Our Editor Liz Jarvis explains why she’s a big fan of glamming up on a cruise…

American Queen Dining Room
American Queen Dining Room

Cunard has renewed its commitment to the joy of dressing up. Along with two or three formal nights each week, there will be four or five ‘informal’ evenings where jackets are required but ties will now become optional, making the formal nights even more of a special occasion.

This seems like the perfect solution to me – because of course you want to feel relaxed on holiday, but dressing for dinner on some nights, at least, adds to that feeling of doing something a bit special.

And cruises ARE special – from the moment you set foot on that beautiful ship, you’re experiencing a holiday like no other. Even the most laidback cruises have some sort of opportunity for dressing for dinner.

For me, deciding which outfits you’re going to take (and when – and where – you’re going to wear them) adds to the excitement and anticipation of going on a cruise.

I love dressing up for a formal or semi-formal evening – and seeing everyone else do the same.

And I can’t help feeling a little disappointed when I walk into a dining room on formal night to see some guests haven’t made an effort.

As Peter Shanks, Cunard’s President and Managing Director says:

“Formal nights are a chance for the ladies to sparkle in cocktail dresses or full-on evening gowns, while for the gentlemen, dinner jackets – or tuxedos or dark suits – always bring a touch of sharp, 007-type style to the occasion.”

So I’m very happy to continue dressing for dinner whenever I’m on a cruise.

But I draw the line at pretending to be a pirate.

*What do you think?  Do you enjoy dressing for dinner when you’re on a cruise – or do you prefer a more relaxed approach?

Click here for tips on What to Wear on A Cruise from style gurus Emma Forbes and Gemma Sheppard.