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What to Wear

Published 03/11/2015 10:00 PM   |    Updated 01/05/2022 04:48 PM

While your destination, cruise plans and personal style will dictate which outfits you bring, there are a number of must-pack items we recommend every cruiser consider when preparing for their cruise vacation. 

What to Wear - Daytime Attire
Casual attire is the order of the day. We suggest the following: 
  • Shorts and capris
  • Tee shirts, polo shirts, blouses and tops (short sleeved or sleeveless)
  • Khakis and jeans
  • Summer dresses
  • Light-weight sweater or jacket 
  • Work-out gear 
  • Bathing suits and cover up 
  • For cooler weather, clothing that can be layered, scarves and gloves. If visiting religious sites in Europe, ladies must cover their knees and shoulders 
  • Hat or visor  
  • Comfortable rubber-soled flat shoes, sneakers, water shoes or non-slip boat shoes with traction. Select activities/shore excursions may require closed-toe shoes. The use of any footwear with wheels is prohibited on board our ships
  • The Lido Restaurant is open daily for breakfast and lunch and has a more relaxed dress code than the main dining room(s); however, shirts, bathing suit cover ups and footwear must be worn at all times
What to Wear - Evening Attire 
Following is the dress code in the main dining room(s) for both men, women and children:
“Cruise Casual” Dress Code
  • Men: sports slacks, khakis, jeans, long dress shorts and collared polo shirts
  • Women: summer dresses, casual skirts, pants, capris, dress shorts, jeans blouses and tops
  • Not permitted: cut-off jeans, men’s sleeveless shirts, tee-shirts, gym or basketball shorts, baseball hats, flip-flops and bathing suit attire
“Cruise Elegant” Dress Code (formal evenings)
  • 2-day to 5-day cruise: one “Cruise Elegant” evening
  • 6-day or longer cruise: two “Cruise Elegant” evenings 
The first “Cruise Elegant” evening is scheduled for the second or third evening of the cruise and the second “Cruise Elegant” evening is the second or third evening prior to the end of the cruise, itinerary schedule permitting.
  • Men: dress slacks, dress shirts, and we also suggest a sport coat; men may also wish to wear a suit and tie or tuxedo
  • Women: cocktail dresses, pantsuits, elegant skirts and blouses; ladies may also wish to wear an evening gown
Not permitted: jeans, men’s sleeveless shirts, shorts, tee-shirts, sportswear, baseball hats, flip-flops and bathing suit attire
The Steakhouse: The dress requirements for The Steakhouse follows the dress code specified for the main dining room(s); if the evening is specified as “Cruise Casual,” shorts are not permitted.
Please Note: All guests are expected to ensure their clothing and accessories are respectful to fellow guests. Specifically, items worn during the cruise should not contain any message that may be considered offensive or contain nudity, profanity, sexual innuendo/suggestions. In addition, clothing/accessories should not promote negative ethnic or racial commentary, or hatred or violence in any form.
Holidays and Events | Carnival Journeys
Carnival knows how to celebrate! Feel free to bring a special outfit for our December 'Ugly Sweater Contest', 'Frightfully Fun' Halloween cruises or to show your team spirit when there are big sporting events.
Be sure to bring a red or blue outfit or a top for our Mega Deck Party. On cruises six days and longer, you can channel the ‘80s vibe in our ‘80s Rock-N-Glow Deck Party. 
Carnival Journeys cruises feature 'Throwback Sea Day', in which we go back in time to relive the ‘80s so dig out those outrageous outfits!
Clothing Tips!
  • Cool-Weather Destinations: Sweaters, lightweight jackets and raincoats are suggested. Casual clothes that can be layered easily are highly recommended. Bring a heavier sweater if you are traveling to the glaciers along with a raincoat and umbrella because it is often cold and windy in such areas. Select excursions may require closed-toe shoes.
  • European Destinations:  It is essential that you wear the proper apparel when visiting the Vatican and other religious sites - legs and shoulders must be covered. Select excursions may require closed-toe shoes. 
  • Please note that in some ports of call, it is against the law for anyone, including children, to dress in army-style camouflage clothing or carry items made with camouflage material. Ports include Barbados, Dominica and Grenada but not limited to these ports. 
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