If you’re used to Caribbean and other tropical weather cruises, packing and choosing what to wear on a cool weather cruise can be a challenge!
Whether you’re doing an Alaska, Canada & New England, or Norwegian Fjords cruise, you’ll need cruise outfits that are practical and warm enough for your cool weather cruise.
I recently did a Fall cruise in the Canada New England region, where weather can be cool and rainy one day, and sunny and warm the next. I definitely have some cruise packing tips to share!
In this post I share some ideas of what to wear on a cooler weather cruise (September, October, November…). I also share several cruise outfit photos and links to the cruise wear when possible.
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Cruise Wear for a Cool Weather Cruise
Before I share the cruise outfits I wore during the day and evening for a cool weather cruise, here’s a list of basic clothing to pack.
Basic Cruise Packing List – Cool Weather Cruise
Remember, that dressing in layers works best for days in ports and on shore excursions. It’s likely that the morning may be cooler, and you’ll need a sweater or light jacket. However, by afternoon a t-shirt may be perfect!
- Sweatshirts or sweaters
- Pants or Jeans
- Pair of shorts (optional)
- Socks (bring extra in case it rains)
- Casual evening wear
- Dressy clothing (formal nights or chic evenings)
- Rain jacket
- Warm jacket (check weather)
Tip: Check the weather forecasts a few days before your cruise, and adjust your clothing list as needed. You can pack light on a cruise by wearing pants and tops a second time.
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Cool Weather Cruise Outfits
These are the outfits that I wore on my cruise. While we didn’t have a “formal night” on Norwegian, we did dress up a bit for dinner most nights. Daytime we had some warmer weather, but were prepared for cold and rainy too!
Long Sleeve Dress
If you’re looking for a longer sleeve dress to wear in the evening, this knee length dress is perfect. The faux wrap dress style with a 3/4 length sleeve is flattering (and hides a tummy).
The best part is that it’s both comfortable and doesn’t need ironing! Truthfully, it’s a keeper that I’ll likely wear on many cruises to come.
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Short Sleeve Tie Waist Dress
I chose the blue color, but it’s available in many other colors too.
Little Black Dress (with sleeves)
I like to wear dresses, and this one packed easily without wrinkling! The medium length sleeve was perfect for the chillier evenings on our cruise.
Long Sleeve Top
It’s a good idea to pack a pair of dark jeans and/or a pair of nice black pants that can go with a couple of different 3/4 length blouses. I brought a leopard print top and wore it with jeans on casual nights on my cruise.
A solid color loose top is perfect to wear with a nice pair or pants or skirt.
Recommended: Ladies 3/4 length sleeve top (very flattering)
Short Sleeve Dress
While most of my dresses and tops had longer sleeves, I did still wear some shorter and even sleeveless cruise outfits. If you ever see me on a cruise, you’ll see I’m almost never without a light sweater or shawl.
Zip Up Hoodie Sweatshirt
You’ll likely want to wear yoga pants, leggings, joggers or comfortable pants when sightseeing or doing active excursions.
Recommended: High waisted yoga pants (pockets for cell phone)
A jean jacket is a great layer to wear over a simple white t-shirt, cute top, or dress.
Shawl or Poncho
Rain Jacket with Hood
This Columbia rain jacket is light, water-proof and comfortable to wear over a t-shirt or sweatshirt.
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Final Thoughts on What to Wear on a Cool Weather Cruise
Cooler weather cruises call for comfortable and versatile cruise outfits. If you pack with layers in mind, you’ll be fine both on the cruise ship and the days visiting on land.
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