What To Wear On Smart Casual Nights on a Cruise

What to wear on smart casual nights on a cruise - Lucy Williams global

What does smart casual actually mean? It can mean many things! But, what does it mean as a dress code on a cruise? Here are your questions answered: what to wear on smart casual nights on a cruise.

My smart casual may be very different to your smart casual and then very different to the next person.

On a cruise vacation there are dress codes, why? Because that way all the passengers dress the same way for that evening.

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Of course, these days if you want to be very casual you have the option of not going to one of the dining rooms and eating in the buffet or other self-service venues.

In the dining rooms, you should respect the dress code of the day. Who wants to sit next to someone who is dressed casually when they are in their formal attire? Smart casual is the same.

What To Wear On Smart Casual Nights on a Cruise - Lucy Williams Global

What is considered smart casual clothes on a cruise?

What is considered smart casual clothes on a cruise, this is what many cruise lines say:

Guest attire in the dining rooms should be what they would wear to a nice restaurant at home.

  • Skirts, dresses, smart pants/trousers, smart tops/blouses or sweaters for ladies
  • Pants/trousers and open-neck shirts for men
What To Wear On Smart Casual Nights on a Cruise - Lucy Williams Global

What is not considered smart casual clothes on a cruise?

What is not considered smart casual clothes on a cruise, is what you would not wear to a nice restaurant at home.

  • Pool or beachwear
  • Flip flops/slippers
  • Shorts
  • Baseball caps/hats
  • Casual jeans (with fraying and/or holes)
  • Gym clothes
  • Loungewear/tracksuits
  • Sports shoes
  • Not wearing shoes

These items may be obvious, but you will be surprised what some people think is smart and do try to wear into the dining room on some cruises.

If you hate dressing in a smart casual way there are many other options to dine in onboard, that do not require a dress code.

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What To Wear On Smart Casual Nights on a Cruise?

So what do you wear on smart casual nights on a cruise? Here are some ideas for outfits.

Women’s Outfit Ideas What To Wear On Smart Casual Nights on a Cruise

Skirts, dresses, smart pants/trousers, smart top/blouse or sweater are the suggestions on what to wear on smart casual nights.

It is a case of bringing a selection of tops and bottoms that can be mixed and matched, depending on how long your cruise is.

What To Wear On Smart Casual Nights on a Cruise - Lucy Williams Global

If you prefer dresses bring a few smart casual dresses that can be worn with ballet pumps, sandals or high heels.

Smart trousers/pants, capri pants, and skirts, can be matched with blouses and nice tops that can be worn with ballet pumps/flats, sandals or high heels.

Men’s Outfit Ideas What To Wear On Smart Casual Nights on a Cruise

Pants/trousers and open-neck shirts for men are the suggestions on what to wear on smart casual nights.

This can be chinos, smart dark jeans (black/navy) matched with a casual shirt or polo shirt with nice smart closed shoes.

What To Wear On Smart Casual Nights on a Cruise - Lucy Williams Global

I hope this has given you a few ideas on what to wear and what not to wear on smart casual nights on a cruise in the dining room.

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