I’m happy to admit that what to pack for my first ever cruise initially gave me a bit of a style at sea dilemma. Whatever I chose had to make me feel at home aboard the luxuriously laid back Europa 2 and work for our stop offs in Santorini, Zakynthos and Sicily too. No pressure then!
I love a good packing conundrum as much as the next style and travel obsessed woman but this one wasn’t without it’s challenges. When a volcano visit pops up on the itinerary, you might stand and stare at your empty suitcase and scratch your head too.
Natural instincts soon kicked in and safe in the knowledge that I didn’t have to dress for formal dinners, I made sure to pack some essentials that would see me through warm Mediterranean days and evenings spent dining in the ship’s seven stylish restaurants. Which was one of my excuses for the overpacking that may have ensued *coughs*.
In the end it came down to ensuring I included a couple of versatile dresses for daytime, a beach cover up, flat shoes, dinner dresses and a few well chosen accessories. Everything else became the excess luggage icing on the suitcase shaped cake.
Here’s a quick round up of my style at sea essentials showcased by way of a few Grinning Like A Loon selfies on the balcony and In The Mirror shots. I was unable to pack Marlene or either of her photography apprentices, Mr OS and JC!
Wearing: Blue RayBan Aviators | Taylor Wren Lizzie Shirt c/o | Anthropologie Shorts | Superga plimsolls – The White Company | Camera – Olympus OM-D E-M10 MKII | Camera Strap – Sail | Watch – Michael Kors
The only sunnies to take to Santorini? Blue mirror RayBans of course – great for blending with those blue skies! The white linen shirt was the perfect cover up and I paired it with grey shorts and Superga plimsolls for some serious pavement pounding. Sightseeing trip number one ticked off.
What do you wear for a trip to Zakynthos when you’re not sure if swimming is on the cards at some point? A hush embroidered kaftan worn over your swimsuit with shorts. The aforementioned shorts can of course be dropped in the middle of the street to improve the look of your outfit pic pose. Shameless!
I ordered this dress from ASOS whilst crossing my fingers that it wouldn’t be indecently short as is sometimes the case. When it arrived and I tried it on to find it was just above the knee I was overjoyed! It turned out to be perfect for dinner on the first night of the cruise when I really wasn’t sure how “dressy” the evenings were going to be.
When in outfit doubt or short on packing space, always amp up the accessories that you take to give more options for switching up your looks. This hush Pom Pom clutch was the perfect summer holiday vibe piece and I’m so glad I invested in my first ever something from Céline for my birthday – I LOVE these sunnies!
And there you go – said sunnies in action…again. An old favourite Zara dress was great for mooching about on the day we spent at sea and will definitely be coming poolside with me for our summer holiday this year. Similar versions are available here and here this season.
What does one wear to meet the captain on the bridge of Europa 2? Why cashmere and a hush dress of course! When I wrote about packing the dress and shoes here, I had no idea that the surroundings in which I’d be wearing them would be quite as amazing as this. Or indeed that I would be attired in said pieces whilst wondering about the etiquette of asking the captain of a ship if he’d mind posing for a selfie with me…
And finally, I can think of no better style souvenir to bring home from Santorini than these Elina Linardaki sandals. Every time I wear them I’ll be reminded of bright blue skies, pristine white buildings and time spent sipping champagne on my balcony aboard the amazing Europa 2.
Feel good shoes with happy memories!
You can read more about my first ever cruise experience on Europa 2 here.
SHOP STYLE AT SEA ESSENTIALS