There’s nothing more relaxing than enjoying a picturesque view on a warm evening
What better way to experience lots of exotic destinations in one luxurious trip than on a cruise liner. And, you don’t have to worry about your meals, accommodation, and on-board activities, which are all included in the price. English actor, writer and traveller, Michael Palin, once said: “When the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life.”
Cruises can very in length starting from a one-night cruise to one lasting two weeks. So for some people there might be a panic of wanting to take everything including the kitchen sink. But so as to make sure your boat does not dip lower than the plimsoll line, we’ve come up with some ideas of what to take on your trip.
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What to wear
Every cruise liner has its own dress code and some are stricter than others. On some boats dressing for dinner may just require a clean t-shirt, while others expect you to wear a tuxedo. It’s also difficult to predict how strict or lax the person at the door will be, though staff sometimes find it difficult to turn people away. However, those that do make the effort, feel disappointed by those that don’t.
For women, wearing shorts is okay by the pool or gym or by the lido buffet at a stretch. Swimming costumes and bikinis should only be seen by the pool. During daytime indoor activities walking shorts, jeans, casual skirts and beachwear dress.
Outdoors, swimwear, jeans, casual shorts and t-shirts would be expected. On shore, rules may vary according to what activities are in store. In the evenings, each cruise ship has its own dress code for formal, semi-formal and casual evenings. Depending on your budget, you can buy a nice pair of sunglasses for less than £20 or Ray-Bans for a lot more. For men, a navy sport jacket and polo shirt would be nice for everything apart from dinner and on a formal night. Again, consult your cruise dress code, but always good to pack a tuxedo, including a nice pair of shoes to match.
Big bag for the beach
Once you hit your first destination you will probably need a shore excursion day bag. The items that will be in the bag will depend on what you are doing. If you are heading for the beach then your snorkel gear will need to fit into this big bag, as well as a towel, swimwear, underwater camera, medication for any upsets, sunscreen, after sun lotion and other essentials you can fit in. In effect, this beach bag will have a to be extra large, waterproof and have inside and outside pockets.