10 Transatlantic Cruise Essentials

If you’re going on a transatlantic cruise it can be hard to resist the temptation to over pack, so why not check out this handy list of essential items which will help you pack for your cruise like a seasoned cruiser!


Toiletries Basic toiletries such as soap and shampoo will be provided in your room, but if you are particular about the products that you use in the bath and shower then you should bring your own with you.


Clothing Your cruise line will supply you with clothing advice which will take into consideration such information as the dress codes on board, the weather at sea and the destinations that the cruise will visit. As you are taking a transatlantic cruise then the cultural variations of the ports that you will visit should not matter too much, but it is always worth taking into consideration.


Storage Although cruise ship cabins are larger than many hotel rooms, storage space is often at a minimum so it is worth taking extra clothes hangers and over door shoe storage to give you some extra clothing space.


Sunscreen Although you can buy this onboard, it’s cheaper to buy sunscreen from local shops whilst you are already at home. Other sun related items that you should make sure to pack include after sun, sun hats and sunglasses.

Power adaptors

Power adaptors It is always sensible to take extra power adaptors, even if the type of power sockets on board the ship matches those of your electrical items. Usually the type of power sockets on board depend on the ship’s country of origin, so if you are taking a Transatlantic cruise then plug sockets are likely to be USA type. Also, it is also a good idea to take an extension lead so that you can plug in many different electrical items.

Medications and first aid kit

Medications and first aid kit If you need any specific medications make sure that you keep them in your carryon luggage just in case there is a delay in getting your luggage to your cabin. Although there is a doctor and medical facilities on board it is also sensible to pack a small first aid kit comprising of plasters, painkillers and travel sickness tablets as these can be expensive to buy on the ship itself.

Batteries and chargers

Batteries and chargers If you are taking anything electronic and portable with you then make sure to pack spare batteries and your charger with you as again this kind of item will be more expensive to replace on the ship or in port.

Camera and binoculars

Camera and binoculars A camera is an essential item to capture all of your memories of your cruise and if there are going to be any opportunities for wildlife watching then it is definitely worth also taking a set of binoculars with you too.

Your travel essentials

Your travel essentials Of course you will need to take your travel essentials such as your passport, cruise tickets and other such things such as your plane tickets if you have to fly to meet your cruise, keys, mobile phone and wallet. Print outs of your cruise ship luggage tags are also sensible things to take to make your embarkation process a little easier and quicker.

Day bags

Day bags Packing small day bags such as a small backpack, tote or a beach bag can be really handy as they allow you to take items along with you on the ship and when you are in port. If you have enough allowance, a selection of bags would be sensible as you do not want to lug around bigger bags when you don’t need them. So now you are all ready to pack for your cruise, make sure that you are all up to date with what to expect on the cruise and start planning what you are going to do when the ship is in port! And of course look forward to your cruise holiday!

About the author:

Jim loves cruising and the USA and went on his first transatlantic cruise last year. He is recently retired and when he isn't cruising or gardening he loves spending time with his young grandchildren and riding his mountain bike in the countryside.

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