Yes, this is a very exciting time. All the necessary work is done -- air arrangements, passport renewal (in our case, this year) -- allowing us to concentrate on the cruise. Just looking over the deck plans is exciting... I can already imagine myself going from deck to deck, walking along the promenade, and stopping by the lido to have HAL's dreamy bread pudding with vanilla sauce.
Janfred, I love the research part, also. I even research what we'll be seeing on shore excursions, to make the most out of it!