You're finally getting to go on that long awaited cruise that you've been dreaming of going on forever, and you're not quite sure what to wear on the cruise for your swimwear. Most people don't want to stick out like a sore thumb and they want to feel like they fit in and look cool like everyone else. Choosing the right swimwear can be tricky when going on a cruise and we want to make sure we give you all the right details so you'll look like you know exactly what you're doing.
Swimwear on cruise ships should be something that shows off how elegant you are. Worry less about your body and more about the statement you're going to make with the clothes you choose. Keep it casual, but stylish. Women should go for a sarong, sundress or full body coverup swimsuits and avoid the two piece bikini (unless the cruise is targeting young adults between the ages of 18 - 29). Guys should avoid the speedo and go with boardshorts, or any short that doesn't go more than two to three inches above their knees.
When you get to your final destination (hopefully some tropical paradise), then you can wear less conservative clothes if you wish. When you have other passengers on the cruise with you, you want to respect that not everyone will want to see you dressed in scantily clothes and it will go a lot further if you're looking to make connections with new people.
If you're unsure about the type of crowd you'll be with on the cruise and you want to make sure you're dressing the same as everyone else, then feel free to pack two swimsuits. One to show a little more cheek if you feel daring enough, and one to be more conservative, just in case the cruise is filled with mostly a family/older, more reserved crowd.
When you go on a cruise, most people are going to see you and what you're wearing (they may or may not care what you're wearing). If you want to be fashionable, look for swimwear that not only compliments your body well, but also one that let's everyone around you know that you have sensible style and are confident in what you wear.
The most important thing to remember is that even if the cruise ship doesn't have rules and you can wear whatever you want, you should be respectable to those around you and most importantly keeping your skin protected when spending long hours in the sun. We can always wait until we arrive at our final arrival place to strut our stuff and we can look fashionable and sensible when we're wearing our swimwear on the cruise.
Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what to expect when you go on a cruise. Basically, if you're not sure what type of crowd it's going to be on the cruise, then pack two different swimsuits to make sure you're not sticking out like a sore thumb. European cruises seem to be a lot more comfortable with showing their skin, but when in doubt, play it safe and pack one swimsuit to be conservative, and one swimsuit to dress a little more risqué.