FAQ: What To Pack

Now that you've done all the necessary planning before you go, we'll review the items you may need to make your time with Princess the best vacation ever! Click on a topic headline to view detailed information relating to your selection.

Pre-Cruise Checklist


We want you to enjoy a rejuvenating and exciting vacation with Princess. But before you board, there are some thing you should know to help make the first day of your vacation as seamless as possible.

Download the checklist to make sure you have all the important documentation you need before you depart on your Princess vacation!

Clothing Recommendations


You should dress for a cruise with Princess the same way you would for any stylish land-based resort.

Casual sportswear, including shorts, lightweight pants and jogging suits, is the order of the day both at sea and ashore in hotter climates.

We recommend you bring a sweater, a jacket or an all-weather coat for cool evenings, and for shore excursions, depending on your destination. Due to unpredictable weather, don't forget a hat or visor and a collapsible umbrella. Please be sure to bring proper clothing for visits to religious sites. You'll also want low-heeled, rubbersoled shoes for strolling on deck, as well as comfortable walking shoes or sandals to wear.

Princess makes it easy to know what to pack and what to wear when you’re dining onboard our spectacular ships. There are two designations for dress codes: Smart Casual and Formal.

Smart Casual
Guest attire should be in keeping with what they would wear to a nice restaurant at home.

  • Skirts/dresses, slacks, and sweaters for ladies
  • Pants and open-neck shirts for men

Inappropriate dinner wear such as pool or beach attire, shorts, ball caps and casual jeans (with fraying and/or holes) are not permitted in the dining rooms. Shoes must be worn.

When formal nights are held, please observe the dress code in the Traditional Dining and Anytime Dining venues for the enjoyment of all our guests.

  • Evening gowns and cocktail dresses for women
  • Tuxedos, dinner jackets or dark suits with a tie for men
Length of CruiseNumber of Formal EveningsNumber of Smart Casual Evenings
1-4 Days01-4
5-6 Days14-5
7-13 Days25-11
14-20 Days311-17
21-28 Days417-24
29+ Days5 minimum24+

Packing for Your Cruise


Follow these important luggage reminders:

  • Essential medicines, travel documents, valuables and breakables should be hand carried in your possession at all times.
  • Many domestic airline carriers now impose excess baggage fees for one or more bags and bags weighing over 50 lbs., so check with your carrier regarding weight restrictions.
  • Princess will make every effort to assist you in safeguarding your belongings. But remember, you are responsible for your things at all times. Princess is not responsible for money, jewelry, cameras, binoculars, documents or any other articles you retain in your personal control.
  • All luggage should have a sturdy personal identification tag that will not be lost or damaged in the course of typical airport and trucked luggage handling.
  • On journeys including air travel, luggage will be subject to a considerable amount of handling and we would recommend that your luggage be of sturdy construction.
  • Princess recommends that your travel protection is adequate enough to cover any possible loss or damage which may occur. Any loss or damage caused by Princess or an airline must be reported immediately to the responsible party.

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Formal Wear Rentals


Princess offers formal wear rental on all cruises; this can be arranged prior to embarkation.

Dress with an elegance and style that is perfect for all the formal activities on your cruise with Princess. Cruiseline Formal Wear delivers beautifully-tailored clothing directly to your stateroom.

To order your formal wear, please visit cruiselineformal.com, call 800-551-5091 or 305-252-8572. For questions, email: custservice@cruiselineformal.com.

Alcohol Policy


As provided in the Passage Contract, guests agree not to bring alcoholic beverages of any kind onboard for consumption, except one bottle of wine or champagne per adult of drinking age (no larger than 750 ml) per voyage, which will not be subject to a corkage fee if consumed in the stateroom. Additional wine or champagne bottles are welcome, but will incur a $15 corkage fee each, irrespective of where they are intended to be consumed. Liquor, spirits or beers are not permitted. Please remember that luggage will be scanned and alcohol outside of our policy will be removed and discarded.*

Alcoholic beverages that are purchased duty free from the ship's gift shop, or at ports of call, will be collected for safekeeping and delivered to the guest's stateroom on the last day of the cruise.  A member of the ship's staff will be at the gangway to assist guests with the storage of their shoreside alcoholic purchases while our Boutiques staff will assist guests with shipboard alcoholic purchases.

*Princess Cruises is not responsible for any alcoholic beverages removed and discarded by shoreside security staff.
Such items are not eligible for monetary refund or replacement.



We strongly recommend you hand-carry all valuables and breakables, including jewelry, electronics and cameras as well as any medications. Please read the Passage Contract for limitations and responsibilities for lost items and baggage.

Prohibited Items


The following items must not be allowed on board without valid lawful reason:

  • All firearms are strictly forbidden onboard any vessel (these may only be carried if specifically authorized by the Company Security Officer) an exception to this rule are Law Enforcement Agents acting in an official capacity
  • All forms of ammunition (explosive materials and propellants, projectiles of all kinds, and cartridges), unless authorized by CSO/DCSO.
  • Imitation firearms
  • Pellet guns
  • All explosives including explosive devices, detonators, smoke cartridges, grenades, mines, explosive military stores, imitation explosives (unless specifically authorized for training purposes), imitation devices, fireworks and flares
  • Sharp pointed weapons
  • Knives (with a blade over 6.35 cm (2 ½ inches), or ½ inch at widest point). bladed weapons, sharp pointed weapons, daggers, sabers, swords, axes, ice axes, hatchets, straight razors (shaving safety razors are allowed), razor blades not in a cartridge, box cutters, ice picks, meat cleavers, and utility knives, (unless specifically authorized for personnel who in the normal course of their duties on board the ship require to be in possession of a knife with a more substantial blade i.e. Galley Staff and Deck Ratings).
  • Concealed bladed weapons, such as belt buckles knives, cane and umbrella knives/swords, pen knives, credit card knives, et cetera.
  • Diver’s knives, unless accompanied by other diving/snorkelling equipment and a valid diving ID Card/Licence
  • Flick knives, gravity knives, switchblades or lock knives regardless of blade size
  • Swords, swordsticks and umbrellas containing sword blades
  • Open razors such as cutthroat razors
  • Spears and spear guns
  • Truncheons
  • Archery equipment including crossbows and bolts
  • Blow pipes
  • Catapults
  • Hookah Pipes
  • Knuckle dusters, clubs, coshes and rice flails
  • Stun Guns, Tasers or any other electroshock device
  • Items containing incapacitating substances such as gas guns, tear gas sprays, mace, phosphorus, acid and other dangerous chemicals that could be used to maim or disable
  • Inflammable substances, unless carried in limited quantities and in accordance with company instructions e.g. petrol, methylated spirits, paint thinners, etc.
  • Any other item made, adapted or intended for use as an offensive weapon
  • Surfboards (Boogie boards no longer than 42 inches in length are allowed)
  • Scooters (only permitted if used for mobility)
  • Hoverboards, heely shoes, segways
  • Drones (Unmanned Areal Vehicles - UAVs, Remote Piloted Areal vehciles - RPAs, or any other remote controlled areal devices/toys)
  • The above list is not exhaustive. The Ship Security Officer and Staff Captain are authorized to make a professional judgement as to the legality of any item, declared, detected or discovered.

  • As our guest, please follow the above precautions while traveling on any of our ships, and if possible, please refrain from taking these devices with you on board.

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