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What Is the Dress Code for My Cruise?

Gone are the days when formal nights were a staple of cruising, punctuated by tuxedos and ballroom gowns. Cruise lines have loosened their grip on restrictions for formal wear to accommodate younger travelers' more casual style.
08/19/2013 09:00pm ET | Updated December 6, 2017

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Today, not all ships offer (or insist on) formal nights. - Photo by Thinkstock

Gone are the days when formal nights were a staple of cruising, punctuated by tuxedos and ballroom gowns. Cruise lines have loosened their grip on restrictions for formal wear to accommodate younger travelers' more casual style. Suits have replaced tuxedos, and cocktail dresses, gowns. On some ships, you can even get away with wearing jeans. Here's the line-by-line breakdown for appropriate dinner attire:


Azamara Club Cruises

Policy: Azamara is generally casual. It has no formal nights.

Men: Slacks, khakis, sportswear, and button-downs.

Women: Casual dresses, skirts, or slacks with blouses.


Carnival Cruise Line

Policy: Carnival has one or two formal and four casual nights for seven-day voyages.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, jeans, and button-downs. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses or dress pants with blouse.


Celebrity Cruises

Policy: Celebrity has two formal and five casual nights for seven-night voyages.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, jeans, and button-downs. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse


Costa Cruises

Policy: Costa has two formal and four casual nights for seven-day voyages.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, jeans, and button-downs. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse.


Crystal Cruises

Policy: Crystal has one formal and five casual nights for seven-day voyages.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, jeans, and button-downs. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse.


Cunard

Policy: Cunard has three formal nights on trans-Atlantic crossings and two formal nights on its other sailings. The rest of the evenings are casual.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, and button-downs, with jacket required, tie optional. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie. Formal wear is available to rent onboard.

Women: Casual: cocktail dresses, dress skirts, or pants and blouses. Formal: cocktail dresses or evening gowns.


Disney Cruise Line

Policy: On three- and four-night cruises, Disney has one optional semi-formal night. Seven-night cruises have one formal and one semi-formal night. The rest of the nights are casual -- including the "pirate" party.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, jeans, and button-downs. Semi-formal: jacket required, tie optional. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Semi-formal: cocktail dresses, dress skirts, or pants and blouses. Formal: cocktail dresses or evening gowns.


Holland America Line

Policy: Holland has two formal and four casual nights on a seven-day cruise.

Men: Casual: slacks and button-downs. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse.


MSC Cruises

Policy: MSC has two formal and four to eight casual nights on 7-11 day cruises.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, jeans, and button-downs. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses or skirts, and blouses. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse.


Norwegian Cruise Line

Policy: Norwegian is generally casual. It has no formal nights.

Men: Slacks, khakis, sportswear, and button-downs.

Women: Casual dresses, skirts, or slacks with blouses.


Oceania Cruises

Policy: Oceania is generally casual. It has no formal nights, but jeans and T-shirts are not allowed at dinner.

Men: Slacks, khakis, sportswear, and button-downs.

Women: Casual dresses, skirts, or slacks with blouses.


Princess Cruises

Policy: Princess has two formal and four casual nights on a seven-day cruise.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, and button-downs. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse.


Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Policy: Regent Seven Seas is generally casual and does not schedule formal nights on cruises under seven days. Cruises of 16 nights or more have two optional formal nights.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, and button-downs. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie. (Rentals are available.)

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse.


Royal Caribbean International

Policy: Royal Caribbean has two formal, one "smart" casual and four casual nights on a seven-night cruise.

Men: Casual: slacks, khakis, jeans, and button-downs. Smart casual: Jacket and tie. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: casual dresses, slacks, skirts, and blouses. Smart casual: Dresses or pantsuits. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse.


Seabourn

Policy: Seabourn has one optional formal night for cruises up to 13 days, two optional formal nights for cruises 14 to 20 days, and three optional formal nights for cruises of 21 or more days. The rest of the nights are casual.

Men: Casual: slacks and a sweater or shirt, jacket optional. Jeans are not considered appropriate attire. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: sundress, skirt, or slacks with a sweater or blouse. Jeans are not considered appropriate attire. Formal: cocktail or evening dresses, or dress pants with blouse.


Silversea

Policy: Silversea has one formal, three informal and three casual nights on a seven-day cruise.

Men: Casual: open-neck shirt, slacks, or sports outfit. Informal: slacks, khakis, and button-downs, with jacket required, tie optional. Formal: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with tie.

Women: Casual: open-neck shirt, slacks, and sports outfits. Informal: sundress, skirt, or slacks with a sweater or blouse. Formal: cocktail or evening dress, or dress pants with blouse.


Windstar Cruises

Policy: Windstar is generally casual. It has no formal nights.

Men: Slacks, khakis, sportswear, and button-downs. (No jeans at dinnertime.)

Women: Casual dresses or informal cocktail dresses; skirts or slacks with blouses.

By Polina Myagkov, Staff Writer
BonVoyageMag.com
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