What to Wear on a Caribbean Cruise
So you’re about to take the trip of a lifetime, a cruise to the Caribbean! Your dreams of kicking back on the sun deck, relaxing in the pool and over indulging at the all you can eat buffets is about to become your reality. So the question is, what do you need to pack?
You definitely don’t want the wrong clothing to ruin your dream holiday. Below are some simple guidelines that should keep you confident and looking fabulous for your entire holiday.
You’ll be spending a lot of time on the pool deck so be sure that you have packed your favorite swimsuit. And remember, you’re likely to see the same people everyday so you will need a variety of swimsuits if you really want to impress. Pool side attire is casual so no need for Channel sequins and fancy handbags for your daytime relaxing. A sarong or caftan is a great way to cover up if you want to take quick trip around the boat too!
Once again, day wear on a Carribean cruise is a casual occasion. That said, waltzing into the buffet in your bikini is not appropriate. Try a caftan, sun dress, comfy linen two piece, short skirt and single or shorts. Flat shoes are a good option when dining or indoors, but if you’re outdoors, bare feet should be ok. For the men, you can’t go wrong with a collared polo. It’s smarter than a tank top and perfect for most occasions.
If you’re on a cruise, it might be a good idea to hit the gym every so often. Remember, your food is usually included and buffets are the norm. You will almost definitely overeat, so a quick workout may be just what the doctor ordered.
Like most gyms, you’ll want to look the part, and there could be rules regarding footwear and swimwear. Best to bring your trainers and, if you really want to impress your trainer, why not buy a brand new matching lycra ensemble?
On the shore
Remember that on your cruise you will have the opportunity to get on and off the boat when it docks, so be sure you have appropriate clothing for touring and discovery. Your casual day-time outfits should be fine, but if you are doing a lot of walking, you might want to consider some hiking boots and a backpack. And always keep in mind its best not to look scruffy if you plan on going to restaurants.
Although cruises have relaxed quite a bit, there is still an element of formality when it comes to evening wear. If you are on a week-long cruise, you may have some casual nights in the buffet, some semi-formal nights and some formal dinners, which will have a dress code. For the ladies, it’s best to pack a few short dresses and an evening gown and for the men, you can’t go wrong with a navy sports jacket for the semi formal occasions and a suit for the formal occasions. And don’t forget the tie!
Article by Carla Summers, the style guru for CarlaSwimwear.com.au.