GRRRRR.....I wish I had packed....
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Might as well have left the umbrella at home because I never used it and it rained at all our ports. I just kept forgeting to bring it.
Carnival Conquest, Eastern Caribbean 02/17/18
Carnival Conquest, Eastern Caribbean 02/25/18
Carnival Freedom, Western Caribbean 01/21/17
Carnival Freedom, Western Caribbean 01/14/17
Carnival Conquest, Eastern Caribbean 05/14/16
Carnival Liberty, Southern Caribbean 03/06/16
Carnival Magic, Western Caribbean 05/10/15
Carnival Pride, Southern Caribbean 03/15/15
Carnival Freedom, Eastern Caribbean 02/23/13
Carnival Liberty, Western Caribbean 01/29/12
Enchantment of the Seas, Bahamas 05/7/09
Caribbean Princess, Eastern Caribbean 04/20/08
Carnival Destiny, Eastern Caribbean 11/9/97
This time we are bringing our own snorkel equipment! guaranteed fit and sanitary!
One thing I wished I packed were HIGHLIGHTERS! Yes, I kept reading packing lists and people specifically say, "bring highlighters to highlight things you want to do in the FunTimes". Well, I forgot my highlighter and every night we anxiously awaited the Fun Times for the next day and it was difficult to remember the next day what we wanted to do without having to reread the entire Fun Times! Now, if I had my highlighter I could just skim the pages fast and find what we wanted to do!I bring one yellow and one blue and only pay attention to the items that are green that both of us want to do.
Also I bring suction cup hooks to put up in the shower so that swim suits and whatnot have an extra place to hang and dry overnight.
Celebrity Solstice 6/26/09 Eastern Mediterranean
Carnival Conquest 08/10/10 Eastern Caribbean
Ok cruisers, tell me something you wish you had packed on your last cruise...you know the thing that you didn't realize you needed till you got on board, but will take with you next trip....and on the opposite, tell me what you packed that you wish you had left at home, and just didn't need????
Only ever forgot two things. My fix a dive kit when we broke a fin strap and a flashlight, to look at my watch in the dark cabin without disturbing the wife.
Oh, and ever since my ex-husband was stranded on the Splendor, we've started bringing a flashlight.
Norwegian Epic -- Eastern Caribbean, July 2010
RC Allure of the Seas -- Western Caribbean, April 2011
Carnival Magic -- Eastern Caribbean, April 2012
Norwegian Breakaway -- Bermuda, June 2013
Norwegian Epic -- Eastern Caribbean, November 2013
RC Oasis of the Seas -- Western Caribbean, July 2014
RC Allure of the Seas -- Western Caribbean, December 2014
Norwegian Jewel -- Alaska, June 2016
Let me hurry and answer you because you are ready to go!! Have a great time. I would say the thing I use the most and will take extra of this time is ziplock bags I use them for everything take a box you will be glad you brought them . I like the gallon size. Also don't forget a light weight jacket it gets cold at night.I bring zip lock bags too, as I have always found them to be very handy while traveling.
I wish would have taken somethings as comfortable as jammies but appropriate enough to wear at night walking around the ship. I also wish I would have brought another sweater, I only had one along with a few shawls.
Carnival Imagination Dec 2016
Carnival Inspiration Sept 2014
Carnival Splendor Nov 2012
Carnival Inspiration Feb 2012
(Amtrak San Juaquin to 2 day Queen Mary Stay, 4 day cruise, disembark to Disneyland, Amtrak Coast Starlight home)
LMAO, I have been married nearly 20 years, I need to do that, just so that people think I am getting some.Hahaha ya, well no offense but i think it's funnier for people to tease younger cruisers but sure, totally buy them in the shop.
This is the FIRST thing I pack and the 1 thing I check my carry on for about 100 times...I don't need any souvenirs coming home with us!I'm hoping to bring home my free souvenir next year.
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Carnival Fascination- 2014 Nassau, Half Moon Cay
Carnival Liberty- 2014 Grand Turk, St Thomas, Tortolla, St Marteen
Carnival Freedom- 2013 Grand Cayman, Cozumel
Carnival Breeze- 2013 Aruba, Curacao, La Romana, Grand Turk
Carnival Fascination- 2012 Nassau, Half Moon Cay
Carnival Triumph- 2011 Cozumel, Belize, Roatan
Carnival Imagination- 2006 Key West, Calica
Carnival Elation- 2005 Cozumel, Calica
Carnival Conquest- 2005 Cozumel, Montego Bay, Belize, Grand Cayman
Carnival Elation- 2004 Cozumel, Progresso, Grand Cayman
Carnival Jubilee- 2003 Cozumel, Progresso
Carnival Tropicale- 2000 Cozumel, Grand Cayman
"You can shake the sand from your shoes, but not from your soul"
Most of the typical things have already been mentioned - but I always pack a collapsable mesh hamper to store dirty clothes in. It takes no room at all in your luggage, but it's a god send! I also take a tiny wallet on a long strap that I wear around my neck - in leiu of a purse. It's just big enough to carry my card key, a couple $20s for the casino and chap stick. Who wants to cart a purse around all the time? Also...I always bring a couple large travel mugs. We enjoy a cup of herbal tea in the afternoon - and the cups from the Lido are pretty tiny.
Once on a trip to Alaska, my DH realized he forgot to bring any black dress socks. All he had were white ones to wear with tennies and nothing to wear to dinner. At every port our mission was to find dress socks. We finally paid $12.00 for a pair on the ship and we rinsed them out every day.
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Carnival Inspiration- 2/17 *Our 1st Grand Suite!!* Baja Mexico, 3 day
Carnival Imagination-12/15 Baja Mexico (Catalina Island and Ensenada) 4 day
Carnival Freedom- 7/15 Exotic Western Caribbean (TX, Mahogany Bay, Honduras, Belize, Cozumel) 7 days
Carnival Splendor- 4/12 Mexican Riviera (Cabo x2 and Puerto Vallarta), 7 day
Carnival Paradise- 7/11 Baja Mexico (Los Angeles and Ensenada), 3 day
Carnival Elation- 11/09 Baja Mexico (San Diego, Catalina, Ensenada) 1st cruise with the kids!!, 4 day
Carnival Elation- 1/09 Baja Mexico (San Diego, Cabo, Ensenada), 5 day
Carnival Valor- 7/05 Eastern Caribbean- Inaugural Season (Nassau, St. Thomas/St. John, St. Martin), 7 day
Carnival Ecstasy- 3/04 Baja Mexico (Los Angeles, Catalina & Ensenada), 4 day
DH had an issue with his earbuds for his ipod on one cruise, and I thought that getting him a replacement would be easy. Only one set of earphones available onboard, and they were not easy to deal with (they were retractable and didn't work well). I thought getting some in Cozumel would be easy as well--no, I couldn't find any at all. So now we make sure to pack an extra pair of cheap earphones.
I have a flashlight that I bought at Target that I don't cruise without. I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Man, do I hate turning on that bright light and then leaving the bathroom and stumble around in the darkness! This flashlight has a lantern feature that has an amber light. It sits upright on the sink and the light is nice and dim. Then I can use the flashlight feature to get myself into bed without tripping over anything.
I forgot nail polish and had a chip on my toe the first day on the ship. They do not sell nail polish on the spirit. Couldn't find any until our second port of call.Just brings memories of going to DC on a high school trip..great program for kids..and one of my room mates polish had broken and leaked on all her clothes..tripple bag it OP!!
If I just do a carrey on with the little bag which I plan to try next time..oooh.maybe just clear is way I will go....hmmmm.
A foldable bag that can go to the beach..carrey stuff around ship. An evening wrap of some sort..I want to look nice on dress nights and I want to wear dressy stuff to the show and around..bought a 10 dollar lovely grreen scarf..called a Pashima in Formalities for said purpose last time...the most comfortable dressy shoes, sandals and walking shoes possible ... utilitarian trumps beauty (a little) for sure footing on a ship...slippers for cabin and hotel rooms, spare pairs of panty hose and comfy socks for tennis shoes..and a tiny evening bag..too fun to be dressy, mine is a black mesh Whiting Davis one..really a purse organizer, but useable as a mini clutch bag for 2 tissues, lipstick, collapsable brush and cabin card and any cash I may carrey before or after cruise at meals. 2 weekly Rx organizers...one for vitamins and Rx's for the week, one for the remedies you may need and a few days extra Rx's if there is a problem. A stupid ugly around my neck ticket ID and Passport holder..only used for boarding planes and ship because I am always too excited etc. and then I do not drop it carreying and rolling my stuff to the plane...
you can quickly google packing lists for cruise to see if anything appliesI am doing that too! Don't like the idea of putting my mouth to the mouth piece that has travelled to a thousand mouths! YUK!
This time we are bringing our own snorkel equipment! guaranteed fit and sanitary!