Do cruise ships provide soap and shampoo?

Last updated on June 21st, 2024 at 10:10 pm

Cruise ships are essentially floating hotels and just like hotels, they provide basic ammenities that one might need when traveling which does include shampoo and soap.

Most ships provide some bathroom amenities, usually liquid soap (body wash) and shampoo, or sometimes 2-in-1 shampoo/conditioner, however if you are looking for higher end products, you’re not going to find them on the major cruise lines.

On many ships, there is a dispenser in the shower, filled with body wash and a shampoo/conditioner that some passengers find adequate. 

If a stateroom happens to be out of shampoo, you can usually ask the room steward and they will get it for you.

The Bare Necessities

Know that unless you are on one of the luxury cruise liners, the products in your cabin are going to be very basic.

Some travelers, who have to fly to their cruise port, don’t want to take up luggage space with liquid soap, shampoo or conditioner which also has a four-ounce limit on them. 

It can be a bit tricky because some cruise lines will provide shampoo, but not conditioner. When they do provide those products, it can be in the form of an all-in-one product. 

The bottled dispenser in the show will contain a product that is to be used as a body wash, shampoo and conditioner. 

What To Expect From Various Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean provides shampoo and soap, but no conditioner or other products such as lotion. 

Disney cruises offer their own brand of products, H2O+, and you will find body wash, shampoo and conditioner in pump bottles in your cabin. 

Carnival provides liquid soap and shampoo in a wall dispenser, but no conditioner. 

Princess cruises have shampoo, conditioner and body lotion in the cabins. They are packaged in little bottles unlike most cruise lines dispensers. 

Holland America steps up their game with shampoo, conditioner, soap, shower gel and lotion in all of their cabins. The stateroom receives a line of Elemis Aromapure products. 

Cunard provides Penhaligon toiletries in bottles. This upscale brand of products include shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion. 

On Costa cruises expect just body wash, but not any shampoo or conditioner. 

Final Thoughts

Many cruisers choose to bring their own shampoo, conditioner and soap, especially if they have sensitive skin and unlike the airlines, there is no bottle size limit.

If possible, and if you don’t want to bring toiletries in your airline luggage, see if you can stop at a drugstore before boarding for the cruise. 

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