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Old December 11th, 2009, 09:12 AM
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My sister and I are surprising our parents with a family cruise as a Christmas present. We are trying to think of ways to present the gift to them. So far, we have a new carry-on luggage piece and we were going to put inside of it: sunscreen, the cruise documents, plane tickets...

Can anyone think of a couple of other fun things to put inside of the luggage for the cruise. We will be taking the cruise in February and going to the Eastern Caribbean on the Freedom of the Seas.

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Old December 11th, 2009, 06:55 PM
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Old December 11th, 2009, 07:14 PM
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How about a digital camera??? Not as expense as they used to be.
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Old December 11th, 2009, 09:56 PM
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I like the idea of a camera, however if your not trying to spend too much money how about going to the dollar store and picking up tropical fun items in the party section. And maybe make a fun bag tag about the cruise so when you do go its easily recognizable. A pair of flip flops as they are really easy to find on sale during the winter.

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Old December 11th, 2009, 10:30 PM
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Old December 11th, 2009, 10:34 PM
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i ve seen pictures of individuals put on the cover of various magazines..it would be nice to get a picture of them together..say on the cover of Travel Magazine..

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Old December 12th, 2009, 10:06 AM
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I am doing the same thing for my parents this year. I am sending them on a cruise on Princess to NE/Canada in October. I am putting items in the box that represent the areas that they will be seeing and then at the bottom of the box, I will put the brochure in it. I am still trying to come up with some other ideas myself. I have a fake apple (for NYC), box of candy (Boston Baked Beans), Maple syrup (Maine), I am going to the get DVD "Titanic" for Halifax, fake fall leaves. Any other suggestions.

So far you have some good ideas, what about a bottle of sand?
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Old December 12th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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How about a towel animal? You could google it. I bet there is some you tube video on how to make on.

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Old December 13th, 2009, 01:55 PM
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I'm doing a surprise gift to my wife for Christmas. It'll be her Christmas and Anniversary gift and will be sailing in January 2010.

I will send her on a trivia hunt, as I have wrapped up several clues in form of presents under the tree. I actually write a litte number on the name tag, so that I remember what comes next.

For example, I'll start out with a bottle of sunscreen/tanning lotion, followed by a pair of beach sandals, followed by a gift certificate to Bealls (department store) - (she needs to get something nice to wear, but still won't have a clue), followed by some piece of roman dress jewelery (as we will have a Roman Toga Night on board of the ship), followed by the acutal luggage tags. See how quickly she'll get it!

It'll be fun to see her face, as she has absolutely no clue that we're going on a cruise in January!!!
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Old December 13th, 2009, 11:18 PM
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We are doing this for my children (14 and 11) this year! Santa is so very excited!!!!! We set sail the day after x-mas and will be spending the night at the hotel attached to the airport (in pgh) because our flight leaves around 5:15 am!!!

I purchased some rolling duffles for my kids and plan to put small wrapped boxes in the duffle. Each box will contain a part of the packing list to fill the duffle. For example, one might say, "GRAB 2 BATHING SUITS" another will say "GO GET SUNSCREEN" there will be others for fancier dress, jeans or sweatshirt, shoes, etc.

I figured this will make x-mas morning last (since santa isn't leaving much else) and will help with the packing since there is not a lot of time.

I really hope they enjoy this.......keep your fingers crossed!

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Old December 14th, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Thanks for some nice ideas. Good luck to everyone else who is surprising their love ones w/a cruise!

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Old December 15th, 2009, 10:46 AM
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Default Same situation here.....

I am taking my partner on a cruise in May, and was trying to find a unique way of gifting the "trip". I went to eBay and purchased a model of the ship we'll be going on (for us its Explorer of the Seas). The ship model is the same one they sell on the ship in the gift shop, I believe its a heavy duty resin. I wrapped that with a copy of our itinerary, and our passports.

Good luck on whatever you choose.

oh yeah - and Merry Christmas
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Old December 15th, 2009, 05:36 PM
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I am doing the same thing for my parents this year. I am sending them on a cruise on Princess to NE/Canada in October. I am putting items in the box that represent the areas that they will be seeing and then at the bottom of the box, I will put the brochure in it. I am still trying to come up with some other ideas myself. I have a fake apple (for NYC), box of candy (Boston Baked Beans), Maple syrup (Maine), I am going to the get DVD "Titanic" for Halifax, fake fall leaves. Any other suggestions.

So far you have some good ideas, what about a bottle of sand?
Hi Denise40 - a few suggestions re Boston and Maine - not familiar with the candy - how about tea bags (the Boston Tea Party) - a plastic lobster or an LL Bean catalogue - Maple syrup here in New England means Vermont

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Thank you all so much for your great ideas! It got my creative juices flowing!!! We live near the beach, so I am going to go to a shop and get beach towels, hour glass with sand, sunscreen, shells, luggage tags x2. And then the print out showing the paper work as the last gift to be opened. I also have a playlist of "cruise music" that I always play for our family before we always cruise as a family that I may copy and put in there for my parents. I can't wait to surprise my parents!!!! This is the highlight of my Christmas!!!
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We booked the NCL Escape for Jan 2016 as next years big Christmas gift for our boys. Trying to think of a creative way to "give" it to them. They'll be 7 & 9 years old.
I have some of our old cabin key cards so I may wrap those in a small box then wrap the small box in a big box to build up more excitement since they'll have to wait a week after "opening it".


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