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Pamaga Mon 07-Mar-16 15:28:34

We are pushing the boat out and have booked a transatlantic crossing this summer (Southampton to NYC and back with 5 days in NYC in between). There is a dress code on board ship and I am looking forward to wearing some dressy clothes that I never normally wear these days! I have raided the charity shops for some cheapy evening wear as we are not normally in the cocktail party set.
What I don't want to do is overload myself with clothing that I end up not wearing. I will probably wear jeans/cropped pants and T-shirts while in NYC but am unsure about clothing during the day on board the ship. We have a verandah on our cabin but will I be likely to be sitting out mid ocean? What will the temperatures be like?
I don't envisage dressing like a dog's dinner during the day but don't want to look overly casual either.
If any cruise-goers have any advice, it would be most welcome.
This is one of our bucket-list items and I want it to be as enjoyable and memorable as can be!

Stansgran Mon 07-Mar-16 15:34:35

I would join Cruise Critic and log into your cruise. There will be loads of people on there who can tell you precisely what you want to know. There are regulars on all the lines and tend to be very helpful.

Stansgran Mon 07-Mar-16 15:37:50

By the way if you get the dedicated coach service for the cruise line you can pack as much as you like. But if you are flying home then you have to keep to airline weights.

Galen Mon 07-Mar-16 16:23:08

Which line are you going with?

pompa Mon 07-Mar-16 16:23:22

Cruising clothes ??? there was me thinking what did I wear in the 60's along the High Street, Saturday night with my mates.

shysal Mon 07-Mar-16 16:26:50

pompa grin

ninathenana Mon 07-Mar-16 16:35:54

I see our resident expert is on to this........
I'll leave it to you Galen grin

Pamaga Wed 09-Mar-16 08:56:35

Cunard Line, Queen Mary 2

Cath9 Wed 09-Mar-16 09:24:42

Pamaga, you will really enjoy yourself going on the Queen Mary.
Myself and my late husband went on the present Queen Lizzy, soon after it had been launched. The boat first went to the Caneries, so we went on the next trip that was to the Caribbean and had a wonderful experience. I have photos of the Queen Mary near the island of Granada.
You will enjoy yourself, the food was everywhere, especially as it was over a Christmas period.

ginny Wed 09-Mar-16 12:37:01

I have found that day clothes on cruises are no different to those worn on any other holiday.

Jalima Wed 09-Mar-16 12:47:52

Trousers with an elasticated bit at the sides, by the sounds of it smile

Liaise Wed 09-Mar-16 12:58:45

Depending on the weather crop trousers, chinos, t shirts, blouses and for evening wear I always take a pair of black trousers. The blouses double up for evening with any other tops you own. A black skirt is useful for formal evenings. I wear a velvet jacket sometimes which I've had for years.

The Queen Mary is a fast ship so take a cardigan and jacket because it can be windy out on deck and comfortable walking shoes. Because the ship is large you will get plenty of exercise. It is a lovely ship and the cabins are spacious. I hope you have a good time.

rubylady Wed 09-Mar-16 23:49:09

I'm going on a train soon, can anyone recommend some train clothes? grin

mrsmopp Thu 10-Mar-16 07:58:41

Rubylady, in my experience train clothes are pretty much the same as bus clothes, maybe just a tad posher.

rubylady Thu 10-Mar-16 18:34:15

Oh well, I'll have to take a bus then, I don't do posh. grin

NotTooOld Thu 10-Mar-16 18:55:08

rubylady grin

I don't do posh either but I do find that train clothes need lots of pockets.

Elegran Thu 10-Mar-16 19:07:51

Train and bus clothes do need to be washable, too, (though not until your trip is finished and you are back home again)

Galen Thu 10-Mar-16 19:22:03

Long dresses for formal nights. Cunard have stopped doing semiformal sad
are you in Brittania or the grills. Tend to be a bit dressier in the grills. Denim, jeans and swimwear not allowed in the restaurants.
I tend to wear a dressy top and skirt or a dressy dress for non formal evenings.
Don't worry, just enjoy
I'm slumming it on emerald princess for a week, then owners suite with Bellasnanna for two weeks on Royal princess for two weeks in June.

Elrel Thu 10-Mar-16 19:49:48

Rubylady ?? Trains?? A lightweight shoulder bag with room for essentials to include emergency chocolate and wet wipes! In a charity shop I found a little shrink-wrapped tin (American!) containing disposable gloves, wipes and a loo seat cover. Could be useful in desperation!

Woolfiemum Thu 23-Feb-17 13:31:25

Please let me know how the cruise went, I'm living vicariously through this thread at the moment as our cruise plans are very much in the early stages!
But my concern would be the size of the ships and the amount of walking, from deck to eaterie, entertainment etc, as I have painful bunions which make extended time on my feet a misery. What's more, I've found a great solution for daytime, Fidelio bunion shoes that are also wide fit and fit the bill well, but they won't cut it for dressy evening do's, anyone out there have a similar problem? Where can I get nice dressy " cruise proof" shoes for painful bunions?

HildaW Thu 23-Feb-17 13:43:43

I've found that sticking to one main colour is a useful way of limiting my packing. Also well cut classic clothes paired with unusual accessories are far more flexible than lots of fussy clothing if you are trying to limit your packing.
I've picked up some very 'blingy' jewellery in places like M&S or Debenhams in their sales that look great with a well designed evening dress and have the added benefit of not actually being of any great value (never a good idea to take precious jewellery on holiday imo). Have a great time!

Jayanna9040 Thu 23-Feb-17 13:44:57

I have sparkly fit flops that I wear for evenings Woolfie. They just have the toe post so no pressure on the sides of my feet!

Pittcity Thu 23-Feb-17 16:39:08

Try They have some smart shoes for bunion sufferers.

Grannyben Sat 04-Mar-17 20:44:17

I don't have any advice as I've never been on a cruise and, at the moment I'm too green with envy to add any constructive comments ?
Whatever you wear I'm sure you will have the most wonderful time.

Grannyben Sat 04-Mar-17 20:45:23

Well silly me, right month, wrong year!