I have sent in my boxtops for a deposit on RCI's July 21st sailing of the Splendour of the Seas out of Barcelona. I have a fairish idea as to what to pack. I've decided on tousers for everywhere save the beach. I also intend to pack a sports jacket and suitable shirt. But are tropical print shirts too obnoxiously American for shore excursions, or should I stick to short sleeve plaid button-downs?
Basic colors and styles are in for European travel; short sleeve knit, cotton or silk golf, collarless or button front shirts with docker style slacks and a few pair of shorts are just fine. Boat shoes, black sneakers (Reebocks) or loafers work well for day and evening. One sport coat and one suit or tux is fine for formal and informal nights.
The Mediterranean (and European) ports of call tend to be less casual than ports in the New World. The attractions are more historical and cultural, too, with very few "beach" desitnations.. As a rule, the same sort of attire that you would wear on causal night aboard ship is appropriate for sightseeing and tours.
Some attractions have requirements for "acceptable" attire that are more strict than our customs here in the States. This is especially true of religious sites, such as churches and mosques. If you wish to visit these sites, you will have to conform to their requirements.
>> For gentlemen, a shirt with a collar, dress slacks, and dress shoes are pretty much acceptable anywhere during the day.
>> For ladies, a blouse that has sleeves, even if short, with either a skirt no higher than the knee or a pair of dress slacks. Most churches will require women to wear a hat or scarf on their heads, and mosques typically require women to cover their legs and their hair (but wraps for this purpose generally are available at no charge).