You’re going on a cruise – Congratulations! It’s about time you got away from it all. However, unlike the movies, and old corny T.V. shows like “The Love Boat,” there is actually a dress code on a cruise line. It’s understandable to be ignorant of it all. After all, you’re on vacation. You don’t think you need anything but some shorts and a t-shirt.
Check The Cruise Line Before You Go
Believe it or not, different cruise lines have different dress codes. And, while there’s no guarantee that you’ll be stopped “at the gate” while you’re out there on the open ocean, it’s best to abide by each cruise line’s code, just in case.
If you’re confused about any particular cruise line company, or you don’t want to jump in before understanding how each company restricts dress, check with your travel agent.
My wife and I have been cruising for many years and it is amazing how the dress code on many of the cruise lines have changed over the years. Many of the cruise lines have relaxed the formal dress codes.
In the early years I would rent a tuxedo and my wife would have a few fancy evening dresses to wear. Lately, I have relaxed what I wear on most cruises to a nice pair of slacks and a dress shirt and my wife brings a dress and/or a nice dress pants suit.
I do agree with the author that tuxedo rentals on most cruise ships is an option (check if available) but usually not a great fit.
Most our cruising has been on the large mainstream cruise lines, we would have to re-evaluate what to bring on some of the other more luxurious cruise lines. If you are in doubt it is always a great Idea to discuss dress code with your Cruiseable travel advocate.