Good heavens, Alice !!!
You want to do laundry on vacation?
Underwear takes up almost no room at all. Put all your bras in a stack, fold in half (cup-in-cup, as it were) and roll them up. Same with panties and men's undies. I consider cruises an opportunity to spruce up the contents of my underwear drawer. Other people take their oldest stuff and just throw it out as they go along.
I've figured out that I can "make do" with two pairs of shorts on a 7-day. I do use the ship's laundry, and I think $2.50 or $3 is about what they charge for a pair of shorts. It's worth it. I plan on a shirt a day for spousal unit and myself, then add a couple of extras. The knit shirt husband wears to dinner on casual nights is on his back (or mine) the next day. We call this "air and wear".
I also depend upon the "dreaded denim", a long denim dress that has almost as many miles on it as I do and the "LBD" (Little Black Dress) that can be dressed up or down at a whim. The dreaded denim is the ideal travel dress. Comfortable and appropriate in any climate.
Two bathing suits each (there is nothing ickier than a suit that didn't dry overnight).
I once did a 13-day Trans-Atlantic cruise with a pair of black silk pants and assorted tops, scarves and jewelry plus the LBD which had dinner with the captain sporting a double strand of pearls. I got kind of tired of the pants by the end of two weeks, but at least it proves it CAN be done. I also only took three pairs of shoes.
I promise you, NOBODY is going to remember if you wear the same thing twice. After lots of cruises, I only remember two women's outfits. One because it was so beautiful (as was the lady wearing it) and the other because it was so incredibly tacky.
Lots of men, even though they own tuxes, rent because it's one less thing to pack.
Men's docker-type pants can survive two or three wearings if the guy remembers to hang them up
Let us know what else we can help with ???
pamda -- CM First-Time Cruisers Editor