I have done a few blog/trip reports, with varying results. Sometimes technical obstacles stand in your way, such as time availability and quality of internet access. Only in one case did I try to do it live. That was on GCTs other French cruise, The Seine: Paris to Normandy. I found that, when I had time, the internet performance was not alway there, and, when the internet was great, I didn'r always have time. I ended up doing what I could and ended up filling in the gaps after returning home. In fact, the first 2 blogs I did wer totally after the fact. What a great way to relive the trip. One, to China, was several years after the trip, rebuilding it from a text only trip report and from my many photos. We did Heart of India in February of this year, and I have yet to complete this blog. I had all of the best intentions, starting the blog, when we decided to take the trip and including our research and links in the blog, but, although I had my laptop with me, I managed to do very little on the trip, either due to lack of time or lack of internet access
. I am currently on vacation on a lake, with no technology, phones, TV, etc available, except internet of all things. So I brought my notes and accumulated handouts and brochures from the trip, along with my pictures and videos from the trip to try to write it. Although I regularly visit Cruise Critic, I am not familiar with its tools for blogs. I first tried a tool from TripAdvisor and was not satisied with its ease of use, so I redid it with Google's Blogger, which I found far from perfect, but much easier to use, particularly in inserting links, photos and videos. My major complaint is the lack of availability of an offline tool so that you can work on it while you can't be online, such as on long bus or plane trips.
I am looking forward to your blog, for a couple of reasons. One, I want to see how the Cruise Critic tools work for you and two, we are interested in taking this trip. It is on our list. Remember, however, not to let the blog detract from your enjoyment of the trip. Enjoy the trip first and worry about the blog later, just try to capture information that you want to get in the blog. Although it was not my intention, my blogs have generated many referrals under the Vacation Ambassodar program, giving me many credits and1 free trip, with another one coming after the people travel.