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Old May 23rd, 2011, 04:24 PM
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My three person family is going on a cruise, since this is our first cruise we have no idea what to bring.

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On is on Allure of the Seas on August 21st, 2011, and the other is on Mariner of the Seas on Febuary 12th, 2012. They are both seven days. We have a central park balcony on Allure of the Seas, and a interior on Mariner of the Seas.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 04:47 PM
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Enough bathing suits to always have a dry one,,shorts and tees for the day time onboard or for exursions. A sweater or sweatshirt for cool nights outside.

Dressy clothes for evenig...fancy tops with pants or skirts,cocktail dress..dark suit for formal night ...sport coat ...how old is the child/boy girl? sundresses for the girl..dockers and polos for a boy

Good walking shoes//sneakers sandlals

If you choose to dine in alternative venues...no suits or dressy clothes needed.

Make sure you take sunscreen, and meds..these things are very $$$ onboard or in port.....

This should give you a starting point...more to come

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Old May 23rd, 2011, 05:24 PM
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Trip gave you some good advice.

Almost everyone ends up over packing. During the day you will probably be wearing shorts, swimsuits, t-shirts and cover ups. For evening go with Trip's advice but a "dark" suit isn't really required. A sport coat and dress slacks for a man will suffice. If you want to go totally formal then feel free to do so and bring the tuxedo.

I've found that a mesh laundry bag or even a garbage bag is a good idea to keep the dirty clothes separate from the clean ones.

Make sure everyone has a good pair of walking shoes and a pair of shoes that can be worn to the beach or around the pool.

The most important things to bring are:

Your cruise registration
Passport and Identification (birth certificates if no passport)
Credit card with a sufficient limit for the week.
Some cash for incidentals and tips.

Take care and if you have more questions, feel free to ask. I know other folks will have more ideas.

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Old May 30th, 2011, 01:26 PM
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I'm getting smarter about packing. I now pack more reusable outfits. I won't bring seven pairs of shorts, I'll bring 3 with 7 tops. Same with night clothes; I used to bring sevearl pairs of black pants; now I just pack one.

I try to do more mixing and matching to get repeated wear out of an item. You change so much throughout the day (at least I do) that the items really get very little wear.

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That is exactly what I did. I originally could find the short sets leading up to my cruise, so I bought several shirts and shorts and mixed and matched them. I did the same for the evening dining room attire. It worked out great. I still had some original sets, but I saved money by mixing and matching the rest.
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Old July 4th, 2011, 11:35 AM
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You should add a very light, unlined, nylon jacket with hood, just in case it rains. Mine weighs almost nothing and folds into a mini space.

Also, bring some cash for purchases in ports. Large purchases in shops can be put on the credit card. I like to pay cash for purchases in the ports from small local vendors. You are not going to hand over your credit card to a vendor on the beach for a necklace or shells.

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Old July 4th, 2011, 11:53 AM
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Paul Motter has a packing list that is posted on CM .I suggest checking that out .I gound it very helpful on my last cruise.
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