The cost of getting your clothes cleaned on a cruise is very expensive. I also don't like to come home with dirty clothes in a suitcase. I love the fact Carnival offers self serve laundry I honestly would hesitate to book a 7 day or longer cruise on another line that does not offer this. I know some people don't want to bother washing clothes on vacation, but I don't mind doing one of 2 loads. I was wondering if this is a consideration factor when other people cruise?
I did have free laundry service (wash and press) on a recent cruise as my cabin mate is a VIP and a couple tops got ruined. I should have complained and got compensation. Also my bras were folded by some machine so I had to pry open the clips. I wish I would have just done my own like I normally do. I've heard some people do clothes in ports but I would not want to waste port time at a laundry mat.
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We always use the self service laundry. We don't like packing for more than a week so we will end up doing laundry a couple of times. On Regent, there is no charge for the washer, dryer, or soap which is nice.
Self service laundry is a big plus, having to pack less, especially with all the weight restrictions with the airlines. I too hate getting home with luggage full of dirty clothes. I wish all the cruselines would offer the selve service laundry.
I prefer to cruise on a ship with self-serve laundry facilities. I have very sensitive skin and must use hypoallergenic detergent. I do have a cruise booked for next Dec. on the Westerdam, which doesn't have self-serve machines. I will have to pack extra. Fortunately, I live in FL and don't have the worry of flying with extra luggage.
It's only a chore if you make it one. I start a wash, go get a cup of tea, switch the laundry, find somewhere to hang out for awhile, then go back and collect my stuff. No need to hang out in the laundry room!
Since the self serve Launderette was like 100ft from my cabin on the Miracle. I just started the wash went back to my cabin came back 25 min later flipped the clothes came back 45 min later folded and done.
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I don't wash dishes, do laundry or ironing, wash windows or scrub anything on cruises. That's part of the point of the whole thing. Um, not that I do a lot of any of those things at home.
My dream is to live on a cruise ship. Therefore, I like to think of a cruise ship as home. Doing laundry is just one of those things that make it feel a bit like home. Also, I try to relax on vacation. If I am going non-stop, I will come home more tired. That is why reading books (e.g., in laundry room) and surfing the web are activities I still do on board.
Self serve laundry is great. Alas, 90% of my colored clothes are hang to dry, which is a problem cinsidering the type of hangers that the cabins have and all of my tops/tank tops are colored. My dark for the most part is 90% ok for the dryer. If I was doing a 8 day+ crusie I would need to use the self serve laundry, but I would have to buy some cheap dolalr store hangers to dry my tank tops and shirts.
Free self serve laundry would be great!
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Got to agree with colorcrazie! What is so bad about taking home dirty laundry anyway? Everything is wrinkled etc. when you get home so I throw everything in the wash to 'freshen' regardless of whether I even wore it or not. We have never sailed on a ship with a self-serve laundrette. On a 7 day cruise I don't think laundry should be necessary. On our 14 nt Panama on Celebrity in Dec, twice they delivered a bag and card for Captain's Club members. You could fill the large bag, mark down all the items, any special insructions, and the following day they were delivered clean and pressed, for $20 I think. I would never send ie. an underwired bra or delicate lingerie. 'Dainties' can be rinsed out in the room if really necessary. We keep one of our large suitcases under the bed for 'used' clothing, fold it neatly and leave it there. On years when we have done two cruises with a day or two between, we have gone to a laundromat. I honestly don't want to have a laundromat on board ship. Perhaps if I ever get to do a really long cruise, 30 days or more, I would enjoy having one. Also, if I were travelling with children.....maybe. One poster mentioned having to take extra luggage since the line didn't have laundry services, and was glad they didn't have to fly. You must be one of those cruisers who have 6 large bags sitting outside their door on the night before disembarkation. Admittedly, I usually take more than I need but it all fits in a large wheeled bag and smaller (carry-on size) wheeled bag....including snorkel gear.
Colorcrazie we're in the definite minority here.
I'm okay with being in a minority that does not impact my
I also don't get the over packers type. I've done 16 day cruise out of a single suitcase and a carry-on. Granted, it was a BIG suitcase.
On cruises that are over 7 days, a self-service laundry is a godsend, IMO. That's one of the things I enjoy about HAL's R and S class ships. The newer Vista ships don't have them. Especially in the Caribbean where it can be very hot and humid, I go thru underwear and t-shirts like crazy. Being able to do a load of whites is a big help.
The cruise lines wash all clothes in hot water, which I don't do with my delicates. The time it takes to do 1 load of clothes is 1-2 hrs. I usually bring a book with me, or end up chatting with someone else doing their laundry.
With the airlines cutting back on the number of bags we can bring, and their weight, a self-service laundry can be a huge help.
We have used the services before and like them They are expensive but we think its worth it to not carry too many clothes.
If you read Johns blog recently, Heide probably would have used them too if she had known Johns luggage with his worn undies was going to be left in Barbado for 3 days ! Shew came home from her vacation at the same time his luggage returned and was the fortunate one to do the laundry !!
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I used to think that a self service laundry was "no big thing". That has no changed and I believe it is a major plus on a cruise.
We always send out a couple of things to be laundered or pressed, such as a jacket, dress clothes or slacks but things like t-shirts, undergarments, socks and sports shirts are done in the self service.
My wife discovered the self service on HAL and I think she thought it was a slot machine. She just loved going in there, late at night, with a few loads of clothes and shoving quarters in the machine. She never won but we brought back a lot of clean clothes.
On a serious note: With the airline lowering the number of bags and the weight of the bags you can now check, self-service laundry is going to be even more important. A lot of long time cruisers will need to adjust their packing to accommodate the 1, 50 lb. bag restriction for coach. The self-service laundry will help people handle this.
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