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What To Wear Onboard

By HannahThursday 22nd September 2016

Dress your best with our guide to cruise clothing. Dress your best with our guide to cruise clothing.

If you’ve never been on a Royal Caribbean cruise, knowing what to pack can be a little tricky, especially when it comes to clothing. But it doesn’t have to be, because we’re here to help. In What To Wear Onboard, we’ve covered everything from formal dining to onboard laundry services, so read on to find out how to look your very best onboard.


During the day, you can wear almost anything you like – just remember to pack for the weather. All of our ships are temperature controlled, but you’ll need the right clothing for when you’re on deck or on land. If you’re going somewhere hot, like the Caribbean, bring plenty of warm weather clothing, such as shorts, dresses, light t-shirts, and skirts. If you’re going somewhere cold, like Alaska, pack jumpers, long trousers and woolly socks. Pack at least one swimsuit for the onboard pools, but you’ll have to cover up for lunch at any of the restaurants.


After a day of relaxing or exploring, it’s time to get ready for your evening meal. But what should you wear? First of all, swimsuits, robes, bare feet, vest tops, baseball caps, and pool wear aren’t allowed anywhere.

My Time Dining

All of our ships, except for Quantum of the Seas, follow the rules for My Time Dining. This means that no matter where you’re eating, from the Main Dining Room to Chops Grille, you’ll have a number of formal, smart casual and casual nights, dependant on the length of your cruise. Of course, if you’re eating somewhere like Wonderland on a casual night, it’s expected that you’ll don something suitably smart. Formal: Suits or tuxedos for men (ties and bow ties are optional), cocktail dresses for women. Smart Casual: Shirts for men, dresses or trouser suits for women. Casual: Polo shirts and trousers for men, sundresses or trousers for women.
Cruise Length Casual Smart Casual Formal
3 nights 2 0 1
4 nights 3 0 1
5 nights 3 1 1
6 nights 3 1 2
7 nights 4 1 2
8 nights 4 2 2
9 nights 5 2 2
10 nights 6 2 2
11 nights 7 2 2
12 nights 6 3 3
13 nights 9 2 2
14 nights 8 3 3
15 nights+ Rest casual 3 3

Dynamic Dining

On Quantum of the Seas, things work a little differently. With Dynamic Dining, the dress code is entirely flexible and guests can choose to dine at Windjammer, where there’s no dress code whatsoever.

Laundry Services

If you need to do laundry while onboard, take advantage of our onboard laundry and dry cleaning service. And remember, you can’t bring an iron onboard. You can see the price list here.

A Few FAQs

Can I wear trainers onboard? Yes, you can wear trainers onboard, just not to dinner in the Main Dining Room. Can children go to formal dining? Yes, children can go to formal dining, as long as they follow the formal dining clothing guidelines. Are the dress codes enforced? All of our dress codes are flexible, so you have a bit of freedom.

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