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Hello All!

We haven't cruised for several years, but always thinking and hoping, Someday!!!

We do have some family members that have a Carnival cruise booked in several months. I had compiled a list of things that we, and other cruisecritic board members had learned over numerous cruises. Examples like:

You can ask for seconds, and more, in the MDR.

Use the Spa/Gym showers.

Saunas & Steam Rooms are free.

Ask your Cabin Stewart if you forget something, ie, toothpaste, sometimes they have samples.

Bring a travel mug, with a lid. You can use all day, coffee, juices, etc.

These are some that I remember. Trying to make another, newer, updated list for niece & nephew.

Any bits of wisdom, things that you have learned over your cruising times will be appreciated.

 

Matt

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Don't overpack.

 

Keep all meds and cruise related documents in your carry on.  Double check it when ready to leave your house.  Triple check it when you get in the car.

 

Relax and enjoy.

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We have cruised for over 25 years and now have a check list that covers about everything to pack and do before leaving. No matter how many cruises we that there is always something on that list I would have forgot to do or take every time. Some major items, passports, boarding passes, cash, cell phone and charger, for me hearing aid and batteries, believe it or not socks, reading glasses. Things to do at the home before leaving. Once each and every one is checked off. We are ready to go and no need to turn back for forgetting something important.

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Packing: I don't know where they are going, but if taking a Caribbean cruise, pack some blue jeans, and maybe a long sleeve polo shirt. I know for me, I got quite chilly at nights walking around the ship. Also, take a pair of compact binoculars. I took mine and so glad I did. They were in constant use. So much so I carried them 24/7, except when dining.

Meds: We planned for every contingency. Small first aid kit, containing band-aids, antibiotic ointment, etc. Also imodium, antacids, antibiotics, etc. Lanyards. You'll need them, unless you want to keep the S&S card in your pocket. 

 

Take a look through Amazon's cruise accessories. Good stuff to browse through:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=cruise+accessories&lo=list&language=en_US&crid=3R0UA2XV7RDB&linkCode=ll2&linkId=82a3626649a0d741a5ddb9e22f4e8c19&qid=1562019848&sprefix=cruise+access%2Caps%2C434&ref=sr_pg_1

 

Enjoy your trip!

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Cross pack in case of missing luggage and my best travel product is a cleave over the door shoe holder .

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Biggest travel lesson, I learned early. BE PREPARED! If it can go wrong, it might! Late flights, cancelled flights, car trouble, etc. Have credit/cash available for emergencies and be ready to roll with the punches.

 

Second, RELAX. Once you are on the way everything else is pretty much out of your control. There may be a screaming baby next to you on the plane. Try to smile through the pain. There will be people that try to cut in line for the buffet/elevator, smile and move one. Reservations for a show made for the wrong time, eh catch the next one. Missed or changed ports, praise the Lord you're still not at work 😋

 

I hope they have a great time!

Edited by JennyB1977

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twodaywonder, Thank You, Any chance you could scan and send me a copy of your list?

 

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Two weeks before traveling, double-check that your documents (passport or ID/BC) are in order.  

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2 hours ago, mattmdv said:

Saunas & Steam Rooms are free.

 

 

On Carnival ships that have a Cloud 9 Spa, steam rooms are not free. They are still free on ships without a Cloud 9 Spa. 

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1 minute ago, PhillyFan33579 said:

 

On Carnival ships that have a Cloud 9 Spa, steam rooms are not free. They are still free on ships without a Cloud 9 Spa. 

What about just using the showers?

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13 minutes ago, ObstructedView2 said:

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That’s a pretty impressive/detailed checklist. My checklist below is a little simpler.

 

1.  Make sure you have both passports (wife and I). 

2.  See step 1. 

 

 

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Similar to what has already been said:

 

2.) Checklist: No need to bring the whole house. Compile a list of necessities and save it for future vacations. It makes packing less stressful and saves you money vs going in the expensive shops.

 

1.) Have a good time: Unless I am told I can't get on the ship, there are few things that are going to bring me down. I don't have to work. I am going to go to warmer weather. I am going to places I rarely visit. There is entertainment everywhere. I don't have to cook or clean. Lots of others are having fun. All of the stuff people complain about is trivial. Enjoy yourself.

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2 minutes ago, amyotravel said:

What about just using the showers?

  

They are still free and available in both locker rooms. 

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Bring duct tape, in case your lanyard breaks.  You can either repair it or just tape your S&S card to your body.

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44 minutes ago, PhillyFan33579 said:

 

On Carnival ships that have a Cloud 9 Spa, steam rooms are not free. They are still free on ships without a Cloud 9 Spa. 

 

 

Yes there are other steam rooms, not co-ed, but in the men and womens restroom and they are free

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If possible plan to arrive a day ahead and depart the day after. Give yourself some some breathing room don't rush, be relaxed before boarding.

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1 hour ago, Schoifmom said:

Two weeks before traveling, double-check that your documents (passport or ID/BC) are in order.  

 

Certainly prudent advice, but I would recommend that you perform your first check two months prior to departure.  If, in fact, you find that you have a problem (e.g., passport is expired or birth certificate can't be found) it's, probably, going to take more than two weeks to get replacements.  Then, as Schoifmom suggests you can double-check two weeks prior to departure so that you can remember where you put them.  

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1 hour ago, mattmdv said:

twodaywonder, Thank You, Any chance you could scan and send me a copy of your list?

 

Adjust to your needs. How water at the sink. We have a how water dispenser there.

Many will remove or even add to this list. I have it in excel with blocks to check off.

 

                              THINGS TO CHECK WHEN LEAVING FOR A CRUISE

       
           
 

        TURN OFF THE HOT WATER AT THE SINK

       2-SMALL SIZZORS

 
 

        TURN OFF BREAKER HOT WATER

       NAIL CLIPPERS

 
 

        LOCK SLIDING DOOR

       NIGHT LIGHT

 
 

        LOCK FRONT DOOR

       CLIPS FOR CABIN CURTINS

 
 

        SET THE TIMER FOR LIVING ROOM LIGHT

       PEN

   
 

        TURN ON THE COMPUTER LIGHT

     
 

        TURN ON THE WORK ROOM LIGHT

       TIDE STAIN REMOVER

 
 

        TURN ON THE BEDROOM LIGHT

       ABREVA FOR COLD SORES

 
 

         TURN ON FLA. ROOM LIGHT

      WIFE RAZOR

 
 

        LEAVE OPEN THE MASTER BATH DOOR

       TWEEZERS

 
 

        SET  A/C TO 83 WHEN LEAVING

       NASAL SPRAY

 
 

        PLUG THE DOG IN

       TOOTHPASTE

 
 

        TAKE READING GLASSES

       MOUTH WASH

 
 

        TAKE SUN GLASSES

       MY DEODORANT

 
 

        TAKE A HANDKERCHIEF

       WIFE DEODORANT

 
 

        TAKE THE ALARM CLOCK

       FIBER TABLETS

 
 

         SHUT OFF THE GENERATOR

       ANTI-DIARRHIA

 
 

         PUT CHLOR TAB IN POOL

       2 FLOSS & PICKS

 
 

         MY BATHING TRUNKS

       ANTI ITCH SALVE

 
 

         WIFE BATHING SUIT

       ALEVE

 
 

         HAND MIRROR

       CHAP STICK SPF 15

 
 

         TURN ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE

       HAND CREAM

 
 

         TAKE HEARING AID

       SEWING KIT

 
 

         TAKE HEARING AID BATTERIES

       BANDAIDS

 
 

         SHUT OFF THE WATER TO THE HOUSE

      DANS SHAVER

 
 

         TAKE THE CELL PHONE & CHARGER

      ZIT

   
 

         PASSPORTS

      TRIPPLE ANTIBOTIC SALVE

 
 

         PARKING RECEIPT

      BINGO MARKERS

 
 

         BOARDING PASS

      PJs

   
 

         TAKE SOME MONEY (CASH)

      HAIR JELL

 
     

      PRE-SHAVE

 
     

      MEDICATION

 
     

      COTTON BALLS

 
     

      COTTON SWABS

 
     

      MOSQUITO REPELLENT SPRAY

 

 

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1 hour ago, coevan said:

 

 

Yes there are other steam rooms, not co-ed, but in the men and womens restroom and they are free

 

Carnival ships with a Cloud 9 Spa like Splendor, Vista class and Dream class ships DO NOT have a steam room in the locker rooms. 

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5 hours ago, twodaywonder said:

We have cruised for over 25 years and now have a check list that covers about everything to pack and do before leaving. No matter how many cruises we that there is always something on that list I would have forgot to do or take every time. Some major items, passports, boarding passes, cash, cell phone and charger, for me hearing aid and batteries, believe it or not socks, reading glasses. Things to do at the home before leaving. Once each and every one is checked off. We are ready to go and no need to turn back for forgetting something important.

On your check list, I noticed you had "Plug the Dog in" . What is this??

 

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As JennyB1977 said RELAX

 

Don't worry about things like missing a port ...

You are on a cruise ship where everything is done for you....

 

Packing take two of most things so one can be in the wash...

Drying smalls coat hanger on the A/C vent in the ceiling.

Dine in MDR      to have somebody wait on you is great...

 

Do not rush   enjoy and stop to smell the roses....

 

Watch the sunrise from the top deck.....

and watch the sun set with a drink.....

 

And the big one.... Cruising can be Addictive

 

Cheers Don

 

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Lose weight before cruises...☺️

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A lot of good advice above so I won't reiterate anything. Just think of things backwards.

 

Flying? What do you need to get TO the ship? What do you need to get ON the ship? Do you need passports at anytime? What ship credit card are you going to use (and do you have a big enough limit)? Did you properly enter in all of your information when filling out the cruiser information online?

I'm sure I missed some, but you get the idea. The non sexy stuff that if you don't have it, you can't replace it and often won't go on the trip. Or a very hard time fixing it. Do your research and you will be fine.

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