Cruise Ship dress code explained

At Global Travel Alliance SA we offer a lot of Cruise specials to our members, so we thought it would be a good idea to share with you our tips of what to wear on a cruise.
The 1st time cruise passenger will rarely think about what to wear when deciding which cruise deals to go on. The GTASA short guide will hopefully make it a little bit easier to pack for your first cruise.Global Travel Alliance SA - Cruiseliner dress code

The dress code on your cruise will very much depend on which ship and cruise line you are sailing with, and also which part of the world/country you are sailing to. All cruise lines will have a casual dress code during the day, which means you can walk around in shorts and a t-shirt without getting turned away from a restaurant or bar. Swimwear is usually not allowed in the main dining rooms, but there should be at least one or two pool-side snack bars to choose from anyway.

When you’re walking around the ship its best to wear flat shoes, particularly around the pool area where the deck can be a little slippy and wet. During the evening is when the dress code really matters and it can be a real worry for some people.
We’ve broken down what each category is and what we recommend you pack.

Formal wear – Formal nights are normally a real highpoint as it gives everyone a chance to get all dressed up for the evening. Your typical 7 night cruise will have at least one formal night on it and men typically wear a tux or dark Cruise ship dress code - Global Travel Alliance SAdinner suit, whilst women wear cocktail dresses or evening gowns.

Semi-formal wear – There will usually be a few of these dinners on a 7 night cruise and they are significantly less formal. Men can wear a smart shirt and trousers, or a jacket, shirt and trousers, whilst women usually wear smart trousers and a extravagant top or an evening/party dress.

Casual wear– Trousers and a shirt or polo tops for men, and a top and skirt/trousers or a sundress for women. Smart dark jeans are usually allowed on casual nights but tracksuits, trainers and sports or football tops are not allowed.

Although formal and semi-formal nights aren’t mandatory, it’s important to remember that the dress code will apply to most of the restaurants and bars, with the exception of the buffet restaurant and the deck bars. On schedules where the ship is sailing to hot destinations like the Caribbean, there will often be a lesser number of formal and semi-formal nights.

It’s very important to take into consideration where you’re sailing to as well, so that you are comfortable when you get off at different ports. Sensible and comfortable shoes are a must if you are planning on doing lots of walking, especially as many older towns and cities may have lots of steps to climb or uneven roads/pathways. If you are planning to explore any mosques, cathedrals or other religious buildings it’s always a good idea to dress a little more conservatively so as not to cause any offence.

That brings us to the end of our Global Travel Alliance SA cruise wear breakdown.

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