If you have decided to embark on a cruise trip to the Mediterranean, centuries of art and culture await you. Ancient empires, holy lands and archaeological treasures are ready to be revealed. As you anxiously start counting down the days missing to start exploring the history, art and culture the Mediterranean offers, a quite justified question starts to cloud your mind: ''What to wear on a Mediterranean cruise?''
Of course the answer to this question varies, depending on what time of the year you will be leaving. Most Mediterranean cruises are scheduled from mid April to October which therefore encompasses a variety of climates. While the overall Mediterranean climate is mild, there can be some days on the cooler side in April and October, and sizzling hot and humid days during the summer months.
A warm jacket and heavy long sleeve clothing is therefore in order for those departing near early spring or late fall. Whereas, such clothing can be left home with no regret for all those who decide to leave during the peak months of summer such as June, July, August and early September. Yet, a light jacket may always come handy for cooler evenings or rainy days. Following are some ideas on what clothing to pack on your next Mediterranean cruise.
What to wear on a Mediterranean cruise?
• Comfortable Shoes
A pair of comfortable shoes is in order for those long hours spent visiting historical sites and old churches often on roads with uneven surfaces such as cobblestone streets. It is best to have worn the shoes a few days prior the trip to avoid any unpleasant surprises. Wearing a brand new pair of shoes that do not fit comfortably as expected, may turn the most amazing vacation into a painful experience.
The sun will be a loyal companion on most Mediterranean cruises and his presence may be quite uncomfortable to bear during the peak summer months. A hat is in order to protect your head from the strong Mediterranean sun.
A pair of sunglasses is a must for those with eyes that are sensitive to the effects of strong light and the sun. Their use are however recommended to everybody due to the well known harm that can derive from exposure to the UV rays.
• Capri Pants
These stylish pants are nice to pack for warm weather destinations. They are also known as long shorts or three quarters. These light pants are typically designed to end mid calf or in the longer versions, just below he calf. While capris are generally seen worn by women a version for men has been created as well. In this case, men capris are called ''manpri pants'' or ''guypri pants''.
Of course the classic shorts can not be missing from the list. if you are planning to wear shorts, expect to see hundreds of other tourists wearing them as well as they are the most classic outfit.
• Long Pants
If planning to visit the Vatican or other holy areas, a pair of long pants are recommended as there are usually restrictions on attire. These long pants are also nice for an evening out spent dining or walking on the beach.
• Swim Suit
What ever you pack do not forget your swim suit! You may want to visit a pool, a jacuzzi or the warm Mediterranean sea. A sarong or other type of covering garment is recommended as well since most cruise lines do not allow passengers to walk in lounge areas wearing only a bathing suit.
• General Casual Clothing
Short sleeved shirts, polo shirts, cotton dockers, blouses, skirts should be part of your wardrobe. The main features desired are generally wrinkle resistant clothes that are light and airy, and that are easy to mix and match for different combinations.
• Formal Attire
Most cruises schedule at least one or two formal nights where people get to dress up in their finest clothing and have the opportunity sparkle for one evening. Don't miss out this event and bring along your dark suite and tie or your favorite cocktail dress.
Perhaps the most important guideline to follow when packing for a Mediterranean cruise is to mainly focus on being comfortable. Nothing can be more distracting and distressing than dealing with uncomfortable attire when traveling. The Mediterranean should offer a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of the every day life left behind, so do not let uncomfortable clothing get in your way and enjoy the Mediteranean sunshine!
Mediterranean Cruise Must Have's
Darlene Sabella from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ... on January 14, 2010:
I had such a great time on my cruise, I think I over packed and had something for every hour lol. I love this article.