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Old 01-04-2013, 02:29 PM   #16
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Questions about Fish Extender

Could someone explain fish extenders to me? This is our very first cruise ever. We have 2 boys (8 and 3) and it is a surprise for them. We have done Disney parks before but we thought we try the cruise since we heard such good things about it. The boys love to trade pins, so I was thinking they would like the fish extender thing but I'm not sure how it goes.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:11 PM   #17
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Fish Extenders

For all you first-timers (and those CC members who aren't sure) - here's the FE (Fish Extender) explanation:

Outside each cabin on the ship by the door is a pewter fish. The crew uses this to leave you messages and other things. For example, if you rebook onboard, they will send you the confirmation in an envelope and it will be placed on the fish.

So, many years ago, a creative DISer decided that they could improve on this concept and "extend" the fish by adding hanging pockets from it. Then they could play secret santa and run around and leave small surprises in everyone else's "fish extenders" too. And the Fish Extender was born.

A Fish Extender exchange is organized by someone on your cruise meets thread. That person (or team of people) volunteers to coordinate a list for everyone who wants to participate. Often they will also post cabin updates, etc. on their door in case something changes once onboard. I'm happy to do this.

So what do you give/get in a fish extender? Really, anything you want. Some people will buy FE gifts, things like candy, special cruise pens/pencils, pirate accessories, etc. Others get a bit more creative and make things like cruise music cd's or cruise survival kits with aloe, aspirin, kleenex, highlighters, etc. Still other crazy individuals will handmake their entire gift. I have seen things from cross-stitch bookmarks, individual oil paintings, keychains, and luggage tags, to personalized picture frames, door magnets, and Disney lithographs. There is no cost guideline - but I would say the average spent is about $5 on each FE gift. That said, there are no rules and it's the thought that counts.

FE gifts are generally delivered after dinner the first night until mid-day the last day. They are not delivered during the last evening because that's when everyone is packing and leaving. On a 3-day cruise, that does limit when they can be delivered. But the groups tend to be a lot smaller on 3-day cruises.

You can deliver one general gift to each participating cabin, or you can personalize them for each cabin - for example, something small picked out especially for each member of that family. For example, somthing appropriate for a young girl, a teenage boy, and two adults. Or something for two adults, or something for two young girls and one adult. It's entirely up to you! You can also put your name and contact info on the gift, or keep it anonymous. Many people like to thank folks for the gifts they receive, but others really like the "santaesque" quality in staying secret.

Pros:
- Get to see all over the ship!
- Can peek into most kinds of cabins while wandering and really get a feel of the different categories.
- Meet fun people
- A GREAT way to convince the kids to leave the clubs - they'll really want to see what surprises might await in their pockets.
- Get wonderful souvenirs of your Disney cruise that you couldn't buy anywhere.
- Get creative and have a ton of fun preparing for your cruise - it extends that vacation feeling

Cons:
- Are there any?
- Ok, yes a couple.
- if you have a big group, this can really take a toll on your baggage, particularly if you are flying. I had a FE group once that had 80 cabins - that's a LOT of stuff to haul with you! (And take home!)
- If you've got a lot planned for your cruise, this can add to your time schedule.

There are several DIS threads that go over FE's, just search for Fish Extender. Also, you can make your own FE. There are duct-tape FEs and pot-holder FE's or stocking FE's. Or you can buy them from artists on Etsy.com and Ebay.com. They tend to run $20-30 +shipping depending on how fancy you want to go. Here is a picture of ours:


So that's the story on FE's. I hope you all will sign up! It's really a lot of fun to have 10-20 cabins involved!!!
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:14 PM   #18
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FE Gifts

If you're crafty, here's a great thread to follow on FE gift ideas!

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....907032&page=53
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:30 PM   #19
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Yay 1st time on any cruise ever and I'm looking forward to it!!! My mom & I are so very excited.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:49 PM   #20
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Please add us to the FE list...as well as our friends:
Cabin 8060
Mom - Yvette (41)
Dad - Ray (40)
Son - Ray (9)
Son - Erick (7)

Cabin 8062
Mom - Connie (39)
Dad - Will (40)
Daughter - Ariana (13)
Son - AJ (5)

Please let me know if you need anything else.
PS: Great FE explanation! I forwarded it to our friends that will be traveling with us :-)
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:58 AM   #21
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Yeah! That's 3 cabins confirmed! There should be a couple more out there... Our friends are trying to get on this cruise with us, but it's almost sold out and they can't get a cabin for 4, so there's got to be more folks out there for the FE!
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:34 PM   #22
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We are in #9662!

Jeremy (36)
Ashley (37)
Noah (9)
Wyatt (4)
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:41 PM   #23
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#4!!!!


Who's next?!?!?!
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:46 PM   #24
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Hi All!

Need to start thinking about getting organized.

Shall we start a FE List now?

I'm happy to keep track if folks are interested:

Just post:

Family Name:
Individual Names, Genders, & Ages:
Cabin Number:

Let's plan on making the cutoff date 30 days before the sail date - so Feb. 28 will be the last day to sign up. It's getting close!!!!

Here's ours:

Lockard (BigAWL & 3PrincessMommy)
Aaron, DH, 40
Joann, DW, 38
Filda, DFF, 38
Caitlin, DD, 11
Alex, DD, 9
Virginia, DD 6
7040 & 7042 (Combined - 1 FE)

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!!!
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Claudy ( HighC's)
Laura,DW,44
Jackie,DD,11
Samantha,DD,14
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P.S Jackie likes Ariel.
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:33 PM   #25
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Yeah #5!!!!

Who's Next!!???!??!

I will do a spreadsheet of the FE list as we get closer to the cruise, but since we're such a small group now, i'll just keep updating with the total number. Hopefully this will give you the info you need to plan your gifts. But right now, we're only at 5 cabins confirmed and a couple more who expressed interest earlier.

I hope this works for everyone.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:31 PM   #26
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Hello fellow DCLers I can't believe that we'll be on the Disney Dream again in 8 short months! This will be our 3rd Disney cruise since May 2011 (that was when we drank the Mickey Kool-Aid and now we're TOTALLY hooked)
In fact, this time around we managed to convince our very good friends to take a sip of our favorite Kool-Aid and join us (their first Disney cruise!). Soooooo excited!
Question...Is it just me or does this thread seem rather short? I thought there would be more posts out here by now If the thread has been moved, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from everyone!
So excited! Can't wait to experience the magic....
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We are definitely interested in fish extenders and our friends are too!!
Yay! Definitely interested in fish extenders!
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:49 PM   #28
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Those who have expressed interest in the FE, but have not posted their info, please either post your info so I can add you to the list, or send me a PM. I've got the list going at home and will either post it or send it via e-mail as we get closer.

So far we've got 5 cabins confirmed and I think 3 others have said they were interested, but I don't have info for yet.
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:28 PM   #29
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First time Disney Cruisers

We are interested in getting to know fellow sailors prior to the trip.
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We are interested in getting to know fellow sailors prior to the trip.
There aren't a lot of us on here yet, but hoping for more now that paid-in-full date is past.

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