Many of you often have questions about the dress code aboard ships. The vague descriptions and glowing photos in the brochures don't help much, so let me try to clarify the situation for each cruise line.
Men -- White or black tux, tails, bow tie, wing collar, cumberbund, diamond studs, white gloves, patent leather shoes. Top hat and spats, if you have them. Diplomats should wear sash, royalty should limit crowns to reasonable size, no ermine trim.
Women -- No man-made fabrics. Silks only. Please limit trains to 20 feet. One servant suggested for each 10 feet of train, available by calling the Purser's office. No diamonds under one carat. Natural pearls only. Tiaras recommended for royalty.
Men -- Omit top hats, spats. Royalty omit crowns.
Women -- Limit trains to 10 feet.
Men -- omit cumberbund and gloves.
Women -- Cultured pearls OK.