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.
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.
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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.
What is cruise casual on Carnival?
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.
Cut-off jeans or shorts, Men’s sleeveless shirts, gym or basketball shorts, baseball hats, bathing suits or flip flops.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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