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Old 03-22-2013, 06:35 AM   #736
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Hi...I deleted myself. It was getting to be too large a group for us, so we opted out. I've only done them on the smaller ships, and I think the max we ever had was 18. Decided 30 cabins on a ship this large was going to be too much for us to do it justice. Hope everyone else has fun with it!
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I'm actually hoping for a split, if the numbers as of now are accurate. When the group is too big, it is too much financially.
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Yeah, I already think it's big enough to split!
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I have a friend who will probably be joining us on the cruise. They will want to join the fe as well. A split might be better.
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Old 03-22-2013, 12:13 PM   #739
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Out of curiosity, why do some prefer smaller FE groups?

The reason I ask is that I've been involved with FE groups on 4 out of our 6 cruises with group sizes ranging from 15 to 125. Honestly, the larger groups were more fun because the entire meet group seemed more united before, during and after the cruise.

Cost/time have never been an issue for us either. On the FE with 125, we purchased customized pens with our DIS meet group name, the cruise dates and itinerary on the pen. We still have a few in our pen drawer at home. It only cost us about $60 for 400 pens as we gave one to each person in the stateroom. I know some spend more per stateroom and others spend less. It didn't matter how much anyone spent as the entire meet thread was united. And as far as time to deliver the gifts, that's never been an issue. Granted, on the cruise with 125 members, we had 7 sea days and delivered gifts on 2 separate days. It was fun to walk each hall and see all of the different and creative FE and door decorations. We did it last year on the Fantasy with about 25 participants and we were able to deliver them all in under an hour.

YMMV, but just some food for thought when deciding what to do.
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Out of curiosity, why do some prefer smaller FE groups?

The reason I ask is that I've been involved with FE groups on 4 out of our 6 cruises with group sizes ranging from 15 to 125. Honestly, the larger groups were more fun because the entire meet group seemed more united before, during and after the cruise.

Cost/time have never been an issue for us either. On the FE with 125, we purchased customized pens with our DIS meet group name, the cruise dates and itinerary on the pen. We still have a few in our pen drawer at home. It only cost us about $60 for 400 pens as we gave one to each person in the stateroom. I know some spend more per stateroom and others spend less. It didn't matter how much anyone spent as the entire meet thread was united. And as far as time to deliver the gifts, that's never been an issue. Granted, on the cruise with 125 members, we had 7 sea days and delivered gifts on 2 separate days. It was fun to walk each hall and see all of the different and creative FE and door decorations. We did it last year on the Fantasy with about 25 participants and we were able to deliver them all in under an hour.

YMMV, but just some food for thought when deciding what to do.
I think of the meet group as separate from the FE group. In my six cruises, I've met many wonderful people from the disboards/Facebook groups because we arranged to meet, have our kids meet, etc..this had nothing to do with whether everyone was participating in the FE exchange or not. I love that our group is getting larger, and am especially excited about getting to know those doing the Bernard's tour. But toting gifts to and from this many people takes a lot of space, time, and money. I'll put my FE on our fish, just because it helps us find our door faster, and I'll bring daily trinkets for my daughter to find in it. I just dont have the wherewithall to take on an FE group this large, but am still really looking forward to meeting everyone.
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Old 03-22-2013, 09:46 PM   #741
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Out of curiosity, why do some prefer smaller FE groups?

The reason I ask is that I've been involved with FE groups on 4 out of our 6 cruises with group sizes ranging from 15 to 125. Honestly, the larger groups were more fun because the entire meet group seemed more united before, during and after the cruise.

Cost/time have never been an issue for us either. On the FE with 125, we purchased customized pens with our DIS meet group name, the cruise dates and itinerary on the pen. We still have a few in our pen drawer at home. It only cost us about $60 for 400 pens as we gave one to each person in the stateroom. I know some spend more per stateroom and others spend less. It didn't matter how much anyone spent as the entire meet thread was united. And as far as time to deliver the gifts, that's never been an issue. Granted, on the cruise with 125 members, we had 7 sea days and delivered gifts on 2 separate days. It was fun to walk each hall and see all of the different and creative FE and door decorations. We did it last year on the Fantasy with about 25 participants and we were able to deliver them all in under an hour.

YMMV, but just some food for thought when deciding what to do.
I would just prefer a more manageable amount. I have already started making/buying items for the FE and like to give for each person not just the stateroom. I'm close to being maxed out for the amount per gift. Whatever the number, I know my children will be happy.
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I think of the meet group as separate from the FE group. In my six cruises, I've met many wonderful people from the disboards/Facebook groups because we arranged to meet, have our kids meet, etc..this had nothing to do with whether everyone was participating in the FE exchange or not. I love that our group is getting larger, and am especially excited about getting to know those doing the Bernard's tour. But toting gifts to and from this many people takes a lot of space, time, and money. I'll put my FE on our fish, just because it helps us find our door faster, and I'll bring daily trinkets for my daughter to find in it. I just dont have the wherewithall to take on an FE group this large, but am still really looking forward to meeting everyone.
Good points. I do agree that the FE group is separate. Many don't participate at all but still do the group excursions, meets, tastings etc and vice versa. I still hate to see them split up but that's probably because of our first one was so special and we will never be able to recreate that trip and group.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:10 AM   #743
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I think of the meet group as separate from the FE group. In my six cruises, I've met many wonderful people from the disboards/Facebook groups because we arranged to meet, have our kids meet, etc..this had nothing to do with whether everyone was participating in the FE exchange or not. I love that our group is getting larger, and am especially excited about getting to know those doing the Bernard's tour. But toting gifts to and from this many people takes a lot of space, time, and money. I'll put my FE on our fish, just because it helps us find our door faster, and I'll bring daily trinkets for my daughter to find in it. I just dont have the wherewithall to take on an FE group this large, but am still really looking forward to meeting everyone.
Agreed! On our last cruise, we had a really fun meet on Day One and enjoyed putting faces with all the names with which we'd become familiar on the DIS over the months. Seeing these folk at the pool, dinner, excursions, and other events made it so much more fun! Half the time I didn't know if they were in the fe group or not, couldn't really keep track.

We should start nailing down the details of our Meet and Greet. On my last cruise, we got neon green rubber bracelets to wear onboard to make it easier to spot one another. I ordered some in bulk. Even had our group name imprinted.
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I would just prefer a more manageable amount. I have already started making/buying items for the FE and like to give for each person not just the stateroom. I'm close to being maxed out for the amount per gift. Whatever the number, I know my children will be happy.
Ditto.
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FE Suggestion:
Since we appear to have some opinions to split and not to split the group I have a suggestion. Currently we have 28 participants in the FE. We can split the group in 14 each but allow some to join both groups with a max of 20 participants in either group. This way no group is too big but would allow the people to participate in a larger group if that is what they like.
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Good morning fellow cruisers. Another week has gone by.
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weeks to go to the Fantasy.
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:43 AM   #747
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Agreed! On our last cruise, we had a really fun meet on Day One and enjoyed putting faces with all the names with which we'd become familiar on the DIS over the months. Seeing these folk at the pool, dinner, excursions, and other events made it so much more fun! Half the time I didn't know if they were in the fe group or not, couldn't really keep track.

We should start nailing down the details of our Meet and Greet. On my last cruise, we got neon green rubber bracelets to wear onboard to make it easier to spot one another. I ordered some in bulk. Even had our group name imprinted.
I like the thought of bracelets. Especially with a group as big as ours. Were they expensive?
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If we are able to, Beach Bums would like to join both FE groups (if the groups are split). We have started our gifts and already have the beginning cabins of the list completed. (I think we would fall in the second grouping if the split occurred.) Sorry, this is our first time for the fish exchange and we just wanted to give to all if that it possible. Thank you and have a good weekend.
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FE Suggestion:
Since we appear to have some opinions to split and not to split the group I have a suggestion. Currently we have 28 participants in the FE. We can split the group in 14 each but allow some to join both groups with a max of 20 participants in either group. This way no group is too big but would allow the people to participate in a larger group if that is what they like.
This sounds like an excellent solution! What does everyone else think?
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I like the thought of bracelets. Especially with a group as big as ours. Were they expensive?
They weren't expensive at all. I actually just bought them and gave them out at the Meet and Greet, but of course, that group (on the Magic) was much smaller. I will do some research and see how much they will cost and see how many people actually want to wear them.
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