Cruise package tips

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Clothes Most ships have exercise facilities and classes. If you plan on working out, don't forget gym clothes and shoes. Some cruises travel through multiple climates. Make sure to pack accordingly. Life aboard a cruise ship is generally laid-back and casual. Pack for comfort. Footwear should include walking/running shoes and, if you're headed someplace warm, sandals. Even when cruising warm weather destinations, consider packing a sweater/sweatshirt, water repellant jacket and hat. Though most dining areas on larger ships have a dress code, not all do. Options outside of the main dining room, such as a pizzeria or buffet, will generally allow t-shirts, jeans and shorts. When the dress code for a dining area is described as "casual", plan to dress in "golf" attire. T-shirts, jeans and shorts are not allowed. When the dress code for a dining area is described as "informal", plan to dress "business casual". Women generally wear dresses or pantsuits, while men usually wear lightweight jackets. When the dress code for a dining area is described as "formal", women should be prepared to wear cocktail dresses or gowns, while men should consider wearing business suits or tuxedos (though not required). Most ships that have formal events offer tuxedo rental onboard, eliminating the hassle of packing one. Almost every ship has laundry service (including dry cleaning), but the tab can add up. Consider bringing a small amount of detergent for washing clothes in your own cabin. Most ships have powerful air conditioning. A sweater or sweatshirt may come in handy.   Necessities It's easy to forget sunscreen and sunglasses with all the excitement of an upcoming cruise. Be sure to pack them if you're traveling to a sunny destination (including Alaska). Bring a camera. Don't forget extra film, memory cards, batteries, charger, etc. Never pack your passport, visa, license, medications, cruise documents or airline tickets in checked luggage. Keep such items with you. If you take prescription medication, be sure to pack enough for the entire voyage. Ships tend to only stock general medications and ports may what you need. Pack a written list of your medications, including the name of the drug, dosage and times taken, in case they are lost. Items to pack in your carry-on bag include: perishables, liquor, cash, credit/debit cards, jewelry, business documents, travel and health insurance information, laptops, computer disks, cell phones, cameras, binoculars, film, videotapes, CD's and cassette tapes. Bring credit cards and travelers cheques instead of large amounts of cash.   Luggage It's wise to use hard-sided luggage. Garment bags with hanger hooks protruding from the may snag and do damage. Put a card with your name and address inside your luggage as well as on the outside....

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