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Old October 4th, 2004, 10:18 AM
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Thanks for all the advise everyone has written. Last night I ordered lights (palm trrees and parrots from partylights.com) for our balcony. How long of an extention cord do I need? We will be on the Caribbean Princess and I don't know the proximity of the wall outlet to the balcony door. Thanks for your valuable advise, everyone!
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Old October 5th, 2004, 12:54 PM
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I've read all about party lights on balconies and decorations on doors but have to say I did not see one balcony decorated on our ship (Norwegian Star) and not one cabin door was decorated and I passed a lot of cabin doors on those trips where I took the wrong elevator:-) Also, we saw a few ships in ports visited and not one of them had any balconies decorated with lights. I think some ships discourage or even disallow balcony lights.
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Old October 5th, 2004, 01:07 PM
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If you are with a group, do NOT leave home without hand held radios. Ours are by Cobra, and my DH uses them for hunting. They worked great, and we would've been lost without them!
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Old October 5th, 2004, 03:22 PM
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Don't leave home without your tickets.
We left ours on the kitchen table, grab the bags at the front door. Got down the road (not to far) opps. do you have the docs? NO I THOUGHT YOU HAD THEM!
good thing we sailed from our home port.
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Old October 6th, 2004, 12:36 PM
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Have seen the decorated doors but not any decorated balconies. If you do it, you will need a long extenstion cord and a power strip. There is one outlet on the vanity next to the bed and there is one non-polarized outlet in the bathroom.
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Old October 7th, 2004, 08:28 AM
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I know my mom had wished she had brought more short sleeve shirts on our last cruise to Cozumel last November. Why she packed so many long sleeve shirts--I have no idea!?
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Old October 10th, 2004, 06:33 PM
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C2,
We are booked on the Norweigan Star for an 8 day Mexican Riviera Cruise in December. Can you tell me how you liked it, also what the general attire was, especially during formal nights? I would truly appreciate any information, Thanks!
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Old October 21st, 2004, 11:18 AM
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We brought an over the door shoe rack and hung it in the bathroom. Added plenty of storage for the little things that you can clutter your bathroom us with. Also would put snorkel stuff in bottom ones and room keys at night. Added a lot of space for us considering we have 2 daughters!
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 07:09 PM
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I would suggest that you bring extra hangers I find there are never enough. Also a small clock radio so you know what time it is because as you might know the cabins are very dark and it's nice to know what time it is. A small travel iron is great to have I picked mine up at walmart best investment yet for travelling. The only thing is you have to improvise as to where to iron, I used the little stool/chair that was in our cabin. Every time I go I think of something else I wish I would have brought. What a great question to ask !
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 07:50 PM
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If you need hangers, your cabin attendant can get you some. They usually have the left over drycleaning ones.
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Old November 3rd, 2004, 09:05 AM
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Sounds ike you've already ordered the lights, but I bought some battery powered lights for our balcony and door decorations. They are available at any craft store (got mine at Michael's).
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Old November 3rd, 2004, 10:08 AM
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FYI - travel irons are a fire hazzard and not allowed on cruise ships, steamers are ok. We found that the shower or the ironing board down the hall works great for us.
Don't bring extra hangers, if you need more all you do is call your room steward.
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Old November 3rd, 2004, 03:52 PM
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Just returned form the Caribbean Princess, I read just about everything that people wouldn't travel without and found that not many of them are needed. We didn't need lights, duct tape, hangers, extension cords, post it notes, clocks, we did not see one balcony decorated, one door decorated, or anything else of that nature! My next trip I will be traveling much lighter, I found I needed less of everything!!
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Old November 4th, 2004, 05:04 AM
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Instead of a travel iron, bring Downys Wrinkle Release spray.

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Hi Everyone,

I've been on only one previous cruise and am going again over New Year's.

If I had to suggest one item to bring it would be a small power strip. There aren't very many outlets in cabins and it's useful if you have electrical items that need to be charged.

Post-it notes are handy - I had a small pack and they were nice to leave notes on for the cabin steward as well as the cabinmates!

I think I'm going to include one of the plug-in nightlights that also freshen the air and have an extra outlet. It will create a nice light for a dark cabin (I'm interior) and have a nice smell at the same time.

I do agree with the duct tape. You can buy a small "folded" pack for about $1.00. The uses are endless.

I agree with the previous person's post that you don't "need" extra items. However, it's "fun" (and somewhat relaxing) to have door and/or cabin decorations. If it doesn't take up much room (and it's legal - i.e. iron vs. wrinkle spray) I say bring it if it makes you happy.

Cruises are a special time to enjoy life - enjoy yours!

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"You can buy a small "folded" pack for about $1.00. The uses are endless"

Where do I find this? I love Duct tape, but have never seen this anywhere.
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Hi Teresa,

I found mine at my local WalMart, where the regular duct tape is. However, I'm sure that you could probably find it at Target, etc...

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Old November 10th, 2004, 05:44 AM
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I brought a Yankee Candle scent card on my last cruise. It's one of those carboard things on a string that's shaped like a candle jar. We hung it on our balcony and could actually smell it when we were sitting out there, especially when we were in port. I brought a sea rose one and I'll bring another next time. If I were going during Xmas time I'd bring a pine one...
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Since our trip is 8 days, I am interesed to know if there is any place to wash your undergarments etc...Don't want to keeps these for so many days ............
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Old November 12th, 2004, 12:57 PM
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panty hose, forgot them, and there were none to be found onboard QM 2

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Take a sweater if you get cold easily! The air conditioning makes some of the areas [casino, dining room] very chilly.
[Of course I live in Fla. and anything under 75 is chilly to me!]

Power strips do come in handy - we took one on our cruise 2 weeks ago and really needed it!

Forgot our travel alarm clock and we really missed it!
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money, money, and more money.

there were so many wonderful things i wish i could have picked up as souveneirs and things to do.

also i would have left half the clothes home. this next time i will have more money and less clothes and have a greater time than the last cruise.

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rea - most ships have a self-service laundry on each passenger deck. You can wash your delicates in the bathroom sink and hang them over the shower to dry overnight.
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Two way radios!!!!!!!!! We swear after every cruise that we'll bring them next time and then never do.
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Aloe! It sure is expensive on the ship!
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Not sure if this has been mentioned before. I need to drink lots of water since Im pregnant, and instead of shelling out money for bottled water, Im bringing my Brita water bottle. You can find them at Walmart in the water filter area. You fill it with water and when youre ready to drink, squeeze it through the filter in the lid. Some say it gets rid of the nasty taste of some water (like at Disney World where we're headed after our cruise). Also, Cyrstal Light came out with individual serving packets that you just add to water. They come in lemonade and rasberry.

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On the Caribbean Princess the laundry was right down the hall and I did several loads. (Had a family of 6) This time I'm taking the TIDE cubes of detergent and dryer sheets. This will be easier and cheaper. I'd rather spend my 2 bucks on a tasty drink on deck. The also have irons and ironing boards that are very handy.

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headphones, Princess had TVs you could plug into in the workout room.
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I have a dumb question....What do you do with the Duct Tape?
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Mrs Pack,

I've used duct tape to:

Keep the hair dryer button to the ON position. Some ships have dryers that don't stay on continuously.

Tape the nightstand drawers from opening when you get some rough seas, on one cruise only my husbands drawers kept opening, not my side.

Keep any closet doors from opening up in rough seas.

Just in case my luggage gets damaged from airport or ship handling.
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