Whether you are sailing the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean or island hopping in Greece, wondering what all to pack for a vacation on a cruise can be a daunting task. This happens to be especially true when you have never been on a cruise before. Cruising is definitely a unique experience after all you may find yourself in a variety of situations and climates all in one vacation. Packing for a cruise vacation always involves taking more clothes as compared to a normal holiday. In order to be prepared for the diverse destinations, weather, and activities you may encounter on a cruise vacation, ensure that you plan out what to pack. For most of the moderate to warm-weather itineraries, follow these packing tips for vacation on a cruise to make sure that you are well prepared.
There was a time when cruise attire used to be extra dressy, but things have changed a little these days. Most of the cruise lines now recommend cruise casual. This implies casual skirts, sundresses, and pants including capris for women. Shorts are fine as well, just ensure that your ‘assets’ are properly covered.
When you are on a cruise, comfortable walking shoes are a must to pack and especially when you are taking advantage of the amazing shore excursions that are available. Keep in mind the fact that you’ll be doing things such as biking, hiking, hang gliding, zip lining, sightseeing, shopping, and exploring local beaches and so in order to keep your feet safe and protected, a pair of comfortable closed toe shoes are recommended.
You’ll want to pack something a little more upscale than what you’d wear during the daytime just if you plan to dance the night away at a disco or dine in one of your ship’s fine dining restaurants. Consider a smart-looking dress or slacks and a dressy blouse. Also, do not forget a little bling. Accessories tend to be small and easy to pack and so are a great option for transitioning an outfit from day to evening.
A major fun part of a cruise is the special onboard events arranged for the guests. So whether it’s a special fine-dining night or a cocktail party with the Captain, there is always something or the other going on. So make sure to pack one or two dressier outfits that are a little extra special. You can also check with your cruise line about how dressy you should pack. Some ships require dressier outfits like fancy cocktail dresses and long gowns, while others are a little less formal and a little black dress or a maxi dress will do.
Illegal drugs, weapons, and other items that could easily interfere with the safe operation of the ship or the safe and secure environment of the guests and crew are prohibited and should not be packed.