We all love our creature comforts and some of us can’t live without them for a holiday. Marmite recently launched a 70g jar in Boots airport stores so that travellers can take their favourite spread onboard in their hand luggage.
When you’re going away, it’s too tempting to pack everything, but if you’re cruising, there are certain items that are actually banned. CruiseCritic.co.uk’s UK editor Adam Coulter says you shouldn’t panic over packing if you’re going on a cruise.
“The beauty of a cruise is that you can see multiple destinations, yet only need to unpack once.
“Despite this, it’s still advisable to pack smart, and take only what you really need - if possible, also save room in your suitcase for any souvenirs you pick up on your travels.
“In the worst-case scenario where something’s forgotten, travellers shouldn’t panic. Even when in the middle of the ocean, most cruise ships, particularly the larger ships, are well equipped with almost anything you could need,” he adds.
Here are CruiseCritic.co.uk’s top 5 items you should definitely leave at home…
1. Irons and kettles
Fire is one of the biggest safety risks at sea, so bringing your own iron and travel kettle is a complete no-no. Some cruise lines have self-service launderettes with ironing boards, while some offer an expensive pressing service.
You’re best off hanging your dinner jacket and party frock in the shower, and packing a small bottle of anti-wrinkle clothes spray. For a proper brew, bring your favourite teabags in your suitcase and head off to the self-service buffet for some boiled water.
2. A corkscrew
There’s nothing like opening a bottle of something lovely in your cabin for pre-dinner drinks, but corkscrews and other sharp objects are generally frowned upon. So it’s screw caps all the way.
The exception to this rule is nail scissors and tweezers for personal grooming, and Swiss army knives with blades that are less than four inches. Leave the rest of your toolkit at home though, cos it’s likely they’ll be able to fix anything urgent on board.
3. Beer and spirits
Some cruise lines have strict alcohol policies, and will confiscate any liquor when you embark, and then hold any you purchase onboard, until you disembark.
This mainly applies to spirits and beer, so you’re better off bringing wine (with a screw cap – see above). However, you might be subject to paying corkage fees if you want to drink it outside of your cabin.
Depending on your itinerary, it can be tempting to load up your luggage with all the new crime thrillers. However, choosing what to bring can be time-consuming and cruise ships have libraries with a surprisingly good collection.
If you really can’t stand to go without your own reads, bring a Kindle.
5. Toys that cause trouble
Fancy flying a kite along the deck? Don’t even think about it! Items that can be launched off the ship, including drones, boats and canoes are banned.
It’s probably not a good idea to let your children bring their skateboard or roller boots either. Instead, pack a deck of cards for when your kid are bored with all the other onboard entertainment options.