Planning what to pack for your cruise does not have to be a daunting experience. You want to make sure that you have enough clothes for your cruising experience but at the same time you do not wan to bring so much clothes that you want to sink the ship. It is important to remember that cabins are not large and there is very limited closet and draw space.
Before you pack for your trip it is best to read all the material the cruise line provides for you about your pending the destination of your cruise and time of the year. Many times this dictates the weather and lastly you may want to check how formal your cruise is.
When packing I think your clothes will fall into 3 categories, formal, informal and casual. Casual is the clothes that you will wear during the day on the ship or on short excursions. Shorts "Not too short", slacks and skirts, t-shirts knit collared shirt and woven tops, some cruises suggest bathing suits and make sure that you also bring a cover up. Comfortable shoes are essential when walking around on the ship or shore excursions.
When choosing your clothes for day trips it is always best to choose modest clothes and be sensitive to cultural and religious taboos.
Informal is referred to ship attire that is worn in the evening when you are not wearing formal attire. That is men wearing casual slacks, button down shorts and sometimes a blazer. For women dresses, pant suits, skirts and appropriate tops. Just keep in mind informal is not the same as casual. It means looking your best just not formally dresses.
Formal is one of the things that makes cruising so special because in the casual dress down world we live in today how much fun is it to dress up and have an elegant evening. Formal evening usually require a tuxedo for men and if you do not have one there is usually a wide assortment on board to rent. If not a tuxedo most cruise lines accept a dark business suit. Woman it is your night to shine, cocktail dresses and evening gowns are the order of the day. Ladies this is the night that you go to the ball with your prince so dress your part.
A cruise is still one of the most exciting vacations you can take and dressing appropriately and will only help you maker your cruise the dream vacation you hoped it would be.