60-Second Cruise Tips 032: Bring your favorite toiletries

60SecOptimisedGary Bembridge author of “The Cruise Traveler’s Handbook” provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit http://www.60secondcruisetips.com and https://www.tipsfortravellers.com/cruise-travelers-handbook.

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Mass-market cruise lines now usually only provide non-branded shower gel and shampoo in large refillable pump dispensers in your stateroom bathroom. This is instead of smaller individual bottles of branded products you may be more familiar with if you have been cruising before or stayed in land-based hotels. Many lines will not even provide individual bars of soap. Therefore, you should consider bringing your own preferred brands of personal cleansing products when heading off on a cruise.

While luxury cruise lines still provide premium branded toiletries, and often give you a choice between two different brands, the trend towards bulk product dispensers of everyday toiletry products is growing across the cruise industry. This appears to be an example of how cruise lines are finding ways to reduce costs without completely withdrawing products like these.

You will still find prestigious brands like Bulagri on Silversea, L’Occitane on Uniworld River Cruises and Penhaligan of London on Cunard ships. However, if you are cruising with mass-market lines like Carnival, Costa and MSC Cruises then remember you will only be receiving pump-dispenser bulk toiletries and decide if you want to bring your own instead.

 

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Gary Bembridge

Gary Bembridge Grew up in Zimbabwe, based in London since 1987. Been travelling for over 20 years every month of every year as a global marketing professional. In 2005 launched Tips for Travellers Blog & Podcast to share his learning on how to get the most out of every destination he visited. The podcast been in the Top 15 Travel Podcasts on iTunes ever since launch. Also runs the Travel Bloggers Podcast ( http://www.travelbloggerspodcast.com )

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