I would pack your bathing suit, and whatever you think you might need for the first day in your carry on luggage. My first cruise, I did not, and had to wait to get my bathing suit, and other stuff I wanted. Our last 2 cruises, we just walked our luggage on. It was a little hassle on the ramps, but well worth it, for not having to wait for our luggage. Some people don't get there luggage till after dinner. Binoculars are cool, even if you don't have a balcony. What itinerary are you doing? Only 8 days left.