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Old July 12th, 2007, 07:45 AM
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After reading several threads regarding the single outlet, we have determined to take a small extension cord and surge protector on the cruise with us (her curling iron, straightener, and blow dryer, my cameras, mp3, laptop).. Should I pack this in my checked luggage or my carry-on luggage?

Checked luggage - looks fishy - may result in a concern if they inspect the bag/X-ray the bag.

Carry-on - definitely getting pulled to the side and inspected. I would keep it with the laptop so hopefully the TSA would put 2 and 2 together.

If I knew Miami a little more, I would probably buy one down there, but I know we will be strapped for time.

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Kevin,

I would keep it with my lap top. It would make sense to have one with a computer.
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on a similar note - I thought I read months ago that the outlets in the cabins didn't have the round grounding part so we should bring power strips that only have the two thin flat part that go into the outlet.

Is this true? I finally found such power strips at Wal-Mart; they only have 3 outlets each but I bought 2 and can loop them together to charge the digicam battery, cell phone and my son's DS.
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The reason for the power strip is because you only have one plug in in the room. It is usually located behind the bed, so you might have to look for it.

The extension cord is so you are not doing your hair, on the bed, in a laying down position, which frankly, is the way I always enjoy doing mine.
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so there's no power outlet in the bathroom for the hair dryer to be plugged in?
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They have a power outlet, but only for shavers.
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I just bring a 3 outlet adapter and leave the extension cord home, it's small and takes up no room in my suitcase.
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I take both.

Michelle,

If you have an extension cord, you can plug into your hair things, and be able to sit at the vanty in your room to do your hair.
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ok thanks, it's nice to know there is a vanity area! how cool!
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You have an inside room, right? You will have the two twin beds, separated by a night stand. A vanity at the end of the bed. A what I call a half table that is connected to the wall at the foot of the other bed. The bathroom, and a cabinet with shelves and hanging area.
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Excellent point about the ground. I would have NEVER thought of that one..

I will add that to my list.. just in case.

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Ok, I think I am confuses. Do the wall outlets have 3 prongs or two? I could have sworn the strip I took last year had a 3 prong cord on it that I plugged into the wall outlet. Maybe I just don't remember what I took. I never used it though. Never needed anything but the wall outlet and it was very easy to get too, no hiding behind the bed. I thought all power strips were three pronged.
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I am sitting here holding mine, and it has three prones. Some of the rooms have the wall thingy behind the bed. It depends on the room, and the way the beds are set up.
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Okay, I thought they had three prongs. I was just going to take an outlet expander, but I guess I will take the power strip in case the outlet is hid behind the bed. I never even used my power strip last year. Didn't have the need to.
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It really depends on what you have to plug in. If you will only need the power source one at a time, then you don't have to worry about it.

The power strip is good for curling iron, hair dryer, camera, computer, etc. All at one time. (yes, I will admit, that was from experience)
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You have an inside room, right? You will have the two twin beds, separated by a night stand. A vanity at the end of the bed. A what I call a half table that is connected to the wall at the foot of the other bed. The bathroom, and a cabinet with shelves and hanging area.
Do you mean me? I'll actually have an outside room cabin 6b. I upgraded a month or two ago while there was still one available. It costs a few hundred $ now than when I booked it so I'm glad I upgraded early!
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That's even better. You have two night stands, lots of drawers, and the same amount of hang up space. The plug or outlet will probably be in between the two beds.
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Thanks!

I can't wait... I can't wait! I can't wait!

I keep checking the 7 day forecast for the Bahamas and hoping I will all sunny skies (or at least clouds but no rain!) as my cruise date draws near
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Do you have butterflies in your stomach yet? Do you find yourself not getting anything done, because you start thinking about the cruise?

If you can answer any of these questions with a yes, then you have come down with what I have, and so many others on here.

It is cruise fever. It can't be cured, but you can feed it, by booking over and over again.
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I heard about a product on this or another board that might of interest to some. I need them here at home, but also for our cruise, so I have ordered 3.

PowerSquid - 5 outlet adapter - looks great

ebay has them for $9.99 s/h 8.95 on the first, then $4 on additional.


"A power strip minus the strip

Most of us electronics obsessed folks know that the everyday power strip just doesn't cut it. A typical 5-outlet strip might be able to accommodate two bulky power converters, so you end up needing three of them to connect your five devices. Definitely not a pretty picture.
To solve this problem some brilliant person eliminated the actual strip and simply connected together five flexible outlets. Now your big square power converters can exist in peaceful harmony, all of them humming along in unison to the same lovely tune.

Also has these great features.


5 grounded adapter-ready outlets
4 foot power cord
Yellow lighted master switch with 15-amp circuit breaker
Electrical rating: 125V/15A/1875W
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Do you have butterflies in your stomach yet? Do you find yourself not getting anything done, because you start thinking about the cruise?

If you can answer any of these questions with a yes, then you have come down with what I have, and so many others on here.

It is cruise fever. It can't be cured, but you can feed it, by booking over and over again.
Yes, I have Cruise Fever. I hungrily search out all photos of the Sensation on webshots.com and the CM photo gallery and imagine myself on the deck, in the pool, etc... I know it won't compare to actrually being there. I have a memory card ready to take 2550 photos/short videos (at medium res. 10,000 at lowest res). plus two 1/4 gig card to take another 1452 at lowest resolution if I need them. I have the few clothes I'm taking at the front of my closet ready to pack. Everything else that's going is in a backpack or already in the two carry-ons (only luggage we'll have).

Also, there's a special project I'll be working on that is related to the cruise, and I'll let everyone here know about it soon - over the weekend hopefully!

As far as another booking, I'm a divorced mother and my son is about to start high school. I will not have money for this any time soon. Based on how much financial aid/student loans we can get for college (his dad and I have nothing saved), we MAY do a 7-8 day eastern caribbean (or alaska) when he graduates high school. In summer 2009 I will probably book it for June 2011, and I hope I won't have to cancle it for financial reasons!
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It doesn't matter where its packed. Even if its x-rayed TSA will be able to tell what it is. It isn't a prohibitied item and I'm sure they see them all the time in luggage.
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