What do I wear on a New England cruise?
The best strategy for packing for your New England cruise is layers, no matter what the season, so you can be prepared for a sudden change in weather. New England weather has a reputation for being unpredictable. There’s an old saying, "Don’t like the weather? Just wait five minutes." Heavier layers are needed for spring and fall cruises which are generally in the mid-60s throughout the day and can be quite chilly in the early morning and into the evening, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Be sure to bring layers that you can shed as the day warms up, perhaps a few light sweaters and a waterproof windbreaker for taking in the beautiful New England coastal views from the sun deck.
For cruises between late June and early September, temperatures are generally in the 70s and 80s, varying slightly depending on where you are along the coast. In the summer, you can pack lighter clothing but don’t forget at least one pair of long pants and a jacket or sweater to be prepared for cooler weather.
With all cruise seasons, choose clothing with a simple color scheme that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. Also important are comfortable walking shoes and binoculars for enjoying all that nature has to offer.