Michele, sometimes you are lucky enough, in port, to find actual Christmas kiosks or shops. Cozumel is a great place. They must know Americans do this often. In Cabo, I found a small sombrero with "Cabo San Lucas" already printed on it.
Other times, I haven't found actual ornaments, but what I'll do is look for items that are small enough for my tree. When I get home I'll write on the underside, with a fine point Sharpie, the date, port and ship's name.
Cruise Fanatic - I hope they don't start collecting the sign and sail cards. I have all of our past cards in an album. Makes a great souvenir.
My 2 daughters have also saved the paper placemats that our wait servers have autographed for them over the years.
Ok, don't laugh, but here's my method of operation. Before every trip, cruise or not, I get a three ring binder and sheet protectors. Into that I put all the maps, etc. I've printed from the internet. On my first cruise I even printed the deck plans, lol. If I'm going to the coast, I print the sunrise, sunset, tide info. Anything I think I will need on that trip. On a cruise I keep it in the cabin and put all paper documents into it, even the smallest receipt. When I get home it all goes in a scrapbook and the binder is ready for my next trip. My home office, by the way, has a shelf full of binders, mostly manuals for any garden, kitchen or computer equipment I buy. I just punch them and in they go. If they are too small, they go in a sheet protector.
Ruconfused2, I wouldn't laugh. I think you're very organized and pretty bright. Sounds like you have organization down to a science and there's nothing wrong with that. Martha Stewart would be jealous. You just gave me some helpful tips.
Glad to be of some help, but blame the skills on a great dad. Every year he took us on long cross-country trips and each day one of us kids was assigned the task of logging ever purchase, figuring gas mileage and practically every turn. He was ex Navy, lol. Was tiresome then, but now we can look at those logs and they bring back great memories, not to mention they catalog traveling before most of the interstates were completed.
Thanks A'ndrea - I will keep my eyes open for those items. I get 3 ornaments every year (1 family and one for each of the boys). I really wouldn't have thought of getting ornaments in each port...GREAT idea!
When we went on our cruise back in 1992 I saved the 2 small wine glasses in our cabin and several of the large "mudslide" glasses we had. Back then they were glass. Only 1 small wine glass has survived over the years. It's my favorite!!!
Carnival Pride - September 30, 2007
I only got pins with the past guest invitations on the Victory and Triumph.
I started collecting beer mugs from every ship I sailed on starting with my second cruise on the Glory. I regretted not getting one from the Fascination on my 1st trip - but as fate would have it - due to Hurricane Wilma I had to re-book on the Fascination - 5 cruises on 4 ships I have mugs from them all!
I also save the spoon of each ship I go on. I didn't start doing this when we first started cruising, but I do it now. Some of the ships don't have the spoon on our sailing.
I have always saved Christmas ornaments from each port we've gone to, but there are times I can't find a Christmas ornament, so I look for a key chain instead, and putting it on a ribbon or some kind of a cording or string to put it on the Christmas Tree.
Carnival Fascination 12/2001, Triumph-5/2003--11/2/2008
Glory-9/2004 -- 10/2006 --9/2007 -- Victory-7/2006,
Costa Atlantica 2/2002-- 2/2005----Magica 2/2006
HAL MS Zuiderdam 9/03
MS Zaandam 1/04
Sun Princess 9/05
Royal Caribbean :
Majesty of the Seas 11/01
Sovereign of the Seas 12/02
MSC Orchestra 1/09
Ru** Princess 10/09