My husband and I just recently went on our first cruise on Carnival Conquest out of New Orleans - two things I wish we had of taken were walkie-talkies and stain remover for clothes. My husband and I would do different things sometimes and wished we could communicate with each other. Also - the self-service laundry is great except there was no stain remover - like Spray and Wash. Carry more casual clothes than dress clothes. We wore shorts and tops, and tenny shoes most of the time except at dinner at night. Carry more money than you think you will need. Being first-time cruisers we over-spent with formal night pictures, souvenirs, excursions, etc.