Washing Machine & Dryers on Ships

I recently read that the new Viking Star will have self help washing machines & dryers.  If washing machines and dryers were available on more ships would you use them on cruises over 7 days?  


On a recent long cruise I did use the machines & dryers about 6 times.  It took little time and the powder was included in the cost of the washing.  Dryers were complimentary so if you had articles that got wet, you could dry them free of charge.  The ship even had an iron.   

Normally on a vacation I don't like to be stuck spending time doing laundry.  The machines are a big help to families, though.  


What are your thoughts.

Tags: Ship washing machines & dryers

13 Answers

On both our long cruises we used the washer and dryer. Saves a lot of extra packing and if you schedule your time it goes very quickly. On our seven day cruise we did not use the facilities as we packed accordingly.

I think this a great option, also, please ask you cabin steward about other ideas . They are pretty good at this and for a few bucks I got a jacket fixed before a formal night. There was a young seamstress on board....

Depending what cruise line I would be on I may use them. I do get some free laundry on Celebrity and RCCL that I used on the 10 and 14 night cruises. Sending clothing to the laundry can be expensive. I know some friends that go to to Wall Mart and buy cheap underwear and through them out after wearing them, it is cheaper then sending them to the ship laundry.

I get free laundry on most of the lines , I have used the washing machines a few times

Sure, we've washed clothes on longer cruises. It’s nice to have that option available if you need it.

We have heard there are some ships without self service laundry rooms. Hard to imagine that on longer voyages. We have used those facilities many, many times. Since my wife is the laundry boss she should be posting here but she doesn't do that. Anyway, "Laundry Room Wars" have been a humorous subject for years. One time we were dining with the C.D., when someone mentioned the laundry rooms, he said, "there are three things you don't discuss on ships." 1. Politics 2. Religion 3. Laundry, LOL.

Laundry done for you is pretty expensive. Fortunately, we have earned the free laundry perk on two of the three lines we use, HAL and Princess. Princess's perk package is much more generous than HAL's in that we have had free laundry and quite a bit free internet time on Princess for years, yet we just earned free laundry on HAL at the end of our last cruise, but in 20 more days of sailing with them it will be 300 total days, still no free internet with HAL either, pretty stingy line. With Regent we have another 80 days sailing before free laundry but do get free dry cleaning, and unlimited internet.

We get free laundry service now on Carnival. It is a big help. Socks take a long time to dry without using a dryer.

We get free laundry service on Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, but we'll be sailing on Carnival for the first time. They do have launderettes onboard, so I'm taking my laundry pods and dryer sheets.

We didn't need soap suds as the machines on HAL Amsterdam included soap. Good thing aqnd those pods do weigh a bit. On the other hand they are very convenient. We brought a few along just to use in our room's bathroom. The sink unfortunately are very small.

We use pods when we travel. There's no danger of spilling.

For rinsing items in the sink a few years ago I found Tide Sink packets in the Sample size section of Target. They are made for just a sink full of suds. I have taken them with me on ships, but ended up being lazy and just sending items to the Laundry.


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