The best travel luggage set for a cruise is durable, lightweight (yet big enough for everything on your packing list) and priced just right for your budget. Beyond those requisites, your suitcase specifications could vary depending on your itinerary. You might need a mammoth rolling duffel to fit enough clothes for a months-long world cruise or a solid garment bag to store your suit for a sailing full of formal nights.
To help you travel like a pro, we rounded up the best luggage sets, bags and suitcases for every kind of cruise. Discover seven well-made, smart and cruise-friendly luggage options that offer plenty of bang for your buck.
Samsonite Winfield 2
We love this polycarbonate
for its handful of useful features, from a built-in TSA-friendly combination lock to zippered interior pockets that help you organise your cruise wardrobe with ease. Four 360-degree spinner wheels will help you sail effortlessly through airports and cruise terminals with heavy luggage in tow. Best of all, it's built to last: The bag is backed by Samsonite's 10-year limited warranty, so you can feel confident investing your pounds in the Winfield 2.
Matein Travel Laptop Backpack
was built for travel. It has breathable anti-sweat straps and a built-in external USB charging port, which make it a particularly practical piece to bring on shore excursions. Lots of pockets inside, including a hidden laptop compartment, help you stay organised and keep your valuables safe. The bag is small enough for carrying on planes but large enough to store a reasonable amount of stuff for a four- or five-night cruise. Carting multiple pieces of luggage? A strap on the back of the pack helps you slide it onto the telescoping handle of your roller bag.
Samsonite Leverage LTE
Made from tear-resistant nylon, the
is a lightweight, soft spinner bag that's especially suitable for cruising, thanks to its water-resistant features. The bag contains a WetPack-zippered interior compartment that protects your belongings from anything soggy; it's a great place to store wet swimwear or towels. Plus, the suitcase's durable exterior has a water-resistant coating. Throw in 360-degree spinner wheels and a super lightweight frame, and you have a choice piece of luggage for all your land and sea adventures.
Crospack Suit Travel Bag
Looking to look lovely on formal nights, during elegant at-sea dinners and at Michelin-starred restaurants in romantic European ports? Pack the suit or dress of your fanciful dreams -- but be sure to pack it in the right kind of bag. A garment bag like the
will keep your finest formalwear neat and wrinkle-free throughout your travels. The Crospack features a waterproof exterior, an interior dual buckle to keep your clothes in place and interior zippered pockets that can hold ties, shoes or jewelry. We think it's the best travel suitcase for cruisers seeking something that will protect formalwear during transit.
Amazon Basics Expandable Geometric Luggage
This rolling luggage stands out in a sea of boring bags, thanks to its bright rainbow of colour options and patterned hardshell exterior. The suitcase comes in a variety of sizes, including 20 inch (best for carry-on) and 28 inch (best for checking your things for longer sailings). Featuring a recessed TSA-friendly luggage lock, 360-degree spinner wheels and a telescoping handle, this
has all the right features to make it onto our "best suitcase for a cruise" list.
Travelpro Maxlite 4 Expandable Spinner
is, arguably, the best suitcase for travellers who sail for long stretches of time. The bag's featherlight mass belies its capacity for lots and lots of stuff. The 80cm bag weighs about 6 pounds and unzips to offer even more space when necessary. A water-resistant coating protects your belongings from moisture and splashes, and interior straps and mesh pockets make it a breeze to organise the cornucopia of items that one can stash in this huge suitcase.
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