Cruise Tip #16 – What To Wear When Dining On NCL

Ah, the burning question of what to wear on a Norwegian Cruise! Fear not, my fellow cruise enthusiasts, for Norwegian Cruise Line has bestowed upon us the glorious gift of “Freestyle Cruising.” It’s like the fashion Olympics, but with fewer judges and more fun!


Picture this: You step aboard the cruise ship, and the dress code is as relaxed as a sloth on a hammock. It’s a “choose-your-own-adventure” for fashion, my friends! Dress up like a movie star or keep it casual like a beach bum – the power is in your hands! Just remember, there are a few rules to follow and some places on the ship where your wildest fashion fantasies might be tamed.


During the day, the dress code is as chill as the polar ice caps (well, not that chill, but you get the idea). Think comfy and casual, like you’re on a “cruise-mode” vacation. But when the sun starts to set, it’s time to put on your thinking cap, fashionably speaking. Depending on where you’re dining, the dress code might be casual or smart casual. And hey, let’s not forget those special theme nights and parties – a chance to unleash your inner fashionista!


Now, don’t go expecting a grand ball with Cinderella’s glass slippers and prince charming in his tuxedo. Oh no, Norwegian Cruise Line has said “no thanks” to the whole formal night shenanigans. So, if you’re dreaming of channeling your inner royalty, you might wanna save that for a Cunard or Princess Cruise where they roll out the red carpet. However, NCL does have what they call “Dress Up Or Not” Night. This is your oportunity to really dress up if you choose and and some people take advantage of this night to have their formal family pictures taken by the ships photographers that are stationed all over the ship. About 50% of the guests dress up on this night.


But hey, if you’re all about that laid-back, “ain’t nobody got time for strict dress codes” kind of vacation, then Norwegian is your jam! No judgments here, my friends – just fun, sun, and all the buffet food you can eat. And when you head indoors, even to munch on some delicious buffet treats, remember to throw on a cover-up over your bathing suit. We don’t want any fashion faux pas, right?


When it’s dinner time at the main dining room or one of those swanky specialty restaurants, it’s time to get your “smart casual” on! Ladies, bring out those fabulous dresses, skirts, capri pants, and jeans – and don’t forget a light shawl or sweater to battle the ship’s overenthusiastic air conditioning. Gents, think jeans or khakis paired with a snazzy polo-style or short-sleeve dress shirt, and please, let’s keep those feet cozy in closed-toe shoes. Sorry, flip flops, you’ll have to sit this one out!


But wait, there’s more! The buffet and casual restaurants are where you can let your fashion hair down and let loose. Ladies, casual dresses, skirts, shorts, t-shirts, capri pants, and jeans are all welcome here. Fellas, feel free to strut your stuff in casual pants, jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or those classic polo shirts. And if you’re hitting up the buffet or an outdoor restaurant, don’t forget to cover up that swimsuit with a stylish cover-up. Sandals and flip flops are totally cool here – no judgment zone, remember?


Oh, and brace yourselves for the theme parties, my fashion-forward friends! You can totally dress up and dazzle the decks on Norwegian cruises. “Norwegian Night Out” is your chance to sparkle like a disco ball or sashay like a runway model. No judgment if you prefer sweatpants and a hoodie, but seriously, where’s the fun in that? You may want to bring an all white outfit if you plan to attend the “White Night” Glow Dance Party. Let your inner diva shine, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll end up looking like a cruise style icon.


So, there you have it, my fellow fashion adventurers! Norwegian Cruise Line welcomes you to the land of “Freestyle Cruising” where fashion rules are more like gentle suggestions. Embrace the casual, the smart casual, the funky, and the fabulous. It’s your vacation, and you should wear whatever makes you feel like a million bucks (or at least a few hundred bucks). Bon voyage and may your fashion choices be as unforgettable as the memories you’ll create on the high seas!


Side Note: No cut off jeans or ripped, cut up T-shirts. Thats not cruise casual. You can never go wrong with a sun dress for the women and kahki pants with a polo shirt for the men.

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