Packing for Your First Cruise
Packing is a task most of us put off as long as possible. However, the task doesn’t have to be daunting.
If you’re setting sail for your first cruise, here are a few tips on how to pack for your first cruise.
CARRY ON LUGGAGE
When you check in for your first cruise, the cruise line will take your luggage and deliver it to your room. While this is a fantastic service, consider packing a small carry on or bag with essentials you may need immediately like your passport, tickets, swimsuit, medications and the such. Also pack in the carry on, anything you may need an hour or two after you board as you may not able to access your cabin immediately.
If you are going to claim a lounge chair in the sun for most of your cruise, then probably don’t need to pack your entire wardrobe, nor should you. However, do yourself a favour and research what you’ll be doing if you’re not lounging poolside. Will you be traveling ashore and does that destination have a culture you should adhere to? If you’re heading to colder climates, don’t forget to pack the warm weather gear!
There are usually 3 forms of dining on cruise ships.
- Casual - usually at lunch or dinner buffet style restaurants. Be considerate and wear shoes and cover up your swimwear.
- Semi-formal - men you can usually get away with Polo shirts, chinos or nice denim and women can usually get away with nice dresses and separates
- Formal - men will be required to wear a suit and tie or dinner jacket while the women will need to wear cocktail dresses or formal dresses.
Upmarket cruises will require men to wear a tuxedo and for women, it’s time for you to channel your inner red carpet bombshell.
If you are joining a theme cruise, check the itinerary for theme or costume nights. While usually more casual, you can have some fun by dressing up or participating in the night’s theme.
Any advice contained in this article is general in nature and does not take account of your particular objectives, personal circumstances or needs. If in dount about your own situatioin you should seek appropriate advice