Last May 2013, I had the pleasure of going on my first cruise.
We went to the Caribbean and it was amazing.
I ended up over packing, but I'd rather be safe than sorry!
My advice however, is pack what you can in a carry on, like shoes and bulky/heavy items and then pack the toiletries and remaining clothes in your checked luggage. This allows you to avoid the 50 lb mark on the way there if you take a plane, and it also allows you more space/weight for souvenirs when you return home.
I ended up packing more things to put over my bikini than I needed. Really all you need is either one pair of shorts and tank top/cover up just for the pool, and one for when you go to the beaches while docked in the port-of-calls.
Because I was on a huge ship, and because we would go to the beach early and come back in the afternoon, I had a lot of time to explore the boat. this is when I would wear a cuter outfit. I didn't always want to be in a wet bathing suit and you don't want to spend time in your small state room. I brought interchangeable pieces that I would walk around deck with.
I ended up bringing two sweaters and a wind breaker. I could have done without the sweaters. Even the one day it rained at sea, it was SO HOT!
So here's a rough list of what I would pack for my next Caribbean Cruise:
1 Cover Up
1 Yoga Shorts
1 Yoga Pants
2 Crop Tops
3 Knit Tank Tops
Lots of hair elastics
Big tote bag for the beach
2 heels for dinner
3 formal dresses
5 semi formal (you want a backup of two)
underwear and those types of things
My own blow dryer!
My own sunscreen. Two bottles. SPF 30+
2 Books for the beach
*extra memory card
*phone charger - picture backup (CANT USE *PHONE! turn off at sea, so roaming is not activated.)
No Towel - they have tons on the boat
Enjoy your cruise and don't forget to comment if you have suggestions!
Until next time,