hi i'm sharon jerome's wife a couple of questions we went on our first cruise a couple of years ago, this may be a dumb question but is it easier to carry formal clothes in a garmet bag didn't last time wanted to reduce the amount of luggage but ran out of room, we are going on a 7 day eastern caribbean cruise and will need more clothes do they limit the amount of luggage on board
There is no limit to the amount of luggage, just whatever you are able to carry, pull, push or drag. If your suitcases will fit in you room...go for it! We took formal wear in a hang up bag and were glad we did. Ours looked so fresh and not wrinkled, and we did not want to stay in line to use the irons. I will always carry on a hang up bag. Good luck and have fun!
Don't over pack, you'll end up not wearing everything you brought. My husband usually empties out his closet. A garment bag will work, we used to use one. Now I bring a couple of pairs of shorts, enough underwear and hose for the number of days, a couple of t-shirts (because I know I'll be buying more in port), two bathing suits, and my evening wear. One pair of dress shoes, one evening bag (purse), one pair of sneakers, and one pair of water shoes. We have one large roller suitcase that we use for our evening clothes, one normal size (fit in the overhead) roller suitcase each. Then my husband carries an additional two gym bag sized carry-ons. I carry the cameras. The only restrictions I am aware of are the airline restrictions. Have a wonderful cruise!!
We haven't had to wash on board, but there are lots of people that do. I'm always buying t-shirts, so that's no problem. As long as I have clean underwear and a clean shirt, the shorts can be worn a few times. Our last one was a 14 day and I did a few pair of hose and socks in the shower. I brought 2 pairs of shorts and bought 2 more. I wear one bathing suit one day, and dry out the suit from the day before after washing it out in the shower. There is a clothes line in the shower and we had a balcony as well. The washers/dryers were down the hall, but didn't have to use them. The shirts you can buy in port are usually very inexpensive compared to the US prices. I bought a nice polo shirt in Trinidad last year for $6. But the option to wash is available. Have a wonderful time!!
Penny is correct, you always tend to over pack. As long as you have your formal wear (and you don't even HAVE to have that if you don't plan on going to formal night) and enough clean underwear/socks to last for the time you plan on going, you really need only a couple of shirts and some shorts. We end up buying a bunch of T-shirts and shorts and things in the ports.
That works for the Caribbean cruises, now we have a delema since we are now going to Alaska. Not sure how to pack for that. Need cool and warm clothing.. Coats? Hiking boots etc etc.. Sure will be interesting to watch the wife pack for that. She went out of town for 2 days last month and she filled a large carry on roller bag.
Washing clothes is an option (bring some powdered soap because buying it on the ship is pricey). But sometimes doing so is difficult because some many people are doing it. It is just easier to buy new stuff since you are going to do it anyway. (Be sure to have space in your bags to bring the new stuff home!)