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What should you pack for a Caribbean cruise?

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The weather is often clear and usually warm to hot in the Caribbean, so sun protection items such as sunscreen, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are necessary for a Caribbean cruise. Most people also want to bring swimwear for a Caribbean cruise.

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In addition to swimwear, passengers should pack enough clothing for the duration of the cruise if they are uncertain about being able to do laundry at a port. Some ships do not have a self-service laundry room, and laundry service can be expensive. Appropriate clothes for daily wear in the Caribbean include shorts, T-shirts, skirts, blouses and sundresses. Casual footwear such as sneakers, sandals and flip-flops is also a good idea. More formal clothes may required for dinners on the cruise, and workout clothes are necessary for passengers who plan to use the ship's fitness center. Long pants may also be required for ice skating.

Passengers should also pack a small carry-on bag with necessary travel and identification documents as well as medications and other immediate needs. It may take several hours for a checked bag to be delivered to a stateroom.

Some other items that can make a cruise more enjoyable include binoculars, a poncho or small umbrella in case of rain while in port, and headphones or earbuds.

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