Packing for your Ocean Cruise

Published: 03rd August 2011
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Getting ready for your first ocean cruise is exciting, but first timers may not understand that packing can be the least fun part of your holiday.





The first thing to remember is not to overdo it. You have to have just the right wardrobe for at sea and in port, but keep in mind that the closets and other storage areas are normally not what you are used to at home or in hotel.





Luckily, cruising these days tends to be more casual than it used to be, making it easier to pack lightly. When deciding just what to take on your ocean cruise in the warmer climates like the Caribbean or Mediterranean, pack what you would for days on the beach or relaxing by the pool. Include some items for walking around town and dining out. Most cruise ships don’t allow attire like shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops in their dining rooms in the evenings. Don’t forget something special for a big party like you would attend on New Year’s Eve.





When thinking about what to pack for a cruise, count the number of days and nights of your cruise. A seven day and night warm-weather cruise could equate to seven dinner outfits and nine sets of daytime clothes. The best piece of advice is to pack items you can wear more than once by mixing and matching blouses and shirts with different slacks, shorts, or skirts. It’s also a good idea to throw in something a bit warmer in case the weather decides not to cooperate during part of your cruise.





Here is a sample list of what women should pack for a warm weather cruise:





· Daytime – walking shorts, slacks, sundresses, and casual skirts along with those all-important swimsuits and casual shorts outfits.





· On shore – Depending on the style of shore excursion, opt for the same items as listed in daytime attire. Dressing too casually is considered disrespectful in some ports of call.





· Evenings – For most evenings take along what is considered "resort casual" or resort "chic". This means elegant outfits like a flowing cotton dress or skirt or a matching pants outfit.





Men should consider taking:





· Daytime – A variety of shorts from athletic for around the pool and nicer knee length shorts. Jeans, t-shirts, and polo shirts are always acceptable.





· On shore – The same rules apply for men as for women. Nothing to casual should be worn unless taking part in an active shore excursion.





· Evenings – You want to pack a tuxedo, but more men forgo the tux for business suits on formal nights. For the nights that aren’t so formal, khakis and a sport coat with a polo shirt are perfect.





Of course, don’t forget cosmetic items that you would take along on any holiday plus prescription medicines, vitamins, and over-the-counter medicines you require. If you are planning an Alaskan cruise or an ocean cruise among the fjords of Norway, your holiday packing list will be entirely different, however the same rules of casual versus formal apply.





Ocean Cruise Vacation Ideas article by Alicia Chewe

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