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Nile River Cruise Outfit Idea

Embarking on a Nile Cruise in Egypt and not sure what to wear? Here is one Nile River Cruise outfit idea!

Nile River Cruise Outfit Idea

Dress | Sandals | Necklace | Sunglasses

During our Egyptian adventure, we had booked 4 nights on a Nile Cruise out of Luxor that sailed to Aswan. I have never been on a cruise until this point. And that being said, I do understand this cruise is not what cruises are typically like. This was a small boat that slept about 60 people with a lounge and downstairs eating area. It’s an experience I’ll get into a little more for a travel post, but for now, I’m just focusing on what I wore my first day on it!

We had been exploring the Valley of the Kings that morning before setting sail to Edfu, Egypt. This gave us some time to hang out upstairs on the deck and enjoy a couple cocktails as we cruised along and get to know some of the people on the boat. It was still pretty warm even with the added breeze and shade, so comfort is still key!

  • Note: We were here in May. If you are visiting in winter, the temps are far more comfortable. You may even need a cardigan or jacket!

Nile River Cruise Outfit Idea

I found out a little too late, that I hadn’t really packed enough clothing for changing into “nice” dinner clothes after we were done exploring for the day. I’m used to eating whilst exploring and never really changing. That, however, is not how cruises work I am coming to find out! Most people got changed into some very cute clothes after they were done exploring!

This dress turned into my “dinner” dress because it is comfortable for the heat, but still “dressy” enough for dining on the boat…and it also didn’t fit me as well as the rest of the dresses I had packed, and I didn’t want to risk wearing it for a day of exploring!

Maxi Dress for Egypt

I had initially ordered this dress in this color, and I fell in love! So much so that I ordered it in the color pictured above, and also this color. I ordered my normal size medium in all of them, and the other 2 dresses fit me perfectly! This blue dress for some reason, though, does not fit the same….

Blue Maxi Dress

It’s really long and quite loose on me. When I tried it on I had convinced myself it fit fine (because the other 2 dresses did), and put it in my suitcase. However, when I went to put it on the first morning we were in Egypt…I realized it was wayyyy too long to wear for a day of walking in flats! I would be tripping over it all day long. I’m about 5 feet 5 inches…and it has about an extra 3 inches of fabric on the bottom. (What in the world was I thinking when I tried this dress on??!!)

Nile River Cruise Outfit Idea

It is also pretty loose in comparison to my other two dresses. (Click here to see one and here to see the other.) That being said, if I would have just sized down a size, this would have been a perfect dress for the occasion! I had worn the other two dresses for a variety of activities and was perfectly comfortable. (I even road a camel through the desert wearing one, haha.)

Nile River Cruise Outfit Idea

The moral of this story is that if you’re taking a Nile River Cruise, it’s a good idea to pack an outfit or two that you plan to wear at night…after you’re done exploring. I would still say to dress comfortably, as this is your time to relax and enjoy the upstairs deck (which can get rather warm). This type of dress I felt totally comfortable wearing on the cruise, and if this dress was a size smaller, I would have even worn it for a day of exploring. (However, if you’re tall…this maxi dress would be perfect for you!)

See my full Nile Cruise Review by clicking here.
*You can also check out my entire packing list for Egypt as a woman.
*Also see my itinerary for how to spend 7 days in Egypt!

Has anyone else ever done a Nile River cruise or any type of cruise? How do you normally pack for them? Let me know in the comments!

*Note: I took a few more pics once I got home because the wind made it nearly impossible to show how this dress fit when we were on the cruise!

Where to find it:

Dress: Amazon (This particular color runs quite large, though!)
Sunglasses: Old (Similar here)
Hieroglyphics necklace: Shop in Cairo, but similar here
Sandals: Nordstrom

Nile River Cruise Outfit Idea
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  1. Did you feel like the modesty rules still applied on the cruise? I plan on covering up during the day but want to know if a dress with e.g. a spaghetti strap would be okay for dinner on the boat

    1. For the boat, I wouldn’t say the modest rule applies. Everyone was much more relaxed in what they were wearing on the cruise (and some of these cruises also have pools, so people will be in swimsuits). You would be just fine wearing a spaghetti strap dress on the boat for dinner.

  2. This sounded amazing, Iโ€™ve always wanted to see the Nile River. I think this dress was perfect for the cruise. It looks comfortable and breezy. The colors are beautiful on you.

  3. Looking really pretty in that maxi dress! ๐Ÿ™‚

    And yeah, unless I’ve planned photo/video shoots during my holiday.. I will pack very lightly! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. Heck, this is why I’m not a minimalist when it comes to traveling. I always like to take an extra outfit for the evenings out.
    Sure, the dress is looser, but it doesn’t look bad, Lindsey. Besides, better to be bigger so you can take it in later!!

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