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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Jan 10, 2015

Carry-on luggage
Gary Bembridge author of "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook" provides another 60-Second Cruise Tip. For more visit and subscribe free to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio and TuneIn Radio

When heading off on a cruise you should assume your suitcase will be delivered to your cabin after the ship has departed, and so I always recommend to cruisers that they should pack the following into a carry-on bag rather than suitcases they hand in at check-in.

  • Your cruise tickets, most lines require you to check-in online and print off an eTicket.
  • Identity documents including passport and another photo ID, such as a driver’s license.
  • Credit card, or cash to cover on-board spend. You have to provide this when checking in. Some cruise lines do not take debit cards, so check in advance.
  • Valuables including electronic goods like cameras, tablets, smartphones and laptops and jewellery and watches.
  • Important documents like travel insurance documents, emergency contact numbers and copies of visas and vaccination certificates.
  • Things you may need before your bags arrive in your cabin, like swimwear if you want to swim or use the hot tub before the ship departs.
    Prescription medication.

A simple test is to think about what you would least like to go astray and what you want to do on the ship before your regular suitcase to arrives.