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What will the dress code be whilst I am on board?

During the day, enjoy the freedom to relax and dress as you please in all areas of the ship.

Then, as the sun goes down, the style goes up. 

Every evening on board, we ask that you wear smart attire in most of our bars, restaurants and entertainment venues. On our much-anticipated Gala Evenings we invite you to dress to impress and celebrate with us. There are two or three of these Gala Evenings for every seven days of your voyage. Of course, if you prefer to spend your evenings in more relaxed attire, a selection of casual dining and entertainment venues is always available fro your enjoyment. 

Smart Attire: Every evening we request you wear a collared shirt and trousers, skirt, or stylish trousers and a top, or a dress. 

Gala Evenings: On Gala Evenings we encourage you to join in the sense of occasion with evening wear of dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit with a regular tie or bow tie, a cocktail dress, smart trouser suit or formal separates. 

Gala Evenings follow one of a few themes. You’ll find many nods to these themes throughout the ship, so you'll want a wardrobe to match. Click below for our advice; whether you want to put on a show or give the theme a more subtle nod with an embellishment or accessory, the choice is yours.

Gala Optional (short breaks): We are delighted to feature a signature Cunard Gala Evening on your voyage.  As with all our Gala Evenings, there will be a special sense of occasion onboard and an enhanced dining and entertainment offering.  However, unlike our longer voyages, guests are invited to either dress in their black tie finery or can opt for a more relaxed evening dress code.  This optional approach has been created to assist those guests who are disembarking the following morning and may have already packed their formal wear.

For those who want some further help and guidance, or wish to view some examples of evening, themed Gala Evenings and day wear, please visit our What To Pack page on our website. 

Relaxed: Feel free to dress casually as you visit any of the following venues on board our Queens: Kings Court, Lido Buffet (including Al Fresco), Golden Lion, Casino, Carinthia Lounge, Winter Garden, Garden Lounge, Yacht Club and G32.

  • Non-ripped, jeans are appropriate, but please refrain from wearing shorts, sports attire, swim wear or sleeveless t-shirts outside of the gym, spa and deck spaces.


Details of dress codes and ball schedules can be viewed on the links under the internal information box below. This information is subject to change and final details will be confirmed on board.

Further information

Further information can also be obtained via the following questions:

"Does the dress code apply to all areas of the ship?" and "Do you have theme nights on board?".

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