These should be practical for days out. Consider the type of activities you will do - are they city-based or more rural/active? Choose fabrics that dry quickly in case of rain. Styles with detachable legs are a good option for varied temperatures. You might opt for shorts in hotter climes, but pants are good protection against sun and insects.
Suggested buy: Columbia Silver Ridge Convertible Pant by Amazon
Choose a pair that are comfy for day wear (team with a t-shirt and walking shoes) but can also be worn to dinner with smart shoes and a shirt. Smart dark jeans would work well, or try a lighter Chino style in warmer weather. On some ships men are required to wear long pants (not shorts) in the evenings.
Suggested buy: AG 'Protégé' Straight Leg Twill Pants by Nordstrom
For warmer weather add in another pair of shorts. Make them tailored as an option for casual evening wear where permitted.
Suggested buy: RVCA Flat Front Twill Shorts by Nordstrom
Pack simple tops in your favorite colors that will match your pants and shorts. Collared t-shirts or shirts can be worn for casual evenings, then wear by day for sightseeing. Depending on the climate choose from long or short-sleeved, or a mixture.
Suggested buy: Fruit of the Loom Cotton Polo Shirt by Amazon
Choose smart shirts that can be dressed down with jeans or up with pants. Short sleeved are fine in warmer weather, but don't forget a dress shirt or similar if you're taking a tuxedo or suit (see below).
Suggested buy: Russell Long Sleeve Fitted Shirt by Amazon
Even in hot weather the breezes can make it feel cool when sailing, whilst inside the air-con can also be chilly. A fleece is light, cosy and packs well - or opt for a smart sweater if that's more your style.
Suggested buy: The North Face Glacier 1/4 Zip Fleece by Amazon
Some cruise lines have a 'smart' dress code between casual and formal. On these nights a sport jacket may be required (with or without a tie). Team it with your smart-casual pants and deck shoes. You may opt for this look on 'casual' nights too.
Suggested buy: Trim Fit Graph Print Blazer by Nordstrom
For formal nights a tuxedo is the norm - these can usually be hired on board if you don't want to pack one. Any dark suit would also be acceptable. You can eat in the buffet restaurants if you prefer not to get dressed up, but be aware you may turned away from other parts of the ship. It varies by cruise line, so do check before you go if you don't want to miss out on anything.
Suggested buy: 2 Button Eveningwear Jacket by Marks & Spencer
If you're packing your suit and formal shirt, don't forget a tie or bow tie, cufflinks and any other accessories you wish to go with it. A regular tie is always handy to pack for other evenings too - just in case.
Suggested buy: Silver Wave Cufflinks by TM Lewin
Pack one formal pair to go with your suit. We love Hotter shoes which are really lightweight and comfy, even on warm evenings.
Suggested buy: Asquith Shoes by Hotter
If you plan to do lots of walking on shore you'll need some active shoes. Closed-toe are best on dusty roads, and if you're heading off the beaten track do make sure you have something sturdy and supportive that are suited to the terrain.
Suggested buy: Thor Shoes by Hotter
Take some non-slip comfy flats for daytime on deck, easy exploring off ship, and casual evenings.
Suggested buy: Port Shoes by Hotter
Essential for sun protection in hot weather or to keep out the cold and wet in cooler regions. It's usually windy at sea, so choose a style that stays on securely - our Breezy Sun Hat features a chin strap, so it's great for outdoor pursuits.
Buy from us! Canvas Breezy Sun Hat by WhatToWearOnHoliday
It's extremely bright at sea when the sun's out as the rays reflect off the water. If you want to admire the views then sunglasses are essential.
Suggested buy: Ray-Ban Original Wayfarer by Amazon
Good sunscreen is essential in hotter climes, and don't get caught out on cloudy days either - you can still get burnt. Remember that water will reflect the sun's rays too. Choose a product with a high SPF (protects from UVB rays) and also look for the star or PA rating which indicates protection from UVA.
Suggested buy: SPF 30 PA+++ Water Resistant Sunscreen by Murad
A light packaway raincoat is a good idea to carry with you on day trips - it's ideal in case the weather changes quickly or you experience a sudden downpour. You can layer up underneath for warmth if necessary, or opt for a more substantial jacket in cooler climes.
Suggested buy: Result Waterproof Jacket by Amazon
Essential for lazy days of sun-bathing, by the ship's pool or in beach destinations.
Suggested buy: Sandbar Swim Trunks by MaddaFella
You'll need a lightweight bag for all your sightseeing essentials. Our packaway day sack folds up into itself and fits easily in your suitcase when not in use. It's surprisingly roomy, showerproof and light to carry - even in hot weather.
Buy from us! Fold Away Day Sack by WhatToWearOnHoliday
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