Sunscreen - and LOTS of it!
Hats & Comfortable Clothing
Clothing that can work both on and off of the ship are great to pack! In most cases, the formal dinners are not black tie, so casual beach style dress works great for both beach and nights out on the ship. Find hats that can fold easily without getting ruined after packing in your suitcase and beach bag. Remember it's windy on deck, so make sure your hat fits snug!
Swimming is one of the main things you'll be doing, especially if you have kids! Pack plenty of Swimwear. I love finding suits that look like cute dresses for myself. For my kids, SUV swim shirts are so great and saves sunscreen. With the hot sun, I recommend bringing several hats. I found some adorable hats and added them to my Cruise Vacation Collection here.
First Time Cruiser Tip:
It might take a while for your bags to show up in your room. So be sure to pack your swim suits in a carry on bag so you can swim when you get onboard.
Cruise cabins are small and tight. Packing light is good, but there are a few things you will be glad made room for in your suitcase! Bring an extension lead to plug in more than one item and a night light. I would add air freshener to that list as well. Sharing a tiny bathroom in a tiny room with your family… you’ll be glad you have it!
Get sea sick? Try Sea-Bands
I wore Sea-Bands before I went on my cruise to test them out and got addicted to them. I have bad ears and vertigo, so I was worried about going on a ship and getting sick. I actually felt fine on the ship and didn’t need the Sea-Bands, but brought them just incase. They really do help!
Cameras are a must have on holiday, so don't forget to pack one! Plan ahead with an underwater camera or a waterproof case for your phone. Make sure to bring extra memory cards so you don't run out of space. I like to pack large plastic bags to hold my camera gear when heading to the beach to keep the sand and water away. Buying camera gear on the ship will be costly, it's best to bring your own from home.
Snorkel and Mask
If you're serious about snorkeling, bring your own equipment. Rental masks often don't fit and who wants to share a snorkel that was kissed and licked on by strangers anyway? Yuck! Snorkel gear easy to pack and great for the beach excursions.