Doing Laundry On Vacation? Yuck…Or Not!

Nobody wants to do laundry when you’re on vacation, but sometimes a little pre-planning can help with the over-packing that many of us are guilty of doing!

All of Disney Cruise Line’s ships have multiple laundry facilities and they can be a convenient way to cut down on packing, especially on cruises that are 5 nights or longer.

There are multiple washers and dryers in each facility and they’ll run you about $3 per cycle. True, it’s not cheap, but I’ve found that packing lightly is worth spending the money. Don’t worry about cash…they won’t take it. Just like everything on the ship, it works from your room key and you’ll pay it as part of your on-board account.


You’ll also have the option of buying detergent and other supplies in the laundry room, but I’ve found that a Ziploc bag with a few Tide Pods and a few dryer sheets does the job.

There’s also an ironing board in the laundry room which is convenient if you need to press a shirt before dinner. Irons aren’t allowed in your stateroom, but the ones in the laundry facilities are quick and easy. They work on a timer, so make sure that you turn that on (at the wall) or the iron won’t heat up!

Tip: When you arrive in port on your disembarkation, like most things on the ship, no more charging is allowed to your on-board account so you won’t be able to use the laundry machines if you’re trying to wash a few things in the early morning before you head home. (The iron will still be available since it’s free).

Tip: Be respectful of the time and be prompt to remove your items from the machine when you’re done. You can even get an alert in your room when your cycle is done!

Tip: I’ve found that early mornings are the least crowded at the laundry rooms. Mid-afternoon when kids might be napping is popular, and so is later in the evening.

Tip: Use an empty rolling piece of luggage as your laundry basket. It makes it super easy if you have to visit a room on a different floor. Just don’t leave your luggage in the laundry room.

Don’t Worry: On a recent cruise, my stateroom was directly across the hall from the laundry room and I was worried about foot traffic and noise. I never heard a thing and it ended up being wildly convenient.

Pete Herrick has been with Once Upon A Vacation since 2013 and has visited Walt Disney Destinations over 30 times and takes every chance to travel to just about any fun location in the world.  He and his wife Tessa live at Lake Norman near Charlotte NC.  Find him on social media @peteherrick (or e-mail


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