I agree. I always have to figure it out for myself. But, when they show a departure date on the last page of each cruise/tour, and they say the trip is x number days, you can start with that departure date from the US is Day 1, then the next day arrival in country and meet PD, is day 2, etc. I make a calendar on the computer, then highlight the dates of the trip, and type in the first block of the trip "Depart for ___" and on the last day of the trip, I type in "Return to US". When I get the detailed itierary, I make changes to the calendar as necessary. I also take the detailed itinerary in the handbook or what I printed from the Internet, and pencil in at each day, the actual date. This is because, I always leave my date and whereabouts (hotel/ship) with my family in case they need to reach me. I don't like to wait until I get final do***ents to find out what date I'll be where and when. FWIW: other tours do not include the first day and last day as "trip days." So, if you are on other companies' tours, Day 1 is the day of arrival in the foreign country (or State, if in US.),not Day 2, like GCT has. And since I make my bookings by telephone, the travel consultant always gives me the dates right off the start before we go any further in the reservation making.