Answered: Can I Wear a Thong Swimsuit on a Cruise?

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.

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  1. I’ve seen a couple thongs on the cruise, but more common on beaches during the stops. I wear a thong at hottubs and pools onboard. I dont walk around in one, but have no problem sunbathing by the pool or on the deck in my thong. Havent had any issues.

  2. You absolutely can….as long as you “got it” a…no 2 ton tillies wearing dental floss. No one wants to see that and no men we do NOT want to see you wear anything but board shorts

  3. My 20 yo daughter and her 19 yo friend wore thong bikinis on our cruise and got a lot of looks but no one said anything derogatory to them. Of course, these were gorgeous girls with awesome bodies. Lol.

  4. It’s great to see I am not the only guy wearing a thong on cruises at the pool and beach excursions. I too enjoy wearing my thong and my wife is great supporter of me wearing my thong. I nothing like catching all the sun rays possible. We will be cruising in November.

  5. Power to ya bro. I have done it to. little by little. I really enjoy it. going next month on two and plan on wearing mine as often as I can. Yes I am a guy as well. 🙂 If it feels good? do it.

  6. I have done 4 cruises, (3 Carnival, 1 Norwegian) and have always worn thongs at all the pools, tubs and slides. Only twice was I screamed at by someone not liking it, yet they never said anything to the girls with me about their thongs. Yes, I am a guy. Guess girls in thongs are ok but not guys. Received a lot of positive support for my openness and ‘rebel’ stance against what society thinks men must wear. I wear what I am comfortable in. I did try to limit my times to when the pools and slides were in less use but even still used them in peak hours where the lines on the slides were 5-10 mins long. Remember, at the end of the cruise, you will never see those people again and they wont see you. Yes, I got a lot of OMGs and snickers, but afterwards they went back to their business of having fun, just like I did.


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