Guidelines On Packing For Your Cruise Vacation

The cruise line that you choose for your cruise travel will give you guidelines on what to pack for evening wear. Shorts,jeans and tee shirts are unacceptable in the dining room at dinner.

There are cruise lines that have no formal nights. Windjammer is shorts and T shirts all day and all night. Sunscreen,Sunscreen,Sunscreen

I pack a bathing suit and cover up in my carry on luggage. If you are using the traditional dining option make sure it is correct, if it isnt go see the Maitre d. He will try very hard to accommodate you.

And by all means dont miss the sail away party on deck as you are leaving port. Some ports make a big deal out of this. For instance in Fort Lauderdale the Condos at the end of the channel toot horns, blink lights, and ring bells to the departing ship. The ship then toots back three or four times. In Edinburgh they had a group of bagpipers serenade us out, and in Viet Nam they had a local group of young girls do traditional dances in traditional garb as we left port. Very cool, and great pictures for your photo album.

On the subject of packing, dont over pack, every cruise review stresses this. I am very guilty of this particular problem, but I live across the channel from the port we frequently use. Keep in consideration that if you are flying there are definite weight restrictions. They will make you pay if your bags are too heavy.

Stuff things little items into your packed shoes to save on space. Dont bring shoes for every outfit. curlers, irons and blow dryers on most cruise lines today hair dryers are provided but they are not very powerful. Shampoo and Conditioner, body lotion, soap and shower caps are all provided. On Caribbean Cruise I pack a small spritz bottle, the kind you use to spray your plants, so when we are swimming in the salt water I can spray off the salt on my face and body when we get out. It tends to dry out my skin making me very uncomfortable. The beaches in Fort Lauderdale have showers but that is not always true for the rest of the world.

Tape a copy of your itinerary on the inside of your suitcase so if it gets lost the airline will know where to send it.


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