Originally Answered: I'm going on a cruise next week to Mexico.?
You didn't say what your age is or what ship you are cruising on but do not worry. If you are a single adult the cruise director will have a meet and mingle get together for single cruisers so you'll have the opportunity to meet others your age and status. If you are not an adult, all of the cruise lines do have free programs for kids and teens by age groups. For example, there will be teen programs and activities for those ages 15 to 17, and then other programs for those 12 to 14, and programs for pre-teens also. The ships generally have an area of the ship that is for kids only. For example, Royal Caribbean has kids programs and areas called Adventure Ocean, and Norwegian calls theirs Navigators, and Carnival has Club Carnival, and some other names.
So the cruise lines will help you meet people and have fun. You will have a great cruise and time.
The dress on ship is casual all day until 6:00PM. So take:
- swim wear, shorts and "T''s,
-sun glasses and sun screen, lotions,
-a book if you are a reader,
-your music player,
-sneakers and clothes to workout in if you like to use the gym, -good walking shoes,
-your camera, and binoculars,
-other personal toiletries.
Your cabin will have towels and soap provided, including pool towels. It will also have a generic hair shampoo so you do not need to bring that unless you like a specific brand. They do not provide tooth paste, mouth wash or lotions. They DO provide a hair dryer.
After 6:00 PM they request that you wear "sports or resort casual" attire. That's attire that you would expect a person to wear in a business office, (like a bank employee), shirt with a collar, slacks, skirt, blouse, etc. You can still wear shorts and swim wear in the pools and spas but not in public areas like dining rooms and restaurants, show rooms, bars, casino, etc. Don't over pack , take clothes that you can mix and match tops and bottoms and plan to wear each piece twice.
Your cruise will have a formal night when you can wear your best stuff and get pictures taken, and maybe meet the ship’s Captain. The formal nights are REQUESTED not required attire. You will not be denied entry to the main dining room if you decide not to dress up, as long as you are at least sports casual.
- Its best to pack using soft-sided luggage because with space limited in your cabin it fits under the beds better if its not hard sided luggage.
-Take a small carry-on bag for the last night of the cruise. On the last evening you will be required to put your luggage outside your cabin by about 2:00 AM so that they can start taking it down to the lower deck for offloading the next morning. So you will need a small bag for your toiletries and your clothes that you sleep in.
- If you want to use the pool, hot tub, or gym as soon as you get on the ship, take clothes for these in your carry on bag because your checked luggage will likely not get to your room until much later in the afternoon, maybe by @ 6:00 PM.
- If you are taking your cell phone, MP3 player or other item that needs to be plugged in take an extension cord as the plugs in the cabin are generally not in the best places and there are usually only one or two.
- Take a small bottle of hand sanitizer and/or hand wipes. There are generally sanitizer dispensers at the entrances of restaurants, the buffets and dining room, but some times the are not there or not working. The sanitizer helps prevent the spread of the flu and the Norwalk Virus that sometimes occur on cruise ships.
- Take a can of air freshener for your cabin bathroom; it has no exhaust fan.