We have all our valuables; camera, binoculars, jewelry, medicines, 12 pk soda and water, and DH'S dockers for dinner. Some ppl have their swimsuits in their too. We arrive around 10:30am and usually get on by noon for lunch. Our main luggage has always been delivered and unpacked by drill time. Have a great time. Only 4 weeks and 4 days left till our cruise!!
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean
All above, especially a change of clothes (shorts or capri). My 1st cruise I left from cold climate. I about melted by the time we got our luggage. Also pack a smile & a positive attitude because yuou are going to have a GREAT time!!
We always put our Cokes & water in the checked luggage. It gets way too heavy to lug around until you get to your cabin. I would just put the wine in your luggage. If you are flying in put it in at the port. You can also carry it on. Just remember it will be awhile before you get to your cabin.
Enjoy your cruise.
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We consolidate down to one smallish roller bag. A shoulder bag works too, but the roller bag is really easy to handle, especially in the lunch buffet line. We have a change of clothes, all electronics, meds, and jewelry. Not that we take much with us, but anything we may need for the evening, or don’t want to take a chance on losing goes in our carry on. Used to take on swim wear but haven’t needed it on the first day so we don’t bother with it.
We fly in the night before and stay in a hotel. We have plenty of time to adjust our carry on from what we would have packed for the flight. Otherwise we would likely take on both our carry ons from the flght.
Since I have to fly to cruise (I live in the Chicago area), I only travel with one carry-on bag plus a large shoulderbag, I put everything into my carry-on. Clothes (I do laundry halfway through the trip), travel size toiletries (I buy any other items that are too big for the 3 oz air restrictions upon arrivel in my port city), electrinic stuff, ext cord, power strip, travel docs, etc.
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I'm currently planning for a trip to my mom's (Miami area) over Thanksgiving and also have columns set up for my march 2010 cruise oin Imagination. Went to my mom's in March over spring break and my list was invaluable!
I usually pack clothes for dinner, don't really care to eat in the clothes I traveled in all day, unless I was fortunate to come in a day early...Any meds also go in a carry-on bag along with all the travel docs and anything of value that is never in the checked luggage. I now have to put the make-up, shampoo, etc. in the checked luggage because of the restrictions for flying.
In most cases, the checked luggage has arrived before dinner, but you just never know.
Our tickets, my id passport ect, my contacts, pr of glasses, my meds, my toothbrush don't ask me why just do. One outfit folded very small w/1 pr undies in case my suitcase gets lost. My hair brush and makeup.
We always put the wine in our carry-one, 1 bottle per passenger.
I include (like everyone else) all meds, camera, charges, phone, docs, basic cosmetics and jewelry. Basically anything that I need the first few hours and anything that can't be replaced on the ship.
If we are driving in to the port, I don't worry about packing a change of clothes, but if we are flying in there seems to be a larger chance of luggage being lost/delayed and I pack one change of clothing. I will sometimes, just pack a fresh shirt or a shawl or light sweater for dinner in case the luggage is not in the cabin before dinner. It usually is in our cabin before the life boat drill.
If the carryon is a little larger/heavier by all means use a rolling bag. If not, a nice shoulder bag or back pack is sufficient.
Been there - done that:
2005 Holiday, Sensation, Conquest,
2006 Conquest, Celebration, Holiday,
2007 Freedom Grand Med, Holiday
2008 Fantasy & Sensation,
2009 Fantasy, Holiday & Dream Grand Med
2010 Fantasy and B2B Elation
2011 Monarch of the Seas
2012 Booked - Breeze from Barcelona 12 days
I put 1 1/2 days' worth of clothes in my carry on. Luggages is sometimes sluggish getting to your cabin and has been know to get lost.
This way my cruise can start as soon as I get into my cabin. I have a change of clothes to enjoy the sailaway, I have my 1st night's dinner wear, I have an outfit for breakfast, my swimsuit and usually one more daytime outfit.
I have read on these boards of people's first half of their cruise ruined b/c their luggage was lost and how they had no clothes to change into, blah, blah, blah.
I actually carry a 21 inch pilot luggage on the ship with me that has everything I will need for a few days. Just in case.
(cruzin' solo by design)
Freedom ('09), Imagination ('08), Victory ('08), Destiny ('08), RCCL Navigator ('08), RCCL Majesty ('08), Glory ('07), Liberty ('07), Fantasy ('07), Destiny ('06), NCL PofAm ('05), Fascination ('04), Victory ('04), Fascination ('04), RCCL Voyager ('03), Fantasy ('99)
For my last cruise on 4/18 I packed this stuff in my carry-on.
1. One pair of pants
2. One polo shirt
3. One pair of socks
4. One pair of underwear
5. Laptop and AC adapter
4. Cell phone charger
5. Camera including USB cable and battery charger
6. Medications in the daily dose container and injectables
7. Travel Wallet: Extra credit card, other cards, air and cruise documents
9. In plastic bag: Travel size toothpaste, eye drops, shaving cream (easy to pull out at airport security.)
10. Extra dress watch
12. Compact binoculars
I found a Samsonite laptop carry-on that is one of the best I've seen. Multiple sections to separate different "things" and make it easy to pull out the laptop and get it back in at the airport without requiring opening the main compartment. Also separate section for meds and the plastic bag of liquids. This also makes it easy to locate, pull out and put back in at the airport scanner.
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