How to Design Your Cruise Family Shirts – 7 Tips

Taking a cruise to celebrate a special occasion? Perhaps you just want to mark the memory. Learn how to make your own cruise family shirts with these simple steps.

Taking the family on a cruise should be documented, and sometimes pictures that sit in a photo album aren’t enough. Whether it is for a special occasion or simply a vacation, make the event memorable by designing family cruise shirts.

These custom T-shirts will enable your family to fondly reminisce about their amazing time together each time they view the cruise shirt for years to come.

Creating Cruise Family Shirts in 7 Simple Steps

Creating a memorable cruise shirt that encapsulates the moment is easier than you may think. Whether you are creative or not, or have any inspiration, there are tools that can help you in your endeavor. It is easy to go online and search for inspiration.

Whether you create them yourself using iron-on work, stitch them with a sewing machine, or do a mock-up and pay to have them made, creating a cruise shirt is seamless if you follow these simple steps.

1. Select the Right Shirt

While this seems obvious, there may be some caveats to your selection. When choosing a family shirt, people automatically go to T-shirts or even custom T-shirts. For most places, this is fine because the weather is warm and humid. However, some may forget to take their location into consideration when selecting an appropriate shirt.

Blank tees
Blank Tees (Photo Credit: SabineBPhotography / Shutterstock)

When selecting the right cruise shirt, consider the temperature of the place where you are going. If you are traveling to somewhere very humid, a normal cotton shirt may not do if you are engaging in a variety of physical activities. You may want a personalized family cruise shirt that has a wicking agent to stay cool.

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If you are traveling to a cooler climate, you will want a shirt that people will be a bit warmer. After all, what’s the point of designing family shirts if they’re going to be covered up! You will need to select shirts according to the climate.

Also, if you are ordering or even when finding shirts for your DIY project, make sure they fit the individual first. Not all shirts are true to size, and taking all the time to create one only to not have it fit can be frustrating.

2. Find a Template

Not everyone can just have a creative vision at the drop of a hat. Sometimes, we need a bit of inspiration. This is where the internet can provide a plethora of ideas for designing the perfect family shirt. The template will be the baseline from which you will work from.

3. Figure Out a Catchy Saying or Words that Encapsulate the Moment

Are you commemorating a specific event like an anniversary, a grandparent’s 70th birthday, or your kid’s graduation?

There are several reasons that families go on a family cruise, especially with notable organizations like Disney Cruise Line or Carnival Cruise Line. Even if the only reason is to experience a family vacation, figure out a catchy saying that marks the moment.

T-shirt design
T-Shirt Design (Photo Credit: BAZA Production / Shutterstock)

It doesn’t even have to be a catchy saying. Some shirts may simply say, “The Smith’s Family Reunion,” or “The Jones’ First Cruise.” Those are fine, too. These shirts are designed to unite the entire family and are worn to be fun.

4. Add Artwork

Again, this is where the internet comes in handy. There are numerous free images online that you can use to design your own shirts for your family cruise.

Make sure that it is listed as “free” before downloading, though, and that it can be used for personal use. Not every image allows for this, and you do not want to violate copyright laws. Each image will have a listing outlining what it can and cannot be used for.

5. Create a Mock-Up with the Details of Your Design

This is where you add the details of your creation to the template. Now everything is starting to come together to create the final product!

6. Save the Details of Your Creation

Depending on which route you are taking, there may be various steps for this. If you are creating the shirts yourself, you can do the design on a computer and upload to the machine to incorporate the stitching.

Photo Credit: Africa Studio / Shutterstock

You can also create the design on your computer as a mock-up for a design company. When you are finished, upload it to a USB or file to send to them with your details.

Many sites also allow you to plug in your details and then walk you through the process on their site. However, you may be limited to the designs they have available so they may not be as personalized as you would like.

7. Create the Shirts

This can be done in several ways. Some people may want to incorporate stitching and an iron. Others may want to do the lettering by hand for a more personal effect.

If you are using a sewing machine, this is where the information is uploaded to your machine as a template. Make sure that it is in the proper template for your machine for it to work. Then, you can proceed toward making it.

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If you are going with a company, you can upload your mockup for them to use. Once ready, your items will be sent. Make sure you allow enough time for delivery, though.

These simple steps make designing cruise family shirts extremely easy. The process isn’t difficult, and you can use a variety of methods to create them. Once made, these labors of love will create memories that will last for years to come.

Haiyan Ma
Haiyan Ma
I absolutely love cruising with my favorite ports of call being in the Caribbean. As a former crew member for Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Carnival Cruise Line I can continue my passion by sharing my experiences with readers. Find out more about us here.


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