My mom and I just got back from a wonderful Caribbean Cruise aboard the Ruby Princess. One of the most fun elements of the cruise was planning our outfits! We packed way too much, but not being experienced cruisers, we weren’t quite sure what we would want to wear. We pretty much wore sundresses the whole time!
Cruise ship boarding outfits: nautical striped sundresses
A light-weight sun dress makes the perfect swimsuit cover up for when it’s time to eat or walk about the ship.
Swimsuit cover-up dress, big hat. Check. Having lunch on the aft deck.
Princess Cruises makes it really clear that bathing suits are really suitable for the swimming areas and sun decks only, not in the restaurants. It doesn’t appear that this policy was ever enforced, but we wouldn’t dream of walking around in just a bathing suit anyway! Not when there are cute sun dresses to throw on over them.
Strolling on the promenade deck calls for a floaty sundress and cute sandals.
Casual dinner dress – color block maxi
We wore these “aqua shoes” or beach runners just about everywhere, especially on the shore excursions.
Mom, booking our stingray excursion on Grand Cayman, wearing a bright sundress with a gold hat. The giraffe-print bag was our go-to beach & pool bag.
Swimsuits, sundress cover-ups, sunglasses, hats. Pretty much our uniforms on the cruise.
We went “cocktail” for the formal night, with knee-length sheaths. blurry picture!
movie night attire: long pants, sweater, shawl for warmth. Blankets were available during the movies, but we liked having our shawls as well.
Afternoon stroll and early dinner attire – taken from our stateroom balcony!
tequila tasting – it was windy on Cozumel that day, we had to hold on to our hats!
I can’t tell you how much I love this dress. It’s voluminous, and a bit see-through. It’s great as a swimsuit cover-up, but I kind of wish I could wear it all the time.
Mom getting ready to enjoy the sunset in cute colored jeans and a light sweater
Sunset & beyond uniform: linen pants. What you can’t see: floaty tunic, sweater & shawl. Perfect for a glass of wine at sunset and movies under the stars.
I bought the beach runner shoes on Amazon:
as well as my favorite floaty white dress (shown here in coral):
Next time, I’ll pack half as much! I will say, though, that we could have been dressier for the formal night. We fit in just fine, but it was an opportunity to dress to the nines and I hate missing an opportunity like that. I’ll know better for next time!