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Winter Cruises: How to Dress for a Cold Weather Cruise

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Make sure you don’t forget to pack for cold weather during your winter cruise.

You might wonder why anyone would want to go on winter cruises and what places they would cruise to. Knowing what to wear on a winter cruise is important so you can fully enjoy every part of your vacation.

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Here at, we have put together cruise packing tips for cold weather sailings to be sure you have everything you need for your vacation.

Winter Cruises

Maybe you’re wondering what type of winter cruises are available. There truly is something for everyone on winter cruises. If you like culture, dining, history, and shopping, a European Christmas Market river cruise might be perfect for you.

For the adventurers there are Iceland Circumnavigation |Chilean Fjords and Southern Patagonia | Antarctic Peninsula | Greenland and Baffin Bay, and Alaska Inside Passage cruises. All of these cruises provide exceptional photo opportunities for photographers, but an Arctic Circle/Northern

Lights Cruise is especially appealing. Springtime is pretty chilly, but the beauty of a Belgium and Netherlands Tulip Time cruise makes bundling up well worth it.

Check out Winter 2020 cruises to the Panama Canal here.

What to Wear on a Winter Cruise

When packing for a winter cruise, comfort, warmth, and staying dry are important. These cruise packing tips will help you have everything you need to enjoy your winter cruise to the fullest.

Pack Layers – Wearing layers when on a winter cruise is especially important. Staying comfortable requires being able to adjust your temperature by adding or removing layers of clothing. Turtlenecks, sweaters, and flannel shirts are all-important layering pieces.

Accessories – Wool scarves, hats (balaclava), gloves, and mittens protect you from wind and frostbite and are essential to any winter cruise. The temperature of your feet contributes to your body’s core temperature making it important to keep them warm and dry. Pack moisture-wicking socks made of merino wool and synthetic fibers.

Winter Jacket – Your outerwear is important. If you are taking a cruise to the Arctic or Antarctica you need a coat that is water repellent and allows for free movement. Restrictive clothing makes it difficult to maneuver in and out of smaller boats used for transport to some excursion areas. Check to see if the cruise line you are taking provides outerwear for their cruise guests.

Thermal Underwear – Thermal underwear (tops and bottoms), is essential for winter cruises. Wear thermal underwear under heavy pants to keep legs warm. If you plan to do any activities in the snow bring insulated ski pants.

Boots – Waterproof boots are critical to keeping feet warm and dry. Depending on the cruise you choose, you may want to select boots that can handle temperatures to -40C conditions.

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