Cruise Ship Laundry
Laundry and laundry facilities on a cruise ship play an important role in your "packing" decisions.
Tips and Advice About What Laundry Facilities are on Offer on a Cruise
Being prepared for laundry and the options on offer on your particular cruise can make your cruise much more smooth than you would expect.
In general, there are two ways to have your clothes cleaned on a cruise – room service dry cleaning services – or the laundry room.
For the special care items, like those you need for the formal nights, the on board dry cleaning service on most cruise ships offers a next day service. You just need to plan a head.
Be warned, however, cruise ship dry cleaning services are not cheap - even having something simple like your pants sent for pressing services can be expensive – so bear this mind before you crumple up your almost celan shirt and toss it into the corner!
Most formal nights are on the second night of the cruise, so you need to take care planning for pressing your tuxedo or cocktail dress the moment you get on board.
For all the rest, most cruise lines have laundry facilities where you can wash the smalls, T-shirts, and others just as you would at home. Cost for a load is typically about $3 for a wash load, and about the same for the dryer.
Like other facilities on board, there are busy times when you might have to join the line-up. Cruise passengers have told Prow’s Edge that it is good advice to avoid the peak times by planning your laundry duties for very early in the morning or very late at night.
Among other tips is to try another deck if the laundry on your own deck is busy. Also, if you are going to make use of these facilities, it is a good idea to pack a bag to cart your private wares to and from the laundry.
Some passengers here at Prow’s Edge have suggested that the shampoo provided by the cruise lines works very well on the “smalls” – a few moments last thing at night – and you are equipped with fresh “undies” for the day after next.