Like so many Australians today, you’ve decided to escape the everyday on a beautiful cruise ship. For months, you’ve been longing for the moment you set sail into the warm ocean breezes. You’ve even decided which deck lounger has your name on it. But have you packed everything you need?
You’ll be surprised how many people forget the basics. So here’s a quick guide to help you remember the essentials when packing your cruise ship luggage:
Passport, passport, passport
Has anyone mentioned you’ll need to pack your passport? If you want to disembark at the exotic South Pacific island or iconic New Zealand destination, you’ll need your passport. Don’t think that just because you’ll only hop off your cruise ship for a few hours that you can go without it!
Carry-on day bag
When you arrive at your cruise ship terminal, you’ll deposit your luggage alongside many thousands of other pieces of passenger luggage. With so many people boarding at once, it may be some time before your luggage makes it to your stateroom. So be prepared and pack a carry-on bag. Make sure it holds everything you’ll need to get through to dinnertime. Think swimming togs, sunscreen, sandals, identification, and any medications and toiletries you (and your kids) may need.
Not enough or too much?
A great thing about holidaying at sea is your cruise ship luggage isn’t subject to the same weight restrictions as on airlines. But that doesn’t mean you should pack your whole wardrobe! Try to leave yourself some wiggle room in your stateroom. And if you’re flying to and from your cruise ship terminal, check your airline luggage restrictions.
The perfect outfit
What clothes you pack will depend on how you intend to spend your time, both at sea and when you hop off at each port. Check out the events and entertainment planned for your cruise, so you're never stuck with nothing to wear. Casual nights at onboard restaurants usually call for casual summer clothes, but double check on the ship's website before you go. On a 7-10 night cruise, there will usually be a couple of formal nights when you can dress up in your best. There may also be themed party nights, like Hawaiian or Cowboys and Indians. But don’t worry – your cruise ship will be able to provide some accessories!
There will be plenty of time to relax by the pool and exercise in the fitness centre. So pack lots of favourite bathing suits, shorts and thongs, and don’t forget your gym gear, so there’s no excuse!
Finally, it’s worth checking to see whether your ship has AU plug sockets. If it doesn’t, be sure to invest in a couple of universal plug adapters. And remember, if you’ve forgotten to pack something like your toothbrush or sun lotion, you can always pick it up in the onboard shop.
If you remember these simple tips about cruise ship luggage, you’ll have everything you need to enjoy your fantastic cruise holiday. Check out our full packing checklist on our website.