When it comes to choosing the best luggage for a cruise vacation, there are a few factors to consider such as durability, size, mobility, and security features. Here are some options to consider:  Most cruise lines do not have size restrictions but just to be on the safe side, you will want to check first before you purchase.  Also, check with the cruise line to see how your luggage will be stored in your stateroom.  Some of the newer ships have storage under the beds which is a great feature allowing you to get your suitcase out of your way.  If it is available, try to get the dimensions of the storage area to make sure that your suitcase will fit.  Nothing is more frustrating than having to step over or trip over luggage in your cruise stateroom.


Rolling Suitcase


A rolling suitcase is a popular choice for cruises. Rollers have been around for a very long time, but, have been updated for durability and for portability in the last few years.  Look for one with sturdy wheels and a telescopic handle for easy maneuverability.  Go for a lightweight suitcase as most airlines have size and weight restrictions.   Check out these bags and see if one of them might be just what you are looking for.  The first is an Amazon Basics suitcase that many travelers swear by.  If you don’t want to spend a ton of money, this might be the perfect suitcase for you.


Black suitcase with handle and wheels



This Level 8 roller bag is also a great choice for a lightweight suitcase for your cruise.  It is highly rated and stylish to boot.



Level 8 Suitcase




Duffel Bag with Wheels



Rolling duffel bag in blue


A duffel bag with wheels combines the flexibility of a duffel bag with the convenience of wheels. It’s best to choose a durable and water-resistant material that can withstand the bumps and wear of travel.  Rolling duffel bags combine the ease of a duffel bag with the wheeled convenience of a piece of carry-on luggage or a checked suitcase. The combination can provide a durable bag that can easily be packed with travel essentials and gear, then checked at the airport or put into an overhead bin (depending on airline size requirements). The flexibility of the design also makes rolling duffel bags easy to shove into the closet of your cruise stateroom or under the bed if  storage there is available.  Check out this Eagle Creek duffel bag and see if it might be the right choice for you.


Spinner Luggage


Spinner suitcases have four wheels that rotate 360 degrees.  A more recent take on a rolling suitcase, these spinners are many times the suitcase of choice for most travelers and especially cruise passengers.  These suitcases make it easy and allow you to effortlessly navigate through crowded areas. Look for a lightweight yet durable option with a sturdy handle and TSA-approved locks.  Most airlines allow a checked bag to be 50 pounds or less, so, the lighter that your suitcase is before packing, the better it will be.

This Travel Pro Suitcase is a soft side spinner that is lightweight and easy to pack.  Check it out here.  A note about softside suitcases, they can get dirty if it is handled a lot.  it would be a good idea to spray your suitcase with a waterproofing spray.  It will help keep your softside luggage clean.


Travel Pro Softside Suitcase


I love this Delsey Paris Hardside spinner luggage.  Not only is it stylish and lightweight, but, it will hold everything you need for your next cruise.  Take a look.



Delsey Paris Hardside Luggage


Carry-on Backpack


If you have a little one to hang on to, a carry-on backpack might be perfect for you and your family. Ensure it has padded shoulder straps, is lightweight and has multiple compartments for organized packing. It might be a good idea to look for a backpack that has charging capabilities.  Also, make sure the backpack is lightweight and easily stored. Another great plus about packing a backpack is that you can use it on excursion days while on your cruise.  Not only is it a great choice for packing, but, it can double as a day pack.  Check out this one that is highly rated and functional.  It does have a usb charging port and a laptop compartment.



Lightweight Backpack



Carry On Bag


Carry on bags are compact and designed to fit under the seat in front of you on the airplane or in limited storage space in your cruise cabin. They are convenient for keeping essential items within easy reach during the cruise.  Being smaller than a checked bag, they are also lightweight and usually easy to navigate.  Look for a carry on with lots of compartments and strong spinner wheels to navigate the long halls of the cruise ship.  Packing cubes will also help you make the most of every inch of your roller bag space.  Check out this one, another Delsey Paris carry on bag.  They come in a variety of colors and are highly rated bags.



Delsey Paris Carry on bag in white



The Samsonite Omni PC Hardside carry on luggage is also a great choice.  Coming in a variety of colors, it is also highly rated and easily navigated through the airport and the ship.


Samsonite carryon roller bag in blue



No matter which bag you choose for your cruise, make sure it is made of durable materials, has strong zippers, and is lightweight and easy to carry or maneuver. Additionally, make sure to check the size and weight restrictions of both the airline and the cruise line.  Last thing you want is to be denied passage or to be charged additionally for oversized or overweight luggage.  Check out these and a few more bags here.  I also have great recommendations for day backpacks.  You can see those here.

I hope that your next cruise is relaxing, exciting, and joyful for you and your entire family.  Bon Voyage.

Until next time!


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