Posted February 16th, 2017, 06:48 PM
All depends on where we are going and where we are leaving from. For 14+ nt Transatlantics we each check a 30" (generally fly Alaska and get one free) and take as large a carry-on as we can get away with - and check the carry-on free at the gate if they offer. All the critical stuff (meds, valuable, electronics) are in our "personal" item backpacks.
For tropical type cruise from Miami (or FLL) we would downsize the big bag and pack lighter. One time we had the brilliant idea to pick up toiletries in Miami and paid a fortune - way more than an extra bag fee. Not so brilliant. But for 7nt warm weather cruise we can mix/match and re-wear and travel with minimal luggage.
For upcoming cruise from Seattle we will probably take everything since no air is involved. Pack for every weather contingency as well as some formal items.
Funny. We live in South Florida only 35 min. from Port Everglades, so we do just the opposite.
I should also mention that we get free laundry and dry cleaning on board - so that allows for fewer clothes..
Nonetheless, we take bigger suitcases with more "stuff" for Caribbean cruises since all we have to do is roll it from front door to car, and from parking shuttle to terminal (and vice-versa post-cruise). For example, we're sailing for 7 nights later this month with our adult sons and one of their girlfriends. My husband, one son and I are sharing two 24''/25" bags - and we're actually taking clothes for formal nights which we don't always do. We also have a tiny rollaboard with our toiletries, snorkels, etc. and a tote bag with the 5 bottles of wine (1 per person allowed).
But for our long Transatlantics, Mediterranean and Southeast Asia cruises - usually 16-20 nights - we each only take a 22" rollaboard and a backpack as our personal item. If we're sailing over from here, we'll also have a tote bag with wine.
Regal Princess, Western Caribbean, Feb. 2017; Sapphire Princess, Grand Asia, April 2016; Emerald Princess, Caribbean Sampler, Dec. 2015; Emerald Princess, Eastbound Mediterranean Transatlantic, April 2015; CB Princess (x5), Turks & Caicos, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Western Caribbean, Nov. & Dec. 2014; Royal Princess, Eastbound Northern Transatlantic, April 2014; Ruby Princess, Caribbean, Jan. 2014; Ruby Princess, Western Caribbean, Dec. 2013; Ruby Princess, Greek Isles, Oct. 2013; Crown Princess, Westbound Mediterranean Transatlantic, Dec. 2012; Crown Princess, Eastbound Mediterranean Transatlantic, April 2012; Grand Princess, Southern Caribbean, Dec. 2011; Ruby Princess, Westbound Mediterranean Transatlantic, October 2010; Golden Princess, Hawaii, March 2009; Coral Princess, Alaska, May 2008; Norwegian Sun, Exotic Western Caribbean, Dec. 2007; Celebrity Infinity, Trans Panama Canal, Nov. 2006;
(big gap while raising teenagers- kids all out of house by Aug 2006; can you tell?); Ocean Princess, Caribbean, Dec. 2000; Grand Princess, Eastern Caribbean, Dec. 2000; Carnival Ecstasy, Western Caribbean, Nov. 1997
; SS Norway, Eastern Caribbean, Dec. 1995; NCL Seaward, Western Caribbean, Nov. 1992; Carnival Fantasy, Bahamas, Oct. 1990