Packing for a sunny Caribbean cruise can be daunting, especially if you are in a northern state and currently under three feet of snow. No need to buy a whole new wardrobe, although that can be fun. You already own everything you will need for your cruise.
First things first, take a look at your itinerary and see what ports you are visiting and what your excursions will be. Shore excursion days will dictate your wardrobe because for days at sea you can basically wear a bathing suit and cover up if you are going to be lounging by the pool. If you plan on horseback riding or visiting any cathedrals you will need long pants.
Bathing Suit- Bring two bathing suits per person, they are easily washed and hung up to dry.
Cover up- One cover up is generally sufficient.
Tops- Four t-shirts or polo shirts to mix and match with shorts or capris
Sweater/ Wrap- Even though you will be in the warm and often humid Caribbean don’t forget your wrap or light sweater for the dining room and theatre.
Shorts- Four pairs of shorts for touring during the day.
Slacks/Capri- A pair or two of slacks or capris for less formal dinners in the dining room and possibly touring during the day. Lightweight slacks are a must if you plan on excursions that include horseback riding or visiting cathedrals.
Formal wear- The days of gowns and tuxedos are not over, but ships offer wide latitude on what’s apropos for formal night(s). Men generally should have on a sport jacket and dress slacks. Women, at the very least, should wear a skirt or dress slacks and nice top. I have seen passengers turned away from the dining room because they have worn shorts to formal night.
Sandals – Flat sandals for walking on the islands and around the ship on sea days.
Sneakers- Again for touring and for relaxing on board the ship. A must if you plan to use the fitness center while sailing.
Dressy Shoes- One pair will do for evenings at dinner and the show. You may want to change into sandals if the seas are rough.
A light weight rain jacket or poncho just in case you are caught in a little rain while touring. Also don’t forget your suntan lotion and sunglasses!
Your carryon bag should bag should have your medicine, a bathing suit and cover up for the first day on the ship. It may take a few hours for you to receive your luggage. Why wait around, put on your bathing suit and enjoy the pool.