Welcome back to the next installment of my blog — written by your chubby, grey-haired brand ambassador. For those who have been surfing the interweb and drooling over our ships on Carnival.com — and have finally decided to come and join the millions of people who have already experienced the Carnival Fizz – the fun is about to begin.

But hold on, panic may be setting in — so much so that you are reading this in a dark room while listening to the soundtrack of lonely whales. The reason for the panic . . . . what the sodding heck do I pack?  OK, you may not have said that very British word in the middle of the previous sentence but, nevertheless, what to pack on your first cruise is something everyone ponders.

Now one of the best bits about taking a Carnival cruise is of course exploring the ports of call. If you were to fly between say Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman and Jamaica you would have to pack, unpack, repack, unpack and repeat three times over in a single week. On a Carnival cruise you unpack once or, if you are me, don’t unpack at all and live out of the suitcase.

But before I get into what you should pack, let me tell you what not to pack. Look, you are going on a cruise, not a year-long expedition to the Amazon. Don’t over pack by taking at least three shirts you don’t need (men) or a dress that you “bought for the vacation” to add to the 17 other dresses that you “bought for the vacation” (women).

And you certainly don’t need that many shoes. As far as footwear, you need:

  • A pair of flip-flops
  • The shoes you’re travelling in

That’s it.

Furthermore, it’s highly unlikely to be cold in the Caribbean so take out five of fleeces you’ve packed “just in case.”

So what do you pack? Asking me is like asking Her Majesty The Queen what the best bargains are in Everything’s A Dollar Store. So instead I asked the wonderful cruisers who read my Facebook page. There are over 163,000 of them and here is their advice.


We do have suggested attire for different occasions and offer an elegant night or two depending on the cruise length but overall we are a very casual cruise line and, at the end of the day, it’s what you are comfortable in.

So come and join us (with one suitcase — although we don’t charge for extras)!



Hi, I’m John, and this is my blog. So please don’t mistake my opinions — or those of my dear friends, fans or commenters — for those of Carnival Cruise Line or Carnival Corporation. My apologies in advance for anything I may say that upsets you, but this disclaimer covers Carnival and puts the blame directly on me………….. bugger.