What to Pack for a Cruise Vacation

By: Anna Lempereur Email
By: Anna Lempereur Email

When you are going on a cruise for the first time, you certainly do not want to figure out what you should have brought the hard way.

To go on a cruise from the U.S. now, you do not need a passport, but consultants with Travel Leaders recommended having one just in case something happens when overseas.

You can get on a cruise with your birth certificate and a photo ID.

Officials with Travel Leaders said many people have questions about the formal dinner, which is the chance to meet the captain.

You may have up to two formal nights.

Travel consultants said women can wear business attire or a formal dress or gown.

For men, they recommend a sports jacket and a collared shirt.

If you are going on a warm cruise, make sure to bring light or loose clothing, plenty of sunscreen, aloe gel and sunglasses.

For a cold cruise, like to Alaska, bring layers of clothing, including sweaters and coats.

If you get seasick, you will want to pack some Dramamine or Bonine.

For those who have special access needs, be sure to let someone at the cruise line know as soon as possible.

"The special access cabins are larger, and if you have a wheelchair, it makes it easier for you. And they have those both on inside, ocean view and balcony, which you have to book early because they don't have a lot of those cabins on the cruise, normally," said Larry Strawderman with Travel Leaders.

You can use cell phones on the ship, but consultants said it is expensive.

They recommend buying phone cards, which are cheaper once you arrive to your destination.

"When you get to the islands where you're going, you can buy prepaid phone cards there. If you're going to Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, which are U.S. territories, you can call anyway," said Jerry Looman with Travel Leaders.


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