Storage space in most cruise cabins lies somewhere between “Manhattan studio” and “correctional facility.” Meaning if you both brought four changes of clothes a day, you’re getting into your first fight before you’ve even unpacked. Instead, scope out the itinerary and figure out exactly what you’ll need to pack based on what you plan to do.
You’ll each get a closet, which should be enough for a night’s worth of formal attire, and dinner clothes for other nights. Also, most ships have a small passenger laundry on each deck. So for longer cruises only pack about two-to-three days worth of washable stuff. Add in a shelf for shoes, and you can easily manage with the space provided.
Know the dining options
Perhaps you have images of romantic dinners for two, where you and your special someone dine next to a moonlit ocean zipping past your window. And that certainly CAN happen on a cruise ship. But if you’re not dining in your room or at a specialty restaurant, you may find yourself at a large table full of strangers, forced to make small talk with someone’s opinionated uncle from Tulsa.
OR, you do get that table for two... exactly 6 inches away from a couple who’s run out of things to talk about after 28 years, and is using your conversation as their dinnertime entertainment. Either way, intimate it’s not. If your ship has a common dining room, scope out the seating situation before you book. If you like making new friends over multiple entrees, then go for it. If not, you might want to opt for a different ship (not unlike people who actually work in those cruise ship restaurants).