Depending on the cruise line you are travelling with the dress code will vary quite a bit. Some lines are traditional and have several formal nights and a stricter dress code, and some lines are more modern with a relaxed dress code. Ask your consultant if you are not sure about your cruise line.
The destination you are travelling to will also impact your packing choice. You wardrobe choices will be very different for Alaska, Mexico, or a Transatlantic crossing. Make sure to take into consideration time of year, the northern hemisphere seasons are opposite to Australia and places such as Europe can have dramatically different weather in summer and winter.
For all destinations, even tropical climates, consider taking a few warmer layers and a light rain jacket just in case! For those wanting to explore on shore days, make sure to pack comfy shoes as you can end up doing a lot of walking when discovering a new place.
Cruises come jam-packed with things to do and activities to keep you entertained, but if you are partial to a bit of ‘me’ time make sure to pack a good book, your binoculars for spotting wildlife, and a pack of cards or travel board games.
If you are travelling to a warmer climate it may be worth packing a snorkel so you don’t have to pay to rent one at each destination.
If you have any prescription medicines make sure to keep them in your hand luggage in case your baggage gets misplaced.
There are limited medical supplies in the shops on board and it can be expensive, so make sure to pack all the essentials! Some items that might be handy include sunscreen, bug spray, plasters, painkillers and seasickness medication. For top tips on avoiding getting seasick click here.
There is a doctor onboard the ship should you have any medical emergencies.