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

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 05:33 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: London, England
Posts: 13
Default What to pack in hand luggage for boarding day?

Good Morning Everyone,

Our cruise is getting very close now. Flying over from the UK on Sunday morning for our over night stay in Miami and then boarding Jewel on Monday.

Our house has been turned in to a mini department store with clothes all over the place and bags with bits the children want to take and the evening wear hanging up on back of doors.

What i wasn't sure about was what to take with us on the day we board. We are planning on leaving the hotel at about 11.30am and heading down to the pier. I understand that the process of getting onto the ship can take some time and they take your suitcases from you. What should i carry in our hand luggage?

I was thinking of swims for the kids and some sunscreen but couldn't think of anything else. Do they provide towels by the pool? Any help with ideas or essential that i'll need before we get our stateroom and suitacases would be great.

Also things we should do on the first day whilst waiting for the cruise to leave.

Many thanks, Hannah
__________________
Jewel of the Seas - March 09
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 06:51 AM
Pootersdad's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: I'd Rather Be Cruising
Posts: 854
Default What to Take in Carry-On Bags

Since you won't see your checked bags until sometime after boarding (any maybe not until after dinner), you may want to consider packing your "first night dinner" clothes in your carry-on bags.

Having said that, I can tell you that in 30 cruises, we have never had to wait until after dinner to get our checked bags. We have late seating, though, so that may figure into the equation.

Definitely take some swim things for the kids in your carry-ons. Give some thought to what you want to wear for dinner the first night, although Royal Caribbean is very forgiving (as are other lines) about the dress code the first night.

If you haven't sailed on the Jewel, you will love the ship. We've been on that ship 5 times, and are sailing Jewel again in October. Enjoy!
__________________
Grandeur OTS b2b2b January 2015
Grandeur OTS b2b2b January 2016
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 06:58 AM
felix_the_cat's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Niagara, Canada
Posts: 1,637
Default

I always take swim-wear, dinner clothes, make-up etc. in my hand luggage. We have early dinner and there have been a few times where our baggage hasn't made the cabin til after that.

I always feel it's better to be sure I have enough to get through the first 24 hours but I find I'm also a bit paranoid. When I'm packing at home I actually make sure I have enough clothes in my carry-on for 3 days in case there is a problem with cases even arriving on the plane.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 07:20 AM
thecruisequeen's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 11,285
Default

I agree with the above posters....Swimwear and clothing for that evening dinner. There was a time I did not get my suitcase until 11PM. However most of the time the suitcase gets there before dinner.

__________________
CQ's Cruise Resume

Vision Of The Seas
Independence Of The Seas
Allure Of The Seas
Carnival Breeze
Oasis Of The Seas x3
Liberty Of The Seas x4
Freedom Of The Seas x3
Navigator Of The Seas x2
Explorer Of The Seas x2
Voyager Of The Seas
Enchantment Of The Seas
Rhapsody Of The Seas
Majesty Of The Seas
Monarch Of The Seas
Sovereign Of The Seas
Celebrity Mercury
Carnival Victory
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 08:49 AM
glgolfer's Avatar
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 142
Default

all medicine, jewelry, camera and electronic equipment. makeup.

anything you don't want "lost" from your checked luggage.

as others have said - a change or 2 of clothes and swimsuits.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 09:26 AM
cruisermeg's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: one hour from Cape Liberty
Posts: 430
Default

As many times as we have done this...i've never actually packed a change of clothes or swimsuit...but i think we toss in some undies.

And, all the usual stuff, toiletries, valuables, meds, cameras, laptop. The stuff i WANT. Clothes-well---we cross pack so i figure that we will get at least ONE bag!
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 09:59 AM
Donna's Avatar
Moderator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: on my computer
Posts: 26,449
Send a message via AIM to Donna
Default

You should have towels in your cabin, but if not, check by the pool. They may be still washing them from the day before. In most cases, they don't have the cabins ready until 1:00.
__________________

Message Boards Moderator
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 10:17 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: London, England
Posts: 13
Default

Thank you so much for all your help. We had never thought about taking spare clothes but will do as both children can get dirty in a second!

Would you recommend eating in the main restaurant on the first night or windjammers?

Hannah
__________________
Jewel of the Seas - March 09
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 10:30 AM
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Palmer, Massachusetts
Posts: 12,716
Default

Hannah - definately dine in the main dining room on the first night, your table is reserved for you and your waitstaff will be waiting for you. Another thing to remember is that for any reason you and your family decide not to dine in the main dining room on any particular night, out of courtesy please inform the Maitre D so that he may inform your waitstaff not to wait for you.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 11:38 AM
Ephraim's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Posts: 483
Default

You might also want to see if there is enough rooms for an IV (full drip), a DVD player and a rubber dingy as well
__________________
Email me!
My blog website...
Reply With Quote
  #11 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 11:53 AM
felix_the_cat's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Niagara, Canada
Posts: 1,637
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ephraim
You might also want to see if there is enough rooms for an IV (full drip), a DVD player and a rubber dingy as well
Hey!! are you saying some of "us" (meaning me) are over reacting????? Besides the rubber dingy will be good for the pool you should have to youself cause you're the only one who though to take our swimsuit.
Reply With Quote
  #12 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 12:36 PM
dina's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 7,431
Default

I know a few people who never received thier luggage between the dock and the ship. It happens. Thats why I never leave important stuff in the suitcases.
__________________
Carolin


Life is too short to let the ship of your dreams sail without you.


Carnival Destiny Feb. 2006
Carnival Fascination Feb. 2007
Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas Feb. 2008 The DTW & MsBJ tour
Carnival Valor MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2009
Carnival Glory MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2010
Carnival Dream MsBJ and Dina Feb. 2011
Reply With Quote
  #13 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 01:46 PM
katlady's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: On the lido deck with drink of the day
Posts: 12,940
Default

Meds are the number one thing I pack in the hand luggage. Once you get on the ship. I suggest if you want a hair appointment for formal night you book that right away. At the same time ask the Salon if they need a "model" for the Spa tour. You may get some free service as a model. If not hey you took a shot. Also if you want to go to the special restuartant (if Jewel has one?) you will want to book that appointment also. The Casino normally has special lower table limits on the first night, so I would do any gamble on the first night. Than head to Windjammer for some lunch and have a great time.
__________________
One part age; three parts liquor!

Freedom of the Seas 2012
Carnival Splendor 2010
Carnival Freedom 2008
Carnival Elation 2007
Celebrity Infinity 2006
Carnival Ecstasy 2005
Carnival Paradise 2004
Star Princess 2002
Viking Serenade 1994
Reply With Quote
  #14 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 04:05 PM
Ephraim's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Posts: 483
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by felix_the_cat
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ephraim
You might also want to see if there is enough rooms for an IV (full drip), a DVD player and a rubber dingy as well
Hey!! are you saying some of "us" (meaning me) are over reacting????? Besides the rubber dingy will be good for the pool you should have to youself cause you're the only one who though to take our swimsuit.
Medication is foremost. Electronics and a camera. At least one pair of underwear (if they lose your luggage you still want new underwear from day to day). Glasses. Swimsuit if you want to go to the pool that afternoon. A highlighter pen so you can mark off important stuff on the daily planner. The normal stuff you would carry on to an airplane, except for the extra swimsuit.

The IV just reminds me of an episode of the show The Nanny where she comes back from the hospital and pulls out things that she took and one of them is a full IV, with the drips.
__________________
Email me!
My blog website...
Reply With Quote
  #15 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 04:11 PM
felix_the_cat's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Niagara, Canada
Posts: 1,637
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ephraim
Quote:
Originally Posted by felix_the_cat
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ephraim
You might also want to see if there is enough rooms for an IV (full drip), a DVD player and a rubber dingy as well
Hey!! are you saying some of "us" (meaning me) are over reacting????? Besides the rubber dingy will be good for the pool you should have to youself cause you're the only one who though to take our swimsuit.
Medication is foremost. Electronics and a camera. At least one pair of underwear (if they lose your luggage you still want new underwear from day to day). Glasses. Swimsuit if you want to go to the pool that afternoon. A highlighter pen so you can mark off important stuff on the daily planner. The normal stuff you would carry on to an airplane, except for the extra swimsuit.

The IV just reminds me of an episode of the show The Nanny where she comes back from the hospital and pulls out things that she took and one of them is a full IV, with the drips.
I thought maybe the IV drip was to smuggle booze.
Reply With Quote
  #16 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 04:17 PM
Ephraim's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Posts: 483
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by felix_the_cat
I thought maybe the IV drip was to smuggle booze.
I don't drink very much alcohol at all... so there is hardly a reason for me to bother to smuggle booze. I like drinks with mint like mojito or grasshopper and maybe a Midori martini. If I do tipple, I'm likely to buy *1* during the whole cruise. I think on my last cruise the only real charge on my bill other than the Internet was for a single can of ginger ale or diet coke. Told you... I'm not a fancy man!

On other lines or when travelling with friend and the corkage fee is reasonable, we will bring our own wine onboard. Though I have to admit that we brought a little bit of Italian Frizzante on our last trip in a soda bottle. It was a whole €1.50 worth.
__________________
Email me!
My blog website...
Reply With Quote
  #17 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 04:23 PM
Pootersdad's Avatar
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: I'd Rather Be Cruising
Posts: 854
Default Specialty Restaurants on Jewel

Quote:
Originally Posted by katlady
Also if you want to go to the special restuartant (if Jewel has one?) you will want to book that appointment also.
Jewel, as well as all her sister ships (Serenade, Brilliance, Radiance) have two specialty restaurants. Chops (our favorite) is a steak house, while Portofino is an Italian restaurant. Both are excellent. There is an "upcharge" for dining at these two venues, and children are not allowed after 6:00 P. M.

If you decide to use either of these restaurants (and I recommend both), make your reservations early in the cruise - they fill up fast.
__________________
Grandeur OTS b2b2b January 2015
Grandeur OTS b2b2b January 2016
Reply With Quote
  #18 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 04:35 PM
Senior Member
Captain
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 598
Default

Just want to remind you that you'll have to carry this bag around with you until your cabin is ready so don't make it too heavy --- the dingy might have to stay at home!

And if the kids are bringing their own backpacks for the plane ride.... double check they have them when you board the plane. I have twice seen kids jump up to board a plane and leave their backpacks behind. No one notices in the excitement of vacation fever. (yes, I did point it out to the parents and the backpacks went on vacation, too!)
__________________

Disney Wonder
RCCL Serenade of the Seas
Reply With Quote
  #19 (permalink)  
Old March 18th, 2009, 04:46 PM
Ephraim's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Posts: 483
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WildRover
Just want to remind you that you'll have to carry this bag around with you until your cabin is ready so don't make it too heavy --- the dingy might have to stay at home!

And if the kids are bringing their own backpacks for the plane ride.... double check they have them when you board the plane. I have twice seen kids jump up to board a plane and leave their backpacks behind. No one notices in the excitement of vacation fever. (yes, I did point it out to the parents and the backpacks went on vacation, too!)
They could just grab one from the overhead compartment of an airplane, before leaving. (I'm not seriously suggesting stealing it... it's just a joke... please don't take me seriously, that's a federal offence, people!)
__________________
Email me!
My blog website...
Reply With Quote
  #20 (permalink)  
Old March 19th, 2009, 08:57 AM
Campion's Avatar
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 23
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LisaK
Hannah - definately dine in the main dining room on the first night, your table is reserved for you and your waitstaff will be waiting for you.
To extend that thought, by going to your table the first night (assuming you have a large table that fits more than your party,) you get to meet your table mates and size up the situation. Just remember: Your table mates have the priviledge to sit at the table just as much as you do.
__________________
Carnival Victory, Oct. 2008

Upcoming:

Grandeur of the Seas, April 2009
Reply With Quote
  #21 (permalink)  
Old March 19th, 2009, 08:21 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Florida
Posts: 78
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dina
I know a few people who never received thier luggage between the dock and the ship. It happens. Thats why I never leave important stuff in the suitcases.
I read where it is a good idea to have a change of clothing for each person in each of the pieces of luggage. That way, if your luggage doesn't make it, at least you have a change of clothing in your traveling partner's luggage.
I never thought of that.
Reply With Quote
  #22 (permalink)  
Old March 19th, 2009, 08:24 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Florida
Posts: 78
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ephraim
Quote:
Originally Posted by felix_the_cat
I thought maybe the IV drip was to smuggle booze.
I don't drink very much alcohol at all... so there is hardly a reason for me to bother to smuggle booze. I like drinks with mint like mojito or grasshopper and maybe a Midori martini. If I do tipple, I'm likely to buy *1* during the whole cruise. I think on my last cruise the only real charge on my bill other than the Internet was for a single can of ginger ale or diet coke. Told you... I'm not a fancy man!
Oh, I don't know....ginger ale is a fancy drink. I always have it at the holidays!
Reply With Quote
  #23 (permalink)  
Old March 19th, 2009, 08:24 PM
Ephraim's Avatar
Senior Member
First Mate
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Montreal, QC, Canada
Posts: 483
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SAAdds1
Quote:
Originally Posted by dina
I know a few people who never received thier luggage between the dock and the ship. It happens. Thats why I never leave important stuff in the suitcases.
I read where it is a good idea to have a change of clothing for each person in each of the pieces of luggage. That way, if your luggage doesn't make it, at least you have a change of clothing in your traveling partner's luggage.
I never thought of that.
Actually, not just a change of clothing... half and half.
__________________
Email me!
My blog website...
Reply With Quote
  #24 (permalink)  
Old March 19th, 2009, 08:25 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Florida
Posts: 78
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by WildRover
Just want to remind you that you'll have to carry this bag around with you until your cabin is ready so don't make it too heavy --- the dingy might have to stay at home!

And if the kids are bringing their own backpacks for the plane ride.... double check they have them when you board the plane. I have twice seen kids jump up to board a plane and leave their backpacks behind. No one notices in the excitement of vacation fever. (yes, I did point it out to the parents and the backpacks went on vacation, too!)
That was very nice of you.
Reply With Quote
  #25 (permalink)  
Old March 19th, 2009, 08:28 PM
Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Florida
Posts: 78
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ephraim
Quote:
Originally Posted by SAAdds1
Quote:
Originally Posted by dina
I know a few people who never received thier luggage between the dock and the ship. It happens. Thats why I never leave important stuff in the suitcases.
I read where it is a good idea to have a change of clothing for each person in each of the pieces of luggage. That way, if your luggage doesn't make it, at least you have a change of clothing in your traveling partner's luggage.
I never thought of that.
Actually, not just a change of clothing... half and half.
Oh, good thinking! I hope I remember this in June. My memory is not what it used to be...
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
back, boarding, boat, boston, buy, cruise, jewel, luggage, seas, suncsreen, tampafl

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Boarding and Luggage KadenceGrace All Things Cruising 0 March 30th, 2008 11:27 AM
Boarding & Luggage (luggage with us)? Wezie1 Royal Caribbean International 6 July 29th, 2007 01:16 PM
Article on Hand Sanitizers & Hand Hygiene Meig Royal Caribbean International 6 March 26th, 2007 12:07 AM
Hand Luggage taylax90 Teen Cruisers 4 August 13th, 2006 10:55 AM
Poll: How many days in advance to you pack your luggage? sue Chit - Chat for Cruisers 17 August 10th, 2002 03:35 PM


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 01:53 PM.
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