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#21
nemo, texas
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My DH & I did a 27 day TA, London to Ft. Lauderdale, with one carry on & 1 personal item each. We have to fly when we cruise. We haven't checked a bag in several years. But that's what works for us. We are very low maintenance. You are probably a lot more fashionable than I am. Travel the way that works for you. You sound like a happy traveler & that's the important thing.
#22
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Joined Oct 2017
1. Drink water
2. One swim suit, hang to dry overnight
3. Black sandals will work with a black dress (which, if chosen correctly, can also be worn again for site-seeing), for by the pool, and for on the beach
4. Wear tennis shoes on the plane for site-seeing
5. No iron pants and a polo should do for your husband's formal night and he can wear again for site-seeing
6. Wear the same pants or shorts multiple times
7. Jacket or sweater, not both
8. Wear heaviest items on plane
#23
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Joined Feb 2008
I don’t even bother trying to take less than a large suitcase. I like dressing up, doing my makeup (skip most days at home but vacation is a go for it situation) and bringing my photography gear. But, we usually drive to the port. If I was flying, I would not bring so much. One pair of heels, that work with all dresses, streamlined makeup bag, etc. Ultimately, it depends on how you like to vacation (Dress up, Dress down), whether you want to do laundry (no way if 7 days or less) and whether you have air travel to factor in. I wouldn’t worry about it unless the excess bags are causing a problme for you


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#24
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I always make notes after a cruise on packing. For 7, 10, 14 day cruises, we typically send out some laundry. I always bring my tux and DW dresses to match. We typically have one medium sized suitcase each,, sometimes a shared garment bag and a small carry on each. There are some great videos on YouTube about ow to pack jackets and such. It can br done,

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#25
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Joined Sep 2001
We each take a rolling carry on (21 inch) and a hand held bag (gym bag type) that we put on top of out carry on. This way we only need one hand to push both bags.
For my DH I pack:
9 shirts, mostly button down and some golf shirts. One shirt for his tux. And one tee shirt.
One tux.
Three pairs of dress/dockers type pants.
One pair of shorts. (he is not a short wearer. )
One bathing suit. (Most time it comes back not used).
Seven each Under shirts, pants and socks.
Two belts and a pair of PJ's.
One sweater. All clothing goes in the 21 inch carry on.
Two pairs of shoes that go in the gym bag with the personal items
The thing that helps us is that we get free laundry. We send a bag out each day.
We do carry on and off. I do use packing cubes and folders
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#27
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I have never felt guilty about checking luggage. I need my carryon allocation for meds, makeup, toiletries, electronics, manicure items, jewelry and the defensive packing "if the rest of the luggage gets lost" list'. Over the years, as my knees started hurting more, I started packing fewer dress shoes, and could actually manage with 4 pairs of shoes, which includes the pair I wear while traveling - but why? I like variety in my wardrobe, and need a specific kind of sunscreen, etc., so it is usually a 2 checked bag for me and 1 checked bag for DH situation, as well as 2 carryon items each. Limiting it to 4 checked bags when going on lengthy cruises ( over 30 days with several climates) is a trick, but manageable. So, don't feel bad about packing what you want, especially if you are driving to the port, you lucky lady. We have to fly in most of the time.
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#29
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Originally posted by ggprincess2004
I have never felt guilty about checking luggage. I need my carryon allocation for meds, makeup, toiletries, electronics, manicure items, jewelry and the defensive packing "if the rest of the luggage gets lost" list'. Over the years, as my knees started hurting more, I started packing fewer dress shoes, and could actually manage with 4 pairs of shoes, which includes the pair I wear while traveling - but why? I like variety in my wardrobe, and need a specific kind of sunscreen, etc., so it is usually a 2 checked bag for me and 1 checked bag for DH situation, as well as 2 carryon items each. Limiting it to 4 checked bags when going on lengthy cruises ( over 30 days with several climates) is a trick, but manageable. So, don't feel bad about packing what you want, especially if you are driving to the port, you lucky lady. We have to fly in most of the time.
Like! We feel exactly the same.
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#30
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Joined Jun 2008
I am famous for over-packing and that is just fine by me! I pay a fair amount of money to cruise and I'm going to enjoy it. But then I still dress up for the theatre and the airplane too! I dress in gowns for formal nights, not just black pants and a blingy top. If that works for you great. I dress for the MDR. I get compliments from crew and paxs. I am fortunate that I can drive to Port Everglades, but even on a land trip to Spain and an Alaskan cruise last year, I still over-packed. I would rather over-pack than be one of those back-packers that you DO see in the MDR. But to each his own.
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#31
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We're Elite, so we pack with free laundry in mind. Everything we pack with the exception of formal night clothes goes to the laundry. We usually send out a bag every 2-3 days.
DH has narrowed his formal night attire down to the suit in a bag and a very nice turtleneck sweater that he can wear for chilly nights.
His other clothes include a pair of shorts and a pair of jeans (wears them on the plane), a couple of t-shirts and underwear for 4-5 days. He packs sandals and his dress shoes, wears his walking shoes.
I pack a long dress for formal night and a pashmina shawl (I also wear it when it's chilly). One nice pair of long pants for dining room wear or when it's chilly, 2-3 pair of shorts and 5-6 shirts, socks and undies. I wear a sweatshirt and long pants on the plane.
Everything is rolled and packed in cubes or vacuum bags.
I bring conditioner, normal brushes/combs, toothpaste, etc. I don't wear make-up, don't use hairspray (I'm very low maintenance). The usual odds & ends for the bathroom - shaver, etc. Some OTC & Rx meds.
Everything goes in one large roll aboard suitcase and 2 very roomy backpacks.
Some of the clothing choices will change when we go to Alaska in Sept.
#32
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We eliminate the non-essentials. Deodorant, toothpaste, socks, underwear. By only taking one extra pair of jeans and T-shirt we eliminate needless luggage.
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#33
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For us what takes up the most room is my husband's Scottish Kilt, including jacket, belt and sporran. And for me it's shoes! I can't wear my cream shoes with my black dress, LOL. That's the hard part is all the shoes and hubby's kilt
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#34
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Joined Apr 2013
Originally posted by JF - retired RRT
We're Elite, so we pack with free laundry in mind. Everything we pack with the exception of formal night clothes goes to the laundry. We usually send out a bag every 2-3 days.
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So you find the laundry service to be satisfactory? We're read some scare stories about how hard they are on the clothing. This will be the first cruise that we qualify for the complimentary service....but I'll do it myself if sending it means ruined clothing.
#35
Abbotsford,B.C,Canada
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Originally posted by Woobstr112G
My feelings exactly.....



Bob


Yes mine too, hubby & I drive to the port and we take a larger suitcase each garment bag each and a carry on each .


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#36
Long Island, NY
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We don't even try. We bring one big suitcase each. One carry on each. And usually one extra big suitcase half empty on the way and full on the way home.

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#37
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Originally posted by OCruisers
We don't even try to ....
Same here. We like to have a good selection of clothes and accessories when we cruise so we usually have 3 large suitcases.
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#38
League City, TX
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Originally posted by Sacto Rick
The wife and I took a 14 day land/sea alaska/yukon/inside passage trip last summer with two carry-ons.
They gave us a "golf clap" at the transportation desk at Anchorage airport.
For those not familiar with the term: golf clap
noun: golf clap; plural noun: golf claps
a round of deliberately quiet applause, considered appropriate during a golf tournament but often uncomplimentary in other venues.
#39
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Joined Dec 2011
One large suitcase for both (will weigh about 50 pounds), carryon bag and laptop bag works for us.

Will do laundry about 5-6 days into cruise and than hand wash as necessary.

Suit stays home.
#40
Sacramento
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Joined Feb 2016
Originally posted by caribill
For those not familiar with the term: golf clap
noun: golf clap; plural noun: golf claps
a round of deliberately quiet applause, considered appropriate during a golf tournament but often uncomplimentary in other venues.
Not sure they were schooled on your definitions but in this case it was very complimentary. Nice zing though...