I put 1 1/2 days' worth of clothes in my carry on. Luggages is sometimes sluggish getting to your cabin and has been know to get lost.
This way my cruise can start as soon as I get into my cabin. I have a change of clothes to enjoy the sailaway, I have my 1st night's dinner wear, I have an outfit for breakfast, my swimsuit and usually one more daytime outfit.
I have read on these boards of people's first half of their cruise ruined b/c their luggage was lost and how they had no clothes to change into, blah, blah, blah.
I actually carry a 21 inch pilot luggage on the ship with me that has everything I will need for a few days. Just in case.
(cruzin' solo by design)
Freedom ('09), Imagination ('08), Victory ('08), Destiny ('08), RCCL Navigator ('08), RCCL Majesty ('08), Glory ('07), Liberty ('07), Fantasy ('07), Destiny ('06), NCL PofAm ('05), Fascination ('04), Victory ('04), Fascination ('04), RCCL Voyager ('03), Fantasy ('99)