Cruise Wear for Men: Men’s Packing List for a Cruise

Cruise Wear for Men: Men’s Packing List for a Cruise

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There are so many cruise packing lists for women, but men need cruise packing advice as well. If you’re looking for suggestions for cruise wear for men, along with a men’s packing list for a cruise, I’ve got you covered.

In my household, my husband often struggles with what to pack when we cruise. We use a cruise packing list to keep organized and to make sure that nothing is forgotten at home. Yes, this has happened in the past (dress shoes!).

In this post I share what to wear for men on a Caribbean or warm weather cruise, along with some cruise items that will make both packing and cruising easier.

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What to Wear on a Cruise for Men

Ilana and Frank formal night cruise wear


When planning what to wear on a cruise for men, consider the cruise line dress code as a starting point to help you plan what to wear in the evening. These days, most cruises are less formal than just a few years ago.

However many cruise lines will have one or two formal nights, or dress- up evenings, where suits or dress pants and a dress shirt are appropriate. Make sure to pack dress shoes, dress socks and a belt.

The other evenings will be a casual or smart casual dress code. Most men will be wearing beige chinos or dark pants or jeans, with a polo style shirt. What you’d wear to a nice restaurant is perfect for dining rooms and restaurants on board.


Caribbean and other warm weather cruises (Mexico, Bahamas, Bermuda) call for casual cruise wear during the day. When planning what to wear on a cruise, pack bathing suits for sea days and beach shore excursions, and shorts and t-shirts. 

Remember comfortable walking shoes and sandals or flip flops for the pool.

Related: What to Pack for a Caribbean Cruise

Men’s Packing List for a Cruise

Here’s a men’s packing list for a 7 day cruise to use as a guide. Bring more or less, depending on if you plan to do laundry and how often you’ll change clothes.

  • 3-4 pairs of shorts
  • 5 t-shirts
  • 2-3 bathing suits
  • underwear
  • sport & dress socks
  • 2 pyjamas
  • work-out clothes
  • 1-2 pairs jeans
  • 1-2 khakis
  • 3-4 polo style shirts
  • 1-2 buttoned or Hawaiian shirts
  • 1 suit
  • 2 dress shirts
  • 1-2 ties
  • belt
  • 1 sweatshirt or light jacket
  • sandals or flip flops
  • running or walking shoes
  • dress shoes
  • casual shoes 
  • baseball cap or hat
  • sunglasses

Related: What Not to Wear on a Cruise

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Cruise Wear for Men

Here are a few suggested men’s clothing items to pack for a cruise.

As we were getting ready for a recent cruise, my husband had a hard time finding resort wear and cruise attire for men in stores. We were pleasantly surprised at the stylish and affordable items we found on Amazon.

Classic Polo Shirt

Solid color classic polo shirts are perfect worn with shorts for sightseeing during the day in a cruise port. However, this is also great to wear for dinner in the evening with a pair of khakis or dark jeans.

Nautica is one of my husband and son’s favorite brands for casual men’s cruisewear for quality and comfort at a reasonable price.

Recommended: Nautica classic polo (dual tipped collar)

Classic Fit Shorts

Classic fit tan or beige shorts will go with t-shirts and polo shirts on a cruise, and always look nice.

Recommended: Dockers classic fit shorts (check price & style options on Amazon)

Comfortable Jersey Shorts

Lightweight casual jersey shorts with pockets are great to wear by the pool and around the cruise ship and ports. The material isn’t heavy and is great for warm weather cruises.

These men’s shorts are available in classic grey, navy blue, black and other colors.

Recommended: Champion jersey shorts (see price & over 40,000 Amazon reviews)

Sports t-shirts

Even if you aren’t working out, sports style short sleeve t-shirts will keep you cooler in the sun and heat on a Caribbean cruise. These shirts also look great when worn casually on a cruise.

Recommended: Underarmour sports t-shirt (see reviews & price on Amazon)

Men’s Hawaiian shirt

If you’re going on a Caribbean or any other tropical weather cruise, a Hawaiian shirt could come in handy for day and evening. Many cruise lines have a Caribbean deck party and Hawaiian shirts are perfect. 

Men’s Hawaiian shirt (see other styles & reviews on Amazon here)

Men’s Swimsuit

Bring along at least 2 swim suits for a cruise. These men’s swim shorts are quick drying and comfortable, and great for beach and catamaran snorkeling excursions.

Recommended: Men’s swimsuit (quick dry & comfortable)

Classic Fit Men’s Khakis

Classic khakis are perfect for smart casual evenings on a cruise, especially worn in main dining rooms and restaurants. Pack one or two pairs of these classic pants and pair them with a buttoned shirt or polo.

Recommended: Docker’s mens khakis (available in standard & big & tall sizes)

Men’s Dress Shirt

If you’ll be participating in formal or chic night, a white men’s dress shirt is great to have. This Calvin Klein dress shirt is non-iron, making it a good choice to pack for cruising.

Recommended: Calvin Klein non-iron dress shirt (see price & amazon reviews here)

Men’s Suit

A dark well fitting suit is great to have if you plan on dressing for chic evenings (on Celebrity Cruises) or formal nights on any cruise line (even Cunard). If you’re packing a suit, dress shirt and any other items that are best kept wrinkle free, consider using a garment bag.


Recommended: Black or dark suit (sold as separates on Amazon)

Garment Bag for Travel

A rolling garment bag for travel is a good idea if you’re packing suits and other dressy clothes.

Recommended: Rolling garment bag (see Amazon reviews here)

Cruise Gear

Here are a few items that are useful to pack and bring on a cruise.

Lightweight travel backpack

Packing cubes

Men’s large hanging shaving/toiletry bag

RFID Travel Passport wallet

Neck passport wallet

Cruise power strip (Non-surge protected power bar with USBs)

Electronics and charger wire case

Portable power bank

Waterproof phone case on lanyard

Electronic portable travel luggage scale

Magnet hooks

Motion sensor night light

Travel binoculars

Snorkel gear

Waterproof dry bag

Water shoes

Reef safe sunscreen

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Final Thoughts on Cruise Wear for Men

I hope this men’s cruise packing list was helpful as you plan and get ready for your cruise. While this men’s packing list was geared for a Caribbean cruise, it can be adapted for Alaska cruises by adding warm clothes to layer, along with an outdoor waterproof jacket and waterproof shoes.

What items do you pack for a cruise that we can add to his list? Please let me know in the comments below.

Happy Cruising!


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