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3 hours ago, scomar said:

Technically the sinks in a public restroom have up to 20 times the bacteria that a toilet seat has.  If I were you I would steer clear of all public places, because I hate to tell you this, but germs are EVERYWHERE!!

Sitting on a toilet seat does not spread Norovirus.  You also probably think going out in the cold without a coat makes you sick.

Who said anything about sitting on toilets spreading Norovirus? 😕 You're conflating two separate statements.

 

Just because germs are everything (thank you Captain Obvious) doesn't mean you can't attempt to minimize your exposure; e.g. washing your hands, using paper seat covers on public toilets, using paper towels on sink knobs and to open doors.

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You are cracking me up.  Thanks for making me smile!:classic_smile:

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5 hours ago, amyj23 said:

Ewwwww. Who sits?! It’s called hovering!!!!

EWWWWW.   I hate hoverers who pee all over the seat and the floor.  Good for you.  Bad for the next people trying not to step in your mess.   I KNOW .. it isn't you that does that.  YOU have perfect aim.   But it is hoverers.

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One of the best hacks I have found is to take one of $5 emergency lights you get a Big Lots or any discount store. I found the one with a light switch works best. Then glue a magnet to the back and stick it inside the bathroom just inside the door.  This way you do not have to turn on the bathroom light and wake others up in your cabin.  Plenty bright to see what you are doing.

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9 minutes ago, FL-Cruzer said:

One of the best hacks I have found is to take one of $5 emergency lights you get a Big Lots or any discount store. I found the one with a light switch works best. Then glue a magnet to the back and stick it inside the bathroom just inside the door.  This way you do not have to turn on the bathroom light and wake others up in your cabin.  Plenty bright to see what you are doing.

Bless your heart for getting back on topic! 

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My pleasure what some people do should not be written about.  We are looking for ways to make a good cruise even better.  Have a great weekend.

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It’s not a hack but my DW and myself love ice. So we always bring a soft sided cooler and ask our room steward to keep it full. 

  We do give a little extra cash tip and they have always taken care of it for us

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On 11/11/2018 at 2:33 PM, crooooze said:

I 🙂

 

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same answer was already posted by someone else

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On ‎11‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 5:44 PM, wo5m said:

If you have a cabin with a Balcony and need to quickly cool the room or quickly purge the... um... fumes from a recent bathroom visit, prop the balcony door fully open and then open your cabin door for a few seconds. The positive pressure from the inside part of the ship will blow your cabin air(and lose papers if your not careful) out the balcony.  

I'm taking Poo Pouri

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19 hours ago, NovCruisin said:

Who said anything about sitting on toilets spreading Norovirus? 😕 You're conflating two separate statements.

 

Just because germs are everything (thank you Captain Obvious) doesn't mean you can't attempt to minimize your exposure; e.g. washing your hands, using paper seat covers on public toilets, using paper towels on sink knobs and to open doors.

The germiest places are those that people touch frequently with their hands

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Not sure if this one was stated yet, download offline maps for the ports through google maps I'm going to be in. Just like to have the option of having the map of the area and not use my cell data. Its free and you can delete it after you get back

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On 11/8/2018 at 1:10 PM, bahacca said:

Over the door shoe organizer. I bought one that lives in my suitcase so I never forget it.

 

I had a large one but found a smaller one much better.

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6 minutes ago, crusinpsychRN said:

 

I had a large one but found a smaller one much better.

 

I've heard of people using a shoe organizer... but what do you put in there?

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3 minutes ago, LadyMac72 said:

 

I've heard of people using a shoe organizer... but what do you put in there?

I have one with clear pockets so I can put all kinds of things in it and see them to find them . Toiletries, shoes, jewelry, sign and sail cards when not in use, deck of cards, hats, sticky notes/pens, sunscreen... things that would otherwise be cluttering the room.

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On 11/8/2018 at 9:39 AM, MommytoAsquared said:

Get up early and put a towel or magazine on a deck chair to save it all day.  Then go back to bed.

 

😈

 

Just kidding!

That’s how I get my free magazines!    Jk

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On 11/12/2018 at 1:16 PM, Nadersmom said:

That's so clever!     Great tip! 

DH is a mechanic and thought I was crazy when I told him I'd like a 4 1/2" dent puller for the cruise shower. Very clever! 

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On 1/9/2019 at 9:35 PM, Allura_317 said:

Here are a few from the top of my head:

1. Get a side a peanut butter with melting cake (if you don't have a nut allergy...)

2

 

Tried this once. Can't remember which ship (Conquest, maybe). They had no idea what I was talking about. Of course, this was the same ship where they told me I couldn't get Sangria onboard.

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On 1/13/2019 at 9:49 AM, SlobMike said:

Not sure if this one was stated yet, download offline maps for the ports through google maps I'm going to be in. Just like to have the option of having the map of the area and not use my cell data. Its free and you can delete it after you get back

Thanks for the reminder. On my upcoming trip, I am doing San Juan on my own and will definitely need a map.

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I carefully cut between the double stitching and recut into smaller 2x3 pockets or 2x3 pockets groups. Then I sew ribbon loops on top . You can hang by suctions cup hooks all over the cabin. I have one on the bath, desk and full mirror. Perfect for all those easy to loose items. And they lay flat in the suitcase 

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Leaving my cell phone in the room safe. It is so nice for me to not be attached. We will bring an alarm clock or my wife will user her cell phone as an alarm.  I find it so relaxing not having to do anything! That is my hack.

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On 1/12/2019 at 1:13 PM, amyj23 said:

Hence why I use a paper towel to turn sinks off and open doors. 😂 

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I regularly wash the very tap I just turned on with my grungey hand

with soapy lather on my hands -then rinse it off, as well as my hands..

so when I turn the tap off

I know it's a clean, germ-free tap! -I just washed it.

 

Now...the door handle as you exit the rest room...that's another matter!! lol

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3 hours ago, GMRPHRN said:

Tried this once. Can't remember which ship (Conquest, maybe). They had no idea what I was talking about. Of course, this was the same ship where they told me I couldn't get Sangria onboard.

That happened to me on the last cruise, too! Once they learned what peanut butter was they brought it every time. ☺️

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chair clips and use an old gift card (with magnetic strip) for the safe. then you dont have to worry about carrying your cc around. 

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On 1/12/2019 at 10:27 AM, amyj23 said:

Ewwwww. Who sits?! It’s called hovering!!!!

I don’t have the leg strength for that!

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On 11/11/2018 at 3:33 PM, crooooze said:

I also make my own chilled coffee drink, by scooping a tablespoon of powdered cocoa from the top of the hot chocolate dispenser, stirring it into hot coffee, then pouring over a yellow or green plastic cup of ice... Make sure the Lido staff don’t see you doing this 🙂

 

To those who got their underwear in a bunch over this - Relax! IT...WAS... A... JOKE.... Geeeeeez

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