Gone are the days when you had to wear a tuxedo every night on a cruise.  For the most part, today’s contemporary cruiseships promote a relaxed and casual atmosphere.   During the day, cruising attire is generally casual. In the evening, your attire should reflect your dining choice which typically falls into three categories – Resort Casual, Informal and Formal. 

Resort Casual  

Comfort and relaxation are definitely reflected onboard cruiseships. When dining, your attire should be similar to what you would wear to a nice restaurant at home: 

  • For ladies – skirt or pants complemented by sweater or blouse
  • For gentlemen – slacks, open-collar shirts  

Please keep in mind that beach attire, shorts, ball caps and casual jeans are typically not permitted in the main dining room. 


Informal nights allow you to step it up a notch and still give you the comfort and ease of resort casual. Informal attire includes: 

  • For ladies – skirts/dresses, slacks or sweaters
  • For gentlemen – slacks, open-collar shirts, sport jacket or sweater, tie not required 


Everyone loves to dress up.  Most cruises feature at least one or more formal night, giving you the opportunity to look your best and step out in style for an evening of sophistication. Most cruiseships offer formal wear rental.  Evening attire includes:  

  • For ladies – evening gowns, cocktail dresses, or elegant pant suit
  • For gentlemen – tuxedo, dark suit or dinner jacket and slacks, tie required 

Still trying to figure out which suit to pack or which dress looks best?

Visit www.cruise-connections.com/cruiseattire for more suggestions.