Cruise dresses are a must-have if you are embarking on a cruise with your loved one/s. A holiday on a cruise ship is one of the few holidays when you inevitably need to be dressed at your best. After all, a holiday on a cruise ship is a perfect example of living the good life, and what better way to enjoy it more than to look glamorous and fabulous in cruise dresses. The types of cruise dresses you pack with you will all depend on the type of weather, the type of activities in the cruise and the dress code of the cruise line.
Daytime Cruise Dresses
Day to day life on a cruise ship is informal and relaxed. Make sure you bring daytime cruise dresses suitable for the climate of your route and ports of call. Warm climate or temperature requires cruise dresses, which are lightweight and made from breathable fabric. If you are headed towards places with cool climates, make sure the cruise dresses you pack are made of material, which can keep you warm or comfortable.
You may also opt for layering such as a sundress and a sweater, cardigan, coat or shawl. By doing so, if in case the temperature decides to warm up, you can easily take off the outerwear and be comfortable in your sundress. Also worth mentioning is that there are some countries, which may be included in your itinerary, with strict dress codes. As such, you may have to wear a dress that does not exposure your legs, shoulders and arms.
Evening Cruise Dresses
Contrary to common misconception, evening cruise dresses are not always formal. Nights at a cruise ship can be casual, informal or smart casual and festive formal. The number of the casual nights, smart casual nights and formal nights depend on the duration of the cruise and the cruise line. Since you are limited with the amount of clothes you can carry, you have to choose the cruise dresses and outfit you bring, wisely.
In general, for a cruise that lasts 3-4 nights, bring one formal and three casual cruise dresses. For a 5-night cruise, one of each formal and smart casual and three casual cruise dresses should be enough. As for a cruise with the duration of 7 nights, you may have to bring two formal dresses, a smart casual dress and four casual dresses. For longer cruises, three to four formal dresses and smart casuals may be necessary. For a better idea on how many cruise dresses to bring and what type, check with your cruise line for dress codes.
Cruise Dresses for Casual Nights
Casual night dining requires casual cruise dresses. For this, ladies can wear sporty cruise dresses. Usually, cruises have more casual nights than formal nights, so make sure to bring more of these types of cruise dress. Since you are limited with the amount of clothes you can bring, choose dresses that are basic, yet versatile, and you can just accessorize it and wear them more than once.
Another casual cruise dress you can wear, other than a sports dress, is a simple sundress. If in case the temperature in the dining room gets too cold, make sure to bring a cardigan or a shawl for comfort and warmth.
Informal Cruise Dresses
During informal nights, select cruise dresses that are close to formal but not too formal. Printed or vivid colored dresses should be perfect. For a dressier look, choose those with ruffles. Avoid silk or satin or chiffon as those are more on the formal category. Also a smart casual look are business dresses with clean and simple cut. You can wear a suite with your dress for added comfort.
Formal Cruise Dresses
Formal attire is required for evenings designated as formal nights. Ladies should wear cruise dresses suitable for the occasion.
For ladies, these nights are something they can look forward to. After all, it is the perfect opportunity to dress up, and look fabulous. Formal cruise dresses maybe a simple cocktail dress or an elaborate gown. Cocktail dresses are evening dresses, and they come in various kinds of lengths. It can be barely above the knee or ankle-length.
Formal cruise dresses can be simple or eye-catching. A black cruise dress is simple, yet elegant. A sequined dress is flashy and fab.
More Tips on Cruise Dresses
Holiday vacation on a cruise ship is all about living the good life—good food, good wine and good times. Highly likely, you will gain weight. Keep in this mind, when purchasing dresses and outfits. Make sure you are giving allowance for extra inches. You can also purchase a versatile dress that is not too figure hugging.
If you are going on a long cruise, go for cruise dresses you can mix and match with your other articles of clothing. By doing so, you can wear them more than once and no one will notice. For example, bring a short dress you can wear as a dress and as a top. On one night, you can wear your cruise dress as a dress on a formal night, and wear it as a top with silk pants and fancy belt on other nights. This is one of the ways to pack lightly. Do not buy cruise dresses that are too bulky, as they will take up a lot of your baggage space.
Bring with you ladies’ hat and sunglasses for sunny days and cardigan or sweater for chilly nights. These are not just great for their functionality, but they are also great accessories for your cruise dresses.
If you do not enjoy dressing up, there are other cruise lines with a more casual dress code. Make sure to check on this before purchasing your tickets. This way you can just bring along your sundresses and other casual dresses. Whether the dress code is formal or casual, be considerate to your fellow passenger and adhere to it.
Remember, you are on a cruise because you are on a vacation. Worrying about dress codes may sound petty, but the type of cruise dresses and outfit you bring has a major effect on how comfortable you will be and how enjoyable your cruise is going to be.