This is my first cruise and I have been reading many things about cruises.
I was looking at the Holland America site and I came to a section on how to dress for a cruise. In the paragraph it said that comfortable, relaxed clothing is fine for evenings designated as casual; however t-shirts, jeans, and shorts are not allowed in the dining room or public areas.
What are the public areas that they are talking about?
Will I need to prepare to dress up every night in nice pants or skirt, shirt, and dress shoes? I am trying to keep my packing light for this cruise if at all possible. Right now it sounds like I am going to need a lot of clothes for different occasions throughout the week!
Make it easy. for casual nites I generally pack eith decent black pants or khakis and a bunch of tops. Color depends on the sandals/dressy shoes I am already packing for formal/semi nites. I ONLY pack a single pair of dress shoes/cruise, 2 sandals, and 1 walking/gym shoe.
I find that I can cut down on clothing if I plan my wardrobe during the day for casual evenings. If I am wearing shorts during the day, I plan on being able to just change the shorts for a pair of nice white slacks (if you are on a tropical cruise) and feel find in the dining room. Obviously if you are wearing a tube top or halter top during the day you may be more appropriately dressed in the evening with a nice quality polo shirt or other knit shirt with a collar (looks nicer than a t-shirt). Casual days are nearly always port days, so often you will want to shower before dinner anyway if you have been out in the tropical heat or doing a lot of walking or sports.
I have actually worn jeans on casual nights. I am one of the few that does this. I get away with it with "nice" jeans and a nice shirt. You'll be fine whatever you wear. I have never gotten a dirty look from other passengers ( I do look for feedback) No one cares if
you wear the same thing twice. I have worn the same dress on 2 formal nights. No one
really cares. I used to worry about the very same thing re: packing. Now I know better.
Despite what people believe, there are no fashion police. The only exception to my rebellion is on formal nights. I will dress appropriately and not walk around in casual closes before or after dining on these nights. I'll give respect to fellow passengers that
want formal for the entire evening.