What to Pack for a Europe Summer Cruise

A Europe summer cruise is a dream vacation for many people. Make sure you get the most out of your vacation by packing the proper attire.

Europe Summer Cruise Packing List for on the Ship

The Lawn Club on Celebrity Cruises

Most Europe cruise itineraries have one or two (occasionally more) days at sea. Make sure you’re comfortable for your day relaxing and having fun on the ship by packing these items.

  • Swimsuit – Bring two or three if you don’t want to deal with having to wear a wet suit sometimes.
  • Swimsuit Coverup – Make sure it’s one you’ll feel comfortable in walking from your stateroom to the pool deck.
  • Comfortable Shorts and T-Shirt – Ideal for any active pursuits you’d like to do on the ship, such as hitting the state of the art gym or playing bocce ball on the Lawn Club.
  • Sundress or Slacks – These clothing items are great to have on hand for Celebrity Life activities. You don’t have to get dressed up for these activities, but if you want to bring some of your fashionable pieces onto the ship, this is a good time to wear them! Celebrity Life activities include wine tasting classes, food demonstrations, informational seminars, and much more.
  • Nightlife Attire – Bring your best dancing clothes if you’re planning to hit the onboard club, or date night attire if you want to sip Champagne or martinis with your significant other. Or bring comfortable lounge clothes if you just want to spend a night in your sumptuous suite ordering room service and watching an on-demand movie!

Dining Packing Tips

Fine dining, gourmet French cuisine, and fun socializing at Murano Restaurant.

In the evenings, you’ll want to change into something to wear for dinner as most ships have a dress code (here is a link to Celebrity Cruises’ dress code).

On Celebrity Cruises, Smart Casual attire is acceptable on most evenings. There will also be (depending on the length of your cruise) one or two Evening Chic nights (a modern reboot of formal nights), and you’ll want to come prepared for those nights so you can participate in the fun of getting all glammed up.

Regular Dining

Ladies: Dress, slacks, blazers, jeans, scarves, skirts, casual tops — Basically, whatever you’re comfortable in without being too casual.

Men: Pants or jeans and a sport shirt with sleeves.

Evening Chic Nights

Ladies: Cocktail dress or skirt/pants/designer jeans with an elegant top. Or get totally dressed up in an evening gown!

Men: Pants or designer jeans with a dress shirt, button-down shirt, or sweater. To get fancier, wear a blazer or sport coat over it.

Bring several outfit arrangements for evenings on board, though remember there is laundry service available if needed so you don’t need to feel compelled to overpack.

As for shoes to wear on board, pack a pair of flip-flops or slip-on sandals that are pool-ready, a pair of dressier shoes for evenings, and casual or tennis shoes for recreational activities.

Europe Summer Cruise Packing List for Days in Port

Exploring Santorini, Greece, while in port with Celebrity Cruises.
Touring the cruise port of Santorini, Greece

During your Europe summer cruise, you’ll be visiting many amazing ports of call full of gorgeous scenery, bustling city centers, and historic attractions. Ensure you’re ready for whatever adventure is thrown at you while exploring these sites by packing adequately.

Here is a list of items you’ll want to have in your suitcase for port days:

  • Daypack
  • Comfortable Walking Sandals or Shoes – If new, be sure to wear them in before leaving for your cruise.
  • Sunscreen Stick – Easy to throw into your daypack.
  • Cotton or Breathable T-Shirt or Tanktop – Most parts of Europe get hot in the summer!
  • Shorts or Loose Linen (or other lightweight fabric) Pants
  • Comfortable Dress
  • Sunglasses or Visor/Sunhat
  • Camera with Extra Battery and Extra Memory Card
  • Cardigan – Ideal for cooler days or late evenings in port.

Note: If visiting any religious points of interest, check the dress code before leaving for your cruise. Most require shoulders to be covered, but some even require knees to be covered. A thin, summer scarf is an easy thing to stick in a daypack and which you can tie around your shoulders if needed.

Miscellaneous Items to Pack

Some other things to remember to pack for your cruise include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Medications
  • Kindle or Tablet
  • Charger Adaptor (Your ship will likely be compatible with U.S. electronics , but you may still want an adaptor for in port if you need to charge anything at a café or at your pre- or post-cruise hotel).
  • Toiletries (If you are particular about what you use – Celebrity Cruises provides you with premium toiletry options.)

The good news about cruising is that if you decide there’s an article of clothing you need, you can likely find something similar to it in the onboard boutique – then you can do your shopping during days at sea or in the morning or evenings without having to waste any precious sightseeing time in port!

Where in the World Wednesday: July 26, 2017

Can you guess where in the world this destination is from the clues below?

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This walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site was founded in the early 1500s. Every street in this city has a history of its own. One million residents live here, making this the fifth largest city in its country. Leather and tobacco are major industries.

Its country shares a border with five other nations, has one of the most colorful rivers in the world, one of the tallest seaside mountains, and has two different coastlines on two different bodies of water. The murder rate in this country’s capital city is lower than the murder rate in the USA’s capital city.

Shady plazas and narrow cobblestone streets make this city one of the most picturesque cities in this region of the world. Points of interest include the city walls and fortifications from colonial times, a 16th-century cathedral, and this city’s annual festivals, which range from bull fighting, to soccer, to beach volleyball.  You’ll also need to practice your step, as the sultry salsa is very popular here.

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Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena, Colombia)

Cartagena’s colonial walled city and fortress are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Last year the new Panama Canal (3rd locks) opened for transit. At a cost of $5.2 billion, the Panama Canal Expansion is the largest project at the canal since its original construction. The project created a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks, doubling the waterway’s capacity. 

Where in the World Wednesday: July 19, 2017

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This beach is a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers, providing a visual feast of sponge gardens, reef systems, and marine life to observe. There is even an underwater snorkel trail. This beach features a large pinnacle rock which has been sculpted by wind and water over the centuries.  It now looks like the bow of a large ship steaming onto the beach. The walls of the cave were formed from volcanic explosions over 8 million years. Many archways, crevices, and caverns can be found underwater and along this beach.

The cave on this beach was used as a tunnel in a famous movie based on a series of seven fantasy novels considered a classic of children’s literature. More recently the cove was used as one of the locations in a Macklemore & Ryan Lewis music video.

Located less than five minutes away, visitors flock to a usually deserted section of the beach where within two hours of low tide each day you will find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs. Often rated as one of the world’s most renowned beaches – this is one experience that should be on your bucket list. A truly unique experience you should try at least once in your lifetime.

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Coromandel Peninsula- Hahei Beach/Hot Water Beach, Te Whanganui-A-Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve, New Zealand

The Coromandel is located across the gulf from Auckland, New Zealand, and has a mountainous interior with rainforests and more than 250 miles of white sand beaches.  There are many activities to do while there, including fishing, hiking, cycling, and diving. 

The tunnel at Cathedral Cove was used as the entrance to Narnia in the Prince of Caspian movie and is also where Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis filmed the music video for “Can’t Hold Us.“ 

Hot Water Beach is a natural phenomenon where within two hours of low tide each day you will find hot water bubbling through the golden sand. Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs. This is often rated as one of the world’s most renowned beaches.

Cruise Port Spotlight: Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Philipsburg, St. Maarten is the cruise gateway to the gorgeous island of St. Maarten / St. Martin. Why the dual spelling? Because this tropical Caribbean island is the smallest island in the world to be inhabited by two nations: French St. Martin and Dutch St. Maarten. When visiting, it’s easy to cross between the two sides and no matter which part of the island you’re exploring, you’ll find lots of friendly locals and gorgeous beaches. Each side of the island definitely has a different feel though, reflective of its home country – with a good dose of Caribbean charm thrown in. Here is a summary of what to expect and things to do when your ship has a port of call in Philipsburg, St. Maarten.

Getting to Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Your ship will dock on the Dutch side of the island in Philipsburg. To get to the central part of Philipsburg, you’ll need to depart the ship and join your shore excursion group or take the small water ferry across the bay. It’s a short ride and you’ll be deposited right by all the shops and restaurants of Philipsburg. Spend time browsing and shopping, then go for a walk on the sandy beach. If you’re feeling more adventurous, opt for a shore excursion while in port to have a more adventurous time.

Things to Do in St. Maarten / St. Martin

Besides walking around Philipsburg, here are some other things you may want to do while visiting the island of St. Maarten / St. Martin during your cruise.

Horseback Riding: A memorable way to explore the coast of St. Maarten is via a horseback riding excursion. There are scenic seaside trails you’ll go down atop your horse before riding right into the Caribbean water.

Sunset Cruise: The water surrounding St. Maarten consists of beautiful clear shades of aquamarine and turquoise. Watch the colors of both the sea and sky change from day to night on a sunset catamaran cruise, complete with Champagne.

Beach Excursion: If you’re all about beach time during your day in Philipsburg, opt for the Buccaneer Beach shore excursion, which effortlessly takes you to one of St. Maarten’s most popular beaches. You can lounge on the white sand, pop into the beach bar for a cool drink, or splash around in the warm water.

ATV Adventure: Feeling the need for some fast-paced action during your time on the island? Spend your day zooming around on an ATV. Drive your ATV up the hillside for scenic views and then back down to the coast for time on the beach.

Celebrity Cruises Active Adventure Ziplining

Ziplining: On the French side of the island up on Pic Paradis, the highest peak on the island, you’ll find Loterie Farm nature preserve, which hosts a thrilling adventure course over the treetop canopy with ziplines, bridges and rope swings.

The Newest Ship Sailing to St. Maarten

When your day is done in St. Maarten / St. Martin you’ll board your ship and enjoy the fun nightlife and luxe lounges that Celebrity Cruises is known for – which may be on Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, since it will be offering an itinerary that has a port of call in St. Maarten when the ship begins sailing at the end of 2018.

Magic Carpet on Celebrity Edge
Celebrity Edge

This Celebrity Edge itinerary is a 7-night Eastern Caribbean sailing that is scheduled to stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. You can visit even more ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings that includes Celebrity Edge’s other itinerary for the Western Caribbean and also visit Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman.

To find out more about Celebrity Edge, including its innovative Infinite Veranda staterooms and the industry-first Magic Carpet, a cantilevered terrace that “floats” between the decks serving as both a waiting lounge for tender boats while in port and a unique oceanview restaurant experience in the evenings, click here.

To book your Celebrity Edge or other Celebrity Cruises sailing to Philipsburg, St. Maarten visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

 

Where in the World Wednesday: July 12, 2017

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This city, named after a town in England, is one of the most historically rich cities in its country. It is here that you can drive nearly 100 feet below the earth’s surface and the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train going under a vehicle driving under an airplane. Interestingly, you won’t find any “Happy Hour” signs in the local pubs, as the typical post-work drink deals have been banned here since the early 1980s. A golden pine cone sits atop the gold dome of this city’s government building, symbolizing the historical importance of logging to this area.

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Boston, Massachusetts

Last week, Celebrity Summit was docked in Boston for the 4th of July holiday, where guests were treated to prime viewing of one of the largest firework shows in the world. 

Where to Travel the Last Half of 2017

2017 is already half way over, but that still leaves plenty of time to fit in a vacation that will keep this year memorable for you. Not sure where to go? Here are some great ideas on where to travel during the last half of 2017, whether you’re looking for a winter getaway or a last minute summer cruise.

Keep Chasing the Warm Weather in 2017

If you’re already dreading the end of summer, keep the sunshine continuing with a cruise to a tropical or exotic destination.

The last half of 2017 is going to bring colder weather for most residents of the west coast. Luckily, the Caribbean isn’t too far away. Escape to the gorgeous islands of the Caribbean when the weather starts getting really bad in November and December before the craziness of the holidays hits on these sailings:

  • 12-Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise: Departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia; St. George’s, Grenada; Bridgetown, Barbados; Roseau, Dominica; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis.
  • 10-Night Ultimate Caribbean Cruise: Departs from Fort Lauderdale with stops in St. Johns, Antigua; Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten.
  • 11-Night Dutch Antilles Caribbean Cruise: Departs from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and visits St. Croix, USVI; Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis; St. Johns, Antigua; Willemstad, Curacao; Oranjestad, Aruba; Kralendijk, Bonaire; and Charlotte Amelie, St. Thomas.

Been there, done that when it comes to the Caribbean? Consider traveling to the desert….in Asia. This Arabian Coast Immersion cruise from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will have you the envy of all your friends when you come back talking about seeing the wonders and scenery found in Muscat, Oman; Sir Bani Yas, UAE; Dubai, UAE; and multiple nights in port in Abu Dhabi.

That’s not the only cruise you can do in Asia out of Abu Dhabi. This roundtrip Arabian Sea and India Cruise which sails from Abu Dhabi in December is a unique way to see Goa, India; Mumbai, India; Muscat, Oman; and Dubai, UAE.

Always dreamed of visiting Southeast Asia? The 14-night Southeast Asia Immersion Cruise departing on December 10 on Celebrity Millennium from Singapore visits Bangkok, Thailand; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and Hanoi, Vietnam, before ending in Hong Kong, China.

You can also make your Southeast Asia vacation a holiday cruise by getting on the ship when it’s in Hong Kong on December 24 and sailing on a roundtrip cruise that visits Hanoi (and Halong Bay), Vietnam; Hue, Vietnam; Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Hualien; Taiwan; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Another “it” destination to go to during the remainder of 2017 is the Galapagos, and a cruise is an amazing way to see it, especially on Celebrity’s Xpedition cruise ship, a smaller ship that expertly navigates the waters and islands of the Galapagos.

If you’re looking to escape winter weather, keep in mind our winter is summer in the southern hemisphere, which you can take advantage of with a December cruise around New Zealand and Australia. New Zealand in particular has been growing in popularity as a travel destination since the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out and now is the time to get there before it becomes even more popular.

Last Minute Cruises this Summer

If you haven’t yet gone on a vacation this summer, but still want to go on one, a last-minute cruise may be the perfect solution for you.

Alaska cruises only run from May through September, making them an ideal choice for a summer vacation that you can’t do at another time of year. Though Alaska cruises tend to book up fast, you’re in luck — there are still some staterooms and suites available on summer cruises to Alaska. Check out these two Alaska itineraries sailing the end of August:

Europe is also a coveted place to travel in summer thanks to gorgeous weather and sunny seaside towns.

This last minute sailing to the Mediterranean departs from Rome, Italy, on July 31 and visits Florence, Italy; Nice, France; Barcelona, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar, United Kingdom; Cartagena, Spain; and Ibiza, Spain.

Thinking you’d rather travel somewhere in northern Europe? This last minute 12-night itinerary departs from Amsterdam, Netherlands, this August and has ports of call in Inverness, Scotland; Edinburgh, Scotland; Liverpool, England; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; and Bruges, Brussels.

Feeling overwhelmed about booking last minute airfare to Europe? Call Celebrity Air Agents or your travel agent and enquire about Celebrity’s ChoiceAir option that offers competitive rates for airfare and is easy to add onto your cruise booking.

To book your cruise or find out more information about 2017 sailings with Celebrity Cruises, visit www.CelebrityCruises.com or speak with your travel agent.

Where in the World Wednesday: July 5, 2017

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This town is situated on the right bank of a famous river, and given its location has a long tradition of fishing and shipbuilding. During WWII, one of the greatest raids of all occurred here when Allied Forces began aerial bombing of this port while British ships snuck up the estuary and launched a surprise attack on the Germans who had occupied this port city.

While visiting you can rent a car and drive 90 miles east where you’ll see vineyards in a famous valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and can venture into the underground caves that house the sparkling wine for which this valley is known. 

In addition to the abundance of vineyards in this valley, cherry orchards line the banks of the river, as well as fields of artichokes and asparagus.

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Saint-Nazaire, France

Saint-Nazaire (pronounced Señ Neñseir) is located at the mouth of the Loire River and is home to Chantiers de l’Atlantique (STX), one of the world’s largest shipyards. This is the shipyard that is building Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship. Saint-Nazaire is located in a large harbor near the Atlantic Ocean, on the right bank of the Loire River and is close to the Loire Valley where you can go for wine tasting.