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What should I wear on a cruise?

August 11, 2012

Since the cruise ships first became fashionable, the question soon arose, “what should I wear”.  Back in those days, passengers would arrive at the dock with special “steamer trunks” designed to take a whole selection of clothes.

With the introduction of aeroplanes and long distance flights, cruising lost the need and interest of the masses, with passengers bound for America and beyond now travelling by plane.  The transatlantic steam ships became less attractive.

However, we have seen a resurgence of the cruise industry, the aeroplane did not destroy the cruise industry, in fact it had revitalized it.

Passengers now fly to faraway shores and board huge cruise ships, designed not to travel point to point at the best speed in comfort, but to sail around areas of interest whilst offering the passenger fantastic foods and extravagant shows.

However, as we are all aware, the restrictions on flight luggage means the modern cruise traveller has to be more discerning.  No longer can passengers take twelve trunks, more often they are restricted to one 20 – 25kg suitcase.

So whilst the plane has returned cruising to the masses, it has created a wardrobe dilemma, what should I wear on a cruise, especially as there is not much space.

Male passengers are fortunate as many other men will not compare clothes and spot a repeat selection.  Day time men are accepted in casual shorts and t shirts, or jeans especially if going ashore.  Some thought should be given to shore excursions if these include religious buildings or restaurants as these will have set dress codes.  Evenings, although Tuxedos are still seen on ships, these are often only worn on the formal nights and these are now becoming less common, as ships relax dress codes and some ships reduce or remove formal nights.  The best option for gentlemen is a good dark suit and shirt with tie.  Most ships are still smart after 6pm, and this will not look out of place.

Women are harder to consider.  Formal evening wear is nearly always a must, even on the more relaxed ships; many women prefer to dress up and why not, a cruise is the perfect place to show off a fantastic outfit or a new pair of shoes.  The problem is the weight and size restrictions will mean compromises, however some space savings can be made with wraps and cover up sarongs which can be mixed and matched.  The evening dress conundrum can be answered with some beautiful long cotton dresses (although care needs to be made on packing to avoid too much ironing on-board).  A good way to plan outfits is to think of what you would wear to a expensive restaurant in town.  A combination of separates creates outfits which can be mixed and matched, giving the illusion of a larger wardrobe plus plenty of lightweight accessories that will complement the look.

Why not take a look at My Cruise Wardrobe, they have an outstanding selection of outfits, both poolside and evening wear suitable for cruising along with advice.

Alternatively, you can visit cruising4holidays.com to read more about various  cruise ships and cruise destinations.

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