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kittysquest August 27th, 2007 11:30 AM

dragging around dirty clothes?
 
What's the deal with laundry? As first time cruisers, we are doing alot of extras (excursions, etc) and some of the things we will most likely be getting a bit dirty/muddy. My concern is dragging these dirty clothes along with us for not only the cruise, but the land tour as well. Is there laundry available? Is it a service or just a few washers/dryers available to anyone? oh! We are taking the Island Princess "Heart of Alaska" land tour and cruise. Any suggestions or tips are openly welcome!! Thanks!

Kuki August 27th, 2007 12:27 PM

Princess has both self service laundrettes, or you can let them to the laundry for you.

caribbeanprincessismyship August 31st, 2007 03:05 PM

laundry
 
On most of the cruises I've been on, they offer a $15 bag of laundry towards the end of the cruise. All you can stuff in, they will launder and fold and return to your room. A good deal for those of us that can stuff the heck out of the bag. You return home without the huge pile of laundry.

LisaK September 7th, 2007 09:22 AM

on Princess you will have a self-service laundry on each passenger deck. Its up to you if you want to throw in a couple loads of wash mid-week or wait for the "fill the bag" laundry day. This is a really good deal if you have a lot of dirties, you stuff all that you can into one bag for one price.

wwleader December 6th, 2007 05:42 PM

I have a steadfast rule; on vacation I do not do laundry; we pack lots of extra underwear and tops...I have done 11 cruises and never have had a problem...

Nothin but blue skies December 12th, 2007 12:43 PM

I never used the laundry facilities either on a short cruise. I can do laundry at home and I had to do laundry on vacation when our children were younger and traveling with us. Not fun to spend your vacation in a laundromat.

I first used the laundry room when we went to Europe this year on a 12 day cruise and we were away for 19 days. I just packed some small ziploc bags of detergent and carried some fabric softener sheets and a mesh laundry bag. You can buy small boxes of detergent on the ship, but I am alergic to Tide and was afraid they might not offer other brands. I did laundry about 3 times on days at sea. The machines have a countdown timer, so you can leave your laundry and make a note of when to return, so you don't hold up the machines.

With Platinum status on our last cruise I took advantage of the free laundry service. It was nice, but took two days to get back.

lindazoo January 25th, 2008 05:07 PM

don't know that ship
most ships have a luandry room that uses quarters for the washer and the dryers are free
they have irons and ironing boards in the laundry room

you can send your laundry out to be washed and it is like expensive, $20 for a small bag? Why not buy a new shirt!

I bring my old socks and wear them a day or two and then toss them.
Less to carry back. So take enough for each day.

Jungle Jane January 30th, 2008 02:06 PM

We are sailing on RC Freedom of the Seas-no self serve laundry. I was thinking of packing an extra duffle for laundry and will check that bag on the way home along with our other luggage, this will also make room for souvenirs in our luggage. Has anyone done this? Does anyone see a problem with doing this? It would just be clothes in the duffle so it won't matter if it gets smashed by everyone's luggage. Thoughts?

Marvia January 30th, 2008 05:42 PM

Jungle Jane, we always have one suitcase at the end of the cruise that has nothing but dirty clothes in it! I figure when I'm on vacation I shouldn't have to do laundry. Our funniest experience was when we came through customs after having been in Hawaii, the only suitcase the inspectors chose to go through was -- you guessed it! My husband and I had to turn away so they couldn't see us laughing at them!! :twisted: LOL

Jungle Jane January 30th, 2008 11:56 PM

PU! LOL!

Do you think it would make a difference if it were a duffle rather than a regular suitcase? I can't think of any difference...but I don't remember ever seeing a simple duffle on a luggage carousel.

TravelBugs February 5th, 2008 11:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Marvia
Jungle Jane, we always have one suitcase at the end of the cruise that has nothing but dirty clothes in it! I figure when I'm on vacation I shouldn't have to do laundry. Our funniest experience was when we came through customs after having been in Hawaii, the only suitcase the inspectors chose to go through was -- you guessed it! My husband and I had to turn away so they couldn't see us laughing at them!! :twisted: LOL

LOL I'm sure that wasn't the first time they've gone through suitcases of dirty clothes. We do the same thing. Although, we put our dirty clothes inside heavy duty garbage bags, then suppress all the air out of them and tie them up for easy packing inside the suitcase. If they had to check out dirty laundry suitcase, I can only imagine their encounter once they opened the plastic bag! :o :roll: :shock:

TravelBugs February 5th, 2008 11:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Jungle Jane
PU! LOL!

Do you think it would make a difference if it were a duffle rather than a regular suitcase? I can't think of any difference...but I don't remember ever seeing a simple duffle on a luggage carousel.

A heavy duty duffle shouldn't be a problem, except getting wet if there is a heavy rain when they are loading it up the conveyor to the plane. As long as it can be tagged as luggage properly, don't see an issue. Although, I don't recall seeing plain duffle bags that tie, checked as luggage. Check with the airline you will be using.

Divemaster February 5th, 2008 11:58 AM

I do pack a large duffle in my carryons for this purpose (best not to check any luggage anymore on inbound flights since more flights today are filled to capacity and thus more likely to send your luggage on its own vacation). Out with the dirty laundry and in with the souvenirs. If you have paper souvenirs sometimes placing a two foot mailing tube in your luggage (filled with socks, etc. on the inbound flight) is good to protect them from getting crushed. No problems ever with this arrangement. Also, been known on long audit assignments or cruises to mail laundry home if I need the space in my luggage for souvenirs like audit work papers, documents, and other stuff I can't trust to check in. :roll:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jungle Jane
We are sailing on RC Freedom of the Seas-no self serve laundry. I was thinking of packing an extra duffle for laundry and will check that bag on the way home along with our other luggage, this will also make room for souvenirs in our luggage. Has anyone done this? Does anyone see a problem with doing this? It would just be clothes in the duffle so it won't matter if it gets smashed by everyone's luggage. Thoughts?


Nothin but blue skies February 6th, 2008 03:11 PM

I have checked duffle bags that zip but not those that tie. I wonder if the ties could cause any mechanical malfunction if a conveyor belt were in use for loading/unloading bags.

As far as the laundry facility on the ships, I have been carrying ziploc bags with pre-measured dry detergent for this. I am allergic to Tide and was concerned that it might be the only option on the ship. I just found a few weeks ago, some small sample size bottles of concentrated All liquid detergent. The bottle is enough for two loads of laundry. I will be packing those this time, along with my fabric softener sheets and a mesh laundry bag.

I also pack a couple of tote bags and a folding duffle bag to carry home more than I bring, including the dirty laundry LOL

SandyBreit February 7th, 2008 08:30 AM

:?:
I haven't flown anywhere for a while, but isn't there now a limit of 1 checked bag per person (or some outrageous fee for a 2nd one) ? Am I mistaken about that, or are you all just planning to pay the additional fee for the extra bag?

Sandy

Well, I think I AM mistaken; I just went to the Northwest web site and it says each ticketed passenger is allowed to check 2 bags of 50 pounds, so that sounds like good news to me. Now I don't know where I heard the 1 bag information, maybe I dreamed it!

Marvia February 7th, 2008 02:00 PM

It's United Airlines that just came up with that additional harrassment. But it only applies to tickets purchased from this past Monday on and won't take effect until May 5. This will make more people have carry-on luggage, which seems to have gotten out of control with regard to size. But I'm sure other airlines will follow unless enough people tell United they're not going to fly with them. What's next?


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