My wife and I are going on our first cruise. Any advise on thing your forgot to bring with you on your fitst cruise? I have already been told, I need to bring a steamer since they do not have irons in the rooms.
Steamers arent allowed either (like an iron, they are a fire hazzard). I carried one on once with no problem though. Now I bring along Downys Wrinkle Release (comes in a white-ish colored spray bottle, not the fabirc softener stuff) which works pretty good. You just spray it on, and smooth out the wrinkles. Ive used it on many fabrics with good results, and never had to worry about burning myself. I use the stuff every day at home too.
Another vote for Downey Wrinkle Releaser. The last couple of times we have brought DH suit in our carry on and turned it in when we board. It is returned cleaned and pressed in time for the first formal night. You could have your shirts pressed for a small fee too. We still bring our small travel iron with no problems but very careful.
Be sure to read the "First Time Cruiser" article here and "Before you go" article. Lots of valuable info.
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean
I second the power strip-cabins only have one plug at the vanity, and one for razors only in the bathroom. Also, a nightlight is very nice to have, and an extra bag for souvenirs (we fold it up in our suitcase for the trip to the ship, and use it on the way home if needed).
You better not forget the dramamine just in case! We get a little sea sick the first night and if the seas are my rough than usual. They have it in the ship store but its less expensive to just take some.
I also used to bring on an iron but know use the spray wrinkle release.
We also brought on a few sxtra duffles. (flattened them and packed them in our bags) because you'll bring home more stuff then you left with! We brought home about 20 souvinier glasses and had a duffle and newspaper for them. hope you have a great time
Oh and if you plan to go to the beach a beach bag!
I usually have the cruise ship iron my pants and shirts for diner time. It is really cheap. For twenty dollars, I can get five pants and five shirts done. Well worth the money, since I usually spend about a grand on board.
Wow, that is a great price on ironing! What cruise line is that? We are leaving Sunday on RCCL and were just talking about getting a few shirts ironed if need be. My formal stuff is knit and slinky, so I'm not worried but we thought the dress shirts might get a little wrinkled. I do have some Wrinkle Release packed also. As far as a night light, I just used my cell phone for my alarm clock, kept it by my bed. Even though there is no service, the clock and light still worked of course, so if I woke up in the middle of the night I could just pick up my cell phone and see what time it was.
Well, I just popped back onto the site and realized that I asked "What cruise line" on the RCCL message board! Duh! But seriously, folks, was that a flat $2.00 per item ironed, or did it make a difference if is was a shirt or slacks? At any rate (no pun intended), that's not a bad price to get rid of your wrinkles while you relax. Now if only the spa offered prices like that to get rid of OUR wrinkles!
I have found that a small baggie of office supplies has come in handy - small scissors, a hiliter (to hilite the things on your "Cruise Compass" for the next day), a sharpie, a pen (to leave notes for the room attendant) and post-its. I have found this to be very helpful. Also, I bought 2 plastic small bins ($1.29 at Target) that my husband and I used as a "drop box" when we came into the room - camera, SeaPass card, soda bottle, etc. We each had our own. Water shoes were also a great thing to take on the excursions.