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What are the most unusual items you pack for a cruise?

Jun 27th, 2014, 02:47 PM
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BuggyBed only "detects" bed bugs. You are on the road, you found out your bed has bed bugs. Then what? It's already too late!
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Jun 28th, 2014, 05:40 AM
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You ask for another room, move to other accommodations, get the room cleaned, check out the couch, etc. Depends on the situation. Hope it NEVER hsppens cause I say UGH!
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Jul 2nd, 2014, 03:13 PM
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Ships are usually full in peak season, there may not be another cabin available and you are already at sea.

Once you are in the room and discover bed bugs, your stuff are already contaminated, especially if you store your suitcases under the bed.

I guess ignorance is bliss. What you don't know don't hurt you, at least mentally for the time being.

Just so you know, there are much more nastier things that you could catch other then bed bugs.
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Jul 2nd, 2014, 05:29 PM
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A photo of my dog!
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Jul 3rd, 2014, 10:24 PM
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cruisetaker, that's a good one! I think I'll pack a picture of our cat since he has to stay home and guard the house.
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Jul 4th, 2014, 06:23 AM
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I hope he's a lion.
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Jul 5th, 2014, 04:16 PM
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We bring a closet organizer (from Wal-Mart). Princess' closets are so big, we're able to fit in three organizers. They're great because they supplement drawers, can hold everything from clothing to shoes to chargers/batteries, etc., and can fold up to fit easily in the suitcase.- http://musingaboutcruising.blogspot.com.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 08:36 AM
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Larry, nothing exotic like a lion. Just a Caracal.
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Jul 6th, 2014, 09:15 AM
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Wow! Works for me. .
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Jul 8th, 2014, 01:35 AM
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Larry, I tried the Starbucks Via pouches. Too expensive and didn't taste all that great. I am happy with the ship board specialty coffee for the time being.

We have developed a craving for loose leave oriental tea and we like to steep our own. So back to the good old french press again. Princess actually stock a decent black tea (in a tea bag). Not sure what Celebrity stocks for oriental tea as we have never looked for them. I guess I will find out in a few months.

By the way, Caracal cats are more common as a house pet than you think.

last but not least, my new unusual item for cruises that we add to our packing list: various size heavy duty freezer bags with double zips and paper towels, usually pack a couple sheets (square) for each day.
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Aug 1st, 2014, 08:21 AM
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I take one of these. It uses K cups so is extremely convenient and not messy. After a friend saw mine she ordered one as well and takes it with her when she travels. Easy peasy.
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Aug 1st, 2014, 08:22 AM
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Aug 1st, 2014, 08:23 AM
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I also take Trader Joes Triple Ginger snaps. Can't live without them.
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Aug 2nd, 2014, 01:34 AM
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I had read about the magnets after my first cruise so I've taken them on the last two cruises. They worked great for the daily schedule last time BUT this time the walls WERE NOT metal so the magnets didn't work except on the ceiling! I was so disappointed. Since it was an Alaska Cruise and I had the extra large map from "The Alaska Cruise Handbook" I did hang that from the ceiling and that worked great!

I pack a three ring binder with everything about the cruise. It contains E-docs, reservations, excursions, print outs about ports of calls and any maps I have, important phone numbers, prescriptions, copies of our passports, etc.

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Aug 2nd, 2014, 08:41 AM
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Were it not for Starbucks via packets I would buy that little coffee press. .
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Aug 26th, 2014, 01:57 PM
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Next cruise, bringing a small fan for white noise and additional circulation in cabin. I also won't forget my binoculars this time.
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Aug 26th, 2014, 02:04 PM
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A question to those who uses packets or presses: where do you get hot water?

I thought of making tea... but if I go up to the buffet area for hot water, why not get their coffee or make tea there?
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Aug 28th, 2014, 03:23 AM
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There is this. But the point of having my own coffee is so I don't have to drink theirs because sometimes it's really awful. I have even taken that little press to the dining room and asked for hot water. It is also a real conversation starter.
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Aug 28th, 2014, 04:58 PM
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I get the hot H20 the same places you do. However generally cruise ship coffee is lousy and I am fussy about my coffee. .
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Aug 30th, 2014, 10:03 AM
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After making the original post 18 months ago, I am surprised that this is still being threaded.

SparksMartin, the cabins usually have AC control. We don't need white noise in the cabin, between snoring and teeth grinding, there are enough noise already!

ahotpoet, my mom had one of those years ago (more than 20?) and I think I still have it somewhere in the house. I think I will have to look for it now. She actually retired that unit long ago as it was deemed "unsafe". She packed a small electric kettle, probably a 2 cup size, after that. I have not seen any kettle that size in the stores for a while now. A small espresso maker may also do the drink.

Dayenu, I don't worry about hot water as there are plenty of hot water available on the ship. We pack a small thermos and get our hot water from the buffet beverage station, or ask the waiter in the dining rooms. We use the thermos for hot beverages at night and put cold beverages in it when we go ashore on hot days. Best way to keep your cold drinks cold!

Note: optimal water temperature should be around 190 to 200 degrees so make sure you get a good thermos that would keep that temperature for at least 2 to 3 hours.

I also use my small one cup french press for loose leaves tea as well. Cruise ships generally offers ok quality tea bags so we don't bother to take it with us to the dining room.

Ever since Princess added the International Cafe, we have not pack the french press for cruises on the Princess ships anymore.
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