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Evening Dress is More Formal
Than Some Other Cruise Lines

Daily life aboard the ships and in ports of call is relaxed and casual. However, when using the ship’s pool, you are asked to  wear shoes and a cover-up over a bathing suit when walking through the interior of the ship.

Evening dress falls into three categories: casual, informal and formal.

Casual: comfortable, relaxed clothing with the exception of T-shirts, jeans, swimsuits, tank tops and shorts, none of which are allowed in the dining room, the Lido restaurant, or public areas during the evening hours.

Informal: dresses or pantsuits for women and jackets (tie optional) for men.

Formal: cocktail dresses or gowns for women, business suits or tuxedos are suggested for men, although a jacket and tie also suffice.


There are about 2 formal nights each week. Formal wear for men and women can be pre-ordered for a cruise by calling 800/551-5091. It's usually in your stateroom when you board.

See my cruise blog chronicling a 35-day cruise aboard the ms Maasdam

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