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    If you’re treating yourself to a luxury cruise this year, you’re going to want to make sure you pack accordingly. Cruise holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years, though many have veered away from the more luxurious experience; opting instead to provide a more budget-friendly holiday. So, if you are going for a more luxurious cruise, what exactly should you pack?

    Here, you’ll discover some key items you won’t want to forget when packing for a luxury cruise.

    The right clothing

    Luxury cruises tend to have a stricter dress code that passengers need to follow. The dress code will usually be provided once you’ve booked the cruise, but many passengers are still left baffled by what to wear.

    Most luxury cruises require a smart casual dress code, which basically means smart trousers and shoes, rather than jeans and sandals. In the evenings this can change to a more formal dress code. If the cruise states that you will need to stick to a formal dress code, it tends to mean “dress to impress”. This type of dress is usually required in evening restaurants, casinos and for other night-time entertainment activities.

    However, you’ll also want to pack a range of casual clothing for when you’re not on the ship. This is especially true if you’re heading somewhere hot and sunny. So, be sure to pack a range of formal and casual wear and you really can’t go wrong.

    Waterproof accessories

    Something you likely won’t have considered is packing waterproof accessories. However, when you’re spending a lot of money booking luxury cruises, you’re going to want to ensure your belongings are protected in case something goes wrong.

    Waterproof phone cases, flotation straps and an underwater camera are just three accessories to consider taking with you. The waterproof phone case will ensure your expensive smartphone doesn’t end up getting damaged while you’re partaking in the numerous water activities provided. Flotation straps will ensure your belongings don’t sink and float away, while an underwater camera will help you to capture some fantastic once-in-a-lifetime photos.

    A stylish bag

    It’s all well and good dressing up nice, but if you have an old, dreary backpack to store all of your belongings, it’s going to demean that luxury experience. So, make sure you’re taking a stylish bag to carry around with you on the ship.

    Think about everything you’ll need to store in the bag, making sure it’s practical as well as stylish.


    While many luxury cruises do provide a range of luxury toiletries, it’s still worth packing a few of your own. As well as the basics like a toothbrush, deodorant and toothpaste, you’ll want to add dry shampoo to the list. This will help you to keep your hair looking it’s best no matter where you are.

    It’s also a good tip to take a hanging toiletry set. Cruise ships can move quite a lot as they sail through the ever-changing waters. So, unless you want to get back to your cabin to find your toiletries and make-up sprawled across the floor, it’s a good idea to keep them in a hangable toiletry bag.

    Suitable footwear

    To match the formal dress code on luxury cruise liners, you’ll obviously want to pack a couple of pairs of formal shoes. However, it’s important not to forget to take a pair of suitable comfortable footwear.

    Most cruises stop off at several ports along the way, giving you the opportunity to explore various different countries. You’re definitely going to need comfortable shoes for these excursions off the boat!

    Sunbathing entertainment

    You’ll find a long list of on-board luxury entertainment to enjoy. However, for those times when you just want to lay back and soak up the sun on the deck, you’re going to want some kind of entertainment to keep you occupied. Books and calming playlists are great for enhancing your sunbathing experience.

    The above are just some of the most important things you’ll want to pack for a luxury cruise. Why not book one of our great luxury Marella cruises today and see why cruise holidays are becoming one of the most popular types of holidays on the market?