What Should You Wear to Board a Cruise Ship?

By Anna Duncan

When you board a cruise ship, the last thing you want to worry about is what to wear. You should plan ahead and think about what you will be doing on the ship so that you can dress appropriately.

For daytime activities, comfortable clothing is the way to go. Choose items that are lightweight and breathable for hot weather, such as shorts and t-shirts or tank tops. For cooler weather, long pants, sweaters, and light jackets are all good choices. Make sure your shoes are comfortable as well – sandals or sneakers are great for walking around the deck of the ship.

If you plan on doing any activities like swimming or rock climbing, make sure your clothing is appropriate for that activity.

When it comes to evening wear on a cruise ship, it often depends on the itinerary of your particular voyage. Some cruises have casual evenings while others require more formal attire. For casual evenings, think dressy-casual like khakis and a nice shirt or a sundress with wedges; avoid jeans or shorts unless they are specifically allowed in the dress code. On more formal evenings you may need to dress up in cocktail dresses for women and jackets with slacks for men; check with your cruise line ahead of time if you aren’t sure what their dress code is.


No matter which type of cruise ship you board, it’s important to think ahead about what kind of clothing to bring along so that you can be comfortable and adhere to any specific dress codes that may be in place. With some planning and forethought, you can make sure that your wardrobe is appropriate for whatever type of voyage awaits!