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Old May 18th, 2004, 07:08 PM
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This will be our first cruise!!! Family of 4 for 7 nights. I am overwhelmed by the amount of items that people bring on board (ie: ice chests, clothes hampers, kitchen sinks). I am curious as to the number of bags or trunks most passengers bring. I realize we will be needing several changes of clothing but I was not sure how to transport the non-clothing items. Any packing advice for us "first timers" would be appreciated.
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Old May 18th, 2004, 07:42 PM
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Hi NewCruiser,
You will find lots of packing tips in this article:

Packing for the whole family

With my husband and myself, we each pack one 26" pullman, then share a garment bag and have all the camera stuff in a carry on, then another carry-on. Just remember for during the day its shorts/t-shirts and pack a few bathing suits, then pack accordingly for each evening at dinner.


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Old May 18th, 2004, 08:12 PM
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Bring as much rolling luggage as possible! It is priceless!
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Also remember there is laundry facilitys so you can wash things also.And on our ship they offered adicount rate to wash your clothes for you for only $15.00 abag which I totally was a dummie n didnt do it but now regret it because our best friends did n well worth it that was about half way through the cruise so she came home with all clean clothes n I spent washing for the next week..hope tthat helped

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only bring 1/2 of your clothes
you spend 75 percent of your time in a swimwuit
a lot of times you only wear an outfit for an hour or two do
you can always wear it again
for dinner bring a skirt or capris with a couple of different tops
to mix and match
same with your husband...except use dockers instead of the skirt
we brought 2 pull suitcases and one garment bag
I had a collapsible bag which I filled with pop and water in miami
and sent this with my luggage
and I packed a collapsible cooler in my luggage and the steward
kept our pop and water on ice
I overpacked ALOT
I only used 3 pair of shorts and about 5 t shirts for my day and late evening wear
they also have a t shirt sale on the ship near the end so if you need extra t shirts
and want a souvenier anyway you can always buy a couple from here

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Old May 19th, 2004, 09:19 AM
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You darn warm weather cruises have it easy!!
I am (and will until I give my luggage the final zip) fretting over what to bring on a cool weather cruise without packing my whole closet. But I have 130 something days to figure that out.

Perhaps I should post this on the packing board, but has anyone carried on a garment bag? Do they allow you to hang it in the little airplane closet?
If I check it, I am sure it will be abused more than I would like!


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I actually hurt my back carrying luggage after our 1st cruise.....thankfully it was AFTER the cruise! I think it's amost a guarantee most people overpack for their first cruise. We sure did. Most of us learn to pack with experience.
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