30 Cruise Cabin Hacks Every Cruiser Needs to Know

30 Cruise Cabin Hacks Every Cruiser Needs to Know

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30 Helpful Cruise Organization Tips for Cruisers

If you’re going on a cruise, you’ve probably heard by now cabins are pretty compact. As a matter of fact, an inside cabin will likely be about half the size of an average hotel room. Even ocean view and balcony cabins can be tight on space.

If you’re cruising in a suite, it’s unlikely that you’ll need these cabin hacks to save space, however you may appreciate the cabin organization tips just the same.

One thing I’ve always liked about cruise ship cabins, is that they’re laid out pretty efficiently. Despite their small size, there are a lot of small spaces that can be put to good use for storage.

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Cruise Tips and Cabin hacks for 2019

Over the years, we’ve become savvy cruisers, and have picked up some great cruise tips from articles, videos and other cruisers.

In this post I’ll share with you what works for us today, as well as what some great tips that other cruisers have been kind enough to share!

Keeping a cruise ship cabin organized (for a couple or a family)

Whether you are 2 in a cabin, or 4 (or on rare occasions 5), there are ways to keep your cabin space organized and feeling as “spacious” as possible.

Short Anecdote:

I hear some people say that cabins are so small, that you could NEVER fit a family of four in them. However I disagree – because we’ve done it.

For years when our children were young, we booked inside cabins for 4. This meant the children slept in bunk beds above us.

It really wasn’t bad during the day, as our cabin steward would tuck those pullman beds into the wall or ceiling. Out of sight until after dinner, he would turn down the beds before we arrived back in our cabins later at night.

While we were cozy, we still had enough room, but we needed to be organized!

By the way, if we ever thought of complaining, I reminded us all that many people go camping and all stay in one tent. An inside cabin on a luxurious cruise ship is infinitely better!

Tips on how to organize your cruise ship cabin

In order to have an organized and efficient cruise cabin, you’ll want to be prepared with a few things you bring from home that you buy from Amazon or your preferred store. However, there’s more to using your stateroom space well, than buying a few gadgets. I’ll go through tips that we personally have used that have been an immense help.

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1. Pack light but realistic

This is easier said than done, and being honest with you I’m an over-packer who is making minimal improvements with each cruise. Try to bring only what you’ll need by preparing outfits you’d like to wear for day and evening. Try things on and make sure you feel good in them. Add some swimwear and shoes and you’re set.

Do check on your cruise line’s dress code and suggestions in case there’s a formal or chic night.

Tip: Wear the tighter clothes on the first days (not even joking lol)

2. Get extra hangers

Don’t bring these from home, as they just take up extra room in your luggage and why do that? When you arrive in your cabin, you’ll soon meet your room steward. After some introductions, ask for some extra hangers if you need any (I always do!).

It can be a space saver to hang as many items as you can. I often hang two sundresses on the same hanger if it’s just spaghetti straps.

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3. Store Luggage under your bed

First things first, as soon as you can, get everyone to unpack their luggage quickly the first day of the cruise. Then, as soon as this is done, tuck suitcases (sometimes one fits in another) under the bed. Often your cabin steward can even do this for you.

4. Packing cubes

I failed miserably with this one as I pack too much! However I will try again as it’s just so easy. If you can get just a few things in each “cube” then you can simply place the packing cube in a drawer or on a shelf, rather than unpack several items.

If you want to keep organized by using packing cubes, this packing cube set comes in several colors.

5. Use an over the door hanging organizer

This can be a huge space savor for all your personal products and more! Hang the over the door organizer on your bathroom door and free up limited space in the small cruise bathrooms with tiny shelves. It’s perfect for keeping sun lotion, after sun lotion, creams, medications, hair products and more.

Tip: Consider pre-packing this before you leave your house and placing it in your luggage. Imagine what a time savor this will be on your cruise embarkation day!

Often considered a “cruise nessesity”, you can find a good variety on Amazon, however I personally like THIS ONE  (Over the Door Organizer) due to it’s mesh pockets rather than plastic, and how durable it is.

You may even want to consider a Hanging Toiletry/Cosmetic Bag, which will be useful on any type of travel.

6. Empty out your mini-fridge

Make space in your mini-fridge if you’ve brought on your own case of water bottles (check cruise line policy), as well as to put any milk containers the kids may take for later from the breakfast buffet. You may want to keep some wine in the fridge ect. Plus, no one will mistakenly grab something way too expensive!

Tip: Ask your room attendant to fill your ice bucket if you like that. 

7. Clear up the cabin clutter you don’t need

When you arrive in your cabin, you will often find a few things on your counters or desk. If you’re not going to use them, stash them away. If you won’t need the ice bucket, wine glasses or other items, ask your cabin steward to remove them.

Some people ask the attendant to take away a small coffee table or even an extra chair that you just don’t need. Don’t be shy, they’ll remove those things for you and it will create more cabin space.

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8. Turn your desk into a vanity

Ladies, this is for you. Turn the desk into a vanity. Use the side drawers for your make up, nail polish and other beauty items you have. I like to use another drawer for my hairbrushes and curling wand and my Elchim hairdryer (that I LOVE and bring everywhere).

9. Organizing your papers

Do keep papers that you need and want to refer to in a regular spot. If you’ve got tickets for shore excursions that you’ve printed out and other important papers, put them in a legal size envelope or a pocket folder that you bring from home. Then, when you’re on your cruise, you can stash away any important papers or even receipts in one spot. I like to bring a couple of extra envelopes as well and keep everything together.

10. Magnetic hooks

I haven’t brought these yet, but they are on my list for my next cruise. Cruise ship cabins usually have 2 hooks already in the cabin. Once we’ve hung bathrobes, we don’t have a good spot for hats and caps and even for a sweatshirt any of us may want to grab. If you saw my cabin, you’d notice we pile those items on a chair in the stateroom. Definitely not the best use of space.

Cabin walls are metal, so Magnetic hooks are perfect. However they should be pretty heavy duty, so get some good ones for this. Amazon has some that are a big hook, and others that have a small clip.

Magnetic Hooks: 25 LB 6 pack – check price on Amazon HERE

Tip: Organize your papers or event invitations by having them in enveloped on tiny but strong magnetic clips (amazon link) right on your cabin wall.

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11. Pop up hampers

Very handy, keep a couple foldable material shoe boxes as pop up hampers and keep them under the desk or tucked on the closet floor. You may want to keep a second one to throw in your flip flops when you come in the cabin.

12. Mesh laundry bags

When you need to put dirty clothes away, a Mesh Laundry Bag is helpful. Just fill it up (from your hamper) and throw the laundry bag into your suitcase.

13. Clothes Pegs

If you’ve decided to wash a few small items or hang some bathing suits up on the little clothes line in the shower, you’ll want to have a few inexpensive clothes pegs handy. You can pick up a small package at the dollar store.

14. Extra electric outlets and USB’s

Perhaps the newest ships have accounted for this, but literally every cruise cabin I’ve had from inside to Balcony, has had 2-3 plugs if I was lucky! Nowadays, we just need more plugs for all our electronics and chargers. You may think you can bring a power par from home, but the ones with surge protectors are actually not allowed. It’s very important that you purchase one that is cruise approved (cruise ships will confiscate).

See my recommended: Cruise Power Strip with USB Outlets – Non Surge Protection & Ship Approved here.

15. Portable charger

Some people (my teenage son) like to just keep a portable charger with them.

This is the super fast portable charge I recommend: INIU Portable Charger – compatible with most phones (but do verify)

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16. Portable speakers

Why not bring a portable speaker to enjoy your very own cruise playlist? I’ve heard from people who make a great Sailaway soundtrack, which sounds like a lot of fun!

17. Cabin nightlight

Cabins are obviously quite dark at night, especially if you’re in an inside cabin. We’ve actually never used a nightlight, but if you do bring one consider where you can plug it. You can always bring a battery operated one.

So, here’s my very simple cabin hack. If you’re in an inside cabin, open the light in the bathroom and leave the door open just a sliver. It will add just enough light to the room so you don’t trip or stub your toe if you do need to get up during the night.

If you have a balcony, you can also pull the shades just a touch and let some moonlight in. We like natural light in the morning, so we often leave the curtains partially open to get that early light peeking in.

18. Small cabin fan

This is something that some cruisers appreciate, however we’ve always found the cabins to be well air conditioned and haven’t needed an additional fan. If you like one and find small spaces hot and stuffy, consider bringing a small portable fan for your stateroom.

19. Store your valuables and personal items

Keep not only your good jewelry, wallet and cash in your safe – but also keep your passports and car or house keys. We realize we often have these with us when we travel, and to avoid searching for them at the end of the cruise, they simply go in the safe the very first cruise day.

20. Jewelry storage

If you have small items like earrings and pendants, a pill container that you can pick up at the dollar store is handy to keep organized. You can put everything in ahead of time and then have it ready when you need it.

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Keeping Organized on a Cruise

21. Highlighter

Keeping organized for the ship’s activities can be a bit of a challenge. You’ll definitely want to go through the daily cruise planner (Cruise Compass, Freestyle Daily, Princess Patter, etc.) and plan for certain activities you really want to attend. While you can also view this on the cruise line app (check availability with your cruise line), on your phone, I personally like planning ahead by looking through the paper daily planner.

Bring a highligher and this way you can highlight your favorite things and see them at a glance.

cruise daily planner

22. Dry erase board

Some people really like to use a dry erase board for messages and notes between family members, or to write down reminders. Consider if this will work for your family.

Over the last few years, we’ve been using the cruise ship messaging apps, so we really haven’t found a need for this, but if your kids are young, it may be practical for you.

23. Post-it notes

Who doesn’t love post-it notes? Honestly, I can always use a post it. This can be great to write a note to your cabin attendant and leave it on the mirror, or to write yourself a note and place it where you need it to be.

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Practical Cruise Packing Hacks

You might find this packing tips video I made helpful – to make sure you’ve got the essentials.

 

24. Reusable water bottles

While not exactly a cruise cabin hack, this is something really practical to have on your cruise. Perhaps buy different colored ones for each person in the cabin to keep organized, but definitely you’ll appreciate those portable bottles, especially when you get off the cruise ship.

Set of 4 in different colors – Sports Water Bottles (amazon link)

25. Thermal coffee mugs

Ahhhhhh coffee. Enough said ๐Ÿ˜‰

Actually all joking aside, a quality thermal travel mug is great to grab a big coffee and keep it hot for as long as you need. It can also be used for a cold drink later on if you like.

26. Ziplocks

Ziplocks are so useful. They can keep your passports dry if you need to take them with you at a cruise port. You may want to put a few bandaids in a ziplock and throw it in your beach bag. You get the idea. Just bring a few, you never know.

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Getting ready for shore excursions

27. Towels

Don’t bring any towels from home, as your cruise ship will provide them. And, you can even take them off the ship for excursions and beach days while you’re in a cruise port.

Tip: We like to prepare the day before by getting towels from the pool deck and placing them in a beach bag we use. Along with that, we throw in our sun tan lotion and sunscreen and we’re all ready when we get to our port of call the next morning. *Note, some cruiselines leave pool towels in your cabin, while many will not, so plan for this.

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28. Beach bag or knapsack

To keep organized, which really saves space in your cabin, consider bringing a good zipped beach bag and/or a knapsack. Hang it on one of your heavy duty magnetic hooks, and leave it there until you need it for shore excursion days. We try and pre-pack the night before, so it makes mornings easier.

29. Towel Clips

I’m so in love with my towel clips. The cruise ship deck is windy, and towels tend to fall down and even fly away a bit.

For years I saw others with them and just didn’t get around to buying them. Then I secretly envied my fellow shipmates and their adorable and practical towel clips. Finally I have them and we put them to good use on our last cruise!

You can get towel clips to suit your personality like flamingos or parrots or margaritas, or you can get a simple and colorful set as well.

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See my favorites from Amazon:

Value set of bright colorful towel clips

Parrot Boca Clips Beach Towel Holders(there’s a variety)

My personal favorite (His and Hers) cute Flamingo and Parrot Plastic Clips

Decorating your cabin door

30. Decorative magnets

On some cruise lines, decorating your door is a bit of a thing. I have to say, we just haven’t done this.

However, it’s always fun to see the doors that are decorated. So if you’re in the mood or celebrating a special occasion, definitely bring some fun magnets and other items to decorate and personalize your cabin door. Something fun I saw on our last cruise, was a door decorated with those scrabble style letter magnets. People were forming words – it was pretty cute.

A bit of a random fun fact I discovered recently, decorating your cabin door with pineapples has meaning, so proceed with caution. Just google it. If it made you smile or laugh let me know with a haha in the comments below :-).

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Recap: Cruise Cabin Hacks Every Cruiser Should Know

Keep in mind that although cruise cabins are small, they can also be organized and efficient. Not all cruise tips or organization products will be for you, but pick and choose the things you can do that will make your life just a bit easier while on vacation.

If there’s anything to keep in mind, it’s definitely planning for plugs and USB’s by bringing along a cruise-approved power strip (with USB). Check current pricing Check current price HERE.

What tips do you have? Let me know in the comments below, and I may just add them to this post. Any products you love or really didn’t need at all?

Happy Cruising,

Ilana xoxo

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112 Comments

  1. Tracie
    April 2, 2019 / 8:49 pm

    This was very helpful to me as we are first time cruisers!! Thank you for all of your info!!!

    • April 3, 2019 / 2:26 am

      Hi Tracie,

      That`s so exciting!! I`m glad the post was helpful to you as you plan your cruise.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Have a wonderful time!!

      Ilana

      • Brendah
        August 27, 2019 / 4:34 am

        Ha ha on the pineapple… didn’t know that! Thanks for sharing your info.

        • August 30, 2019 / 1:28 pm

          Lol, right? Thanks for taking the time to comment Brendah ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Jennifer
          January 8, 2020 / 10:51 pm

          Love these. For those adults that bring their own adult beverages: drink only in your cabin, otherwise you may be charged an uncorking fee in public areas. Of purchasing adult beverages onboard, it is a better bargain to get the drink of the day if offered.

          • February 12, 2020 / 4:10 am

            Thanks Jennifer for the tips. We’ve found that we’ve been able to bring a glass of wine to various areas of the ship, without issue. However, we have been charged a corkage fee when bringing the whole bottle to the MDR.

    • Jaye
      August 6, 2019 / 7:20 pm

      I found the magnet trick didn’t work. Our doors were not magnetic. I use large suction cup hooks on my RV outside to hang towels and suits. These work pretty good in the ship cabin too. Command hooks work good too.

      • August 7, 2019 / 2:28 pm

        That’s a great one! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Joyce
      September 5, 2019 / 3:40 pm

      I use battery operated tea lights or votives in the bathroom as night
      lights. They are bright enough that thereโ€™s no need to turn on the overhead light.

      • September 6, 2019 / 12:38 am

        That’s a super idea Joyce! Thanks for sharing that tip!

      • Michelle
        February 5, 2020 / 2:49 am

        Haha on the pineapple…good to know, lol

  2. April 18, 2019 / 7:03 pm

    Read someplace else- magnet weight load is the weight needed to pull it off the wall. I found hanging heavy stuff caused it to slide down the wall. Suggested to put the hook on the ceiling then they will stay put.

    • April 19, 2019 / 8:29 pm

      That’s a great idea Christine,especially if people are hanging stuff heavier than a sweater or cap. Thanks for sharing it!

      Ilana

  3. CasI Devine
    April 25, 2019 / 2:47 am

    It may sound kind of cheap but the compartmentalized containers the scented wax or scentsy comes in makes a great jewelry organizer. Found a great Pinterest tip to use baking soda and olive oil to get the sticky off after the label is removed. The scent remains and it also freshens drawers.

    • April 25, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      I love those “thrifty” tips. Smart idea – thanks for sharing!!

  4. Melissa
    May 11, 2019 / 9:50 pm

    Love all of these ideas – we used almost every one of these items on our first cruise. One word of warning though – not all cruise ships allow the over the door organizers. Disney Cruises will not allow them and if you use one and scratch the doors, you can be fined.

    • May 12, 2019 / 8:38 pm

      Hi Melissa,

      Glad you used these tips on your first cruise and found them helpful. Thanks for the tip about Disney cruises. I know most cruise lines allow it, but good to know for Disney cruisers!!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Ilana

      • Tanna
        May 14, 2019 / 3:13 pm

        Couldn’t you just put a hand towel over the door and then the hanger?? No scratches….and extra storage.

        • May 14, 2019 / 3:39 pm

          I guess you can, however I’m thinking if a cruise line doesn’t allow it, the cabin attendant may ask you to remove it. All the cruises I’ve been on, we’ve been able to have one, so we’ve been lucky so far.

          Another way to use it though is to hang large metal hooks from the ceiling against the wall, then hang it there. I’ve heard of others doing this.

          Thanks for the comment!

          Ilana

          • Kim Hindman
            August 17, 2019 / 4:48 pm

            I used mine, and brought ribbon that I ran through the grommets, tied in a bow and hung it the hook that was on the back of the door. It can also be used this way hung in a closet on a hanger this way and used for socks, underwear, kids clothes, ets.

          • August 18, 2019 / 5:09 pm

            That’s smart! Great tips! Thanks Kim

          • Kristina
            January 30, 2020 / 12:50 am

            Amazon has some cool double sided ones on hangers that you can hang in the closet.

          • January 31, 2020 / 4:41 am

            Great to know Kristina – thanks so much!

            Ilana

    • jan
      January 31, 2020 / 4:44 am

      you can use them on Disney cruises, you just can’t use the hooks. last cruise I used a bungee cord to hang it up on 2 wall hooks and it worked great, just FYI

      • February 3, 2020 / 4:20 am

        That’s interesting. Thanks for the info and suggestion!

  5. Tanna
    May 14, 2019 / 3:12 pm

    HAHA!!!!! I just learned about that pineapple thing too…..I have a secret plan to put a pineapple solar light at my sister’s mailbox when we are there for Memorial Weekend…..tee hee….Can’t wait to see what happens, or if she even notices!!

    • May 14, 2019 / 3:41 pm

      You made me laugh this morning!!! I almost spit out my coffee lol!

      Let me know… hahahaha!

      Have a great cruise!!

      • October 16, 2019 / 7:38 pm

        Just read what the pineapple stands for! We used them to let people know they were welcome in our homes. Wont ever be using these again!

        • October 17, 2019 / 2:12 pm

          Lol Belinda!! Keep using them – your friends can now get a laugh.

          Thanks for the fun comment (still laughing)

  6. May 16, 2019 / 5:46 pm

    Regarding night lights… they make tea lights that only illuminate when they are in water, so we used those. Fill a glass with about an inch of water, drop in the floating light and you have the perfect night light. No need to plug it in and use those precious spots on your extension cord. In the morning take it out. Ours lasted about 3 nights before dying out.

    • May 17, 2019 / 1:50 am

      That’s genius!! Thanks for sharing that smart hack Nansie!

      Ilana

    • Lisa
      October 27, 2019 / 8:23 am

      My cruise jewelry box is an old spring-hinged prescription eyeglasses case. They are usually fabric lined and sturdy, so jewelry wonโ€™t get crushed, and open like a little display-tray. To keep necklaces from tangling, I cut plastic drinking straws to fit the case, thread the chain through the straw and either clasp the necklace, or slip the pendant through the loop of chain at the end.

      • October 28, 2019 / 12:20 am

        Great tips Lisa! That straw trick is incredibly smart.

        Thanks so much for sharing!

        Ilana

        • Lyndsey
          January 10, 2020 / 1:35 am

          Another straw trick is to bring your own reusable straws!! Nothing worse than drinking a pina colada with a paper straw lol

          • February 12, 2020 / 4:07 am

            Agreed! So mushy after 5 minutes lol!

  7. nancy kon
    May 19, 2019 / 5:01 pm

    Never heard about the pineapples!! HA HA….. thanks for letting me know!!!

    • May 19, 2019 / 5:35 pm

      Hi Nancy,

      I laughed also when I found out! Good to know, right? Lol

      Have a great cruise!!

      Ilana

  8. Kathryn
    June 2, 2019 / 8:12 am

    If you are taking drink bottles, take a small collapsible funnel to fill them up – on most of the cruise ships, you have to fill a glass, then use that to fill your bottle, meaning it can get rather damp around the drink stations!

    • June 2, 2019 / 7:29 pm

      Thanks Kathryn for that super smart tip! I never thought of that, but you’re so right!

  9. June 14, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    I save fridge magnets, the ones generally used as advertisements that are large and flat. I bring them along to contain the daily happenings or other pieces of paper so the desk area is clear. We are seasoned cruisers and always love reading others tips and tricks.

    • June 15, 2019 / 2:32 am

      Hi Karen,

      What a smart idea! I love it. I’m the same, I love learning the little tips and tricks from other cruisers!

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

      Ilana

  10. Lisa
    June 29, 2019 / 6:47 am

    I always bring a few gallon size ziplock bags! They are great for water socks or swimsuits that may be wet or sandy when itโ€™s time to disembark! Theyโ€™re also handy for packing granola bars and other snacks for excursion days!

    • July 1, 2019 / 2:41 pm

      Very smart tips Lisa! Ziplocks should be a cruise staple item lol. Thanks for sharing.

      Ilana

      • Deb
        November 7, 2019 / 7:26 pm

        I take along an x-large ziplock bag. I used for liquids when I pack and I use it for laundry while on the cruise. Put clothes & laundry soap in the bag. Use the shower to add water. Zip, agitate, drain, then add clean water to rinse. Works much better than the sink.

        • November 11, 2019 / 4:49 pm

          Hi Deb,

          That’s so smart!The uses for Ziplocks on a cruise are endless, lol. Best laundry hack ever!

          Thanks so much for sharing!

          Ilana

          • Jen
            December 6, 2019 / 9:07 pm

            I bought a whole box of gallon ziplocks at the Dollar Tree just for my cruise! LOL
            I found a cruise power strip that has a built in nightlight on amazon.
            My mom is a seasoned cruiser and it’s my first time; she is amazed at all of the hacks I’ve shared with her! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • December 10, 2019 / 2:33 am

            Hi Jen,

            That power strip sounds fantastic! Very smart!!

            Let me know how you enjoy your cruise. It sounds fabulous!

            Ilana

  11. Valerie
    July 12, 2019 / 8:45 pm

    Thank you for all of the tips. I am going on a mother & daughter cruise (she is (23) in Aug and cannot wait. This is my second and her first. We will be using most of these tips. Thanks

    • July 13, 2019 / 3:00 am

      So glad they could be helpful!

      Have an amazing cruise Valerie! I hope your daughter has the very best time!

      Ilana

  12. Kathleen
    July 13, 2019 / 8:01 am

    Hi ILANA, I have used most of the same tips on previous cruises. Quart and gallon ziplock bags are great for smelly or wet clothing. The bags are good for lotion, makeup, or anything that may waste or spill in your luggage. I use ziplock bags whenever I travel.
    HaHa I did not know that about pineapples.
    Thanks for sharing

    • July 17, 2019 / 3:41 am

      Hi Kathleen,

      I share your love of Ziplocks lol.They really are a lifesaver when traveling!

      I know right? Pineapples ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

      Ilana

  13. Sue Ellen
    July 23, 2019 / 12:12 pm

    I read about the pineapple. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜

    • July 23, 2019 / 1:36 pm

      Haha right? That’s going to stay with me forever, lol

  14. Cynthia
    July 23, 2019 / 2:00 pm

    A clock. They don’t provide one, so bring one unless you just want to use your phone. I did have a room steward who loaned me his for the week, but don’t count on that happening on all cruises.

    • July 24, 2019 / 2:20 pm

      That’s a great one! You definitely lucked out on a cabin steward – I agree that’s not likely to happen most of the time. We use our phone, but true having an actual small clock is so handy!

      Thanks for the good advice!!

      Ilana

      • Janet
        February 12, 2020 / 10:01 am

        I take an old watch and attach it to my pool bag so I know what time it is as there are very few clocks on the pool decks. Also handy when I go ashore so Iโ€™m not late back to the ship.

        • February 16, 2020 / 4:45 pm

          Brilliant idea Janet! It’s so smart to keep a simple watch on “ship time”. Thanks for sharing!

          Ilana

  15. Leslie
    July 31, 2019 / 2:34 pm

    These are awesome tips! We also have cruised a few times but I still learned something new! Enjoy!!

    • August 1, 2019 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks Leslie! It’s always good when we cruisers still can pick up a few extra tips, lol!

      Enjoy your next cruise!

      Ilana

  16. Kim Bryant
    August 7, 2019 / 11:27 pm

    Wow! Did not realize that about pineapples lol. Thanks for the heads up

  17. Sarah
    August 12, 2019 / 3:03 am

    This one is more a tip for shore excursions. On my first (and so far only) Cruise, my parents gave me a journal to note down everything I did in the day, (where we went, things we saw, etc). I kept the journal inside a 3-ring binder pencil case with a plastic front. Then, any tour tickets, pamphlets, postcards, or other small/flat things could be slipped inside easily and wouldnโ€™t get bent, crunched, or lost. It was such an easy way to keep that stuff from disappearing. And the pencil bag took up next to no space, and was light.

    I think if/when I ever get to do another cruise like this, I will bring a whole binder of pencil bags, and each day I can just grab one and toss it in my bag, and label it with the date, location(s) of that day, etc. At the end of the day, I can snap it back into the binder and an empty one is ready for the next dayโ€™s adventures.

    • August 12, 2019 / 7:07 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      This is such a phenomenal idea! Do you keep the journal at the end of the trip as a keepsake? It’s really such a nice idea – plus amazing for organization!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Ilana

      • Shelly
        February 8, 2020 / 2:01 pm

        I love this idea! I have started scrapbooking, and a journal will help me remember the details of each day when I scrapbook it later.

        • February 12, 2020 / 4:06 am

          What a great idea to preserve and relive the memories!!

  18. Stacie
    August 21, 2019 / 3:57 am

    Love all the great tips… thanks for the heads up on the pineapples!!!

    • August 22, 2019 / 8:50 pm

      Lol, who knew right? Thanks for taking the time to comment and have a great cruise!

  19. Heather Caraher
    August 28, 2019 / 8:41 pm

    Hahaha-Whoa! ๐Ÿ˜ณ Good to know LOL

    • August 30, 2019 / 1:29 pm

      I know right? I love Pineapples but now I think twice, lol.

  20. Meg
    August 31, 2019 / 1:36 am

    The tried and true for me are the ziploc bags (gallon size) and pop-up laundry hamper. We keep the hamper in our closet and throw our dirty clothes in it. We use cloth reusable shopping bags to pack our dirty clothes back in our bags, sorting by laundry loads while packing. When we return home from a week + vacation, I dread doing laundry the most. When we pack them up like this, it makes it easy to just throw each bag into the washer separately, no additional work when we get home. The other thing we use while on the cruise is magnetic “chip clips”. We bring 5 or 6 of them for inside our stateroom. We keep newsletters, tickets, brochures, and notes on them without taking up valuable counter space.

    • September 1, 2019 / 11:26 pm

      Fabulous tips Meg. I love the cloth bag idea. That’s so smart! I agree post-cruise laundry is the worst, lol!

      Thanks for sharing and taking the time to comment.

      Ilana

  21. Katrina
    September 1, 2019 / 6:43 am

    Good stuff! The only thing I would add is that we always bring along a couple of international converters so we can use those extra sockets to charge things.

    • September 1, 2019 / 11:16 pm

      Hi Katrina,

      That’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing it – I’ll add it when I update the post shortly.

      Ilana

    • Deb
      November 7, 2019 / 7:30 pm

      make sure it’s a converter and not just an adapter. One converts the power, the other just allows you to use a different plug. If you don’t convert the power, you’ll probably damage the appliance.

      • November 11, 2019 / 4:47 pm

        That’s a good point. Always important to check. We haven’t had to use one on a cruise, but have used when traveling n Europe and I know this can be confusing.

        Thanks for the great tip!

        Ilana

  22. Liz
    September 5, 2019 / 11:12 pm

    1st time cruiser and this was a big help!! And thank you for the heads up with the pineapples, as i love to decorate with pineapples!! Lol! Can you imagine what would’ve happened?! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ lol!

    • September 6, 2019 / 12:37 am

      I’m so glad Liz! I know I thought that was a funny one too, lol!

      Have a wonderful cruise!!

      Ilana

      • Linda
        September 16, 2019 / 3:43 pm

        Hi! I had never heard about pineapples….great to know ( I had to laugh when I read up on it). Great ideas from everyone.

        • September 17, 2019 / 2:38 am

          Hi Linda,

          I laughed too! Glad it was a fun read!Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

          Ilana

  23. Jackie B
    September 9, 2019 / 5:30 am

    Great list. We just did our first overseas (non-Carribean) cruise. We learned that without the humidity of the Caribbean, the air on the ship is VERY dry. We both ended up with sinus issues (we live in Florida, so we are really affected by dryness)
    I dd my research when I got home, and I will never again travel without a compact humidifier. (We also had the dryness issue the last time we went to Las Vegas)

    • September 11, 2019 / 1:41 pm

      Hi Jackie,

      That is a great tip I never thought of! I can imagine the dryness can really have an effect, especially when you’re not used to it.I’ll have to look that up and make a point of it,for those that would find it useful.

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

      Ilana

  24. Marian
    September 13, 2019 / 2:02 am

    On Royal Caribbean pineapple is a nickname for Pinnacle, the top level of cruiser with 700 or more cruise points. Just found out about the other meaning lol.

    • September 13, 2019 / 1:20 pm

      Lol,that’s so funny! I didn’t know that -pretty cute!

      Thanks so much for sharing Marian!

  25. Miriam
    October 9, 2019 / 2:19 pm

    Hey didn’t see anyone else post this but, carnival had banned portable speaker. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ Their website says they will be confiscated at entry. Just a heads up…. We planned to take ours but they put the kibosh on that. Other wise love all the tips. We use most of these already and we’re on our 10th cruise in November. I hope I finally remember a night light!!

    • October 11, 2019 / 3:13 am

      Oh no! I didn’t know that. I do see different cruise lines are changing things. Good point to always check policies for updates :-).

      Have a great cruise!!

      Ilana

  26. Judy
    October 19, 2019 / 12:37 am

    When we travel, I place scented dryer sheets in the bag containing soiled laundry in the suitcase. The dryer sheets โ€˜absorbโ€™ the odors. Dryer sheets can also be placed inside shoes to help minimize foot odors.

    • October 20, 2019 / 1:05 am

      What a smart tip Judy! Thanks for sharing it!

      Ilana

  27. Monique
    October 27, 2019 / 12:15 am

    While finding out about the pineapples, we discovered that an upside down pineapple also has meaning. Check it out.

    • October 27, 2019 / 4:28 am

      Lol, I googled!! Too funny – I have to be careful with pineapples everywhere ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for the laugh, Monique!

  28. Sandy
    November 15, 2019 / 3:30 am

    Been cruising for years but I still look for hints and tips.
    My hint for keeping the cabin organized is going through the daily mail. All the newsletters, schedules, invites, coupons, and advertisements that arrive in your cabin. Either save or throw away, donโ€™t feel bad to fill the trash can. Now that I know the walls are magnetic, I have clips to hang up the keepers.

    • November 16, 2019 / 12:40 am

      Hi Sandy,

      You are so right. All those papers just add up and create so much clutter! I love that you’re using the small magnet clips for the papers. It’s definitely a good idea!

      I’ll be getting more organized for my next cruise, so I think I’ll order a few small clips too.

      Thanks so much for sharing your great advice!

      Ilana

  29. Linda Reinhard
    November 16, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Just learned this from a fellow cruiser. Each day, take a picture of your Fun Times (or daily ship schedule). Then, when you take pictures, youโ€™ll know the day, date, and where you were. Sometimes the beaches look the same, or the gps lists where you were, which isn’t always the port.

    • November 17, 2019 / 6:29 pm

      Hi Linda,

      What a smart idea! Thanks for sharing that great tip!! I love it!

      Ilana

  30. Lynn
    November 18, 2019 / 2:49 am

    This was so very informative and much appreciated; I have made notes as we are going on our first cruise next year!

    • November 19, 2019 / 2:03 am

      Hi Lynn,

      So glad this is helpful! I’m excited for you as you plan your first cruise! So fun ๐Ÿ™‚

      Ilana

  31. Annie
    November 20, 2019 / 7:56 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I’m first time cruising as an adult, taking my kids and there will be 4 of us in 1 room – 2 teenagers!! This is really going to help us out. Excited to check out the rest of your site!

    • November 21, 2019 / 4:30 am

      I’m excited for you Annie! So fun to be cruising with teens – awesome vacation for all!

      Have a great time!!

      Ilana

  32. Tiffany
    December 13, 2019 / 6:25 pm

    Great tips. I’ll be sure to check my magnet stickers for no pineapples! LOL

    • December 14, 2019 / 9:18 pm

      LOL!!!! I personally love pineapples, but can’t help but thinking of this, since I found this out.

      Have an amazing cruise!!

  33. Kim Morgan
    January 8, 2020 / 12:49 am

    I’ve heard that you can thread your necklace through a straw to keep it from getting tangled during travel.

    • February 12, 2020 / 4:08 am

      Very smart tip! I’ve yet to do it, but I’m sure it works well ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Debbie E
    January 12, 2020 / 3:28 pm

    I disagree about not bringing a towel. On our girls cruise sister in-law packed a microfiber towel. I told her she did not need it but she brought it anyway. It sure made packing for the beach a lot easier and less to carry since it is so much lighter that the ship towels.

    • February 3, 2020 / 4:30 am

      Hi Debbie,

      I could see how that could be handy to have a lighter towel. Certainly if people want a lighter towel to bring with that can be a great idea.

      Thanks for sharing!

      Ilana

  35. Kate
    January 30, 2020 / 3:23 am

    OMG thats hilarious. I had no idea. I’m so glad you shared the info as we are leaving in two weeks for our first cruise. My nephew, his 11 yo daughter, my 13 yo daughter and myself. We are planning to decorate our door to help the girls find it easily. How awkward would that have been? LMAO

    • January 31, 2020 / 4:40 am

      Hahahaha! I always find that one funny too!

      Have a great cruise – it sounds amazing!

      Ilana

  36. NANCY SARDENGA
    January 31, 2020 / 2:16 am

    what about soaps and shampoos, does ship provide certain kinds or use our own??

    • January 31, 2020 / 4:34 am

      Great question Nancy. I believe most ships do provide a shower gel and shampoo and possibly conditioner.

      This can actually vary a bit depending on the cruise line though. If you’re on Facebook, there are any cruise line fan facebook groups where people are happy to give you an answer for a specific ship.

      Hope this helps,

      Ilana

  37. Sandra Michaud
    February 1, 2020 / 3:29 pm

    Okay so you got me. I googled the significance of the pineapple. And who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks. 67 yr old grandma and somehow in all my years missed that one! You probably would have gotten a chuckle form my reaction, went something like oh (gasp) and teehee, with the appropriate facial expression of surprise and amusement.
    Thanks for the chuckle and the cruise ideas.
    The upcoming one will be our 5th for my husband and 6th for me. We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary and I was considering door decor for the first time. Definitely will not be using a pineapple ๐Ÿ˜‰ Roflol

    • February 3, 2020 / 4:15 am

      Congrats Sandra on your special anniversary! So glad it gave you a laugh – it does me too, still lol!

      Have an awesome cruise!

      Ilana

  38. Shelly
    February 8, 2020 / 2:08 pm

    Iโ€™ll be going on my first cruise in October 2020 & I am so excited! Thank you so much for these tips, they will be a huge help.

    • February 12, 2020 / 4:05 am

      Hi Shelly,

      That’s so exciting!! I’m so glad the tips could be helpful as you get ready for your cruise.

      Ilana

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