Release Date: 13 March 2007
Release ID: 1717
You are planning to set sail on a romantic cruise and, if you are like most travelers, you start packing a month in advance. Your departure day arrives and you discover that you need to rent a trailer to get all of your luggage to the cruise terminal! Most often, first time cruise passengers tend to over pack and spend their entire voyage dealing with bags and suitcases piled up in their cabin. Remember, everything you bring on board has to go someplace in your cabin--and these are not large spaces. For answers to all your cruise questions and waves of valuable information about all aspects of cruising visit the newly created website at http://www.CruiseFolks.com
When taking a cruise, keep in mind that just as in traveling by airplane, your luggage is going to be thrown about, X-rayed and possibly even searched. You should never lock your suitcases since it is highly likely the lock will cut off during the inspection process. Also like the airlines, you should pack your valuables, travel documents, jewelry, cash, and credit cards in your carry-on bags. Most likely, you will not be allowed to take your luggage on board the ship--just a carry-on. Your luggage will be deposited outside of your cabin door before the ship departs which may be hours after you have boarded the ship. So be prepared to get by for those first few hours with what you carried aboard.
Remember, you choose to cruise to have fun and excitement. Most travel agents and cruise directors would advise you to pack lightly and casually, but bring along one piece of formal attire just in case. This does not have to be a tuxedo or an evening gown, but what you typically wear to work if you work in a rather formal business environment. Personally speaking, I don't want to have to get dressed up when I am on vacation!
There will be laundry facilities on board the ship, so you should pack lightly, without bringing an entire different matching outfit for each day. Instead, bring clothing that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. If you really feel the need to bring several changes of clothes, remember closet and storage space will be very limited. If you are traveling with your family, it could be quite difficult to store large quantities of clothing into your limited storage compartments. In addition, there is good chance that you will be flying to your port of departure and airlines now have strict baggage and weight limits for your luggage. Save yourself some hassles, headaches and possibly even some surcharge luggage fees by packing for a casually good time. Pack for a relaxing getaway, not a three year voyage. For additional advice and useful tips about cruising, visit http://www.CruiseFolks.com
Personal articles like shampoo, toiletries and other items are provided in most ship cabins at no charge, and are available in on-board convenience stores at reasonable prices. A lesson learned many years ago is that it is better to pay a slightly higher price for shampoo and such in the on-board store than to over load my suitcases with bottles that will probably spill over everything on the way to ship or during the boarding process.
If you are in doubt as to what exactly to pack, turn to the experts--your fellow travelers. There are many forums and discussion groups online for cruise travelers and most offer tips and advice as to what to bring depending on the cruise line, your destination and the time of year. A little planning can make for a great adventure.
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