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I'm going on a weeks cruise soon. I have no idea what to wear and the dress code is scaring me (no denim after 6pm etc). There are a couple of 'formal' nights and some 'informal' nights (which still sound pretty bloody formal to me!)
I'm early 30s, nowhere near as posh as I imagine the other passengers to be so I need to look the part! Can anyone help?! I've got some dune high heeled black courts that are comfortable and go with most things so I'm looking for dresses that would go with them for evening wear. For day wear - I have no idea! I'm a t-shirt and jeans girl usually.
Jeans & tshirts are fine during the day - it's only the evenings that have a dress code for dinner. If you don't go to the formal dining sessions & eat at the buffet style restaurants you don't have to dress up at all.
Nice going out type dresses, skirts & tops or trousers are fine for 'smart casual' evenings, cocktail dresses or floor length dresses for formal nights.
Your cruise company's website should give you hints & tips.
Where are you going? We had two formal nights and some went super formal. I borrowed formal evening dress and shoes from my nieces and am glad I did for those two nights. My dad wore his tuxedo and my mother a ballgown and heels. My son wore a kilt and my daughter wore a party dress.
The rest of the time it was really informal.
This was to Mexico and the Caribbean.
Have a mani and pedi the day before as they are really expensive on the boat.
Madbengalmum is right. Big variation in poshness, dress codes etc between lines and you need to be weather appropriate. If you are flying I suggest taking carry on only as lost luggage is an absolute bugger if you need to board a ship in time.
Last time I went on a cruise a good while ago formal dress was very formal but a few nice smart/pretty dresses is fine and the men were supposed to wear proper formal black dinner jacket suits. And informal for men is a suit that's not a tuxedo.
I've worn cocktail dresses / 50s style dresses on P&O cruises with no problem. Nice accessories & shoes. I look like a toilet roll holder in anything floor length because I'm so short. If in doubt check your cruise company's website or FAQ pages - they usually give really good advice on there
It isn't ship wide, but after dinner everyone is still wandering around in their smart clothes for the rest of the evening so you do feel a bit out of place in really casual clothes. I went for cocktail dresses on my first cruise, but still didn't enjoy being that dressed up, went for smart daytime maxis the second time and it was fine. Not Cunard though, I think they are quite a formsl line. Shoes are the problem for me, I can't wear heels except for the very shortest amount of walking (that includes anything over about an inch and wedges) and there's a lot of walking on the big ships.
Cunard are very formal and although it's possible to not take part, it's pretty much what you sign up for when you book with them. However, I remember from the first time we went, that you tend to panic over what formal actually means, picturing ball gowns and all sorts which some people will wear, but a black skirt and sparkly top is more than fine so it's not as scary as all that.
I'm a 'Cunarder' it is more formal than other cruise lines, but don't worry, you don't need full-length big ball gowns. I'm also a jeans and t-shirt person. In the evening I wear smart trousers with heels and a sparkly top and maybe a jacket. On formal nights some people go all out with ball gowns, others wear cocktail dresses or even smart separates. DH will need a dinner suit and lounge suits, although they've relaxed rules about jackets on informal nights. Drinks are fairly expensive on board, so take a supply in your hand luggage to have a tipple in your stateroom, or balcony if you have one? Your steward will replenish your ice bucket daily if you ask. Room service is very good, we always get breakfast, it's such a treat. Hope you enjoy it!