Our Disney Style editor just finished up a trip of a lifetime on the Disney Magic–Disney Cruise Line‘s Mediterranean itinerary traveling from Barcelona to Italy and France!
On her journey she picked up some crucial Disney Cruising tips for you to keep in mind when you sail on your own Disney Cruise, especially when it came to the outfit department. Packing for a week abroad is no easy feat, especially when your daily schedule is packed with activities ranging from hikes and sight seeing to fancy dinner and a Frozen-themed party. Check out her outfit recs and Cruise details below!
Saturday – Welcome to the Disney Magic!
On Saturday I arrived on ship early and had a delicious lunch at Carioca’s, a Brazilian-themed restaurant on board. When you first arrive on a Disney Cruise, you check your luggage and won’t see it again until check-in time when your room is available. Always remember to wear something comfortable as you explore the ship the first day, but also pack your bathing suit in your purse in case you feel like going for a dip before your room is ready!
I wore baggy silk joggers that were a nice mix of casual and chic, a flowy sweater tank, and deceptively comfortable Madden Girl heeled sandals (these were clutch throughout the cruise as they gave me height, were semi-fancy, but still extremely comfortable). My big leather bag from Urban Outfitters gave me room to keep my bathing suit and camera close by.
Sunday – Day at Sea
Sunday was a day at sea, which meant a full day relaxing as we sailed from Barcelona to our next port in Naples. I got some work done (this was a work assignment after all!), visited the Disney Magic’s amazing gym, tried out the Aqua Dunk slide, and most importantly went to the Freezing the Night Away party featuring Anna, Elsa, and their Frozen friends. I wanted to dress the part without being too over-the-top, so I went for a black romper–it can be breezy on deck and I didn’t want a dress that would be flying everywhere. To throw in a bit of Frozen, I wore a white and silver statement necklace that reminded me of Elsa’s frozen fractals she sings about.
The final touch was an LED light-up snowflake necklace that all the guests received in their staterooms. Everyone wore their snowflake charms to the party and lit up the deck. Bringing black basics like rompers and LBDs and switching up accessories is a great way to to save room in your luggage and stateroom closet.
Monday – Naples and Dinner at Palo
On Monday we explored Naples and Sicily, enjoyed a Disney Cruise Line Port Adventure, and best of all, had dinner in Palo, the Italian restaurant aboard the ship. The dress code at Palo is a little more formal but not stuffy, so I wanted to wear a comfortable shift dress that was still fun and youthful–we were on a Disney Cruise after all!
This eye-print dress is made of a great neoprene-like material that doesn’t wrinkle at all, essential when stuffing your luggage full of a week’s worth of clothes. Plus, the print is amazing! A little girl wearing a Merida princess gown in the stairwell stopped me and said “There’s eyes on your dress,” to which I said “You have Merida on your dress!”
The only downside to this dress is that it’s kind of noticeable, so I couldn’t easily wear it again later on the cruise, which totally violates my “pack and re-wear basics” rule.
Tuesday – Rome
It was a very warm and sunny day in Rome filled with lots of sightseeing and walking. I knew that if we ventured into any churches on our excursion, I would need to have my legs and shoulders covered as part of the local custom. Jeans sounded way too warm, so I wore my patterned overalls and a white shirt, and packed a scarf just in case.
These overalls, like my silk joggers, were a great choice for the cruise since they were comfortable and didn’t show wrinkles after being stashed in my suitcase and then worn all over Rome. They also have pockets so I wasn’t fishing my phone out of my bag all day, essential while sightseeing at the Colosseum.
Wednesday – Florence and Pisa
If you’ve ever been to Tuscany in August, IT’S HOT. I knew this (plus my Disney Cruise Line Navigator reported the weather each day), so I dressed accordingly in a very loose and light panel t-shirt dress from H&M. This dress was perfect for a cruise since it breathed, looked great when you added a statement necklace, and could double as a bathing suit cover up.
My black strappy sandals from Target were comfortable for all of that cobblestone-walking in Florence, and my light woven straw hat from Forever 21 helped keep me cool.
We had our semi-formal dinner night at Animator’s Palette. I had brought this knit striped dress to wear on one of our Port Aventures with sandals and a dapper scarf, but realized it could also be dressed up for dinner with nude pumps and a contrasting necklace. My green cargo jacket is made of a light, silky fabric with a slight sheen, so I could wear it to the airport and while sightseeing and not be too fancy, or add it to a dinner outfit and still look nice.
Friday – Day at Sea
Friday was filled with work and photo shoots, some of which I had to star in. Yes, I got to take photos with Mickey and Friends, which was an absolute dream come true.
Since we also spent the day running around the ship for work (I needed photos of Mickey waffles for a very important article!), I had to have on something practical, but with enough personality to stand up to a photo shoot with Goofy. I chose black trousers and a cropped chambray top, and my espadrilles that I bought in Spain a few years back, which seemed appropriate for our trip back to Barcelona. My Disney Cruise Line Minnie ears complete with anchor-bedazzled bow were the final touch.