What to wear on a cruise

by Sylvia

Going on a cruise this season? Lucky you! We’ve got suggestions if you are packing for a cruise and ideas on the outfits and clothes to take so you’ll be comfortable and stylish and ready to enjoy off shore excursions and fun aboard the ship.

Rooms on board ships tend to be small with limited space, so plan your outfits and pack pieces that you can wear in multiple ways. Here’s our list of what to take and wear to set sail for sunny destinations in style.

Maxi dress/sundress

Pack at least one stylish maxi dress. Dresses don’t take up much space in your luggage and are vacation workhorses. A dress can take you from brunches and lunches on board and can easily be dressed up or down with a change of shoes. If the weather is warm or humid, a dress can be worn alone or paired with a jacket or lightweight sweater when it turns cooler at night.

Wear your dress with comfortable gladiator sandals or stylish slip on sneakers in a metallic hue. Take a small crossbody bag to hold your essentials. Select one that works with your daytime casual outfits and is large enough to easily hold your cell phone, passport, cards and sunscreen.


How to dress and what to wear on a cruise | 40plusstyle.com

Casual ashore day wear

On most cruises, you’ll be going ashore to explore ports of call. Pack a pair of stylish crop pants or shorts to wear for sightseeing. Choose pants or shorts you can move comfortably in. Don’t forget a sun hat and a large tote bag to stash any treasures or souvenirs you pick up while ashore. You can use the tote as a carryon for your trip home in case you need extra room. Pair with comfortable low-heeled sandals for walking.

Casual outfits for cruise ship day trips | 40plusstyle.com

Swimsuit and cover-up

Pack at least two swimsuits for your trip, so you can rotate them in case the other is wet. Choose a stylish kimono jacket as a cover up. It’s a great double duty item you can wear as a coverup but that can also be worn over crop pants. (And don’t forget your sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen.)

Swimsuits to pack for a cruise | 40plusstyle.com

Dressy dinner/cocktail attire

On most cruises you dress up for dinner. Depending on the cruise line, it can be anywhere from an elegant dressy affair to a more casual dinner and cocktails. Pack two dinner outfits if your cruise is a week, so you’ll be prepared. And opt for a lower or block heel. Really high heels on a swaying boat can be difficult to walk in or dance the night away in.

Pack a scarf or wrap for cooler nights and slip a small evening clutch into your luggage. It won’t take up much room but will make your outfit evening-ready. Make sure it’s large enough to hold your cellphone and lipstick.

Dressy cruise ship outfits for dinner | 40plusstyle.com

Hope these outfits inspire your cruise packing list and help you experience a wonderful ship bound vacation.

Here are some of our favorite items in stores now to take along on your cruise.

What would you wear on a cruise?


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 esther

Hello Sylvia
I been following your blog for a while now and I am a FAN and share it with all my “over 40” friends. I was missing these kinds of posts where you suggest outfits for different occasions or seasons. Your club is fantastic but not affordable to me so I really enjoy these kinds of posts and not only interviews (which are nice too).
Keep them coming, éxito!
Esther from the other side of the world ( PR in the Caribbean)


2 Greetje

This is a wonderful line-up of possibilities. And not only for on a cruise.


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