I've never done laundry on a ship. I've also never done more than a 7nt cruise.
Disney Fantasy - 2013 [pending]
Disney Dream - 2012
Royal Freedom of the Seas - 2011
HAL Eurodam - 2011
Royal Grandeur of the Seas - 2010
Carnival Dream - 2010
Grand Princess - 2002
Royal Voyageur of the Seas - 2000
Royal Sovereign of the Seas - 1999
Carnival Ecstacy - 1991
For any cruise longer than seven days, we have always used self service laundry on ship; we don't mind doing the laundry as the price is right. We have also sent items to ship's laundry when we had extra shipboard credit. HOWEVER, on our next cruise we will finally qualify for FREE LAUNDRY! It will be so nice coming home with suitcases full of clean clothes all nicely folded.
"The test of a first rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."
F Scott Fitzgerald
Seven Seas Navigator (12nts) - San Francisco - Vancouver - May13
Silversea Silver Explorer (23nts) - Kangerlussuaq, Greenland - Nome, Alaska - Aug 14
I did laundry once on a Princess cruise-and said never again. Took ages-I've got better things to do when I'm on VACATION. We've only done 10,11,12 or 14 nights and can manage just fine-a lot of mixing and matches. I'm not too concerned if I have to wear the same outfit to dinner more than once. Your table mates don't really remember what you wore before anyhow-do you remember what they wore? All you need 14 of is underware That said, we reached Elite on our last Celebrity cruise so I did take advantage of the free laundry service-and probably will again on our upcoming Silhouette cruise in Jan.
Splendor of the Seas 1997
Regal Empress 1998
Sovereign of the Seas 2003
Princess Sun 2006
Princess Sea 2007
We have reached a level where we get free laundry on Celebrity, but Mrs. TM prefers to take enough clothes and do the laundry when we come back from the cruise,
Our last cruise on the Equinox was 11 days and we did send a few items to be laundered .
Carnival Liberty New Year's Eve 2007
Liberty of the Seas 5/2008+11/2009
Allure 1/16/ 2011
I have no problem with using the ship's laundry service for items that I feel can withstand the rigors of commercial machines, no delicates, etc. I can cram quite a bit into the $20 bag from HAL. And, yes, it comes back nicely ironed or folded neatly. What's a few bucks when you spend plenty on the cruise itself.
We usually pack for 5-7 days no matter how long the cruise. I have no problem spending an hour or so doing laundry in the self serve laundromats. I either go back to the cabin, bring a book or just chat with the other people doing their laundry.
I'm not worried about wearing the same things; really, how much attention do you pay to what other people are wearing? Right now my DH is sitting just across the room and I can't tell you what he's wearing (except that it's shorts and a T shirt )!
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."
Carnival Inspiration 2002 Carnival Elation 2004
Grand Princess 2004 NCL Sun 2005
Sun Princess 2006 NCL Dream 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007 NCL Dawn 2008
Island Princess 2008 Island Princess 2009
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
The longest cruise we have taken was a 12 night and even for that I was able to pack what we needed and not do laundry. Having to do laundry while on any vacation is something I really don't want to do.
Star Princess 2005, Sun Princess 2005
Caribbean Princess 2006, MSC Lirica 2006 , NCL Pearl 2007, Majesty of the Seas 2008, Carnival Destiny 2008, MSC Lirica 2009, Carnival Valor 2009,Carnival Legend 2010, Carnival Liberty 2010,Carnival Fantsay 2011,Carnival Valor Feb 2012, MSC Poesia Dec 2012, MSC Poesia April 2013
Do you pack for the entire cruise or do you use the ships laundry service and or self washer /dryers ?
I rather pack extra than to spend time on the cruise going to a laundromat .
I usually pack enough clothes for the entire trip, including any pre-cruise and post-cruise plans, unless I'm going away for more than three weeks or so. Like several others who have responded to your question, I would rather not spend any of my vacation doing laundry.