Every Outfit I Wore on My Cruise

by Jul 17, 2019Travel Style0 comments

It’s already overwhelming trying to pack for a vacation, but figuring out what to wear on a cruise was a really daunting task! Honestly I thought I was just going to be wearing cover ups and swimsuits the whole trip. That was until I got a reality check that I also planned to go on excursions and there were certain dress codes for the restaurants on the ship. Needless to say I had to do some recalculating. Once we nailed down exactly what our plans were and what the cruise itinerary was, it was so much easier to decide what to wear. So to help put some of your stress at ease if you’re headed on your first ever cruise, I’m sharing every outfit I wore on my trip. Hopefully this gives you some idea of what to pack, what’s acceptable to wear and some inspiration for your next vacation!

For embarkation day I figured we’d spend most of our time just exploring the ship and laying in the sun. I turned a scarf into a bandeau top over my swim suit then paired it with a wrap skirt and flatform shoes. I also decided to go with a fanny pack/bum bag as my purse for the whole trip which was a really solid call. The tiger print matched really well with all my looks and it held exactly what I needed it to! Sadly it rained as we left port so there wasn’t much soaking up of the sun but I rocked this outfit through the whole day from dinner to the comedy show and to the club.

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Since I planned to spend most of the time in the water for my animal lovers excursion I skipped a top complete and simply wore a maxi skirt over my swimsuit. And honestly wearing the maxi skirt was a mistake because the beach portion of our trip was at the beginning. I was soaking wet when I put my skirt back on which caused sand to get stuck to it.  Then it started raining as we headed back to the boat so I ended up carrying the skirt in my hands to keep from stepping on it or ruining it in a puddle. In hindsight I would have either gone with a midi skirt or shorts. It wasn’t terrible but I wish I would have double checked the weather and packed accordingly!

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The second night on board the dress code was cruise formal. I decided to reach for this amazing mustard yellow slip dress for the occasion. I opted out of bringing heels on this trip because I just knew after a long day of exploring I wasn’t going to want to stuff my feet into a pair of heels, even if they were cute. Plus going up and down stairs in heels has still been a bit of a challenge as my knee continues to recover from surgery.  So instead of heels I opted for some leopard print sandals to add a pop of print as well as spice of the look. A lot of people dressed impeccably, even wearing formal gowns, but my sorority sisters weren’t looking to get all gussied up.

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For Half Moon Cay we planned to hit the beach before our bike + hike excursion. So similar to the day before I just wore something over my swim suit, only this time it was cycling spanx. That way I could swim, dry off and I wouldn’t chaff as we rode around the island. All and all a solid outfit choice!

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As you can clearly see my solution for chic yet comfortable evening wear on the cruise was to reach for a slip dress.  After binge watching Sex and the City several times, more than I should probably admit, Carrie’s ability to flawless wear a slip dress from day to night really ignited something in me. Ever since I’ve bought at least 4 this year with my eye on a 5th. For this evening I went with a classic black mini slip dress and again reached for my trusty sandals for a sleek look to take me from dinner to salsa dancing.

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The adventure combo at Grand Turk was the hardest to plan an outfit for  because were going to be doing very different activities. I went with a short sleeve crop top and denim jean combo over my swimsuit which was honestly a complete fail. It was so hot that before we even started I had to roll up my sleeves, also partially because I didn’t want a farmer’s tan, and I for sure would have opted for longer shorts because the zip line harness was right on my butt cheeks and the idea of someone else’s sweat being on my skin really grossed me out. I also would have worn a less revealing swim suit, while I love the suit and it was perfect for letting my cheeks get some sun while I snorkeled I didn’t plan for younger kids on the boat so they got a little more than they bargained for. I did forget to take a picture of my outfit for this evening, but I wore a white button up top and some striped wide leg cropped pants for a simple dinner and comedy show look.

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The day at sea was the easiest to plan for because I knew I wanted to spend the time soaking up the sun. I went with an easy swim suit and cover up combo to lounge around in during the day. Even though we did get caught in the rain, it was only for a short periods of time which was perfect for reapplying my sunscreen or grabbing quick bite on the Lido deck.

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The last night on the ship I decided to go with my faithful leopard print mini dress. It was the perfect easy going yet statement making piece to end the trip. I only packed 4 pairs of shoes, two of which were leopard sandals, one was a pair of gym shoes and the other my woven flatforms. I decided that more leopard print was the best way to finish off the look for our last dinner.

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I was sad to find out that it was actually going to be chilly when I arrived back in Michigan so for disembarkation day I opted for a simple tank top and knit pants combo. It paired it with my woven shoes for a breezy, cozy look for my plane ride and drive home.

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Photos by Jordan Bowens

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