On my first cruise, you would have thought I was going on an extended safari! I packed tons of clothes, shoes for every occassion, dried sausage (I still don't know why--seemed like a good idea at the time), extra this, extra that. I had two large suitcases and one bulging carry on! Nowadays, if it doesn't fit into one "airline approved carryon size" bag, it aint going with me! That's true even for longer cruises. I've got the art of packing down to a science (or have I lifted the science of packing up to an art?) Anyway, here are my packing "rules": What are yours? 1. No one will mind or notice if you wear the same thing twice as long as it is clean. 2. One pair of evening shoes that goes with your evening wear selections (even with two formal nights) 3. No groceries, liquor, appliances, or beach towels. This is a vacation not a survival trek. 4. If you can rent it, (tuxes, snorkeling gear) do it. 5. Two pairs of everyday shoes (athletic shoes for walking, sandals for on board). Ok, ok, I also squeeze in a pari of sytlish flip flops. 6. Evening wear that can be rolled and packed with minimum creases. 7. An all purpose, solid color sweater or wrap for evening. 8. A cruise wardrobe centered around seperates in three basic colors so everything goes with everything else. 9. One mascara, eye shadow, lipstick, face cream, sunscreen, period. 10. No perfume! I always vist the ship's store where there are plenty of samples to spritz on a bit for those times when I want perfume. And as much jewlery as you want--cause it doesn't take up much room!