Space in my Case; Packing My Ultimate Cruise Wardrobe

Anyone who travels with children knows that they tend to command most of the space in the case despite the fact that their clothes are half the size.Ā  Once all their clothes and junk essentials are packed just how do you pack yourself a decent cruise wardrobe? And more importantly what do you pack in to have the ultimate cruise wardrobe?

cruise wardrobe

My Ultimate Cruise Wardrobe


I rarely leave home without my Raybans, not just a fashion accessory given that I’m blind as a bat and need the prescription lenses to see.

Holiday packing ray bans


With two weeks of heavy indulgence on both food and wine, a little light exercise went a small way to combat the inevitable holiday weight gain. Originally I was planning on running the Azura mile round the promenade deck.

azura mile

However by the time we were up and ready the deck was busy with people strolling, and pushing prams to get babies to sleep (guilty as charged), so instead I hit the gym. Three runs in a two week holiday, not a patch on the husband but better than nothing.



While the sun beat down in the day, night’s out at sea can get breezy. I took along a neutral, shimmering gold pashmina that doubled as a breastfeeding cover (though I also took my Loveyush multipurpose scarf as well)

Long Silk Dress

With four formal night’s on board I wanted to dress to impress. My emeral green silk dress from Monsoon met all criteria, long, beautiful, silk and sleeves for covering up where the Baby bit me….

Formal Night

Milk and Mummy Dress

I’m a dress kinda girl so even on the “evening casual” nights I’d slip a dress on. This is one of my favourites from Milk and Mummy, as well as being breastfeeding friendly.


For those days spent sunbathing leisurely chasing two small boys around a swimming pool. Pretending to be Luna. The dolphin. Again.



Many an hour was spent by the pool, with many a run made to the Venezia buffet for a little cake here, a piece of fruit there, a couple of chips, maybe a sandwich….. it was much easier to slip a kaftan on than go through the whole rigmarole of pulling shorts and shirts on over wet bikinis.

A good book

You can’t beat reading a good book while you have a bit of downtime. There is nothing better than losing yourself in the story told while the sun beats down on you. It is even better when your Mum takes the boys so your blissful losing yourself in the story isn’t interrupted by “Mummy look at me I’m a dolphin”


What is would you pack for your ultimate cruise wardrobe?



  1. February 18, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    This is great. We are going on our first cruis in May. I will definitely be packing way more than this though! :-s xx
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  2. February 18, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    We are going on our first cruise this year and I have no idea what to pack – thanks for the tips
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  3. February 18, 2016 / 3:13 pm

    This is a great list of essentials. We’ve never been on a cruise so I’m not sure what my essentials list would be. A kaftan is always handy whatever holiday you’re on and sunglasses. As for a book. I would love to read again. I bought a book a month ago. Haven’t even managed to read a page lol x

  4. February 19, 2016 / 12:29 am

    Ooh a cruise is so high on my bucket list! I’d never even thought about the right things to wear, I’m always so busy making sure the children are wearing clothes that throwing something on myself is as much as I can do! I’ll definitely be back for some more tips when we get around to cruising!x
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  5. February 19, 2016 / 12:53 am

    I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise, but always opted for a ‘land’ holiday instead. One day, we’ll go though I hope. This is a fab post and I’m totally with you on the Kaftan and Raybans x
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  6. February 19, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    Looks like an amazing time! A cruise is my worst nightmare because I hate water, so living on it for 2 weeks is my idea of hell, but I really love the concept of it! I’m impressed you went for ANY runs while you were on holiday as well. I thought holidays were for getting fat? šŸ˜‰
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  7. February 21, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    Love your dresses, I’d love to be packing for a cruise. I think top of my list would be headphones and books in the hope that I’d get a little relaxation time šŸ˜‰ x
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  8. February 22, 2016 / 12:40 am

    This is a great list of items. I have never been on a cruise but it sounds like it would be a great family holiday. I love reading so on any holiday I would definitely take a book too. X

  9. February 25, 2016 / 3:55 pm

    I’d definitely pack these main things:
    Book, sunglasses, factor 50 as burn very easily, maxi dress, kaftan, a flattering swimming costume…. This post has made me excited to go on holiday in November!
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  10. April 18, 2017 / 2:42 am

    Monsoon dresses ARE the best for cruises! They don’t need ironing either. Again the pashmina works really well because it looks quite glam in the evening. I always take a couple of pairs of fit flops too. One good tip is to take your swimsuits in your carry on luggage because you may want a dip while you are waiting for your cases to be delivered to your room šŸ™‚ x
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