Yesterday, Avid Cruiser Ralph Grizzle wrote an interesting post in which he said he wished he’d have kept more of his cruise memorabilia. We both took part in an interesting Twitter chat on river cruising on Wednesday afternoon put on by Travel Weekly, and the conversation sparked Ralph to consider how he’d documented his early trips.
The one thing he wished he’d kept? His keycards. Which, of course, brings me to this:
And that’s just what would fit on the bed of my scanner!
I jealously guard my keycards – they’re my favorite cruise souvenir, followed closely by the daily programs. If there’s a good keepsake, it’s those. I may – or may not – have three boxes full of them. And postcards of the ships.
Now, lest you think I’m headed down the same path as some of those reality TV shows on hoarders, fear not. I don’t keep everythingin the daily programs – all those offers for Spa specials and diamond sales go right into the recycling bin while I’m still onboard, hopefully to be mulched down to make future cruise brochures.
I’ve also got leather travel wallets, luggage tags, and other little nick-knacks I’ve picked up along the way, because that’s what I enjoy collecting. I don’t need fridge magnets (they break) or T-shirts (they shrink). I like to keep souvenirs that bring back a memory.
There was one thing I used to buy on every cruise: a ceramic coffee mug with the ship’s name on it. But I’ve found these are becoming less and less prevalent. There are, however, some things I’d love to see offered up as gift shop items, like the fabulous, carved wooden bread bowls on Viking River Cruises. Hint, hint.
But Ralph’s question is an interesting one. As unbelievable as it may sound, I get more out of my cruises now that I write about them. I now spend a lot more time researching the destinations than I used to, and in doing so, I’ve become more connected with some of the history – or at least the interesting factoids – of a place. For example, did you know that Prince Rupert, British Columbia was founded by a man who would end up perishing in the sinking of the Titanic?