So you’ve decided to look into going on a cruise? Well look no further, as this article will quickly debrief you on Cruise 101 for new cruisers. If this is your first time going on a cruise, you’re probably confused and a little nervous on what to pack. First things first; you need to know where your cruise is going and plan accordingly. A cruise through the Caribbean and a jaunt along Alaska’s coast are very different! The foundation to a good vacation is knowing where you’re going; know the stops, the climate, and the people.
Let’s start with the basics; your wardrobe. A helpful hint is make your clothing serve double duty. Mix and match, have clothes that look good in a variety of clothing situations. Women can plan to bring normal summer clothing for regular wear around the ship. Short shorts and bathing suits should be limited to the pool deck and fitness areas. When you go on shore, just keep in mind that the taste varies according to where you land. Plan, plan, plan ahead. For the men, it is advised to dress as you would for business casual. Moderation has never hurt anyone, and khakis and a navy sport coat looks good in any situation. Polo’s or a light dress shirt are a go to when you don’t know what to wear. Shorts also go well in most situations, and can be worn all over the ship despite any dress code. Speaking of dress code… It would help to know if the cruise has a dress code, enforcing casual, resort casual, or business wear in public areas.
Now that we’ve gotten past the bulk of your packing, we can look more into bringing things that will make your life easier. Some staples; bring toiletries (some ships may shampoos and such, but are limited for each adventurer), a day bag, and an alarm clock. In addition to these, it’s important to keep your must have documents with you while cruising. If your suitcase misses the boat, then you have to buy new clothes. If your passport and wallet misses the boat, then you have to buy a new vacation. But the most important tip we can give you is to relax, and enjoy your vacation. You’ve worked hard to earn this, and it’s the crew’s job to worry for you. Rest assured, you’ve made the right choice for your vacation.