What I Wore on My Mediterranean Cruise

What I wore on a Mediterranean Cruise

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If you’re going on a Mediterranean cruise, you might be wondering what to pack and what to wear. You’re in luck! We recently came back from a Mediteranean cruise and I have a lot of cruise outfits to share.

Choosing what to wear for a European cruise will vary depending on the month that you travel. However, I hope that this post will give you a few Mediterranean cruise outfit ideas.

Beyond cruise wear and travel outfits, I’ll also share some tips for your Mediterranean cruise packing list.

In this post I’ve included photos of what I wore on my Mediterranean cruise during the day, evening and in the cruise ports of call. You’ll also find some shoes and accessories that are very useful to have when visiting European cities.

For reference, our Med cruise was in the summer, during the month of August. Wherever possible, I’ve included links to items mentioned.

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Cruise Outfits I Wore on My Mediterranean Cruise


I didn’t pack carry-on only for my Mediterranean cruise. However, I did try to pack light and avoid overpacking. I wanted to leave a little space for some shopping ;-).

We spent 7 days onboard Enchanted Princess, starting in Barcelona and ending in Rome. In addition to our 7 day Mediterranean cruise, we added 2 days pre-cruise and 2 days post cruise to visit these amazing cities.

This meant that I needed to plan for 11 days in Europe plus travel outfits.

Related: What to Pack for a Mediterranean Cruise – The Ultimate Guide

Capsule Wardrobe for a Mediterranean Cruise


I packed with the concept of a capsule wardrobe for my Mediterranean cruise. All my outfit pieces were black, white/beige or blue. This included my shoes and handbags to match.

I love dresses, so I packed several dresses that could be worn during the day or evening. Many of the dresses were very light, which was great for the hot days in Europe this summer.

I brought 2 pairs of nice shorts, one black and one beige, that would match with a few tops for day wear. I also brought one sporty pair of shorts and a couple of tops for walking on the jogging track or going to a fitness class.

I brought 6 pairs of shoes, more than most would say was practical, but didn’t regret it all! That said, you’ll really need one good pair of walking shoes or sneakers, a pair of casual sandals or flats and a pair of dressy shoes for the evening.

Tip: White clothing is very popular in Europe this year, and looks great in photos against the gorgeous background (the sea, flowers and plants, historic sites etc.).

My Mediterranean Cruise Outfits

Embarkation Day Outfit

Walking tour in Barcelona (pre-cruise)

We had a walking tour of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter and La Boqueria Market the morning of our cruise.

I wore a loose fitting blue halter dress and comfortable platform sandals for the tour, and as my embarkation outfit as well.

I wore a straw handbag that I purchased in Barcelona. Unlike many of the straw tote or basket bags that are so popular this year, this purse has a leather drawstring. I love this, as pickpocketing is something to watch out for on a Mediterranean cruise.

Embarkation day mimomas

My husband Frank wore a shirt t-shirt and navy blue shorts.

Since the day was very hot and we had plans in the afternoon before sailaway, we changed into something comfortable and light.

I wore a short floral dress and Frank wore a white polo style shirt and shorts. He changed from his running shoes to Sperry boat shoes.

Embarkation day at the Sailaway party

Mediterranean Cruise Day Wear

Here are some of the outfits that I wore during the day on our Mediterranean cruise, in the cruise ports of call. Some of the photos from my cruise include my husband and young adult son.

White halter dress and platform sandals

Visiting Barcelona before our cruise

Recommended white dresses:

White off the shoulder dress & tan sandals

Chateau de Lourmarin, excursion from Marseilles cruise port

Recommended: Tan braided heeled sandals (check price & amazon 4.5* reviews here)

Beige shorts, black tank top, white linen button up top & white sneakers

Walking around in Rapallo, Italy on a shore excursion


Blue and white off the shoulder dress & white sneakers

We walked over 18,000 steps on this day while visiting the historic sites in Rome. I was glad to be wearing supportive sneakers.

Sightseeing in Rome (post-cruise)

Cream sleeveless top and black shorts with sandals

Sightseeing in Rome (post-cruise)

Cream sleeveless top, beige shorts, sandals

I was able to mix and match my black shorts, beige shorts, cream top and black tank top to create outfits for different days.


Casual shorts & tops with sneakers

My son Ethan wore a belt bag on excursions. I also used a crossbody belt bag on sea days.



Cruise Daywear (on cruise ship)

During our 7 day Mediterranean cruise, we only had 2 sea days. My clothing consisted of a bathing suit and cover up or very casual (sporty) day wear.

Coral tank top, black shorts, neutral sandals

Playing mini golf on Enchanted Princess

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Mediterranean Cruise Evening Wear

During our 7 night Med cruise, the dress code was casual or smart casual most evenings. We had a formal night and a white and gold dress theme night (optional).

Ilana: Long blue summer dress with tan sandals – Frank: Dark blue suit, dress shirt (no tie), brown leather shoes

Formal Night on Enchanted Princess

Ilana: White spaghetti strap dress, tan sandals, tan handbag – Frank: White polo style shirt & navy pants


Recommended: Embroidery pearl white dress (see price & reviews on Amazon here)

Ilana: Floral dress & tan braided sandals – Frank: Blue polo style shirt & beige khakis


Recommended: Floral dress (see reviews & price on Amazon here)

I wore this blue and white sundress during the day as well as in the evening.

Tip: If you’re trying to pack light for your cruise, consider doing some laundry if your cruise ship has self service laundry room (I did a couple of loads on my Princess cruise). You can also use the ship’s laundry service.


Recommended: Blue & white off the shoulder dress (one of my favorites)

Ilana: Short sleeve long black dress and black sandals – Frank: Blue/grey polo style shirt and black jeans


Blue print dress & tan sandals with straw woven handbag

I wore this pretty Zara dress for dinner while in Barcelona during our pre-cruise stay. I also wore it for dinner one of the evenings on our cruise.


Important Items to Pack for Your Mediterranean Cruise

While not a full packing list, these are some essential items to pack for your Mediterranean cruise.

Cruise Luggage Tag Holders

Video: What Not to Forget to Pack for a Mediterranean Cruise

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Final Thoughts on What I Wore on a Mediterranean Cruise

These are the outfits and shoes that I wore on my Mediterranean cruise. Our cruise was in August, and the temperatures were very hot. To plan for your cruise, be sure to check the weather forecasts.

Please let me know if you have any questions about what to pack and bring on a Med cruise.

Happy Cruising!


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  1. Cheryl
    September 10, 2023 / 10:46 am

    Hi I really enjoyed this post. Do you have a similar one for the Caribbean?

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