Isn’t that one of the best parts of going on a cruise? Because your home away from home travels with you to more than 240 ports of call across the globe, including Alaska, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia, you only need to unpack your bags once.

You can choose from over twenty-five different ships, each with its unique array of restaurants, bars, and lounges, activities (from skydiving to bumper cars), and innovative shows to ensure that you and your loved ones have the vacation of a lifetime. Quite a bit is coming your way, so it’s best to be ready.

This helpful packing list will ensure that you are ready for your cruise st Pete beach and have an enjoyable experience.

  • Bag or Tote Packed With Necessities

You’ll be eager to participate as soon as you step foot on your ship. Water slides and the FlowRider surf simulator are just two examples of the fun and excitement that await you. You’ll be prepared to jump in if you pack your swimwear, sunscreen, and sunglasses in a tote bag. Staterooms are typically prepared for guests shortly after boarding, and any additional bags they may have checked will be brought to them on the same day. It’s a good idea to have an extra bag in case you need to bring anything along on a shore excursion or buy anything special to remember your trip.

  • Layer that dries quickly or an extra pair of pants

It’s a good idea to carry a change of clothes on shore excursions that may require getting wet, such as zip lining on Royal Caribbean’s private island resort of Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas or whale watching in Alaska. This will keep you safe from the rain and warm until you can return to your ship.

Expert advice: pack light by donning a few thin clothes that can be stacked or peeled off as the temperature rises or falls or when the air conditioning kicks on. Considering the frequent temperature swings in Alaska, this is sound advice, regardless of location.

  • Wear Trousers and Socks

Pants and socks are required for ice skating on Royal Caribbean’s Allure, Symphony, and Wonder of the Seas (and many more!). You should also bring socks if you plan on using the ship’s rock climbing wall or zip line. Dinner at the main restaurant or one of the many specialized restaurants, such as the Asian-inspired Izumi, can be as casual or elegant as you desire.


  • Attire for a Formal Dinner

There is a “come as you are” policy on board because you are on vacation and should dress casually. You can dress casually (in jeans, T-shirts, and sundresses), brightly (in collared shirts, blazers, dresses, and blouses), or formally (in black tie) for dinner. We suggest saving the swimsuits, shorts, flip-flops, and baseball caps for other portions of your day.


  • A Balanced Collection of Shoes

For activities like laser tag, the zip line, and the Sports Court, comfortable shoes are a must. For more active beach excursions, like snorkeling in Bermuda or discovering cenote swimming holes in Mexico, a pair of non-slip, closed-toe water shoes is also helpful.


  • Extra charger

If you need to stay connected at all times, the ship’s WiFi has you covered. Make sure to pack a portable charger (also known as a power bank) so that you can stay powered up wherever your travels take you, whether that’s by the pool sharing your bragging photos from a day of FlowRider surfing or the North Star. This all-glass observation capsule provides the best views in the house at 300 feet above the ocean.

  • Aloe Vera or Sunscreen 

You can spend a lot of time outdoors on vacation, whether racing down the waterslides, relaxing in one of the many pools and whirlpools, or enjoying a drink at a poolside bar like The Lime & Coconut. Put some aloe vera or after-sun lotion and sunscreen in your bag. If you’re traveling to the port city where your cruise embarks, include it in your checked baggage.

  • Wrinkles- release  Spray, 

Laundry, pressing, and dry cleaning are all available on the ship. If you want to take matters into your own hands (irons aren’t provided in staterooms for safety reasons), you can bring wrinkle-release spray. That way, you can enjoy the many onboard nightlife options, from Italian trattorias and wine bars to American steakhouses, to first-row seats to large-scale productions like “Grease” and “Hairspray.”


  •  A valid government-issued photo ID such as a passport or a birth certificate

Identification and visas may be required depending on the origin and destination of your voyage. Usually, you’ll need a passport, but in some cases, you can get by with a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or an identity card) and your original birth certificate. 

In conclusion, cruising is fun. However, you must ensure you have all the essentials to remain comfortable the whole way. 

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