Let’s face it. 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.
At the same time, there’s a definite trend in swimsuits to be a bit more revealing, with more people comfortable wearing a smaller outfit that shows a little cheek.
Combine the two, and you have a number of people interested in wearing a swimsuit that may be more revealing than what was common in years past. After all, if you got it, why not flaunt it?
But you likely also know that there are all sorts of people on board a cruise ship, including everything from retirees to kids and families. Therefore, you might be wondering if revealing swimsuits like thongs or other minimalist bikini cuts are allowed.
Can You Wear a Thong Swimsuit on a Cruise?
Yes, you can wear a thong on a cruise. There are no rules against it, and depending on where you sail from, you’ll find potentially many others doing the same.
How do we know?
First, being a veteran of dozen of cruises, we can tell you first-hand that you see all sorts of swimsuit cuts on the cruise ship. This can be everything from swimsuits that cover everything to those that leave little to the imagination. And yes, thongs can be common around the pool deck.
We’ve also 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 from the cruise lines mentioning thong swimsuits or restrictions against them. And the last things the cruise lines want to do if have to police the cut of everyone’s swimsuit on vacation!
Therefore, if you want to bare your buns, have at it. There are no official rules in place to stop you.
More Common in Some Ports Compared to Others
Depending on where you sail from, you’re likely to see other people wearing thong swimsuits.
For example, a cruise from Galveston might have people covering up a bit more. But a cruise from Miami often has a younger crowd that seems much more comfortable with smaller swimsuits (it is just a few miles from South Beach, after all). Here, it’s much more common to see the more revealing attire.
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. But if you’re comfortable with it, then it’s certainly allowed.
Most ships have adults-only areas designed only for guests 21 years and older. Here, you don’t have to worry about the type of swimsuit you are wearing as everyone is of age. With the adults-only spot, 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 — whether revealing or not — should be covered.
Bottom line: Wear your thong bikini if it is what makes you happy, but you’ll see them most often worn on cruises from Miami and other Florida ports. Other warm-weather ports will have passengers wearing them as well, but likely not as common.
We would also 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.