to dive into as much as you can in an attempt to fill up every minute of your stop?
I'm mostly the latter - although there are days when I'd prefer the former.
With my parents - this usually works out perfectly. Much of what they want to see is also what I want to see, so we do our excursions together. (I do have the 'go-ahead' to do something on my own ~ and actually signed up for Sea Kayaking in Tallin, Estonia on this trip (I'm not 100% sure my mom was on board with that one). Of course, Tallin was the stop where we didn't stop because the sea was not behaving.)
Being the crazy go-getters that we are - we decided to hop on a Hop-On/Hop-Off bus parked at the port and take a pre-tour of Oslo before our scheduled excursion.
I can't really explain how glad I am to have done that.
Because, evidently when I was picking out excursions with my mom and dad I failed to notice the part of our tour that said, "Spend day at three separate boat museums where you will quickly tire of history and begin a staggering quest to maintain a pulse."
Sometimes I just get museum-ed out. Or it might be that I don't need much time in a museum to get the picture. Or maybe I'm not a fan of items stowed behind glass where I can't touch them. Or maybe we were just so deep into the trip that my brain was fried.