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Old 05-06-2013, 10:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fish Extender exchange

Hi all! We'll be cruising for the first time this year and I've heard about FE exchanges. Most of my search for this has taken me to the Disboards, but is there a thread like that here on PassPorter? I'd like to participate, but I'd like to exchange with members of this board preferably


PS - I tried to search for this on the PP boards, but I couldn't find what I was looking for.
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Me too!
I'm cruising on the Magic in July and the FE on the other board has 26 cabins involved. Way too many for a first timer like me. On that board they have 57 groups of guests doing the same cruise as my family and here on PP I haven't found anyone (yet)...
I'd love to be involved in a small FE group just to get my feet wet!
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That's one of the things that got me a little nervous too. The number of groups involved would be overwhelming for me! Maybe we can start our own thing here on PP
But maybe split off at groups of 10-20? Sure sounds fun though...
Your trip is coming up so soon!
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Folks have tried to organize Fish Extender Exchanges from time to time, but it can be challenging, as it's a rare cruise that has more than a handful of PassPorter staterooms (we have more guidebook readers than that aboard, but they may not be participating in the community). Rather than focus on a specific activity, we feel it's best to use the Who's Cruising threads to locate fellow cruisers, and then work out amongst yourselves just what your "meet" activities might be.

A community the size of DISboards will have a fair number of members on nearly every cruise (or so it seems), so a specific activity like Fish Extenders can become a self-sustaining tradition. On the other hand, the small-town feeling that makes PassPorter Boards so appealing means we're not likely to have the "critical mass" to do something like the FEs on an ongoing basis.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Good explanation - thanks Dave! (I don't think I could pull off FE gifts for 20 people, much less 100!)
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Its been my experience that if the FE groups get too big for a particular cruise they will divide the participants into 2 or more groups of 20 or less. For example, on my June 1 Med Cruise on the Magic, there is one group of 19, a second group of 18 and a third group of 6. We had the option of participating in all the groups or just one. Since DD and I love to get gifts in our FE every day we joined all three groups. But, because a lot of people overlapped (participated in more than one group) we only need to get gifts for about 32 cabins, instead of 43. If this sounds confusing, don't worry, it will make sense once you sign up.

That said, I would really encourage you to participate, especially if its your first cruise. You don't need to give fancy homemade crafts (I am not crafty). Some people give candy, stickers, pens, notebooks, hand sanitizer lotion or other things you can find in a dollar store. No one will measure you by the size or quality of your gift. I had no idea what we were in for the first time I signed up but I gave it a try and loved it. We have received a lot of cool things, including frames, custom magnets and notebooks, book markers themed to our cruise and even Disney drink coasters.

Our standard "gift" is a Pirate themed rubber duckie from Oriental Trading, a few pirate stickers or tattoos, and a Disney themed pen or pencil. We put them in a pirate themed goody bag (Target) and distribute our gifts on Pirate night.
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I'm a PPer at heart, but I have done FE's and meets with DISers on cruises.....our first cruise was a 3 nighter and the group was just the right size (fairly small). We LOVED our group and doing the FE's.
That being said, the last time DH and I cruised on a 7 night, the group was just too big, idk, maybe I just missed our orig. group. LOL (who, by the way we're all still friends and talk quite regularly and have also cruised together since as well)...

I WISH there were enough PPers on each cruise! I always check, but there doesn't seem to be anyone posting as Dave says.
You both are right. It would be great to get your feet wet in a smaller group here on PP!
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great stuff guys - thanks!
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I guess I'm just lazy, but to me the FE deal is just too much work while I'm on a cruise! I'd probably enjoy it if it were a small group of people I "knew", like the PPers, but spending money and thought and suitcase-room on little gifts for people I don't know and then receiving a bunch of little favors to re-fill my suitcase or discard...... nope.
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@laurie - you've got a point. I guess it's easy to get caught up in the "magic", lol
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I guess I'm just lazy, but to me the FE deal is just too much work while I'm on a cruise! I'd probably enjoy it if it were a small group of people I "knew", like the PPers, but spending money and thought and suitcase-room on little gifts for people I don't know and then receiving a bunch of little favors to re-fill my suitcase or discard...... nope.
This is exactly why we didn't do it for our last cruise. We hadn't really connected with anyone in our group.
But when we did do it, it was loads of fun, it wasn't too many rooms, so it didn't take too much time and we loved coming back to the room and looking in to see if we got anything.

In fact on our last cruise, DH was like..."aww, I miss our FE" LOL.
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My first FE was great 8 cabins. It was fun doing, coming back & finding a little tokens in your FE. My September cruise there are 30 cabins. I'm looking forward to it.
I'm not crafty it is called the dollar store
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I'm just an old curmudgeon! If the FE appeals to you, that's great! Just call me Garbo...... "I vant to be alooone."
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This is exactly why we didn't do it for our last cruise. We hadn't really connected with anyone in our group.
But when we did do it, it was loads of fun, it wasn't too many rooms, so it didn't take too much time and we loved coming back to the room and looking in to see if we got anything.

In fact on our last cruise, DH was like..."aww, I miss our FE" LOL.
I don't read the DISboards often, but I guess I didn't realize how many people they have over there!

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My first FE was great 8 cabins. It was fun doing, coming back & finding a little tokens in your FE. My September cruise there are 30 cabins. I'm looking forward to it.
I'm not crafty it is called the dollar store
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I'm just an old curmudgeon! If the FE appeals to you, that's great! Just call me Garbo...... "I vant to be alooone."
You crack me up Laurie! (You know I had to say that quote out loud over and over)
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we did this on our first cruise in "11" and our next cruise is 2013 and to be honest i did it after everyone went to bed it took about an hour but it was fun plus getting learn the ship was another thing i learned while doing this . and since i ran it i did it twice and the second time i got up early before breakfest to do this it was alot of fun my daughter helped it was fun .
as per what i made we bought a $1.00 photo albaum and covered it with my own DCL with mickey and the date of our cruise . Next year im making door hangers with my own disney touch to it ? they are alot of fun we only had about 15 people in our group
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