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Are you preparing for an upcoming cruise to the Bahamas and wondering what you should bring along? We’ve got you covered with the ultimate guide to packing for a cruise. Whether you’re planning to depart for a two-night getaway cruise, or embarking on a longer cruise and resort stay; our travel experts at Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line have carefully selected our top list of major must haves for your trip.
Preparation is key to avoid worry and stress. We’ll show you how to pack smart and you’ll thank us later!
Below you’ll find our handpicked selection of “Major Must-Haves” for a safe, fun, and enjoyable vacation to the Bahamas….
TOP 10 ESSENTIALS
1. Travel Documents
The minimum travel document requirement for U.S. Citizens are (1) an original United States Birth Certificate and (2) a government issued ID (i.e. Driver’s License or State ID). U.S. Citizens born outside the U.S. can use their certificate of naturalization with ID, or a passport. All U.S. citizens must have valid proof of citizenship.
A passport is not required, but is recommended to board our ship. For additional requirements for non-US travelers, please see our complete list of required documentation for travel here.
Each guest is permitted to bring two (2) pieces of complimentary luggage, not to exceed 50 pounds per piece. We recommend utilizing a portable luggage scale to determine if you have over packed your luggage.
Keep in mind, for excess and overweight luggage, a $25 fee per bag will be automatically charged to your onboard account. When in doubt, pack less to avoid going over the allowed luggage limit.
3. Credit Cards and Cash
Be sure to bring credit cards and cash onboard the ship. During check in, you’ll need to present your credit card to set up an onboard spending account. Also, bring a few small bills if you plan to tip crew members personally for exceptional service.
4. Electronics- Camera, cell phone, laptops, chargers, etc.
Don’t leave home without your electronics! Be sure to bring your camera along with extra batteries, memory cards, and chargers to capture the moments.
5. Comfy Shoes
You will be walking for a considerable amount of time, so comfortable shoes, such as sneakers, sandals, and flip-flops are an absolute must-have for cruising. We suggest low heeled, rubber-soled, or flat shoes for extra traction.
6. Swim Wear
You’ll find multiple Jacuzzi’s and swimming pools onboard the ship, as well as beach bound excursions when you arrive at Grand Bahama Island. If you’re planning to take a dip, bring swimwear and water essentials. Be sure to pack extra swimsuits, flip flops, and sneakers in your luggage.
7. Beach Bag (filled with goodies)
Stock your beach bag or tote with necessities for your vacation. Here are some goodies to consider packing in your beach bag…
• Insect Repellant
• Hand Sanitizer
• Hand Lotion
• Makeup bag
• Chap Stick
• Water Bottle
8. Toiletry & Medication Bag
We recommend bringing designated bags for toiletries and medication. You can purchase many basic toiletries at low prices at most drug stores. If you have prescriptions that must be taken daily, make sure to keep them in your possession at all times. Don’t risk a medical emergency!
9. Ziploc Bags
Ziploc bags are a complete life saver when you’re traveling on a cruise. They’re easy, affordable, and quick to use. Various size bags that can be used for different purposes. Small Ziploc bags are great for storing petite items like pills, jewelry, hair accessories, and similar items. Medium-sized Ziploc bags can be utilized to protect electronic products from water elements. The fear of getting your gadgets wet is a constant worry when going sea side. Cameras, phones, iPods, and other electronic items are great items to store in medium sized bags. Lastly, larger size bags can come in handy to store and separate wet and dirty garments.
10. Sea Bands or Dramamine
Be proactive and combat motion sickness with Sea Bands and Dramamine. Say good bye to nausea and morning sickness with these beneficial products. These products can be found in major drug chains and pharmacies nationwide. Ginger pills are also helpful to minimize the effects of motion sickness. In case you forget to bring something on the cruise, keep in mind that you will most likely be able to find it on one of your onboard shops.
WHAT TO WEAR
While traveling aboard the MS Grand Celebration, you’ll be able to take part in many activities; such as poolside parties, live performances at our Legends Grand Theater, fine dining experiences, and much more. Make sure to pack multiple clothing options for daytime and nighttime activities.
Here’s a few tips to look the part for every occasion…
1. Daytime Attire
Casual is key for daytime attire. Shorts, tank tops, sandals, and sneakers are highly recommended for optimum comfort.
2. Evening Attire
Although our dress code is casual, some of our selected restaurants include formal attire which includes formal shirts, fancy pants, collar shirts, blouses, dresses, skirts, etc. Jackets and ties are optional. If you’re planning to dine at our fine dining restaurants, Admiralty Club or Stellar Prime, please keep in mind that a dress code is enforced.
3. Swim & Beach Wear
You’ll probably be spending around 80 percent of your time in swimwear on the ship or exploring the sandy beaches of the Grand Bahama Island, so remember to pack an extra bathing suit, a pair of flip-flops, a beach bag, a hat, and sunglasses.
TRAVELING WITH KID CRUISERS
Pack items that your kids can’t live without. A favorite teddy bear, iPad, or portable video game are a few that come to mind. For infants, bring along baby bottles, extra diapers or pull-ups, wipes, and other required baby products.
WHAT TO AVOID PACKING
To ensure the safety of our passengers, please take a moment to review the list of Prohibited Items. All luggage that is checked in or carried on is subject to be searched.
The following items are prohibited and shall be surrendered to security at embarkation and may be disposed of at the sole discretion of the Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line.
• Dangerous or illegal items such as weapons, explosives, combustible substances or non-prescription controlled substances
• No beverages are allowed
BONUS PACKING LIST!
Here are a few more packing items to consider…
1. Memory Cards
3. Sun Hat
4. After Bite
6. Travel Pillow
9. Hand Sanitizer
11. Contact Solution
13. Reading Material
GET READY TO SET SAIL!
Pack up and get ready to set sail on your upcoming Grand Bahama Island adventure. Remember, just in case you forget to pack an item, you can purchase necessities at our onboard shops.
Do you have any useful cruise packing tips to share? Let us know in the comments section below. All Aboard!