Artistammy--As mentioned above, always carry your camera and supplies in your carry-on in a plastic zip bag for easy removal at the security check. I take paperbacks to read because they take up less space and are lighter in weight than hardbacks. I put them in the outer zip pockets of the suitcases. If I run out of books, I check out the ship's library and have also bought a paperback on the ship for the trip home. It's a blessing for me that I've "outgrown" the motion sickness that used to nail me just reading maps in the car. I discovered that in '96 when we were driving from our campground in GA to an Olympic event in Athens. It was an hour away and I had bought a newspaper to check some event results from the day before. I was amazed to find us driving into the shuttle parking lot, still reading and not sick. I was 52 at the time, so pretty old to have outgrown anything.
As long as we're on a straightaway in a car, no turbulence in a plane and no major motion in a boat/ship, I'm OK.
For saving space inside the case, try Space Bags (as seen on TV) or the roll method using dry cleaner bags. I always take a wrinkle reducing spray to use if necessary.
We are leaving on our 7th cruise a week from Mon., so I will be packing again soon. Every time, I am able to take less and less and better resist the urge to take everything but the kitchen sink.
Have a great cruise!!
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