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#21
Canada
18,502 Posts
Joined Feb 2006
Originally posted by Anthomaniac
We like the colored ones, the light is softer.
I have an entire box of battery tea lights (20) I bought at Christmas time, and am desperately hoping they last until next Christmas. Now I can use them in the mean time as we have a hotel stay booked for our anniversary this summer.
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~Karen

*I have fallen ill, so sadly, no more cruises.*

Already Cruised - listed not to brag, but so you can ask me a question if you'd like:
RCI - Serenade Nov 2015 S. Caribbean
Celebrity - Solstice May 2015 Alaska
RCI - Explorer Nov 2014 Repo/S. Caribbean - 40 ft. rogue wave, lifeboat damage

Princess - Grand Princess May 2014 Pacific Coastal
RCI - Serenade March 2014 - B2B W. Caribbean

RCI - Serenade Feb 2014 - Bahamas - a celebration cruise indeed!
*RCI Scandinavia 2013 - nope - cancelled due to my illness. ~ Maybe next year, God willing.
RCI - Jewel Nov 2012 - B2B Mexico
RCI - Jewel Repo Oct/Nov 2012 Boston to Tampa - Hurricane Sandy
RCI - Brilliance June/July 2011 Mediterranean
RCI - Mariner Oct/Nov 2010 Mexico
RCI - Oasis May 2010 E. Caribbean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
Princess - Emerald Princess April 2009 E. Caribbean
RCI - Explorer Sept/Oct 2008 - 25th anniversary! Canada - Hurricane Kyle
RCI - Liberty August 2007 E.Caribbean - Hurricane Dean - 4 adults in one cabin; we did it!
RCI - Explorer April 2006 E.Caribbean
RCI - Vision Aug 2003 Alaska
HAL - Rotterdam - last leg of her final world cruise ever April 1995 Pacific Northwest
RCI - Viking Serenade Aug 1993 Mexico
#22
Florida
148 Posts
Joined Feb 2017
Small first aid kit is a must for us, it's so nice to have cold medication or ibuprofen on hand rather than trying to purchase it on a ship or port.

For night lights I like these motion sensitive, battery operated ones. I bought them for my interior bathroom at home (no outlets) and it's just the right amount of light when I go into the bathroom: https://www.amazon.com/Cordless-Batt...ry+night+light

In 10 cruises I've never used magnets, etc. I've honestly just stored all the papers in the night stand drawer and been fine. I don't like clutter on my walls, but that's just a personal preference.

I will say, I never feel like I have enough hooks when traveling, especially when traveling with my kids. Between towels and bathing suits there just aren't enough places to hang wet things. For hotels I've started traveling with some over the door hooks, but need to evaluated what I can do in a cruise cabin.

Finally, I pack roll up soft-sided tote bags to use as laundry bags. I hang one from a hanger in the closet and as I finish with items they go into the tote bags. When I'm ready to pack, I just tuck my tote bags into my luggage and DONE!
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July 2017 - Norwegian - Pearl - Alaska
December 2017 - Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

Completed cruises:
2013 Carnival Imagination - Bahamas
2012 Carnival Paradise - Western Caribbean/Mexico
2010 Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas
2010 Celebrity Millennium - Western Caribbean
2009 Carnival Inspiration - Western Caribbean/Mexico
2000 Celebrity Millennium - Western Caribbean
1997 Holland America Veendam - Alaska cruise/land tour
1990 Ocean Princess - Venice to Cannes
1987 Ocean Pearl - Seoul to Hong Kong
#23
Raleigh, NC
121 Posts
Joined Apr 2017
migraine medicine...when we first go out into sea I get a migraine. Also second hand smoke from the casino causes me to have migraines so after the first cruise I don't get on a ship without my Excedrin in tow.
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Carnival Splendor September 14, 2017

Past:
Carnival Fantasy 2015
Carnival Victory 2013
Carnival Destiny 2008
#24
Tucson Az
80 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by le4ne
A question to all you experienced cruisers out there...

What one thing do you always ensure you pack?

You've got your documents, tickets, passport, camera, sun cream, night cream, stuffed toy, valium, clown-repellant, superhero underwear, a map of Bulgaria (even though you're not going there but it was in the glove box so you packed it just in case), shoes, and all the clothing you'll need...

What is that little item that you take that has proven useful that you'd wished you'd thought of taking with you when you were new to cruising?

I've heard some people mention they must have magnets... is there any other cruise hacks you can share?

Thanks,
Leane

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Don't forget a power strip. Cannot have a surge protector. Just a normal strip. There is only 1 placewith two plugs in the whole cabin.


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#25
Tucson Az
80 Posts
Joined Aug 2011
Originally posted by ladywendolyn
The best item I have brought for a cruise is an over the door shoe organizer. The clear one. We hung it on the door in our tiny bathroom. Awesome for everything. Sunscreen, sunglasses, medication, make-up.


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Now they are asking you to not hang it on the door. Apperently damages the upper molding. But to hang I in the closet.
I personally would just hang it on a heavy duty magnet


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2008 Emerald Princess, Carribean. 2009 Crown Princess. 2011 Island Princess Panama Canal
#26
Orange County, CA, USA
1,745 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
@Ginger
Over the door hooks will probably not fit over the (bathroom) door but will hang loosely on the closet doors. I take two single hook plastic ones so wet raincoats don't have to go inside the closet.

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#27
Columbus,Ohio
5,640 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Originally posted by nursejuls2002
Now they are asking you to not hang it on the door. Apperently damages the upper molding. But to hang I in the closet.
I personally would just hang it on a heavy duty magnet


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I think it depends on the cruise line. Some are less strict than others. It's easy to prevent the hooks from causing damage. Just wrap some duct tape around the hooks before hanging.
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Carnival Sensation Feb. 2008
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#28
Florida
148 Posts
Joined Feb 2017
Originally posted by crystalspin
@Ginger
Over the door hooks will probably not fit over the (bathroom) door but will hang loosely on the closet doors. I take two single hook plastic ones so wet raincoats don't have to go inside the closet.

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Thanks! This next trip we're in a 2 bed/2 bath suite, so I'm thinking we'll have fewer storage issues but I definitely want to bring along some hooks of some sort. They're small and easy to pack.
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July 2017 - Norwegian - Pearl - Alaska
December 2017 - Royal Caribbean - Oasis of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean

Completed cruises:
2013 Carnival Imagination - Bahamas
2012 Carnival Paradise - Western Caribbean/Mexico
2010 Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas - Bahamas
2010 Celebrity Millennium - Western Caribbean
2009 Carnival Inspiration - Western Caribbean/Mexico
2000 Celebrity Millennium - Western Caribbean
1997 Holland America Veendam - Alaska cruise/land tour
1990 Ocean Princess - Venice to Cannes
1987 Ocean Pearl - Seoul to Hong Kong
#29
Virginia
819 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
Originally posted by BallFour4
Christie Brinkley.


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Please send me your cruise schedule(s) so I may tag along. I'll pay my own fare. lol
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#30
East Midlands, UK
11 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
Many thanks everyone for the advice. I would probably have wildly over-packed but I feel re-assured by everyone's advice and comments.

Whilst I'm usually prepared for most things and plan well... when packing for vacations I always manage to miss something!

Usually it is something fairly essential like a hairbrush, no idea why! So if you're on the Arcadia going to Norway in 9 days time and see someone wandering around for the first few hours with terrible hair... that'll be me!

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Little by little one travels far...