First-time cruisers are sometimes surprised to find that their luggage may not be immediately available upon boarding the ship. It can sometimes take a few hours for your luggage make its way to your stateroom. So that you can get started enjoying your cruise right away, be sure to pack a day bag to carry with you.
Include things like a book, swimsuit, sunscreen, medications, your MP3 player, and even dinner clothing for your first night, just in case.
Pro tip: you’ll need a similar bag on your final morning, after your bags have been collected.