If you answered no, then freestyle cruising is for you.
Some people really like to dress up, but I hate it. I work from home, and I don’t have to interact with clients face-to-face, so my wardrobe consists of t-shirts, jeans, and sweatshirts. I’m convinced the desire for this loose, laid back attire is the reason I became self-employed. The free-to-do-what-you-want-when-you-want-and-sleep-in stuff is all well and good, but it’s really about the clothes.
Since I don’t get excited at the idea of shopping for clothes (I know, I’m an embarrassment to womankind all over the planet), I wouldn’t even know how to shop for formal attire. I have this vision in my head of walking into some fancy-smancy place and getting kicked out, just like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, but alas I don’t have Richard Gear’s no-limit credit card to save me.
But I digress (actually I’m not sure I ever was on topic).
This post is about freestyle cruising and what that means.
Basically, freestyle cruising means you don’t have to go to the set dining times that are arranged on most cruise ships. You aren’t assigned a table, and you don’t have to get to know the same people every night if you don’t want to. You can go to eat whenever you want. And best of all, you don’t have to dress up.
Oh, you still can if you want to, but nobody is going to stare at you or make you feel awkward if you stroll into the dining room in shorts, flip flops, and a tropical shirt. (To me, I can’t imagine wearing much else on a Caribbean cruise vacation!)
Besides, I haven’t factored shopping for new clothes into the money I need to earn to pay for my first cruise.
So, in short, freestyle cruising means:
- no dress code (no formal attire needed)
- no restrictions on when you dine
The cruise line that’s famous for its freestyle cruising policy is Norwegian (can you guess who I’m looking to book with?).