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What ONE thing do you wish you had brought on your last cruise?

What ONE thing do you wish you had brought on your last cruise?

Sep 18th, 2009, 02:22 PM
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Rain Poncho. It is small and compact and get the disposable one from the dollar store. Ruined a camera in heavay downpour in Jamica last year. Vowed not to do it again. Have rain poncho in Alsaka this year, stayed dry the whole trip (camera too).
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Sep 20th, 2009, 04:49 AM
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Thank you all for your generous tips. To be sure that I didn't over pack (I am just bringing a carry-on since the airlines lost my luggage on the way to the last two cruises),
I laid out all my clothes, mixed and matched to make sure everything could be worn in 3 or 4 different outfits - and ruthlessly put back what didn't. Scarves, belts and pashmini are small and add color and flair without alot of room!
Thanks again!
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Sep 20th, 2009, 04:13 PM
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I just returned this morning from an NCL cruise out of BCN. The things that we were glad we had was our small alarm clock (our stateroom did not have a clock except on the room phone and could not be seen without the light on). The other lifesaver was our tiny umbrellas.

We also purchased a tote bag in Pisa for 10 euro that we checked home today with our dirty clothes saving the empty room in our suitcases for our purchases and souviners.

I wish that we had brought tiny rain coat that fits into a tiny zip bag... I saw several people that their little raincoat pack fit onto their belt (it was always ready to use).. and it rained in several of our ports last week.

Have a great cruise!
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Sep 27th, 2009, 04:30 PM
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Take a camera to the formal dinner, you'll save a lot by taking your own formal photo.
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Oct 1st, 2009, 07:18 PM
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Just before you close your suitcase, put a layer of small bubble wrap on top. You can use it to wrap breakables really well when you fly home. If you don't use it, there is always someone who does need it. It takes up little space and can really be benefical. I use dental floss to tie the package tight when I use it.
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Oct 2nd, 2009, 08:19 AM
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"I use dental floss to tie the package tight when I use it." - this is a great idea! We always forget rubber bands

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Oct 3rd, 2009, 08:50 AM
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Nicenancy must be all but gone by now but this little question she asked has brought forth a mine of very good information!
I will add my 2 cents worth and it applies to all travel really:

Instead of padlocks on your suitcase to stop pilferage, and the unfortunate instance of loosing keys or forgetting lock combinations, we put the zip tags together with a larg(ish) keyring - the kind that starts somewhere and as it revolves eventually hits the middle. Unless the thieves are carrying pliers, they would need a nice ladies manicured nail to find the start of the darn thing!

I now carry a little digital voice recorder to make notes. Its slips into my purse or pocket just like a cellphone.
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Oct 3rd, 2009, 10:04 AM
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I think these are all very good suggestions
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Oct 4th, 2009, 06:47 AM
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I'm traveling NCL cruise out of BCN 22 Nov 2009 great suggestions!
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Oct 5th, 2009, 05:50 PM
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Great ideas! I'm stealing some. Like I do, you take socks for bedtime because the ship will be cold and dry. Well, those who wear contacts should take extra rewetting drops and spare pairs for the same reaon. For what it's worth, I bought 2 long "slinky" dresses, advertised as California style, for formal nights. Roll them in balls, they won't wrinkle. Appropriate jewelry and shoes dresses them up and a pashmina goes well for the show before or after dinner.
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Oct 14th, 2009, 05:58 PM
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Thanks All!
I bought pashmina in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbuhl - and used them on ship. Using my black and white theme, it worked great to have a "pop" of color with my pashmina and then I (blush) gave them as gifts when I got home!
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Oct 14th, 2009, 08:22 PM
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Just reminded my father who is going to Mexico, and thought I will post it here too - if going to countries where US currency is accepted, bring small bills - for tips on tours, for small purchases. If ran out of dollars, ask if they will give change in dollars - in most places they do, but never hurts to confirm or remind.
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Oct 17th, 2009, 01:53 PM
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I have two lists, one for cruises and one for timeshare exchanges. On both lists: power cords & power bar for multiple electronic charging; large beverage cups; first aid kit (allergies, nose spray, pepto bismal tablets, Tums, bandaids, courgh drops, liquid bandage, ibuprophin, sunburn gel); odor-less air freshener like Oust; snacks (trail mix, peanuts, pretzels); file folder for souvineer menus, pamphlets, etc); 1 large envelope for receipts; a journal book. Hope this helps!
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Oct 19th, 2009, 01:50 PM
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I just scanned this thread and don't think this was mentioned. I address stick-on labels and take them with me for postcards. You can buy stamps from the purser's desk and this saves the time of writing them all out.

We use operating room shoe covers to pack our shoes. I used to work in a doctor's office and got the idea then. We have since obtained them from the doctors we see as they wear out. I guess you could get them at a medical supply store.
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Jan 15th, 2010, 09:14 AM
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Instead of medical supply shoe covers I use the disposable shower caps to cover my shoes.
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