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11 hours ago, Butterbean1000 said:

I can see boarding day,  maybe, but every day??  I don't think so.  I have too many cute clothes to wear tacky tshirts every day. 😀

Same!!!! 

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We decorate our cabin door (so we can find the cabin!). I have one cruise themed shirt (but I use it as a nightshirt). If there’s a group & they all agree to wear cruise themed attire, I say go for it, have fun. I miss the two ladies that used to sail quite a bit on a Celebrity; they always wore huge hats & cruise shirts (different everyday) & were the friendliest folks ever. 

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Whatever floats your boat! 😉

 

Last summer, we took our kids on their first cruise with my mom. 7 nights northbound Alaska on Radiance OTS. I had t-shirts custom made for all of us for embarkation day. They just say H family cruise, Alaska and the dates with the front of a ship and a glacier like shape behind it. Then, to tell our kids about the trip, I wrapped up some Alaska maps, with the t-shirts in a huge box and the kids opened it at Christmas. Our kids were 10, 10 and 6.5 when we sailed, so they thought it was "cool." My husband is a good sport and doesn't care about such things either way. Nana liked matching the kids. We got some good photos that day and it made embarkation day more of an "event."

 

When hubby and I sail together, we do not wear matching shirts and I've never thought about it. I just want to get on that ship!

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It's a no for me. Especially for that many days.  I enjoy picking out vacation outfits way too much to let someone dictate what I'm going to wear everyday.  But I'm not knocking anyone else's choices.

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One of the roll calls that I was on years ago, had shirts made up for all who want to have one.  We got them at sail away and paid the person who made them at that time.  It was A cruise on HAL's Volendam on 12/3/07.  And our cruise was called the" Cruise of the Chickens (lunatic & Just Plain Chicken)".  The chicken part came to be because some of the group was going to ZIP line.  The were the lunatics, those who did not want to ZIP were the Chickens.  I was a Chicken as so was my DH.  The shirts were yellow with a scared Chicken on a zip line.  I still have my shirt.  My DH shirt went to a young cruise staff member who ask for it

The staff member want to trade for the shirt.  DH just gave it to him.

 

The people that the OP is writing about just might have a embroidery sewing machine and does this them selves.  It can be fun for them.  Isn't that what a cruise is to be. .

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7 minutes ago, geocruiser said:

One of the roll calls that I was on years ago, had shirts made up for all who want to have one.  We got them at sail away and paid the person who made them at that time.  It was A cruise on HAL's Volendam on 12/3/07.  And our cruise was called the" Cruise of the Chickens (lunatic & Just Plain Chicken)".  The chicken part came to be because some of the group was going to ZIP line.  The were the lunatics, those who did not want to ZIP were the Chickens.  I was a Chicken as so was my DH.  The shirts were yellow with a scared Chicken on a zip line.  I still have my shirt.  My DH shirt went to a young cruise staff member who ask for it

The staff member want to trade for the shirt.  DH just gave it to him.

 

The people that the OP is writing about just might have a embroidery sewing machine and does this them selves.  It can be fun for them.  Isn't that what a cruise is to be. .

I love this!!

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We aren't into "matching" stuff...and I rarely, if ever wear t-shirts, unless it's a woman's cut.... (cap sleeves, more form fitting, etc), so I vote NO!

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19 hours ago, CruizinKittie40 said:

Just wanted to get everyone's take on cruise shirts.  I totally get having a family/group shirt for the sea day or another special occasion.  There's one lady on our FB group who literally has shirts for every single day of our cruise.  And I do mean every single day of our 7-day cruise. They have a shirt for each port day with the name of the port and the name of the ship on them.  They have a shirt they are wearing to the airport.  They have a casino shirt (I'm currently unsupervised! yeah I know it freaks me out too but the possibilities are endless!).  They have a husband/wife shirt (insert long lovey dovey message followed by yes he/she made me wear this shirt).  These are bright shirts --yellow, pink or if plain there is neon lettering. 

 

It's really none of my business, I realize this, but...isn't it all a bit tacky?  Plus the fact that you are a now a huge target outside of the ship announcing you are a tourist and potentially have a lot of cash on your person.  This is an Alaskan cruise but we were told in the Caribbean it's best to not even display something like an American flag lest you be a target for price gouging, at the very least. 

 

No attacks on anyone for personal preference of cruise fashion, I just wondered what the take was with my CC Family since I haven't really seen anyone discuss group shirts on this forum before. 

 


I think it's tacky and screams "I'm a tourist." To each their own, but it's not something I'd ever do.  My boss made our team all wear a stupid t-shirt during a company meeting and I was mortified.  It looked like I was wearing a lawn bag.

 

I'm just not one for the whole "matchy matchy" thing.  To me it screams "I'm desperate to show I actually have friends."

Edited by ducklite

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1 minute ago, ducklite said:


I think it's tacky and screams "I'm a tourist." To each their own, but it's not something I'd ever do.  My boss made our team all wear a stupid t-shirt during a company meeting and I was mortified.  It looked like I was wearing a lawn bag.

I would have been mortified too. 

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When I first saw the title,  I thought "what in blazes is a cruise shirt?"  Just like I always ask "what is a sundress?"  Now I see it meant those matching kitchy T-shirts that I see groups wearing around.   Not for me.  

I rarely buy something specific just for a cruise.  It has to be multi-purpose and something that I'll wear "in real life."  If I wouldn't wear it out in town, I wouldn't buy it for a cruise.  

 

I do wear T-shirts around town - we're a casual mountain town.  Some are plain, some have messages on them.  My current ones are one with a picture of Smokey Bear on it with paw raised, saying "Resist" (great to wear camping and to National Parks to show support for our US Park Service workers)  and one that says "We Should All Care" (a counterpoint to to the "I Really Don't Care" jacket Mrs. Trump wore to visit the US Border).   And then, it's plain but colorful T-shirts.  And, the plain T-shirts do triple duty as shirts under my suit jackets for work, at home for daily wear, and out on vacation.  

 

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34 minutes ago, slidergirl said:

When I first saw the title,  I thought "what in blazes is a cruise shirt?"  Just like I always ask "what is a sundress?"  Now I see it meant those matching kitchy T-shirts that I see groups wearing around.   Not for me.  

I rarely buy something specific just for a cruise.  It has to be multi-purpose and something that I'll wear "in real life."  If I wouldn't wear it out in town, I wouldn't buy it for a cruise.  

 

I do wear T-shirts around town - we're a casual mountain town.  Some are plain, some have messages on them.  My current ones are one with a picture of Smokey Bear on it with paw raised, saying "Resist" (great to wear camping and to National Parks to show support for our US Park Service workers)  and one that says "We Should All Care" (a counterpoint to to the "I Really Don't Care" jacket Mrs. Trump wore to visit the US Border).   And then, it's plain but colorful T-shirts.  And, the plain T-shirts do triple duty as shirts under my suit jackets for work, at home for daily wear, and out on vacation.  

 

Really off topic but my current favorite tee shirt is of Smoky the Bear saying “Only you can prevent wildfires “ then underneath in smaller letters “(no, seriously, we have been defunded its just you now)”

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18 hours ago, slidergirl said:

When I first saw the title,  I thought "what in blazes is a cruise shirt?"  Just like I always ask "what is a sundress?"  Now I see it meant those matching kitchy T-shirts that I see groups wearing around.   Not for me.  

I rarely buy something specific just for a cruise.  It has to be multi-purpose and something that I'll wear "in real life."  If I wouldn't wear it out in town, I wouldn't buy it for a cruise.  

 


The only things I've bought for a cruise that I haven't worn elsewhere were a couple reef/rash guard/SPF jackets for when I went to French Polynesia and a pair of Merrell's that I walked all over Europe in (and taking out the insole also served well as quick drying water shoes in FP). 

 

We bought a handful of cold weather items for our winter trip to Eastern Europe this year (wool socks, fleece lined tights, fleece hats, silk sock liners, etc.) that we'll use again when we go to Antarctica.  Living in Florida we don't have much use for them otherwise.  

 

But for normal clothing (as opposed to clothing with a specific purpose related to health/safety), I've never bought anything specifically for a cruise, and can't imagine I ever will.

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Our version of T shirts is a bit different.

 

On a family Alaskan cruise, celebrating our 45th anniversary,  on HAL there were eight grandchildren ranging in age from almost two to twelve.  My husband and I had always jokingly referred to them by their birth order - i.e. #1 to #8.

 

We were surprised on the first cruise morning to have the entire family suggest we have breakfast together in the dining room as the Lido was so much easier for the parents to gather with the youngsters.  As we sat waiting for the group at the entrance to the dining room,  the eight grands marched up to us is bright red shirts with huge numbers on the front - #1 to the toddler with a #8.

 

After breakfast we went up to the deck to take pictures.  Many of the informal pictures show other passengers taking pictures and a couple of fellow seniors said they planned to copy the idea.

 

They were  worn just one on one other day when their parents wanted a few more pictures.  

 

The idea was repeated on our family cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary, but by then the older ones were teens and hid their utter embarrassment and showed us love by wearing the shirts for pictures on the deck.  

 

The memories and pictures have gone down in family history and the surprise still brings us great joy, almost a decade later.

 

Ruth

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I probably wouldn't do it, but if my family and/or grandchildren wanted to, I would go along.  To each his own...if others find pleasure in matching t-shirts, I say go for it! 😉

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3 hours ago, Been There, Planning That said:

Our version of T shirts is a bit different.

 

On a family Alaskan cruise, celebrating our 45th anniversary,  on HAL there were eight grandchildren ranging in age from almost two to twelve.  My husband and I had always jokingly referred to them by their birth order - i.e. #1 to #8.

 

We were surprised on the first cruise morning to have the entire family suggest we have breakfast together in the dining room as the Lido was so much easier for the parents to gather with the youngsters.  As we sat waiting for the group at the entrance to the dining room,  the eight grands marched up to us is bright red shirts with huge numbers on the front - #1 to the toddler with a #8.

 

After breakfast we went up to the deck to take pictures.  Many of the informal pictures show other passengers taking pictures and a couple of fellow seniors said they planned to copy the idea.

 

They were  worn just one on one other day when their parents wanted a few more pictures.  

 

The idea was repeated on our family cruise to celebrate our 50th anniversary, but by then the older ones were teens and hid their utter embarrassment and showed us love by wearing the shirts for pictures on the deck.  

 

The memories and pictures have gone down in family history and the surprise still brings us great joy, almost a decade later.

 

Ruth

That just brought a tear to my eye!  I loved this!

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45 minutes ago, tw67 said:

That just brought a tear to my eye!  I loved this!

 

Ah!  Thank you.  We had two perfect windows of opportunity to cruise as a family.  With the older ones off to university and the teens getting summer jobs life becomes more complicated for families living in different cities.

 

Ruth

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5 hours ago, ducklite said:


The only things I've bought for a cruise that I haven't worn elsewhere were a couple reef/rash guard/SPF jackets for when I went to French Polynesia and a pair of Merrell's that I walked all over Europe in (and taking out the insole also served well as quick drying water shoes in FP). 

 

We bought a handful of cold weather items for our winter trip to Eastern Europe this year (wool socks, fleece lined tights, fleece hats, silk sock liners, etc.) that we'll use again when we go to Antarctica.  Living in Florida we don't have much use for them otherwise.  

 

But for normal clothing (as opposed to clothing with a specific purpose related to health/safety), I've never bought anything specifically for a cruise, and can't imagine I ever will.

My rash guards actually do double-duty as SPF shirts when I'm out on the trails by my house - no trees on the hill.  I bought a new one down at Ron Jons in Cocoa Beach back in May - it's my new go-to if I go on the trails or on my bike.   I'm pretty outdoorsy and live in a 4 season area, so all that cold weather stuff is my "usual" stuff.   I'm not a foo-foo girl, never have been.  I'm definitely more of a lifetime tomboy and hippie 😉

 

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I travel alone, so I am always matching (myself). :classic_cool:

 

But no, those kind of shirts are very much not my style....

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On 8/9/2019 at 12:47 PM, ed01106 said:

Really off topic but my current favorite tee shirt is of Smoky the Bear saying “Only you can prevent wildfires “ then underneath in smaller letters “(no, seriously, we have been defunded its just you now)”

One of my old friends is currently up in Idaho at the fire control center to help with the wildfires up there now.  She "retired" 5 years ago as a full-time fire manager for the Forest Service , but she gets called back every summer to help out.  She has that shirt of yours.  

 

She let me know to wear my "Resist" shirt yesterday, as it was Smokey Bear's birthday.  (note - and she always chided me on this - it is Smokey Bear, not Smokey the Bear.)  

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For us, it would seem tacky with a couple of exceptions--for instance having a large group with children, which makes it easier to keep an eye on them--or maybe some special occasion.  But not every day.  I have seem some people who do this every day on cruises; I don't mind, not for me, but they must enjoy doing it.

 

Otherwise, if we even accidentally dress kind of alike--khaki shorts, navy top, for instance-- usually one of us changes.  

 

I'm not a big fan of graphic tees anyway, and if fact most actual tee shirts don't fit me well unless I can find one styled for women, which is rare.  My husband does wear some tees with logos or places we've been.

Edited by Nebr.cruiser

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17 hours ago, Nebr.cruiser said:

For us, it would seem tacky with a couple of exceptions--for instance having a large group with children, which makes it easier to keep an eye on them--or maybe some special occasion.  But not every day.  I have seem some people who do this every day on cruises; I don't mind, not for me, but they must enjoy doing it.

 

Otherwise, if we even accidentally dress kind of alike--khaki shorts, navy top, for instance-- usually one of us changes.  

 

I'm not a big fan of graphic tees anyway, and if fact most actual tee shirts don't fit me well unless I can find one styled for women, which is rare.  My husband does wear some tees with logos or places we've been.

 

Agree,tacky!!

Fortunately  the lines we have chosen to cruise with have next to no or no children or groups that would tend to wear matching printed tees. Lucky I guess!

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On 8/8/2019 at 2:17 PM, CruizinKittie40 said:

.isn't it all a bit tacky?

I'm not going to read the replies here.  But

 

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Get new traveling companions.  Yuck.  Major yuck.

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5 hours ago, clo said:

I'm not going to read the replies here.  But

 

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Get new traveling companions.  Yuck.  Major yuck.

Thank goodness. I was beginning to wonder if it was just me.  so much cringe

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No. No. NO!

My DH goes gets changed if we happen to wear the same colors by accident! When we were on a trip we had to buy a couple of rain coats and even then he made me have a different color to him!

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On 8/8/2019 at 5:26 PM, CruizinKittie40 said:

I totally understand Disney! Not sure why I think that's different or better somehow, but I get it there.  

 

I think the difference with Disney is that basically everyone there is a tourist, while ports of call are for both tourists and locals.

 

I don't personally do one-time use shirts, but it doesn't bother me that others do.

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