Breaking the code

Different cruises have different dress codes and planning what to pack can be a challenge sometimes.  The wording is oh so subtle…. Let’s take Celebrity’s dress code.  One of the descriptions – “Smart Casual & Above”.  That’s perplexing for sure.  So you can be smart casual both below and above?

Azamara Cruises goes for “resort casual” whereas Carnival calls it “cruise casual” while Norwegian Cruise Lines has no formal dress code.  In fact they are very laid back.  Jeans in the main dining room and speciality restaurants are acceptable as long as they aren’t overly faded, with holes or tears or worn below the hips.
baggy jeans

No dinner for you buddy!

Cunard at least holds tradition near and dear with either formal or semi formal and when they say formal – they mean it.  Evening gowns for the ladies and tux or dark suit with collar and tie for the men.  Even Cunard have decided however that they are going to cut down on the number of formal nights.  Most men are delighted but we women do love to dress up.
ugly dresses

But ladies – try not to get carried away.  Evening gown or cocktail dress does not necessarily mean sequins and when in doubt – wear black.  You really don’t want to stand out like this.
dress disaster

And guys – quit moaning about wearing a suit.  It makes you look handsome.  Look!
From this…..

to this….

Now that wasn’t that hard, was it?





By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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