When you’re going on a cruise, it’s essential to take proper precautions and plan ahead. This involves knowing where you’re sailing from and to, planning out your route, and sorting out your luggage.
Not only your suitcase, though. You need to have a good purse that can get you through the day, both on the ship and onshore.
To help you navigate through the waters of what to get, below is a brief overview and review of a few of your best options for different situations.
Keep in mind, we’re strictly dealing with purses and handbags here. However, that may not be your best option. You should keep an open mind when it comes to other types of bags to use during your cruise.
That being said, here’s a look at three purses that are great for cruises.
Tommy Hilfiger Buckle Detail Tote
We are starting the list with something designer. While bringing good quality gear on a cruise isn’t always the best idea, it can make you a target for thieves or get damaged, you’re going to need something to wear in the lounge in the evening.
That’s what this bag is for. Tommy Hilfiger items are always excellent quality and look absolutely stunning, all without breaking the bank.
This bag is no exception. It’s simple, yet elegant, smart, yet stylish, and does perfectly regardless of what you want to do with it.
With a total dimension of 42 x 14 x 32 centimeters, this bag has all the room you could possibly need during your cruise, regardless of what you want to keep on you. Just your phone, cards, and a pair of sunglasses? No problem. What if you want to bring some swimwear and a book or tablet around with you? Yep, room for that too.
The bag has a sturdy zip closure, which is much better than having clasps. It can keep your belongings safer and drier. Which, needless to say, maybe a concern for you while you’re traveling the high seas.
It has two top handles with a square metal buckle, hence the name of the bag. The handles are of great quality. They are well made and secured firmly to the bag, meaning it won’t fail you if you decide to pack it full of goodies.
The inside of the bag is pretty much devoid of compartments, except for two slip pockets on the side. This is great because there’s no fiddling around with different areas trying to fit stuff in, but there is still a convenient place you can put your phone or cash.
Of course, the bag also features the signature Tommy Hilfiger branding. The logo is attached to the front in steel, while the rest of the bag remains a dark black/gray minimalistic color. This has the effect of giving the bag an air of elegance and sleekness.
One drawback that has to be mentioned is that the bag is made of 100 percent polyester. It’s not too big of a deal, but polyester has a harder time staying dry than, say, leather, for example.
The bag retails for around $120 dollars and is a great choice not just for a cruise, but for your day to day life as well.
- Affordable price for a branded bag
- Lots of storage space
- Looks sleek and clean
- Zips instead of clasps
- Made of 100% polyester
- Could do with some heavier branding
So that’s perfect for wearing on an evening on your cruise, but what if you’re going onshore and want to go to the beach? The last thing you want to be bringing into the sand is a designer handbag.
Superdry Amaya Rope Tope Bag
Superdry has always delivered exceptional quality for a fraction of the price bigger brands charge, and this bag follows in that trend. Retailing for around $50 dollars, and often on sale, you can’t really go wrong with this beauty.
Having said that, don’t plan on throwing this thing over your shoulder in a fancy dress one evening, because that’s not going to happen. Unless you like sporting pineapples to parties, in which case, you do you, boo.
As the last bag, this is a tote. So you’re going to have all the space you need for the beach essentials. It has two stylish rope handles, which suit the beach aesthetic perfectly.
It also features a zip, much like the last bag, which is great. Again, it can keep your stuff dry and safe far better than a clasp bag can.
The bag is 16 x 36 x 56 centimeters in size, so it’s quite a bit bigger than the last one, and considering the amount of stuff you need to bring to the beach, it’s a welcome size.
It is made up of 61% percent cotton, 36% polyester, and 3% percent Viscose. This is an alright material makeup. It doesn’t let the water in and doesn’t disagree with the sand too much, so you can’t really complain regardless.
This bag also comes in three different variations, not just colors. First is the original Superdry design. It has white, blue, and navy stripes running all across its body, and it branded with the Superdry logo on the front.
Second is a design that is a little hard to describe. It almost features Native American influences, with isometric designs, pinecone leaves, touches of nature, and some fascinating circle designs. The bag is a combination of whites, purples, and pinks, and has a very psychedelic feel to it. It has the Superdry logo at the top in a tiny plate addon.
Lastly, and perhaps the best of the three, is the pineapple design. The bag is all black with some green leaves sprinkled in here and there, along with an array of dark orange pineapples. It’s a darker design than the other two but looks great for the beach. Again, the Superdry logo is up the top on a small plate.
- Affordable price tag
- Three designs to choose from
- Zip, no clasp
- Rope handles that add to the beach vibes aesthetic
- Branding is a bit weak
- Would have benefited from better materials
Okay, so that’s your evening fine dining and beachwear bag covered. What’s left? Well, consider that you are going out gallivanting in the city one day. Pickpockets and thieves are attracted to popular tourist spots like moths to a flame, so you need something to keep your stuff safe.
Travelon Anti-Theft Messenger Bag
Okay, this is not necessarily a handbag, but it is a messenger bag, so there isn’t much in the difference. It’s actually a very nice-looking bag. It has a sleek, modernistic feel to it, and comes in both black and navy.
It’s 28 x 25 x 11 centimeters, which is on the small side, but handy. You don’t want a big bag swinging off your shoulder as you navigate packed city streets and markets, after all. It’s 100% polyester, which in this case, is completely fine.
Its main compartment has plenty of room inside it for a book, tablet, or small laptop, and it has a few pockets you can use for organization. The compartments have lobster claw locks on them, so you’re completely secure in that regard.
The shoulder strap is adjustable and surprisingly comfortable. It is cable reinforced and slash-proof. So nobody can cut and run with your precious belongings.
The bag features particular RFID blocking slots for your bank cards, which is a huge feature. If you keep your cards in an RFID blocking wallet, as you should be, this isn’t a factor, but if you don’t, it can be a lifesaver.
The body of the bag also features slash-resistant panels, so you can’t cut through it. In other words, this bag is as safe as you can get.
It also has a front pocket and a slot for a water bottle, which is a must for wandering around in a hot country. It retails for $75 dollars, which is actually great for an anti-theft bag.
- A great price for what it is
- Sleek design
- Super safe
- RFID blocking compartment
- Slot for your water bottle
- Overly simple looking
- Small size
There you have it. Three of the best purses you can get for a cruise, each serving their own unique purpose.
None of the items on the list break the bank, either. That’s intentional. Whether we like it or not, the chance of your items getting stolen on a cruise holiday is higher than if you were at home. So to minimize the risk, don’t go nuts with a Louis Vuitton or Gucci bag.
Hopefully, you got something from this list. Each item has its own pros and cons, of course, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
However, it all comes down to your sense of style. Perhaps you hated the items on this list, that’s fine! It’s all up to you. It’s your holiday after all, so you wear what you want to wear, and don’t forget to enjoy yourself.