Three Generations Aboard Ship
  • On Jan 5, 2011
    Marc from NY Asked

    My son and I are going on our first Disney Cruise on the Dream on Feb. 27th, 2011 and we are more than excited! My question is what are fish extenders and what is their purpose? We are going with a group of over 500 people that we know too! Roll Tide!

    Hi, Marc!

    Well, look at you keeping up with my favorite college team...thanks for the shout-out! You and your son should be more than excited about sailing aboard Disney's Dream very soon. She's a beautiful ship, and you will leave pampered, relaxed and full of unforgettable memories.

    Fish Extenders are an unofficial, sub-culture "tradition" on Disney Cruise Line where guests will hang a pocket or a series of pockets from the metal fish located outside their staterooms -- thus, the name fish extenders. Other guests will bring aboard candy, small gifts or trinkets to put in these pockets of other guests -- sort of like trick-or-treating in reverse. You can find detailed information about this practice on some of the Disney Cruise Line discussion boards among guests or simply type in "fish extenders" on your search engine.

    Although I've never participated, my friends who have said that it's so exciting to return to your stateroom to find the treats, and it helps to encourage guests to get to know each other. Yet, if you're traveling with more than 500 people whom you know, you may not need any encouragement in that area!

    Should you decide not to participate, you certainly won't feel left out...it's not an essential, and I've never participated simply for practical reasons. Once I'm done packing for six people, there just isn't any room left! I do, however, pack a dry-erase board for our stateroom doors to communicate with my family since cell-phone service is not an option for us while we're at sea.

    Thanks for your question, and I hope you have a wonderful day and a magical vacation. Bon voyage!
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