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Old 03-05-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Question Packing list for 14 night Transatlantic, really??

Ok, so if you look at the recommended packing list for the 14 night Transatlantic cruise, which we are taking in May, and packed most of what is shown our luggage would weigh about 500 lbs!!!!! My DH and I have been on cruise's (7 nights) before and he even works for another cruise line as the Cheif Security Officer, but really? Do we really need to pack all of that stuff??? I guess that it's better to be prepared for anything, but just worried about how much our luggage will cost when we fly out of Barcelona back to South Florida? Any tips would be GREAT!!!! Thanks in advance!!! (Looks like the "tickers" are not working.)
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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On the 2010 WBTA we way overpacked. Just plan on doing laundry or even better sending it out to be done.
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Old 03-05-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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Ok, so if you look at the recommended packing list for the 14 night Transatlantic cruise, which we are taking in May, and packed most of what is shown our luggage would weigh about 500 lbs!
Can you post a link to this list? I'm a certified overpacker, so I'd love to see if the recommendations show more than even I would pack.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:07 AM   #4
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Ok, so if you look at the recommended packing list for the 14 night Transatlantic cruise, which we are taking in May, and packed most of what is shown our luggage would weigh about 500 lbs!!!!! My DH and I have been on cruise's (7 nights) before and he even works for another cruise line as the Cheif Security Officer, but really? Do we really need to pack all of that stuff??? I guess that it's better to be prepared for anything, but just worried about how much our luggage will cost when we fly out of Barcelona back to South Florida? Any tips would be GREAT!!!! Thanks in advance!!! (Looks like the "tickers" are not working.)
This is my first cruise, but after dealing with a cross-state move, and multiple, long-term vacations, my advice would be to pack for 3-4 days, take along a suit (or, better yet, rent a tux) for your husband, a nice dress for you, and then do laundry as it goes.
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:10 AM   #5
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This is my first cruise, but after dealing with a cross-state move, and multiple, long-term vacations, my advice would be to pack for 3-4 days, take along a suit (or, better yet, rent a tux) for your husband, a nice dress for you, and then do laundry as it goes.
I agree with this. We pack very lightly -- many things on packing lists are really not necessary. We're always shocked when we see how much luggage everyone brings along for their vacations!
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I got the info from the link above under "Planning" and then "Packing". Here is the link : http://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-cruise-line/packing.htm I am prepared for doing some laundry while on board and I think I got a handle on our clothing, but was just all the extra "stuff" that was recommended! Wow! Thanks for the tips on to pack light!!
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These kinds of lists are why we got an Owners Locker for our WDW stuff. I keep about 120 things in it...I sure do wish I could take it on our Med cruise!!

I would not (read: WILL NOT) pack all this crap for our trip to Europe this summer. I will probably have a gallon size ziplock with an assortment of "what if" items and another one for OTC meds. THAT's got to be IT. I am planning on 1 (17") international size carry-on each of us (they look like toddler size suitcases) and 1 checked bag each because that is our luggage allowance. We will have 8 nights on land and the 7 night cruise. I am packing essentials only. I am figuring that if there is room I will pack 1 collapsible duffle to bring empty as an overflow bag for our return trip. But that 1 extra bag will cost us $50 to fly it home if we USE it so I'd RATHER NOT. We shall see in 5 months how this works out for me!!
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On the 2010 WBTA we way overpacked. Just plan on doing laundry or even better sending it out to be done.
Only caveat I'd add to this is do less laundry at a time (like one machine load), and send out what you can afford. The laundry rooms became an issue, and time-waster, on the 2010 EBTA. It helps if one of you is sort of a night owl and goes off-hours - there'll still be plenty of company in the laundry room

But it's still better than carrying way more than you need - especially when you add in the overseas flight.
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Only caveat I'd add to this is do less laundry at a time (like one machine load), and send out what you can afford. The laundry rooms became an issue, and time-waster, on the 2010 EBTA. It helps if one of you is sort of a night owl and goes off-hours - there'll still be plenty of company in the laundry room

But it's still better than carrying way more than you need - especially when you add in the overseas flight.
I second disdel's comment. With so many people packing light due to personal preference and airline restrictions the laundry rooms were rather hectic.

In fact not everyone was patient or courteous when it came to sharing the laundry facilities.
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Old 03-05-2011, 05:02 PM   #11
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I did the EBTA last year. First off, don't pack too many clothes. I ended up washing laundry every 3 days or so (I was on the ship for 25 days since I did the first Med cruise, too). In retrospect, I would have brought fewer items of clothing. Secondly, I shopped at the Walmart near the port and bought a large rubbermaid tote. I filled it with things like bottles of water, laundry detergent, sand toys (for Castaway Cay), snacks for my picky eater, etc. I abandoned all this stuff on the ship when I left. I also purchased inexpensive clothing for my children that was also abandoned on the ship when we disembarked. Most international flights will allow 1 free suitcase up to 50 lbs per person. We recently went to France with our kids and we did fine with 3 suitcases for 9 days. I think you will be surprised at how little you truly *need*.

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Old 03-05-2011, 05:15 PM   #12
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I've done 3 cruises of 14 nights or longer...and really have never packed or needed most of this stuff. According to the title, this list is a compilation of stuff from the Dis boards...basically meaning that it is one person's opinion.

First section--Bonine is free on the ship. Why would you take your own along? I guess if I KNEW I'd need it, but......

Third section. I can safely say that in 20+ cruises I have never packed nor needed most of these items. If I need my verandah glass cleaned, I have a room host to do it--I'm NOT bringing windex or wipes! Again, many of the items are available free on board--I don't need to bring them! The laundry machines work on KTTW swipes, not quarters.

I always over pack even knowing this. I don't see how you can do 14 nights without doing laundry (or sending it out), but I also don't need to bring a huge bottle of detergent. I don't have the space or weight for it! My rule is that we must be able to handle our own luggage without assistance (this won't work for little kids, but....) and it must fit with the airline regulations concerning size and weight. If that means you don't wear a ball gown on formal night, so be it! you have other lovely, dressy outfits that pack better than that huge dress! (she says to her DD)
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We did the EBTA with 2 large suitcases for 2 adults and DS3 DD4. We did wash frequently but my husband's an early riser so he'd get up and throw a load in at the start of the day. We never sent anything out to be cleaned on the ship. We wore things for semi-formal nights as we did for Palo so we consolidated a bit there.
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packing for WBTA

DH and I had 2-24" suitcases and a 17" carry on for a 10 day trip to Spain plus the 14D WBTA. We carried electronics and wine that we bought in Barcelona in the carry on. Since we were planning on traveling by train around Catalunya a bit before the cruise, we needed to be able to handle our own luggage.

I did laundry at 6am our first sea day after boarding and had enough clothes to wear throughout the cruise. The important thing was to pack 14 days of underwear. Otherwise, mixing and matching goes a long way. DH had one suit, polo shirts and slacks and I wore dressy tops with a long skirt for semi-formal, formal and Palo, less dressy tops with capris for cruise casual.

Keep in mind that you will need clothing for colder and warmer climates. It was cool and pouring rain the last day before leaving Barcelona, cool in Gibraltar and Funchal. It got warmer as we approached the Caribbean and quite warm by the time we were in Castaway Cay.
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We went on the EBTA in 07, and we packed for a 7-day cruise, and just did laundry on the 7th day, and just re-use the clothes. That way we didn't need to pack more, and still had room in our suitcase for things we bought on the ship/at ports.
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