Cruising is a great vacation choice for solo travelers who want to explore the world and let someone else handle the details of getting from one place to another.
Still, deciding on a cruise ship and itinerary can take some research. Cruise ships are full of accommodations designed for couples and families, but some have staterooms just for solo travelers, too. You’ll want a ship that has a variety of social spaces where you can get to know fellow travelers, and a good choice of shore excursions where you can explore with a group.
And, when you cruise on your own, you might receive spur-of-the-moment invitations to join others on ship or shore; so, you need to think through your cruise wardrobe and be ready for just about anything. How can you pack light but be ready for cocktail parties, shore excursions, deck activities, casual and formal dinners, dancing, beach time and more? Here are some tips:
First, everything you pack must coordinate with everything else you pack. You need to be able to mix and match your clothes, which means staying with one color scheme. And remember, no one will care if they see you in the same outfit more than once.
Try to limit yourself to one pair of jeans, one pair of casual non-denim pants or a skirt, one pair of shorts, three shirts, one light sweater or jacket and a swimsuit. You should have three changes of underwear and socks, one set of workout clothes and something to sleep in. Bring a small packet of laundry detergent so you can rinse things out in your bathroom sink as needed (or, use the laundry service on board).
If you need a dress or suit for formal dinners, bring one that you can make look different by changing accessories: scarves, jewelry, ties. Or, consider packing a beautiful skirt or pair of dressy pants you can wear with two or three different shirts.
Shoes must be limited to three pairs: a daytime shoe that’s comfortable and sturdy enough for shore excursions, a dressier shoe for evenings on board, and a pair of sandals or flip-flops for the pool deck or beach. That’s it (shoes take up a lot of luggage space)!
For help selecting the right ship and itinerary for your solo cruise, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, then get packing!
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