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  • Writer's pictureJason Leppert

Formal or Casual: Which Is The Future of Cruise Dress Codes?

Attitudes toward cruise ship dress codes are both changing and remaining the same all at once, it would seem. The extremes of formal and casual wear are in question while most lines lean away from formality save for the likes of Cunard Line.

Tradition is alive and well on Cunard’s fleet, the newly remastered Queen Mary 2 included. In fact, it is thriving. The grand ocean liner is one of the last remaining cruise ships in which tuxedos and sequined gowns are commonplace sights among the classic art deco appointments. In the evenings at least, no casual wear is allowed across the bulk of the decks. Dress codes vary from formal to informal, sparing only ties for gentlemen and the fanciest of dresses for women during more casual instances. No jeans or shorts are permitted.

Of course, whether or not this rigid approach to dress codes is desirable is in the eye of the beholder, and Cunard loyalists certainly agree that it is. Indeed, there is something unique and special about dressing up for an evening of glitz and glamour, as though it were like traveling back through time to an era long since gone, recreating the so-called good old days.

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