Back in '07, when I was planning my first cruise (HAL Westerdam), I noticed discussion on some of the Cruisemates boards about decorating cabin doors. It seemed to be a "hot topic" on the Carnival Cruise boards. I even noticed that some people did decorate their doors on the Westerdam (tastefully, of course--it is HAL ). Do people still do this on cruises? My son and I are travelling on Freedom OTS next May, right after his 13th birthday, and I thought some fun trim on our door might tie in with the B-day, help us find our cabin, and maybe be an incebreaker with other guests. Good idea or not?
I have since made a smaller one that is more subdued and replaceble.
For me it makes finding our cabin easier and gives it more of a homely feel.
Some folks head to the dollar store and just get a sheet of tropical themed stickers that get tossed at the end of the cruise.
When we had a larger-than-average balcony on Miracle I went so far as to have a University of MD flag and a 6 ft tall inflatable palm tree on the balcony secured with magnets slapped on the bulkhead. It was a hit with folks on ships we were tied next to in port.
CCL Inspiration 09
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Eastern 09
CCL Miracle Southern '08
RCCL Enchantment of the Seas Western '07
PCL Caribbean Princess Eastern '05
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Western '05
RCCL Explorer of the Seas Eastern '04
CCL Destiny Southern '01
CCL Sensation Eastern '94
CCL Ecstacy Western '92
CCL Jubilee Eastern '90
We always do door decorations. Actually, depending on our cabin location, we do hallway decorations, just outside our door.
We are from Ohio, so we do a map of Ohio, with indications of major cities, plus information about those cities. For example, for Columbus, we have "State Capital", and "home of The Ohio State University". Also, an explanation of what a Buckeye is.
Helps us find our cabin when we're coming back late at night. Plus, it's fun to hear the cabin steward ask "what's a Bookie?"
Grandeur of the Seas 1-11-14
Grandeur of the Seas 1-21-14
Grandeur of the Seas 1-31-14
Navigator of the Seas 10-12-14
Navigator of the Seas 10-19-14
Serenade of the Seas 1-10-15
Serenade of the Seas 1-17-15
Serenade of the Seas 1-24-15
My husband celebrated his 50th birthday on our last cruise. I purchased the birthday decoration package for our cabin. There were streamers and happy birthday signs hanging in our cabin with a big Happy Birthday sign on our door.
Going in and out of cabin, fellow cruisers would see the sign and wish him a happy birthday, it was a lot of fun and brings out the best in people.
Yes go for it! I always see doors decorated for Birthdays and Anniversary.
I once put up a 3D picture of Shrek on the door. No birthday or anything just felt like it.
Enjoy your cruise!
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Liberty Of The Seas x4
Freedom Of The Seas x2
Navigator Of The Seas x2
Explorer Of The Seas x2
Voyager Of The Seas
Enchantment Of The Seas
Rhapsody Of The Seas
Majesty Of The Seas
Monarch Of The Seas
Sovereign Of The Seas
What a great idea! My husband's birthday is 2 days before we sail, so I think I'll order the birthday decorations for our cabin. Thanks for the reminder. I used to see lots of cabin doors decorated but not nearly as many now. They really do help to identify your cabin at the end of a lonnng day.
Freedom Of The Seas 8/29/10
Adventure Of The Seas 8/30/09
Adventure Of The Seas 3/11/07
Adventure Of The Seas 9/18/05
NCL's STAR - Alaska 6/6/04
Sensation - W. Caribbean 2/21/04
Inspiration - W. Caribbean 6/8/03
Pride - W. Caribbean 6/02
NCL's Sky - Alaska 6/01
HAL's Zaandam - E. Caribbean 6/00
HAL's Ryndam - Alaska 9/98
Fantasy - Bahamas 6/97
By all means please decorate your door, they are fun to look at and we have seen some very creative doors. We even purchased Happy Honeymoon decorations onboard for a wonderful couple from Isreal we met last September on Liberty when we found out it was there Honeymoon. Needless to say they were thrilled and quite surprised when they came back from dinner one night and found their room, and door decorated. The decorations sold by RCL can be purchased prior to the cruise or at anytime during the cruise. Have fun and be creative.
Oasis September 3, 2011
Adventure November 20, 2011
Mariner January 8, 2012
Radiance April 2, 2011
Mariner January 9, 2011
Oasis 9 October 2010
Majesty 20 August, 2010
Mariner January 31, 2010
Adventure September 27, 2009
Explorer March 27, 2009
Monarch January 9, 2009
Liberty September 2008
Mariner June 2007
Monarch June 2006
We were on NCL Dream with a group who all had magnetic door signs. They were about 8" x 6" printed in full color on a home comuter and printer. You can find the magnet packs at Walmart...they look great...and we still have ours on the fridge.
The only thing you need is imagination. And YES...it makes finding your room a little easier.
I was excited to see this post! We are traveling at Christmas, 2 cabin across the hall from each other and I was thinking about decorating the doors! Now I am definately going to decorate now! Cannot wait! We have a balcony and I may even do some decorations on the balcony!
We just got back from 3 days on the Monarch to the Bahamas and saw a door for a honeymoon couple that encouraged everyone to leave some advice for the bride and groom. While most of it was of the "run for your life" variety some people did take the time to write more thoughtful wishes. It was a nice idea.
I think that since we will be on the cruise for Halloween, I'm going to decorate all 12 doors with something to do with Halloween. I have started my search at Party City and Michael's. Today it's off to the Dollar Store!!