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anxious February 14th, 2003 07:21 PM

Now what should I pack?
I thought that by reading these messages, I would be reassurred that what I packed is all that I will need. But, I now feel that I should have "dress" clothes for all 5 nights for a western caribbean on the Carnival Sensation.

I thought that 2 cocktail dresses and a dress pant suit; several pairs of shorts, t-shirts, blouses, 2 casual skirts, a light sweater and a few bathing suits would be sufficient. What do you think, because I am really unsure right now. Oh, and I am leaving on Sunday morning.

Exicted to go, but confused on what to pack.

Lisa February 14th, 2003 07:34 PM

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That sounds absolutely perfect to me!!!! Don't sweat it. I got off the Legend last month (8 day cruise) and casual nights, yes some people dressed up, but the majority were in dockers and polo shirts for men and casual slacks/skirts and sweaters/blouses. You have it covered!

dmb123 February 14th, 2003 07:38 PM

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If you want to eat in the dining room you should pack two more outfits that you would wear to a nice restaurant although each time I go on a cruise the people are more casual.

Debbie Dean February 14th, 2003 08:30 PM

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Just got back from the Sensation yesterday. What you described sounds perfect to me. We ate in the "formal" dining roon every night. The first night was very casual, even saw some jeans. Most women were in capris with blouses or dress slacks. Men wore Docker's, kahkis etc. with collar shirts (polos mostly). Second night is formal. Most people (90%) were totally decked out. Gowns, sparkly tops with long skirts, cocktail dresses. Men wore dark suits, very few tuxes. Photographers are set up all over with different back drops so take advantage of a few. You don't have to buy any that you don't like but it was nice to be able to pick and choose the best shots. ($20.00 for 8x10) The rest of the time it was very mixed. Some people dressed up to the hilt and others were casual. I was suprised on the last night to see many people dressed formally again. Also the photographers were set up again. I hadn't planned on that. The only things not to wear would be jeans and shorts. You won't be turned away, but you will feel very underdressed. By the way, the food was fantastic. Easily the best meals I have ever had. Our waiter (Anak) and asst. (Pamida?) were wonderful. The food was always hot and we never felt rushed. I will post a full review soon. When do you sail? Feel free to e-mail me with any questions. I will say that we had a great time and I would reccomend this ship to anyone that wants to have fun, eat well and meet nice people.

anxious February 14th, 2003 08:49 PM

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Thanks Debbie. I leave this Monday. I was planning on boarding the ship in shorts. I will plan to have a skirt and blouse in my carry-on for dinner that night. Thank you very much. My daughter is a little upset. "Why do I have to dress up if I am on vacation", she says.

Do you have to eat in the dining room everynight (where the dress is more than causal)? I really want to experience the entire cruise, but my daughter wants to be in shorts and sandals the entire time. I remember reading that there are other dining options. Do you know what they are dress and food fare wise?

I really appreciate the feedback. As you can probably tell, I'm a first time cruiser!

Donna February 14th, 2003 09:12 PM

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Hi Anxious,
Actually what you want to pack sounds perfect. Be sure to pack a good sunscreen and plenty of film for your camera. Things like that will cost a lot more once down there.
A good pair of sandals are also a must and good walking shoes, not brand new.

Have a great time.

Lisa February 14th, 2003 10:01 PM

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Anxious - there is always the "Lido" buffet area or room service for dinner, but your daughter could get a couple pairs of capris and nice tops and fit in just fine with her sandals in the dining room on casual nights.

runner February 15th, 2003 08:39 AM

Re: Now what should I pack?
I usually like to pack too much, rather than not enough. Take a good jacket so you don't miss any fun on deck at night if it gets too cold.

Debbie Dean February 15th, 2003 02:21 PM

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Anxious....I am so jealous! I am going through "cruise withdrawal"! LOL You will have a great time. There is always so much to see and do. If you notice someone with a big video camera filming as you board, wave and try to get on film. They will do that a lot. Then on CH. 6 in your cabin you can watch the travelog and see yourself on TV. Very fun. At the end of the cruise you can buy the tape for $25. We almost bought it, but didn't and now I regret it. But it was fun to watch every morning while we got dressed. As for the food, no, you don't have to eat in the dining room every night. We did, but we also ate at the buffet every morning and for lunch. (Little tip, go to the line OUTSIDE the Seaview grill instead of going inside. The lines were MUCH shorter and it is the same food! However, go inside through the dining area all the way to the back of the ship. On either side you can sit in a nice quiet spot and watch the ships wake.) I think they offer many of the same foods at dinner that you would get in the dining room. That way you can experience all there is to offer. Breakfast had made to order omlettes, french toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, cereals, hash rounds, bagels, fruit and of course ice cream and pizza if you so desire! Lunch was mainly burgers, fries, hot dogs and assorted casseroles. How old is your daughter? If she is at least 15 or 16 I don't see why she can't eat on her own at the buffet while you get pampered in the dining room. She will probably meet new friends to hang out with. And if she is younger she will like Camp Carnival.
Also, I agree with Runner, take a light jacket along for outside at night and a sweater for the chilly areas on the ship. I forgot to pack ANYTHING long sleeve and I was sorry. I was chilly quite a bit. Some areas (like the casino and lounges) are kept cooler. I think they are trying to keep people from getting sleepy.

We were first timers too, and one thing I was not prepared for was the wind! It gets very windy on the outside decks. Even during the day I was too chilled by the wind to lay in the sun on the veranda deck. It was much warmer and less windy on the lido deck near the pool. Of course it was much more crowded too!

Another thing I never heard mentioned were the flying fish! We saw so many it became commonplace. Just watch over the side of the ocean as you sail along and you should spot these little fish (about 12" long?). They spring from the water and fly along for about 20' before they dive back in. Very neat.

Shipbound February 15th, 2003 04:47 PM

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I will be going on the Spirit on March 8,03 it is an eight day cruise. I am not really into e fashion but the rule is never wear the same thing twice, in this case the same week. This is the rule I go by.

Thomas February 16th, 2003 08:00 AM

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The rule we go by is pack all your stuff you think you might need and then throw half of them out and pack twice as much money!


Debbie Dean February 16th, 2003 11:44 AM

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Thomas....You are SO right!!! LOL

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