It's the vacation of a lifetime. You and your special someone are about to embark on a cruise on the high seas. Your ports of call are beautiful tropical islands where the Caribbean sunshine kisses the sandy beaches with eternal summer. Between shore visits, life on the ship is filled with relaxation and games and delicious meals. You want to look your best – and feel great – to enjoy every moment on board and on land. You can accomplish both by shopping online for women's boutique tops to jazz up your existing wardrobe without costing a fortune. Here's what kind of tops to look for that will work for your cruise adventures.

Boarding Call

When you arrive at the cruise terminal, be ready to stand in line for a while through the check-in process. Cruise line staff work hard to make boarding and check-in a smooth, easy process, but there's bound to be a wait as you and your fellow travelers have your tickets and proper identification checked. You'll get your paperwork completed and receive electronic room keys before you head to the quarters you'll call home for the next few days.

What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes with good arch support are a MUST, as there will be plenty of walking and standing. Buy a loose-fitting top with bright colors to get in the festive mood as you embark on your journey.

Sail-Away Party

Once you're settled in your room, take a few minutes to scan the day's schedule, get your bearings, and hang up your clothes in the convenient closet. But don't linger long. Head back up to the deck for an awesome sail-away party where music plays and everyone celebrates as the ship leaves port.

What to Wear: Change into a lovely top in a color that compliments your skin tone and hair. Why? Because this is the moment you'll want to create memories in pictures. Take a selfie – or two or three – of you and your sailing partner leaning on the deck rail with the port fading away in the background as you head out to sea.

Daytime Activities

Casual wear in bright, cheerful colors keeps you looking great as you enjoy the fun as the ship cuts through the waves. You'll be playing games, lounging on deck chairs, enjoying onboard entertainment, and indulging in the awesome meals that make cruise dining famous.

What to Wear: When you shop online for the boutique tops you'll wear, go for the ones that are made of lightweight, wrinkle-free fabric. These items take up very little space in your suitcase, so go ahead and indulge in a variety of colors and styles. Include a couple of long tops that you can easily slip on and off over your swimsuit when you're enjoying the ship's pools and catching the sun's rays on a lounge chair.

Formal Evening Attire

Most evenings you'll be comfortable in slightly dressy, "cruise casual" clothes when you go to dinner, dancing, and moonlight walks on the deck. But on at least one evening of the cruise you'll want to be more elegant. This is the night the ship's captain hosts the dinner -- and everyone wants to look their finest.

What to Wear: This is the perfect opportunity to splurge on a boutique top that's got fabulous style and detail. You'll pair it with dressy slacks or a skirt and lovely sandals that you can dance in. Add some colorful jewelry and take extra care with your makeup and hair. The ship's photographer will take formal pictures, and you'll want to take a few selfies of your own to remember the fun, formal festivities.

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