Do you love the idea of a luxury cruise but don’t fancy dressing up every night? Julie Peasgood, TV presenter, travel expert and Contributing Editor for Cruise International, finds the best of both worlds


On an increasing number of cruises, the trend is to dispense with black tie in the evenings and to adopt a much more relaxed, smart/casual dress code.

Probably the most luxurious, mainstream cruise line with a firm ‘no formal nights’ policy is Oceania Cruises ( ‘Country club casual’ is the order of the day, and night, meaning sports jackets, polo shirts, sweaters and chinos for men (no ties required) and skirts, dresses or trousers for women.

You needn’t pack your evening gown on Regent Seven Seas cruises ( either, as formal nights are optional here, and the overall look is mainly ‘elegant casual’.

River cruises also tend to be bling-free zones. For Welcome Dinners on Uniworld Boutique River Cruises (, for example, ladies can wear a cocktail dress if they wish to and it’s a collared shirt for men, but no black tie is required. Leaving more room in your suitcase for souvenirs.

Julie Peasgood

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