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Tips On Packing For Your Cruise Vacation

By Avril Betts

When cruising, packing for your cruise becomes an integral part of your travel. The length of cruise, the destination and the category/style of cruise ship will all determine what you need to pack.

It is good to remember that most Cruise ship cabins have limited space and if there are two of you in a cabin with 4 suitcases it can be cumbersome and you will be forever pulling your suitcases out get items you cannot fit in the wardrobe of dresser. For your own comfort is is best pack separates that can be switched and changed to wear with different outfits. don’t take anything you don’t need.

Take into consideration that on most cruises there is at least one formal night depending on the length of the cruise. Of course you can opt out that night and eat in one of the other restaurants if you don’t wish to dress up, but for many this is the highlight of the cruise. You can usually rent formal wear on the cruise ship itself if you don’t wish to take formal wear with you. These formal nights are usually preceded by a Captains cocktail party and a chance to meet the Captain and his crew. Some lucky passengers may even be invited to eat at the Captains table that evening.

Dress codes are enforced so if you do not wish to dress up then just find yourself one of the other restaurants onboard to eat at that evening.

In general casual wear including shorts, jeans and tee shirts are acceptable on most of the regular cruise lines. If you are traveling on one of the more expensive cruises casual is more likely to be slacks and collared tee shirts.

Remember to take your swimsuit, sunglasses and your sun tan lotion. Check the amenities available onboard and leave unnecessary items at home like a hairdryer if they have them available. Pack an extra fold up bag in your luggage, this way if you shop for souvenirs you have the an extra bag to carry them home in without trying to fit them in you suitcase. This is particularly good if you are taking only one suitcase.

On booking, your cruise information package will advise you of the type of clothing expected on that particular cruise line. In addition once onboard most ships will provide information on suggested clothing in the daily itinerary/newsletter distributed to your cabin.

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By Avril BettsAvril Betts CHA, Travel Agent, Tour Operator
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