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Default First cruise -questions for ladies re: fashion, etc.

I have so many questions because I've never been on a cruise:

Is there a reason to bring a purse at all? I read no cash is needed while on board and use a fanny pack while on an excursion? What about the room key and a brush for example while out and about on the ship?

When going on an excursion, do you wear your swimsuit, or do you bring it in your duffle with the towel, sunscreen, etc.?

Do I bring a beach towel or two, or does the ship supply them for an excursion?

Do women wear bathing suit coverups around the ship? or do they wear shorts over the suit? What if your room is a real hike, are there places to change near the pool?

I'll be going to Eastern Carribean beginning of April, do I need to bring a sweater or sweatshirt?

What about from dinner time after, are capris to casual? If so, light cotton pants or skirts?

Cause I'm going alone, should I keep the luggage to one large one with no real carry-on, just a tote? Or should I definately bring a tiny carry-on. How much luggage do you bring? I read to pack light.

I'm sure I haven't thought of it all because I'm trying to imagine what it's like. Any other female tips?

Thanks to anyone taking the time to respond.
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Old March 4th, 2007, 11:24 AM
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With regard to a purse, depending on the excursions you are planning, I would say would determine that. And how you are going to be carrying your "stuff" from home. I am taking a small purse with me. This will allow me to carry cash, ship and flight documents, passport, and small sundries like chapstick, kleenex, etc. I don't think I'll need it all the time, but want to have it available for the times it would come in handy. I bought a small one with a long strap to go over my neck and shoulder for safety reasons.

When we went to the Carribean, we wore our swimsuit with a shirt and short outfit over it, and took our own towels.

On the ship, people do just about anything. I think as far as wearing a cover up etc, do what you feel comfortable. There are bathrooms near the pool to change. I don't recall actual change rooms.

Capris would work nicely after dinner, again just be comfortable.

Have a wonderful trip!!
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Old March 4th, 2007, 11:48 AM
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Welcome, aprilrose!

Regarding your question about a purse, I have a small purse that I use when I embark and debark the ship. Something just large enough to hold our passports, keys, etc., with a shoulder strap or one that crosses my body (leaving hands free). I also take a very small coin purse, just large enough to hold my Sign & Sail card, lipstick, gambling money. I usually wear something with pockets, but sometimes not and that is when I need the small purse while onboard.

It is perfectly fine to go from your cabin to the pool with either a coverup or shorts over your swimsuit, and it doesn't matter how far away you are from the pool.

Also, take small bag for poolside for your suncreen, book, sunglasses.

If I am going to the beach, once in port, I usually wear my swimsuit, but take a change of clothes with me. That is just my preference. The ship does supply beach towls for your use during excursions. Just keep one eye on it because if lost (stolen) you will be charged. Some people purchase a cheap towel to take. That also makes it easy to recognize from all the others.

After dinner time, I usually put on whatever makes me comfortable. Carpis will be fine. Also, I always pack a lightweight jacket. Some of the public areas may be cool and you will be glad to have a jacket.

As far as packing everything in one suitcase, there is no advantage to it, unless it is for the benefit of doing self-debarkation. And the one time I decided to pack light, I got aggravated because I didn't have enough clothes for "options." Now I take whatever I think I may need!

Also, even though there will probably be a hair dryer in the cabin, if you have very long or very thick hair, you will probably want your own. I always take mine.

Have fun! Let us know what other questions you have on your mind.
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This is sooooo exciting for you. I was in your shoes a month ago. Took my first cruise Feb 8-18. Carribean: St Thomas, Tortola, St Maarten, San Juan, Great Stirrup Cay. Loved it!

I don't know what ship you were on so it's hard to comment. I was on Norwegian and they have freestyle cruising so it was quite casual. We still would dress up in the evening. One definite don't for me was high heels. I found it tough to walk on the ship as it was much less in heels that I wasn't used to.

You need really comfortable walking shoes for the excursions.

They punched a hole in my room key for me. Then I bought a shoelace type neck hanging thing that it clipped onto. I wished I had bought the type that had a small flat wallet type thing on it so that I could put other things in it: for example, my wine slip, money for the casino, my casino players card, receipts for whatever, tickets for 50/50 that I bought at the shows, etc.

I have tons to tell you and am dying to hear about your cruise. You can email me at minerm36@hotmail.com to give me your phone number so I can call you one evening (I have free calling throughout North America) but be sure to tell me your time zone so I don't wake you. Alternatively, you can call me: 403 343 3028 (home) or 403 314 8911 (work and yes, it's okay to call me there).

If I don't hear from you, enjoy your trip thoroughly!!! I am so envious!!!
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I see you have many questions. I'd LOVE to help. You can call me at 403 343 3028 or during the week at work at 403 314 8911. If you don't have free calling, email me your phone number at minerm36@hotmail.com and I'll call you.

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The evening before departure, they request you put your suitcase in the hallway, keeping just what you will need for the next am. They take your suitcase to a holding area, and you don't have to drag it through customs, etc, on debarkation day.
Yes, you will need a sweater or light jacket. The public areas are freezing. Can't figure out why they keep them so cold when their guests are dressed for the tropics!!
I use a hip pack around the ship.
Hope you have a great time.
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Old March 4th, 2007, 10:32 PM
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The best thing I bought for myself was one of those flat wallet-purses. Mine is from Eddie Bauer and measures 5-1/2"x6-1/2". It has a long skinny cord that I can put over my neck and it lays hip-length. It has a couple velcro pockets and a zipper the length of it. I can carry my money, cards, room key, passport, aspirin, and even my digital camera with no problem whatsoever. Absolutely wonderful to have your hands free. A fanny pack works, too, but I find the wallet more comfortable.

Also, I would suggest having a small carry-on - especially if you are getting on the ship a little early. Your luggage won't arrive at your room for awhile and there might be things you'd like to have access to.

By all means, pack light! You can always hand-wash something if need be and it'll be dry by morning. There are laundry rooms, usually on every other deck, with irons, soap, etc., if you need to do a small load of wash. You'll live in your bathing suit and cover up every day; light, cool clothes for excursions (the Caribbean will be warm and muggy in April - that's when I'm going too!). When you get onboard and into your cabin, grab your room steward -- they are usually very prompt in introducing themselves, or at least being in the vicinity - and ask for a robe. They will provide robes, extra pillows, blankets, etc. if you ask. At dinner you can dress in "resort-casual" -- capris will be fine. You can choose to dress up for formal night, or eat in the casual restaurant if you want.

Yes, there is a hairdryer in your room - a little less "umph" than you're used to, but served me fine. If it takes 2 extra minutes to dry my hair.... who cares when you're on vacation! One less thing to pack.



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I have so many questions because I've never been on a cruise:

Is there a reason to bring a purse at all? I read no cash is needed while on board and use a fanny pack while on an excursion? What about the room key and a brush for example while out and about on the ship?

When going on an excursion, do you wear your swimsuit, or do you bring it in your duffle with the towel, sunscreen, etc.?

Do I bring a beach towel or two, or does the ship supply them for an excursion?

Do women wear bathing suit coverups around the ship? or do they wear shorts over the suit? What if your room is a real hike, are there places to change near the pool?

I'll be going to Eastern Carribean beginning of April, do I need to bring a sweater or sweatshirt?

What about from dinner time after, are capris to casual? If so, light cotton pants or skirts?

Cause I'm going alone, should I keep the luggage to one large one with no real carry-on, just a tote? Or should I definately bring a tiny carry-on. How much luggage do you bring? I read to pack light.

I'm sure I haven't thought of it all because I'm trying to imagine what it's like. Any other female tips?

Thanks to anyone taking the time to respond.
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I never bring a purse, I use a fanny pack.

Beach towels are provided, leave yours home.

I usually wear my swimsuit with a dress like coverup.

You won't need a sweater or sweatshirt while outside, but you might need one for the ship. It tends to be chilly in the dining room and showroom.

Nice capris are fine for dinner so are slacks.

I travel alone also. I usually take a 26" and a small carry-on for my book, MP3 player and snacks.



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My husband and I take a backpack with us on excursions with towels, sunscreen, etc. in it. However, our personal information, sail and sign cards, etc., we keep on our person at all times. If your excursion requires you to get wet, try to find a water wallet, or some kind of waterproof thing you can actually wear on you. That was our problem when we went snorkeling. We had our money in a backpack and we didn't want to leave the backpack unattended while we snorkeled. So, we ended up having to take turns snorkeling while the other person sat on the boat with the backpack. Also, about your key and sail and sign card. We bought lanyards at Dollar General with a clip on the end (people use them for key chains). You get the bar tender or purser to hole punch a hole in your sail and sign card (the key already has holes in it), and wear the key and the card around your neck while on the ship. They sell these lanyards in the Carnival gift shop, but they are more expensive.

I would ALWAYS bring a jacket of some sort. The deck is windy all the time. It will be chilly.

One more mistake I made on one of our cruises. DO NOT WEAR THE PATCHES FOR SEA SICKNESS!! They actually MADE me feel sick and woozy. Try Bonine or Dramamine. My husband can wear the patches, but he is a big guy. The last cruise, I just took Dramamine and felt perfectly fine. If you think you must get the patches, ask your doctor for the pediatric strength instead of the adult strength.

One more thing . . . Sometimes first-time cruisers do not expect the boat to rock, and they get real freaked out about it. If you are sailing on any of the older boats, they will rock slightly all the time. It is perfectly normal, so have fun with it. If you know what to expect, your cruise will be more enjoyable. Have fun!! :
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