What To Pack
Packing for a Worry-Free
Cruise season is here again and there’s nothing like a seemingly-endless parade of glistening cruise ships visiting ports all around Australia to prompt travellers to consider a cruise holiday.For the first time cruiser, the thought of packing enough different outfits to last an entire holiday is always a major concern, so the International Cruise Council Australasia has come up with a simple guide to make cruise holiday packing that little bit easier.
General Manager Brett Jardine said the best way to ensure Australian travellers chose the cruise line to suit their lifestyle would be to first speak with a cruise expert, such as an ICCA-accredited travel agent.
“When you know you’ve picked the right ship and the right destination for you to enjoy a great holiday, everything else will fall into place,” Mr Jardine said.
The first thing people think about is what to wear onboard ships. Usually the dress code during the day is comfortable and casual so t-shirts and shorts, skirts and sun dresses teamed with sneakers, thongs and sandals are all good options. But note that swimmers and sarongs are fine around the pool but not in public or dining areas anywhere around the ship.
At night, most cruise lines offer a mix of formal, semi-formal and casual nights throughout a cruise with your average week-long cruise including at least two formal nights (usually on sea days), a couple of cocktail evenings and the rest smart casual.
Evening dress codes usually apply to restaurants and public areas from about 6pm but for those who don’t enjoy formal nights, passengers can usually choose to dine in the more casual buffet alternative.
Double check the dress code information the cruise line sends with the tickets – it’s the best way to ensure packing appropriately.
Apart from your wardrobe, there are a few other essential items:
A great final tip is to check the type of electrical plugs used onboard – there’s nothing worse than a camera that can’t be charged without a US or European adaptor plug!
As supplied by the International Cruise Council Australasia, a not-for-profit organisation formed in 1996, committed to training travel consultants and raising consumer awareness of cruising.