High Fashion on the High Seas: How to Dress for Dinner on Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Princess and Other Cruise Lines

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High Fashion on the High Seas: How to Dress for Dinner on Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Princess and Other Cruise Lines

Statistics Show Cruisers Need Information on Dining Attire

ORLANDO, FLA. (Feb. 12, 2013) – The cruise travel specialists at Cruises-N-More are asked often by over half of their cruise travelers, “What should I wear to dinner on a cruise ship?” Answers vary, especially when it comes to dining venues.

Listed below is a guide offering insight into evening dress codes for some of the popular cruise ships dining venues.

Celebrity Cruises

Dining venues on Celebrity require Smart Casual or Formal attire. Smart Casual and above attire for ladies is skirt or pants (no holes, rips or tears) complemented by sweater or blouse. For gentlemen it is pants (no holes, rips or tears) with sports shirt or sweater. Shirts must have sleeves. Formal attire for ladies includes cocktail dress, gown or dressy pantsuit. For gentlemen it is tuxedo, suit or dinner jacket with slacks.

Celebrity cruises of four to six nights have one Formal night; seven- to 11-night cruises have two, 12 to 15 have three, and 16- night cruises have four Formal nights.

Disney Cruises

Dining dress requirements vary by venue or theme night on Disney Cruises. Dress at most meals is Cruise Casual, which means no shorts, swimwear or tank tops. Dress-up (semiformal) nights require a jacket for men, dress or pantsuit for women. Formal nights require formal wear for men: tuxedo or suit; for women: gown or dress.

Disney has one “Dress-Up” night on its three- to four-night cruises. Seven-night cruises have one Semi-formal and one Formal night. The remainder of nights are Cruise Casual or theme nights. (For cruises that request formalwear attire, guests can pre-order tailored formalwear rentals and have them delivered directly to their staterooms upon arrival.)

These Disney specialty restaurants have a specific dress code at all times:


Men: dress pants and shirt or jacket

Women: dress or pantsuit

Please no jeans, shorts, Capri pants, flip-flops or tennis shoes.


Men: a tuxedo or jacket (sports or suit jacket) is required with dress pants; ties are optional

Women: a cocktail dress, pantsuit or skirt/blouse is required

Please no jeans, shorts, Capri pants, flip-flops or tennis shoes.

Holland America Line

Holland America’s evening dress falls into two distinct categories: Formal or Smart Casual.

Smart Casual can be defined as slacks and collared shirts for men; casual dresses, slacks and informal evening wear for women. T-shirts, swimsuits, tank tops and shorts are not allowed in the restaurants or public areas during the evening hours. On formal evenings, ladies may wear a suit, cocktail dress, gown or fancy blouse/top with slacks and gentlemen may wear a jacket and tie, dark suit or tuxedo.

Holland America has approximately two formal nights per week, with the remainder being Smart Casual.

MSC Cruises

For most evenings, Resort Casual is appropriate (no jeans, T-shirts, shorts or bare feet after 6 p.m. on the ship). Formal evenings: Cocktail dresses for women and suits or jacket and ties for men are appropriate.

MSC has one formal night on four- to six-night cruises, two on seven- to 11-night cruises, three on 11- to 14-night cruises and four on cruises 15 nights or longer.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Dress Cruise Casual anytime during the day, in the buffet and in most specialty restaurants. For women, that includes summer and casual dresses, skirts, regular or Capri pants, shorts, jeans and tops. Khakis, jeans, shorts and casual shirts are fine for men. Swimwear is acceptable at the buffet and outdoor restaurant, but a shirt or a cover-up and footwear are required. Cruise Casual is also allowed day and night on embarkation day. Wear Smart Casual if you are eating dinner in the aft main dining room (the more formal dining room) and in Le Bistro on cruises longer than five days. For women, it includes slacks or jeans, dresses, skirts and tops. For men, it’s jeans or slacks with a collared shirt and closed-toed shoes. Traditional Bermuda shorts along with long socks, loafers and a blazer are all acceptable on a Bermuda cruise.

There are no scheduled formal nights on Norwegian Cruise Line.

Princess Cruises

There are two designations for dress codes: Smart Casual and Formal. Smart Casual: On-board passenger attire should be in keeping with that of a nice restaurant ashore; skirts/dresses, slacks and sweaters for ladies, pants and open-neck shirts for men. Formal: Evening gown, cocktail dress or elegant pantsuit for women; tuxedo, dark suit or dinner jacket and slacks for men.

Four- to six-night cruises have one formal evening; seven- to 13-night cruises have two; 14- to 20-night cruises have three; 21- to 28-night cruises have four; cruises of 29 nights or more have at least five.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean’s dress code includes three types of evenings onboard: Casual, Smart Casual and Formal. Casual: Sport shirts and slacks for men; sundresses or pants for women. Smart Casual: Jackets and ties for men; dresses or pantsuits for women. Formal: Suits and ties or tuxedos for men; cocktail dresses for women.

There is one formal evening (optional) on cruises of up to 13 nights, two on 14- to 20-night cruises and three for cruises of 21 nights or more.

For more information about high fashion on the high seas and to work with Cruises-N-More owner and Vice President Tiffany Neidhardt or a Cruises-N-More cruise specialist for your next cruise vacation, please call 800-733-2048 (toll-free USA/Canada), 0-808-189-1292 (toll-free U.K.), 800-076-002 (toll-free Australia) or  +1-407-771-4454 direct-dial. Visit Cruises-N-More at http://www.cruises-n-more.com/.

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