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What to Wear to a Fancy Cruise Dinner

Outfit of the Night: Black Dress from Forever 21, Heels from Guess, Earrings from Francesca’s.

It’s common for cruises to have an elegant evening where you can dress up, have fancy drinks, and celebrate. Celebrations can include anything from the Captain’s Welcome Dinner – which is what we are dressed up for in this blog – to holiday celebrations to themed nights to farewell events. Generally if you are taking a 2 to 5-day cruise, you can expect at least one nice evening to get primmed and proper. If you take a cruise that is six days or longer, expect that be graced with at least two awesome nights of playing dress up.

Formal Night Dress Code

Women should wear… cocktail dresses (like the one I’m wearing in the photo above!). Cruises also allow pantsuits, nice blouses, and fancy skirts. I was surprised to learn that cruise lines invite women to wear evening gowns. 😱 Shannon and I should have just brought our pageant dresses 😅

Men should wear… slacks you would wear to church or a wedding, a dress shirt, and sometimes a sports coat. If you want to get really fancy, you can wear a full-on suit or tuxedo 😎

Different Dress Codes per Cruise Line

Every cruise line has their own dinner dress codes.
I’ve heard that some of them require formal/elegant wear every dinner!

For dress code details per cruise line, click here.


What would you wear to a formal night on a boat?



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