What to Pack for Your Caribbean Cruise: City Tour

A city tour excursion is a fantastic way of getting a taste of a new city in a cruise port. These excursions often involve stretches of time riding on a tour bus as well as walking through the city. Since we are talking about the Caribbean, this means tropical (read: hot) weather. Also, I have been on tour buses in the past that have no or limited air conditioning. Comfort, functionality, and security is the name of the game whether you are taking a city tour or exploring on your own. Not sure what to pack? Check out these tips for what to pack for your Caribbean cruise city tour!
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Smooth Sailing: How You Can Cruise Through Embarkation Day

The day is finally here! Your ship has arrived and it's time to head for the port. You should be able to cruise through embarkation day, right? While embarking on your cruise is something people look forward to for months, it can also be a little stressful. Last minute packing, transportation snafus, unexpected issues, and long lines can turn an exciting day into chaos. If you are anything like my husband, all you'll want to do once you are in your stateroom is take a nap (and yes, I bugged him about shoes on the bed). However, there are some things you can do in advance to make your sail-away day more enjoyable and less tiring. It just requires a bit of planning, being prepared, and a good sense of how embarkation day works!

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Three Tips for Packing Lighter for Your Cruise

Ever had to pay an overweight fee for your suitcase at the airport? I have! In fact, I have always been an over-packer but managed to just skirt the line until we started to cruise. Between formal night, excursion gear, and your must-haves for keeping your stateroom more organized; it's no wonder it's easy to overpack when cruising! So, how has this "pack rat" not paid an overweight fee since 2015 in spite of flying more than 20 times since? Allow me to share my three tips for packing lighter for your cruise!
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Cruise Formal Night Dresses for Under $100!

I am an unabashed bargain hunter, but I also love a glamorous dress! Consequently, I am excited to share my tips for finding a gorgeous cruise formal night dress for under $100! There are many places you can find quality on a budget, but it requires work. I've scoured discount stores, sale racks of department stores, and even catalogs. I've even gone the eBay route which is a little hit and miss. If you go that route, you ideally know the brand, are positive the dress is flawless, and the seller has a solid return policy in case it doesn't work for you. Also, I want to see photos of the actual dress, not the one they found online from the original retailer.
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How to Pack for a Cruise to Alaska

Growing up in Alaska and living in Seattle, I am used to trying to look somewhat stylish when it's chilly and/or wet. However, I realize not everyone is from a cooler weather part of the world so you might need a bit more guidance when knowing how to pack for a cruise to Alaska. Now that we've been on our fourth Alaska cruise, I thought it was time to blog with some suggestions. First of all, I have to give a caveat that what is considered "warm" to one person may be considered cold to someone else. For me, if it's 65 degrees or better, it's warm. But YMMV.
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What to Wear on Formal Night

Planning for formal night aboard your cruise can be both challenging and a little intimidating. You want to feel great, but you also want to fit in. Also in consideration is suitcase space and budget. After attending many cruise formal nights, viewing photos, and reading every major cruise line's attire guidelines, I've come up with three recommendations that should cover what to wear on formal night. There are even options for those on a budget!
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