What to wear onboard part 2

What to wear onboard part 2

 My next few blogs will be a guide to dress codes and how they vary depending on the Cruise lines.

Ladies will always find it easier than the men when it comes to packing for your Cruise holiday as a nice dress can always double up either to be casual or evening attire depending on the atmosphere. As for us men a tuxedo is a tuxedo.

Although the cruise lines that hold formal nights will require formal wear you will still have the opportunity to decline and eat in the buffet restaurant on-board your chosen cruise, this is usually the case with people that are not sailing out of the UK and only have the usual 20 kilos baggage allowance.

On the other hand those Cruise ships that do not offer formal nights the passengers can still opt to wear evening attire as dressing up is a big part for many harden cruise passengers.

My upcoming  blogs are an example of what is required, I would still recommend checking with us, your agent or cruise line before you sail as terms and conditions can change regarding dress codes.


Costa Cruises

Dress Code:  Although Costa Cruises are mostly enjoyed by a more casual approach depending on the length of the cruise one or two nights are formal where men are recommended to wear a suit and an evening dress for the ladies.

Restrictions:  No ripped jeans or bathing suits

Cruise and Maritime

Dress Code:   Offering a relaxed dress code Cruise and Maritime leave it to the passenger’s discretion. Like most cruise lines ripped jeans and bathing suits is still forbidden. Cruise and Maritime on all their voyages have two formal gala nights, the cruise line recommends a suit or a pair of trousers with a jacket for the men although no tie is required , the ladies a cocktail dress or a skirt with a blouse.


Crystal Cruises

Dress Code:  Crystal Cruises has three types of dress codes, formal, informal and casual. From 18:00 hours daytime attire is not permitted. Like most cruise lines dinner suits and cocktail dresses can be worn at any time and are required to be worn on Crystal Cruises formal nights. Passengers sailing with Crystal can expect at least one gala night and in some cases two nights depending on the length of the sailing.

Restrictions: Jeans are not permitted in any venue or lounge areas on the ship including the casino


Dress code:  Well known for being the most formal dress code at sea is something Cunard’s passengers enjoy about sailing with the world famous cruise line. On formal nights which is usually four depending on the length of the cruise tuxedo or a dark suit with a bow tie or dress tie and a cocktail dress for the ladies is a must. Passengers who do not want to dress formally on the formal nights can dine in the buffet restaurant,  they would still require to wear a pair of trousers with a jacket but no tie is required and for the ladies a skirt and a blouse. Jeans are not permitted with Cunard even on formal nights.


Fred Olsen

Dress code: Fred Olsen have two types of dress code being smart casual and formal and on their Caribbean cruises a couple of the nights are themed nights. The usual attire is required for formal nights which is a dark suit or tuxedo for the men and a cocktail or evening dress for the ladies. The more relaxed evenings the passengers can dress in chinos and polo shirts for the men and the women also smart casual. Dark jeans are permitted on casual nights as long as they are not ripped. Like all cruise lines Fred Olsen will not allow swimsuits in the dining room.

Holland America

Dress code:  Holland America’s formal nights known as ‘’Gala Attire ‘’ includes trousers and collared shirts for the men and dresses or pants for the ladies with a blouse, the same attire is required in all the fine dining restaurants on-board their ships. For those passengers who just want to be more laid back and escape their daily routine of wearing suits they can dine in the buffet restaurant or order room service.

Swimsuits, t-shirts and shorts are not permitted in restaurants or public areas during evening hours. The wearing of jeans are fine as long as they are not ripped.

As mentioned I will be highlighting cruise line dress codes over my next few blogs so keep your eyes peeled! Also most cruise lines have a ‘white night’ so make sure you pack whites

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Hello fellow readers, welcome to my new Blog. My name is Ian and I’m relatively new to Cruise Club UK. Nevertheless, due to the friendliness and Professionalism of the company I have been made to feel part of the Cruise Club UK family from day one . With over 20 years’ experience within the travel industry I have built up a wealth of knowledge and experiences along the way, something I will be sharing with you all. I put my long successful career within the travel industry down to appreciating how people work hard all year round to pay for their holidays, by listening to the client’s (your) needs, I like to go that extra mile to make the booking process that bit more special and personal for you. Stay tuned for light-hearted information, by your friendly Admiral Lazz


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