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So we sail out of Bayonne on Oct 17th, headed to Canaveral then the Bahamas. When we first booked Allure (and subsequently Oasis), we had anticipated summer weather for both formals and daywear so had prepped with shorts, tank tops and lighter summer evening ware. We have always sailed out of Florida so not sure what weather conditions to expect for the first 2 days at sea. Has anyone sailed that time out of NJ? Would you suggest jeans or warmer tops? Thank you for your experience!

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2 minutes ago, CrusingfromClayton said:

So we sail out of Bayonne on Oct 17th, headed to Canaveral then the Bahamas. When we first booked Allure (and subsequently Oasis), we had anticipated summer weather for both formals and daywear so had prepped with shorts, tank tops and lighter summer evening ware. We have always sailed out of Florida so not sure what weather conditions to expect for the first 2 days at sea. Has anyone sailed that time out of NJ? Would you suggest jeans or warmer tops? Thank you for your experience!

In October you will be pretty safe with mostly shorts.  NJ can be cold in mid Oct but its not exactly winter yet. You will be pretty far south by the time you wake up for day 2, same on the way back.  I would bring 1 or 2 fall weather items like a light jacket or sweater you could put on if needed.  You will need something to board/disembark anyway and it may be cold that time of year in NJ.

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I agree with the advice offered. October tends to be our favorite time to cruise and you’ll still be safe with shorts/tshirts/sundresses and it’s plenty warm for the beach further south (not too hot not too cold), but pack some items that will help keep you warm for once you get towards chilly climates. 

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The beginning and end might be a bit chilly but once you hit Florida and Caribbean it’s summer. 
 

I’d pack a light jacket/sweatshirt and a pair of jeans/pants mostly for leaving Bayonne and arriving. 
 

We did an oasis cruise out of PC to eastern Caribbean one March and we hit a cold front on our last day and it was pretty chilly on deck

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4 hours ago, Dicey said:

We pack a couple of sweatshirts and jeans.  But everyone's different.  There are also people out in t-shirts and shorts.  Fall in NYC is usually clear and in the 50s-60s, chillier by and on the waters.  So you can expect that climate and pack as you see fit.  

I agree .  60 to someone north of NY is likely “shorts weather” where’s 60 to a Floridian might feel like it’s time for a parka! 

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