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Old 05-14-2013, 12:05 AM   #31
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Wow! That is awesome, thanks! I'm assuming you leave the "tip" when you drop off the items?
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:42 AM   #32
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Hi, former entertainment cast member here. Booze and gum sound awesome, haha... Unfortunately, hard alcohol is not allowed in crew cabins, only beer and wine. Non-candy snacks sound awesome, a lot of the entertainment staff are very conscientious about what they eat because gaining or losing weight is not really acceptable. A sincere, handwritten thank you card would be well received.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:58 AM   #33
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Good morning everyone,
It is nearly 11 am in good old Germany and there came in quite a few new answers during nighttime. Thanks to all of you.

To make it easier for all who are longing for some ideas I wrote a summary:

DOS
Fun-size candy bars
Chips
Candy assortment bags
M&Ms
Life savers/mints
Local specialities
Chocolate covered macadamia nuts
Caramacs
Nuts
Gum
Non-candy snacks (favorite of an insider)
Games/activity stuff
Girl Scout Cookies
Thank you card

DON’TS
Cash (due to regulations)
Calling cards
Gift cards
Heavy items
Mini alcohol bottles (due to regulations)

With all this input I think about buying some Haribo Goldbears. They won’t melt, they won’t break, they come in small bags, they are fatfree (okay, not sugarfree), they are a local speciality (Germany, home of the Goldbears). And I still stick with the gum. If I can think of some non-candy snacks, I will tell you.

Oh, EvaSue, thank you for the idea with the thank you card. Should be first on the list .

That's for newbies like mandelaura: Put your stuff in a zipper/zip lock bag, wrote your stateroom number on it, put pencils in different colors in the bag and add some goodies , drop off your stuff at Guest Service and wait. They will return the signed items - normally - to your stateroom at the end of the journey. Have fun!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:51 AM   #34
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Well I don't know what to give now..I really don't know how many signers there will be, so I suppose cash is out. I'm not a big fan of candy myself. Ugh. I hope I think of something before Thursday!
After reading everything, what about small bags of nuts? They won't take up much room and they can all share it.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:53 AM   #35
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Mints, too! Lifesavers actually makes an awesome mint. Also, cast members get bored, anything activity, game, or craft related would be a great way to say thank you, too! Nine months is a long time to be away from home!
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It sounds like it would be best to stick with food items. Wrapped, sealed candies, gum, mints or chips. Nothing homemade.
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Just edited the summary (thanks to EvaSue and TDC Nala).

What do you think about Sudoku? It is very popular in Germany and it works without language.
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Just edited the summary (thanks to EvaSue and TDC Nala).

What do you think about Sudoku? It is very popular in Germany and it works without language.
We are a Sudoku loving family!

That said, getting puzzles is really easy, what with internet access, newspapers, books. Maybe not that spectacular a gift.
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I would not give nuts cause you don't know if anyone would have an allgey to nuts
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Old 05-15-2013, 06:13 PM   #40
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Hi, former entertainment cast member here. Booze and gum sound awesome, haha... Unfortunately, hard alcohol is not allowed in crew cabins, only beer and wine. Non-candy snacks sound awesome, a lot of the entertainment staff are very conscientious about what they eat because gaining or losing weight is not really acceptable. A sincere, handwritten thank you card would be well received.

Thank you. That should be sooo obvious, sometimes the obvious just goes right on by We encourage the kids to say "thank you" and to show appreciation. We try to do that also. But did not think about it for the people signing the stuff

I will make sure to include that with our stuff.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:50 PM   #41
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Good morning everyone,
It is nearly 11 am in good old Germany and there came in quite a few new answers during nighttime. Thanks to all of you.

To make it easier for all who are longing for some ideas I wrote a summary:

DOS
Fun-size candy bars
Chips
Candy assortment bags
M&Ms
Life savers/mints
Local specialities
Chocolate covered macadamia nuts
Caramacs
Nuts
Gum
Non-candy snacks (favorite of an insider)
Games/activity stuff

DON’TS
Cash (due to regulations)
Calling cards
Gift cards
Heavy items
Mini alcohol bottles (due to regulations)
Girls Scout Cookies (they are homemade, aren't they?)

With all this input I think about buying some Haribo Goldbears. They won’t melt, they won’t break, they come in small bags, they are fatfree (okay, not sugarfree), they are a local speciality (Germany, home of the Goldbears). And I still stick with the gum. If I can think of some non-candy snacks, I will tell you.

Oh, EvaSue, thank you for the idea with the thank you card. Should be first on the list .

That's for newbies like mandelaura: Put your stuff in a zipper/zip lock bag, wrote your stateroom number on it, put pencils in different colors in the bag and add some goodies , drop off your stuff at Guest Service and wait. They will return the signed items - normally - to your stateroom at the end of the journey. Have fun!
Girl Scout cookies are not homemade. They are manufactured by two different companies in the USA (ABC and Little Brown Bakers). Girl Scouts sell them to the public once per year and fans purchase multiple boxes and store them in their freezer to get them through to the following year. So, certainly acceptable.
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Girl Scout cookies are not homemade. They are manufactured by two different companies in the USA (ABC and Little Brown Bakers). Girl Scouts sell them to the public once per year and fans purchase multiple boxes and store them in their freezer to get them through to the following year. So, certainly acceptable.
Sorry! I think we have Girl Scouts in Germany, but they don't sell cookies. I have edited the list. Thank you Tinknalli .
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Old 05-16-2013, 12:25 AM   #43
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Wow! That is awesome, thanks! I'm assuming you leave the "tip" when you drop off the items?
Mandelaura. You "may" be getting something in your FE for your daughter to have signed from a certain fellow cruiser who shall remain nameless... But I'm not revealing anything more. see you in a few weeks!
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:55 PM   #44
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Thanks for all the great ideas and info! Now to decide what two things to get signed!
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