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Old April 12th, 2007, 01:35 PM
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I have learned not to bring one, or, I take all the stuff out and leave it in my suitcase. On a ship, I find that you see very few purses. You see tote bags, and beach bags, but most go without totally.

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well, as I will be on my frist cruise in July with my teenage son, I won't have a man around who can keep the credit cards, etc. in his wallet.

So I will be bringing my cheap black wal-mart bought shoulderbag which is about 8 inches long, 5 inches high and 4-5 inches deep. It has a long, thin attached strap that lets the purse hang down to my abdomen so I can basically wear it over/across my shoulders the whole trip. I will have my cash, credit cards, cell phone, pda, digital camera with great video capacbility, brush, minimal makeup, prescriptions, sunglasses, and important docs with me (i.e. copy of passport, excursion confirmations).

I don't plan to go swimming or do any water sport excursions. With this type of purse, my hands are free. My son can wear the binoculars around his neck on excursions.

I will be bringing a large tote so when I'm hanging around the ship during the day following my son around as we engage in activities, I can have my purse inside it as well as a spiral notebook (I'm a writer) and sunblock.
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I don't use a purse in real life so it's pretty easy for me to do without. I usually hang my wallet (and phone when I have it) off my belt loop. That way I don't ever leave it on a table or bar and I can dance handsfree. On the ship I won't need a wallet so I'll put a hole in the Sign and Sale and use a lanyard. When I need stuff sunning or on an excursion, I use a small backpack.
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I brought a purse on my first cruise and spent time figuring out where to hide it! Since then, it's a beach tote, if anything! I just bought no-leak thermal bottles for the pool. I'm tired of ordering drinks only to have them melt before you can finish them.....so I'm going to pour them in my mug!

Tote bag will hold towel, sunscreen, camera, sail & sign card...plus anything extra I bring onshore. I will have to bring a small backpack for at least one shore excursion. We plan to zipline in Jamaica and I don't think I can fly like the wind and hang onto a beach tote at the same time!

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Have you tried to put a hole in your sail & sign card? We have ID's at work. We use them to enter the garage and state buildings. You wave them in front of the security pad and you can enter. A co-worker's ID broke right where the slot is for the strap at the top. He thought he could punch a hole in it and string it back on his lanyard. After that, it never worked again. Security told us when he punched the hole in the card, it messed up all of the encoded info in the card. Who woulda thunk it!

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Before my first cruise, I purchased a travel id holder and it works great. It is just the size to hold the sign and sail card, credit card and fountain card. It has a strap to go over your head and also has a retractible thing on it so if they need to see your id closer, you can simply pull it out to the right distance.
My daughter and I didn't really seem to need purses although we did each buy one for formal night at the shop where everything is $10, lol.
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I actually brought something out of the $.99 store that is perfect for holding stuff during sea days. It was a camera holder I think but it works perfectly because there are little mesh pockets on the outside for stuff (lipstick/lighter/gum) and on the inside is a slim compartment perfect for sail & sign/credit card/license with a larger compartment that holds anything about the size of a disposable camera. It has a velcro flap cover. I also bring something very similar to this but larger with more slots/compartments when I go ashore at the port stops. I don't remember where I got the the second one but probably a walmart/kmart like store for just a few dollars.

I fly to the ship so I carry a rather large shoulder bag on the plane. When I get to the room, I put the important stuff (credit cards, passport, etc.) in the safe and just leave the shoulder bag in my luggage.

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on board... I dump my purse in the closet and only carry around my sign and sail card. I have a little pocket in my swimsuit wrap or I carry it in my shorts pocket. On shore, I just stuff my sign and sail card in my pocket with my id and some cash. That way I don't have to worry about leaving my purse somewhere.
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when on the boat I try to wear skirts so i can just put my sail and sign card in my pocket b/c you really dont need much, since iam on the empress deck going to the room wont make much of a difference. For the port (Calica)..not so much Key West I plan on taking a beach bag to carry stuff in. I have been to Key West many times so we know that place by the back of our hands. There we will probably roam around
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Have you tried to put a hole in your sail & sign card? We have ID's at work. We use them to enter the garage and state buildings. You wave them in front of the security pad and you can enter. A co-worker's ID broke right where the slot is for the strap at the top. He thought he could punch a hole in it and string it back on his lanyard. After that, it never worked again. Security told us when he punched the hole in the card, it messed up all of the encoded info in the card. Who woulda thunk it!
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Well, I've read on here that you can get it punched and a lanyard in the casino so I assume it will be ok. Not sure about the key card because the older ships need a separate card and I can't remember how I did it my last trip on the Fascination. The other poster's idea of a plastic pouch that I can put other money and cards in when I leave ship is a cool idea too.
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Have you tried to put a hole in your sail & sign card? We have ID's at work. We use them to enter the garage and state buildings. You wave them in front of the security pad and you can enter. A co-worker's ID broke right where the slot is for the strap at the top. He thought he could punch a hole in it and string it back on his lanyard. After that, it never worked again. Security told us when he punched the hole in the card, it messed up all of the encoded info in the card. Who woulda thunk it!
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Well, I've read on here that you can get it punched and a lanyard in the casino so I assume it will be ok. Not sure about the key card because the older ships need a separate card and I can't remember how I did it my last trip on the Fascination. The other poster's idea of a plastic pouch that I can put other money and cards in when I leave ship is a cool idea too. I'm also considering getting a small waterproof case that should be big enough for my little camera, money and cards. Not sure I would swim with it and risk my nice camera but I could bury it in the sand under my blanket when I'm at the beach.
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I know what you mean about the camera. Some people caution against using the lockers, but I didn't have any trouble in Jamaica. Seems we usually had at least one person onshore at a time, so they watched the stuff. Oh, I did tip my waiter well and he looked out for us too!

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I brought a purse on my first cruise and spent time figuring out where to hide it! Since then, it's a beach tote, if anything! I just bought no-leak thermal bottles for the pool. I'm tired of ordering drinks only to have them melt before you can finish them.....so I'm going to pour them in my mug!

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Melody! What a great idea! I threw away many inches of a melted, hot drink on deck. Never again! Thanks.

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I, too, carry a large purse on the plane, empty it and toss it on a closet shelf. Valuables go into the safe, take a card like a Safeway card or the like to use to lock the safe. If anyone gets a hold of it, you aren't out much. Carry only the sail and sign card on board, in a small hip pack. I have a larger hip pack (holds my camera, etc.) which goes ashore if we aren't doing anything wet. A beach bag will go if we needs a change of clothes, etc.
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Different purse for every evening outfit. One shore purse that has a long strap to wear across my body. Arms are free to carry lots of goodies and it deters thieves. Large tote type purse for air travel to carry all docs, wallet, ID's, extra underwear, () etc.

"Purses. a girl can't have too many." Just like shoes. I also bring shoes to go with every outfit. And I have packing down to a science.

I dress in jeans all year at work so I love gettin dolled up on the ships. Have done it on every one of our 8 cruises. Hubby likes to get dressed up too. We got him a Tux a couple years ago.

All the outfits are laid out and waiting to be packed for our upcoming cruise on the Carnival Legend on May 6.
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I leave my purse home too. I carry a black leather fanny pack at night. I make the strap really long and can put it on my shoulder. It also is used to hold the balcony door open. I loop the strap around the railing post and snap it together. On one cruise it became a sling when i broke my wrist taking a picture in St Thomas! I didn't get it set until I got back home. my room steward was so sweet he brought me a huge trash bag full of ice every day for my wrist. I had no where to put it except in the shower or on the balcony! During the day i carry a beach bag

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It's going to feel weird without one, but I think I am going to leave mine in the car and just give the important stuff to my husband to tote around. Luckily most men's clothes come with pockets, even their swim trunks.
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