Packing for a cruise: what not to take

Ben Gibson ( 05 April 2017 )

Packing for a cruise can be quite daunting. Especially if you've never been on one before. Here's our guide on what you won't need to worry about packing when sailing on a Saga cruise...



If you're travelling on a Saga cruise, there's no need to ball up your socks to save space (unless you want to)! Many must have items will already have been taken care of...

Find out what's included on a Saga Cruise Find out more here.

DON'T... pack a travel kettle

Cabin service tray with tea and orange juice
Don't worry about bringing a travel kettle with you. Our included 24-hour room service means you can get a cuppa whenever you fancy.

Yes we all know the Brit's love of a good cuppa is legendary, but don't even think about packing one of those tiny travel kettles or cup immersion boilers. 

Firstly, you won't be allowed to take it onto the ship, for obvious health and safety reasons. But there’s a far more enjoyable second reason – free 24-hour room service!

When you’re in the comfortable cocoon of your cabin, you can phone at any time for a tea or coffee, day or night. 

If you always like a cuppa at a certain time when you wake up, just let your cabin steward know, and they’ll bring it every morning. 

It doesn't end there either – you can use room service for snacks, a dine-in meal for two, or soft drinks. It's there to be enjoyed, so make sure you do. 

The hardest part is returning home and having to learn to make coffee for yourself once again!

DON’T… worry about wine!

A couple being poured wine
All of our cruises include wine at lunch and dinner. Cheers!

What? Don't bring a couple of bottles you say? But surely the prices for drinks are astronomical, and once I'm aboard I'll be forking out all the time? Actually – no. 

When you cruise with Saga from April 2016, not only are table wines included with lunch and dinner, at no extra cost, but all other drinks are really reasonable too. 

At the time of writing a gin and tonic was a mere £3.85 – that’s a generous 40ml measure too! – while a pint of draught Spitfire bitter was just £3. 

That's a lot cheaper than my local. With the bar bill being so low, you’ll be free to spend a little more on excursions, souvenirs, or indulgent pleasures like spa treatments.

Discover more about cruising around the Canary Islands Find out more here.

DON'T... take too much local currency with you

Wad of Euros and foreign currency
Saga cruise ships are cashless, meaning you don't need to worry about taking any money with you. And our on-board Bureau de Change makes managing your money for shore excursions really simple.

Saga Sapphire and Saga Pearl II are both ‘cashless’, with all purchases added to your on-board account via your room keycard. 

And with everything in pounds sterling, there’s no mental gymnastics needed to work out how much you’re spending either!

But if you want to take control of your budget when heading ashore, just change up money as you need it on board – there's a bureau de change at Reception which makes it quick and easy. 

Or draw it out when you step ashore – most ports have an ATM so you can get foreign currency quickly with your debit card.

DON’T… pack a stack of books

The Library on-board Saga Pearl II
Both Saga Pearl II and Saga Sapphire have spectacular libraries to keep you busy on sea days!

Holiday reading. It’s easy to bring a mobile library for those lazy days at sea, but you really don’t have to. 

Both Saga’s ships have spectacular libraries – relaxing spaces with panoramic views and elegant wood shelves lined with reference tomes, fiction and non-fiction.

What about guidebooks you may think? Well there's a better solution – free Wi-Fi! This means you can use your smartphone or tablet and surf away. 

If you don’t have one, iPads are free to borrow, as are a great selection of DVDs to watch in your cabin.

DON’T… overfill your washbag

The Toiletries on-board Saga Sapphire
All cabins on-board our ships have a lovely range of toiletries in them. And we'll refill them if they run out!

It’s easy to go overboard with the toiletries – not literally you understand! 

I mean you can either spend a fortune on those pygmy-sized bottles in the chemist, or get messy and decant your favourites into travel containers. But why bother?

Waiting for you in your cabin on board will be Saga’s exclusive range of ‘Citras’ toiletries – in a plentiful 200ml bottle. 

This includes mandarin, grapefruit and jasmine shampoo and conditioner, shower gel with cedar extracts, antibacterial hand wash, argan oil hand and body lotion, and a Sicilian lemon soap bar. 

If you run out, they’ll be magically replenished, free of charge.

Other inclusions in your cabin are a hairdryer and bathrobes, plus free towels beside the swimming pools, so you can

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