(Closed) Teach me how to pack for a cruise!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Lots of swimsuits!! Also they have a dress up day! You basically want an outfit every dayfor going on excursions… Some might require gym shoes. So I wore shorts a tank and a swimsuit or a sun dress. Then at night I showered and dressed nice every night the fancy night I wore a nicer dress. I also brought a good backpack to take offshore with my that fit 2 towels we did alot of beachy type excursions.


Beware of the sun on the boat!

Post # 6
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@littlemisst08:  At walmart they had mini cubs backpacks that were perfect for us manly enough that my fiance would carry it and perfect size for 2 towels sunscreen and my clutch!!

Post # 7
165 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013


I’ve only been on one cruise, to the western caribbean. I overpacked, so easy to do when you don’t know what you need or might want

Pack essential toiletries only, you will be so sweaty you won’t need or be able to wear much make up. Bring good sun block and bug repelant wipes for when you make port.

You will want to bring a couple pairs of shorts and tanktops or t-shirts for wearing when you make port. Bring your bathing suit or at least 2 and a coverup. sundresses are comfortable and relaxing to wear during the day. Bring a hat. Bring a couple nice dresses for dining in the main dining room, bring water shoes, flipflops, hiking/walking shoes and dress  shoes for the dining room, sneakers and flipflops are not usually allowed. Pack you hair dryer and flat iron.

For the most part you wont need much else besides some jewelry to wear for dinner, they usually have at least 1 dinner wear everyone wears suits/tux and cocktail dresses. There will be tons of photo backdrops all over the ship and you’ll want to look pretty (easier to wear makup at night).

If you decide to take any day trips whil in port I highly recommend that you only book the excursions offered by your cruise line, that way the ship wont leave without you if the tour runs late and you are less likey to be robbed.

If you are going on Carnival I recommend going to the website and check out this site http://www.carnival.com/cruising.aspx I got the best info from this site for cruising.

Post # 9
2055 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Bring plenty of sunscreen and toiletries! They are obscenely expensive to purchase onboard.  Lots of lounge clothes or very casual sundresses – during the day you won’t be dressing up, just something to throw on over your bathing suit.

Dress shoes for dress-up nights (if your cruise has them), but amke sure the heels aren’t too high – can be tricky on a cruise if you are in rough water!

Lots of lingerie! I went on a cruise with an ex-BF and we spent a lot of time in the room 😉

A nice digital camera! Also a waterproof camera (disposable or digital) if you spend time snorkeling. Lots of memory cards and make sure you bring extra batteries. Again, they are super expensive on board.

Watershoes if you want them for the beach. Books to read (or a kindle). Its so hard to read or use an Ipad in the sun, so that’s pretty useless!

Crossbody purse for when you are in port (easy for excursions & less likely to be stolen). Small clutch for dinner on board.

Bathing suits – 3+. Nothing of mine dried well because everything is humid in the Caribbean! I hate putting on a wet suit. And a lot of times we would go swimming on deck, change, and then go in the hot tub at night, and then want to wear a dry one the next day.  So that’s 3 suits in 2 days.  


Post # 10
273 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We go on a cruise every year. Thus is what we normally bring. 2 swimsuits with cover ups, 2 shorts, one pair of long pants, 2 dressy outfits, date night outfits for the rest of the trip, at least one bottle of sunscreen for you both (you dont want to run out especially on the boat its ridiculously expensive) 4 day time tops, dramamine (just in case the boat gets rocky or for hang overs) 2 pairs of underwear for eacg day (it sounds like a lot but i promise after sweating all day you cant wait to gwt out of everything) pair of sandles, pair of sneakers, cute pair of heels that go with everything. i think thats it

Post # 11
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Book excursions ahead of time, otherwise they will fill up fast and you’ll have to wait in long lines.

Pack anything required for excursions:

Snorkle gear

water shoes

water proof camera

wet bags

walking shoes/sneakers


Pack gym equipment (the gyms on the cruises I’ve been on are really nice.  Plus its a good way to treat hangovers):

Gym shorts





ear buds (also handy for the plane ride)


For clothing:

Tropical looking or nautical tops



Sun dresses


Formal dresses (depending on how many formal nights you have)

Bathing suits (around 3)

Bathing suit cover ups (for grabbing lunch in while you are sitting by the pool)

Flip flops

Strappy sandles

I liked to have shorts and cute tops for going ashore, sun dresses for during the day on the boat, and dresses for dinner.  Check your dinner’s dress code as I’ve been on ships which don’t allow shorts to dinner.


Additionally, bring:


Camera case

Wristlet (you don’t want to hault around your entire purse when you go off th boat, just some money, your sea pass, and your pass port

Beach bag (but you probably don’t need a towel)

Sun glasses

Sun screen (a lot of it, as it’s very expensive down there)

Aloe (if you plan on getting sun)

A couple of beach reads

Any printouts they require

Zip lock bags for anything that might get wet

Obvious toiletries and other things you will need.


Finally, pack a change of clothes and a bathing suit in your carry on luggage.  Keep what you bring light, comfortable, and fun. 

Where are you going and what ship?

I just did an Eastern Caribbean cruise with Royal Caribbean (back in November).  We left from San Juan, and hit Antigua, St. Thomas, Gualalope, St. Crouix, and St. Lucia (not in that order).

Post # 13
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

We just went on a cruise in December. I mostly wore sundresses and bathing suits for our shore excursions, then came back and showered for dinner. Usually jeans/casual dress in the evening and we also had 2 formal nights. I brought flip flops for the shore stuff and flats for the boat. 

Post # 14
1684 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Just a note about the floppy hat:  some cruises we’ve done, I longed for a hat.  Others, the wind was blowing so hard during our days at sea it would have been useless.

Post # 15
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

As some posters have mentioned, don’t forget dressy clothing for the evening! I thought I had enough dress clothes for my trip, but ended up buying another dress on an excursion because I felt people were more dressed up than me.

Also – bring gravol (if you think you might get motion sick!), cold medicines, and hand sanitizer. Colds/bugs go around cruise ships so fast, its amazing.

Agree with others who have said to book your excusions in advance.  Makes for a much easier trip when those details are already done!

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