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Ultimate Cruise Guide for Fashion and Top Cruise Lines

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Are you ready for a much-needed break from the daily demands of your hectic lifestyle? Taking a cruise is one of the most popular multi-generational choices for a vacation. The popular saying, "there's something for everyone," truly applies to cruises. Wondering what swimwear fashions and accessories to bring? Looking for suggestions on the top cruises that meet your needs? Our ultimate cruise guide acts as both personal stylist and travel consultant.

Check out our cruise ship fashion guide and cruise ship checklist for guidance on the swimwear, active wear and accessories that will flatter your shape and make your ensemble pop. You'll discover how the right cut of swimsuit or swim dress can give you confidence and how a charming cover up can take you from the pool deck to the dining room.

Once you know what to wear and pack, read up on our top cruise destinations to find the perfect one that fits your needs. We name some of the industry's top picks in the categories of favorite cruises for newlyweds, families and girlfriend getaways. Bon voyage!




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Top Cruise Destinations for Newlyweds

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After a whirlwind year or more of planning your wedding, once you’ve said your "I Dos," relaxing on the high seas and being pampered sounds just about perfect. Here’s a list of some of the top romantic cruise getaways filled with luxe amenities and views of the sea as far as the eye can see. 


Royal Princess

You were the prince and princess on your wedding day, so it would stand to reason that you'd continue onto the honeymoon cruising on a ship named the Royal Princess. Enjoy one of the cabanas in the adults-only sanctuary area and a luxurious atrium filled with many bars and restaurants.

Celebrity Solstice

A ship with a lush lawn-covered deck? Yes, please. Enjoy a picnic on the Lawn Club deck while sipping champagne and feeling the blades of real grass tickle your toes. For extra pampering, stay in one of the AquaClass Suites, which gives you access to the AquaSpa facilities onboard.

Oasis of the Seas

This massive ship has plenty of hidden areas for serene and romantic moments. Take a stroll along the ship's very own Central Park neighborhood filled with lush foliage and trendy restaurants and bars. For the adventurous couple, this cruise also offers ziplining, rock climbing and more. 

Feel your most beautiful, confident self on your honeymoon cruise by packing pieces from the Always For Me collection. We have all the swim dresses, swimsuits, cover ups and loungewear that will flatter your shape and make you look and feel sensational.


Top Cruises for Girlfriend Getaways

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Sometimes you just need to take a break from the chaos of your daily life and get away with your best girlfriends. Wondering where to go? Whether you're a group of single gals looking for a fun excursion or are married with kids and need some "me time," a girlfriend's cruise is a terrific option as it offers a range of amenities and activities that caters to different tastes and personalities. Here are some of our top cruises for girlfriend getaways that'll have you unwinding and laughing in no time.

Getting Pampered

Spas and girlfriends go hand-in-hand. If your idea of the perfect getaway is relaxing on a cruise that offers 5-star spa services, you'll love such cruise lines as the Norwegian Epic and Celebrity Reflection.

Night Owls

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From dancing into the wee hours of the morning to catching a comedy show and trying your luck at the casinos, cruise ships such as the Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line offer a memorable nightlife.

Mouth-Watering Cuisine

Gone are the days when the main food option on a cruise was an assortment of buffets. Modern cruise ships are now offering a variety of authentic cuisines from around the world prepared by top-notch chefs. For innovative and delicious dishes, set sail on Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas, Oceania's Marina and Riviera and Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity.

Every girlfriend getaway needs a chic wardrobe. You'll look effortlessly on trend and your figure will look sensational wearing any of our flattering swimwear, cover ups and accessories.


Top Cruises For Families That Provide Fun for All Ages

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When planning your family vacation, deciding on a destination that's kid-friendly and provides an equal balance of fun for everyone can be a challenge. Taking a family cruise is a perfect solution that offers the benefits of lodging, food, excursions and plenty of on-board entertainment and activities that'll keep everyone happy - even your grumbling teenagers! Here are some of the top cruises for families.

Disney Fantasy

With a name like Disney, there's no denying that this cruise line knows exactly how to cater to kids - and kids at heart. There's plenty to keep everyone happily occupied, including character-autograph sessions, musicals, science classes, movies, games and a 1,800-foot water play area.

Royal Caribbean

You won't hear kids saying, "I'm bored!" on this cruise ship, thanks to the thoughtfully planned kid's club that's divided into multiple zones for various age groups. There's even rock-climbing walls and surf simulators that'll keep teenagers happily engaged. 

Norwegian Cruise Lines

Kids can be unpredictable, that's why Norwegian offers "free-style" cruising, allowing families the flexibility to choose to do what they what, when they want, including eating dinner. In addition to a youth program that features Cirque du Soleil-style activities, arts and crafts and video games, the teen program offers 20 team sports and themed nighttime events. 

Whatever cruise you decide to take with your family, consider Always For Me your go-to source for all the swimwear and active wear that'll have you looking and feeling your stylish best.


Plus-Size Cruise Ship Fashion Guide

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You've done your research on which cruise is right for you, booked the trip, requested time off from work and now you're left wondering what to pack. Heading out of town for vacation conjures up visions of rest and relaxation, yet you don't want to sacrifice style for feeling comfortable. Our cruise ship fashion guide strikes the perfect balance of versatility, comfort and style.

Swimsuits and Cover Ups

From taking a dip in the ship's infinity pool to relaxing on the beach during one of your excursion stops, swimsuits and cover ups will be in constant rotation during your trip. Always For Me is the trusted source for swimsuits that fit and flatter every body type and offers an array of colors and prints to please every taste. From sassy tankinis to elegant swim dresses, sexy bikinis and classic one-pieces, our bathing suits will have anyone feeling like a sea goddess. Our cover ups do more than just cover up your swimwear, designs such as those made from non-sheer fabrics in longer lengths with details such as keyhole necklines, crochet accents and ruching double as casual dresses.


When you want to be comfortable but feel polished, be sure to take along some of our lounge pieces. Many of our lounge pants are made from lightweight fabrics that drape beautifully, resulting in an elegant silhouette. They can be dressed up with a feminine top, jewelry and strappy sandals to wear when sightseeing or dining on board.



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Accessories are every woman's ally when traveling. They have the power to instantly dress up an outfit, add a pop of color and make an outfit complete. Be sure to pack pieces from our collection of hats, totes, beach bags, pareos and other accessories on your cruise. Bon voyage!


Cruise Ship Fashion Checklist for Women

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One of the most stressful parts of prepping for your cruise is deciding what to pack. Cruises are known for offering a variety of on-board activities that require different types of attire. Some cruise ships also have certain dress codes that must be followed for some events. Don't stress! Follow our handy cruise ship fashion checklist on the must-have pieces to bring for a comfortable and stylish trip that's filled with plenty of options.

Clothing for Relaxing On-Board

Most of the time you're on a tropical island cruise you'll be wearing relaxing, beachy pieces - sun dresses, shorts, capris and tops. Depending on the length of your cruise, in addition to swimsuits or swim dresses, you'll want to pack a few cover ups. Our extensive collection of cover ups range from ones you'd wear poolside to ones that double as dresses that can be worn to a casual dinner. If you plan on working out while on board, pack a couple of active wear pieces such as our yoga pants or beach pants along with tanks and supportive t-shirts.

Evening Dining and Entertainment

Check with your cruise line for a complete list of restaurants and entertainment venues for dress codes. Dresses are easy to pack and the safest and stylish choice to wear when dining. Choose classic designs made from figure-flattering fabrics such as rayon and Spandex blends that glide over your shape and offer support. To maximize your suitcase space, bring a few pieces of statement-making jewelry that can add a whole different look to a classic dress. Shawls are also a great accessory that can dress up an outfit and even keep the chill away on cool nights.

Footwear - flip flops, flat sandals, sandals with a wedge or block heel, comfortable walking shoes, sneakers (if you'll be working out) and a dressy pair for evening.

Accessories - from sun hats to sunglasses, beach totes, sarongs and jewelry, accessories are the workhorses of your wardrobe; they have the power to elevate an outfit from casual to sophisticated, let you express your personality and help you transform the look of one outfit into several totally different ones. Accessories also serve a utilitarian role. Sun hats and sunglasses, for example, protect your head and eyes from the sun's strong rays; totes let you conveniently take all of your essentials along with you on your excursions; and sarongs can be tied numerous ways, giving you the option of wearing them as a swimsuit cover up, skirt or as a halter-style dress.


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