One of our
favourite journey women is Arline Bleecker, an American travel
journalist with a wonderful expertise in the art of cruising.
When she isn't sailing the ocean blue, she lives in New Jersey
where she writes up a storm.
for a cruise requires a definite knack - a skill, I must admit,
I don't always have. Invariably, I overdo it.
was fashionable a century ago to board an ocean liner with enough
steamer trunks to sink it. But today, the prevalence of one-class
ships lets us forfeit fashion fatigue.
Packing smart can save
not only a small fortune in porter's tips (about a dollar per
bag), but also an aching back, and time--you won't have to wait
so long at airports for your surfeit of suitcases. Besides,
most cabins don't have enough space to store most of what you
time you're preparing for a cruise, keep these female-friendly
tips in mind:
- A good rule of thumb is to pack one outfit for every 2
to 2 1/2 days of travel.
Pack lightly, especially for warm-weather
cruises. Just remember to toss in a sweater or shawl for
cool evenings and hyper-air-conditioned ships.
Don't bother buying anything new. For daywear,
simply don what you usually do at home: slacks or shorts,
T-shirts or sweatshirts, and comfortable shoes such as flip-flops
Bring a pair of rubber-soled walking shoes
for slippery decks and dusty shore excursions.
One bathing suit and a cover-up are fine,
even for Caribbean cruising.
For colder climes, include a warm-up suit.
Consider lightweight thermal underwear in place of bulky
The clothing you bring should be wrinkle
resistant (Some silks are ideal).
In the event your clothes require TLC, some
ships have complimentay self-service laundries for passengers
wishing to wash and iron on your own. If you're sailing
on one that does (such as the Universe, Sagafjord, and Royal
Princess), pack fewer items. Self-service laundries are
a handy feature, especially when you consider that travel
irons are verboten on most ships (they're electrical fire
hazards) and shipboard laundry services customarily charge
upwards of three bucks just to wash a pair of socks.
Remember, even when formal wear is requested,
it is not required. If dolling up just isn't your thing,
don't feel obligated.
The key to packing smart is bringing mix-and-match
clothing. For all formal evenings, I wear the same pair
of black satin slacks, just gussying them up with different
tops and glitzy earrings. Some journey women may wish to
bring two cocktail dresses or a snazzy slack-suit.
Pack sleepwear, underclothes, hosiery and
toiletries, and some inexpensive foul-weather gear (a rain
slicker or collapsible umbrella). Toss in a tote bag for
carrying odds and ends.
Packing for world cruises may leave you
wedded to the steamer-trunk mentality. However, through
your travel agent or a cruise line, arrangements can be
made to ship those bags ahead of time to International Warehouse
Services in Port Everglades. For $25 U.S. per bag, IW will
receive, hold and deliver them to ships making extended
sailings from that port. However, you'll have to pay the
extra cost of getting the bags to and from IWS.
Finally, there's this advice to women from
one luggage-industry expert: Whatever you planned to take,
cut it in half.
Her wise words...
The only cure
for seasickness is to sit on the shady side of an
old church in the country.
never know that they are seasick until they are.
Katherine Bush - "Things I Have Learned on My Travels"
The S.S. She...
It is especially
fitting that they call a cruise ship "she," for she
is pregnant with a thousand adult
embryos who long to stay forever warm and sheltered
in this great white womb.
Helen Van Slyke - A necessary Woman - 1979
She flys - she
When you pack
your tubes of beauty liquids, creams and lotions,
squeeze a little air out of the containers before
screwing the lids on tightly. This will help counteract
possible leakage caused by the changes in pressurization
during your flight. Then, double-bag in plastic all
those containers and pack them so that they will be
upright when the suitcase is standing.
Sharon Wingler, Author of Travel Alone and Love
Cruises offer gourmet
be oatmeal creme brulee -- cooked oatmeal served in
an au gratin dish, sprinkled lightly with brown sugar
and a blended low-fat ice milk/raspberry cream that's
run under the broiler until caramelized. For lunch,
you might get a fresh seafood paella with an oil-free
tomato sauce,while a dinner favorite is salmon en
papillote with herbed couscous and fresh veggies served
with an herbed wine sauce.
(Windstar's Sail Light Menu - Source Miami Herald)
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