First time cruiser

Any advise on what to pack

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Congrats on your first cruise! Standard advice would be passport or driver's license and b/c as well as any medications you may need--pack all these in your purse or carry on.

Where are you sailing from/to? That helps determine what you need.

For a week cruise, take enough underwear to change daily, enough pants and shirts to wear two to three days each (depending on how dirty you get them). Two pairs of shoes (one formal, one walking. A pair of flip-flops if you need them). All prescription medication (along with prescriptions). Don't forget the chargers for your electronics.

Also recommend carrying your own over the counter medications (i.e. aspirin, cold medicine, etc) as it's fairly pricy if you have to purchase it on the ship. May want to consider carrying hand sanitizer with you as well.

For clothes, lay out everything you think you'll need for the cruise and then get rid of about 1/3 of it. Most folks tend to overpack. If you can repurpose outfits (like BDRebel said), you'll save yourself space in your room and luggage. You can always buy a T-Shirt/Outfit if needed at one of the ports too.... doubles as something to wear and a keepsake for later.

Bring some cash for local port purchases or if you plan to use the ship casino. ATMs are available on ship, but fees can be high.

Finally, take a great attitude and don't sweat the little things. Stuff may happen either on the way to the ship or while on the ship, but remember you're on vacation ---- Have fun

Welcome to our new cruisers. I tend to disagree with the seasoned cruisers who suggest taking fewer clothes, but thats just me. I like to have lots of choices, so I will pack at least 7 tops for a 7 day cruise, and have several outfits that can be mixed/matched if I want to change during the day. LOL

I also pack one pair of dress shoes or sandals, at least 2 pair of casual sandals and one pair of closed toe shoes in case an excursion requires them. For my husband, he has dress shoes, casual and at least 1 pr of sandals and water shoes.

We pack a short extension cord/power bar , with no surge protector so that we can plug in multiple things at one to charge.

What I would add is:

1. Clorox wipes to disinfect all the surfaces in the cabin you will touch, closet doors, dresser, light switches, door knobs, TV remote..........

2. A flash light, with black out drapes a cabin is pitch black at night and the bathroom light is very bright (also good in an emergency)

3. Water shoes if you're doing excursions in the water.

4. Sun screen and if going on excursion into the jungle bug repellent. You can buy those on ship, but they will be about 3 times what you pay for them at home.

4. A light sweater, even though your in the islands, the ship is kept kind of cool.

Enjoy to the fullest.

In the past, I have generally been guilty of not practicing what I am preaching.

On my next cruise, though, I have a 15 day TA with an international flight returning. With the baggage fees being charged, I think I will pack for a 7 day and just do laundry a couple of times.

And get some sea sickness meds (just in case) we got ours off of Amazon. We got the dramamine patches (that goes behind the ears) as well as the pills. We ended up not needing them but it was nice to know we had them. Also a copy of your passport (just in case you lose it or something happens to it.)

Thanks so much everyone. Just got back and survived! Had a wonderful time on Norwegian Sun! Sent from my iPad


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