Booking a cruise involves many decisions. Do you want an inside cabin or a balcony? Should you book the early or the late dinner seating? What excursions, if any, do you want to go on? How long do you want to cruise for? These are all important decisions, but the question that seems to be asked the most is “What do I wear?”.

There is no arguing that cruise cabins are small, so packing multiple bags is not practical. You will want to make some careful decisions that allow for some mixing and matching of outfits and you want to have something for both cooler and warmer weather. Be sure to check for any themed dining too, so that you have the right clothing to play along.

This week I am sharing an example of what a woman can wear when visiting a warm weather port during a cruise.


You can find out where to buy each of these items HERE but theĀ overall message is to choose cool and comfortable clothing. Protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat and carry a bag to transport any purchases you make at local shops. Try not to be too flashy and make yourself a target for theft and don’t carry large amounts of cash.

Other tips for port day:

  • carry some cash for the use of washrooms
  • watch the time and make sure you return to the ship well before departure time
  • ask the ship concierge for tips on transportation and places to visit when you debark
  • port day can be a great time to stay on the ship and enjoy the amenities with fewer guests
  • drink only bottled water
  • save money and avoid food borne illness by eating before disembarking and once back on board

Check back next week for another edition of “What to Pack”.

22 Replies to “What to Pack: Cruise Wear for Women on a Day at Port”

  1. I wouldn’t have known you need money for washrooms! I’ve never been on a cruise but my fear would be I wouldn’t get back in time.

  2. Very true that it’s best to not make yourself a target. Theft is real & a huge concern so best to keep a lower profile & not have much money on you.

  3. Thanks for the great tips!! I would love to one day take a cruise but not sure I could relax enough to get off the boat without the worry of running late and missing it!! Ekk!!

  4. I have to say, I wouldn’t adhere to the only eat on the ship tip.. One of the great parts of travel is trying out new dishes of the local cuisine.

    I would research locations on Tripadvisor, but not hesitate to venture out!

    1. I totally agree on all other types of travel, but getting sick on a cruise ship is not fun. However, you know how strong your own stomach is, so just make the right choice for you.

  5. I would never go on a cruise because I’d be terrified of all the things that could go wrong like I’ve seen in the news

  6. We’ve been talking about a cruise! Honestly there’s so much I dont know about them! So grateful for reviews, tips and tricks I’ve read so far on the net.

    Had no idea you had to pay to pee! lol

  7. Such a stylin outfit!! it is absolutely perfect for a cruise and I totally want those shorts and cool shades.

  8. Nice outfit; the red accessories really make it. Great tips. I haven’t been on a cruise,so there were several things I wouldn’t have thought of. Thanks.

  9. Marvellous tips, I’m not likely ever to go on a cruise but it’s important to know these things in case I should.

  10. I think experiencing local food is an awesome thing; but to be cautious using the following rules:

    – Don’t drink any liquids unless its from a sealed bottle of water (i.e. no juices).
    – Eating street food is okay, as long as you watch it being made and its piping hot when served (which means its fresh and all bacteria have been killed).
    – Don’t eat anything that has been sitting around for a while. Or eat any fresh fruits (sometimes locals inject fruits with water to make them look fresh and juicy).

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