Cruises are becoming more and more popular these days – especially given the huge amount of options for trips of this nature. With a plethora of companies and routes to choose from for your next holiday it can all seem a bit daunting. Especially when it comes to what clothes and accessories to take with you. This handy and helpful guide will assist in breaking it down a bit, so you can rest easy and know that on your next cruise you will have everything you need – without needing to pack your whole wardrobe, just in case!
Whenever you set off on a cruise it’s important to consider what could be understood as the dress codes on board. Some companies will have a stricter “style” than others, expecting that you dress up for dinner and the like, while other lines will have a less stringent idea about how their passengers should dress for meals. Likewise there are expectations for what should be worn around the ship during the day – for on board activities longer shorts, slacks, jeans and other casually classy clothes are fine, with the expectation that short shorts, swimsuits et al are kept to pool decks and fitness rooms.
For many ports of call, the dress code can be dependent on what activities you plan to do, so prepare accordingly. If you are partaking in a long hike through the jungle, shorter shorts and flip flops won’t be the best idea. Consider your activities list carefully when planning your wardrobe as being comfortable will help you get the most out of your time on shore. Likewise, if you are doing swimming activities, swimsuits and things will be acceptable, but for general in resort/port activities such as tours and general sightseeing, keep it casual but classy with longer shorts and sleeves, as well as protecting your eyes from the suns glare with designer shades such as Chanel sunglasses. Take into consideration the countries you’re visiting as well – some may find revealing clothes to be disrespectful and inappropriate.
This is the one that can catch people out – there is usually at least one formal “black tie” evening during the course of the cruise which requires you to dress in your absolute best. Think suits for the men and classy dresses for the ladies. Alongside this, some restaurants on the ship cater to more upscale, sophisticated dining so turning up in torn jeans and a tank top will make you feel out of place and like a sore thumb sticking out.
Accessories and Accompaniments
It’s always a wise idea to carry an all purpose handbag and some type of cardigan or sweater for cooler evenings with you on a cruise just in case there’s a bit of a cool sea breeze. Likewise, ensure you pack suitable footwear according to your activities list – no one wants a series of blisters keeping them from truly enjoying their holiday!
If you’re still struggling with finding the perfect combination of clothes for your next cruise, you can check out this fantastic guide by JD Williams to help you remember everything you need to pack – and for which activities or times of day.