Can You Wear a Thong on a Cruise Ship?

By Robert Palmer

Cruise ships are a great way to enjoy a luxurious vacation and take in the sights of the open seas. But what about what you can wear onboard? Can you wear a thong on a cruise ship?

The answer is not cut and dry. It depends on the cruise line and their dress code policy.

Generally, most cruise lines don’t have a strict dress code policy. However, they do ask that passengers respect the comfort level of other guests by not wearing anything that could be seen as inappropriate or offensive.

So, while wearing a thong may not be explicitly banned, it’s still best to avoid wearing one on board or in public areas of the ship. Some cruise lines have an “informal night” where guests can dress more casually, but thongs should still be avoided or kept for private areas such as your cabin.

For those looking for something to wear in public areas of the ship without running afoul of any dress codes, there are plenty of options available. Swimsuits are allowed in most public areas, provided they adhere to the guidelines set by each individual ship line. For women, this generally means no thongs or skimpy bikinis; instead opt for modest two-piece suits that cover up your midriff and keep everything else covered.


So while it might be tempting to wear a thong on your next cruise ship holiday, it’s generally best to avoid doing so. Cruise lines may not explicitly ban them but they do expect passengers to respect the comfort level of others by avoiding anything too revealing or offensive. Instead, opt for modest swimwear that covers up your midriff and keeps everything else covered.