Similar to resort-wear, maximizing your cruise-wear wardrobe is paramount to a successful journey.
The key word when packing for a cold weather trip of any kind is streamlining. Similar to packing for a ski trip, cold weather cruise clothes and gear tends to be bulky, so you really have to take extra care when selecting exactly what to pack.
As a veteran cruiser with more than 20-years and just as many cruises if not more under my belt including two expeditions to Antarctica, I’ve come to master the art of cold weather cruise packing.
Now that cruising is back at full steam and expedition trips to the both Poles are gaining in popularity, these brands and this gear are perfect for gifting yourself or the cold weather cruiser in your life this holiday season.
UGG Sherpa Mitten
Adorable and oh so warm and cozy (and cute to boot) UGG’s Sherpa Mittens are a fun splurge-worthy accessory for a cold weather cruise. These mittens feature an easy on, easy off tab, that pair perfectly with this matching UGG Sherpa Oversized Scarf ($65) if you really want to up the gift ante. $65
Base Layers By Smartwool
These 100% Merino wool fabric base layer pants by Smartwool have been designed for maximum comfort and breathability that are perfect for wearing under your gear or on their own around the ship. $110
REI’s Sea To Summit Dry Bag
Patagonia’s Better Sweater Fleece
Ideal for layering underneath you jacket or for lounging around the ship, Patagonia’s Better Sweater Fleece keeps you nice and bundled on those frigid days at sea. Available in mens and women’s in a variety of colors and sizes. $129
Made from 100% alpaca fibers, this Appalachian Gear Company All-Paca Fleece Beanie comes in a variety of colors and will keep you nice and insulted. The fabric is also weather and moisture resistant, so you’ll feel comfortable wearing out on excursions or on deck. $38
Sunday Performance Jogger
Perfect for lounging in your stateroom, the gym, or on the walking track on the top deck, Vuori’s Sunday Performance Joggers are ideal for your next cruise. They come in both mens and women’s in variety of colors and fair warning, these are so comfortable you want want to take them off. $98
Canada Shirt W
Fjallraven’s long-sleeved Canada flannel is made with recycled wool and is the perfect way to stay warm on on those chilly zodiac rides or off ship excursions. Available in four colors, this is an ideal mid layer that you’ll have in your closet for years of cold weather adventures to come. $165
LL Bean Women’s Mountain Pile Fleece Coat
Available in five color-ways, this LL Bean’s Mountain Pile Fleece is perfect for sporting both on and off ship. Made from extra plush sherpa fleece, the longer length gives your legs and hoodie give you added protection from the elements as well. $149
For those Arctic or Antarctic cruisers out there, extra heavy duty waterproof coat by Rains features a coated zip behind a Velcro fastened storm placket, ultrasonically welded seams, welt side pockets and an internal chest pocket for keeping your key card handy (and dry). $515
When it rains it pours and when that happens you can’t do much better than SOREL. With a wide-variety of waterproof boots, you can’t go wrong with their classic Out N About duck bootie for maximum protection and comfort. $130