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Kick Back And Relax On Vacation With Our Advice For The Best Cruise Wear

Choosing what to wear on a cruise depends on factors like time of year, port of call and the cruise line’s own dress requirements, but for a general guide to cruise wear and the right shoes to pack, check out the following guidelines. First and foremost, cruise wear for men is all about versatility. Space is limited, so choose clothing you can wear for numerous types of occasions.

Daytime, On Deck, and Poolside

The featured image is a man sitting in a chair wearing the Montigo Canvas Moe Toe Venetian Loafer in Gray.

This is the time reserved for your most casual attire. On deck shorts or chinos with polo shirts are always a good choice. Slip on some casual shoes for an effortless look. Reserve swimwear and t-shirts for poolside. Kick back and relax in some of our favorites.

Shore Duty

The featured image is a model walking his bike by the marina while wearing Florsheim shoes.

Going ashore in scruffy jeans, t-shirts, athletic garb, and flip flops can be considered disrespectful in some ports of call and you will be treated accordingly. The exception to the rule is active shore excursions where you should dress to fit the activity. Check before you go because you never want to be disrespectful. All cruise lines offer tips about what to wear at each port of call. When in doubt, ask a crew member. Expect to do a lot of walking so choose a comfortable shoe.


The featured image is the Postino Moc Toe Penny Loafer.

Dress requirements change as the sun sets. Most cruise lines include at least one formal evening and some guests still choose to wear a tux on those occasions, although they are increasingly being outnumbered by business suits. If you are not going to wear a tux then pack a dark blue or gray business suit, a dress shirt, and tie. For every other dressier evening opt for chinos, a sport coat, and an open-collared shirt. These are some of our cruise-worthy dress options.

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