Cruises can be the ultimate trip of a lifetime. There is so much to see and do, and so many wonderful events also held on-board the ship. While packing shoes for any holiday can be a huge task, packing shoes for a cruise can feel even more daunting if there are a range of different events for you to attend. Thankfully, there is no need to stress. We’ve compiled the ultimate list of shoes to bring on any cruise:
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Flip flops/ thongs
Probably the most important piece of footwear is the trusty flip-flop. This pair of shoe is built for anything related to the beach, which you will most likely be spending your time while on a small ship cruise to Fiji. Be sure to pack a pair of these in your travel pack to avoid having to spend money on another which often be more expensive than at home. It might also be a smart idea to bring two pairs of thongs as one might accidentally break in the middle of the cruise.
Deck shoes/ boat shoes
These are generally closed-toe shoes with leather tops and rubber soles. They are the standard shoe to pack for any cruise. This is because not only are they a step up from casual shoes, but they are also slip-resistant, which is something you want to have if you are required to walk across a deck that’s covered in water.
Sneakers/ walking shoes
For all on-shore excursions, having a good pair of walking shoes is essential. Many of these also have good rubber soles, which are also useful to wear when walking on slippery surfaces.
A pair of nice sandals will take you from the pool bar to the beach with ease. Choose something that’s comfortable so that if you are walking some distance on-shore to get to a beach location you do it in comfort all the way.
Most cruise ships will have formal dining rooms where strict dress codes are put in place. This is where your pair of dress shoes or high heels will come in handy. Make sure that you choose a pair that is versatile, and can be matched with a number of different outfits for different nights on the cruise. With high heels it is also recommended that you avoid floor-damaging stilettos. Wedges are an excellent alternative that still make your legs look great.
If you are heading to a tropical location and snorkeling or sea exploring, then a pair of reef shoes is a good idea. They are not only great protection for your foot against sharp corals and sea urchins, but they also help you to grip. There could also be certain areas where flippers are advised to not be used, so having some protective covering on your feet is a really good idea.
If you pack smart and think ahead about the different outfits you’ll be wearing while you’re away, you’ll be able to pack just a few pairs of shoes that will be more than sufficient for your cruise vacation.