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Bring an extra (empty) tote bag (or two). Use for beach days, carry all, last minute purchases, and/or things that just won't fit back into your luggage when it's time to go.

 

When my kids were smaller, I would order room service breakfast - just a pot of coffee and some Danish, so I could enjoy a quiet breakfast while they slept a little later. I'd read on the balcony or just watch the morning show. Then when they were up, we'd go to "real" breakfast in dining room or on Lido.

 

I have brought Tervis tumblers for my drinks, but every time I've brought one, it's gotten stolen on deck -- or maybe thrown away? Either way, they've never turned up in lost & found. So maybe bring an old or cheaper version. 

 

I loved the idea of bringing your own waffle cones. I probably wouldn't do that myself, but I do have one son who's gluten free, so maybe I'll bring him some GF cones this year. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Create your very own wifi network right from within your stateroom.
All you need to do is pack a wireless travel router, like this one
Once on the ship, set the device to “bridge mode.” Then it can be paired to the cruise wifi network to create a new mini wireless network right within your cruise cabin. 
Essentially it acts as a wifi repeater, allowing you to connect all your devices using only one wifi package.
Doing this cruise wifi hack works particularly well if you have an unlimited wifi package during your cruise. 
Set up your own localized network in your cabin and just let it run during the entire length of your cruise. Then you can connect as many phones, tablets, and laptops as you’d like. 
All of those devices will remain connected whenever you’re in your stateroom.

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On 3/27/2019 at 11:50 AM, ShakyBeef said:

 

Please don't do this!!!   This cuts down on the cooling from the A/C system for other cabins all around you.  That is what causes those "warm nights" in the cabins.  Please, please, everyone stop doing this and ruining the comfort of so many others on the ship with you!

 

Although this first thread I'm including a link to is from the RCI forum, it contains very informative posts from Chengkp75, a very knowledgeable cruise ship chief engineer explaining just why it is bad to prop one's balcony door open:

I had no idea. I guess I'll just bring a small battery operated fan.

 

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1 minute ago, vicky3vicky said:

I had no idea. I guess I'll just bring a small battery operated fan.

 

Thank you for being so receptive! :classic_biggrin:👍🏆

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On 1/23/2019 at 10:19 AM, Crazy4Camping said:

That's the big question.  The wine that's available at the stores near the pier-do they even have screw top bottles?

 

I've found it hard to find screw tops.

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On 1/22/2019 at 1:04 PM, pyropoodle said:

we have some fancy citrus soaps that we scored at our last hotel visit and we tossed them into the luggage without really thinking about it and even our dirty clothes smelled amazing when we got home!  I had totally forgotten.  thanks for the reminder.

I use small mesh bags with the tie string and fill it with laundry sprinkles,,,, (untouchables) amazing!

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we bring dry erase markers.  Great to write notes / messages on mirror to other cabin mates,  to the room steward and to yourself.

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For reading take hard bound books. The paperbacks are hard to keep open, have to hold on to them all the time.

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46 minutes ago, crusinpsychRN said:

For reading take hard bound books. The paperbacks are hard to keep open, have to hold on to them all the time.

You also can leave the books in the library when you are done. More room for souvenirs on the way home. I have gone completely digital: I read on my phone or Ipad on cruises.

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On 1/12/2019 at 10:05 AM, NovCruisin said:

Why does it not surprise me that you are the type of person who actually SITS on a public toilet 😒 they have sanitary seat covers in most public restrooms for a reason, if they don't, as someone else mentioned, you hover.

 

Some people are just so nasty...no wonder there was a recent outbreak where several hundred people got Norovirus on RCL Oasis of the Seas.

What I find nasty is the mess left by the selfish people who 'hover'. If I don't find seat covers, I will use a double strip of toilet paper across the business end of the seat ( then tucked under). When you pee all over it first, I have the added chore of wiping up your mess first. Hover'ers are the reason why I will walk half a mile back to my cabin if necessary in order to avoid the public restroom. 

 

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We travel pretty light, but these are the items that have made the carry on only 'cut' over the years 😉 

* Our ENO doublenest hammock (with hanging straps if needed)
* My amazingly powerful yet palm sized fan

* This wine bottle tote, which stretches over my suitcase handle and spares space in my backpack for other things.

* Downy wrinkle release ( I buy a large bottle and pour into a travel sized sprayer - saves money and keeps that item off my shopping list for a long time)

* A large insulated cup with lid (fits in backpack side pocket)

* Crystal light single packets (stored inside cup, along with anything that I don't want to get squished or melt in my bag)

* Zip lock baggies in various sizes 

* Poo-pourri

* My soap box OTC meds and first aid kit. (all packed in a plastic bar soap box)

 

 

 

Things that we do on cruises :

Think outside the box when it comes to food and beverages. Skim the offerings before choosing what we want and then create combinations to suit our tastes and the whims of the day . 

 

We always go opposite the crowd. We dine at off peak times, avoiding lines. Don't get stuck in the rut of what everyone else is doing or what is typical. 

 

Our hammock - It is no larger than a grapefruit, super light and has earned its place in the precious real estate that is my 22" spinner. When we have a balcony, we also bring the straps, which are about the size of a pair of thick men's socks. We don't leave out hammock on the balcony, but rather only when our rear ends are in it 😁. Our hammock, without the straps has been useful for many things. We like to spend sea days on the Serenity deck. It acts as a wind breaking blanket in the early hours and then as a shade later on when we have had enough sun. Since it has 2 metal carabiner style clips on it, you can clip it to the sides of your clam shell and cover up for warmth, shade or privacy 😉

 

I use the downy wrinkle release, but for stubborn items, I use my hair straightener. Between the two, I can usually avoid a trip to the ironing room. 

 

Remember - no need to bring hangers because your cabin attendant has extras and will be happy to bring them to you.

 

Caribbean sun is uniquely strong. This is not the time to try a new sunscreen or go cheap on sunscreen. Do your homework on this and when you find what works well, stick with it. I find Neutrogena ultimate sport and Sun Bum to be the best quality and most dependable. Several others have failed us over the years - especially the spray ones. 

 

 

 

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37 minutes ago, Athankfulheart said:

We travel pretty light, but these are the items that have made the carry on only 'cut' over the years 😉 

* Our ENO doublenest hammock (with hanging straps if needed)
* My amazingly powerful yet palm sized fan

* This wine bottle tote, which stretches over my suitcase handle and spares space in my backpack for other things.

* Downy wrinkle release ( I buy a large bottle and pour into a travel sized sprayer - saves money and keeps that item off my shopping list for a long time)

* A large insulated cup with lid (fits in backpack side pocket)

* Crystal light single packets (stored inside cup, along with anything that I don't want to get squished or melt in my bag)

* Zip lock baggies in various sizes 

* Poo-pourri

* My soap box OTC meds and first aid kit. (all packed in a plastic bar soap box)

 

 

 

Things that we do on cruises :

Think outside the box when it comes to food and beverages. Skim the offerings before choosing what we want and then create combinations to suit our tastes and the whims of the day . 

 

We always go opposite the crowd. We dine at off peak times, avoiding lines. Don't get stuck in the rut of what everyone else is doing or what is typical. 

 

Our hammock - It is no larger than a grapefruit, super light and has earned its place in the precious real estate that is my 22" spinner. When we have a balcony, we also bring the straps, which are about the size of a pair of thick men's socks. We don't leave out hammock on the balcony, but rather only when our rear ends are in it 😁. Our hammock, without the straps has been useful for many things. We like to spend sea days on the Serenity deck. It acts as a wind breaking blanket in the early hours and then as a shade later on when we have had enough sun. Since it has 2 metal carabiner style clips on it, you can clip it to the sides of your clam shell and cover up for warmth, shade or privacy 😉

 

I use the downy wrinkle release, but for stubborn items, I use my hair straightener. Between the two, I can usually avoid a trip to the ironing room. 

 

Remember - no need to bring hangers because your cabin attendant has extras and will be happy to bring them to you.

 

Caribbean sun is uniquely strong. This is not the time to try a new sunscreen or go cheap on sunscreen. Do your homework on this and when you find what works well, stick with it. I find Neutrogena ultimate sport and Sun Bum to be the best quality and most dependable. Several others have failed us over the years - especially the spray ones. 

 

 

 

Hammock? On a Balcony? How do you prevent it from collapsing?

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Go to the bank and see the teller (that is a place where people used to go to get money Millennials ); get about 300 dollars in small bills (1's, 5's 10's).  They are great for tips on board (slip the bartender a buck or two here and there for better service, rooms service) and at Ports (taxis, shopping etc.)...     

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Instead of throwing out old used up workout clothes (even old tennis shoes), the wife and I save them and then take those on our cruises for when we want to workout.

 

Then we just place them in a bag and put them in the nearest garbage after wearing them. Saves space for the return trip and makes room for any items purchased.

 

*Don't worry, these are workout clothes that I would not even donate to GoodWill, Amvets etc.

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On ‎3‎/‎30‎/‎2019 at 9:26 PM, desiree741 said:

I use small mesh bags with the tie string and fill it with laundry sprinkles,,,, (untouchables) amazing!

THIS IS A GREAT HACK!  I am most definitely doing this for our next sailing.

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21 hours ago, jbethel11 said:

Our ENO doublenest hammock (with hanging straps if needed)

I really need to stay off of this site - yes, I just Amazon'd one of these.  My DW is about to have me committed :-)

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5 minutes ago, tomo0862 said:

I really need to stay off of this site - yes, I just Amazon'd one of these.  My DW is about to have me committed 🙂

You wont regret it !

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I bring Oxivir health care wipes, (Clorox health care wipes with H2O2 work also). Only thing that kills Noro viruses. Clean all the hard surfaces in the room right when we enter. Also works great when we get on the plane trip for the nasty tray tables, vents, arm rests seat backs.... best to clean a little when we get some where rather than catching the Caribbean crud from the last person that used the room or seat..... I also do this with hotel rooms. Regular Clorox or Lysol wipes don't do much except give you a false scene of surface clean. Both of these can be bought on wallmart.com 

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5 hours ago, All4fun&fun4all said:

THIS IS A GREAT HACK!  I am most definitely doing this for our next sailing.

Me, too!!!! 

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Figured this out today while packing for our upcoming cruise:

I have a small, compartmentalized box that was intended to sort small craft supplies. It is the perfect size to put jewelry in to keep it organized and tangle-free. I know...this has been mentioned before.....

For larger/chunkier necklaces take the cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper and fold the bottom end closed by pushing one side in and then the opposite side in over it. Put the necklace inside the tube and fold the other end closed. It doesn't take up much space, doesn't cost any money, and keeps your necklaces from getting tangled.

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On 4/4/2019 at 2:51 PM, Chrystine5 said:

Eagle Creek packing folder for packing men’s suit, dress pants, dress shirts, and polos without wrinkles in a very small space! Helps keep us carry on only, even for longer cruises! https://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Creek-Garment-Folder-Medium/dp/B00F9S81KY


That's neat.  I am going to order that for my husband.

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On 4/3/2019 at 10:50 AM, Athankfulheart said:

What I find nasty is the mess left by the selfish people who 'hover'. If I don't find seat covers, I will use a double strip of toilet paper across the business end of the seat ( then tucked under). When you pee all over it first, I have the added chore of wiping up your mess first. Hover'ers are the reason why I will walk half a mile back to my cabin if necessary in order to avoid the public restroom. 

 

 

If I'm going to hover, I always pick the seat UP first (using a piece of tissue, if it's already dirty). I don't understand why more people don't do this. It makes it easier to hover (since the bowl is even lower) and leaves the seat clean for people who want to sit. 

 

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