Packing Tip for Cruise Vacations: Essential Packing Tips to Avoid Common Shipboard Issues | Cruise | Travel

However, several passengers were caught off guard when it came to charging electronic devices. An expert told Express.co.uk what to pack to avoid problems on board.

Ashley Kosciolek from Points Guy UK has shared her essential packing list with Express.co.uk.

She said, “Bring European plug adapters. The situation improves with each new ship, but cruise cabins are notoriously lacking in outlets.

“If you’re like me and you travel with your phone, laptop, tablet, e-reader, portable devices and a host of other electronics, charging everything can be a challenge.

“Some cruisers recommend bringing a power strip, but this can be risky, as surge-protected power strips are often confiscated.

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“Instead, I suggest bringing a few plug adapters for European-style outlets. You’ll usually find at least one or two in your room, depending on the line and ship, and having these adapters will allow you to actually use them.

Cruise ships may not have plugs for UK plugs, so it is essential that cruise passengers carry plug adaptors.

It’s not always a good idea to bring a power strip as it could be confiscated when passengers board the ship.

Passengers should also try to bring a portable charger so they can conserve battery power during excursions.

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Ashley added: “I never sail without a packet of thank you notes or blank greeting cards.

“Unless something goes wrong, I leave a cash tip for my steward at the end of each trip, in addition to the automatic tips that are debited from my account.

“It gives me a place to put the money instead of leaving it on the vanity when I leave.

“Even if you’re not a fan of extra tips, you can still leave a nice thank you note.”

The cruise crew are notoriously hard working, so it’s always nice for passengers to show their appreciation when they depart.

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She said: “With so many horror stories about lost luggage lately, Apple AirTags are a must-have right now for any traveler, especially cruisers flying to their ports of embarkation.

“Just pop one in each of your luggage and you can track their location using your iPhone and a Bluetooth connection.

“With a pack of these handy gadgets, you’ll be better equipped to find your missing baggage than the airlines themselves.”

Many passengers have lost their luggage recently and some have had difficulty finding it.

Using AirTags or another similar tracking device, passengers can track their luggage as they travel.

It’s a good idea to keep all valuables in hand luggage as they are less likely to go missing.

Some cruise lines like to put a bathing suit in their hand luggage so they can swim on the first day.

Cruise ships normally deliver passenger luggage towards the end of the first day, so it’s good to be prepared.