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Indiana, glad to know that I am not alone with the last sec. male packer in the house. ;p

 

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Tngaloha,

 

.lI am like you, I want to be packed ahead of time. My DH is also packed way ahead of time, because I do his packing. I do his because I would not want him to throw a shirt, pants and a razor into a paper bag and call it packed.

 

Indiana,

When we went to Freeport several year ago and I went by bus to shop, I kept thinking to my self, this place is pretty, why do cruise PAX hate it so much. Maybe I was at a better part of the island, but it was really nice.

 

http://www.grandbahamavacations.com/about-the-island/towns-settlements/

http://www.grandbahamavacations.com/about-the-island/highlights-and-landmarks/

Things to do.

http://www.grandbahamavacations.com/things-to-do/

http://wikitravel.org/en/Freeport_(Bahamas)

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Indiana, I'm like your husband and pack the day before we leave. If we're driving to the port, I pack the day of departure. We leave on Tuesday (tomorrow) after I get home from work and drive to a hotel near the airport. Wednesday morning we fly to Newark and spend the night there before boarding the Anthem of the Seas. I've been working on a packing list for more than a month and today was a breeze as I simply pulled things from my closet and folded them into my suitcase. Saturday I refilled some items in my first aid and toiletry kits, which I hadn't done in a few trips and was overdue.

 

I'm really looking forward to hearing all about your cruise and seeing your CCF reports!

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geocruiser: Thanks for the Freeport links! Very helpful:cool:.

 

It's a very wet, chilly day here...and yes, I went shopping:rolleyes:. The consignment shops had sales. Tried on lots, but came home with a black & white print any-occasion dress and a red fleece jacket.

The only item on my list was a pair of dress black pants...didn't even try any on. Pants are the hardest thing for me. The fit is never right...

At the big mall 40 minutes away, a new department store has opened. Looks like a road trip is in the near future:D!

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geocruiser: Thanks for the Freeport links! Very helpful:cool:.

 

It's a very wet, chilly day here...and yes, I went shopping:rolleyes:. The consignment shops had sales. Tried on lots, but came home with a black & white print any-occasion dress and a red fleece jacket.

The only item on my list was a pair of dress black pants...didn't even try any on. Pants are the hardest thing for me. The fit is never right...

At the big mall 40 minutes away, a new department store has opened. Looks like a road trip is in the near future:D!

 

Have you been watching Jeopardy? The 11 or 12 time winner that they have on now is Auston Rogers. He is from Manhattan and last night he said that all his clothing from suits, shirts, ties, socks , shoes etc. are form consignment/second hand shops. He said that he shops in the upper east side of Manhattan. A Good place to shop! He seen to find good thing.

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I completely agree with the Jeopardy guy! Manhattan would have many more choices, but no matter the size of the shop, almost always there's at least one worthy item:cool:, and probably the business is locally owned which is another plus!!

 

Right now, I'm trying to find a good alterations person who can do the same professional job as my former Alternation Goddess. A couple skirts needed hemming, a couple dresses need a little work. A few nips and tucks makes any garment look like it came from a high end boutique.

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Right now, I'm trying to find a good alterations person who can do the same professional job as my former Alternation Goddess. A couple skirts needed hemming, a couple dresses need a little work. A few nips and tucks makes any garment look like it came from a high end boutique.

 

Have you tried a local Bridal shop. Bridal alterations are hard to do, therefore the person would have to be a great sewer.

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There's an Alterations Shop in the plaza near a local consignment shop...but the owner of the consignment shop did not recommend using that shop. I looked at the shop's fb page and saw all positive comments (including a couple brides)...so deciding to give her a try, I called and then took pants, a skirt and a dress that all needed hemming. Figured if that is done well, I'll try one of the more complicated alterations next time.

 

My only surprise: Those 3 hemmed items won't be done for several weeks!! There are 2 alterations ladies and they are very busy right now. Guess that indicates they do a good job...

 

 

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Indiana, the shop probably didn’t recommend that alteration shop as she knew they were too busy.

 

 

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Indiana,

Does you church have a sewing group? You might be able to find a good home sewer there who is willing to take on the job.

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awfhy: If the alterations shop tells me 3 weeks when I take in other items, I will look for someone else...especially when the item is needed for a Cruise. The consignment shop owner could have heard complaints about the length of time from her customers.

 

geocruiser: Great idea! I will ask at church. Thanks for the suggestion:cool:

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hi

indianna 71. could you please tell me how to do a spread sheet please. i have got my clothes on a rail ready for sorting out. but not got a clue how to make a spread sheet. thanks lynn

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griffster: I use Word and Insert Table: My document is in Landscape and I use one cell for each outfit - generally two cells per day: One for DAY, One for DINNER. Then add each item from the outfit.

 

Use Excel if that is easier for you. This is what works for me. ANY planning at all is IMHO, better than simply gathering clothes & accessories and putting them in a suitcase to figure out onboard. It takes me awhile to put each outfit together and I don't want to use time on a cruise to figure out what to wear:cool:.

When I tried to Copy & Paste, the table didn't copy...so here's an example of what would go in a cell:

MONDAY, Day 1 -DAY

Underwear:

White RL Capris

Yellow Ann T Knit Top

White Naot Sandals

Silver Hoop Earrings

White Watch

White D&B Crossbody

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Taking advantage of the last relatively warm autumn weather - went to my downtown, still looking for the Perfect Pair of Black Pants. Hallelujah, I found a pair in the new and very nice clothing store! They fit just the way I wanted - not loose and not that painted on look. Only problem - WAY too long...so I asked about alterations (thinking about other items waiting in the closet ).

Double Hallelujah!!! The formal shop across the street does all kinds of alterations and shop employees wouldn't recommend if the work is less than perfect. Could this be the answer??? (BTW - I recall a couple posts back that it was suggested I go to a Formals Rental...).

 

Anyway - I took my new purchase to the Formal/Alterations Shop and am very pleased so far. The pants will be done in a week (as opposed to 3 weeks at The Other Place). After comparing the work of both shops, surely one of them is destined to become my new Alterations Goddess:cool::hearteyes:!

 

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When I woke up yesterday, I never expected to have ANOTHER cruise booked...and SailAway in less than a month;p!

But...DH asked me to look at something on his computer...he saw an 8-night cruise on Freedom of the Seas (departing from Ft Lauderdale) after Thanksgiving. Yikes!! The price was too good to pass up...so a call to RCI and in 10 minutes it was done. Our stateroom is in a good location AND we were able to sign up for Early Dining. Early Dining has often been something we were on a Wait List for, and here it is almost Time to Cruise, and it's available:cool:!

 

In all our cruises, I never booked a cruise and printed travel docs on the same day:D. Gotta love DH:hearteyes:!

 

The only downside is: Air Fare is crazy - per person more than the Cruise rate! But..it's nonstop both ways, Pittsburgh to Ft Lauderdale on Southwest. We will leave the morning of SailAway because the flight is at 5:35 AM.

We always celebrate the day after Thanksgiving at our nieces house - hope to get some sleep before getting up! Nice thing is, she lives 20 minutes from the airport (as opposed to our almost 2 hour drive from home).

 

Port stops are St Johns, Antigua; San Juan (the first ship to go there since the hurricane); Basseterre, St Kitts & Nevis; and the private island of Labadee.

 

I have spent the morning doing research on excursions and reading all the posts on that thread. There are 58 posters, so it will be a fun cruise.

 

Guess What's Next on the ToDo List???? You got it! Start the Packing Process by putting outfits together and making a spreadsheet.

 

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Indiana, that would be a fabulous surprise. You will have a great cruise.

 

We will land in Italy on Thanksgiving day this year and spend a week there then board our TA cruise on the MSC Seaside for 21 days. I am so excited so I know how you must be feeling.

 

Hope everyone has a great Halloween weekend,

Gerry

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Great to hear of some wonderful travels for our fashionistas that is up coming.

 

There are a lot of great cruise rates out there now. Princess (on their newer ship Regal) is have some great sales for Nov and Dec. We had booked a while a go,,but last week were able to get a upgrade and pre paid tips included now. We will sail on 12/10, so I have time to pack.

 

Nancy,

 

Last minute can be fun. Once we booked a cruise on RCCL three days before it was sailing. Talk about a rush!

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What a delightfully fun group we CCFs are:hearteyes:! So many interesting places to go (and ships to enjoy)!!

 

geocruiser and TNGALOHA: You must pay attention to the way women are dressed during your travels and report here...you can watch the guys too, especially the well-dressed ones;p!

 

More often than not, we depart from the northeast during the cold months. Since we are flying to FLL 11/25, I will not wear a heavy coat...once inside the airport terminal, it wouldn't be needed. Only warm weather attire this time:cool:.

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We’re cruising the Sunday after Thanksgiving (traveling to Miami the day after Turkey). Coming from Colorado I will have a warm coat. I have a packable down parka that squishes into a quart size bag

 

 

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We’re cruising the Sunday after Thanksgiving (traveling to Miami the day after Turkey). Coming from Colorado I will have a warm coat. I have a packable down parka that squishes into a quart size bag

 

 

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That is really great to get it into a quart size bag. Better to keep warm going from the car into the terminal than to get sick and ruin your cruise.

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The only packing left for The Next Cruise is jewelry and makeup. All outfits were tried on and then packed.

Jewelry goes in little ziploc clear plastic bags with a label for each day/activity and then all bags in one of those freebie zippered bags given with cosmetic purchases.

DH saw the open suitcases and brought most of his clothes without me asking...just shows that we are So Ready To Cruise:cool:.

 

 

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That is really great to get it into a quart size bag. Better to keep warm going from the car into the terminal than to get sick and ruin your cruise.

 

 

 

We’ve been stuck in a blizzard coming home before. I have gloves & an earband in my hooded jacket at all times. Just got DH the same type of hooded jacket. We’re all set

 

 

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Ironing DHs shirts tonight & then we’ll hang the dressy clothes into dry cleaning bags & put on top of suitcases. We leave in 20 Days

 

 

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