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#1
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Every time I return from a cruise I say "Next Time I'm Traveling Carry-On Only". But when time comes to cruise again, out comes the luggage AND the carry-on.

Has anyone ever cruised with just a carry-on and a small personal bag?

I'd love to know how to do that.

Thanks,
Chelly
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Originally posted by CruiserBruce
Yes. A search would reveal several recent discussions on this topic.
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Yes, did it when we took 7 grandkids and didn't want to pay luggage charges for 9 people. It was a 5 day cruise with 3 days in Florida.

It's not my choice but wasn't really that hard, and I had two formal (ok, cocktail) dresses. I mostly did it by wearing my sneakers on the plane, having one pair of casual sandals and one pair of black heels. I cut down a lot on my usual toiletries and 'what if' stuff and took my most packable and versatile clothes.

I didn't even do much hand washing, which I usually do, because we were just too darn busy! It was a great time with the kids, though.
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No , but I have heard it has to fit through the x-ray at port.
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We cruised on Oasis last summer and each took a rolling carryon and a backpack for 7 days, including clothes for formal night. Our motivation was we didn't want to pay to check luggage for our flight. (If I could drive, I would take a big suitcase.) Limiting your shoes helps a lot. Mix and match is a must. I wore my walking shoes instead of packing. My husband folded his suit and packed in his carryon, with the intention of having it pressed onboard. Didn't need to as it didn't wrinkle. I discovered that on sea days I mostly wore a swimsuit and coverup, except at meal times. I'm not the type of person that needs to wear a different outfit for every event/day, so that's one thing that made it easier. I wore the same skirt for both formal nights with different sparkly tops. On smart casual dinner nights, I wore the same black pants with different tops. It's doable with planning.
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Originally posted by Chelly
Every time I return from a cruise I say "Next Time I'm Traveling Carry-On Only". But when time comes to cruise again, out comes the luggage AND the carry-on.

Has anyone ever cruised with just a carry-on and a small personal bag?

I'd love to know how to do that.

Thanks,
Chelly

Yes all the time. Only pack a 18"carryon and a small tote.
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Originally posted by Chelly
Every time I return from a cruise I say "Next Time I'm Traveling Carry-On Only". But when time comes to cruise again, out comes the luggage AND the carry-on.

Has anyone ever cruised with just a carry-on and a small personal bag?

I'd love to know how to do that.

Thanks,
Chelly
Wowwwwwwwwwww !! Is THIS topic even possible when you travel with 99% of the women, in this universe ?? ( Just kidding !! ) I realize MOST women, when they go anywhere LONGER than three days, OUT come the suitcases. Somthing in their DNA, I guess ?
#11
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Originally posted by SmoothFlying
Wowwwwwwwwwww !! Is THIS topic even possible when you travel with 99% of the women, in this universe ?? ( Just kidding !! ) I realize MOST women, when they go anywhere LONGER than three days, OUT come the suitcases. Somthing in their DNA, I guess ?
Agreed!
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#12
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Originally posted by mkmom514
We cruised on Oasis last summer and each took a rolling carryon and a backpack for 7 days, including clothes for formal night. Our motivation was we didn't want to pay to check luggage for our flight. (If I could drive, I would take a big suitcase.) Limiting your shoes helps a lot. Mix and match is a must. I wore my walking shoes instead of packing. My husband folded his suit and packed in his carryon, with the intention of having it pressed onboard. Didn't need to as it didn't wrinkle. I discovered that on sea days I mostly wore a swimsuit and coverup, except at meal times. I'm not the type of person that needs to wear a different outfit for every event/day, so that's one thing that made it easier. I wore the same skirt for both formal nights with different sparkly tops. On smart casual dinner nights, I wore the same black pants with different tops. It's doable with planning.
I like your answer. I'm going to try this. Not on upcoming cruise, but for Caribbean. Thanks!
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#13
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Originally posted by Ashland
Kudos to those that can...I'll never be one of them..
I could. I don't want to

I've traveled for work many times only with a backpack and a carry-on. I've been away for ten days and fit all the stuff in those two bags.
I always had a full toiletry bag, two pairs of shoes (plus the ones I'm wearing) and a hair straightener.
If you have three tops and three bottoms, you have nine different outfits. That's it.
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Originally posted by mkmom514
We cruised on Oasis last summer and each took a rolling carryon and a backpack for 7 days, including clothes for formal night. Our motivation was we didn't want to pay to check luggage for our flight. (If I could drive, I would take a big suitcase.) Limiting your shoes helps a lot. Mix and match is a must. I wore my walking shoes instead of packing. My husband folded his suit and packed in his carryon, with the intention of having it pressed onboard. Didn't need to as it didn't wrinkle. I discovered that on sea days I mostly wore a swimsuit and coverup, except at meal times. I'm not the type of person that needs to wear a different outfit for every event/day, so that's one thing that made it easier. I wore the same skirt for both formal nights with different sparkly tops. On smart casual dinner nights, I wore the same black pants with different tops. It's doable with planning.
Of course, other passengers on a plane carrying several of your sort with rolling carry- on plus back pack ( not no mention one or more "personal items") often wind up having to wedge their single carry- on under the seat in front of them. Sure, it's great to avoid luggage charges, but I feel it is about time for the airlines to enforce the " one carry-on" rule.
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#15
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Originally posted by Chelly
Every time I return from a cruise I say "Next Time I'm Traveling Carry-On Only". But when time comes to cruise again, out comes the luggage AND the carry-on.

Has anyone ever cruised with just a carry-on and a small personal bag?

I'd love to know how to do that.

Thanks,
Chelly
Leaving tomorrow and tried to do just that.......AND FAILED!

I'll be cruising with a carry-on and a garment bag for 7 days. Oh well, I gave it a shot!
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#16
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I have the hardest time with toilettries (taking up space).

but in may carryon I can fit

8 or 9 tops, 3 bottoms, 1 cardigan or jacket, 2 prs of shoes, my makeup, socks/undies etc.

in my personal item has my camera, iPod Touch, chargers, a book, wallet, passport etc. If I check my suitcase (direct flight), I'll have an extra top, undies and socks here to.

On the plane i wear a shirt, cardigan, jeans, light jacket and my bulkiest shoes.

lots of options but it does take some planning.
#17
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I'm lucky if I can get by with one 26" rolling duffel and 2 carry-ons (one carry-on is my laptop bag). I don't know how I'm going to handle 23 days on a ship next spring; lots of laundry sessions I guess. That or a 2nd duffel.
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Originally posted by SmoothFlying
Wowwwwwwwwwww !! Is THIS topic even possible when you travel with 99% of the women, in this universe ?? ( Just kidding !! ) I realize MOST women, when they go anywhere LONGER than three days, OUT come the suitcases. Somthing in their DNA, I guess ?
I am leaving Sunday - I will pack in a carry on & big purse - DH will have have carry on & backpack - we are traveling on an 11 nt TA followed by 30 days in Europe by train - would not want any more luggage that that.
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