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rannfar
July 27th, 2010, 11:17 PM
So I was browsing on the "cruise rituals" forum and I saw a thread about door signs. It seemed like a lot of the people who were posting were cruising on Carnival and RCL. It got me wondering...is this common practice on Princess ships or is generally thought of a tacky?

I told my DH about it...and he thought that a little something on the door could be fun, but we also don't want to stick out as Princess Cruise virgins (or cruise virgins in general).

rdsqrl
July 27th, 2010, 11:20 PM
Lots did on my past cruise, which was over the Christmas/NY holiday. I've seen the occasional door decoration on other sailings, too; there's certainly no prohibition against it but it doesn't seem that common. And if it's a sailing with lots of pre-teen kids, I'd expect even odds on having something removed. But go for it, if you want.

Toto2Kansas
July 27th, 2010, 11:20 PM
Once in awhile we see someone with something on their door on Princess, but not many seem to do it like they do on other cruise lines.

Colo Cruiser
July 27th, 2010, 11:20 PM
So I was browsing on the "cruise rituals" forum and I saw a thread about door signs. It seemed like a lot of the people who were posting were cruising on Carnival and RCL. It got me wondering...is this common practice on Princess ships or is generally thought of a tacky?

I told my DH about it...and he thought that a little something on the door could be fun, but we also don't want to stick out as Princess Cruise virgins (or cruise virgins in general).

Not real common but its done.
We saw quite a few on the Emerald last week.

rdsqrl
July 27th, 2010, 11:21 PM
One time I managed to type faster than you, Toto!

ejohnny
July 27th, 2010, 11:23 PM
my then to be wife wants to put a just married sign on the door - i dunnnnoo!!!

Go-Bucks!
July 27th, 2010, 11:28 PM
my then to be wife wants to put a just married sign on the door - i dunnnnoo!!!


I'm picturing lots of knocks, pranks, and interruptions with a Just Married sign. Don't think I'd want that kind of attention on my honeymoon. ;)

To the OP: I decorate my door sometimes. It was fun to do at Christmastime. No plans to do it on my next cruise, though.

rannfar
July 27th, 2010, 11:28 PM
my then to be wife wants to put a just married sign on the door - i dunnnnoo!!!

that's what we were thinking about doing since this is our (slightly-belated) honeymoon! I saw one poster who said that they hung a piece of poster board on the door that said "Advice for the newlyweds" and hung a Sharpie next to it. I guess they got some cute little tidbits.

Cruisin' Chick
July 27th, 2010, 11:30 PM
We put a sign up on our last cruise. As it was a holiday cruise, many people had put up large bows, wreaths, kid's drawings. I wouldn't put anything valuable on the door as you never know when someone will take it.

Times Prince
July 27th, 2010, 11:41 PM
Even at Christmas door signs are few. Any decoration on the door needs to be flat so that it doesn't get knocked off when either you or your steward goes in/out.

There is a "mailbox" just outside of the door with room number and a place for incoming notices, Princess Patters, and advertisements. Those get decorated heavily during the holidays.

We have seen the occasional tour group or family reunion group hang signs advertising they are part of the group.

kels2010
July 27th, 2010, 11:44 PM
Who cares what other people think? If you want to do it, go for it. :)

I hung a big Happy Birthday banner on our door last week on the Golden because it was our daughter's 11th bday. She loved it.

caribill
July 27th, 2010, 11:49 PM
I'm picturing lots of knocks, pranks, and interruptions with a Just Married sign. Don't think I'd want that kind of attention on my honeymoon.



Often see "Just Married" balloons that Princess puts on the doors of newlyweds.

d3661
July 27th, 2010, 11:55 PM
Saw quite a few cabin doors made to look Christmassy on Coral Princess last year over the holidays. Nice reminder of the season given the heat of Panama.

caribill
July 28th, 2010, 12:11 AM
We were on one cruise where a couple who were into photography had a picture printer with them. They covered their door with pictures from the cruise. When the door was full, they started covereing the adjacent walls.

The Cruise Director and many passengers would go by there daily to see the latest posted pictures.

Putterdude
July 28th, 2010, 12:26 AM
It is done a lot over holiday seasons, birthdays and anniversaries. I recommend the the decorations be attached with the 3M Commander product as it breaks away when finished without marking the door.

rannfar
July 28th, 2010, 12:33 AM
We were on one cruise where a couple who were into photography had a picture printer with them. They covered their door with pictures from the cruise. When the door was full, they started covereing the adjacent walls.

The Cruise Director and many passengers would go by there daily to see the latest posted pictures.

That's a really neat idea! If it weren't for the fact that my luggage will probably already be bursting I would absolutely do that!

AndyTheK
July 28th, 2010, 12:45 AM
We were on the cruise last Christmas with rdsqrl and brought a pack of the stays-on-by-static-electricity plastic decorations. We hung the holly wreath and it was there for the entire cruise without any problem. At the end of the cruise, we gave the package to our casino bar waitress who loved having them.

PS - makes a great way to find your cabin at 3AM after a long partying or gambling night.

Shalom, Andy.

DMRick
July 28th, 2010, 01:58 AM
Are the doors metal? If so we'll print our Christmas decorations on magnet paper.

caber
July 28th, 2010, 02:05 AM
We did it at Halloween. Lots of doors were decorated then.

One of our cc group also made us little signs with our cc group name on it and we all had them on our doors.

rannfar
July 28th, 2010, 02:47 AM
PS - makes a great way to find your cabin at 3AM after a long partying or gambling night.

Shalom, Andy.

When you put it that way, the practicality of it might just outweigh my concerns about being "too tacky" ! I'm directionally challenged at home...I can't imagine how bad I'll be at 3am, on a giant cruise ship facing a loooong hallway of identical doors. :D

BARBYDOLL
July 28th, 2010, 05:21 AM
We have used the magnetic paper for door signs on our 2 Princess cruises (Coral and Sea Princess) and it worked very well. We did find it useful to find our cabin easily!! Nothing too flash though, just a basic door sign (half a sheet of the magnetic paper) with a few bits on it from my card making supplies. Our friends were so pleased with theirs that they used them on subsequent cruises. We did see a few other door signs, but not many. Some were very fancy, others just basic. We did have our balloons taken, though.
Barbara

OnVacation11
July 28th, 2010, 09:00 AM
The only time we decorate our doors is on a Christmas cruise. Lots of others do it too. Haven't see much of that during other times.

angyl
July 28th, 2010, 09:44 AM
I put a laminated Cruise Critic Sign I made on my door (with magnets on back) and put a bright Hawaiin Lei hanging around my mail box. Did the same for traveling companions room. I loved my decorated space. I'll post a pic later.

geoherb
July 28th, 2010, 10:11 AM
I've brought door decorations for holiday cruises, including last March's cruise that included St. Patrick's Day. There were fewer door decorations on that cruise than on the Christmas ones we've done--but still several.

I don't plan on having anything on our door next week on the Sapphire. We're not celebrating any holidays, although it is Happiness Happens Month and International Beer Day occurs on August 5.

arizonaperson
July 28th, 2010, 10:27 AM
So I was browsing on the "cruise rituals" forum and I saw a thread about door signs. It seemed like a lot of the people who were posting were cruising on Carnival and RCL. It got me wondering...is this common practice on Princess ships or is generally thought of a tacky?

I told my DH about it...and he thought that a little something on the door could be fun, but we also don't want to stick out as Princess Cruise virgins (or cruise virgins in general).

I have decorated my Princess cruise doors every cruise. Makes it fun and I can sure find the cabin easily. Most doors are not decorated by its inhabitants. I decorate mine with a cactus. I have a photo but it is not uploading. I'll try to attach later.

arizonaperson
July 28th, 2010, 10:45 AM
Here is my door sign I use to decorate.

Jennygirl
July 28th, 2010, 10:52 AM
TACKY??? who cares? It's my well earned vacation and I am proudly hanging a door decoration for me and my friend who has the cabin next to us. We are actually leaving tomorow (YAY) and I never had a door decoration before (4 cruises with Princess) but we have one nowwwww. L0L

Hey - life is short, might as well have a little fun.

:)

4x4bob
July 28th, 2010, 10:52 AM
Five times I have used a Porthole decal mounted on a rubber coated magnet. Looking at the porthole shows three sea gulls flying over water.
Will do again in Dec. Helps to find the right door to open.

Bob

vmom
July 28th, 2010, 10:58 AM
Frankly other than holiday cruises, I've never seen much decorating of doors and the couple I have seen are usually something like a sign on the door.

If you are interested, Vista print . com offers discount specials on small signs on magetic sheets with nice tropical designs. I think the sign was free and you just had to pay shipping and handling. One idea I saw I really liked was a magnetic sign, not big, maybe 5 by 7 with a tropical design and the first names of the couple in the room. That was pretty and made the door easy to identify. I'm planning on ordering one for my next cruise.

SULLJO
July 28th, 2010, 10:58 AM
I have come to enjoy decorating our door when I travel with my youngest daughter (now 23 yrs). We have celebrated our birthdays, two graduations, Christmas, and just a Princess Cruise vacation. The theme for our door for our cruise next month is a giant paper flamingo. It is also a good way to document your cruise and create a visual memory.

SULLJO
July 28th, 2010, 11:01 AM
Frankly other than holiday cruises, I've never seen much decorating of doors and the couple I have seen are usually something like a sign on the door.

If you are interested, Vista print . com offers discount specials on small signs on magetic sheets with nice tropical designs. I think the sign was free and you just had to pay shipping and handling. One idea I saw I really liked was a magnetic sign, not big, maybe 5 by 7 with a tropical design and the first names of the couple in the room. That was pretty and made the door easy to identify. I'm planning on ordering one for my next cruise.


Thanks for the great tip!

Go-Bucks!
July 28th, 2010, 11:18 AM
Where can you buy "magnetic paper?" Can you draw on or adhere other things to this paper?

hcat
July 28th, 2010, 12:11 PM
doeas anyone have the link to the crusie critic door sign?

luvs2travl
July 28th, 2010, 12:16 PM
We've done it in the past, but on our last couple Princess cruises, we saw very, very few doors decorated in our travels around the ship. Not to say that there weren't more than the ones we noticed, but I can remember years ago, it seemed to be a much more popular on-board activity.

Maybe it's the packing restrictions or maybe the novelty has worn off a bit. We used to enjoy doing it. We'd bring Mardi Gras beads, LSU & Saints logos and pennants, netting with little plastic crawfish & shrimp, etc., and we'd hang them all over the door with double-sided tape. On our Sapphire Princess cruise back in 2006, we even won the prize for best decorated door on our deck! We would give the decorations to our cabin steward as souvenirs when we left.

With the new luggage restrictions and charges, I just don't drag all that stuff with me anymore. :(

BARBYDOLL
July 28th, 2010, 12:31 PM
We got our magnetic paper on line - usually about 5 sheets in a pack (A4 size). It is thicker than normal paper, but quite flexible. Didn't try it through the printer, but you can stick things to it. I used background paper, as I do for card making and used double sided tape to stick it to the magnetic sheet. You can also use card and buy magnetic strip in a roll which is adhesive on one side. This is available (in UK) from many craft shops and office supplies, so would probably be available at Joannes or Michaels. It can also be used to make fridge magnets. It is quite flexible and you can cut it with scissors or a craft knife, but it is quite strong.

cruisemom42
July 28th, 2010, 12:52 PM
I've brought door decorations for holiday cruises, including last March's cruise that included St. Patrick's Day. There were fewer door decorations on that cruise than on the Christmas ones we've done--but still several.

I don't plan on having anything on our door next week on the Sapphire. We're not celebrating any holidays, although it is Happiness Happens Month and International Beer Day occurs on August 5.

Now there's a holiday worth celebrating! :D

Putterdude
July 28th, 2010, 01:22 PM
Well there is Miss Wright's birthday on August 7th....she was my grade 5 teacher some 50 odd years ago... so if you need an excuse to decorate and party, there you go.:D

Woobstr112G
July 28th, 2010, 01:54 PM
Bout the only thing we put on the door was our photo page from our roll call.....:):):)

Bob

rianvi
July 28th, 2010, 02:03 PM
If you click on the roll call of your ship...at the top there is a link to the door sign.
:)

Woobstr112G
July 28th, 2010, 02:13 PM
TACKY??? who cares? It's my well earned vacation and I am proudly hanging a door decoration for me and my friend who has the cabin next to us. We are actually leaving tomorow (YAY) and I never had a door decoration before (4 cruises with Princess) but we have one nowwwww. L0L

Hey - life is short, might as well have a little fun.

:)

Exactly.....:D Have a great cruise.....:):):)

Bob

angyl
July 28th, 2010, 02:42 PM
I can post my sign later. I can also post the blank one. I just used a hot melt glue gun to glue four 2x3 magnets (pizza, dental reminders, the ones you get free) to the corners.

rannfar
July 28th, 2010, 02:49 PM
TACKY??? who cares? It's my well earned vacation and I am proudly hanging a door decoration for me and my friend who has the cabin next to us. We are actually leaving tomorow (YAY) and I never had a door decoration before (4 cruises with Princess) but we have one nowwwww. L0L

Hey - life is short, might as well have a little fun.

:)

Love the positive attitude! Have a fantastic time on your trip!

Cruisin' Chick
July 28th, 2010, 03:36 PM
Well there is Miss Wright's birthday on August 7th....she was my grade 5 teacher some 50 odd years ago... so if you need an excuse to decorate and party, there you go.:D

My daughter's birthday is on the 7th and she's celebrating with an Alice in Wonderland tea party birthday party. It'll also be the first day of my having a teen (oh, lord help me).

Cruisin' Chick
July 28th, 2010, 03:41 PM
Where can you buy "magnetic paper?" Can you draw on or adhere other things to this paper?

If you have a Michaels crafts store, or some other arts and crafts store, they may have small sheets of magnet paper in stock. You can glue paper to it. My hubby has taken foam core that has been decorated (or glue an illustration to the foam core), and that seems to work really well. He had cut out the world map of the ports from a Princess cruise atlas, glued it to foam core, and then glue that to a magnet sheet. It's on the side of our refrigerator.

wizard-of-roz
July 28th, 2010, 04:12 PM
We usually cruise around one of our birthday's or anniversary time. On each cruise our Steward's have put balloons on our door. I love that! It's so corny and so much fun!

We've only had this done onboard Princess ships.

moniquet
July 28th, 2010, 05:07 PM
Oh Gawd I hope not....so tacky. Can't people just enjoy themselves without going to these extremes.

wizard-of-roz
July 28th, 2010, 05:12 PM
My daughter's birthday is on the 7th and she's celebrating with an Alice in Wonderland tea party birthday party. It'll also be the first day of my having a teen (oh, lord help me).

Congratulations...you have my condolences. You're world will NEVER be the same, either will your nerves!

wizard-of-roz
July 28th, 2010, 05:13 PM
Oh Gawd I hope not....so tacky. Can't people just enjoy themselves without going to these extremes.

Hello Mrs. Grinch, how's the Mister?

angyl
July 28th, 2010, 09:49 PM
Here is a picture of my decorations. You can call me tacky (someone did) but I had the trip of a lifetime!

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bighairtexan
July 28th, 2010, 10:07 PM
Here is a picture of my decorations. You can call me tacky (someone did) but I had the trip of a lifetime!

[IMG]http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j117/ellyn1/Princess/DSC02046.jpg[/IM
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I guess tacky is in the eye of the beholder. I like your decorations.:D

DMRick
July 29th, 2010, 12:33 AM
I put printer magnet paper in my printer all the time. As long as you buy printer magnet paper, it will work fine in most printers (not a laser). You can get it on eBay, at Staples, Office Max.

We got our magnetic paper on line - usually about 5 sheets in a pack (A4 size). It is thicker than normal paper, but quite flexible. Didn't try it through the printer, but you can stick things to it.
.

pablo222
July 29th, 2010, 06:04 AM
If you have a Michaels crafts store, or some other arts and crafts store, they may have small sheets of magnet paper in stock. You can glue paper to it. My hubby has taken foam core that has been decorated (or glue an illustration to the foam core), and that seems to work really well. He had cut out the world map of the ports from a Princess cruise atlas, glued it to foam core, and then glue that to a magnet sheet. It's on the side of our refrigerator.

I wouldn't spend a lot of time on it. Two years ago at christmas,
I put stocking on our door, and my parents door.

Someone stole them.

The stockings had come from the dollar store. Sheesh.

BARBYDOLL
July 29th, 2010, 06:37 AM
How rude!! Everyone is entitled to enjoy themselves in their own way.

BARBYDOLL
July 29th, 2010, 06:54 AM
I put printer magnet paper in my printer all the time. As long as you buy printer magnet paper, it will work fine in most printers (not a laser). You can get it on eBay, at Staples, Office Max.

Thanks, I will try it on the dot matrix printer. I lost the original packaging, so wasn't sure if it would go through the printer. It works very well for attaching photos, etc. to the fridge.

rannfar
July 29th, 2010, 12:10 PM
Where can you buy "magnetic paper?" Can you draw on or adhere other things to this paper?

Another thing you could try is the magnetic photo pockets http://tiny.cc/2n5vb
I've seen them in a variety of sizes, plus you can reuse them when you get home!

wizard-of-roz
July 29th, 2010, 12:36 PM
I wouldn't spend a lot of time on it. Two years ago at christmas,
I put stocking on our door, and my parents door.

Someone stole them.

The stockings had come from the dollar store. Sheesh.

Why are some people so mean spirited?

I love when someone uses their imagination and hopes to make other's smile!

I appreciate your thought and I'm sorry for the actions of thoughtless other's!

skellis
July 29th, 2010, 12:44 PM
The 99cent store or dollar stores are great for door decorations, like leis, mini sombreros, tropical items or other items which can be personalized for the cruise. While some mean spirited teens or other people have removed them it only cost a dollar or two and didn't cause any real upset. Also if you have someone with a birthday or anniversary during the cruise Princess does put ballons on the cabin door if requested. Personally, I no longer do the decorations because of luggage weight regulations (I like to bring lots of clothes and shoes), but I enjoy seeing other's decorations.

cruzinchris
July 29th, 2010, 01:36 PM
My sister and I sailed on the Emerald last Halloween. Unbeknowst to us at the time of booking, it was an advertised "singles" cruise. These fine folks went all out with costumes and door decorations :D It was fun to wander cabin alleyways and see all the clever door displays - made us wish that we had thought about doing this along with our costumes.

Sailing on the CB to Canada/New England 9/25/10.
Chris

Cruisin' Chick
July 29th, 2010, 11:50 PM
Congratulations...you have my condolences. You're world will NEVER be the same, either will your nerves!

Thanks for both. I have already stocked up on plenty of chocolate to last the five years or so.

I wouldn't spend a lot of time on it. Two years ago at christmas,
I put stocking on our door, and my parents door.

Someone stole them.

The stockings had come from the dollar store. Sheesh.

Definitely don't put up anything you find valuable.

Oh Gawd I hope not....so tacky. Can't people just enjoy themselves without going to these extremes.

Sheesh. Nobody is saying you must decorate your cabin. And if you are walking past a cabin door that you find is tacky, just keep goin'. Let others enjoy themselves -- this is not hurting anyone, not even you.

janina
July 30th, 2010, 12:17 AM
We were in Asia for Halloween, and quite a few decorated. Although I didn't, it was fun to see them.

DMRick
July 30th, 2010, 03:48 AM
It's not meant for a dot matrix..at least not the kind I have. Mine says ink jet right on it.

I do find that by personalizing my items, no one steals them (at least not so far).

Thanks, I will try it on the dot matrix printer. I lost the original packaging, so wasn't sure if it would go through the printer. It works very well for attaching photos, etc. to the fridge.

BARBYDOLL
July 30th, 2010, 04:55 AM
It's not meant for a dot matrix..at least not the kind I have. Mine says ink jet right on it.

I do find that by personalizing my items, no one steals them (at least not so far).

Oops, I did mean the ink jet:o. Dot matrix printer is gathering dust in the loft.

redtogo
October 3rd, 2010, 04:33 PM
I began decorating the area near our door about 3 years ago. Nothing elaborate, just a little banner with a string that I can loop around the mail holder near the door. After the first day, I noticed that other people had little token decorations on their mail holder also. It helps you find your cabin when all those numbers begin to run together. Plus, it's just fun to be a little different.

Putterdude
October 3rd, 2010, 04:43 PM
I did this for our cruise last month, I backed it in the corners with the magnetic material you can buy at craft and dollar stores. Nobody knocked or threw bricks or bottles at me.;)

DonnaK
October 3rd, 2010, 04:50 PM
We decorated our doors on the Caribbean Princess over the summer. It was fun, and it specifically helped my mother find her cabin. We were a party of 10, and had 5 cabins.

I bought summer cut-outs from Party City (a variety pack) and a roll of magnetic tape from Michaels Craft store. We wrote the first names of each cruiser on a cut-out. I cut the magnets into strips and affixed them to the back of the cut-out. Then, we stuck them onto the appropriate door.

It didn't look tacky - it was fun. There were a lot of cabins decorated by Princess with occasion balloons and such, so we kind of blended in. (Our cabin had anniverary balloons too).

Vol fan
October 3rd, 2010, 04:50 PM
We are on the Island over Halloween and will have a Halloween door sign.