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!
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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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.
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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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!
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!
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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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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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.
Travel alarm clock
Small night lite for the bathroom
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!!
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!
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...
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.
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.