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Packing Advice For Cruise Holidays

May 29, 2008
If you have never been on a cruise holiday before, then there are a few points worth mentioning concerning what you can expect, and what you should be prepared for. There are routines and requirements which you'll find on a cruise ship which you won't experience anywhere else, and it can catch the unwary travelers on the wrong foot if they haven't had the experience before.

The first thing to consider is the clothes to pack. Obviously, this will depend greatly on the type of cruise and the planned destinations. Usually, they are themed and fairly similar in climate, but it is possible that during the course of your cruise you'll visit countries which have different climates, and being prepared for such unexpectednesses will be of a great benefit. Going from a hot Mediterranean climate to a chillier autumnal climate should be well-planned in advance.

Another factor to bear in mind is that you will need at least one very smart, formal outfit. Professional portrait photographs are always taken of every guest, and the dinner will require formal wear. Be very aware that shorts, skirts, tank tops and swim wear will not be allowed in the dining areas, and so you will need clothes and outfits that you can wear for these occasions.

One more moment to mention is that your suitcase will be taken from you at the port, and will be delivered to your cabin. However, this is sometimes not for several hours after you have arrived at your cabin yourself, and in some rare cases can even be on the next day. In a few exceptional instances it has even been a matter of several days before suitcase and cruiser have been reunited. For this reason, it is essential that you have a carryon hand luggage bag which will contain important items that will allow you to continue enjoying your cruise whilst you wait for your main luggage.

Your essential items, medications, money, sunglasses, a change of clothes and other important items should be kept with you. Cameras and video cameras might be considered safer with you, and you can enjoy taking photos of each other before you have transformed into lobsters.

As far as your luggage is concerned, be aware that suitcases are often stacked whilst being transported to and from the cruise ship - sometimes as much as a dozen suitcases high. In this case, you want your suitcase to be able to withstand this pressure, and a hard case will be of great benefit. These hard cases are often made of either the same material that car bumpers are made from, or in the case of the more expensive ones, the same material that crash helmets are made from. In any of these cases, your case will be much better protected than a soft, flexible material one that will crush under pressure.

You will be provided with tags by the cruise line, and you would be well advised to make sure they are securely attached to your luggage to ensure their speedy return to you. Packing a spare bag is also worth considering, because, almost certainly, you will return at the end of the cruise with far more artifacts than you left with, and unless you intend tipping your clothes into the sea to make room, you'll need to have something safe to stow them.
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