Are you a last minute packer? Are you someone, who hardly gives any importance to attires while traveling? If you are going on a cruise vacation, you can’t afford to have the luxury of doing last minute packing. A cruise vacation needs meticulous planning and a close check on your wardrobe. I have just come back from one of the most luxurious cruise vacations with the Princess Cruises and I must admit that it is addictive. I had the best time exploring life at the sea on Majestic Princess Cruise. Attending various events, parties, hosted dinners, indulging in interesting activities, gaming zones, workshops, Captain’s Cocktail Party, etc. I had the most unforgettable experience on board. Each one of these events demand a variety of attires, best suited for the occasions. I am glad that my packing was appropriate for all the occasions.
Packing Tips for your first cruise vacation
This is the question that comes to everyone’s mind while going on their first ever vacation. I did my share of research before I started packing for my cruise holiday.The packing for a cruise is little different than your other ashore vacations, where you have the luxury of shopping and availing laundry service at your wish. Though you can avail these facilities on a cruise ship as well, it is way too expensive to even go for it. So, it is advisable to pack sensibly, depending on the itinerary, the activities and also the countries that you are going to visit during your journey. Here are the best packing tips that will help you to plan your closet before taking a vacation.
Check out the Itinerary
The packing for the cruise depends on the itinerary you have chosen for yourself. It is very important to consider your itinerary as it includes the kind of activities you are going to be indulging in, number of parties you are going attend, the formal dinners and also the destinations you are traveling to. The best part of a cruise vacation is that you don’t need to check in and check out at each destination like any other vacations. Once you land up on the cruise and you check in to your stateroom, you are hassle free for the entire duration of your journey. Everything is well taken care of by the cruise line itself. So, if you pack sensibly enough for your stay, it pretty much sorts out your journey on board.
Check out the dress code
It is always advisable to check out the dress codes of the cruise line you are traveling with. Every cruise line has their own dress codes for various occasions and the guests are expected to follow it while on board. The season cruisers are always well dressed on the cruise ship as they flaunt the dressing etiquette for each event beautifully. While I was cruising with Majestic Princess Cruise (Princess Cruises), I was amazed to see the style statements of the slightly aged people on board. From hairstyles, dresses to the shoes, everything was well synchronized. When it comes to dressing codes for evenings and dinners, The Princess Cruises has two recommendations – Smart Casuals and Formal. The smart casuals include Skirts, dresses or trousers with a shirt or blouse for ladies while for the gentlemen, it is trousers, shirts or polo shirts. Shorts and swimwear are not allowed in the restaurants whereas the Formal includes evening gown, cocktail dress or pantsuits for ladies and suits, combination or dinner jackets for the gentlemen.
Check Out the weather
It is very important to check the weather report before you start sailing. We tend to ignore this important factor while planning our vacation. But when you are cruising for days, the weather can be quite tricky and unpredictable. One should be well prepared for the unexpected weather change.
What to wear on the cruise
The cruise vacations are more relaxing and luxurious than ashore holidays.You are literally vacationing on a floating five-star hotel with all the amenities, world class hospitalities, high standard services and a wide range of entertainment. So it is highly advisable to dress appropriately for each occasion.
During the day, it’s more of a casual attitude that makes absolute sense on the cruise. Being a traveler, I love to travel with my casual outfits that suit the best anywhere. Wearing shorts and crop tops or casual tops are the most comfortable style statement in the summer season. And if it comes to colors, the shades of whites are all time favorite of mine in any beach destination. So I preferred to dress up in white shorts, top and white sneakers. Only to make it more vivacious I wore a printed shrug to complete my look. It was absolutely perfect for all the day activities on the cruise ship. More importantly, it was super comfortable.
If you are traveling during summer season like I did during my cruise vacation, you must wear the most comfortable clothing for a day excursion in a new destination. Since you will be exposed to the sun, you can cover yourself from tanning by wearing a full sleeve top and slim leg pants. If you are visiting a beach, then you can opt for weekender shorts with striped tops. When I stepped out of my cruise in Abu Dhabi, I wore an olive green floral top with white jeans.
Dinner at the specialty restaurants on the cruise ship is always special. The guests are well dressed, enjoying the memorable evenings with their loved ones. The classier you look, the more attention you get while entering the restaurant. So it is important to make your own style statement in the evenings. You can opt for the printed Maxi dress with tan sandals for your casual evenings. At one of the evening dinners, I wore a classy blue dress, accessorizing it with floral kimono with my heels.
Cocktail & Formal Dinner
Cocktail parties on the cruise are fun times with your friends and loved ones. One should not miss flaunting elegant cocktail dresses while attending these superb parties on board. I wore my little black dress with pointed stilettos for the party and also to glam it up, I completed the look with a silver necklace.
Captain’s Cocktail Party
Don’t miss the Captain’s Cocktail Party on the cruise. This is the coolest party on a cruise ship, hosted by the captain of the ship. You will meet the Captain, the cruise officers and also the most important people on the ship. Everyone comes dressed in their best attire. It was for the first time I was attending the Captain’s party and I must tell you that it was magnificent. The party on the 17thdeck, by the poolside with the best of cocktails and wines was one of the most memorable moments on board. I saved the best for the last and wore this blood red cocktail dress.
What to pack for your cruise vacation?
- Miniature toiletries
- Makeup Kit
- Sun cream
- Sun Hat
- Comfortable flip flops
- Small day bag
- Warm cardigan
- Gym Kit
- Formal outfit like gowns, maxi dresses, pantsuits for formal dinners
- Cocktail party dresses
- Shorts, Crop Top, Stripe Tops, Jump Suits, etc., for the day
- Heels, wedges, sandals for Cocktails and dinner evenings
- Smart Casual dresses like weekender shorts, striped tops, crop tops, floral tunics, jeans, T-shirts, etc., for day trips
- Universal Travel Adapter
- Medicine for Sea sickness
- Disposable rain poncho
- First Aid Bag
- Insect Repellent cream
- Extra Batteries
- SD cards
- A Power Strip
- Disposable Underwear
- Power Bank
- Wrinkle release spray
Don’t forget these documents
- Passport / Birth certificate
- Travel Insurance
- Credit Cards / Cash
- Health Insurance
- Cruise Documents
- Copy of your Itinerary
- Flight Details Documents
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