Cruise Tips 59: Cruise Packing – Carry-on Luggage Tips


Carry-on luggage
Gary Bembridge author of “The Cruise Traveler’s Handbook” provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit and subscribe free to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and TuneIn Radio

When heading off on a cruise you should assume your suitcase will be delivered to your cabin after the ship has departed, and so I always recommend to cruisers that they should pack the following into a carry-on bag rather than suitcases they hand in at check-in.

  • Your cruise tickets, most lines require you to check-in online and print off an eTicket.
  • Identity documents including passport and another photo ID, such as a driver’s license.
  • Credit card, or cash to cover on-board spend. You have to provide this when checking in. Some cruise lines do not take debit cards, so check in advance.
  • Valuables including electronic goods like cameras, tablets, smartphones and laptops and jewellery and watches.
  • Important documents like travel insurance documents, emergency contact numbers and copies of visas and vaccination certificates.
  • Things you may need before your bags arrive in your cabin, like swimwear if you want to swim or use the hot tub before the ship departs.
    Prescription medication.

A simple test is to think about what you would least like to go astray and what you want to do on the ship before your regular suitcase to arrives.

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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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