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Nautical Ties and Other Cruise Wear Accessories for Men

Updated on November 20, 2014

Fun Neckties and Other Cruise Accessories for Men

"Aw, do I HAVE to wear a TIE?" I can hear it now. It's the mantra of the cruising male. So, let's make that whole thing a little more fun, with a great nautical tie and some other cruise accessories for men.

Wearing a necktie doesn't have to make you feel stogey! Make the other guys sit up and take notice of yours! There is some great nautical neck wear for you to wear on those one or two nights that call for a little more in the way of dress while you are having the time of your life aboard that fabulous cruise ship. I'll show you some of them. Pair one with a fun nautical tie clip, and you're ready for a floating runway!

For those who don't usually wear a one at all, and struggle a bit with how to easily and properly adjust that "thing" around your neck, I have several "How to" videos that will make you an expert in several different types of necktie knots.

Then, we'll have a look at some other men's cruise accessories that would be great to pack for your cruise, and fun to have for other special occasions, too.

Necktie - The Regimental Stripe And How to Properly Wear it

If you are "old school" then you already knew about the regimental stripe, as each school had it's own special stripe in the 'old days.' And some still do... even prep schools.

Today, 'power' ties are ubiquitous in the business world, and those with diagonal striping are common. These stripes is also safe for most nighttime functions that don't call for strict of formal wear.

The Tie Bar 100% Woven Silk Burgundy and Navy Nifty Striped Tie
The Tie Bar 100% Woven Silk Burgundy and Navy Nifty Striped Tie

One of the regimental stripes available at Amazon. You'll find that, in general, reds and blues are both quite popular.


Regimental Stripes

(or, Playing it Safe with an Old Standby)

I'm going to show you some snazzy nautical themed men's neck wear, and some designed speciically for cruisers. But first, I'd be negligent if I didn't give a nod to tradition.

Regimental stripes have been worn for nearly a century, and were originally associated with specific regiments, each of which had its own colors. (Hence, the name.) Then other organizations, including schools and universities, adopted the custom, each having it's own special stripe.


In AMERICA, these neckties are worn by anyone, generally the high end of the stripes point at the wearer's right shoulder, and running down towards the left.

In the BRITISH COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES, the stripes are worn running in the opposite direction. The gentleman wearing the stripes is usually connected with the regiment or organization represented by that particular stripe.

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by CruiseReady (affiliate link)
by CruiseReady (affiliate link) | Source

Navigate Your Way to Dinner

With Some Cruising Neck Wear

Ahoy, come aboard a ship, and enjoy the ride! No, you don't have to wear a tie EVERY night. But when you do, how about something you just won't find at your local mall, something fun and seaworthy, from an individual designer? Add a cool gold or silver clip or bar and you'll wow the ladies! You find both ties and tie bars from independent designers at Zazzle these days.

Here's one with a cruising theme from my own Zazzle gallery, showing the bow of a cruise ship. Some ideas for nautical tie bars and from good old Amazon follow.

Nautical Tie Clips and Bars - A Great Gift Idea!

Silver Plated Nautical Anchor Tie Bar Boating
Silver Plated Nautical Anchor Tie Bar Boating

My husband has one of these, and enjoys wearing it to dinner on cruises.

Glazed Black Cherry Steampunk SHIPS WHEEL Nautical Mens Tie Bar Clip pin AS
Glazed Black Cherry Steampunk SHIPS WHEEL Nautical Mens Tie Bar Clip pin AS

Ahoy there, Matey! It's the helm you'll take with this ship's wheel tie clasp


Formal Nights on a Cruise

Can be a time to Shine (or Not)

A seven day cruise on a mass market line (Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, etc.) will have two nights designated as formal. In recent years, tuxedos and ball gowns are on the decline, but they are not absent altogether. You see more of them on Celebrity than you do on Norwegian Cruises, and people tend to go all out more when cruising on major holidays, like Christmas, or New Years than in mid-summer.

We tend to go with whatever mood strikes us. If we don't feel like 'dressing' on formal night, we'll let our waiter know ahead of time we'll be eating in the buffet that night. Or, hubby may just bring a dark suit or nice sports jacket and tie, instead of his tux. You'll see plenty of those on formal night on most lines.

On Premium and Luxury lines, cruise formal wear still means formal, and on elegant casual nights, gentlemen still need a jacket, but can ditch the tie.

Burgundy Silk Tie | Nautical Knots Necktie
Burgundy Silk Tie | Nautical Knots Necktie

This silk stripe, accented with various sailor's knots is a little bit different, yet still just right.


Tying a Necktie

A Full Windsor Knot - Learn How to Do It

This type of knot is best suited for spread collar shirts.

Tying a Half Windsor Knot - Isn't Half as Hard as it Looks

This knot works well with any dress shirt. You can use it with wider ties made from light to medium weight fabric.

Gentlemen, BEWARE!

When you wear a tuxedo and a bow tie

Warning - Warning - Warning


Beware of the effect that a tux or dinner jacket - - has on women.

The same is true of a dark suit beautifully coordinated with a well-chosen shirt and tie, an interesting tie clip or tac, and matching pocket square


You get my drift?

('nuf said)

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Four-in-Hand Knots - How They're Done

Use the four-in-hand knot with button down dress shirts, and with wide ties made of heavier fabric.

How to Make a Pratt Knot - Also called a Shelby Knot

The Pratt Knot, or Shelby Knot, can be used with any dress shirt, and works well for wider ties made of light to medium fabric.

Vote for Your Favorite Type of Knot

Which knot do you like best?

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Black Tie

At a "Black Tie" Event, the accepted dress for men is a black jacket (dinner jacket or tuxedo) and a black bow tie.

Formal Black Satin Banded Men's Bow Tie
Formal Black Satin Banded Men's Bow Tie

For the formal 'black tie' occasion, or any occasion, plain black is always right.


Nautical Bows on eBay - Live Auctions

Can you find a deal on eBay today? You never know - you just might! Here are several examples of what's being auctioned right now. These are LIVE auctions, so if you see just the right item, you might want to go ahead and click through to check out the details. Then, make a bid if you're in the buying frame of mind.

Once, we got a little WILD

We didn't get a picture of it, so you will have to use your imagination with this story.

A couple of years ago, on one of our cruises, we decided to get a little wild with our cruise wear on formal night. He brought his tuxedo. So far, so good. . . but, THEN... on the Captain's formal night, we had a little fun . . .

With his black tux, he wore a turquoise bow and cumberbund.

I wore a black cocktail dress, with turquoise jewelry, and a turqulose pashmina stole.

Yes, we MATCHED. (He looked SO cute)

I thought no one would notice, but boy, was I wrong! We were stopped not once, but several times, by fellow cruisers asking if they could take our photo!

It was fun once, but we haven't done THAT again!

Cool Cufflinks for Dad - on eBay

Oh, wouldn't a pair of nautical cuff links make a great pre-cruise gift? I recommend them for Father's Day or an anniversary, too. Men in cufflinks do look so dashing! Nautical themed cuff links available right now on eBay:

How to Tie a Bow Tie

Tying a Bow is Not Hard! - (Watch this to see how)

Want to REALLY impress someone - male or female? Tell them you wear ONLY bow ties that you tie yourself. But then, be prepared to prove it. This video will show you exactly how!

Mini Sailboat Silk Bow - To Tie Yourself

Now that you know how (you DID watch the video, didn't you?) are you ready to take the plunge into self tie bows for your formal wear?

Idea - Get one in advance and practice a few times before the real event, especially if you've never done it before. Practice will do a lot for your self confidence!

I suggest this only because I have encountered a number of men who seem hesitant to even try doing it themselves. I guess, for some, there seems to be a sort of mystery surrounding tying your own bow tie.

Vote for Your Favorite Type of Bow - Pretied or Not?

Which type of bow do you prefer?

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Matching Sets - Formal Neck Wear and Matching Hankies, Cumberbunds, or CuffLilnks

NOTE that all the sets shown below include bows that are PRE-TIED for you.

Dark Turquoise Formal Pre-tied Bow Tie Hanky and Cummerbund Cufflinks Set with Gift Box Cm1015  Turquoise
Dark Turquoise Formal Pre-tied Bow Tie Hanky and Cummerbund Cufflinks Set with Gift Box Cm1015 Turquoise

I just couldn't resist including this turquoise set, which reminds me of the night we went wild with turquoise and black on a ship!


Nautical Cufflinks - from Amazon

With a bow tie, you are likely to be wearing a shirt that requires cuff links. So, here are a couple of fun choices.

Vote for Cufflinks or Button Sleeves - for formal dress shirts

What type of dress shirt do you prefer

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Mens Cruise Accessories - for Cruising, Travel, or Whenever!

Have a look at some additional men's cruise accessories - some are fun, some practical... all great for cruising, travel, or everyday, and all ready and waiting for you at Amazon! Have some fun... grab something for your next adventure, whether it's aboard a ship, or right in your own backyard.

Adult Yacht Captain Hat Costume Accessory-One size
Adult Yacht Captain Hat Costume Accessory-One size

A captain's hat to have some fun with.

Kenneth Cole REACTION Men's Leather Zip Top Travel Kit,Black,One Size
Kenneth Cole REACTION Men's Leather Zip Top Travel Kit,Black,One Size

A practical travel gift that would be appreciated by any gentleman on the go.


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    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      6 years ago from New Jersey

      Nice lens. I didn't know the proper names for some of the knots. Now I do. Thanks.

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @AlleyCatLane: We only did it that once, but it WAS fun. Not something we would do every time. I think you need to be in that kind of mood.

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      6 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens. Maybe we will have to try matching outfits on our next cruise. Sounds like fun.

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      6 years ago

      Returning to enjoy your nautical tie collection and again, those videos are such a great idea!

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Very cute about the touch of turquoise on formal night.

    • SquidooPower profile image


      7 years ago

      A page that is close to my heart. Ahoy!

    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice, but I have to admit I haven't dressed up like that in years. Great choice of smooth dinner wear, blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Boy, do I love neckties and thanks to you I have learned a new knot

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      7 years ago

      This is a great lense. Really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      I love the nautical style. My girlfriend is totally addicted to it and this summer she was always in her blue-white dresses. :)

    • traveller27 profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice ties...enjoyed this lens.

    • ColorPetGifts profile image


      7 years ago

      What a fun page of nautical design gifts :)

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Loved you story about the turquoise accessories. I can imagine that did make a stunning combination/couple. The nautical ties are pretty neat. For some reason, I was drawn to the mermaid even though I would pop my husband if he wanted to wear her :)

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      7 years ago

      One of the things I love about cruising is that I get the chance to wear a bow tie.

    • CruiseReady profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      @anonymous: And I'll bet you look fabulous, too!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      7 years ago

      This is fun! Lots of great ideas and how-to videos. We're always getting new ties for my stepson who does a lot of music performances.

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      8 years ago

      What a wonderful idea to include videos to actually tie those neckties and bowties!

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      8 years ago

      So that is how I tie that little sucker.......

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      8 years ago

      aww these are pretty cool stuff..nice selections.

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      8 years ago

      aww these are pretty cool stuff..nice selections.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      A new tie is great way to update a favorite suit or dinner jacket. Thanks for these suggestions!

    • jlshernandez profile image


      8 years ago

      Love this lens. I like men in tuxes, too. These nautical ties are really outlandish and cool. Now I know what to get our friend who loves to sail his boats.


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