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Hi all,

Will be our first cruise and I'm planning to propose. We've been together 3 years and, although we're both "ready" to get engaged, she doesn't think I'll be asking her for another 6-12 months. I've planned to do it this summer all along and think the cruise will be a great opportunity for us to spend QT together -- away from everything else -- and really "celebrate" our relationship.

It's a short cruise, so I'm hoping to do it on the first night ... so that we have the rest of the trip to relax and celebrate.

I'm looking for "ways" to propose. I have a few ideas but wanted to bounce it off all of you. A couple of notes:
1) She'll say yes. (Geez, that sounds cocky.) We've talked about marriage extensively and are on the same page.
2) We're sort of private people, so I probably won't want to make a public showing of the actual proposal itself.
3) I do have a suite w/balcony reserved which obviously would lend itself nicely to the setting for the proposal.

Any suggestions or thoughts from ya'all?
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*Sigh* very romantic

IMHO The best place would be on the rear of the ship just as the sun is setting. You will have a full view of the ocean and the setting sun. Plus when it starts to get towards sunset most of the people are at dinner or at a show so you will have the private time you are looking for.

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How short a cruise ? Which ship ?
Somewhere on Formal night would be one idea.
Or with the microphone at a lido deck party.
I know you said you are both 'private' but supposedly you only do this once, so stretch your comfort zone a little. She WILL love it.
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We'll be crusing on the Sensation on a 3-night in July. I know, I know, that's too short. Unfortunately, we don't have much time to take off from work.

We've seen people propose in public and while I think it's a noble, exciting way to do so, she has made it quite clear she does not. I have to respect that.
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Oh!!!! I have a great one. Once on the ship, ask to speak to the Cruise director. Tell him what you want to do, and do it on stage in front of everyone. Not only will it be fun for everyone, but those shows are taped, so you will have a lasting memory.
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How about making an excuse to see the matre'd to check on you seating. Then you have a note asking her to marry you and have them put in her menu at dinner.

This is what our son-in-law did and it really surprised our daughter.

It is an unusal and remerable(sp) way.
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Oh!!!! I have a great one. Once on the ship, ask to speak to the Cruise director. Tell him what you want to do, and do it on stage in front of everyone. Not only will it be fun for everyone, but those shows are taped, so you will have a lasting memory.
!! Thats how I did it !! At the Captains party. Free booze to get me the courage. Chris Roberts was the CD. The hardest part was getting away from her long enough to talk to him about it.

It's good he recognizes she does not want anything public. Her reaction could really ruin a vacation.

I like the back of the boat sunset idea.

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They take a boarding photograph of every couple in front of a scene with the ship name and cruise date on it. Drop down on one knee, pull out the ring, and pop the question. The photographers will capture the moment forever. CONGRATULATIONS, and have a great cruise!!!
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Does anyone think a scenario like this could work out?

We have dinner the first night and then come back to our suite for an after dinner drink on the balcony. I propose there ... on the balcony, overlooking the ocean. Just us ... no one else around. I could then have room service deliver a bottle of champagne and some dessert.

I do, however, like the back of the boat idea and would love to be able to capture the moment on video or film but -- again -- she's not too keen on "sharing" this moment with everyone else around us.

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Okay Dack,

You have forced me to give away some of my secrets. On a day when the two of you are off the ship, have the gifts department deliver the romance package to your room, while you are gone. Also order a dozen roses for the room. They will set all of this up while you are gone. Take one of the roses, and put the petals all over the bed.

Go to QVC.com They have candles that run on batteries. I think I paid for 4 for around 30.00. Have these in your suitcase, and have the room steward turn these on for you and turn off all the other lights.

How's that?
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if you take Luanne' suggestion be sure to get her sign and sale card and charge it to her room (VBG)

Unless you are prepared for her to say" no" in front of alot of people, I would suggest to do it in private , at sunset and have one of the professional photographers take a picture without her being aware of it

this is the most special moment in your relationship so far so it has to "feel right" and IMHO it should be private, perhaps followed up by some sort of more public celebration

spring for a balcony by the way.. a full moon after you propose that evening sets the right mood to sit on your balcony at 0200 am in the morning and listen to the waves and watch the moon and talk about your future..that way,,when things get tough during the marriage, both of you can go back to that moment on the ship to bring you back closer together

just thought of something, the Sensation has very few balconies , so maybe spring for a suite
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Proposal on a cruise ship. I like Luanne's suggestion. Go to dinner, have the room steward set the room up (if you are lucky enough to get a balcony room with a view, set your camcorder up where she won't notice it) when you return from dinner, the flowers, champagne and rose petals on the bed will speak volumes. Hit the record button when she isn't looking, bring her on the balcony and propose. Then you will have the moment to share. I think you have to respect her wishes because girls dream about this for years, so it has to be perfect! Rose petals on the bed, champagne, great music, a ring........she will be thrilled. Get with your room steward early on so they can set the stage. Don't forget the CD player or Ipod with docking station and speakers.

For the girl who doesn't mind an audience, I would talk to the cruise director and get something set up during a show. That would be fantastic!

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One of my best friends proposed on a cruise. He purchased the real ring and a cheap CZ ring. Then by the balcony one night, he pulled out the CZ, and accidentaly droped it over the balcony into the sea.... he said the look on he face was priceless, then he pulled out the real diamond and completed the proposal..

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How about this; a little of everyone's ideas.
After dinner on Formal night take her to rear of the ship to see the moon (pray for a full moon), this should allow you the private moment you are wanting. After she says yes, go inside for that special picture. The photographers will already be set up but it will still have that "Special Intimacy" that she desires.
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Oh, this sounds so romantic

I agree with the back of the ship area either at sunset or by the light of the moon or on the balcony. Maybe you could already have the champagne delivered earlier so it would already be in the room. Maybe you could send her out of the room for something so she won't be there when it's delivered. Then your celebrating won't be interrupted by room service

Another option could be your first morning on the boat. You could order room service and have it set up on the balcony, then while you're eating you could say something like you want to share every morning with her for the rest of your life and then propose.

Anything you do, though, will probably be remembered forever, no matter how you do it.

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Check and see if you can get her a spa appointment. This will get her out of the room.
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I like the spa suggestion,,,,plus that will get her nice and relaxed

Wouldn't it be funny if SHE was planning to ask you to marry her on the cruise (after all these are modern times) and is right now reading these postings in secret and is planning to "turn the tables" on you. Now that would be priceless (VBG)

You realize of course, if you do this you have created a cruising monster that you will never be able to satisfy..You have raise the bar so you should start planning now for your cruise to celebrate your first anniversary of your proposal and you must upgrade both your ship, your cabin and go from a 3 day to a 7 day. Start saving now to celebrate your 5th year proposal date with a cruise to the Greek Island , and of course your 25th anniversary of the proposal with a cruise around the world. You also have to upgrade the ring every time you cruise

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One of my best friends proposed on a cruise. He purchased the real ring and a cheap CZ ring. Then by the balcony one night, he pulled out the CZ, and accidentaly droped it over the balcony into the sea.... he said the look on he face was priceless, then he pulled out the real diamond and completed the proposal..

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Now THAT is funny .....!!!

Personally I would go for the back of the ship at sunset or late at night when there are 0 people out there --- it is very romantic with the moonlight. And you could try to arrainge to have champaigne and chocolate covered strawberries in the room when you return.
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I like the spa suggestion,,,,plus that will get her nice and relaxed

Wouldn't it be funny if SHE was planning to ask you to marry her on the cruise (after all these are modern times) and is right now reading these postings in secret and is planning to "turn the tables" on you. Now that would be priceless (VBG)
Umm, no ... that wouldN'T be funny.

Actually, the chances are miniscule that she'd be reading these boards. That said, I altered a few of the facts about us in the original post -- just to throw her off in the event that she is.

By the way, these are great ideas. What an awesome group of people we have on these boards. Many thanks to all.

One thing I do know I'll be doing is telling her I have a present for her and giving her a photo album I've had made of our last 3 years together. The last page will be a pic of me in a tux, down on one knee, holding up the right. As she flips to that page, I'll get down on one knee in front of her.
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One thing I do know I'll be doing is telling her I have a present for her and giving her a photo album I've had made of our last 3 years together. The last page will be a pic of me in a tux, down on one knee, holding up the right. As she flips to that page, I'll get down on one knee in front of her.
*wistful sigh* No wonder she is going to marry you

My BF is the one who would have the CZ ring in his pocket and dump it over board. Then again I am the kind of girl who would go for that kind of thing
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I like the spa suggestion,,,,plus that will get her nice and relaxed

Wouldn't it be funny if SHE was planning to ask you to marry her on the cruise (after all these are modern times) and is right now reading these postings in secret and is planning to "turn the tables" on you. Now that would be priceless (VBG)
Umm, no ... that wouldN'T be funny.

Actually, the chances are miniscule that she'd be reading these boards. That said, I altered a few of the facts about us in the original post -- just to throw her off in the event that she is.

By the way, these are great ideas. What an awesome group of people we have on these boards. Many thanks to all.

One thing I do know I'll be doing is telling her I have a present for her and giving her a photo album I've had made of our last 3 years together. The last page will be a pic of me in a tux, down on one knee, holding up the right. As she flips to that page, I'll get down on one knee in front of her.
also check with your cabin steward to see if he can do any towel animals that resemble a union (such as to elephants with their trunks entertwined or something) so after the proposal she has another memento (you can also take a pic of the towel animals for the scrap book; let the steward know which night you plan on doing the proposal; he can arrange other stuff in your room to your requests as well
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They take a boarding photograph of every couple in front of a scene with the ship name and cruise date on it. Drop down on one knee, pull out the ring, and pop the question. The photographers will capture the moment forever. CONGRATULATIONS, and have a great cruise!!!
I love this one, it is a great start to the cruise & for any scrap book memory she may want to complete.

Another suggestion, my friends BF got a ring box from the jeweler that has a small light in it so that when the box opened the lgt turned on. He proposed on the deck at night on 1 knee.
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The wise guy in me says to make sure you take your girlfriend with you :evil:

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Now, I will give you a couple of ideas. My wife & I cruised for the first time after 20 years of marriage, but we began a "tradition" of taking a hot tub on the first night of the cruise to watch the sun set - a beautiful setting that actually led to one of our beloved memories.

On our St. Patrick's Day cruise, we were sitting in the tub when a young couple joined us. As we sat there, the young woman would raise her left hand out of the water and gaze at it. After this happened a couple of times, I asked "Newlyweds" (Yes) and "How long" (yesterday). Needless to say, I bought them the drink of the day and we had a wonderful visit.

Fast forward to the next night (Formal night). We had had no tablemates the first night, but I was assured by the maitre d' that we had company, so we went to our booth - lo and behold, it was Ryan and Amanda from the hot tub. We still get cards from them (and their two children) five years later.

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On another cruise, my wife had been admiring a teardrop Swiss Blue Topaz pendant in the gift shop the entire cruise (I forget which one). After much debate, I decided to buy it for her and arranged for the gift shop to wrap it for me to be picked up. I then took it into the dining room and arranged for our waiter to give it to her as her appetizer.

When he delivered it to the table, he did not take the cover off and she wouldn't either. When I said something, she made a statement like "he always takes the cover off for me", so he came back and took the cover off which led to her wonderful surprise.

Lo and behold, the gift shop had wrapped the teardrop earrings, not the pendant (my wife does not have pierced ears), so it kind of spoiled the surprise. The problem got fixed and the gift shop lady was so apologetic (she was very busy and mistakes do happen) for the rest of the cruise.

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I think either approaches would be a great way to ask her - you probably would have privacy in the hot tub and a beautiful sunset to remember the event by.

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I'm really liking Venice's ideas for the future...........sign us ALL up! Please be sure to come back and tell us every detail of your proposal! I've learned to live vicariously through others!

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(Remember, I said that first). Wow, amazing so many responses to this question. I proposed as well to my wife (DGF at the time) on the Carnival Spirit. My original plan was to propose on our balcony as we sailed way from San Diego for a two week Trans Canal Cruise. That plan got foiled when the ship arrived late and the embarkation crew left the pier. Talk about CHAOS! By the time we got on the ship it was after 10pm and we were exhausted from waiting hours (and hours) to get on the ship. I had to go to plan B, which was kinda' an idea that poped into my head soon after I found out that the next night was a formal night. I chilled that bottle of champagne that was ment for the balcony (forgot to put that in there), set up my tripod and camera, and just about the time we were going to leave for the fromal dinner (me in a tux), i proposed to her. I caught the moment on film. She never expected it. A moment that we will never forget and so happy to have that pic to remind us of time. Then, before going to the dinning room, we had some professional pics taken with me on my knee again.

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Hello Dack Janiels,

Nice name by the way. My brother-in-law proposed to my "future" sister-in-law on a cruise last month. He did it in a secluded area on the ship and it was just us 4 there. We filmed everything(I was acting like I was just filming the "sail off", but I was really getting ready to film the proposal.

Anyway, if it's just you two, I would suggest doing it on the balcony right after you sail off. That way you are free from any interuptions that could occur with being in a public area. Just my two cents, but that's what I would do. Congrats to you and best wishes in the future!!

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so tell us, after you propose, and she says yes, then what ? Maybe you should wait until the last day of the cruise and go to the desk that books future cruises and just casually ask in front of your future wife "does Carnival give discounts on future cruises for honeymoons ?" and watch her reaction (VBG) or you could do a spin off from the movie "An Officer and a Gentlemen" and at dinner dress up as a ship;s officer and sweep her off feet and carry her out of the dining room to the deck under a full moon and propose to her

Ahhhh cruising can be so romantic,,,it's one of the few times that you have plenty of time together without interuptions from the "real world"..make the most use of that time together to build up a "us bank" for when you go back to the pressures of the "real" world
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I am overwhelmed by all the great suggestions and advice. I clearly have a lot of thinking and planning to do over the next several weeks!

I'm definitely leaning toward doing it in private, on our balcony (I've reserved a suite w/ a balcony) and definitely plan to have a bottle of champagne handy. I really liked the idea of battery-powered candles in the room. And I'll be giving her a photo album chronicling our last three years together, with the final picture being of me proposing with the ring. I don't have easy access to a video camera to hide and get footage of "the moment" but I'm sure we'll be able to have someone onboard take pics for us soon afterward.

Thanks to all and I promise to come back here with a play-by-play of how everything goes. Keep your fingers crossed...

Oh -- and in the meantime -- feel free to continue to add ideas and suggestions. I'm sure there are others like me who appreciate all the great insights!

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