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Hi there ~ I have a journal specifically for cruising. I purchased it a few years ago at Barnes n' Noble ~ it's leatherbound with ships on the jacket. I only write in the journal while we cruise. It's nice to take it along and sit on our balcony as we sail the high seas, jotting down whatever comes to mind. :o

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that's a really neat idea!

I've done journals for special trips or special short term jobs -I don't know why I never thought about it for my cruises

 

I always do up a cruise photo album/scrapbook with various info written down on scraps of paper (stuff like who our dinner companions were, the names of fun drinks I tried, fun things I heard), and I always include the daily ship activities and things like our door signs/decorations and if I have info on the places I visited (like maps, AAA travel guide, etc.)

 

I like the idea of maybe a slim journal I could add into the album...

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LittleBit:

The other thing that I do is, I take 7 ziploc baggies for each day of the cruise. Since I scrapbook, I mark the bags, and that way, my items are ready to go when I scrap. ;) :) ;)

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I do the same thing. I bought a beautiful Traveler's Journal at Barnes & Noble and every night before retiring on a cruise, I record the day's events. It's nice to look back and see what we did each day :)

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I write a letter to myself on the ships stationary everyday describing my daily events...what I saw, ate, did, who I met etc. I have a stack of unopened letters from 12 cruises. I plan to open them in order when I'm too old to travel and re-live my past adventures.

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You are quite imaginative, sending yourself cruise letters, I love that. Sounds like something in an old move....;)

For past trips like Hawaii I did all my notes of trips, location names, restaurants, etc. in my PP (Palm Pilot), but I've decided that it would be good to go lo-tech on a cruise. When other's are reading, I can be noting the days events. I bought a journal at Super Target last week...it's a hard cover has purple parchment paper on it. I like the sounds of the one JanetMarie picked up at Barnes and Noble though, keeping with the ship theme. I might have to check out the local Borders, I know they also carry special ones there.

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I made my own journal for our last cruise. It was just my best friend and I who went and I made one for each of us. I used really pretty binders and created pages on my computer with paper that had a beach background. I started with a page that had all of our traveling info and then had a page for each day. Each page included a section to write what we ate for each meal, the ports that we visited(or what we did on sea days), and any items we purchased. Then, there was a section that let us describe everything we did each day. At the end, I had pages to write what our favorite ports were, least favorite, favorite meal, least favorite, etc. I also included in the journal pages to insert pictures. Finally, I decorated the cover with all sorts of cruise stickers. We made ourselves write in the journal each night before we went to bed. Now that I have an upcoming cruise in January, it's great to look back on the other one and get ideas of what to do and what not to do. This time, my entire family is going, so, instead of making one for each person, I will make one for each cabin. The trick is going to be getting everyone to write in theirs! I plan on using these to make a scrapbook after the cruise.

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As we prepare to sail again, I saw another wonderful leather journal at the bookstore, with a ship motif on the cover, the paper was taupe colored, on the heavy side, and looked antiquated. What a wonderful travel journal! I'm going to buy it!

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I too keep a journal of my cruising experiences. I love it. It brings back lovely memories when I take it out to read and relive my cruises. Along with the photos they are priceless souvenirs of my cruises. Precious and great keepsakes. :D :D

 

 

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We just returned aboard the Princess Caribbean, and I took my journal with me! Yep, still have the same leather bound one with nautical decor on the cover. As I sat on our aft balcony sailing the high seas, it was interesting to flip back to previous cruises and read what I was thinking back then. . .

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I buy postcards in every port, and each evening, my DH and I sit out on our balcony and record on the postcards our interpretations of the events of the day. (It's fun to see how differently we each view same events!) Once we get home, I punch a hole in the corner of each postcard and then put a ring through all of them. We end up with a cruise journal with wonderful, professional "photographs" that we can look back on whenever we wish. We've done this on our last few cruises, and we even did it on our driving trip up north last summer (well, we didn't sit on a balcony to write!). It's become a tradition, and it's one we really enjoy.

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I buy postcards in every port, and each evening, my DH and I sit out on our balcony and record on the postcards our interpretations of the events of the day. (It's fun to see how differently we each view same events!) Once we get home, I punch a hole in the corner of each postcard and then put a ring through all of them. We end up with a cruise journal with wonderful, professional "photographs" that we can look back on whenever we wish. We've done this on our last few cruises, and we even did it on our driving trip up north last summer (well, we didn't sit on a balcony to write!). It's become a tradition, and it's one we really enjoy.

 

 

What a neat idea to keep the kids busy during a road trip. I'm going to try this for this summer's vaccation. :cool:

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On my first cruise this past April I kept a journal. It was great fun and got a lot of attention from fellow cruisers. Being an antique dealer, I always look for old journals and over the past several years have found a number of them including one from a family from Beacon Hill, Boston that was sailing to Europe the day after the Titanic sank. There were numerous references in the journal plus two newspapers with Titanic headlines. Very valuable.

 

So keep a journal and when you pass it on to your children tell them not to put it in the yard sale as there is a very strong market for such Memorabilia.

 

Have fun!!

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I write a letter to myself on the ships stationary everyday describing my daily events...what I saw, ate, did, who I met etc. I have a stack of unopened letters from 12 cruises. I plan to open them in order when I'm too old to travel and re-live my past adventures.

 

What a great idea and maybe even put some photos with them.

 

OceanDreams

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I use a travel journal bought from Amazon. [http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0811824977/qid=1121697986/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/104-1111358-7751105?v=glance&s=books&n=507846]

It's great and inside has a wonderful place for itinerary, sketches, food enjoyed and more. It has a ship motf inside and some fun little facts. For example, it has a drawing of all the nautical flags, as well as a time zone map, mariners compass (with explanation/write up about it) and more.

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Sillylizzie- that sounds great I will have to check out this journal. I agree with

bwaveriders that I always say that I am going to keep a daily journal and then never do it . I did start one once and only got to the second day. I will have to try to do better on our upcoming cruise. I purchased a journal from Royal Caribbean on there ship the Voyager. I want to look at the one that sillylizzie mentioned tho it sounds like it is alot nicer than the one that I have.

I do have folders with each day marked on them to put "stuff" collected on our cruises each day.Also put our film in baggies with the day marked on them but now we have digital so that will not work.I take a large flip top folder with us with a cardboard insert to put photos in so that they will not get bent.

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I want to look at the one that sillylizzie mentioned tho it sounds like it is alot nicer than the one that I have.

 

If you'd like I can take & email (or try and post) photos. Let me know if you're still interested.

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If you'd like I can take & email (or try and post) photos. Let me know if you're still interested.

Would you be able to post the ISBN number on the back of the book? It sounds like a really good journal, and I'd like to see if my local book store has it or can get it. Thanks for sharing your info!

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Would you be able to post the ISBN number on the back of the book?

 

ISBN #: 0-8118-2497-7

"Destinations" distributed by Chronicle Books.

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I bought a small notebook to make into a journal on our cruise, and then forgot it laying on the coffee table!!! So I used stationary from the 2 hotels we stayed in and some from the ship to keep some notes on. But I will be buying a real journal before my next cruise and writing in it faithfully daily, though I like the post card idea too!

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Thanks, sillylizzie! My DS works part-time at Barnes and Noble. I'll ask him if he can find a copy for me. I've done the postcard thing for quite a while, but I think having all our cruise experiences in one place might be really nice.

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Sillylizzie...... Thanks for the info, I ordered one last nite ! should be here by Monday at the latest. I took your recomendation and went ahead and ordered from Amizon.

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Sillylizzie...... Thanks for the info, I ordered one last nite ! should be here by Monday at the latest. I took your recomendation and went ahead and ordered from Amizon.

 

Thanks, sillylizzie! My DS works part-time at Barnes and Noble. I'll ask him if he can find a copy for me. I've done the postcard thing for quite a while, but I think having all our cruise experiences in one place might be really nice.

 

No problem. That's why I got it originally - I liked that it had room for everything inside - esp. the place for the itinerary.

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Sillylizzie-- I recieved the book this past week. Thanks for the info it is really nice. I like the color and the simple design. Thanks again for sharing the information so we could all have one, maybe this time I will be better about keeping a journal.

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One of the things that I have for travel purposes is a "list." And on that list is my travel journal. I guess what I want to say is that if you get in the habit of always taking it with you, you may be more apt to actually write in it! Merry Christmas!:)

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LittleBit:

 

The other thing that I do is, I take 7 ziploc baggies for each day of the cruise. Since I scrapbook, I mark the bags, and that way, my items are ready to go when I scrap. ;) :) ;)

 

Excellent idea. I think I'll do the same, thanks.

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I take a small notebook - the 4x6 style. It is easy to stash into anything you are carrying with you. Any time I had downtime, I was busy writing in that book. There were so many things I'm happy I wrote down just after they happened, because a couple of days later, I would've forgotten.

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Kari, nice idea, the small notebook. Because our vacations mean so much to us, I really like to journal and write everything down. It's nice to go back and read those entries and sit there and say, "Yes! That was fun!"

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Glad I found this topic. I, too, keep a journal of each cruise we go on. I would never remember everything if I didn't. We do read them again & enjoy reading them. It's also a good reference for future cruises or if someone asks a question. I use a 7.75" x 5" book with 80 pages. It's not a fancy one, but it's easy to pack. Over the years, I've added more information in it. I also write what we ate, the weather, time we got up & went to bed, & anything else that went on each day. At the back of the journal, I put down how much money we took. When we get home, I put down how much we spent. It helps for the next time we go. I also put down our casino money for each of us & whether we won or lost & how much. I also have other categories at the back. It's amazing how much more information I've added over the years.

 

Whenever we go back to our cabin & I have time, I will write in my journal.

 

I just finished getting mine ready for our next cruise. I also take a small notebook for my purse which has the phone #'s I need from home. I will write in it on the plane & transfer it into my journal.

 

Nice to know so many others also keep a journal.

 

Gail

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I was in Barnes n' Noble the other day. Ladies, check out the journal area. They have an abundance of nice journals, and they have a lot that are tailored for the cruise industry!

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I'm also taking a journal with me on our cruise (we leave tomorrow) :D

 

It's actually just a notebook. But I plan on writing down each day's activity once we get back to our room.

 

I plan on including things I've heard mentioned before....times we get up/go to bed, what we ate, who we met, weather, what we did, where we went, etc.

 

I am also a scrapbooker....so I will be collecting as many things as I can to add into my scrapbook. I will then collect each page in my notebook and write it all up on my computer and print it out and make that my last page in my scrapbook.

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We went on our first cruise about a year ago, and yes I did one for our cruise!!! I also "made" my kids do one too....they did it at dinner while we waited!!! I did have to force this I also did it the year before our cruise when we went on our first reall big family vacation, my kids were older when we decided to start traveling one was 8 and the other 11, I wished I had heard the idea for postcards back then....but now the kids will dig their journals out and re-read them and laugh at how they wrote or "said" something in a weird way.....they are both now doing more journaling on their own and someday they will be very glad I "made" them do it!!!

 

We can never remember everything we will do in our lifetime and journaling is one way to keep things alive and well!! Make sure to include things like how something smells or tasted or a faint sound in the backround!!! These are the things that add depth to your passages!!

 

Good luck to all in your journals, keep writing and have great cruises!!!

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Besides journaling, does anyone decorate their cabin door?

 

I make this huge poster with all sorts of trinkets on it and then I have a "sign up sheet" with lines on it for people passing by our cabin door to sign and put where they are from. It's really interesting to see what folks have to write on our door! :D

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I will be going on my 9th and 10th cruise this year, and I think I will be joing the ranks of the journal group. I wish I had journaled before now, but I have always kept lots of notes, and I have lots of entries in my scrapbooks. I just recently finished a journal for my kids where you answer specific questions, and after reading these posts, I am anxious to journal my cruises.

 

Great idea, and great tips....

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I have a daytimers wallet that I keep a running journal in. That way I can look back on my travels and day by day things. I have been keeping them for about twenty years. It's fun to look back on the different things I have done.

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I have a daytimers wallet that I keep a running journal in. That way I can look back on my travels and day by day things. I have been keeping them for about twenty years. It's fun to look back on the different things I have done.

 

This isn't related to cruise journals, just journals in general. After my 85 year old Grandma passed, we found her journals. None of her children knew she kept a journal.

 

They were just little spiral bound notebooks from her adult life. Most of the days' posting were just a line or two. My grandparents were farmers. Most of her postings were about her family and the farm. Reading them brought my mom and her siblings such joy and further insight into their mom. I too enjoyed reading them, especially the postings about the day my mom was born. Major tear-jerker!

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I just took a small spiral notebook which fit easily in my pants pocket or in the very small purse I took along on our Baltics cruise last year. I could make notes on the shore excursions as things were happening, or sit on our balcony on the ship and really write a diary entry. It worked so well that I'm taking another one along with me when we go to Paris in a few weeks.

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