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My fiance and I are going on a cruise for our honeymoon in October. This will be the first cruise for both of us. Any suggestions for things we should take? We're doing a 4 night to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean. I'm just wondering what are the things that we wouldn't normally think to take? Trying to do as much shopping as possible ahead of time.

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How exciting!!

Having never been on one, I can only guess at what you'd need to bring!

Is any dress code mentioned in the brochure of the trip?

e.g., sometimes there is one "dressy" meal with the captain, and you'll need ONE dressy outfit/shoes.

Maybe that isn't done anymore, lol, and it's ALL casual, I don't know!!

Swimsuit(s) and coverup(s)

Shorts/tops: casual and nicer (for shore trips)

Pants/capris if you like leg coverage

or, sundresses/skirts

Sleeping togs (or not, depending ;))

Flip flops for around the pool, etc

Other shoes/sandals for excursions or onboard walking

Sweater for cool a/c (don't laugh! Sometimes the insides of the dining hall or movie room get cold!! :D)

SOME money for souvenirs

Camera

Sunglasses/Hat/sunscreen!! (also some aloe in case you get burnt)

Large purse/bag for poolside "stuff" (books, coverup, etc)

Safe place on you for $$$/important papers

Any Rx meds

Bring your own tylenol/motrin, etc, just in case you need it.

Sometimes I pack a few 12-hr sudafed (once I was in a hotel in GA for meetings, and I was MISERABLE sick with a head cold, and had NO medicines with me!! It was NOT fun!) or benadryl, just in case.

Ask around for tried-and-true anti-seasickness "cures", BEFORE you embark! I'm sure the sick bay will have something, but one never knows . . .

That's all I can think of!

I'm sure someone who is experience will chime in.

Have a GREAT time!!! (bring us back some piccys!! :))

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Hey thats great.

I'm going on a 7 day cruise (second cruise) in Sept to Bahamas, St. Thomas and St. Martin. I think you should check out Cruisecritic.com. It's a forum for cruisers it will tell you EVERYTHING you need to know. You can even find out what the meals will be, what the best shore excursions, etc. I have been a member for about a year and visit it as much as I visit with allnurses.

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Sunscreen and I recommend carrying it in your purse because that sun is comparable to hell. It's hot! The tropic of cancer (or capricorn) runs directly through the Bahamas thus the hot sun.

Swimsuit, 2 so one can dry while you wear the dry one. Coverup and comfortable walking shoes.

Extra batteries for your camera, whether digital or not. DO NOT allow security to x ray 35mm film. It will ruin it. Buy a water proof camera so you can get pics underwater.

Immodium, pepcid, benadryl, tylenol and any rx prescriptions you even think you might need.

Sunglasses and a hat.

Travel size Tide so you can do emergency laundry if necessary. The ship does have laundry but they charge an arm and a leg.

Don't overpack! I did this on my last cruise and found that I wore only half my clothes. Pack comfortable clothes like khakis and lightweight t-shirts. Also, I found I didn' wear much makeup. I wore concealer, mascara and lip gloss. Everything else melts off. Besides, you'll get a nice rosy glow from the sun.

Don't forget a watch and set it to their time so you don't miss your ship.

If you have a ship with rock climbing and you want to do it bring socks at least. I didn't bring any because I wore flip flops the entire trip so I was disappointed.

If you're going to Nassau the shops close early, I think around 5 or 6p. The only thing that was open was the Hard Rock Cafe.

Lots and lots of shopping in Nassau. High end shops like Cartier. But you can easily get cheaper stuff. No probs with US dollars.

Definitely go to the Queen's Staircase. It has an interesting story and about 100 steps but worth going.

I recommend going to the captain's dinner. It was nice to dress up. But I really preferred the buffet. Best food ever!

If you stop in Key West, do not miss the Crazy Boat excursion. You get soaked and the boat does 360 turns at 60mph.

Royal Caribbeans private island was the most relaxing day.

If in Nassau, go to the Atlantis Resort. You can go in free and look at the HUGE aquariums. Also, that is where the best beach is. Perfect white sand with the clearest water ever.

In Nassau, there's a restaurant on the water that serves the best seafood. Can't remember the name but it's near the ship.

Also, recommend getting a passport holder. You put it around your neck and it holds your passport, ID, money, etc so you don't have to lug alot around if you don't want to and it's handy when you have to show ID to get on the ship. I'm not sure, but I think you need a passport now to go to the Bahamas. Definitely check as my friend's passport took 5 months to go through d/t the security checks.

Don't miss the $10 store on board. Can get alot of souvenirs.

Key West, walk to the southern most point in the US. It's only a 2 mile walk and you walk past Hemmingway's house and other landmarks.

Eat conch in Key West. It's really good. Also, cannot remember the name of the restaurant, Joe's something. Good food but go early as it's a hot spot.

And the key to packing: roll, don't fold. Rolling prevent wrinkles and takes up alot less space.

Bring a duffle bag or other collapsable bag so if you run out of room after all your shopping you're not sitting on your suitcase trying to get it zipped.

It can take a long time to get your checked baggage to your room once you're on the ship. So pack what you need that day and the next in your carryon.

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How exciting!!

Ask around for tried-and-true anti-seasickness "cures", BEFORE you embark! I'm sure the sick bay will have something, but one never knows . . .

That's all I can think of!

I'm sure someone who is experience will chime in.

Have a GREAT time!!! (bring us back some piccys!! :))

I have read where cruise lines do not carry the seasickness patch. So if you're prone get an rx before going just in case. Get extra because no matter what they say, they do fall off.

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And do take the bus from the airport to the ship terminal.

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Lana, I'm so happy for you and a cruise sounds like so much fun!!

You're leaving in October for the Bahamas, so if you can get some, bring your HURRICANE REPELLENT! :lol2: Just kidding, hopefully it will be a quiet season.

Where are you leaving from? Galveston? Port of Miami? Port Canaveral? If you are leaving from Canaveral, that's really close to Kennedy Space Center and you'll be able to see all of the buildings comprising the space program in Florida! The Vehicle Assembly Building is an awesome sight and quite hard to miss. If the weather is clear, you may be able to get someone to point out Launch Complex 39 where all the space orbiters (shuttles) currently leave. You'll undoubtedly be able to see Cape Canaveral where they have the launch facilities for all the satellites.

Kennedy Space Center is such an awesome place. We spent two days out there in January and didn't even get to see the whole thing!

Will you be doing anything else land-based if you are leaving from Florida?

Again, big congrats to you and your hubby-to-be! I'm so happy for the both of you! :hatparty:

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we went last year at the end of october and everything was super wonderful meals, only one evening was the ship 'shaky' the rest of the time you could walk around like you were on dry land

this year they wanted to go the first of october because of dgd boyfriend. now he isn't going because he has to be there for first day of squirrel season

so now it is going to be hotter, the threat of hurricaines is going to be up, i hope they squirrels get the first shot

if you don't have a passport apply as soon as possible..if you don't get yours back in time contact the ship and find out if you can get on with a certified application..many of them are doing this because of the overload of applications

have a great time

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I think all of the other posters have covered EVERYTHING I can think of. Iwent on a 6 day cruise and the only thing I regret was that it just was not LONG ENOUGH!!! You are going to have a great time.

The thing I loved the best was sleeping on the ship. There is a rocking sensation that is very primal and profoundly relaxing. I loved it, I felt I was being rocked to sleep by mother earth!!!

:mad::mad::p:p

Check out the ship's nurses. Very interesting job.

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if you don't have a passport apply as soon as possible..if you don't get yours back in time contact the ship and find out if you can get on with a certified application..many of them are doing this because of the overload of applications

have a great time

Until January, all you have to have for cruising to bahamas is birth certificate and photo ID. Air travel to there is different - it does require passport or proof of application.

We are sooo excited!

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