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Good evening 

We are leaving on Oasis Of the Seas in 7 days.  I am wondering if there are any ironing facilities onboard?  Or can we pay to have clothes ironed or dry cleaned? 

We would like to bring some formal clothes for celebrations onboard. 

Thanks 

Ben 

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My opinion would be to pack very carefully and pass up the onboard laundry services. They are super expensive last time I checked. I know they do laundry but not so sure about dry cleaning. Hang your wrinkled clothes in the shower for a steam to remove wrinkles. 

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As a Carnival cruiser converted to Royal this is something I've learned to get over and it hasn't turned out to be an issue for me.

Couple of things:

1. I bring Downy wrinkle release.  Travel size bottles available at places like Target.  I give my shirts and jacket a quick spray, crank the shower on hot and use the bathroom as a steam room for a few minutes to aid in releasing any wrinkles.

2. Rolling certain clothes loosely can reduce wrinkles (frequent business traveler trick).

3. You can request just pressing or steaming only without a full dry cleaning or washing.  Price schedule from Anthem 2018 attached:

 

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1 hour ago, twangster said:

You can request just pressing or steaming only without a full dry cleaning or washing.  Price schedule from Anthem 2018 attached:

 

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Same price schedule was on Freedom earlier this year, so most likely a fleet-wide standard. The suit pressing service is great, I had to take advantage of it after having to keep my suit, which was packed as carefully as I could manage, in my suitcase for three full days as we arrived in FLL a couple of days before departure. They delivered the suit in time for formal night, looking good as new!

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Same prices we saw on the Allure in March.  We only used the pressings for one formal night dinner and everything came back on time and in great shape, wrinkle free.  The rest of the time we just used the "hang it up in the bathroom during a shower" trick and everything turned out fine.  I roll my clothes rather than folding them and it makes a big difference in both space-efficiency in the suitcase and minimizing wrinkles.

We really didn't miss having access to an iron.

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6 hours ago, Orange Crush said:

Same prices we saw on the Allure in March.  We only used the pressings for one formal night dinner and everything came back on time and in great shape, wrinkle free.  The rest of the time we just used the "hang it up in the bathroom during a shower" trick and everything turned out fine.  I roll my clothes rather than folding them and it makes a big difference in both space-efficiency in the suitcase and minimizing wrinkles.

We really didn't miss having access to an iron.

Dad taught me about rolling clothes, evidently originated in the Navy.  Worked well for 10 years on the road.

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as someone who regularly has dress pants and shirts cleaned at the a dry cleaner I am noticing that the prices are not all that far off from "land" prices. If something is hanging in your closet and it needs pressing then dont bother before you pack it. Plan to have it done on the ship I say. You are on vacation after all 🙂

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On 9/17/2018 at 6:47 AM, twangster said:

Couple of things:

1. I bring Downy wrinkle release.  Travel size bottles available at places like Target.  I give my shirts and jacket a quick spray, crank the shower on hot and use the bathroom as a steam room for a few minutes to aid in releasing any wrinkles.

2. Rolling certain clothes loosely can reduce wrinkles (frequent business traveler trick).

Ditto.  I travel with Downy wrinkle release.  I'm also a big advocate of rolling.  For the nicer clothes, I've found if you stack them, then roll them all together (like a burrito), you don't get any wrinkles at all.  It's also a more compact way to pack.  I can get so much more in my suitcase when I roll clothes.

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1 hour ago, RatedPG said:

How are the laundry services onboard?   Anyone here experienced their clothes being ruined?  I read somewhere about tags being attached to clothes that are hard to remove.

That was the old way.  Now, most ships transfer your clothes to a mesh bag and tag the mesh bag.  They don't tag individual garments.  Not sure all ships do this but most that I have tried do it this way now.  

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On 10/13/2018 at 8:25 PM, RatedPG said:

How are the laundry services onboard?   Anyone here experienced their clothes being ruined? 

On Freedom last April, I had my suit pressed on night 1 and my whole family did the “stuff a bag for $30” offer on night 5. Everything came back just fine, no problems and no tags. 

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One of the dancers said that they keep nonwashable costumes from getting nasty by spraying them with a 50-50 mix of cheap vodka and water.  I'm going to experiment using 60% isopropyl alcohol and just enough cologne to let the booze police know it's not for drinking.  Should work OK on wool jackets. 

She wouldn't tell me how to find inexpensive vodka on a cruise ship, though.

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