Posted March 11th, 2014, 06:32 PM
This reply might make me seem "stuffy" or priggish but that is not my intention at all. As a young at heart and VERY active 64 year old, no one would ever consider me even remotely stuffy! Instead, I am trying to help the average Viking traveler better fit with their new surroundings by dressing with the respect that European and Asian destinations and their people absolutely deserve.
Why Americans feel that they can dress in such a casual manner when out in public has always bewildered really me. I lived in Europe for 6 years n the 1970's and have vacationed there untold times since then, including one Viking cruise and a booking on another to come in October. What I have found is that people in other parts of the world, and especially those in the Viking age groups, pride themselves on a neat and polished appearance. That does not include jeans at dinner or really at any time except the most casual. They are only commonly worn by teens and University students. Men wear nice pants (no shorts except at the beach), collared or polo shirts and sweaters. Women wear nice skirts, slacks (no capris or shorts except at the beach), blouses, sweaters and scarves as accessories. Often a blazer is casually tossed on as a jacket. Workout wear is for the gym or jogging ONLY.
In addition, jeans are the heaviest pants there are, and in these days of careful weighing of luggage and easily charged overage fees, why take heavy pants when Dockers type slacks are so much lighter and far more suitable? Jeans don't keep anyone warm when it is cold or cool when it is hot, either.
My final note concerns something that happened on my Viking cruise last year. Please, please, please don't come to the coffee/tea station in the morning or at any time without a shirt and wearing pants (in his case jeans) drooping below the belly. A man on our cruise in May did that EVERY morning, and it was so incredibly offensive. A Viking ship is not a place to wander about shirtless, unless you have abs like Matthew McConaghey!!
It is really all a matter of respect for yourselves and for your fellow man/woman. Dress with pride and respect, and you will be treated the same.
Thanks for reading, and if you are interested, I would be delighted to share my packing list. My husband and I were able to get everything needed for our cruise in a 21" rolling carry-on bag each. A large purse for me and a backpack for him completed our luggage. We looked neat and fashionable all week, too, with nary a pair of jeans in sight.
We have been on over a dozen 3 week vacations to Europe in the last several years, and NEVER have jeans been looked down upon, in fact, they are usually
worn by a large number of stylish Europeans.
Especially if one is on the younger-looking side, with a slim physique, jeans are the style preferred by many. With an attractive top or sweater, and maybe a pretty scarf (although I often prefer a stylish turtleneck with a pretty piece of costume jewelry for myself), it can be an attractive style statement.
I plan on wearing dressier slax for most of the dinners on board, but I would certainly never give it a thought if someone at my table wore jeans, and I may in fact wear them for a few nights, as I am only bringing 2 pair of slax due to luggage limitations.
Some people on this board need to lighten up a bit!This is a dream vacation for many, and worrying about what others on the ship are wearing should not diminish your enjoyment. I am assuming that given the price of these cruises,and,,hopefully, some level of sophistication of its cruisers, people won't show up in dirty ot tattered jeans or shirts. But even if they did, I would not let it ruin my night.
I do agree, however, that the shirtless man at the coffee station was a buffoon.
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. ~Susan Heller
2016 Celebrity Silhouette British Isles Cruise
2014 Viking Guillveig Rhine Getaway Amsterdam to Basel River Cruise
2012 Celebrity Silhouette Adriatic/Italy Cruise
2009 Celebrity Solstice Mediterranean Cruise
1999 Seabourn Legend Mediterranean Cruise
Too many RCL Caribbean cruises to remember--we live in South Florida!