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    1st cruise questions. What do I need to take?

    Booked our very first cruise. We're going on Thomson's Island Escape for a 7 night Canaries cruise in a couple of weeks. Bit apprehensive about sea-sickness and the negative reviews on the ship that I am finding on the internet but looking forward to the experience nonetheless....afterall, we have nothing to compare it to.

    My question is...what should we pack?

    I'm thinking a mixture of shorts/jeans/T shirts and sweaters, flip flops and trainers.

    What about toiletries...are they provided in sufficient quantities? What exactly can we expect to find in our (basic) cabins?

    Can you buy papers and magazines onboard or should pack some?

    What are the items that I might not think to pack that: you would like to highlight/wished you'd packed yourself.

    Thanks in advance for any tips.

    #2
    The toiletries provided in the cabin are likely to be basic generic items. We always take our favourites from home. There will probably be a library on board (I've not actually been on Island Escape) so you can borrow books, but I don't think you'll be able to buy papers or magazines. You may be able to buy English papers and magazines ashore, but they may be expensive and late :-)

    I'm not sure what the weather will be like, but it may be chilly in the evenings on deck so sweaters/cardigans will be good, and remember long trousers/skirts and something to cover your shoulders if you want to visit churches etc..

    Enjoy your cruise.
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      #3
      You won't need to take towels as they are provided.

      Basic toiletries are provided but if you take your own buy them at the UK airport after going through security, less hassle!.

      Lay out all the stuff you want to take and put half of it away, you won't need it

      Passport
      Tickets
      EHIC card
      Insurance (always declare any pre existing conditions because if you don't they wont pay if you have to claim)
      Medications plus prescription form
      Money
      Credit/debit card to pay onboard account, check Thomson site for valid cards.
      Camera + charger
      universal adapter
      mobile + charger, is it set for roaming?

      My blokes packing list for a fortnight cruise:
      15 shirts
      8 underwear
      8 socks
      8 handkerchiefs
      3 chinos
      2 pair shorts
      2 pair swim shorts
      trainers
      deck shoes or sandals
      casual shoes for evening
      lightweight rain jacket

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        #4
        thanks for those two replies.
        Really don't want to lug a 20kg case each onboard so am trying to pack minimally, but it's not working

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          #5
          hi

          you don't have to lug a case on board, they take it off you at the dockside, scan it and deliver it to your cabin for you.

          I lay out my clothes, mixing and matching evenings and then put half of it away. Remember that some restaurants do not allow jeans, I think Island escape is all buffet. Look up Island escape roll calls or threads on it to check what the dress code is.

          I normally take cropped linen trousers and a couple of skirts to get me through the evenings.

          I always take my own toiletries in small bottles and leave behind what we don't use. Comfy trainers for walking about, flip flops for days on the ship and some evenings too and a cardigan or pashmina for evenings. I always take a packable waterproof just in case as nothing willl stop me exploring ports.

          have a great time

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            #6
            that's good to know Tiggertastic (love your username!).

            I'm going to do the mix and match exercise today...get everything laid out on the bed and be ruthless!
            Got my miniature toiletries sorted...double of everything as the teens have a separate cabin to us.
            Going to watch the euro rate dive now that I'm thinking about buying some for spending on shore

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              #7
              I always take a decent first aid kit plus stuff for stings & bites.
              Like Tiggertastic I lay out everything and check what matches and goes with what.
              I've started to be ruthless and take less stuff to wear. Just in case I have accidents with clothes, I pack one of those little tubes of washing gel.
              I always take a waterproof jacket too. Just in case! If I don't take it you can be sure it will rain.

              Have a great time!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Fred Bloggs, Tyne and Wear View Post
                I always take a decent first aid kit plus stuff for stings & bites.
                Like Tiggertastic I lay out everything and check what matches and goes with what.
                I've started to be ruthless and take less stuff to wear. Just in case I have accidents with clothes, I pack one of those little tubes of washing gel.
                I always take a waterproof jacket too. Just in case! If I don't take it you can be sure it will rain.

                Have a great time!
                Washing gel and Anthisan...check
                Raincoats...*off to rummage in the cupboard under the stairs*

                Thanks :-)

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Tina, Kent View Post
                  Washing gel and Anthisan...check
                  Raincoats...*off to rummage in the cupboard under the stairs*

                  Thanks :-)
                  I have a list but always forget something! Worst was when we were going on holiday with my daughter & family. Everything was packed and checked but she was late calling to collect us rushed us out of the house to go for the taxi. As a result I left my handbag on the settee. She went back for it! She had to, it had the passports & all the tickets in it. Moral of the story is don't let anybody rush you out of the house!

                  Have a great time!
                  Last edited by Fred Bloggs, Tyne and Wear; 11th April 2011, 04:29 PM.

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                    #10
                    clean socks and a good book.

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                      #11
                      I would recommend Traveleeze. You might not need them but if you do they are very effective and taste really nice

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                        #12
                        Can I recommend a little sewing set. Have cruised twice and needed to use mine both times. Also any medication you are on, with a few spare in case of delays, and more books than you think, although I found P&O had a "swap" cupboard in their library but don't know about Thomson.

                        Have a fantastic time.
                        Last edited by juliet, worcester; 26th April 2011, 09:51 PM.

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                          #13
                          Good Morning,
                          pack a few extra cheap coat hangers, and dont bother bringing them home, there are never enough coat hangers.
                          If I am on a 2 week cruise I pack for 1 week, if I am on a 7 night cruise I pack for 4 nights, I learned my lesson after the first cruise because you never wear half og what you take.
                          there is nothing more exciting than your first cruise!

                          Bon Voyage
                          Lynn

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