Depending on what ship you are on, some cruiseships have self serve laundry rooms, with irons and ironing boards.. You can also pack your formals in the plastic dry cleaner bags, no wrinkles and I always use a garment bag.
Both Carnival and Princess have the self service laundry rooms, are you on one of their ships?
I bring a formal that I love that wrinkles now matter what I do and shower steam, blow dryer etc. will not get the wrinkles out. I send it to the dry cleaner on the ship as soon as I can - it costs about $14 if I remember correctly. I lot for ironing - but I love this dress and its the only chance I get to wear it!
I find packing everything really, really tight in the suitcase helps a lot with wrinkles. So my husband's tuxedo, jackets and anything of mine of that nature will go into one suitcase. Things that aren't flat in shape and/or that don't tend to wrinkle go in the other bag. Holland American has laundry rooms with irons. I would think even something pretty delicate would be alright if ironed on the wrong side with a very cool iron. But I also agree that paying to have it pressed is fine also. In the grand scheme on things, what's a few more dollars, right?
Agree totally about the few more dollars. Granddaughter has a really pretty ball gown but very full skirt and no matter how you pack it it wrinkles. Give it to the steward first night of the cruise and it comes back all pressed and she looks like Cinderella when it's done.
Have found however that if packed tightly enough in the suitcase so it doesn't shuffle around with cleaners bags, things are usually pretty good to wear with just a little shake.
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If any of you are familiar with Chico's, they carry a travelers line that is wrinkle-proof. Get the long black sleeveless dress and dress it us with one of their jackets. You will look very appropriate. Or get a pair of their black travelers pants and match it with a black beaded top for formal night.
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I bring both a traveling iron and traveling steam iron.... we have been on 12 cruises and have never had a problem with bringing them... I packed them in my regular check in bags and they come in very handy... I wouldn't travel without them......
The cruise ships electric plugs work fine and you don't need an adapter....