$24.72, Nilima Home
Whether you're eagerly counting down the hours and minutes until your next cruise or your best friend keeps e-mailing you how many seconds she has to endure on land until she sets sail, this Countdown Clock has all cruise-lovers covered. The countdown appears in days, hours, minutes and seconds and can begin as far back as 2,000 days. It's portable, so you can take it to work during the day to make your coworkers jealous; then bring it back home to remind the family. And, as an added bonus, you can even take it with you on your sailing to serve as an alarm clock ... or to use for a karaoke countdown.
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$5.99, The Container Store
If you're anything like us, you find it annoying that there are never enough places to hang clothes outside of the closet. It just doesn't feel right putting your windbreaker next to your formalwear, but the only other hanging options are reserved for wet towels. Thankfully, cruise cabin walls are made of metal, so this magnetic hook is the perfect solution. These nifty hooks can hold up to five pounds, so they work well for everything from light jackets to wet bathing suits.
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$4.25, Cafe Press
You love cruising and you want the whole world to know it. What better way than to stick your feelings all over your car? We love the "My Other Car is a Cruise Ship" bumper sticker, but if that doesn't float your boat, there are lots of other options. Like "Eat. Sleep. Cruise." or "Cruise Ship Chick." Got a better bumper sticker idea? Create your own design, and use a Web site like Zazzle.com to get it printed.
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4The Clever Travel Companion
$29.99, Clever Travel Companion
Need a convenient place to hold your passport, backup credit card and emergency cash, but don't quite trust the safe in your cabin? How about storing it in your underwear? Seriously. The Clever Travel Companion makes men's and women's underwear, undershirts and attachable bra pockets with zippered pockets sized exactly for your passports and smaller items. They're way more comfortable than waist and leg travel pouches, and no one will ever guess you've got your valuables stashed right on you.
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$6.16 and $18.50, Amazon
Whether you need a way to break the ice with the strangers at your dinner table or you want a more low-key evening activity than the dance club, these games are just what you need. With "Would You Rather," you propose an either/or question. ("Would you rather wake up to find your neck has grown five inches or that your rear end has doubled in size?") Questions are also asked in "Say Anything," such as, "If you could have a big anything, what would it be?" While you might want to wait until the second night of the cruise to spring these questions on your unsuspecting tablemates, we're willing to bet you'll get hours of entertainment out of trying to answer them.
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