Robes in Cabins

On Princess, there is a box to check when you fill out your online information as to whether or not you want a robe - no extra charge. Do other lines charge for this!?

I always check the box because I do not pack a robe and after the last Room Evacuation, I was glad to have it. (I saw so many people running around in very odd pjs that I wished they had a robeWink)

Is a robe something you want and/or request?

63 Answers

I think I have had a robe on all the major lines I have cruised on. The only time I used one was going to the hot tub on an Alaska cruise, I'll but on a pair of shorts and t-shirt to sit on the balcony.

We never use the robes. I am usually in sleep pants and a t-shirt and my wife in nice PJs from Sonoma as we enjoy our balcony. On one of our first cruises, on Carnival, I put a robe on to sit on our balcony at night while at sea. I reach in the pocket for some reason and found a used Kleenex. The robe came off and neither of us has used one since. I know it most likely it was a rare instance the robes are laundered after after cruise, but not in this case. We have on our late fall or winter cruises packed a snuggy to use when sitting outside. They don't take up much space and very warm.

We use the robes in the cabin and on the balcony. So far no need to wear them anywhere else on the ship.

If they are not already in your closet when you check in, just ask your steward.

Personally, I like the free feeling I get when wearing a robe and nothing else. It just makes everything at the buffet that more enjoyable!Big Smile

Seriously, though, I do enjoy wearing it when sitting on the balcony before bed, or to/from the spa/pool with no stops in between.

I pretty much agree with Cruising CM, we check the box on Princess and robes have been waiting for us. I also like them for the reasons he mentions, in addition, they are handy to have close at hand when I’m getting into or out of the shower and the inopportune knock on the cabin door occurs. If the cruise lines quit offering them we will probably bring our own.

I also believe that the practice of using robes is increasingly becoming inappropriately misused. Cruising CM gives good examples of this. I suggest that the reason for this is the rapid trend to get away from any sort of formal dress on board. I have often argued with those who want casual everywhere so badly, “be careful what you wish for”. Now we witness some dressing in a manner and in locations that borders on decadence. I previously referenced the post from a fellow who was horrified when a passenger with an unappetizing and “robust” physique entered the buffet with only a skimpy thong on.

We've always had robes on our Carnival cruises. Sometimes I wear one if the room is chilly and we haven't adjusted the temp.

"It is offensive for people (our experience has been exclusively men do this) to wear only a robe to go to casual breakfast/lunch venues. No one wants to see your junk hanging out when your tie-in-front robe parts a bit too much. I get even more incensed when there are children in the vicinity."

When you see this in the future, Just point at him and in a loud voice say "Hey look his robe is open and he must be VERY COLD, Shrinkage" That should cure him of not having anything under the robe Big Smile

AGREE 100%

The downgrading of MDR dress codes seems to be feeding the overall schlumping of overall dress on some ships. We do not notice this as much when on longer cruises because the age demographic is significantly older which tends toward more modest dress habits.

Alerting a crew member is definitely a priority when issues such as this happen. Personally, I don't think anyone in a bathrobe should be allowed into a dining room, casual or otherwise. The problem comes in when people come in from the pool. The bathrobe is totally appropriate in place of some other type of cover up.


Be prepared, the new rule is you must ask you steward for a robe (unless in a Cloud 9 Spa cabin). The given (partyline) reason is it a green decision, reducing the waste of chemical laden water being used on robes that were not worn but must be perceived as used after each cruise. Actual reasons it's an increasing used industry wide standard, and not having to wash 2000-4000 robes each turn around day saves both time and money.

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