Who can pack for 7 day cruise in a carry on only?

We must fly to most ports we cruise from, so always trying to minimize our luggage to avoid checking bags. (Really hate the wait at baggage claim). Was able to pack in a carry-on sized bag for a 7-day out of Miami. Anyone else ever do that on for a 7-day? Shoes and more formal wear seem to be the challenge. Share any hacks.

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Not sure I would want to try. Also need to define the size of a carry on.

I wouldn’t want to try to pack that lightly either. Some carry on suitcases are a pretty good size, but I would rather over pack than under pack, so I’ll continue packing a checked piece of luggage.

My wife would love it if I could do that. She could then fill up one large and one medium size suit case with her things. She has explained to me girls like choices.

I packed in a carry on and my back pack for my last 7 night cruise and 4 days in Seattle, so 11 day with no checked bag. I did do laundry at the hotel, so got second use out of everything.

I have done carry on on most cruises. Only time I have checked bags has been for 4 week long trips to Europe.

Well I refer to my wife and I as the Clampett’s. So the chances of us going in a cruise with a carry on is Nill. You younger folks who don’t know who the clampetts are well you can google it.Happy

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Nope. Cannot be done. We live too far from an airport and then we take an extended stay after the cruise to enjoy the area

Depends on the expected weather. A warm weather cruise is easy - wash and wear clothes that dry overnight, mix and match for variety. Shoes can be a problem, but one pair of flat sandals, one pair with heels for dress up and I wear walking shoes to travel.

Cool weather is harder because sweaters and warm clothes take up more space and are not so easy to wash. As long as I am clean and tidy I am not concerned if I am seen in the same outfit several times.

We usually spend time away before and after a cruise and I have done six weeks with one 23" suitcase, not a carry on, but quite compact.

Overhead qualified bag.

Why? I would expect the Clampett's to wear the same clothes for the duration.


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