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Cruise Rituals, Anyone?

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The one thing I do on every cruise is keep a journal from the begining of planning our cruise until we return home from the cruise. I than type it all in word and keep copies on disk for reference later on. After all we do not always remember everything accurately after a few years.

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We always go out to dinner the night before we leave. It started when we first started cruising. When I got home from work on the Friday night, it seemed a good way to get us into the vacation spirit, so we would go out for dinner before leaving for the airport. We've done it ever since and it is now considered part of the vacation.

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We usually drive to the port area the night before (except Canaveral)check into a hotel and have a nice dinner. Traffic can sometimes be a nightmare and we never want to get to the ship too late or not at all.

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That's a nice idea PEB. I going to start a journal, because you do forget. Mainly we just have all the family over the night before, like a bon voyage party. Also a thank you for the one that will house sit. This way we don't have to worry about nothing but having fun.

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We pour bleach down all the toilets and close the lids to prevent any little frogs from coming up the pipes. We disconnect the automatic garage door opener so that it can't accidentally open up , which has happened in the past. We make sure our gates are closed, the alarm is on and the vcr is set to record. We also eat dinner out the night before. After all that's done, we try to contain our excitement until we get down to the port. And then .....................whoa!!!

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Not havin been on a real cruise yet, I will let you know when I get to it. But I assure you We will be keeping a journal just like we do when we hike. Also thought about getting a liitle tape recorder to talk into and transposing to paper each nite. Any one have any other ideas for me? :tongue:

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I also take a notepad and pen and keep a daily journal of what we did everyday on the cruise. When we get home and I put the photo album together, I type everything up that's in the journal and put it in the back of the photo album. One of our silliest rituals is to always stop at the exact same gas station on the way to the port to fill up the tank. Just because of coincidence, on the first two cruises we took, we needed gas and stopped at the same gas station. So now we always stop and get gas at that same station.

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I also start a journal of sorts. I go out and buy a binder, the kind you can put something in the cover where I put a picture of the ship we will be taking with the dates of the cruise, and also sheet protectors and keep everything in it regarding the cruise. My TA was astounded. I take this with me on the cruise and keep menus and daily activitiy sheets in it. I also take a booklet called Cruise Diary and enter into it all we did each day and also all expenses so I can check the on board bill and also know what was purcheased and for how much and where for customs. This all goes home with me for show and tell later.

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