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Packing for Your Cruise
Packing for Your Cruise
Some folks hear “cruise” and start packing enough clothes for an around-the-world tour. If you tend to overpack, a cruise is the best place to do it. Guests on land/sea vacations or with ground transfers may only need to handle their bags at the very start and end of their trip. But if you’re combining your cruise with a stay near your port of embarkation without Disney’s help, you’ll appreciate having less luggage. The Disney Cruise Line limits each guest to two suitcases and one carry-on. Need help packing light? Visit http://www.travelite.org.
When you arrive at the terminal, luggage is collected and you won’t see it again until later that day, when it’s delivered to your stateroom (usually between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm). Be sure you have your travel documents in hand before handing your bags to the porter. Pack a separate carry-on (no larger than 22" x 14"/56 x 36 cm.) with your ID, cruise documents, prescriptions, and a swimsuit. Keep this bag light as you may be carrying it around for a few hours. You’ll also need this carry-on for your last night, when you place the rest of your luggage outside your stateroom by 11:00 pm for collection.
A word about your personal documentation: We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens obtain and use passport books. There is a special exception for “closed loop” cruise itineraries, but that doesn’t cover you if you must fly home unexpectedly from a foreign airport. For more details and tips on passports and other compliant travel documents, see page 66.
When your cruise documentation arrives, you’ll find two luggage tags for each individual, with your ship, name, stateroom, and departure date. Read your cruise documentation to find out if you should tag your luggage before or after you arrive at the terminal. In general, if you’re not on an add-on package or haven’t booked Disney ground transfers, don’t tag your luggage until you arrive at the cruise terminal. You wouldn’t want your bags collected prematurely. Don’t forget to ID every piece of luggage with your own tags, too.
Deciding what clothing to pack depends a bit on what time of year you’re cruising and your itinerary (see page 52). Cruises in the cooler months require a few more jackets and sweaters, while you’ll want to be ready with rain gear in the summer, especially if you’re headed to Alaska. Pack nice clothing for dinner (see page 122) regardless of your itinerary. Guests on the 7-night and longer itineraries will want to add more dress clothing for the formal and semi-formal evenings (see page 560). Everyone may want to have theme-appropriate garb for the Pirates, Frozen, Star Wars, and/or holiday deck parties (check your itinerary). Guests on shorter cruises can get by with just one nice outfit.
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