Do you guys have any cruise traditions?

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#1
Newtown Square,PA
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We always fly in at least a day before the cruise.
We always purchase our Welcome Aboard photo-even if it's awful!
We always go to the Schooner Bar for a drink right after boarding.
We always play 'win a cruise' BINGO- mind you, we have never won it, but we are always hopeful.


Tara

P.S. I'm sure I can think of some more!
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Margate, Florida
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Originally posted by tarajean1962
We always fly in at least a day before the cruise.
We always purchase our Welcome Aboard photo-even if it's awful!
We always go to the Schooner Bar for a drink right after boarding.
We always play 'win a cruise' BINGO- mind you, we have never won it, but we are always hopeful.


Tara

P.S. I'm sure I can think of some more!
We always take in Karoake....there is NEVER enough Karoake for us....we always want more. It amazes me how much talent arrives on board, labeled 'cruisers'. They make the cruise a little extra fun....and my DH is one of those Karoake stars!
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We always order a bottle of bubbly and choc dipped strawberries for our own sail away celebration!
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#4
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Just before we walk up the gangway we step aside hold hands and declare " "we are leaving all our troubles and worries here on the dock. They are not going on this ship with us if we miss them we can pick them up when we come back." come to think of it might not work so well on a T/A, however I've never been on one.
#5
Dartmouth NS
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Originally posted by tarajean1962
We always fly in at least a day before the cruise.
We always purchase our Welcome Aboard photo-even if it's awful!
We always go to the Schooner Bar for a drink right after boarding.
We always play 'win a cruise' BINGO- mind you, we have never won it, but we are always hopeful.


Tara

P.S. I'm sure I can think of some more!
We always get a drink and Toast our friends and family and smirk because they are not with us.
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Astoria, NY
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Honey Stung Chicken and Trivia!
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#7
South Carolina
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Originally posted by Tulsa Tom
Just before we walk up the gangway we step aside hold hands and declare "we are leaving all our troubles and worries here on the dock."
We do the same!

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Boston
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Schooner Bar for our first drink & then the Windjammer for lunch.
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#9
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We always have a Chocolate Martini as our last drink of the cruise.

We always fly in the day before (and try and have a nice dinner if there in time)
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#10
Newtown Square,PA
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Originally posted by Paulette3028
We always take in Karoake....there is NEVER enough Karoake for us....we always want more. It amazes me how much talent arrives on board, labeled 'cruisers'. They make the cruise a little extra fun....and my DH is one of those Karoake stars!
I always sing Karaoke!...........unfortunately, I am not very good!
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Disney Dream-2/11 Bahamas
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#12
South Carolina
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My husband usually buys a one rose vase arrangement from the flower cart. He swears it is the best money he sends!
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#13
Wayne, NJ
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We always fly in a day before

We head straight up to the Windjammer

We always get on the ship early so we can take pictures and explore before the crowds come

We go to the dining room to see where our table will be located.

By then its time to go to our cabin and we can unpack our luggage and read the first night's activities.
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#14
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Tulsa Tom....LOVE your tradition!!!.... We are using it on our FIRST CRUISE in Feb ......

" Just before we walk up the gangway we step aside hold hands and declare ..."we are leaving all our troubles and worries here on the dock. They are not going on this ship with us if we miss them we can pick them up when we come back."
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We go out on our balcony during sail away and play the Love Boat theme song on my iPhone. We took our first cruise in the 70s when the show was on TV and brings back many great memories.

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#16
Charleston, SC
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Joined Feb 2010
We always go to the Love and Marriage show! We also get a drink at a local bar off the ship
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We always have room service breakfast on our balcony
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#18
Boston Area
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We've cruised Royal so much that we more or less "know" who gets which drawers and shelves when we unpack, (it varies slightly form ship to shop, but is generally the same) so when we get to our cabin, we put things away in "our" places without even discussing it!
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#19
Texarkana, USA
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I always make my husband stand in the hall while I take photos of the room. Then I thoroughly disenfect everything I can in the room, especially the phone, door knobs, countertops, toilet and shower. Lastly, I spray the carpet so I can walk bare footed.

After things are put away, vacation begins and I focus on rest and relaxation.
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