First off ... great site! Hubby and I are counting down to our first cruise on August 26th on the Sensation. Can't wait!! He is already talking about going on another without even going on this one yet!!
We've heard various things about "extras" to pack and take with you (extension cords, multi-plug etc) and was wondering what you all had to say about it? Also, do I need to pack shampoo etc. or is it like a hotel room where there is some in the bathroom already?
One last thing .... has anyone done the horseback riding excursion in Cozumel?
Take a surge protecter extension cord so you can plug in many things. I bring my own hairdryer because I found the ones on ships to be weak. My first cruise I couldn't plug in the big plug thing on the dryer into their socket, there wasn't enough room, therefore my own multi plug thing. We had shampoo provided on all 3 cruises. (RCI and Disney). Bring the spray stuff to get out wrinkles so you don't have to iron. A clock that lights up, the ships clocks couldn't be read at night. I bring a small flashlight for night time bathroom trips. An extra collapsable bag to stuff you might buy. clothespins: I dried things on the balcony and sometimes it was windy, so at least I was able to connect things to the chairs. Extra hangers. You will have sooooo much fun!!
Yes there is soap and shampoo in the bathroom for your use. They even toss in a couple of safety razors and some lotion. <G> You pretty much have the main things but you might consider a flod-up extra bag for your "treasures" that you are sure to buy on your cruise. Some disposable underwater cameras, Duct tape, (yea, I know, strange but it has tons of uses <VBG>), and make sure you have all your meds and keep them with you in your carry-on. You also might want to bring one of those waterproof little cases for your money and ID cards or you can buy one onboard. Also water-shoes.
We have done the horseback riding in Coz and the horses are in very good condition and the ride is quite nice. They will show you some ruins and some 're-created' ruins as well.
We've bought underwater cameras already ... John likes to dive so he is going to book his own diving excursion. Since I'm going on my own horseback riding though I thought I'd go through Carnival for it.
It's just John and I but I think we are going to bring our little radios anyways ... figured it would be a lot easier that way.
He keeps saying "we should get all our things in one suitcase" and i keep saying, no we need two for the stuff we're going to buy!! lol We have a 4 year old who is staying home with Nana so I'm sure the suitcase will be full just of things for her!! lol
Sensation is a great ship with a terrific itinerary. Careful not to overpack. You'll spend 90% of your time in shorts and sandals. Course, being your first cruise, you should do the formal night. Otherwise, we take one bag per person and self assist debark. Saves lots of time. Sorry, haven't done the horseback riding in Cozumel, but Tulum and Chankanaab are both great excursions. Stingray City is the place in GC. Have a great trip!
I have found a waterproof bag helpful for excursions. You can find them pretty cheap at a boating store or dive shop. I bring along one and two dollar bills to use for tipping porters, roomservice, tour guides, ect.... Back up sunglasses, and some type of readily identifiable tag for luggage pick-up after the cruise, it can be really difficult to spot your bags in the mountains of luggage. Have fun.
As far as the bottled water, it is available for purchase about $2 each. I would recommend bringing a few from home and then refill the bottles on board to use in port. We traveled carnival's Pride in Mexico and found out quickly the benefit of having the water bottles. Not sure if water purity is as big an issue in the Caribbean as they say it is in Mexico.
Not sure what is considered " reasonable" for the sodas. I think it's an individual judgement call by the staff that day. I did see many bring 12 packs with no problems, so I would assume that would be a good guessing point.
To add to list: Bungee cord. Usually used for keeping the balcony door open, if you have one.
Also as many have said, leave your worries at home and bring a great attitude. You and your husband are going to have a fantastic time! Enjoy your time being just you two, I'm sure you have both earned it!
I agree with all the above - the drinking water was just fine and I am fussy about my water. We take a large case each as well as two smaller ones - they fit inside each other. We pack the smallest inside the largest on the way there and that gives us an empty one for the way back - and yes you will need it for all those kids souvenirs - there is so much to choose from. And, I can guarantee, you will be hooked - enjoy. TTFN Jennifer
the bodine pills, thooth brush, tooth paste all that kind of stuff don't forget to put your
luggage tages you get with our documents some bright tape our pom poms so you
find your luggage your passport here are some things i can reember
It's Bonine (not Bodine) if you are looking for it in stores.
I took a small yellow sticky note pad for putting notes on the mirror for the room steward and a highlighter for highlighting the activities in the Capers that you want to see the next day.
I also went to the gift shop the first day and bought a HUGE Carnival nylon tote bag for around $12. That was what we brought all our goodies home in that we bought in port!
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Carnival Glory Sept 04
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I agree with the nylon Carnival tote, it is great for the beach and very big.
Take an over the door pocket style shoe holder to sort and store all your little stuff. Gallon and two gallon ziplock bags to bring wet stuff home, pack things that can leak, etc.
night light; surge for multi-plugs; post it notes; lots of $1s; extra hangers; cable ties come in handy to "lock" luggage (airport security likes them because they can cut them, check your luggage and then apply their own.
extra fold up luggage; alarm clock; small notebook; travel insurance papers; copy of I.D. papersLeigh-Anne wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> First off ... great site! Hubby and I are counting down to
> our first cruise on August 26th on the Sensation. Can't wait!!
> He is already talking about going on another without even going
> on this one yet!!
> We've heard various things about "extras" to pack and take
> with you (extension cords, multi-plug etc) and was wondering
> what you all had to say about it? Also, do I need to pack
> shampoo etc. or is it like a hotel room where there is some in
> the bathroom already?
> One last thing .... has anyone done the horseback riding
> excursion in Cozumel?
We brought our "positive attitude" with us on our last cruise.
Unfortunately, it didn't help SQUAT!
My suitcase zipper broke (and we had NO duct tape - or bungee core)
Our room had previous smokers and we didn't bring air freshners
It was sooooo dark at nite (We should have brought a nite lite - or flashlight)
We had no room in the bathroom for our toiletries (no plastic organizer)
We could either blow dry or shave at once (no multiplug surge protect extension poer bar)
We had to pack our wet swimsuites with our clothes (no ziplock bags)
Sick as dogs (no Bonine )
We were always late for dinner or other appointments (no electric closk)
We got our sneekers soaked while in the rainforest (no water shoes)
If you are prone to being cold take a sweater, shawl or light jacket. I heard a lot of people complain about being cold in the Lounge and the Dining Room. I don't have that problem, as I'm always warm enough (especially when I have "my own private summer"!) Those women old enough understand, the rest of you-just wait!