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What to Wear on a Cruise: The Essential Checklist

The cruise industry continues to grow and received tremendous growth so far this year. Is this your first time going on a cruise? If so, you’re about to experience the vacation of your life!

But here’s the one question all new cruise travelers have: what do you pack? Specifically, what do you wear? While you want to look your best, you also want to be comfortable and ensure you’re dressing correctly for the cruise.

Here’s what to wear on a cruise.

Swimwear (If Applicable)

There are many types of cruises. From Alaskan wildlife cruises to European river cruises, there’s a cruise for everything these days.

But the most famous and popular type of cruise is a cruise that brings you to a luxurious beach. In this case, you’ll want to bring your swimwear.

Bring your favorite swimsuit and other beach favorites such as flip-flops and a bathing suit cover-up.

You may want to pack a few of these beach essentials. The beachy destination isn’t the only place you’ll wear your bathing suit. The cruise likely has a swimming pool and hot tub.

The location of the cruise port may also offer a luxurious beach. For example, cruises from Miami can take you where you want to go but you can also spend a few extra days on South Beach!

Casual Dress

Whether you’re going to a beach or you’re watching whales in Alaska, all cruises have the same dress code: casual. Unless the cruise is for a formal or business event, you should focus on staying comfortable throughout your cruise.

Pack jeans, shorts, t-shirts, blouses, sundresses, and comfortable skirts. If you plan on walking a lot or exercising on the cruise, pack some sneakers. If you’re keeping it low-key, at least pack comfortable flip-flops or flats.

Outerwear (If Applicable)

Not all cruises take you to a sunny island or beach. Plenty of cruises are available in colder destinations. For these cruises, bring outerwear. Bring a jacket and other accessories such as a scarf.

Even if you’re going to a beach or island, bring a light sweater or a cardigan in case the ship gets cold.


No cruise trip fashion guide is complete without the accessories! However, your accessories should first offer protection.

That’s why sunglasses and a big hat are the first items you should pack, especially if you’ll be out in the sun. Speaking of the sun, never forget to pack that sunscreen in your bag!

The rest of the accessories you pack can purely be for fashion. Jewelry, purses, and belts are all great examples.

What to Wear on a Cruise: It’s Your Choice!

Cruise ships are one of the best ways to travel. But many first-timers don’t know what to wear on a cruise ship. Use this advice to pack for your cruise. Have fun!

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