Go Back   Cruise Critic Message Board Forums > Cruise Lines "A - O" > Celebrity Cruises
 
Register here!
Forgot Your Password?



 
Notices

Celebrity Cruises
NEW! Find Your CELEBRITY Roll Call

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old July 26th, 2009, 09:19 PM
AnthonyF AnthonyF is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 241
Default How much to Pack - 14 day Meditteranean???

I have no idea, except I think my spouse is going overboard. She started with 14 pairs of underwear and I expect the same amount of socks.... That is just a start..... there are 4 of us...... There is no way it will fit in the cabin, much less the plane.....

We always over pack for 1 week trips and I expect she is going to double everything.....

We are in our 40's if that matters.....
Reply With Quote

  #2  
Old July 26th, 2009, 09:35 PM
kitty9 kitty9 is offline
20,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Moon Township, Pa
Posts: 21,951
Default

The general rule of thumb is, pack everything you want, then take half out of the luggage and put it back in the closet. That seems to work pretty well.
__________________
Darcie
Reply With Quote

  #3  
Old July 26th, 2009, 09:53 PM
Denny01's Avatar
Denny01 Denny01 is offline
5,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Shalimar FL
Posts: 5,033
Default Very Subjective, but...

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnthonyF View Post
I have no idea, except I think my spouse is going overboard. She started with 14 pairs of underwear and I expect the same amount of socks.... That is just a start..... there are 4 of us...... There is no way it will fit in the cabin, much less the plane.....

We always over pack for 1 week trips and I expect she is going to double everything.....

We are in our 40's if that matters.....
There are a million opinions on how much to take. And we have packed enough for the entire cruise, and always end up with stuff not used. You always overpack. Undies of course usually isn't one of them.

But to try and reduce the two-weeks packing for four (and the overpacking of 'I think I may need this also..'), the ship has an excellent and quck laundry/dry cleaning service. Back the nexr day. The Celebrity website shows the prices. Some have complained, but I was sitting in a hotel room and compared the prices and realized the ship's prices were definitely less. And the hotel was not high end!

And we are about to go on a 10-day/13-day B2B cruise, and we just finished a 14-day cruise and took less then 'enough' to cover every day, by using the ship laundry/dry cleaning services. Celebrity does not have a self-serve laundry, than god! So we turned it in and got it back next day. And you ALWAYS overpack. We took 10 days of clothes and will do the same for the 23-day B2B and will use the facilities.

You'll find that if you pack for 10-days, you'll have enough shirts, pants, dresses and so on for 14 days, and just have to launder socks and underwear because what you pack for 10 days usually suffices for 14 days. Human nature.

I've gone to those multi-pocket pants that zipper into shorts and even with a built-in for swimming. Columbia is the major brand but there are alot of knockoffs. Good shirts and pants/shorts that are partial nylon that wash and dry very quickly and are very comfortable. I can wear them as shorts until needed as pants for a church, or area in town needing more dress, and on the ship for dining in the MDR. Very flexible. I've even washed them myself in the sink and they dry quickly.

Try stuff such as that. But my recommendation is to pack for 10days and launder what you need near the end. There are discounts sometimes near the end of the cruise.

Have a great cruise and good luck talking your wife into cutting back!

Denny
__________________
Upcoming Cruises:
Celebrity Infinity - Around the UK 25 Aug 2014

Reply With Quote

  #4  
Old July 26th, 2009, 10:29 PM
rebeccalouise rebeccalouise is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 4,000
Default

Half as many clothes and twice as much money.
Reply With Quote

  #5  
Old July 26th, 2009, 11:39 PM
anniversay/grad trip anniversay/grad trip is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: canada
Posts: 769
Default average cost

I am trying to keep the clothing to a minimum and plan to use the laundry service on board. We are a family of 5 (3 teenagers) and are on the Summit for 12 days next month, and then a post cruise stay in Sicily for 2 weeks. What is the average cost of a bag of laundry? I know there is a price list on Celebrity's website, but I am trying to get a feel for an average cruisers laundry bill? Anyone who has sailed recently that recalls what a few days worth of laundry cost them?
Reply With Quote

  #6  
Old July 27th, 2009, 07:50 PM
rspro rspro is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 134
Default Packing

It is very difficult to pack for much more than 7-10 days and actually get around with the luggage required. Pack for a seven day trip AND assume you'll be getting more wear out of some clothes AND then give essentials to the Celebrity laundry service half-way through the trip and pay for it with savings from avoiding excess baggage handling fees.
Reply With Quote

  #7  
Old July 27th, 2009, 08:07 PM
hcat hcat is offline
10,000+ Club
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 12,280
Default

Pack for seven days--except for extra undies!
Reply With Quote

  #8  
Old July 28th, 2009, 01:04 AM
Jewels57's Avatar
Jewels57 Jewels57 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Canada
Posts: 164
Smile Packing horrors!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnthonyF View Post
I have no idea, except I think my spouse is going overboard. She started with 14 pairs of underwear and I expect the same amount of socks.... That is just a start..... there are 4 of us...... There is no way it will fit in the cabin, much less the plane.....

We always over pack for 1 week trips and I expect she is going to double everything.....

We are in our 40's if that matters.....
Hi, I found lots of good info on cruise diva dot com. If you look under packing lists and info for new cruisers - you'll have lists and everything. There is also info for travelling on a cruise with kids!!

Hope you have a good time!

Last edited by Jewels57; July 28th, 2009 at 01:05 AM. Reason: mistake
Reply With Quote

  #9  
Old July 28th, 2009, 08:04 AM
spearmint's Avatar
spearmint spearmint is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: N.B., Canada
Posts: 1,769
Default

Once we discovered the ship's laundry service....shirts perfectly pressed and on hangers when returned...I was hooked. Now, I plan on what to wear and for how many days, and when exactly I will use the laundry services. You can wear a shirt for two days, often; on a sea day, often I wear a shirt to breakfast, then change it for swimwear, and might put the shirt back on later in the day for a couple of hours prior to changing for dining. Why would I assign that shirt to the laudry basket? Other clothing items (except underwear!) can be treated the same way. Who says that you cannot wear shorts/pants more than a few times? You're travelling, not at home with access to all that you own!

None of the above applies if you pack in several pieces of luggage, are over the weight limit for air travel and don't mind paying whatever it takes to get your stuff to your stateroom. Otherwise, plan to mix and match. Your wife will want to pack shoes that will go with several outfits...the buggers add a lot of weight and take up a lot of space, even if she has small feet!
__________________
Spearmint
Reply With Quote

  #10  
Old July 28th, 2009, 08:28 AM
scotslass's Avatar
scotslass scotslass is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Scotland
Posts: 396
Default

I am just back and if I remember right you can fill a bag for 35$ for laundering but not pressing
Reply With Quote

  #11  
Old July 28th, 2009, 09:26 AM
patmike's Avatar
patmike patmike is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: atlanta
Posts: 107
Default

When we cruised the Med we used the ship's laundry for some items....there was a coupon book in our cabin and I believe the deal was $20 for everything you could pack in the bag provided. Some careful bag packing resulted in about a $23 savings over what I would have paid on an individual item basis!!! Also, I always pack a baggie with powdered detergent to rinse out socks & undies!! (I refuse to pay for overweight baggage....) Another thought....try to pack items that are very lightweight - silk, nylon, etc. They take less room in the suitcase and dry quickly. Use the little clothesline in your shower/tub area.
__________________
Reply With Quote

  #12  
Old July 28th, 2009, 10:36 AM
Bridge Maven's Avatar
Bridge Maven Bridge Maven is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 3,120
Default

To minimize what you need to pack for a 14 day Mediterranean Cruise here are my suggestions:

One pair of dressy black pants with three different dressy tops for formal nights.

Three pairs of capri's that can be used for sight seeing and casual nights.

Three pairs of shorts for sea days.

Three pairs of nice slacks for other evenings.

Tops which can be mixed and matched with several different bottoms. With the exception of dressy tops for formal nights, I never pack a top that can be worn with only one pair of pants or shorts.

Flats, dressy shoes, sandals, and comfortable walking shoes

Evening bag for formal night.

Smaller than normal everyday purse for walking around the ship when you don't need your wallet, etc.

Underware, nighties, etc.

Keep in mind that with the heat in the Mediterranean a top worn even for just a few hours will probably have to be washed before it can be worn again. So on a two week Mediterranean Cruise, we used the ship's laundry service around three times.

Last edited by Bridge Maven; July 28th, 2009 at 10:42 AM.
Reply With Quote

  #13  
Old July 28th, 2009, 10:51 AM
SusaninCali SusaninCali is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: California
Posts: 136
Default Question for BridgeMaven

We are also going on a 14-nt cruise on Summit--but in Oct. in the Med. Do you have changes to your recommended list? I was thinking about a light jacket too. Do you still think that tops can only be worn a few hours?

Last edited by SusaninCali; July 28th, 2009 at 10:52 AM.
Reply With Quote

  #14  
Old July 28th, 2009, 11:06 AM
Bridge Maven's Avatar
Bridge Maven Bridge Maven is offline
Blue Ribbon Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 3,120
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by SusaninCali View Post
We are also going on a 14-nt cruise on Summit--but in Oct. in the Med. Do you have changes to your recommended list? I was thinking about a light jacket too. Do you still think that tops can only be worn a few hours?
It will probably be a lot cooler in October than it was when we went last June so you should be able wear a top twice before it needs to be laundered.

Since you are going in October I would recommend a wind breaker with a hood for sight seeing because it is more likely to rain in October than June. This way you can tie it around your waist if you are too warm to wear it while being ready for unexpected rain.

One type of top I like to bring is a blouse with sleeves which can either be worn by itself or with a sleeveless top like a jacket.

Last edited by Bridge Maven; July 28th, 2009 at 11:11 AM.
Reply With Quote

  #15  
Old July 28th, 2009, 11:33 AM
SusaninCali SusaninCali is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: California
Posts: 136
Default

Thanks BridgeMaven. A while back I bought two sets of tank/cardigan tops at Talbot's that can be mixed and matched with each other. 4 pieces = multiple looks and be worn with either jeans or dressier pants.
Reply With Quote

  #16  
Old July 28th, 2009, 03:34 PM
arlutz0527's Avatar
arlutz0527 arlutz0527 is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Posts: 58
Default

My wife and I use the Laundry. Our first cruise we overpacked and now we really try and limit what we bring and keep it down to 3 bags or less. I saw that someone already mentioned the fill the bag coupons which we get two of since we're both Captains Club.
__________________
Allen and Diana
Reply With Quote

  #17  
Old July 28th, 2009, 11:47 PM
paigeme paigeme is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Maryland, USA
Posts: 13
Default

Does the Solstice have a self-serve laudry room, so you can wash and dry clothes without sending them out to get washed? Okay, I admit it; I don't like other people washing my clothes (even on vacation)!
Reply With Quote

  #18  
Old July 29th, 2009, 06:08 PM
CaroleLee CaroleLee is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Hartsdale, NY UDSA
Posts: 1,399
Wink clothes

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnthonyF View Post
I have no idea, except I think my spouse is going overboard. She started with 14 pairs of underwear and I expect the same amount of socks.... That is just a start..... there are 4 of us...... There is no way it will fit in the cabin, much less the plane.....

We always over pack for 1 week trips and I expect she is going to double everything.....

We are in our 40's if that matters.....
Hi,
We did 10 day E. Med in June We used carry on and tote for each of us. There is laundry service ($24.95 for a bag) expensive but worth it. If you want I will send you my packing list


Carole
__________________
Carole-Lee

Reply With Quote

  #19  
Old July 29th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Peteymil Peteymil is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 1,036
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by paigeme View Post
Does the Solstice have a self-serve laudry room, so you can wash and dry clothes without sending them out to get washed? Okay, I admit it; I don't like other people washing my clothes (even on vacation)!
No self-service laundry.
__________________
Peteymil





Celebrity Infinity-June 29, 2012,Celebrity Eclipse-April 2012,Celebrity Constellation-June 2011, Celebrity Summit-April 2011, Celebrity Infinity - July 2010,Celebrity Summit-June 2009, Celebrity Solstice-April 2009, Celebrity Solstice-December 2008, Celebrity Summit--March 2008, Crowne Princess--December 2006, Sapphire Princess--August 2005, Adventurer of the Seas--December 2004, Celebrity Infinity--April 2002, Celebrity Mercury--July 2001
Reply With Quote

  #20  
Old July 30th, 2009, 06:02 PM
TomCruises's Avatar
TomCruises TomCruises is offline
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Earth
Posts: 1,383
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AnthonyF View Post
I have no idea, except I think my spouse is going overboard. She started with 14 pairs of underwear and I expect the same amount of socks.... That is just a start..... there are 4 of us...... There is no way it will fit in the cabin, much less the plane.....

We always over pack for 1 week trips and I expect she is going to double everything.....

We are in our 40's if that matters.....
Pack what you need.If you like different every day,pack more.Otherwise pack for 7 and wear twice.Your question is subjective.Nobody can tell you how to pack. I can tell you that 4 large suitcases will fit nicely under the bed.There is also plenty of additional storage.Don't worry about it!
__________________
Princess Emerald Princess 20N 11/13
Carnival Fantasy 5N 07/12
Celebrity Mercury 12N 02/11
PG Paul Gauguin 16N 05/10
Princess Grand Princess 14N 03/10
Celebrity Solstice 7N 03/09
Celebrity Constellation 11N 03/08
Princess Crown Princess 7N 04/07
RCCL Serenade 10N 04/06
RCCL Soverign Of Seas 5N 08/02
Carnival Fascination 7N 11/99
Carnival Fantasy 4N 11/97
Reply With Quote

Reply

Bookmarks

Ad Sponsored By


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:22 AM.


© 1995 - 2014, The Independent Traveler, Inc. All rights reserved.
"A Community of People Who Love To Cruise"
All of the information contained within Cruise Critic is protected by copyright. You may, however, download a single copy only for your personal use.
Cookie ConsentCookie Policy