Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Princess Cruise Lines
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old April 7th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 34
Default THE THINGS YOU REALLY NEED ON A CRUISE, AND YET MIGHT FORGET

My wife and I are taking our first cruise in October, 2008. I am not one to leave things to the last minute, particularly gathering those miscellaneous items that we will need on our trip.

It strikes me that there are many things that experienced cruisers know not to forget or know not to leave at home. There are, I'm sure, small things, seemingly insignificant things, mundane things, and ordinary things that experienced cruisers make sure they have, because not having them is a noticeable inconvenience or downright pain in the &%$@#!.

For myself and those others out there who are preparing for their first cruise, what suggestions do you veteran cruisers have? What small, insignificant, mundane and ordinary (or not so small, insignificant, mundane, or ordinary) things should be on my "must have" list of things to talk with me on the cruise.

Your suggestions will be helpful in completing our shopping & acquisition list.

Thanks.
__________________
Boiler Cruiser

Cruising to the Panama Canal on the Island Princess in October, 2008
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old April 7th, 2008, 08:09 PM
rcelie's Avatar
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 8
Default i forgot

i forgot cash
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old April 7th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Canada
Posts: 336
Default

Try to include items pertaining to health such as Band-Aids, disinfectant, cough drops, eye drops and Aloe Vera (sunburn) and the like. You do not want to be visiting the ship's hospital for anything but the most serious of problems. The ships have a few of these personal items for sale but not all and not all the time.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old April 7th, 2008, 09:19 PM
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 529
Default

On many cruise ships there are very few electrical outlets available. I generally take a short 6 foot light weight extension cord with me to help with charging cameras, telphones, etc.
__________________
With integrity nothing else matters; without it nothing else matters.

Winston Churchill

email: debra2106@yahoo.com
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old April 7th, 2008, 09:47 PM
sistagoldenhair's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 397
Default

I always forget to pack an empty beach bag for carrying lotions, towels, etc when lounging up on deck. As a result I always end up visiting the gift shop and getting another one - now I have a closet full.

Also, the last time I sailed I forgot to inquire about international cell service and ended up paying big bucks (when I could get service).

Happy Cruising!!!!! I'm cruising in Oct 08 on the Crown Princess....woooohoooo.
__________________
CARNIVAL DESTINY 9-1-2011
GRAND PRINCESS 1-21-2012
CARNIVAL GLORY 6-10-2012
CARNIVAL BREEZE 1-13-2013
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old April 7th, 2008, 10:05 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 99
Default

Here are a few items that I always take on our cruises (as we've learned from previous cruises when we didn't have them with us):

antibiotics (Z-pack) - just in case you come down with something - you really don't want to go to the ships doctor!

ace bandage - in case you sprain something, or worse break a foot - and the infirmary will not see you because you did it on the beach and not on this ship!

benedryl - in case you get stung by a bee on an island or eat shrimp and have a reaction to it (now I carry an Epi Pen).

I bring a few big bottles of water on board. that will last me till the next port.

travel mugs - they're great for your morning coffee and for lemonade around the pool (especially if you're adding a bit of vodka to it).

$$$ - you may not need $$$ on board except for casino and tips, but you do need it.

Electrical tape - for any doors that may bang during the night if the seas are rough.

Paper to write notes to each other when trying to meet up w/other travelers. Tape the note to their door.

something to hang on the outside of your door. it's great to be able to walk down that LONG hallway and easily identify which one is your. We've done martini glasses, parrots, and most recently a christmas wreath because it was a christmas cruise. we also brough one of those collapsable trees and decorated our cabin with it. The gifts that I wrapped for under the tree were small boxes with pictures of the real items left at home. They were light weight to carry and were appreciated on Christmas morning. Lots of fun. Also decorated the cabin w/garland and lights. THe cabin stewarts loved it.

AND don't for your patience and your manners for when the patiences have reached their limits! Everyone is on vacation, but not everyone thinks you should be on vacation. Smile and say, It's a wonderful day, enjoy yours! Then either walk away of steer them the other way.

Most of the stuff yu cn buy, but much of it is at a much higher price (if you can get it from the infirmiry). We walked all over Miami to get to a Walgreen's for the ace bandage. Now it travels w/us.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old April 8th, 2008, 04:59 AM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: New York City
Posts: 167
Default

Viagara
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old April 9th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: OK
Posts: 326
Default Forgettable Items - You Don't Want to Forget

Don't forget -

1. Two clothes pins to anchor the corner of the shower curtain (to keep water in) and hanging clothes if there's the retractable "clothesline" in the shower.

2. BONINE (next to benadryl in the pharmacy) - prevents seasickness - use it each day if you've ever had reaction to motion of any kind. Works great. Also, bandaids, small amounts of antibiotic cream, tylenol, etc...can find on the ship, but costly.

3. Small flashlight and travel alarm - inside cabins are pitch black at night during bathroom trips. Alarm to ensure you wake for early shore excursions or a nap before formal night...etc.

4. A large trash bag to collect dirty clothes during the week and small/single use clothes soap, should you want to take less luggage and do a load of laundry on at at sea day (find at walmart or target).

5. Over the door shoe holder (canvass/plastic type) - holds all the small stuff in see through pockets - there's little storage in the cabin.

6. ALL TRAVEL DOCUMENTS!

7. I start making a packing list a month before...and recheck it to ensure all is on it, before I begin packing.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old April 9th, 2008, 03:50 PM
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: OK
Posts: 326
Default Forgettable Items - You Don't Want to Forget

Don't forget -

1. Two clothes pins to anchor the corner of the shower curtain (to keep water in) and hanging clothes if there's the retractable "clothesline" in the shower.

2. BONINE (next to benadryl in the pharmacy) - prevents seasickness - use it each day if you've ever had reaction to motion of any kind. Works great. Also, bandaids, small amounts of antibiotic cream, tylenol, etc...can find on the ship, but costly.

3. Small flashlight and travel alarm - inside cabins are pitch black at night during bathroom trips. Alarm to ensure you wake for early shore excursions or a nap before formal night...etc.

4. A large trash bag to collect dirty clothes during the week and small/single use clothes soap, should you want to take less luggage and do a load of laundry on at at sea day (find at walmart or target).

5. Over the door shoe holder (canvass/plastic type) - holds all the small stuff in see through pockets - there's little storage in the cabin.

6. ALL TRAVEL DOCUMENTS!

7. I start making a packing list a month before...and recheck it to ensure all is on it, before I begin packing.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old April 11th, 2008, 04:16 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 25
Default

We always pack a travel alarm, a collapsable laundry bag (from the dollar store),Post-it notes,and always,a small can of air freshener for the bathroom......and individual soap (Tide) packets to wash out bathing suits. I am a TA and I always pass on these tips to first time cruisers.
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old April 14th, 2008, 05:01 PM
rollerdonna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Caribou River, Nova Scotia
Posts: 16,185
Default

This is a great topic, especially since I'm packing for my cruise this weekend!

One of the things I have learned to bring, and actually keep together in a kit,
is first aid/medications. I have a basic first aid kit , bandaids, ointment, gauze, etc, and have added motion sickness pills, Imodium for diarrhea, Benadryl for bites or allergic reactions, Tylenol for pain, cold medecine, ointment for burnt lips, aloe vera gel for burnt skin, well, you get the picture!

Also, good ideas are a night light for those dark inside cabins,
- sticky note pads for leaving notes for your steward, or your travel companion (s) especially if you're with a group.
- power cord if you have lots of stuff to plug in
- something magnetic to help identify your cabin door in the corridor,
we usually bring a Canada magnet.
- lots of people like to have a highligter pen to highlight what activities they want to do in the daily newsletter. I always forget one!

donna
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old April 15th, 2008, 07:19 AM
kandajones's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Southampton, England, UK
Posts: 1,044
Default

All the above answers, plus .....

2 sets of clothes in larger sizes to wear after all that lovely food

Alan & Katrina
__________________
Last Cruise: P&O Adonia June 2014
Next Cruise: Azamara Journey August 2014
followed by: Queen Victoria November 2014
followed by: Queen Elizabeth December 2014

History :
Golden, Grand(2), Caribbean, Sea(4+1 aborted)
Adonia(4+2), Arcadia, Artemis(2), Aurora(5), Azura(2), Oceana(3), Oriana(11), Ventura(2), Victoria(5)
QM2(2), QE2(9), QV(5), QE, Caronia(2), Minerva II, Fred.Olsen(8), NCL Jade, =X= Eclipse, HAL Ryndam
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old April 16th, 2008, 11:53 AM
Member
Familiar Face
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Appleton, WI
Posts: 39
Default

Forget the Bonine. Just get ginger root capsules (in the vitamin aisle) or candied ginger to combat nausea. I was advised to take one before boarding and then one each morning. Works great!
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old April 16th, 2008, 12:00 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 25
Default

I agree on the Bonine...as well as Dramamine-they make me very tired and a little dizzy...
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old April 21st, 2008, 09:27 AM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 36
Default items

I bring a 10cc bottle of antibiotic ear ointment, suspension fluid its called. All the different waters that will be getting in your ear canal.
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old April 21st, 2008, 05:01 PM
user999's Avatar
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 10
Default

You will find all of those small things, seemingly insignificant things, in ships shops.
Stop panicking, they have everything you might need.
I know. My girlfriend (ex) was working in one.
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old April 22nd, 2008, 09:44 AM
Dannyboy's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: A Southern Gentleman (Southern California)
Posts: 606
Send a message via Yahoo to Dannyboy
Default

You may want to contact your insurance company, get all the requirements for oveseas claims and keep the list with you including both overseas and local phone numbers.
Make sure you keep a list of credit card numbers for cancelation purposes in case of loss in your cells. Some credit card companies charge 3% on overseas purchases plus conversion rates. use Amex travelers checks.
Enter all your contact numbers and account numbers in both cells (mobil Phones) including and not limited to Cruise line emergency number, They have a direct contact for emergencies. Place your hotel direct number in your cell and airlines.
You can confirm your flight. make sure you have at least one hour on connections and avoid snowbelt airports in the winter. 24% of all flights in 2007 were late and fly in one day earily. don't fly the day of cruise to port and check with the head purser if your departure flight is before noon on your flight home, they will issue advance disembarkation passes if necessary. Remenber, airlines change boarding gates sometimes while in rout, check ASAP on connections. Go online and print the airport layout.
If you read the Contract online, airline terms and condition. Requirements for check-in. Domestic requirements 30-min advance for check-in and 15-min @ gate, if the flight is oversold, your seat is resold. Most important is the denied boarding, if you comply to check-in.
Continental has a provision for 200% payable upon request at location on current value of leg. meaning you can catch another flight on any airline.
All the compensation disclosures are spelled out. Each airline has there own terms and conditions.
Carrie your luggage onboard ship and off, The porters rip off anything they can reach, there not employed by the cruise lines. use plastic zip ties on all zipper pockets on your luggage, keep plenty on hand. keep small nail clippers with you to gain access.
Look online for large wine marts, pick-up a bottle @ (cruise departure location) (Florida does not sell booze on Sundays until noon).
A 3000 litre bottle of wine, direct your cabin stuwart to deliver the bottle to your table, the cruise line charges a corkage charge. 3000 litres=4-bottles. write the table number and your last name on the bottle.
PS don't take on aircraft, 50 pound limit on luggage and not allowed to carry-on.
Always verify your dining table when you first get on the ship, in (dining room) tip the restruant manager $20, he will tell you the ages of persons and size of table you are assigned, thats the time to make changes. Anytime dining is your best option, the set seating at 6pm and 8pm always have open tables for walk-ins and the $20 tip gives you cart Blance.
Go online and read about Noro virus, washing your hands everytime you use public areas is important. always keep your hand free next to stair rails, to catch youself incase of fall. every cruise ship has at least one accident, especially ladies with long gowns and heels. inother words, keep your drink on the hand oppisite of stair rail.
Get a soda card, Well worth the cost., if your inclined, keep your VODKA or white Rum in a water bottle to mix.
Remember when at Ports, unless your on a tour or specifically doing somthing special, nothing opens untill 9 A.M or 10 A.M. Sleep-in and have a great breakfest.

Good luck
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:28 AM
Dannyboy's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: A Southern Gentleman (Southern California)
Posts: 606
Send a message via Yahoo to Dannyboy
Default You should read about Noro Virus!

Quote:
Originally Posted by judykehley
We always pack a travel alarm, a collapsable laundry bag (from the dollar store),Post-it notes,and always,a small can of air freshener for the bathroom......and individual soap (Tide) packets to wash out bathing suits. I am a TA and I always pass on these tips to first time cruisers.
Don't concern yourself with fresh air, use disinfectant spray on your entire cabin upon boarding, don't forget all handles, phone receiver. bed spread remove pillow cases and spray pillows!!!!

Read my other postings, I have reached the elite levels on two cruise lines working on a third.
I started cruising on Celebrity when they had only three ships.
Been there done that and always learning something new.
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old April 22nd, 2008, 10:48 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 25
Default

The air freshener is for "odors" not for disinfecting. That is a small space and after my husband performs his morning constitutional,whew,I need the air freshener.That is the most delicate way I can put it...
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old April 22nd, 2008, 02:59 PM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Salt Lake City
Posts: 2
Default

Bring Pepto Bismol or Immodium with you. And hide it. Once you are on the ship, if you feel a little upset stomach WHATEVER YOU DO, DO NOT BUY THESE THINGS FROM THE ONBOARD DRUGSTORE.

This will flag you as possibly having Norwalk or some other virus. The ship may quarantine you to your room for several days.
Reply With Quote
  #21 (permalink)  
Old April 22nd, 2008, 03:08 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 25
Default

I always bring Pepto and Immodium,would have to be desperate to pay the prices on the ship for those items.I was not aware that they might flag you as possibly having Noro..
Reply With Quote
  #22 (permalink)  
Old April 25th, 2008, 01:27 AM
DeepSpace's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: My House
Posts: 333
Default

All of the above, and also bring your meds if you are on any type, your travel papers (a must).
Just think of the little things you use at home on a daily basics.

Have a good time.
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old April 25th, 2008, 01:42 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 45
Default

Bug repellant......Some of the islands & Princess Cay have no-see-ums (small bitting insects) that can drive you crazy! They leave welts - much like mosquitos and really itch!
__________________
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Princess Cruises x 7
RCCL x 1
Carnival x 2
Reply With Quote
  #24 (permalink)  
Old April 25th, 2008, 02:55 PM
TravelBugs's Avatar
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SC
Posts: 237
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by vacaqn

ace bandage - in case you sprain something, or worse break a foot - and the infirmary will not see you because you did it on the beach and not on this ship!
Really? If you hurt yourself the infirmary wouldn't treat you? Even if you paid their fee?
Reply With Quote
  #25 (permalink)  
Old June 12th, 2008, 11:53 PM
ISAPLAYA's Avatar
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 12
Default top 5

1) ginger root capsules to avoid seasickness (walgreens)
2) tennis shoes for the gym
3) magazines, in my last cruise they didnt sold magazines (carnival freedom)
4) first aid kit
5) yellow marker to identify activities

have fun
__________________





EMERALD PRINCESS
OCTOBER 3, 2008
TRANSATLANTIC
VENICE-FT LAUDERDALE
Reply With Quote
  #26 (permalink)  
Old June 12th, 2008, 11:54 PM
ISAPLAYA's Avatar
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 12
Default top 5

1) ginger root capsules to avoid seasickness (walgreens)
2) tennis shoes for the gym
3) magazines, in my last cruise they didnt sold magazines (carnival freedom)
4) first aid kit
5) yellow marker to identify activities

have fun
__________________





EMERALD PRINCESS
OCTOBER 3, 2008
TRANSATLANTIC
VENICE-FT LAUDERDALE
Reply With Quote
  #27 (permalink)  
Old June 19th, 2008, 06:26 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 14
Default

You don't mention which ship you are on, but a set of walkie talkie's come in handy on the really large ships.

Also, I write out addresses of friends and family on blank labels that I can keep in my wallet so I can easily write a quick postcard !
__________________
.

Noordam-June-07
Star-Jan-07
Mariner of the Seas- Aug-05
Dawn- Mar-05
Star-Feb-04
Dawn-July-02
Reply With Quote
  #28 (permalink)  
Old June 19th, 2008, 08:20 AM
Hub's Avatar
Hub Hub is offline
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mississippi Delta
Posts: 592
Default

Don't forget your sense of adventure!
__________________
Carnival Triumph 8/10
Crown Princess, 10/08
Ocean Princess, 11/2000
Grandeur of the Seas, 8/99
Mercury, 11/98
Century, 10/97
Fascination, 10/96
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
boarding, carnival, clothesline, cruise, cruiseships, denied, forget, forgetting, forgot, long, magnets, medications, stomach, things

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
THE THINGS YOU REALLY NEED ON A CRUISE, AND YET MIGHT FORGET Boiler Cuiser All Things Cruising 18 January 13th, 2012 01:42 PM
Don't FORGET to PEEK-Virtual Cruise is getting INTERESTING Kuki Chit - Chat for Cruisers 8 April 26th, 2008 05:13 PM
10 Cruise Things to Do / Not Do Cassandra Royal Caribbean International 22 September 28th, 2006 06:07 PM
A tImE yOu HaD oN yOuR cRuIsE wHiCh yOuLl NeVeR fOrGeT!! sHeReE Teen Cruisers 40 June 2nd, 2004 06:36 AM
Dont Forget Cruise Cuisine Carole and Johnny Chit - Chat for Cruisers 1 November 13th, 2002 11:45 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:33 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1