Caribbean cruise
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Packing advice for
your Caribbean cruise

Dress codes

Some cruise ships have three dress-for-dinner
categories (women dress correspondingly):


Men don a tuxedo or a dark suit with tie. If you prefer not to pack one of these outfits, you are not alone. Some men nowadays skip the formal dinners on Caribbean cruises and eat in the ship's casual dining room. Or, they order room service for a meal in their cabin or on their private balcony.



Men wear a jacket with a collared shirt. Ties are optional.



Think of country-club casual. For men, that includes slacks and a polo shirt.

Shore excursions
dress codes

They are quite relaxed. Comfort is the key. For instance, wearing jeans is common. Just be aware that some tourism establishments may have their own dress codes. For example, many churches ban revealing clothing.

Common courtesy

Sloppily dressed cruisers rationalize "I can wear anything I want because this is my vacation". Unfortunately, they ruin the cruise experience for many of their fellow passengers who are also on vacation.

Don't overpack

My favorite quote on this topic is the humorous one coined by Susan Heller:

"When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money."

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