I can't imagine me or my wife planning laundry time while on a cruise.
We use the ship's self serve laundry when available because we take only carry-on luggage with us. Having laundry available lets us cut down on a lot of things.
Plus, my husband works out for 90 minutes every day, and then washes his work-out clothes in the sink and hangs them up. If there are machines available, he doesn't have to do the sink thing every day.
I suppose for those that do, a laundry room would be needed.
My roll-aboard suitcase holds a tremendous amount while still fitting is the overhead compartment on the plane. Most of the cruises and vacations I've gone on have not had self-service laundry facilities available, and it hasn't been a problem. I don't take a new outfit for every day, but rather take things to "mix and match." The clothes I do take can all go with the two pairs of shoes I take. In my husband's case, a little Woolite or the ship's shampoo can go a long way in not needing to pack 10 workout t-shirts and shorts. He buys the quick-dry travel stuff and never has a problem. I prefer not washing things out in the sink, so I just take enough socks etc for the whole trip. And it still fits in a roll-aboard.
If I ever run into a problem on the ship, I can send laundry out, but that's a rarity.
I agree, its a vacation and the last place I'd want to be spending precious time is watching Sonny's machine spinning around ! Put them in a separate piece of luggage in plastic bags and all the clean if you have in the other bag; works for me.
I do the plastic bag thing, too, for the used laundry. It actually makes it easier to pack to go home, since I can stuff the plastic bag anywhere, not worrying about folding the clothes, or not putting them too close to shoes, etc.
Posted December 02, 2009 06:51 AM Hide Post
I do the plastic bag thing, too, for the used laundry. It actually makes it easier to pack to go home, since I can stuff the plastic bag anywhere, not worrying about folding the clothes, or not putting them too close to shoes, etc
I think a self - service laundry is great for personal items, particularly for those of use that like to do extended cruises or if traveling with children. Sonny's idea about the tuxes is great! (I wish I had thought of that).
My tux and my wife's formal dress would fill up a carry-on. There's been a few time when I washed a t-shirt or shorts that I spilled coffee on. We usually book a balcony--drying things over a chair on the balcony is pretty fast. Now that most airlines are charging $20 for the first piece of luggage and $30 for the second, I think a lot more people will be using laundry facilities or services. On our up-coming B2B we'll be taking 3 pieces of luggage at a cost $140. If we cut it to 2 pieces, we'll save $40. A full bag of laundry, washed, folded, and delivered to our cabin would cost $25. Sounds like a no-brainer.