Skip to content

Everything you need to know about cruise ship laundry services

Aug. 06, 2020
6 min read
Port of Miami Carnival cruise ships
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

I hate wrinkly clothing. Growing up, my mom spent hours ironing my clothes. She even ironed my T-shirts, so I understand the need to have laundered clothes that look nice. She relaxed a little bit about it as I got older, but her obsession with crisp, clean clothing rubbed off on me. I love laundry services, even though it gets pricey.

If you stress about packing as I do, especially when you know stuffing your clothes in a suitcase undoubtedly means wrinkles, then you know being prepared is the best way to combat anxiety.

When it comes to wanting to look nice for your next cruise, especially where your clothes are concerned, it's good to know what laundry services are available. We're here to alleviate some of that stress with our guide to cruise ship laundry services.

Sign up for the TPG Cruise newsletter and learn more about cruise lines, ships, itineraries, ports and more.

Self-service laundry

Conveniently, some cruise lines offer facilities so that you can do your own laundry. There's nothing wrong with wanting to save some money and watch over your clothes at the same time.

Two to three washers and two to three dryers are available in self-service launderettes located on stateroom decks on Carnival Cruise Line ships, for example. Each load in both the washer and dryer costs $3.25. There is also one iron and ironing board available in each launderette.

Bring some detergent to save a little bit of money, but each launderette provides detergent and water softener at $1.50 a box on Carnival. If you or someone you are traveling with has allergies to certain detergents, this is a great way to wash your clothes safely by bringing along your hypo-allergenic detergent brand.

On Disney Cruises, 24-hour laundry facilities are available for use. Your Key to the World card can be used to purchase wash and dry cycles, as well as detergent and dryer sheets. Ironing equipment is also available.

Some cruise lines, like Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, do not provide self-service laundry facilities, and Royal Caribbean also does not provide irons in staterooms, but they do offer paid laundry and dry cleaning services.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

Related reading: Cruise line showdown: Comparing Carnival, Disney and Royal Caribbean for families

Paid laundry and dry cleaning

When it comes to paid services, laundry is usually handled through your stateroom steward, and prices vary by line. Cruise lines often provide a price chart -- look for the list and bag hanging in your stateroom's closet.

For a wash and press on Carnival cruises, a formal shirt or blouse is $5, while wet/dry cleaning a two-piece suit is $8. The wet/dry cleaning, which avoids traditional cleaning solvents, is only available on select ships.

On Norwegian cruises, ships offer laundry and dry cleaning services as well. Simply fill out the order form provided in your stateroom and ask your steward to pick up your laundry.

Disney Cruise Line also offers full-service laundry and dry cleaning, and items can be picked up from your stateroom in provided laundry bags to make things easy. Celebrity Cruises offers paid laundry and dry cleaning. Pricing examples: A dress costs $11 for cleaning and $16 for dry cleaning while pants cost $7 for cleaning and $8 for dry cleaning.

Royal Caribbean offers washing and dry cleaning services onboard their ships. The line lists its item prices here.

Related reading: What to pack for your first cruise — and what to leave home

Pressing

Many lines offer pressing as part of their laundry services, so if you have a nice outfit that needs a bit of help, send it in to get pressed. This is a quick fix to save any outfit from disaster. Carnival, Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean -- and just about all of the luxury lines -- offer pressing services. Prices vary from line to line.

Norwegian Breakaway Laundry
This is the crew-only pressing station aboard Norwegian Breakaway. (Photo by James R. Martin/Shutterstock.com)

Laundry turnaround times

The time it takes to get your laundry in and out depends on the line and which service you choose. Some lines finish laundry by the following day, but you can also choose the express option to get everything back the same day. This often comes with an added charge. Aboard Royal Caribbean, guests will incur a 50% additional fee for same-day service.

Some cruise lines, like Windstar Cruises, will turn it around in a day if you turn in items by 9 a.m.

Laundry packages

Some great offers can keep laundry costs down. For example, Royal Caribbean offers wash-and-fold specials during the voyage. You can fill a bag full of laundry and the line will wash, dry and fold it. Simply stuff everything that you can fit into the provided bag for a fixed fee of $34.99 per bag.

Windstar offers a flat-fee laundry package for the entirety of your voyage. For two occupants in a cabin, the price is $16 a day. For one traveler, it's $8 a day. Cruisers also have the chance to select a la carte laundry and pressing services. No dry cleaning is available.

Additionally, Paul Gauguin Cruises offers a laundry package that must be purchased 24 hours in advance of departure. For a double-occupancy suite, prices range from $129 for a seven-night cruise to $299 for a 17-night cruise.

Related reading: Best cruise line private islands for families

Free laundry

If you are a member of a cruise loyalty program, scour the benefits list for laundry perk, because there just might be some. Norwegian Cruise Line's Latitude loyalty program rewards members by offering discounts on laundry services. Platinum, Platinum Plus and Ambassador members all receive a free bag of laundry.

Carnival offers complimentary wash-and-fold services for its VIFP loyalty program Platinum-level members. This benefit ranges from two bags on three- to six-day cruises to three bags on seven- to 13-day cruises and five bags on a 14+-day cruise.

Related reading: An overview of cruise line loyalty programs

Bottom line

Don't fret. Enjoy the ultimate stress-free vacay by sending your laundry out to get washed, pressed or dry cleaned. Since cruise lines offer many services, you can choose the best one to fit your needs so that your clothing stays in tip-top shape. Keep calm and cruise on.

Featured image by Carnival ships at the port of Miami. (Photo by pisaphotography/Shutterstock)

Top offers from our partners

How we chose these cards

Our points-obsessed staff uses a plethora of credit cards on a daily basis. If anyone on our team wouldn’t recommend it to a friend or a family member, we wouldn’t recommend it on The Points Guy either. Our opinions are our own, and have not been reviewed, approved, or endorsed by our advertising partners.
See all best card offers

TPG featured card

Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

2 - 10X points
10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day

Intro offer

75,000 bonus miles
Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

Annual Fee

$395

Recommended Credit

740-850
Excellent
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023
Best card for premium perks while traveling
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

10XEarn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel
5X5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel.
2X2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel

    75,000 bonus miles
  • Annual Fee

    $395
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    740-850
    Excellent

Why We Chose It

The Capital One Venture X card is one of the best all-round travel credit cards ever launched. Not only is it offering a tremendous welcome bonus, but cardholders can earn tons of miles on everyday spending and receive a 10,000-mile anniversary bonus to boot. Its annual fee is $395, but cardholders can count on up to $300 in statement credits toward travel booked through Capital One Travel each year and other valuable benefits like access to Priority Pass lounges and Capital One’s own growing family of airport lounges.

Pros

  • Excellent welcome offer worth 75,000 miles after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first three months.
  • Up to $300 in annual travel statement credits toward bookings make through Capital One Travel.
  • 10,000 bonus miles (worth $100 toward travel) each account anniversary.

Cons

  • The $395 annual fee might be expensive for some, but this card’s benefits provide much more value than that.
  • If you don’t travel frequently, this might not be the best card for you.
  • Earn 75,000 bonus miles when you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening, equal to $750 in travel
  • Receive up to $300 back annually as statement credits for bookings through Capital One Travel, where you'll get Capital One's best prices on thousands of options
  • Get 10,000 bonus miles (equal to $100 towards travel) every year, starting on your first anniversary
  • Earn unlimited 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel and 5X miles on flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on all other purchases
  • Unlimited complimentary access for you and two guests to 1,400+ lounges, including Capital One Lounges and our Partner Lounge Network
  • Receive up to a $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck®
  • Use your Venture X miles to easily cover travel expenses, including flights, hotels, rental cars and more—you can even transfer your miles to your choice of 15+ travel loyalty programs
  • Named editors' choice for "Best New Credit Card of 2021" by The Points Guy
  • Earn 10 miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world's largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023