Are you planning a cruise to Bermuda soon and wondering about a helpful cruise packing list? Our family was fortunate enough to travel to the island of Bermuda, and we loved it. Several close friends and family members cruised with it and It was one of our all-time favorite cruise vacations! Keep reading for my complete list of what to pack for a cruise to Bermuda.
How do you cruise to Bermuda?
Many cruise lines sail to Bermuda, including Royal Caribbean, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Disney Cruise Line. Most cruise lines sail to Bermuda from Cape Liberty in New Jersey, just across the water from New York City. Bermuda is a fantastic cruise destination for those from the East Coast. It is also a great way to see New York City, as the departure port, before or after your cruise travel dates.
When cruising to Bermuda, it is a good idea to check the average forecasts in both New York and Bermuda. My personal favorite season is spring, April and May. Typically, you can find good cruise rates in the spring. You can also avoid hurricane season which runs from early June to November. That said, we traveled in October and had a fantastic time. It is always up to you when it works best for your family!
Pre and Post-Cruise Outfits
If you are cruising out of the New York City area, be sure to think through your pre and post-cruise outfits. You will want to consider the weather on the East Coast which may vary greatly from the weather in Bermuda. For our cruise, it was rainy and chilly in NYC, so long-sleeved shirts, jackets, and pants were required. Keep that in mind for your Bermuda cruise!
When considering what to pack for a cruise to Bermuda, be sure to include printed confirmation of your travel documents. Of course, everything is online these days, but I encourage clients to print confirmations as well. Set aside a folder to collect all of your documents.
Travel documents include your cruise confirmation, travel insurance information, pre-departure and post-cruise hotel confirmations, and a color copy of the information page of your passport (if applicable).
Photo ID/Passport and Health Insurance Card
Be sure to include your photo ID, passport, and health insurance card in your carry-on bag. Consult your travel advisor or the cruise line company to ensure you have the correct documentation needed for your cruise, whether it’s a Caribbean cruise, Bermuda, Europe, Mexico, the Mediterranean, or elsewhere.
I also suggest clients have a color copy of their ID, credit card, passport, and health insurance left with a loved one at home. That way, if an emergency arises, you have all of your emergency info in one place.
Cell Phone and Charger
Pack your day bag with your cell phone with the cruise line’s updated app. The app will have incredible information about your sailing, including ship maps, schedules, dining information, room service, guest services, and port information.
You will also want a portable charger that you can use on the ship and in the ports. Check your cell phone company’s coverage for your particular cruise. Many cruise lines offer Wi-Fi packages, so you might research that before your vacation.
Waterproof Carrier for your Phone
If you plan to take your phone on shore excursions or to the pool, consider packing a waterproof phone pouch for your phone. This sealed plastic bag will keep your phone from getting wet, covered in sunscreen, or filled with sand! I just keep these in my packing tote for the next cruise.
Shore Excursions Bag
Be sure you have a day bag for shore excursions. It is great to have a go-bag packed with your ID, credit cards, driver’s license, sunscreen, water bottle, sun hat, sunglasses, and lip balm.
I prefer a small backpack or a waterproof tote bag with a zipped top to keep everything tidy and free of sand and water. If you happen to be in a location with religious sites, be sure to keep a scarf in your bag to throw over your shoulders or head, if necessary.
Bathing Suit and Cover Up
Pack your bathing suit, cover-up, and some flip-flops for Bermuda (and most other warm cruise destinations!) If you want to swim on your day of departure, consider packing these in your carry-on bag instead of your packed luggage.
That way, you can grab some lunch and get to the swimming pools as soon as you are on the ship! We loved waving goodbye to the Statue of Liberty as we sailed away to Bermuda!
Lip Balm, Sunscreen, and Aloe Vera
Lip balm, sunscreen, and aloe vera are always useful items on a cruise! You can usually purchase these on board the ship, but of course, they will be less expensive if you bring them from home!
Many cruisers love to pack towel clips in their beach bag. These secure the towels to your seats and can also be useful items for reserving your seats. If you are up grabbing a drink or taking a dip in the pool, but planning to return to your beach chairs, the towel clips let other cruisers know you will be back. They will also come in handy on windy Bermuda beaches. Sometimes, it’s the little things that are the most helpful!
Tank Tops and Short Sleeved Shirts
Casual shirts like tank tops are always a good option for a Bermuda cruise. If you are more comfortable with sleeves, pack some short-sleeved shirts. Most likely, the Bermuda cruise ports will be warm. However, always double-check the weather forecast before your trip.
Layering Pieces: Jackets, Sweatshirts, Long Sleeves
Include some layering pieces like jackets, sweatshirts, or shirts with long sleeves. An extra layer is helpful for windy mornings and evenings. You may also need them if the main dining room is too chilly. Cruise casual may be the name of the game, but having a light cardigan can help elevate any simple outfit.
Shoes and Shoe Organizer with metal hooks
Be sure to include comfortable walking shoes in your packing list for Bermuda. You will walk to be able to walk around the ship comfortably and go on port excursions. Also, consider water shoes for any port adventures. I also include a couple of pairs of sandals and dress shoes in neutral tones to mix and match easily.
If you have a large family, you might want to pack a door shoe organizer in your luggage. You can attach these with magnetic metal hooks to any metal door and save some floor space. Cruise ship cabins are notoriously small, so saving space for shoes is helpful!
Formal Night Attire
Many cruise lines offer a formal night or two during the sailing in the formal dining room. Consider packing cocktail dresses, a dark suit, and dressier clothes for your children as well. You will see a little bit of everything on your cruise, including full-blown evening wear, so pack what feels comfortable for you! It’s the perfect opportunity to get some fantastic pictures of your family all dolled up while at sea.
Speaking of space, I like to pack a few simple laundry bags in my luggage. We store them in the closet for dirty laundry. It makes it much easier to keep the cabin clean with less mess. Plus, if you decide to do laundry on the ship, it is much simpler to tote the laundry back and forth to the laundry room on your deck.
Wondering what to pack for a cruise to Bermuda? Pack a lanyard for your next cruise. It is an easy spot for your photo ID and cruise cabin room key. Use your magnetic hooks and place one near the door for lanyards, so everyone has a place to store his lanyard at the end of the day.
Capri pants, shorts, and casual skirts
Capri pants, shorts, and casual skirts are the perfect casual anytime attire for a cruise ship. One of the most important things about cruising is the beautiful weather and the laid-back vibe! Hopefully, you will get lots of time on deck getting some sun, and exploring lovely Bermuda cruise ports.
Sun Hat and Sunglasses
Be sure to include a good sun hat and sunglasses in your packing for Bermuda. This will also be important to include in your port excursion bag, so keep them handy throughout your trip!
A power strip for all of your electronics can be extremely helpful. Multiple family members with various devices can mean lots to plug in at the end of the night! Save space by bringing a power strip that can charge multiple devices at once.
Remember basic toiletries, such as toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush and ties, contacts/solution, glasses, shampoo and conditions, and hair products. Cruise lines offer hair dryers in each cabin. I like to pack a foldable toiletry bag to keep things nice and tidy in the bathroom.
If you choose to work out while on board, be sure to pack your workout wear and tennis shoes. Most cruise lines offer an amazing fitness center, along with personal training sessions and classes. Many also offer walking and running tracks around the ship.
Wondering what to pack for a cruise to Bermuda? Always include your basic medications and any prescription medications on your packing list. Of course, the cruise ship will have a medical facility on board for any emergencies but be prepared.
I like to pack basic headache and stomach medications, motion sickness prevention, and allergy meds like Benadryl and Allegra. Be sure to include any important meds like prescriptions, along with your doctor’s phone number if needed.
Reusable Water Bottle
A reusable water bottle is a key item to pack for any cruise. Whether you are out exploring Horseshoe Bay Bay Beach, Front Street, or just out at the pool, it is always helpful to have your own water close at hand.
I hope this packing list helps you determine what to pack for a cruise to Bermuda. Be sure to sign up below for my free cruise packing list and keep reading for more great ideas on travel with your family! Bon Voyage!