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26 Cruise Cabin Essentials You Need To Pack

If you are packing for an upcoming cruise, whether it's your first or you're a seasoned sailor, it's important to pack the right items to make your voyage as comfortable as possible. 

While basics like clothing, toiletries, and valid travel documentation are essential, there are additional items that can enhance your onboard experience, especially when it comes to your cabin. 

The 1-item upgrade you need for a better cruise ship cabin experience (it’s already in your house)

Having been on nearly two dozen cruises, I've learned to always pack one essential item to enhance my cabin experience: a standard USB cord. 

Cruise ship cabins, although smaller than standard hotel rooms, try to pack as many essentials and conveniences into the limited space as possible; however, they typically fall short in the number of available charging options. Typically, standard outlets are exclusively found near the vanity, leaving those who prefer to charge their phones beside the bed at a disadvantage. 

Cruise luggage tag holders for every cruise line

Those preparing for an upcoming cruise shouldn't forget to buy one pre-cruise essential: luggage tag holders. 

When you arrive at the port, having secure holders for your luggage tags will ensure that they don't accidentally get torn off when being transported onboard. Plus, it'll streamline your embarkation process, as you won't have to spend time providing your cabin number to a porter for a handwritten tag. 

10 Ways To Make Your Cruise More Extravagant

While those who play their cards right will find that cruising can be an affordable vacation, others may have a little extra cash to burn or want to set their upcoming cruise apart from previous sailings. 

Perhaps you're celebrating an anniversary or graduation and want to make your next cruise feel more lavish than before. Thankfully, you can customize your vacation to meet your elevated desires. There's nothing quite like waking up in a large suite or being greeted at the airport by a private driver. 

10 Hidden Features on Cruise Ships

Modern-day cruise ships are essentially floating cities that offer a multitude of features and amenities for guests to enjoy. 

While some are well-known, such as the pools, restaurants, and theater productions, there are some hidden features that add a touch of uniqueness to these engineering marvels. From secluded lounges to interactive art experiences and even theme parties, there's much more to cruise ships than meets the eye at first glance. 

Here are 10 hidden features on cruise ships that you may have not known about. 

13 Things Polite People Never Do on Cruises

Although the main purpose of going on vacation is to escape the routine of daily life, you must remember the importance of practicing common courtesy while on your cruise, as it will make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. 

Cruise lines have rules in place to foster a positive and safe environment for both passengers and crew members. Some rules, such as designated smoking areas, are clearly defined, whereas others may be more implicit. 

10 tips to make your next cruise healthier

If you're on a fitness journey or simply don't want to return home from your next cruise feeling overly bloated, there are some things you can do to make your indulgent vacation a little healthier. 

As someone who cruises pretty frequently, I'm weary of going overboard on sweet treats and other snacks. While there's nothing wrong with enjoying all of the delicious food on the ship, it's important to remember that moderation is key. Moreover, consuming too many alcoholic beverages or sugar mocktails certainly won't help you stay in any kind of calorie deficit. 

Norwegian cruise ship in Africa being investigated for potential cholera outbreak

One Norwegian cruise ship is quarantined off the coast of Africa as the vessel is currently being tested for a potential outbreak of cholera, which is a bacterial disease typically caused by contaminated water.

TikToker snuck Chipotle onboard a 7-day Norwegian cruise

Could you go one week without eating your favorite meal on a cruise ship?

TikToker Dillion Wareham (@dillionwareham) couldn't go six days without his Chipotle fix while sailing onboard Norweigan Breakaway. On his account, he chronicled, throughout eight videos, his experience sneaking (and then eating) Chipotle while on the ship. 

18 amazing beaches to visit on a cruise ship

A cruise is a great way to experience many tropical destinations during a single vacation. You can relax on the calm beaches of The Bahamas and go snorkeling in the renowned Belize Barrier Reef the same week! 

Of course, with so many beautiful options, it can be hard to narrow down which region of the Caribbean you'd like to visit. Thankfully, since the Caribbean is a popular year-round cruising destination, you can choose based on your preferences. 

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