I feel like I'm forgetting something important. After all, we leave in quite a bit less than 3 weeks, now, and all I've done so far is buy some shorts and get the passports out and print off our boarding passes. I've done cruises before, and I KNOW that preparation is involved. So this is sort of freaking me out.
I have a pack list done - for me, anyway. My husband is on his own as regards clothing decisions, and my daughter, being at college, is beyond my help. My pack list includes those weird shipboard necessities like nightlights, travel clocks, and powerstrips, so that's taken care of. It does NOT (so far, at least) include formalwear. What it does include (not counting the weird shipboard necessities) is:
- 5-7 polo shirts or dressy t-shirts
- 3 pairs of walking shorts
- 1-2 casual skirts
- 1 pair of exercise shorts
- 1-2 exercise t-shirts
- 1 casual dress/swimsuit coverup
- 1 cardigan sweater
- 1 ballcap
- 1-2 swimsuits (aha! I need new ones, I think - something that needs to be done!)
- sneakers and socks
- casual sandals
- (maybe) slightly less casual sandals
- underwear and pajamas
I think I could cram all that into a duffel bag. Are we definitely going on a ship here? We don't even have a self-service laundry on this one, so that eliminates the detergent-and-quarters item from any possible list.
We aren't signing up for any shore excursions this time, so nothing needed there. At the moment, we're not even sure we'll bother going ashore - this cruise is to places we've been before, so we don't need to do much in the way of exploring. Although I did really like Mazatlan's old city and wouldn't mind wandering around there again. Nonetheless, I don't think there's any planning to do in that arena.
I got the scoop on my shipboard activity of choice (the Culinary Arts Center classes), and can't do anything about signing up until we get on board. Note that this trip, I am not even going to go out of my way to find the spa on the ship. It has taken 3 cruises to do it, but I am over the whole shipboard treatments thing.
Our luggage tags have been printed - yet again, we're faced with the "fold it in thirds and staple it around a handle and hope it doesn't rip" instructions, and no one to laminate them for us this time. I think I'll add a step to the instructions - "cover both sides with clear packing tape" to occur after the folding and before the stapling.
There IS a pile going in the closet, though - so far, it's 3 pairs of walking shorts and some of the weird shipboard necessities. I guess we could get a suitcase down, but I know what will happen if we do. The cat will sleep in it for the next few weeks - and then we will really regret the lack of a self-service laundry when we go to put anything on. We'll have a coordinated wardrobe then, all right - every item grey and fuzzy.
I guess we can wait a while longer.