What People REALLY Wear on Formal Night

The cruise lines would like to have us believe that this is how everyone dresses on formal night:

What People REALLY Wear on Formal Night: Does going on a cruise mean packing an evening gown and diamonds? See what average cruisers really wear on a cruise ship elegant or formal evening and learn the dress codes for cruise lines before you set sail.  #cruise #cruising #travel #vacation #formal #formalnight
Photo via Cunard Cruise Line

However, if you have gone on at least one cruise on any of the larger commercial lines, you know that formal night isn’t that formal any longer. Let’s look at what people really wear on formal night! (more…)

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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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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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