Post # 1
We’re leaving a week after the wedding to go on the Carnival Conquest to Jamaica, Grand Cayman & Cozumel. I have a general list of things to pack but don’t want to forget anything…
Do you have any must have items that you cruise with or any suggestions for first-time cruisers?
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Bring a nice dress for the captain’s dinner! And your doctor can give you a presacription for an anti-nausea patch to take along just in case you need it.
Post # 4
Bring a small duffel bag. On the last night of the cruise, you will have the option of leaving your luggage outside for the porters to take away to the loading dock during the night. You can keep your essentials with you in the duffel bag and give the rest to the porters. This is *much* easier than carrying it down yourself. On the last day of the cruise, the elevators will be super slow. You’ll end up taking the stairs unless you have a serious health condition. Life will be easier without your clunky suitcase.
Post # 5
Not exactly packing advice, but do not over pack. like any beach vacation you spend most of your day in your bathing suit. I wear half the clothes I bring most of the time. I like to test myself to see if I can get everything in two carry ons.
Post # 6
I just got back from a Carnival Cruise not that long ago! It was my first cruise and I was really nervous about what to bring. I brought a lot of versatile pieces and it worked out great! How long is your cruise? The 7 day ones have TWO captain’s dinners, so be sure to have two nice dresses. I brought a skirt and just paired it up with different tops and shoes for those nights.
Also, depending on how long the cruise is and what you’ll be doing, bring 2 or 3 bathing suits. I only brought one pair of jeans but wished I had brought two. The dining room is pretty cold so be sure to have a little sweater with you just in case.
Have a great time 🙂
Post # 7
There couldn’t be a more helpful site for cruisers than the message boards at Cruise Critic: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/ It is like the “wedding bee” of cruising! Click on the link and follow the links to your cruise line. The Carnival boards are very active so you can get helpful info on your ship there. other parts of the cruise critic website have ship reviews, etc. But when I planned our first cruise, the message boards ther were invaluable.
Post # 8
bring a water-proof camera. you can pick one up at target for 10.00 (maybe cheaper elsewhere??). they sell them for 25.00 on the ship!
Post # 9
As mentioned above, a nice outfit for the captain’s dinner. The best thing I brought was a hoodie to wear in the evenings to go to the upper deck to star gaze. It got pretty windy and chilly up there at night.
Post # 10
Thanks for all the suggestions! Our cruise is 7 days so I will plan on bringing 2 swimsuits & 2 formal outfits. I plan to pack light and I already bought some Rum Runner Flasks to save on money spent on drinks as they can pass through security unnoticed. This is a tip I got from Cruise Critics. I’m always cold so I will definetly bring a light sweater for the dining room. Thanks again for all the tips!
Post # 11
My parents always..ALWAYS…smuggle a bottle of liquor on the boat. Then have their fill of “cranberry juice pleae” then spike it with vodka. If you pack it well enough and wrap it enough, they don’t find it.
Post # 12
Yeah it’s way to expensive to actually buy the drinks on the boat!! Great plan! Sounds like you have the packing under control. I don’t know what your skin tone is like, but don’t forget the sunscreen!!! You don’t want to get toasted the first day and spend the rest of the time inside. 🙂