Cruise holiday packing tip: Essential tips to pack to avoid common problem onboard ship | Cruise | Travel
However, several passengers have been caught out when it comes to charging electronics. An expert told Express.co.uk what to pack to avoid challenges onboard.
Ashley Kosciolek at the Points Guy UK shared their essential cruise packing list with Express.co.uk.
She said: “Bring European plug adapters. The situation improves with each new ship, but cruise cabins are notoriously short on outlets.
“If you’re like me and travel with your phone, laptop, tablet, e-reader, wearables and a host of other electronics, charging everything can be a challenge.
“Some cruisers recommend packing a power strip, but that can be dicey, as surge-protected strips are often confiscated.
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“Instead, I suggest bringing a couple of plug adapters for European-style outlets. You’ll usually find at least one or two in your room, depending on the line and ship, and having those adapters will allow you to actually use them.”
Cruise ships may not have outlets for UK plugs so it’s essential that cruisers pack plug adapters.
It’s not always a good idea to bring a power strip as this could be confiscated when passengers board the ship.
Passengers should also try to bring a portable charger so they can maintain their battery while on excursions.
Ashley added: “I never cruise without a pack of thank-you notes or blank greeting cards.
“Unless something goes horribly awry, I leave a cash tip for my room steward at the end of each voyage, in addition to the automatic gratuities that are charged to my account.
“It gives me somewhere to put the money instead of just leaving it on the vanity when I depart.
“Even if you’re not a fan of additional tipping, you can still leave a nice note of thanks.”
Cruise crew work notoriously hard so it’s always nice for passengers to show their appreciation when they leave.
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She said: “With so many horror stories about lost luggage lately, Apple AirTags are a must-have right now for any traveller, especially cruisers who are flying to their ports of embarkation.
“Simply pop one into each of your pieces of luggage and you can track their whereabouts using your iPhone and a Bluetooth connection.
“With a pack of these handy gadgets, you’ll be better equipped to find your missing bags than the airlines themselves.”
Many passengers have lost their luggage recently and some have struggled to find it again.
Using AirTags or another similar tracking device, passengers can keep track of their luggage when they travel.
It’s a good idea to keep all valuables in hand luggage as they’re less likely to go missing.
Some cruise passengers like to pack a swimming costume in their hand luggage so they can swim on the first day.
Cruise ships normally deliver passengers’ luggage towards the end of the first day so it’s good to be prepared.
Find more tips at The Points Guy UK.