One of our staff is going on a cruise over Christmas. She’ll be in warm weather, we’ll be here in Minnesota. The good news is it hasn’t snowed here (Minnesota had two servings of winter last year, so it looks as if we may be evening out for the 2011-2012 season).
The better news is that our team member is checking out this list of special things to pack on a cruise.
- Big items
If you’re bringing bigger items (golf clubs, scuba gear, strollers), check with the cruise line to see if these items are available to rent. It might save you some extra room and travel expenses.
- Extra cash
Bring plenty of cash for your end-of-cruise tips. Some cruise lines will add suggested gratuities to your onboard account which you will take care of at the end of the cruise. Check with your cruise line’s policies so that you know when and what will be charged.
- Be sure to pack a good watch.
You’ll need to watch the time on your shore excursions in order to make it back to the ship on time.
- Small day bag.
Also, consider packing a small day bag to use just for your shore excursions to carry your money, ids, camera and any other essentials.
- Pack a carry-on bag just for the boat
- When you check in to the ship, your bags will go through security and might not be brought to your room until a few hours later. Pack all important items that you might need in your carry-on (meds, special needs, swimsuits, other entertainment items).
- Do NOT put valuables in bags you are checking (electronics, jewelry, camera, money, credit cards, etc.). Put them in your carry-on if you can.
- Bring all medications in your carry-on. They should be in their original labeled container. Bring prescription copies as well as a list of the generic names.
- Be sure to leave room in your luggage for souvenirs, clothes, gifts, etc.
Have fun if you’re cruising this holiday season!