With its crystal clear waters and golden sandy beaches it’s little wonder that the Caribbean is one of the most popular cruising destinations. Peak season falls between December and February and with temperatures consistently around the 30°C, you need to dress and pack accordingly.
1. Sun Protection
Pasty pale skin in search of some winter sun needs protection. Make sure you choose at least factor 30 and remember to apply at least 30 minutes before sun exposure, every few hours and after every time you go for a swim, even if it says water resistant.
Our pick:, £4.70, Amazon Malibu High Protection Sun Lotion – Water Resistant Sunscreen SPF30 200ml
Whether you want to laze around the pool on deck or go for a dip in the turquoise waters, a good swimsuit, bikini or swim shorts are essential for a Caribbean cruise. Check out our Top 10 swimsuits here.
Our pick: Adidas Womens Swimming Bikini Swim Two Piece
3. Snorkel Set
Yes, you’ll be able to hire a snorkel but it’s more hygienic and convenient to pack your own. There’s really nothing like the snorkelling among the coral reefs of the Cayman Islands, Aruba and Antigua.
Our pick: Scuba Diving Snorkeling Dive Mask and Sahara Total Dry Snorkel Set, £39.95, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/2vxwlwj
4. Hair Protection Spray
Dry, frizzy, sun-damaged hair is not going to look great for the photos on formal night, so make sure you use some UV protection spray to keep knots and frizz at bay.
Our pick: KERASTASE SOLEIL – MICRO VOILE PROTECTEUR *Hair Sun & UV Protection Spray – Protector Hairspray*, £15.29, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/33vl87x
5. Flip Flops
You’ll be wearing these constantly, whether walking about on deck or strolling along the beach. Plus they take up hardly any room in your suitcase.
Our pick: Havaianas Brasil Flip-flop, £9.99-22.99, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/34ob7tr
It goes without saying that if the weather is good you’ll be in shorts but make sure they are lightweight with enough pockets, a good colour that goes with everything and made from a quick drying material.
Our pick: Regatta Lariat Shorts, £12.29, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/3yb5v3j
7. Beach Bag
Convenient and stylish – you need somewhere to keep your beach towel, sunglasses, sun-cream and all your other beach essentials.
Our pick: Nautical Beach Bag, £6.50, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/37fnzof
There’s nothing worse than going somewhere sunny and spending the entire time squinting. Pack your sun specs and a hard case to keep them safe.
Our pick: Red Ray-Ban Wayfarer RB2140 Sunglasses, £92, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/359mx2w
9. Underwater Camera
As well as packing your digital camera, pop an underwater disposable camera in your suitcase. Most can be used down to 50ft making them perfect for snorkelling and capturing those colourful reefs
Our pick: Kodak Water & Sport Waterproof (50’/15 m) 35mm One-Time-Use Disposable Camera (ISO-800) – 27 Exposures, £7.30, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/35kxurk
Not everyone wants to sit around on the beach or on deck in just a swimsuit so cover up with a chic sarong. It’s also a great way to go from day to eveningwear when those cocktails are calling…
Our pick: Quality Hand Made Batik Sarong Marigolds Indigo Blue, £18.95, Amazon http://tinyurl.com/3y2bvl4
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