What to wear on a Carnival cruise. Clothes to pack for your Caribbean Carnival cruise including cruise casual and elegant nights explained.

What to Wear on a Carnival Cruise (Caribbean)

Are you wondering what to wear on a Carnival cruise to the Caribbean? Then you will definitely want to add these items to your cruise packing list.

What to wear on a Carnival cruise.  Clothes to pack for the daytime, cruise casual evenings and elegant evenings.  Add these clothes to your Caribbean cruise packing list.

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The Carnival dress code for dining is either cruise casual or cruise elegant. The cruise elegant nights are also known as formal night.

The Carnival HUB app will tell you what the dress code is for each day as well as the “FunTimes”. The “FunTimes” is the schedule for the next day and is delivered to your cabin the evening prior.

What is cruise casual on Carnival?

A young woman in a sun hat wearing a skirt and tank top looking out over the cruise ship railing

What you can’t wear on cruise casual night on Carnival.

Cruise casual evenings are more casual than the elegant nights and the only guidelines are really just what you can’t wear. Here is what you can’t wear into the main or specialty restaurants on Carnival’s cruise casual nights.

What is elegant night on Carnival cruise?

Elegant night, also known as formal night, is the dress code for the main dining rooms on select nights. It’s a chance to get all dressed up and head out for a nice dinner. This is where you will want to bring that pretty dress you don’t get much of a chance to wear, and shirts and ties are common for the men.

The elegant nights are the perfect time to get your photos taken by the ship’s photographers that will be set up. There is no obligation at all to purchase the photos.

What you can’t wear on elegant nights on Carnival.

There are a few dress code restrictions for elegant night. On elegant (formal) night you cannot wear the following in the main dining rooms or specialty restaurants.

Jeans, men’s sleeveless shirts, shorts, t-shirts, sportwear, bathing suits, flip flops or baseball caps.

How many elegant nights (formal nights) on a 7 day Carnival cruise?

On a 7 night cruise you can usually expect 2 elegant (formal) nights on a Carnival cruise. Often the first elegant night is your second night on the ship and the other elegant night is often your 5th night on a 7 day cruise. This of course can vary.

Do you have to dress up on elegant nights on Carnival?

No. If you don’t want to dress up for the elegant (formal) nights then you can instead eat at one of the casual dining spots during those two evenings. The dress code restrictions apply to the main dining rooms and some of the nicer specialty restaurants. If you choose to dress cruise casual on elegant night then you can eat at the buffet or a more casual eatery such as the pizzeria.

What to wear on Carnival Cruise – daytime

During the daytime on a Carnival cruise you would pack and wear casual resort wear. Here are some examples of what to wear on Carnival cruise during the day.

Akihoo Women Summer Sleeveless Midi Plain Sundress Pleated Vest Dress Flower M

HUHOT Sun Dresses Women Casual Summer Homecoming Dress Sexy Knee Length Wedding Guest Flowy Midi Sundress Juniors Summer Dresses

Ekouaer Swimsuit Cover Up Henley Shirts Beachwear for Women Black

Mamacita Needs a Margarita Women's Halter Tank Top Funny Running Graphic Sleeveless Beach Tee, Navy Blue S

Women Summer Casual Striped Dress Sleeveless Halter Strap Flowy Boho Dress with Pockets

Sundresses for Women Casual Beach Summer Strapless Coverups Tube Tops Off The Shouder Dresses (WineRed,M)

REORIA Womens Casual Summer One Piece Sleeveless Tank Top Playsuits Short Jumpsuit Beach Rompers Black Large

What you would wear on a cruise in the day is the same thing you would pack to wear to a resort. Men would pack t-shirts, tanks, shorts and swim trunks for their days on the cruise ship.

Carnival Cruise – What to wear for cruise casual evenings

Here are some examples of what to wear to dinner on a Carnival cruise during “cruise casual” evenings.

STYLEWORD 2023 Womens Summer V Neck Dresses Sun Spaghetti Strap Petite Sundress Casual Beach Hawaiian with Pocket(Floral01,XS)

Relipop Summer Women Short Sleeve Print Dress V Neck Casual Short Dresses Red

Dokotoo Womens Casual Alicia Flowy Print V Neck Smocked Long Sleeve Chiffon Blouses Tshirts Tops for Women 2023 Summer Trendy Work Business Boho Top Small Gray

What to wear on a Carnival cruise for men

For the cruise casual evenings on Carnival Cruise men could wear golf shirts or short sleeved button up shirts with a casual pant. Here are some examples and links to Amazon incase you need to purchase some new clothes before your cruise vacation.

Under Armour Men's Playoff 2.0 Golf Polo , Academy Blue (409)/Pitch Gray , Large

Wrangler Authentics mens Short Sleeve Classic Plaid shirt, Forest Shade, XX-Large US

What to wear on formal nights on Carnival cruise.

Dressier clothes such as dresses and pant suits for women and suit and tie or suits for men is what you would wear to dinner on Carnival cruise on formal or elegant nights.

MEROKEETY Women's Sleeveless Lace Floral Elegant Cocktail Dress Crew Neck Knee Length for Party, Black, X-Large

WOOSEA Women's High Neck Split Bodycon Mermaid Evening Cocktail Long Dress Black

What to wear to dinner on Carnival cruise formal night (for men)

Men will want to wear a shirt and tie or suit if they have it to dinner on Carnival’s elegant nights. If you are packing light or don’t own many dress clothes. Pack for your Caribbean cruise one pair of dress pants with 2 different dress shirts and a tie.

Milano Moda Men's Long Sleeve Dress Shirt With Matching Tie And Handkerchief SG21A, Charcoal, 16"-16.5" Neck 34"-35" Sleeve

What to wear on Carnival cruise ships to the Caribbean – summary

It’s basically casual clothes in the daytime and a nicer casual (cruise casual, resort casual) in most evenings. The formal nights is your chance to dress up. Be respectful of the dress codes in the main dining rooms.

Wear what you are comfortable in.

I hope this has given you a good idea of what clothes to bring on a Carnival cruise.