We're sailing first time DCL on the dream in Nov (3/4 night b2b). We live in NY. We have a conference to attend in Orlando Fri/Sat right before the cruise (this is why I even decided to do the cruise, since we'll be there anyway). DD11 and DS9 think we're just going to the conference (medical conference where dh/dd/ds are the patients), and maybe/maybe not a beach day after (this is what we're telling the kids so I can get some extra packing done in front of them), then right back home to NY. So to the kids, we're packing for a long weekend, but in reality, I need us all to pack for a long weekend, then a 7 day cruise (but secretly!!) We're going to drive to the Port Sunday morning, not telling them (they'll have no idea we're not driving to the airport, unless we pass it and they notice). Hopefully they'll see The Dream and we'll tell them then. But however it happens w/ the surprise, it will all be good. SO, we always do carry-on luggage only when we travel. We can of course change this (but we really prefer carry ons only). I was reading the packing cubes thread, and while I see the organizational benefit, I don't see any space benefit. Then I was thinking of shipping a box to the ship, but you can only ship one smallish box it seems, so that won't help much. I also don't mind having to purchase little things on the cruise or at my hotel in Orlando, like sunscreen, etc, to help w/ packing less. And the ship provides soap and shampoo, correct? So I can leave that off the list too. I know they have do-it-yourself laundry facilities on the ship, but I don't want to miss any fun time while doing laundry, and w/ these 3/4 day cruises, we'll practically be in a port everyday. I could do the service laundry and just suck up the price as part of wanting to surprise the kids. AND the FE exchanges. I signed us up for both cruises. The kids will love this! DD11 would kill me if she's not a part of the making of the gifts, so last night I told her the disney freaks on mommy's disney board are doing a gift exchange just for the fun of it, and I signed it up. She thinks we'll be mailing each other the gifts at some point (I'll probably tell her it's for xmas). So she can totally be in on making the gifts, I just can't do very personalized gifts that say "the dream sailing" or anyone's cabin numbers, etc. But that's ok. My other problem is making the FE itself. Of course I want our cabin number on it, in hopes it doesn't get swiped. I can't think of any good excuse to tell her so she can help me make it. Anyone have any thoughts? Do people put their first names on the FE's for each pocket? She's actually the crafty one (better than me), so while I'm sure I can manage something, I'd really love her help! So, packing ideas, and making the FE idea... any help/thoughts would be very appreciated!