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Old 04-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #31
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We are doing the FE on our cruise and we are first timers as well. It's as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. We plan to give a gift to each person on our list instead of a "family" gift. You can pick up lots of little gifts without putting out a lot of time or $$. Check out the Facebook group for the Fish Extenders before you rule it out. Lots of good ideas on there. If you don't have a good showing on your Cruise Meet page, check out Facebook as well. Lots of cruises have their own "group" where the organization is done (instead of the "Meet" page). Our cruise is next April and we already have the FE groups started and about 30-40 people in our FB group. Maybe FB is a more accesible and more "mainstream" way of group communication. IDK.
Remember it is not always money and time that prevents people gifting to each individual. We are doing a nice family gift rather than individual gifts because we are taking a transatlantic flight and, thus, space will be limited in our luggage.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:21 PM   #32
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Remember it is not always money and time that prevents people gifting to each individual. We are doing a nice family gift rather than individual gifts because we are taking a transatlantic flight and, thus, space will be limited in our luggage.

You can get many small gifts and fit them in your luggage or you can ship your bigger gifts to your stateroom ahead of time. "Space" is a minor issue, if an isue at all. There isn't a requirement that gifts must be "big" or "extravagant".
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:47 PM   #33
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Last cruise, I used big tote bags with handles because I figured they could be re-used. I usually pack one bag with just FE gifts so that I can use it to carry our FE loot home. I don't put names, I don't need to be thanked for gifts. And I don't keep score either.

Last cruise, was a 4 nighter in February and we had about 30 rooms signed up. I could barely get all of our stuff packed up to take home because we got so much! If anyone didn't give gifts, I would not have known it because there was so much.

Plus we just don't worry about that stuff. We don't give to get, we just give because its part of the fun. I've been known to leave a gift on a door I know is not in my group just because I have extras.
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Old 04-25-2013, 09:23 PM   #34
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You can get many small gifts and fit them in your luggage or you can ship your bigger gifts to your stateroom ahead of time. "Space" is a minor issue, if an isue at all. There isn't a requirement that gifts must be "big" or "extravagant".
I disagree. Space is a minor issue for YOU. Space is a bigger issue for me. And I would guess that for many, the FE process is a small add on to their plans - not a focal point such that adding tasks like shipping ahead or packing an entire extra bag, etc are not in the cards. And that's AOK.
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Old 04-25-2013, 10:57 PM   #35
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I use Mickey party bags that I found in the party section at Target
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:56 AM   #36
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I disagree. Space is a minor issue for YOU. Space is a bigger issue for me. And I would guess that for many, the FE process is a small add on to their plans - not a focal point such that adding tasks like shipping ahead or packing an entire extra bag, etc are not in the cards. And that's AOK.
I Agree with lorenni space can be an issue for some! It was the reason I pulled out of our FE because I felt the group had gotten too big and could not imagine fitting all the gifts in my luggage or even getting it all home without paying extra luggage fees. I was not comfortable sending the package to port and hoping it would get there.
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I don't believe I will put our names on either, not much time!!!
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