This is the latest in a series of guides for cruisers, as today we’re going to talk about what to bring with you. Cruises can be tricky to pack for, depending on what’s included in the price or not. Some liners might include complimentary toiletries in your cabin, while others stock them in the cruise shop, which can get expensive. Now Cruise Deals are offering a great range of offers in this festive period. Here’s some motivation for you to start looking. And as always, if you’re unsure about anything -- just ask your travel agent.
As with any holiday, check the weather report before you pack. It’s no use turning up to Barbados in a sunhat and shorts when it’s hurricane season. If you’re unsure what to pack, ask your travel agent. They should be able to give you a rough idea of the weather for when you decide to go out. Of course, you might find the need to bring formal clothes in the case of sit down dinners, which some cruises still offer. So a good rule of thumb is to bring trainers for port excursions, smart shoes for dinners, and a shirt and trousers combo or a nice dress that can be worn according to the occasion. Also, don’t forget to bring a bag to keep your spare shoes in, and a water bottle!
Drinks and Snacks
Unless your cruise is all-inclusive, it’s worth bringing some sustenance for the journey. Most ships won’t mind you bringing a couple of bottles of wine. Although licensing restrictions may limit you from enjoying your drinks on board restaurants and bars. However, there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying a glass or two in your cabin while you admire the view. Of course, always check if there are restrictions. Now, snacks are usually included. But the odd piece of fruit or packet of crisps is useful to have while on port excursions too, especially if you plan on walking around for a long time.
If you’re new to cruising, or if the waves are set to get a bit choppy, it’s worth having seasickness medication. These usually come in tablet form and can be taken an hour before travel. So have some on hand just in case you need them. It might be difficult to find any when you reach the port, especially if English isn’t one of the common languages spoken. Of course, any personal medication you need should be brought with you in your carry-on bag, so that you’ve got access to it all day. Furthermore, sleeping aids, like earplugs and eye masks are useful to have as well, especially if your cabin is near a bar or near the engine room.
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