I’ve been on 20 cruises to date and have noticed the variety in the toiletries provided. Some provide shampoo and conditioner and some don’t. This can make packing really tricky so I’ve put together this guide split by cruise line.
Do Cruises Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Cruise lines provide shampoo and body wash for free in the cabin bathrooms. Some cruise lines will also provide conditioner and other toiletries such as body lotion. Guests are able to bring their own shampoo and conditioners if they prefer to do so.
I have personally been on cruise lines which provide shampoo, conditioner, body wash and more. That said, I’ve also been on cruise lines that don’t provide anything. It is important to do your research prior to your cruise so that you are not left without a product (or packing too much)! Below is a guide to all of the major cruise lines.
Do Disney Cruise Line Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
In every cabin, there is shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. You don’t need to bring your own, hooray!
You can pack a little lighter, because there is a hair dryer in every stateroom as well as shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap. – Source.
Do Royal Caribbean Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
On Royal Caribbean cruises standard staterooms only have Shampoo and Soap. They do not have conditioner or any other products. – Source.
If you cruise in a suite you will also get conditioner. I don’t think it’s quite worth the upgrade price to get the free conditioner though! Much cheaper to bring a bottle with you.
Do Carnival Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Carnival provides liquid soap and shampoo. Both of which are dispensed from a wall dispenser. I have to admit I find the wall dispensers a little annoying, they’ll often only give you a little bit at a time so you’re left repeatedly squeezing it. – Source.
They do not provide conditioner.
Do Holland America Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
A premium line of Elemis Aromapure amenities are provided in each stateroom including Pure Shine Shampoo, Pro-Vitamin Conditioner, Citrus Slice Soap, Sharp Shower and Bath Gel, Pure Zest Cleaning Soap and Vitamin Rich Body Lotion. – Source.
Ooo la la! Sounds like Holland America have it covered. I would leave my own shampoo/conditioner at home if I was cruising with Holland America.
Do Princess Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Princess do provide shampoo, conditioner and body lotion! These are in little bottles. Perfect. I wouldn’t bother bringing my own if I was taking a Princess cruise. From memory, their toiletries are pretty good. – Source.
Do Costa Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Costa cruises only provide one liquid soap in the shower. It comes from a dispenser on the wall and to be honest I didn’t know what it was for, body? hair? both? No idea! I would recommend bringing your own toiletries if you are cruising with Costa.
I have heard rumours of people requesting shampoo from their room steward although this isn’t mentioned on Costas website so I wouldn’t rely on it.
Do P&O Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Yep! P&O provide shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. They also provide a shower cap and regular soap for washing your hands. I have cruised with P&O before and would leave my own toiletries at home in future. From memory, they were really high quality. – Source.
** The above information is based on P&O cruises in the UK, the Australia portion of P&O cruises may vary **
Do Cunard Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Cunard provides shampoo, conditioner, body wash and body lotion. I would argue that Cunard has the best toiletries on this list. I actually took some of mine home from my last Cunard cruise (they make brilliant travel products)!
The toiletries are Penhaligon’s toiletries which are a very luxurious brand. You definitely don’t need to bring your own toiletries if you are cruising with Cunard. I personally think that the toiletries onboard are better than anything I’d use at home. I definitely don’t buy the Penhaligon’s brand for everyday usage!
Do Celebrity Cruises Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
From memory, I believe that Celebrity provides shampoo, conditioner and body lotion in little bottles. Celebrity’s website just says ‘custom blended bath products’. It might be a good idea to take some toiletries, just in case!
Do Azamara Cruises Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Yep! Azamara provides shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. – Source.
Do Norwegian Cruise Line Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
All cabins have soap, shampoo and conditioner. – Source.
I believe that Norwegian Cruise Line has ‘conditioning shampoo’, a two in one product that they count as both. This and the shower gel are in little dispensers on the walls. The toiletries have always been of good quality and I wouldn’t bring my own, I’ve been on 9 Norwegian cruises to date and haven’t ever had any problems with the provided shampoos.
Do Oceania Cruise Line Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
You’ll find shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and more in your Oceania cabin! Oceania provides “Bvlgari amenities”. I’ve never cruised with Oceania but the toiletries look seriously fancy.
A Bvlgari soap will set you back around £15! Wow. That’s the cheapest I can find too, some go up to £40. I would DEFINITELY be using the provided toiletries on an Oceania cruise.
Do Viking Ocean Cruises Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Yep! Viking Ocean Cruises provide shampoo, conditioner and various other things. I took a cruise with Viking last year and it was one of the best cruises I’ve ever been on. THE FLOOR OF THE BATHROOM IS HEATED! Amazing.
Do Cruise and Maritime Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
No. Cruise and Maritime do not provide shampoo or conditioner. They do provide liquid soap/shower gel. Shampoo and Conditioner are not provided unless you are in a high category of cabin. If you are in a high-grade cabin you will receive shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser.
Do Fred Olsen Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Cabins have a combined dispenser of combined hair and shower gel. They do not have conditioner. The suites have shampoo, shower gel and body lotion but do also not have any conditioner.
Do Seabourn Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Yep. Seabourn have shampoo and conditioner provided by Molten Brown. Molten Brown is a British fragrance company and their products are usually of high quality. If I was cruising with Seabourn I would not take my own toiletries and would instead use theirs. – Source.
Do Marella Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Nope. You’ll only find body wash in most cabins. If you have a suite you’ll also get shampoo/conditioner.
Do Saga Ocean Cruises Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Yep! They provide shampoo, conditioner and more.
Waiting for you in your cabin on board will be Saga’s exclusive range of ‘Citras’ toiletries – in a plentiful 200ml bottle. This includes mandarin, grapefruit and jasmine shampoo and conditioner, shower gel with cedar extracts, antibacterial hand wash, argan oil hand and body lotion, and a Sicilian lemon soap bar.
If you run out, they’ll be magically replenished, free of charge.
Do Regent Seven Seas Provide Shampoo and Conditioner?
Yep. Regent provide shampoo, conditioner and lots more. The toiletries are all from the brand L’Occitane and even include foaming bath! Including in your cabin is: 75 ml bottles of L’Occitane shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, body lotions, and fresh soaps. In addition, guests will receive a complimentary 100-ml bottle of Lavender Liquid Foaming Bath. – Source.
Should You Bring Your Own Toiletries On a Cruise?
If I know that the cruise line has shampoo/conditioner I will usually leave mine at home. In some circumstances, like my latest Costa cruise, I took travel shampoo and conditioner from another cruise line! I’m not sure if that’s a bit sneaky, but it works.
If you are going to bring your own toiletries from home I would recommend you buy some small bottles and then put your toiletries into them. You won’t need the full bottle on a week cruise and buying the smaller ones can be really expensive!
I bought mine from Primark for £3 but if you are not in the UK (or can’t be bothered to go into a Primark) you can find the little bottles on my cruise essentials page. Cruise Essentials, Gifts and Tech.
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