Your first cruise has been booked and you suddenly realize you don’t know the first thing about going on a cruise. What should you pack? What excursions should you take? Where will you eat your meals? There are so many things to consider that it can be a little overwhelming. 

Knowing what to pack for your cruise is important for several reasons. You need to know what you are allowed to bring on board. Cruise cabins are typically rather small, so you don’t want to pack more than necessary, but you also want to make sure you have the appropriate clothing for all types of dining rooms and any special events that may take place. Here are several articles that will help you pack for your first cruise.

What Should I Pack for a Cruise?

Discover some of the basics needed for your next cruise, from a fourth time cruiser.

10 Things to Pack for a Cruise

This list offers some items to pack that I may not have thought of myself! 

Top 10 Must Pack Cruise Essentials

This is a great list of items that are necessary and a few that will just make your cruise easier.

What to Pack: Cruise Wear for Women on a Day at Port

Heading out on an excursion or just to wander around the port? Make sure you have the essentials for a comfortable and safe day at port.

20 Things To Pack For A Disney Cruise

This list offers ideas for those who are embarking on a Disney Cruise, because some things are unique for Disney cruisers, like Fish Extenders!


A shorter Caribbean cruise comes with a special packing list and ideas on what to wear.

Your bags are packed and the big day is coming. As a first time cruiser, the entire cruise experience is unknown so you still have questions about what to expect. These bloggers have been there and they are sharing their experiences to make your trip easier.

First Time Cruising: What to Know Before You Go

From tipping policies to kids programs, there are many things to know about before you set sail. This experienced cruiser gives you the rundown.

10 Things to Make The Most of a Cruise

Find out how to make the most of your family’s time at sea.

Things to Enjoy During your Cruise Vacation

You are on board and ready for some fun! Here are several ways to enjoy your cruise vacation.

10 Things I Wish I’d Known as a Cruise Rookie

Once you’ve been on your first cruise, you will realize what you needed to know ahead of time. This post shares the ten things she wished she had known in advance.

What is there to do on a Royal Caribbean Cruise?

Of course, every cruise line offers different culinary delights, activities and excursions. If you are sailing with Royal Caribbean, this next post has just the information that you need.

Whichever cruise ship you set sail on, you are sure to have a fabulous time and come away with several tips for first time cruisers that you can pass along yourself.

3 Replies to “Tips for First Time Cruisers”

    1. It’s so worth it, Kristy. I thought I would get anxious (claustrophobic plus cannot swim are not a good combo), but we scored a room with a large window but no balcony on our first cruise and I think that helped with my comfort zone. We’ve been on both Disney CL and Carnival and each offered programs for the kids. They wanted to spend all their time there instead of with us. We all loved it for various reasons. I’m ready for another cruise now!

  1. This is a great list of resources! (Thanks for including us!) I cannot wait until we are able to go on another cruise! They are so much fun and relaxing.

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