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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We did it again. Packed for a 7-day on Summit - all airline carry-on (checked 2 bags at the ship). Took airline qualified two carry-on pieces. As Celebrity only has evening chic, was easily to offload tux or suit and minimize shoes. Did it because our airline arrivals got us in late and we didn't want to deal with waiting for luggage for an hour. It can be done! Next cruise on Equinox in March - still deciding on whether we'll do it again.

I do it all the time. I use the ship’s laundry room. Also I’m alone so I have no problem with wearing out garments several times during a cruise.

I think it is easier for men to get away with light packing then for women. I also think it is easier with anytime dining that you can get 2 wearings out of items since you will not have the same dinner table mates each night. On my last cruise for formal nights I wore the same pants and shirt just different neck ties.

I also like the Tide Pods for traveling and doing laundry on a ship. I drop a few of them into a zip lock bag on each trip.

My friend always overpacks and her husband get so frustrated with it, but she's like I try to not overpack, but us ladies like choices and some days we just cannot decide what we want to wear or just plain change our mind, so she would rather overpack that way she never worries. On this first cruise I'm going to try and not overpack but even for little vacations or even when we went to Las Vegas twice I overpacked, even ended up not wearing some items I had packed. My husband keeps saying that only two bags each will be good for us for this cruise, but I'm kind of doubting that!!!!

Two bags each will be more than enough. We each get on "large" bag, one carry-on and we share he hang-up bag (his sport coat or tux depending on the cruise line and my gowns/dressy dress). My problem is shoes......

We do. We dont do formal dining, and we use the laundry services. Been to same ports so many times, so we dont buy "junk" . Carry on gets you off the ship first.

Number of bags is relevant only if you fly to port. If you drive to port you can bring as many as you want to pay the porter to check for you (so long as they fit into the car of course)

My wife and I for a 1 week cruise including a suit and couple of dress shirts and 2 nice long dresses manage with 1 shared large bag and 1 shared carry on. And I get to play pack mule ;)

That's great that you and your wife were able to do that for a week long cruise, I'm going to try and not go crazy and pack a bunch of stuff, because I myself don't want to carry too many bags even though we're lucky enough to drive to where we leave out of for our cruise.

If we could drive to the ports - we wouldn't even try. The only port that's driving distance for us is Galveston and we don't sail from there much. Air travel with bags sucks the wind out of the vacation.

We just got lucky with this cruise that its leaving out of Boston, so it's only like a 2 hour drive or so to get there, but I am sure that if we take another cruise after this first one we may not be so lucky as to be able to leave out of Boston.

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