The Perfect Manicure for Your Next Cruise

You’re not vacation-ready until your nails are photo-ready. Here are seven great colors for your next trip at sea.
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You’ve splurged on the perfect bikini and you’ve got the latest in nautical beachwear, but are your hands looking equally fab? If not, never fear — we’ve got your go-to guide to that perfect vacation mani.

You’ll find some great color picks below, but if you really want to kick it up a notch, consider trying out some nautical nail art. Pinterest is chock-full of ideas and DIY tutorials, from anchor-themed looks to sparkly fish scales. And whether you’re seeing the best of the Caribbean or exploring the Alaskan wilderness, your manicure will be on-point.

If you’re heading to Cozumel

Try: Essie Blanc

Take a tip from blogger Caitlin of Southern Curls & Pearls, who recently showed off her minimalist mani on Freedom of the Seas. It’s the perfect match for the white sands and foamy waves in beautiful Cozumel.



If you’re heading to Hawaii

Try: OPI That’s Hula-rious

Get ready for tiki heaven with this pastel mint green color inspired by the lush landscapes of Hawaii. Worried about chipping a nail while you learn to surf? Consider trying a shellac mani in a similar shade.


If you’re heading to St. Thomas

Try: Orly Beach Cruiser

Make like Alabama-based blogger Amanda of and choose a shocking pink hue to match the brilliant colors you’ll see on the island of St. Thomas.

St. Thomas


If you’re heading to Alaska

Try: Essie Find Me an Oasis

This icy blue mimics the breathtaking North Pacific waters you’ll be navigating during weeklong Alaska cruises. Those gorgeous glaciers will have nothing on you in this color.

Alaska 2


If you’re heading to Bermuda

Try: Essie Spaghetti Strap

Like Bermuda’s famous pink-sand beaches, this surprising peony color is the perfect mix of prim and cheeky.



If you’re heading to Aruba

Try: Ciaté Pool Party

The southern Caribbean’s deep blue waters are a stunning hue — and this color perfectly reflects it. You’ll fit right in on a deep-sea diving adventure off the coast of Aruba.



P.S. If you’ve totally procrastinated, the Vitality Spa onboard will come to your rescue.