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Old 03-04-2013, 12:06 PM   #1
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What do I need to leave behind?

Our summer Dream cruise is fast approaching (especially compared to October 2011 when I booked it). I've been pouring through threads for months to pick up insights for our first cruise.

One trend I see is people saying they brought too much stuff onboard with them. But, I generally don't see specifics.

So, I'm curious what kinds of things people brought with them that they found they didn't need? I'm trying to figure out how many suitcases I'll need for the family and will be limited by what will fit in the trunk of a town car, so I want to avoid bringing stuff I won't need. We're also going to stay at Universal for a few days before the cruise and I plan to do some laundry the last night before we head to the port.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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My husband says fewer shorts, more shirts next time.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:10 PM   #3
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Since you are going in the Dream, you don't have a formal night - many still show up in shorts and sandals or flip flops. I prefer a good pair of jeans and a polo shirt...
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:16 PM   #4
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I learned to take about half the clothes I thought we'd need. It's okay to wear things twice! We definitely overpacked the clothing on our first cruise.
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:37 PM   #5
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We bring fewer and fewer clothes with each cruise (and shoes).
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Old 03-04-2013, 01:43 PM   #6
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You don't need beach towels, DCL provides them around all the pools. The towels can be taken on excursions, even non-DCL ones and you can grab some on your way off the ship to use on Castaway Cay.
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Old 03-04-2013, 02:35 PM   #7
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I'd base it all on shoes. Figure out what shoes you want to wear (sandals, walking shoes), limit it to 2, and make everything work with those 2 pairs. Two bathing suits, a tee or cover up, and that's it.

I do need more shirts because, sadly, I'm a spiller. I'd love to wear the same shirt to dinner every night, but it would begin to look like a poster of what the MDR's are offering each night.

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Old 03-04-2013, 03:16 PM   #8
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Bring at least 2 bathing suits and only two to three pairs of shoes.
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Old 03-04-2013, 03:31 PM   #9
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I would only take my 1 pair of sandals for dinner and then my flip flops!!! I only took 1 pair of capris and a couple of shirts to wear to dinner...then a couple pairs of shorts and a tank tops for the rest....My luggage was light to start off with, as I am not an over packer....good luck...
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Since you are going in the Dream, you don't have a formal night - many still show up in shorts and sandals or flip flops. I prefer a good pair of jeans and a polo shirt...
I've read in many forum posts that they have a "dress up night" and that while not required and some dress waaaaaay down, many wear tuxes and gowns. We rented tuxes to be part of the fun for our May 19 Dream cruise. Can anybody clarify what they've seen in the past?
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:25 PM   #11
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I took a refillable water bottle for each of us and we didn't use any of them at all.

Everyone says to pack less clothing.. I took a shorts/top outfit and a sundress (for dinner) for each day plus capris for traveling on the plane. It was not nearly enough. I got so sweaty during the afternoon and did not want to wear a dress all evening after dinner, but my earlier clothes were gross from being sweaty. This time, I'll take a few more shirts or else plan on doing laundry! And maybe fewer dresses, and just wear capris to dinner most nights.
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I've read in many forum posts that they have a "dress up night" and that while not required and some dress waaaaaay down, many wear tuxes and gowns. We rented tuxes to be part of the fun for our May 19 Dream cruise. Can anybody clarify what they've seen in the past?
We did a b2b on the Dream in Feb, and really didn't see anyone dressed up like they do on longer cruises. I'm pretty sure I didn't see one tux and there were very few suits as well. The shorter cruises are definitely more casual (saw lots and lots of shorts worn by both genders despite the requests from DCL that they not be worn in the MDRs).
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I definitely over pack shoes and even though I KNOW I'm doing it, I still do it. I just keep shoving stuff in my suitcase till it feels like 50 lbs. LOL
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I overpacked shoes as well -- don't pack hair dryer (there's one in the stateroom). On the 7 days, I wore 2 dresses and the rest of the time just capris and a top for dinners. Never wore the other 2 skirts I packed. For some reason hubby brought a jacket & 2 sweaters - crazy guy -- only need a light jacket or sweater for the ship (that's it).
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Old 03-04-2013, 07:39 PM   #15
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For the guys. Instead of two polo shirts per day. Start with a clean shirt in the evening for dinner/show, then wear it the next day. You can cut down by about half the number of shirts you need if you wear them this way.

My assumption is that you don't "pit them out" in the evening, and you do during the daytime activities (and then it goes into the dirty clothes)

Dressing up for formal and pirates night will put a little kink into this plan, but if you pre-plan - and remember the plan, it will save some luggage space.
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