What to Wear on a Cruise
With the huge choice in the style of cruise holiday and the
variety of destinations, you may wonder what to wear, particularly
if you are new to cruise.
It's worth remembering each cruise line has its own dress code
which can range from 'freestyle' to formal, so this may be one of
the factors that helps you decide which cruise is right for
During the day casual wear is ideal on board and although cruising
isn't as formal as it once was, there are times on many ships when
passengers are able to dress for dinner and on these occasions
there are three types of evening wear - smart casual, semi-formal
and formal. Equally, on some of the resort style ships, 'freestyle
cruising' means you can pretty much wear what you want.
During the day it's casual - swimwear for the pool and
sunbathing plus a choice of t-shirts, shorts, trousers or jeans,
skirts and tops and sundresses. A number of ships have running
tracks and gyms, so if you plan to visit the fitness centre or take
part in any sporting activity during your cruise, remember to pack
sports clothes and running shoes.
Stylish clothes are ideal for evening casual nights, for example
casual trousers or dresses for ladies and open-neck polo shirts and
casual trousers for men. Men may also been seen a jacket and
trousers but these are by no means compulsory. Smart denim can also
be fine but trainers, football shirts or tracksuits are a definite
Smart evenings give you the opportunity to wear a variety of
stylish outfits. Ladies typically wear tailored trousers and
separates or even a stylish dress, while men are in a shirt and
trousers with a jacket or a suit and tie if they wish to.
Formal - Black tie
The number of black tie evenings varies on the length of the
cruise and sometimes on the destination. Gentlemen are generally
expected to wear a dinner jacket or tuxedo although many now wear a
dark lounge suit as an alternative. Ladies wear a cocktail or
evening dress. On some ships it's possible to rent evening
Ships offering this style of cruising generally have a wide
range of dining venues, bars and lounges. During the day you're
likely to wear swimsuits, casual shorts, jeans or sundresses to
lunch. In the evening, some people may wish to wear a jacket or
dress for a special occasion while others prefer jeans. As there
are many different restaurants, you are able to choose the venue to
suit your style.
Your destination, of course, will determine what you wear when
going ashore with comfortable walking shoes a must. Even in hot
climates, a jumper and lightweight coat are often useful for the
cooler evenings and occasional showers and you need to consider
appropriate clothing if you plan to visit religious sites or places
of worship in certain countries. While a trip to Alaska or
Antarctica will require cold weather clothing as although the
temperatures can be reasonable during the summer, getting close to
glaciers means it feels cold.
Need advice on booking a cruise?
The choices you have for your cruise holiday are almost endless
and this is the great reason why a cruise will perfectly meet your
needs. That choice is another reason why you should seek expert
advice when making your selection.
If you have a query or need a little help in finding the right
cruise, then a great place to start is to ask a CLIA UK &
Ireland travel agent member.