If you want to look suave while cruising the high seas, you'll need to do some savvy packing before you set sail.
If you're on a seven-night cruise, there will likely be two formal nights. But here's a secret: You don't need to wear a tux. Pack a dark suit or a navy blazer and dress slacks, add two ties, and you'll look suitably smart without spending tux bucks. Score extra style points by adding a French-cuffed shirt, bold bow tie, or slim-cut vest to the ensemble.
iPads, iPhones, tablets, laptops, readers... We all love our tech. Just keep in mind that most cabins don't have enough electrical outlets to satisfy two gadget-toting globetrotters. Be sure to pack a power strip so you can both keep your electronics juiced and ready, while still saving enough sockets left over for a blow dryer.
Everyone remembers to bring flip-flops on a Caribbean cruise, but don't forget to also pack a pair of sturdy, closed-toe casual shoes. You'll need them for biking or horse-riding excursions, and you'll appreciate their support and protection during walking tours in port. Choose a sporty urban sneaker style and you can also wear them while working out in the ship's gym or as water shoes, which are essential for climbing Jamaica's Dunn's River Falls.
Some of us have ditched watches in favor of using our cellphones to check the time. However, if you've switched your cell phone off and stashed it in the safe to avoid roaming charges, it won't do you any good when you need to check if you're running late! Make sure you're prompt on the promenade deck by bringing a watch from home. Don't have one? A cruise is the perfect opportunity to purchase a quality timepiece, with plenty of duty-free deals available in port and at the onboard stores.
If you're a first-time cruiser, you might not realize that for fire safety reasons, cruise ships don’t allow irons. So how do you keep your clothes pressed without shelling out for laundry service? Bring a portable steamer to smooth out the wrinkles from all those linen shirts fast and for free.
Editor's Note: Some cruise lines do not allow you to bring a power strip or portable steamer on board. Before purchashing, check your cruise line's website to determine if you can bring these items with you.
Last Updated: 5/9/16