Julie Peasgood is a TV presenter, travel expert and Contributing Editor for Cruise International

Dancing on board Queen Mary 2 © Cunard
Dancing on board Queen Mary 2 © Cunard

Q. I love the idea of a traditional cruise where you can dress up and go dancing. Which cruise lines would you recommend?

A. The best lines for a traditional cruise are Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Holland America and Fred. Olsen. As a general rule of thumb, on most 10 to 14-night cruises there are likely to be two to three formal nights. Crystal offers high-end luxury, and remains faithful to cornerstone cruise traditions. There are assigned dining times with mandatory dress codes (their formal nights are the best for showing off your sequins) and afternoon tea is accompanied by a classical string quartet. Cunard has a 180-year history of cruising where you can bring out your bling at their dazzling balls. Holland America’s luxurious ships attract a loyal following with a wide variety of entertainment options. Fred. Olsen has a diverse line-up of onboard entertainment too with cabaret acts, stand-up comedians and themed evenings where you can don your finery to match the occasion.

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