santorini greece

What to Pack for a European Cruise Holiday

Posted April 13th, 2016

Europe – it’s one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations. Here you can see everything from pristine beaches and incredible coastlines to medieval palaces and quaint villages, and all within easy reach from the comfort of your river boat or cruise ship.

So what should you take with you on your travels? Whether you’re enjoying a quick sojourn through the Mediterranean or an extended sailing trip down the great rivers of Europe, there are a few essentials that you should remember to bring in order to make the most of your European cruise holiday.

Santorini, Greece

Appropriate Clothing

Generally, European cruises tend to be a bit fancier than those through the Caribbean or South Pacific, so don’t be afraid to dress up! Many agree that ‘resort casual’ is appropriate attire throughout the day with many tours recommending guests to wear comfortable, closed-in shoes as it’s likely that they’ll be doing a lot of walking during shore tours. For the evening, it’s ideal to wear a ‘smart casual’ outfit that may involve a sports jacket for the men and a nice dress for the ladies.

When organising your travel wardrobe, think about packing clothes that can be mixed and matched for various looks, rather than taking plenty of different outfits. Before you leave, also make sure to take note of any formal or themed nights that your cruise line might be hosting and pack accordingly.


Depending where you are in Europe, even the summer weather can sometimes resemble an Australian winter. That’s why it’s critical to pack clothing that can be layered for varying degrees of warmth, and at least one waterproof jacket in case of poor conditions. Jeans, cardigans, capris and polo shirts are all versatile pieces that are suitable for a European summer cruise, but make sure to pack warm jackets and thermal undergarments if you’re sailing in winter.

Lisbon, Portugal

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International Power Adaptor

Don’t let your holiday memories be ruined by a flat battery! It’s very likely that a European-based cruise line will have European power sockets on board, and there’s no point in bringing your phone, camera or tablet if you can’t charge it. Check with the company or your cruise consultant before leaving to make sure you get the right adaptor and feel confident that you will capture every moment. You can get international power converters from most electrical stores or in the airport.


Most river boats and cruise ships will have a hot tub, spa or pool on board, so don’t be afraid to get wet! It’s the perfect opportunity to socialise with your fellow cruisers and take in the passing scenery (with a cocktail in hand). Of course, you might also visit some European beaches on your trip – just don’t forget the sunscreen.

Passau, Germany

The Essentials

Your stateroom will probably provide some basic toiletries, but it might be worth investing in some travel bottles of your favourite products if you need specific brands or are holidaying for an extended period of time. To keep everything tidy, think about investing in a toiletries bag that you can easily hang in the shower and simultaneously save space on your vanity for other items. Additionally, don’t forget other necessities such as your passport, camera, and holiday attitude!

To find out more about upcoming European cruises, call one of our cruising experts on 1300 954 661 and discover why cruising is an amazing way to experience this spectacular continent.

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