There’s something about a cruise that makes people let loose. Maybe it’s simply the “I’m on vacation” mindset. Maybe it’s the warm sunshine. Or maybe it’s just the intoxicating feel of cruising the Caribbean.
No matter the reason, sometimes you’ll find that you do things on a cruise that you normally wouldn’t do… including wearing a swimsuit that shows a little more than you typically reveal. Or you may be simply more comfortable wearing a smaller bikini that shows a little cheek.
After all, if you got it, why not flaunt it?
But you likely know that there are all sorts of people on board the ship, including everything from retirees to kids and families. Therefore you might be wondering if risque swimsuits like thongs or other minimalist bikini cuts are allowed.
Yes, you can wear a thong swimsuit on a cruise. There are no rules against it, and depending on where you sail from, you’ll find others doing the same.
First, we’ve searched the websites of all the major cruise lines, including Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Princess Cruise Lines. Nowhere did we find any sort of language mentioning thong swimsuits or restrictions against them. In fact, many of these same ships that sail in the United States also sail during the offseason in European ports, where smaller bathing suits are the norm.
Therefore, if you want to bare your buns, have at it. There are no official rules in place to stop you. As well, depending on where you sail from, you’re likely to see other people wearing thong swimsuit.
For example, a cruise from Galveston might have people covering up a bit more. But a cruise from Miami often has a younger crowd much more comfortable with smaller swimsuits (it is just a few miles from South Beach, after all).
However, if you do plan to wear a swimsuit that shows more than most, then we’d suggest a little discretion in some situations. For example, if there are lots of kids around, then you might want to wear a swimsuit that offers more coverage.
Most ships now have adults-only areas where you can wear what you want. You’ll also stand out wearing thong swimsuits if sailing from some ports like Mobile or Galveston. On trips from South Florida ports, these outfits are common.
With the adults-only pools, we hope that everyone would be mature enough to handle a skimpy swimsuit without blinking an eye.
Of course, as with any swimsuit you want to remember to cover up when headed indoors. Cruise lines do have rules on appropriate attire in the indoor areas of the ships, including the buffet and restaurants. There, any swimsuit should be covered.
Bottom line: Wear your thongs if you want, but you’ll see them more often on cruises from Miami and other South Florida ports. We’d suggest sticking to areas where there aren’t a lot of kids around, but there are no rules regarding where you can wear them on the pool deck.