"" Writer's Wanderings: Cruising Is Just Ducky!

Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Cruising Is Just Ducky!

 Since we are looking to cruise again in March with Holland America, I hooked into their Holland America Mariners page on Faccebook. I was looking for any indication there might be problems after what we experienced with our Grand Voyage. Anyway, I was reading through the posts and discovered someone asking a question about hiding rubber ducks What?

Turns out there are a lot of people hiding and rehiding rubber ducks on cruise ships. There are several groups on Facebook that are set up for answering questions and posting your discoveries. They have templates to print out labels to connect you to the duck or at least to show where the duck has been. Some even have passports. And they are often holiday themed. 

Here's how it works. You buy your rubber ducks, making sure they are at least two inches in size to avoid a choking hazard in case a child gets it, and then you attach a tag to it. The tag states something like this, "Conquackulations! Keep or Hide, You Decide." It often contains a nickname or the first names of the people who hid it. Then it goes on to warn you not to put it in a shop onboard, a pool or a hot tub and take a picture (usually a selfie) to post on the Facebook page and tell where you found it. 

It reminds me a lot of Flat Stanley who gets around and records the places he's been. Or the rock painting craze where you paint a rock and leave it somewhere. There are Facebook groups for that as well.

If you have any interest or curiosity, the best place to start is at CruisingDucks.com. You'll find out how it all got started and from there you can link to their Facebook page.

Rubber duckies aren't just for bath time any more.

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