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Old 10-01-2013, 08:37 AM   #1
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Heading up a FE group

Hi! I'm just wondering what's involved in heading up a Fish Extender group for our upcoming cruise? Someone had started to head it up but then their travel plans changed so I'd like to head it up so that we can participate. Any help/input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:44 AM   #2
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Hi! I'm just wondering what's involved in heading up a Fish Extender group for our upcoming cruise? Someone had started to head it up but then their travel plans changed so I'd like to head it up so that we can participate. Any help/input would be greatly appreciated!
I did this for one of our cruises and it's pretty simple. I just kept a list of people who were signed up, I included names, kids' ages, stateroom numbers, DIS names, e-mails and regular names along with any possible allergies and special occasions and made sure that everyone had a list of who was on the FE with all of that information. I didn't post it on our meet thread, just because there are a lot of people who don't want their information posted on a public forum.

My group stayed at around 15-16 staterooms, but if it had gotten any larger I would have suggested splitting it. Some folks would want to be on both lists, and some wouldn't. We also didn't have any rules around who would deliver when, and what types of gifts to give (stateroom vs. individual, etc.). Really, it consisted of making sure everyone knew who else was signed up, and that was it!
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:21 AM   #3
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I'm currently looking after our FE group its quite simple. You can really look after it how ever you choose. I started a facebook group so we can communicate easier. Who ever wishes to joins sends me a message on here I reply with our facebook group link, and we meet up there to discuss things. I have all our families info on there makes it so much easier.
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My favorite tip is to create a google form (which will create a google doc) for the FE members to input their information - Names, ages, room numbers, allergies, etc.

And then just send everyone a link to the google doc.
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as everyone said: easy and you will have fun!

Google Docs and forms are your friend!

Make sure the lists don't get too long and if they do, split the groups up.

Best advice, hand out deck plans (and if you can, circled cabins on it) with the lists of cabins. I can't tell you how long I spent lost in the Dream corridors!

Bring extra lists to the cruise - there will always be someone who forgets theirs.

I did a group collage of profile pictures too for everyone to have, but my groups haven't been enormous that I have been in.
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as everyone said: easy and you will have fun!

Google Docs and forms are your friend!

Make sure the lists don't get too long and if they do, split the groups up.

Best advice, hand out deck plans (and if you can, circled cabins on it) with the lists of cabins. I can't tell you how long I spent lost in the Dream corridors!

Bring extra lists to the cruise - there will always be someone who forgets theirs.

I did a group collage of profile pictures too for everyone to have, but my groups haven't been enormous that I have been in.
yes...Limit and deck plans are SUPER!

I always just post in the group thread about how many they want to limit it too. Usually the limits for my cruises have been 15-20.

Another idea if you get a large group is that we've had people who want to participate in both groups. You might want to throw that out there as an option. I know we always participate with everyone, but we've never had a group over about 40 rooms.

And set a deadline for when you have to signup by. Personally, I like about 6 weeks before the cruise so that I have time to finalize gifts.
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We do ours on google docs too, on our facebook group the link to the database and cruisers update their own information.
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Old 10-01-2013, 04:39 PM   #8
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Thanks for your help and input. I'm hoping I can pull it together...we don't have a huge amount of time but something is better than nothing!
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