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Dressing for a Cruise

When planning a major vacation like cruising,  clothing tends to be at the top of the list.  What will you wear to the beach, to dinner, formal night, lounging on the deck, in port, to the club Oh my gosh how will my suitcase fit everything?!  First calm down, breath and let me tell you there is no dress code or any one style to follow.  Again, I watched a lot of videos about what people wore.  You have to find your own style and comfort levels.  I am going to share a few things I wore, what I wish I had or what I packed and decided not to wear at all.

You will see from my photos I wore play suits (rompers), dresses and shorts.These were my favorite outfits to wear. I had packed one pair of jean capris, khaki shorts, and a play suit that wasn’t as comfy as the other two I bought that I never wore. I also packed a pair of chunky black wedges that never saw the light of day and three gym outfits… I went to the gym once. I had good intentions.  Here is a look at what I wore.

 

 

The dress above, the shorts and playsuit came from Ross. The little white boat shoes with the bow were $8 at Walmart and the tan sandals are from Payless.  For formal night DH bought my dress for me for my birthday back in December from Macy’s.  The dining room is a tad cool so the long sleeves did not bother me.

I liked my nautical style clothing.  I felt very in place. It’s just the vibe 😉

Day three I wore the same playsuit as day one because it was very easy to use over my bikini.  Quick off and on.  It was great 🙂 This next playsuit I wore in Progreso , I also got at Ross for $16, the visor I bought last year at Walmart for around $4, they have them again this year (2018), a nice pair of $6 sunglasses and the crossbody bag I saw so many people use and recommend on packing lists and OOTD’s. I did not want to wear one, I didn’t think it was me, but that little crossbody bag was great! I held our passports, my phone, money and lipstick ;). Very handy item, I suggest it 100%

Under this sarong is a cute little inexpensive blue bikini I got at Walmart with a ruched bottom. I had read the ruching is flattering on the booty, they were right ;).  DH bought me the sarong when he was in Kuwait.  He brought back a few styles and colors. I really liked wearing this. There are so many ways to tie these.  Watch tutorials, you will see :D.

The only thing I wore not shown is a soft dress I also got at Ross for $12.  That is an excellent place to stock up on new vacation outifts.  You do not have to spend a fortune to look nice and comfy :).  I basically recycled these looks.  You will not be in the same outfit for that long.  What you put on the morning is not what you will wear to dinner, or to lay out in the sun in.  It is very Downton, you get to have an outfit change for what ever you are doing and dinner.  How lovely.

Hindsight

As a first time cruiser I packed most of what every Vlogger & Blogger suggested.  As pictured in a previous post are some things I brought that we used, some we did and a list of some things I wish we brought and didn’t purchase

  •  Towel clips, didn’t use them,
  • Hand Sanitizer, they’re all over the ship. However Mexico would have been a good place to use them. Especially after messing with the parrot, ha ha
  • Glow Sticks, well we could have used them in the America Rocks show but I took them to the sail away party, that we did not attend because we drank some wine in our room as we set sail. I will still pack them, you never know.
  • We used the air freshener but honestly, I felt no need for it.
  • The laundry bag was nice, not really necessary, but nice to have.  We should have had our own.
  • Wifi is useless!  Luckily we have an international plan on our phones so we were able to use them while in port but we did put them on airplane mode while the ship was moving.  No issues there. Funny that the ship app worked just fine but nothing else.
  • Our Rtic (Yeti if you have those)! I had iced tea all day that stayed cold. My margaritas did not melt on the Serenity Deck, best decision ever to bring those.
  • Suction hooks were nice to have to hang a wash cloth or let bathing suits dry when the clothes line in the shower was filled.
  • Powerstrip is must! We had one outlet in the room.  One!  Do bring one (with no surge protection), for phones, curling irons etc., photo equipment and anything else you may have.
  • Crossbody Purse. OMG I am not a crossbody purse kind of gal, but I am now. It was super handy, I loved it, and I feel like I could benefit from maybe a slightly larger one, but I am not sure why LOL!

Another thing we purchased was the so called “Bottomless Bubbles”.   This package, from what DH and I gather are for people who drink a lot of sodas, not the occasional gingerale for when tummies give you trouble.  I thought it included bottled water for some reason, it does not.  Juices are available at the buffet so that’s not even a perk.  Getting a “Bubble” is a pain in the rear to get at the bar & don’t even ask for the can, they are not allowed to give it to you when ordering with the package. Yes you read that, they are Not Allowed! Another thing, it’s useless with room service, and only one soda per card at a time.  I wish they would update their system and see there are two people on the account so two sodas make sense. DH and I wish they had a coffee package.  We would use that all day long!

We did use the candy we brought. I wish I had brought more selections for me, DH took all the good stuff right away.  They were nice to have  when we were watching a movie.  I almost brought some crackers and I wish we had, or some chips,  for my stomach the first night/day.  I didn’t see any on ship.  I would have loved  a convenience  store.

Next time we will get the case of water.  It is only $4.50 and we would have loved it when at the gym, taking on excursions or just walking around the ship.  It is a very reasonable price and well worth having them bring it to your room 🙂

Having our own champagne was a very nice touch. Wine glasses were in our stateroom already, the balcony was lovely, it was romantic and our very own moment that we cherish and have started our own cruise ship tradition.   What are some of your cruise traditions?

 

Husband Has Shopped!

I repeat: Husband Has Shopped!

This makes the cruise much more official.   He didn’t realize he needed excursion clothes, dinner clothes, walking around the ship clothes and new shoes.  I don’t think it was all that real for him either until he got a few new clothing items.  Just a couple of short days and we are sailing away!

There is one more major thing we haven’t decided on, our excursions!  No wonder he didn’t know about the wardrobe change, we don’t even know what we are doing.  I don’t know which one to take.  I  do not want to swim with Dolphins or take a dune buggy to salt mines.  The cenotes in the Yucatán sound promising, I want to see some Mayan Ruins and chill at the beach.  DH better make up his mind, and quickly!!

I suppose I have no room to talk about decisions. Today I took out one pair of shorts, a top and a pair of shoes from my suitcase and replaced them with a pair of jean capris.  I still have not done my nails, packed my jewelry, work out clothes or colored my hair.  Tomorrow looks like I will be busy!!

Well y’all, I hope a cruise is in your future and this blog helps you learn something from a first time cruiser 😀

In Port

My ship is currently In Port!!!  Ahhhhhh, how exciting!!

I have repacked my suitcase three times now.  Decided to take out two shirts, add a pair of shorts and bought two new shirts.  I am out of control y’all.  I bought a new make-up/toiletry bag set, two water proof phone cases for C.J. and I, a cute sun glass case, some white boat shoes… I really want to wear my new clothes now but I need to wait for the cruise.  I will do an OOTD.  I enjoy watching them on YouTube and they are inspiring for color, style, jewelry and reasons behind some of them from experienced cruisers.

As far as the ins and outs of cruising goes, CruisesTipsTV has been a wealth of information. I recommend that channel 100%.  Also find some different videos and get a tour of the ship you will be going on.  I have watched these several times in the months leading up to our cruise and I am very glad I did.  I feel like I am much more comfortable with the layout, the dining areas and over all what is available to me on the ship.  I know I will learn more with first hand experience and hope to come back with my point of view 🙂

My goodness, I just want to be on the shop already!!!

Going On My First Cruise

I have eight days until my husband and I go on our first cruise. Yes, you read that right, Eight Days!  I am beyond excited!!

I have watched a lot of  YouTube videos about tips, tricks, tours, outfit of the day (OOTD), pros and cons of excursions into the ports.  Needless to say I have gone to every store recommended lol.  OMG I am so ready.  I plan on blogging, vlogging, Instagram, and doing an OOTD.  I want to remember everything and help another new cruiser.

My worries are that I wont have enough packed, one of us will get sick, I’ll lose my passport… and oh my gosh y’all, I have a passport! I never thought I would have one! It made this trip all the more real.  Ok, so I also worry about weight gain.  I have worked so hard at kickboxing and the gym to look decent in my bathing suits.  Note that I said decent, not great.  Great will be next cruise ha ha.  Heck, I even got a spray tan :O

Well now that is all said let me show you what I have bought.  I may blog a lot!!  Y’all have a beautiful day!

Dollar Tree Cruise Haul
Dollar Tree Cruise Haul: Candy, Mesh Laundry Bag, 8 shower caps for packing shoes, glow fingers & sticks for sail away party, small first aid kit, suction cup hooks for the bathroom to hang wet clothes/bathing suits, strong clips to hold down towels (I decorated with those cute daisy’s), Glade air freshener, and anti-diarrheal medicine because we are going to Mexico lol (click images to make bigger)
Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer
Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitizer.  Totally cruise and beach appropriate scents.  Yes!