Going on a cruise? Check out out cruise checklist for more information about what to pack for your next cruise vacation. Our cruise checklist is a general guide, if you have any questions about what you need for your next cruise, let us know. We’re happy to help ensure you have the best cruise ever.
- Have you or your agent completed your online check-in? If you’re on an InterTrav tour, we have done this for you and your boarding pass is included in your travel documents.
- Check to see what type of documentation your cruise requires and make sure you have a valid passport or passport card. Not sure? Check with us or check out this post: https://grouptripsandtravel.com/travel-passport-book-or-passport-card/
- Check your cruising itinerary to see what the dress code is for dining in the main dining room. Rule of Thumb: Most seven night cruises will have two formal nights, usually on the 2nd and 6th night of cruising. Want to remain casual? You’re free to dine at the buffet or any of the other on-board dining places.
- Bathing suit(s): All cruise ships have pools and hot tubs and your ports of call may offer fabulous beaches.
- Sunscreen: Don’t let a sunburn ruin your vacation, lather up frequently, especially when sailing the Caribbean or Hawaii!
- Money: When you get on-board you will establish an on-board account with your credit card. Everything will be charged to this account. When you’re on-shore, you will want to have cash with you as credit cards may not be accepted in smaller shops. Sailing the Caribbean? US Dollars are perfectly acceptable. Sailing Europe? Make sure to have Euros!
- Watch: Make sure you have a watch and set the time to the time on-board the ship. The ship will follow “ship time” which may differ from local time.
- Appropriate shoes: Make sure you are wearing good sturdy shoes when on-board. You’ll also want to make sure you have comfortable shoes for your ports of call.
- Travel Alarm Clock: Most ships don’t have a clock in the guest rooms other than the one on your cabin phone. You can arrange for a wake up call, but it’s not a bad idea to use a travel alarm clock. Don’t plan to use your cell phone as an alarm clock, cell phones sometimes have a hard time “keeping the time” when you’re sailing.
- Toiletries: Most staterooms will have soap and shampoo, you may want to bring your preferred brand.
- Prescription Medicine: While your ship does have an infirmary, they are not a pharmacy and may not be able to provide your medications. Make sure you have what you need before leaving home.
- Glasses and sunglasses
What don’t you need?
- Money for on-board purchases.
- Some cruise lines do allow you to bring in small amounts of wine or beer for personal consumption. Check the rules for your cruise and don’t plan on trying to sneak it on-board!
Special Note About Cell Phones: Cruise lines are all starting to get networks to allow you to use your cell phone while you’re cruising. However, check with your carrier about roaming and data usage rates. If you know you need to be connected while you’re away, many carriers have plans to allow international roaming and can put you on a plan temporarily. If you aren’t going to use your phone, turn it off! It will still roam if left on even if you aren’t using it and fees can apply.
We hope our cruise checklist has been helpful. As always, please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions! To start planning your next cruise vacation, call us toll free 1-800-624-8338.