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Packing Tips:

So, you’ve booked your ultimate European summer cruise and now it’s time to pack! There’s more to packing for a European summer cruise than just throwing your favourite summer attire into a suite-case. You’ll need to consider factors like onboard dress codes, varying temperatures, sun protection and more. cruise

Make sure you get the most out of your dream Europe cruise by being adequately prepared. We’ve compiled our top packing tips to get you started.

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1. Packing for Days at Sea

Most Europe cruise itineraries have one or two (occasionally more) days at sea. Make sure you’re comfortable for a variety of onboard activities, whether it be relaxing by the pool, dancing the night away or visiting the ship gym by packing these items.


  • Swimsuit – If you’re likely to be found by the pool most days at sea, sipping a cocktail (couldn’t get much better could it?), then you may want to bring two or three swimsuits if you don’t want to deal with having to wear a wet suit sometimes. 
  • Swimsuit Coverup – Make sure it’s one you’ll feel comfortable in walking from your stateroom to the pool deck.
  • Comfortable Shorts and T-Shirt – Ideal for any active pursuits you’d like to do on the ship, such as visiting the state-of-the-art gym or playing bocce ball on the Lawn Club.
  • Sundress or Slacks – These clothing items are great to have on hand for CelebrityLife activities. You don’t have to get dressed up for these activities, but if you want to bring some of your fashionable pieces onto the ship, this is a good time to wear them! CelebrityLife activities include wine tasting classes, food demonstrations, informational seminars, and much more.
  • Cardigan or Light Jacket – you don’t want to get stuck feeling cold at night or during the flight to Europe, so make sure you bring a light jack or cardigan – just in-case! 
  • Nightlife Attire – Bring your best dancing clothes if you’re planning to hit the onboard club, or date night attire if you want to sip Champagne or martinis with your significant other. Or bring comfortable lounge clothes if you just want to spend a night in your sumptuous suite ordering room service and watching an on-demand movie!


2. Packing for Dining/Nightlife

In the evenings, you’ll want to change into something to wear for dinner as most ships have a dress code (here is a link to Celebrity Cruises’ dress code).

On Celebrity Cruises, Smart Casual attire is acceptable on most evenings. There will also be (depending on the length of your cruise) one or two Evening Chic nights (a modern reboot of formal nights), and you’ll want to come prepared for those nights so you can participate in the fun of getting all glammed up.


Regular Dining

  • Ladies: Dress, slacks, blazers, jeans, scarves, skirts, casual tops — Basically, whatever you’re comfortable in without being too casual.
  • Men: Pants or jeans and a sport shirt with sleeves.


Evening Chic Nights

  • Ladies: Cocktail dress or skirt/pants/ nice jeans with an elegant top. Or get totally dressed up in an evening gown!
  • Men: Pants or nice jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt, or sweater. Or if you want to get a little fancier, you could wear a blazer or sport coat over it.


Whilst it’s a good idea to bring several outfits for evenings on board, though remember there is laundry service available if needed so you don’t need to feel compelled to overpack.

As for shoes to wear on board, pack a pair of thongs or slip-on sandals that are pool-ready, a pair of dressier shoes for evenings, and casual or sports shoes for recreational activities.


3. Packing for Days in Port

During your European summer cruise, you’ll be visiting many amazing ports of call full of stunning scenery, bustling city centers, and historic attractions. Ensure you’re ready for whatever adventure is thrown at you while exploring these sites by packing adequately.

Here is a list of items you’ll want to have in your suitcase for port days:


  • Daypack – big enough to carry all your daily essentials on a shore excursion like drink bottle, sunscreen, hat and snacks.
  • Comfortable Walking Sandals or Shoes – If new, be sure to wear them in before leaving for your cruise.
  • Sunscreen – Easy to throw into your daypack.
  • Cotton or Breathable T-Shirt or Tanktop – Most parts of Europe get hot in the summer!
  • Shorts or Loose Linen (or other lightweight fabric) Pants
  • Comfortable Dress
  • Sunglasses or Visor/Sunhat
  • Camera with Extra Battery and Extra Memory Card
  • Cardigan – Ideal for cooler days or late evenings in port.


Note: If visiting any religious points of interest, check the dress code before leaving for your cruise. Most require shoulders to be covered, but some even require knees to be covered. A thin, summer scarf is an easy thing to stick in a daypack and which you can tie around your shoulders if needed.


Miscellaneous Items to Pack

Some other things to remember to pack for your cruise include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Medications
  • Kindle or Tablet – for blissful days reading by the pool – need we say more! Just don’t forget to bring your charger. 
  • Charger
  • Adaptor - Your ship will likely be compatible with U.S. electronics, so you may want an adaptor if you need to charge anything.
  • Toiletries - If you are particular about what you use – Celebrity Cruises provides you with premium toiletry options.


The good news about cruising is that if you decide there’s an article of clothing you need, you can likely find something similar to it in the onboard boutique – which means you can do your shopping during days at sea or in the morning or evenings without having to waste any precious sightseeing time in port!

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