Many of you are first time cruisers, so we wanted to provide you with lots of details. After your first couple cruises, you will be the expert and can give us advice as to what else to include.
On the first day…
For the first day of your cruise, pack a small carry-on bag with your travel documents, a change of clothes, bathing suit, workout clothes, and any medications you may need. That way you don’t have to wait for your checked bags to arrive in your stateroom.
Shorts, t-shirts, slacks, trousers, casual skirts, blouses and sundresses are all perfect during the day, whether indoors or out.
For lounging by the pool, pack two bathing suits (an extra suit in case the other is wet) and a pair of casual shoes (e.g., flip-flops, sandals, sneakers). You’ll also need some casual shorts and a couple of t-shirts or a cover-up for getting to and from the pool areas.
If you’re planning to visit the onboard fitness center, be sure to bring extra shorts, t-shirts and socks that you won’t mind working out in – plus a pair of tennis or running shoes/sneakers.
Meals in the main dining room generally follow this schedule:
|Cruise Length||Casual||Smart Casual||Formal|
Suggested guidelines for these nights are:
Casual: Sport shirts and slacks for men(khakis are great); casual dresses or pants for women (generally jeans and/or shorts are frowned upon in the main dining room, but if totally casual is your thing, there are alternative dining options where you can certainly wear shorts and t’s.
Smart Casual: Jackets and ties for men, dresses or pantsuits for women
Formal: Suits and ties or tuxedos (you can rent a tux onboard or even make arrangements with the cruiseline before you go if you like) for men, cocktail dresses for women – if you have a fancy dress you wore years ago to a wedding, for example, but have not had another formal affair to wear it again…this is your time to take out that dress and look your best!
For fun… There are four very important types of books you’ll want to consider packing:
- Your bible (don’t leave home without it!)
- Poolside pleasures – nothing beats a great read in the sun
- Journal – keep an account of your adventure for sharing and reminiscing
- Address book – send your friends a postcard to make them smile and add new friends to your book whom you have gotten to know on the cruise
Binoculars are another often forgotten, yet indispensable travel item (especially on the Alaska cruises). Be sure to pack a pair for magnified excitement onboard and onshore.
You’ll need comfortable walking shoes, as well as a hat and sunscreen for protection from the sun. If you are going to Alaska, remember to bring some warmer clothes and layer them, so warm or cool, you will be prepared.
Be sure to also bring:
- A lightweight, waterproof coat or jacket, as well as a sweater or warm vest for strolling the decks of the ship and for glacier viewing
- A warm hat and gloves
- Women may want to bring two or three pairs of washable slacks or jeans (combined with polo shirts, blouses or light sweaters and accessorized with a belt, scarf or jewelry this basic outfit can be worn just about anywhere. Depending on weather and occasion, add a blazer, cardigan or windbreaker jacket)
- Men may want to add an extra pair of slacks, but they’ll find that the same basic dress theme works for them, too.
- Sturdy walking shoes for every day use (two pairs are suggested) both leather, to stand up to rain if necessary, and a pair with a good arch support
- One or two pairs of dress shoes to accompany your dinner outfit
What Not To Pack
For your safety, the following items are not allowed onboard and will be confiscated upon being found:
- Electrical Transformers
- Irons (some ships have a laundry room with an iron for guests to share but all ships offer dry cleaning and laundry services for a moderate fee)
- Flammable Liquids and Explosives, such as fireworks.
For security purposes, we also recommend not packing any valuables (such as jewelry) in your checked luggage.