Packing Smart for Cruises
Relaxed elegance are the bywords for dress on board most of today's cruise ships. Although your own taste, interests and destinations will determine what you pack, keep in mind you'll need three types of clothing:
Casual shipboard attire or "day wear"
Conservative apparel for sightseeing
On the ship, when visiting warmer ports of call, stylish resort wear is fine for both men and women:
Swimsuit and cover-up
Walking shorts and polo shirts
Lightweight slacks or skirts
A light sweater (for cooler days)
Ashore, dress for comfort, but remember to observe local customs. In many ports, short-shorts, halter tops and provocative clothing are not acceptable.
On Alaskan cruises, summer temperatures reach the 70s. But, be sure you pack:
Shirts and blouses
Slacks or pants
Sweaters for cooler days
Lightweight windbreaker for misty weather
On all cruises, it's wise to bring along:
Comfortable, rubber-soled shoes
Hat, sunglasses and a good sunscreen
On most cruises, elegant, formal evenings include the Captain's Welcome Cocktail Party and Dinner, the Captain's Farewell Dinner, and a third or fourth "formal" night on cruises longer than seven nights. The daily program will be your guide to the appropriate attire each evening.
Although there is no baggage limitation aboard most ships, for your own comfort, we recommend that you limit the number of pieces you bring. Air/Sea guests are usually permitted two pieces of checked luggage (not including oversized bags and sports equipment) and a carry-on bag. Check with your air carrier for specific restrictions.
Bring an overnight bag for your last night at sea.
Staff will normally collect your bags the night before leaving the ship, and you will need an overnight bag to carry your night clothes and toiletries.
Identify all your bags, including carry-ons.
Use your cruise line's luggage tags, which should be filled out and affixed to each piece before you leave home.
Insure all luggage and valuables.
The cruise line can not be responsible for their loss or damage. Baggage insurance, as well as medical and trip cancellation insurance, is available.
Check to see that your tickets, boarding card and other documents are in order, and pack them in a bag that you carry with you. Your Embarkation Card and cruise account application (to sign for onboard purchases) should be completed before you arrive at the pier.
Important Note: If you arrive without proof of citizenship, you will be unable to cruise.
Passports are required for Europe cruises and recommended for all travel outside of the United States. However, in Canada and the Caribbean, passports and tourist cards may not be required for citizens of the United States or Canada - but with the increased securuty since 9/11/01, it is advisable to always cruise with a valid passport. Passengers are required to submit proof of identity. Documents that will be accepted as proof of identity are: passport; federal, state or local government-issued I.D. card with picture; original or certified copy of birth certificate and any other photo I.D. card. Acceptable photo I.D. cards are: state driver's license; U.S. company employee I.D. card or an I.D. card issued by a private identification card service.
Non-U.S. citizens residing in the United States must show valid Alien Registration (green) card prior to boarding the vessel. All others must show a valid passport and any other required visas prior to boarding the vessel. Please check with your travel agent, government agencies, embassies or consulates to determine documentary requirements.
All travel documents such as passports, visas, proof of citizenship, etc., that are required for embarkation and re-entry into the U.S. are the responsibility of the passenger. Passport expiration date must not occur within six (6) months of the voyage termination date. No refunds will be given to individuals who fail to bring required documentation.
Guests of all nationalities must clear their luggage through U.S. Customs when returning to the United States.
Getting To and From Your Ship
Most cruise lines provide a flexible array of options to help you get from home to the ship and back again. They also usually offer several exciting packages that will allow you to extend your vacation.
Take a tour or spend an extra day or two in one of the major cities of the region. The package you choose will determine when and if transfers, hotels and other package items will be provided prior to your arrival at the pier. Please take time to read all of the information in your documentation packet to ensure smooth and hassle-free transportation to and from the ship.
Guests must always remember to:
Reconfirm your flight 72 hours prior to departure (schedules may change). Your return flight will be automatically reconfirmed
Make your seat selection
Specify any special meal requirements
Arrive at the airport early to allow adequate check-in time
Transfers between the airport and the pier via motorcoach are included in air/sea packages.
Keep appropriate vouchers readily available after your flight has arrived at the airport.
On departure day, flights are monitored for the arrival of air/sea guests. Infrequently, an airline may re-route a guest due to changes in weather.
If you're concerned about motion discomfort, consult your physician before sailing. Be sure to pack a sufficient supply of all prescription medicines you require. No vaccination certificates and/or health cards are required for your cruise.