You have your holiday time from work agreed and you finally booked the Carnival cruise of your dreams. Now, you are probably wondering what to pack for a Carnival cruise? As with any question like this one, there is no one hard and fast rule. Different cruises go to different destinations, with different weather, at different times of the year, and of course, each cruise may or may not have a special theme.
Carnival cruises go to a variety of destinations: The Caribbean, the Bahamas, Mexico, Hawaii, Bermuda, the Panama Canal, Canada & New England, Alaska and Europe. There is going to be quite a variation in the weather between these places. For example, Alaska and Hawaii make a big contrast. The clothing you need for these trips will vary a lot.
We are not going to go too much into these kinds of details in this article (check out the checklist for your destination). Rather we will be identifying the most important things you need to have on hand regardless of your destination.
You will need a lightweight carry-on bag which you can keep with you when you embark the ship. Your main luggage will need a little time to be brought to your cabin (don't forget to tag your main luggage so it arrives as planned).
Check with your cruise if there are any luggage restrictions or maximum dimensions. Do try to keep your main luggage light though. You are not going on a 6-month journey!
Also, while the ship doesn't limit your luggage in the same way airlines do, if you are taking a flight to meet the ship your luggage will need to meet the airline specifications.
Other than the woodcarving you are currently working on, the most important things NOT to pack for a cruise are dangerous items.
There is a whole long list of prohibited items which you should probably check. Although really, does anyone actually go on a cruise with nunchaku?!
In short, you should NOT be taking:
There is another category of items you should not pack, not necessarily dangerous things but things that could be dangerous or otherwise go against the ship's policies.
The list offers some entertaining reading and interesting insights into human behavior. I expect these things made it onto the list for a reason! In short if said thing could cause an accident, better not to bring it.
As the big departure day approaches don't let excitement cloud your judgment.
Make sure you are all packed, print all the documents you will need on the cruise, and ensure you have some cash to take on board.
You can make a last minute checklist to use the morning of departure for all the things you can't pack until the departure moment – like toothbrush, toothpaste, house keys etc.
Tie up any loose ends to do with work. Set up an automatic e-mail vacation response, answer any urgent messages during the week before you leave, and let people know you will be away.
Get the house ready for your absence. If you have pets make arrangements for them, leave a spare set of house keys with a trusted friend or neighbor, and make sure someone will come to water your plants.
If you are cruising in the winter make sure you turn off the water, so you don't come home to burst pipes.
Lastly, don't get too bogged down in all the practical things you have to consider. Spend some time dreaming and planning excursions for the stops you will make on the cruise.
A cruise is a wonderful way to explore and discover the world in nice, easy, manageable portions. Along, the way you have the opportunity to meet like-minded people, to party, have fun, explore new places, and enjoy a fantastic vacation to remember for the rest of your life. Enough said, get planning, get booked, and get packing!
A little pack planning goes a long way, and I hope this article has been helpful. Do you have any packing tips for cruise newbie's? What was your most dramatic packing disaster? Do let us know in the comments.
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