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Rhine Discovery: What to wear - first timer cruisers.
jacarandajacarandaMember since 4/27/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2013 11:54 PM
This will be our first cruise and we are unsure as to dress protocol. I am assuming smart casual, but do guests dress up more at dinner? I also saw a review which indicated "laundry was free", but I was under the impression you had to pay for any laundry? Would appreciate clarification. Thanks.
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RitabobRitabobMember since 6/24/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013 4:27 PM
First time will not be your last time. Dress is casual, comfortable,neat, tidy. Personally, jeans...dark wash or black were our go to bottoms with different tops / shirts during the chillier colder months and skirts or capri pants when it was warm. Dinners were slighty fancier and the captain's dinners a bit more. Ladies have it easier with accessories and the men a button down shirt and tie. Jacket optional. Never shorts or sweatpants in the dinning room.Depending on the ship, laundry facilities may be available...free.. with a washing machine and dryer for your use. washing powder is also supplied. and an iron and board to be used in the laundry area....not in your cabin. Check the ship details. Otherwise, you can pay to have them do your laundry for you.
When you are on your second and third, etc. cruises you will join the club of repeat guests and they will do your laundry for you at no charge with 24 hour or less turnaround. That makes it so much easier to pack less clothes and have more available space in your suitcase for treasures.
Have a terrific cruise and don't sweat the small stuff :- )

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jacarandajacarandaMember since 4/27/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:46 AM
Thanks Ritabob I appreciate the advice, and am sure we will end up as "repeat offenders" taking more cruises!
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carencarenMember since 10/21/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 5:10 AM
we saw all manner of dress in the dining room. no shorts or t-shirts at dinner but clothing ranged from jeans to leggings to jackets and ties. i'd say as long as you look neat anything that you're comfortable wearing is acceptable. i wore mostly leggings with tunic tops. dress was a little fancier for the captain's dinner and the farewell dinner but not by much. just make sure your pants have elastic waistbands -- the food is plentiful and fantastic.
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Login to add friend Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2013 6:37 AM
Thanks Caren.....yes elastic waisted pants are packed!!
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