What to Pack
Which clothes to pack for a Caribbean cruise is simpler than your think.
Your 2 most important considerations are comfort and practicality.
Before deciding what to pack, do your homework first to narrow
your focus and eliminate the urge to throw things in the suitcase
at the last minute for “just in case.”
Make a list of every day's port of call and
the activities you plan to participate in at each.
* How many days do you spend at sea?
That requires almost no wardrobe. You can spend the entire day in a
bathing suit if you wish.
Now that you know your itinerary, you can get down to serious business. Remember,
most people don't dress or look like the models in cruise advertisements.
There's no need to break the bank on clothing for a cruise. Save
your money for fun things to do at the different ports you'll be visiting.
Most things you need are in your closet. Basics are best for both men and women.
For men: Slacks and a polo-style
shirt are great attire for a man at
dinner and the shirt can be worn the next day with shorts.
The only night men need a coat and tie is the formal evening, which varies
between 1 and 2 nights depending on the length of your cruise.
For women: Don't limit yourself to dresses
and heels because you may regret it. Dinner wear is actually fairly
simple. For daytime, bring a pair of light slacks and a pair
of black slacks with blouses or tanks. Formal night
is whatever you want it to be but slacks with a dressy blouse
Footwear: A must have item are black walking/tennis shoes. Both for men
and women. Yes, even on formal nights. Ladies, trust
me, in rough seas walking can be tough and you don't want to be in heels.
Who's going to look at your feet anyway?
Besides, cruise ship dining rooms are rarely located on the
same floor as your cabin. You may have to climb stairs and
walk from one end of the ship to the other. Be comfortable. You're
Sweater: Even though it's warm and humid in the Caribbean
air conditioners can make dining chilly. A good investment for
a woman is a nice light-weight black sweater. My traveling companion
has one that's been all over the world. It literally can be stuffed
into a carry on bag and pulled out at a moment's notice to dress up
in with casual slacks.
Two bathing suits are all you need to carry on board.
One to wear while the other one dries.
Cover ups are important to remember but towels are furnished
poolside and for beach trips in port.
equipment is usually included with shore
excursions. But if you want to go off on your own, bring your own gear.
Lightweight rain jacket, just in case liquid sunshine
decides to dump on you. Some rain jackets fold into themselves to make
Clothes to Pack for a 7-Day Cruise
Walking shorts: 1 per 3 days paired with 1 T-shirt or polo
shirt per day.
Casual lightweight slacks: shorts are not allowed in some cathedrals
and for horseback riding.
Tennis shoes (Black and white)
Sandals for days at sea and walking on the beach.
Bathing suit with cover up (T-shirt works fine)
Hat with brim to protect ears
Small backpack or fanny pack
Sunglasses, ideally polarized with UVA protection
Shampoo (wash your clothes in the sink and use the hair dryer to help dry)
1 dark dress slacks
1 light dress slacks
Black slacks with coordinating tops
1 dressy outfit
1 pair dark dress slacks with jacket and tie
2-3 pair Dockers-style slacks
1 collared shirt for every evening (polo shirts work well)
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