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When packing for any length of holiday, we know it can be difficult to pack the right amount of things and not go overboard because you think ‘Oh but I might wear this’. You need to get the right balance when packing, especially for a mini-cruise because there’s not really much you need to take – there is no need to over pack! Here’s a guide on what you will need to take onboard your mini-cruise.


The general rule when cruising is to pack for the destination. You don’t want to turn up in Alaska with shorts and a t-shirt, or show up in the Caribbean with jeans and a hoodie. It’s a good idea to take a swimsuit, as there are pools onboard pretty much all ships – no matter what the weathers like you should still be able to take a dip in the pool.

If you’re planning on going on any strenuous excursions like hiking then packing walking boots would be a good idea. Planning on keeping up your fitness regime whilst onboard? Make sure you pack some gym kit otherwise you’ll be cycling in your trunks!

Formal nights are less likely onboard a mini-cruise, as they are usually held once every 7 nights. However, it’s always a good idea to check before embarking so you don’t turn up to dinner in a t-shirt and shorts when everyone else is in black-tie.

Taking a light jacket is always a good idea, no matter where you’re headed. It can get quite cool on deck, especially when at sea or in the night.


Generally, you can find shampoo, conditioner and soap in your cabin. Everyone has products that they prefer to use, however substituting these for a few days will help save space when packing. One thing that isn’t provided that is a must is sun cream!


An alarm clock or phone with this feature is ideal to bring onboard so you don’t sleep in and miss the delicious breakfasts! Camera’s are also a great idea so you can capture all the beautiful views and great memories you will make.


There’s always something going on onboard a ship, so there’s no real need to bring any form of entertainment with you. If you like to relax by the pool with a good book, it’s a good idea to bring one with you. However you could also have a look in the onboard libraries.

Travel Documents

These are a must! You can’t get anywhere without your passport, tickets, visas and any other travel documents. It’s a good idea to keep all of this to hand, in your hand luggage, when embarking and disembarking the ship. Whilst onboard you can keep all of these documents in a safe.

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