The kids have flown the nest and doing their own traveling. My son suggested we go on a cruise. I laugh when I tell my son how we packed our cases when we went on holiday as a family.
Gone are the days when I traveled with a massive suitcase almost pulling my arms out of my sockets. I suppose you learn eventually that you don’t need all that baggage and you do manage with a lot less clothing.
I did panic packing in those days thinking I would need half my wardrobe. You realize later that you did not even wear the items, instead, you come back with a lot more clothing because it was cheaper to buy clothing in Hong Kong or Milan. In my years of traveling, I have learned that less is more.
My First Cruise
I learned a valuable lesson at the end of the cruise. I could have done with fewer chinos and more shorts and t-shirts. I spent most of the day on the deck of the ship lazing in the sun drinking copious amounts of fruit juice or water.
The only time I wore chinos or trousers was on gala nights and everyone was dressed to the nines eagerly waiting to take a photo with the Captain.
Eating in the buffet area was a totally relaxed affair.Most of the passengers were in shorts and t-shirts day and night and no-one cared a fig what you wore. Mind you there were some raised eyebrows with one passenger wearing the scantiest of clothing.
What You really need- Not what You think You need
Not sure what to pack? arrange your holiday gear on the bed and leave it for a couple of hours if you still undecided leave it for a couple of days. It works for me. I remove what I don’t want to pack in my case and even then I have packed too much.
I take personal hygiene seriously including what I wear daily. T-shirts and boxer shorts can be washed in your cabin and should be dry the following morning smelling crisp and fresh.
It’s not a bad idea to pack in some liquid clothing detergent. Unless you have money to blow on a cruise the ships laundry will wash and iron all your clobber. Mind you I have seen some passengers wearing the same gear for a couple of days. I don’t think I would be too comfortable wearing the same clothing for a lengthy period of time, Would You?
How do I pack for a one week cruise without losing my sense of style?
As I said earlier wear shorts, t-shirts no less than a day or two days for the most, which can be washed in your cabin sink and would dry in a few hours or overnight
Ideally speaking, If you want really travel light you could pack all your clothing in a carry on case.Prices vary according to quality and style see my link to Amazon Luggage.
Remember that four-wheelers take a bit of interior space as compared to the two-wheel version. Check size and details that suit the amount of clothing you take with you. British Airways have specific instructions on weight and luggage restrictions, check with the airline you are flying with when joining the cruise ship. I bought a Tripp expandable suitcase from Debenhams ten years ago and its still going strong.
The Bare Essentials
Pack casual clothing, layers, and a few pairs of shoes. Trainers, sandals, and slip-on shoes work for me. Check on online for non-iron shirts and crease resistant clothing. Anything to make your cruise as enjoyable as ever.
Here is My Travel List
Underwear, socks – They may not take up much space individually, but they can add up to fill a lot of luggage. Check to see if laundry service is available on the ship (and at what cost) to cut down the quantity you have to bring. I stuff socks in my shoes.
Short-sleeved shirts shorts – If you’re sun-bound, these will be the staple of your day-time wardrobe. Depending on the formality of the cruise, you may want shirts with collars. If you’re planning to go ashore, consider whether you want the shirts you wear to announce that you’re a tourist.
Comfortable slacks/skirt – You probably won’t want to wear shorts all the time, though, even if you do have good-looking legs. Khakis are nicely versatile: casual with a short-sleeve shirt but semi-formal with a coat and tie. A simple skirt can fill the same niche for women.
Formal wear – Most cruises treat at least one dinner of the voyage as a formal affair, and some encourage or expect you to dress up for dinner every night. If you’ll be dressing up nightly, men may be able to get by with just an assortment of ties and perhaps a few dress shirts or a couple jackets.
Comfortable walking shoes – They’re not critically important for on deck, but for excursions ashore make sure your feet will be prepared for whatever terrain you’ll find there.
windbreaker – Even in the tropics it can get rather cool on deck at night, especially in the ocean breezes.
Swimsuit – It’s ironic that you’ll never touch most of the water you see, but medium- to large-sized cruise ships will almost always have an onboard swimming (or lounging) pool or several, and it’s a great way to cool off if the weather’s hot. Swimming in regular shorts (or without!) is usually not permitted.
I pack my toiletries in in a zip freezer bag, I do the same with my travel plug make sure you get one that’s a universal one. I can’t remember anything else apart from your passport, and money. Fill in the blanks I have forgotten.
Cruise Critic compiled a list of funny comments from passengers
1. “We were on an excursion to the beach in Belize a few years ago. There was a woman there who was complaining very loudly to everyone that there was too much sand on the beach.” -Cruise Critic member Rita/KY – Also, the water was too wet.
2. “Do you carry Catholic priests onboard?” -Cruise Critic reader
Yes, but we charge extra for priests weighing more than 50 pounds.
3. “A year or two ago, overheard some lady on her phone telling someone ‘Well Mexico was ok, except that everyone spoke Spanish.'” -Cruise Critic member DEBnGAB
Ay dios mio.
4. “I want to take my 12-year-old grandson on a cruise to Argentina. He is an athlete and has been on ‘party’ cruises before. How can I be sure he will have a great time?” -Cruise Critic reader
Switch the cruise to Amsterdam, and turn him loose.
5. “Please be advised that the Carnival Cruise customer who traveled on this cruise found his pants. They were located at home upon arrival.” -Cruise Critic reader
That must’ve been one long (and breezy) cruise.
6. “I am very angry with your cruise line. I incurred many expenses because your ship did not allow my husband and I to enter the ship together with 3 other families. We stayed behind in an island with no money or credit cards.” -Consumer Affairs complaint
We do hope she added a watch to the list of purchases she made after missing the ship.
7. “Here’s a question from a fellow passenger (first-time cruiser) we encountered. She asked us if passengers in ‘outside cabins’ get extra blankets to stay warm at night.” -Cruise Critic member old guys and galls
Each cabin receives one extra blanket, and the occupants are forced to fight over it as part of the nightly entertainment.
8. “I was not allowed to utilize the gym because of wearing a shoe called ‘Crocs,’ which the staff considered flip-flops. I had no tennis shoes available. I found no tennis shoes onboard for sale. One of the reasons I accepted this cruise with my wife was that I would be able to use the gym.” -Consumer Affairs complaint
Book a cruise to use the gym. Leave your sneakers at home. What could possibly go wrong?
9. “On embarkation day (yes we were still at the dock), a woman was complaining rather loudly that she had paid a lot of money for her balcony cabin and did not want to look at the parking lot all week. She wanted to see the ocean.” -Cruise Critic member bobmal99
Strange. We always book a parking lot-facing balcony cabins.
10. “We were in line at guest services behind a man who was screaming about a bill for over $2,000 on his sign and sail card. Most of the charges were from the spa for beauty treatments and massages. He said, ‘No my wife never used a credit card, she only showed them her room key and they gave the services to her. My card is the one we used to charge drinks and things.'” -Cruise Critic member pool reader
We’ve heard of similar things happening at the mall if you show your credit card to the cashier.
11. “They took our wine coolers and beer.” -Consumer Affairs complaint
Bummer. We were pretty upset when they told us we couldn’t bring our pet elephant onboard.