When thinking about cruises, many of us envisage shorts, bathing suits, and a laid back experience. While this may be true for many cruises, the larger ocean liners can prove to be quite extravagant. There is always, even on the smaller ocean liners, a need for some form of formal wear. While going through the brochures take care to note the dress code for individuals. This will give you a good idea of what type of clothes to pack or buy for your cruise vacation.
Your primary goal is to choose a cruise that fits your needs. It may just be lazing next to a pool or an international cruise. After choosing the cruise, then it is time to determine what type of clothes you will need to pack. Do not panic. Cruise attire is typically classified into three different categories. Usually your agenda for the day will state what type of attire is appropriate.
Typically, there are three types of attire that will be needed viz. formal, informal and casual. First there is the formal attire. Usually what this brings to mind is evening gowns, cocktail dresses, high heels and fancy jewelery. This would be what is considered appropriate for the ladies. Gentlemen would typically be clad in dark suits or tuxes, ties and formal shoes. It is definitely going to be an evening that is dazzling and awe inspiring.
Informal wear is not quite as spectacular as the evening formal wear, but is important all the same. This type of attire will be appropriate for the majority of the prayers on the ship. In general the men will be clad in dress shirts and pants. Sometimes a jacket will be required as well. On some liners it may be necessary to don a tie. For specific dress codes you should refer to the liners documents. The ladies will be required to wear pants suits or dresses. They are asked to keep it fashionable and neat. Informal wear is pretty much the middle ground between the formal and casual wear.
Finally we have the casual wear. In general this type of attire dictates a more relaxed approach. Where one will be relaxing will determine what type of clothing is necessary. By the pool or on the sand one will need different clothing than site-seeing or lounging on the deck. Keep modesty in mind, and dress accordingly. Polo shirts, swimwear, shorts and sandals would definitely be pluses in your suitcase.
Now that we have covered the apparel do not forget the accessories. There is no lack of sun on a cruise. Remember your sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. Going on a cruise is fun, but you definitely do not want to spend most of it with a sunburn.
Jewelry for the ladies is also a must. While the proper jewels enhance the formal wear, they are also quite appropriate for everyday attire. A strategically placed bracelet or a delicate pair of earrings always beautifully sets off any outfit. Do not be shy, accessorize.
A final word should be said for foot wear. It is always wonderful to don those fancy shoes, but they can be quite uncomfortable during a day at the docks while site-seeing. Those high heels will not feel so comfortable after a while. Remember the sandals and sport shoes. Sometimes even sneakers are useful.
In general, have fun! Remember a sweater or jacket, for those night strolls on deck. A cruise is a relaxing way to get away from it all. If properly prepared for, it can prove to be quite relaxing and enjoyable as well.