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I think I read somewhere that irons are not allowed, but all of my clothing is cotton, and will be a wrinkled mess! Can I bring a small travel iron, and if so, do I need any special electrical cord converter or extension cord? (I read somewhere else that you should bring a small extension strip outlet thing, but I have no idea why I would need one!)
I really don't care about how the clothes come out anymore. I do try to pack to minimize the wrinkles. The first day, all that stuff goes in a bag and off to the ship's laundry for a pressing. The ones that are not too bad are taken to the laundry room (If the ship has one; not on RCI) for a quick self-press.
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Hi Karen...I think you get the picture. NO irons allowed. It poses a huge fire hazard on board. Not that you'd do anything like forget to leave it plugged in and leave your cabin, but others might.
There are many good solutions to the age old wrinkle problem. Portable Steamers, wrinkle release products that you spray on, hanging your clothes in the bathroom during a shower, etc.
Most of my stuff is also cotton, and I've found very few wrinkles when unpacking on board. I also have all my cotton shirts laundered with light starch at our local dry cleaners, so this really reduces wrinkles from packing. My wife has no problem with wrinkled dresses, but most of them are not cotton.
I'd also suggest sending out anything really wrinkled to the ship's laundry. You can have a "press only" for only a few bucks and get it back the next day.
Good luck, Steve
I'm Steve Cooper. I love Royal Caribbean, and recently discovered NCL and love them too. I've also cruised Princess and HAL.
NCL Pearl Alaska Glacier Bay
RCI Liberty of the Seas E. Caribbean
We always bring a small steamer and it works great even on jeans! Get them from Walmart or Kmart for about $21.00
I also agree with RCscoop, the cleaners onboard is very reasonable...ex, to launder and press a shirt is $2.50--less expensive then the cleaners around the corner from our home.
Also, except for a few things here and there, we never had any issues with wrinkles either and only had to break out the steamer once a cruise.
Irons onboard is not a good idea for the reasons others stated--heck, I don't even care for the ones that smoke in their rooms
Hi, I totally agree with what the others have said about the risk of fires and stuff. I just wanted you to know that I have always traveled with my full size iron, never have hid it, and have never had any problems. In fact the room stewards usually wrap up the cord, like they do for curling irons. I never thought about sending my stuff out for pressing. I might try that this time, since I am flying cross country and there is a weight limit on luggage. The Downey Wrinkle spray does work wonderfully and you can get it in the sample section at Walmart or Target for about $1.50. I highly recommend a small 6 ft. extention cord. You will use it for sure.