Off the top of my head, I can count over a dozen posts that I’ve written on cruise holidays. Despite that I was confounded when I had to pack for our recent cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. I might have written a detailed guide on packing for a Mediterranean Cruise Holiday but those clothes just wouldn’t do for a colder cruise vacation. Our guide on packing for skiing and winter sports had too many sensible clothes for a glitzy cruise holiday in Scandinavia. Packing for Scandinavian weather can be quite the conundrum – it’s cold but Scandinavians are terribly fashionable.
My mind was brimming with ideas – faux fur and sequins for evenings on the ship, pastel coats for days out in Norwegian ports, statement loafers for walking around new towns and cities, and oversized beanies. Suddenly, I had this packing malarkey all figured out. I stuck to these ideas and managed to swim through the week with clothes to spare! Score 🙂
Here’s some of what I packed:
Gold Loafers and Black Court Shoes: New Look
Trench Coat and Fedora: H&M
Down Jacket: Icewear
Crochet Playsuit: H&M
Maxi Dress: ASOS (similar ASOS Maxi Dress)
Faux Fur Coat: Vintage
I layered oversized smock dresses with pastel coats for excursions in the Norwegian countryside. I added a warm pink beanie to complete the outfit. Of course, I didn’t want to resemble a giant cupcake in my all-pink ensemble. The rose gold aviators and metallic gold loafers make the outfit edgier.
The metallic loafers stayed on my feet all week. They’re perfect to dress up an outfit while still being comfortable. I walked miles in them, without once feeling the need to change into more sensible shoes. On our day out in the gorgeous town of Alesund, I paired them with a white crochet playsuit, metallic sunglasses, and a black fedora.
Of course, I had to resort to hardcore outwear and comfy sneakers on the days we went climbing glaciers or hiking in the Norwegian Fjords. I never stray from my Icewear down jacket (Scandinavian brands make the BEST outerwear, so pick one up for yourself while you’re there!) which can me toasty in sub-zero temperatures. I love it!
Dressing up for dinners probably constitutes my favourite part of cruise holidays. I find the entire ritual so much fun. I resorted to fail safe black dresses on most nights. My favourite evening dress is this glittery number from ASOS. I paired it with a faux fur jacket and basic black heels for evenings out on the ship’s deck.
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