Can anyone advise if thong bathing suits are allowed on the topless sun decks of Carnival ships? I know this may sound weird for a topless deck, but tops and bottoms are sometimes
different rules. Not sure that I will wear one, but want to know my options.
I've worn a thong on both the Conquest and the Elation and no one has said anything to me. Sure there is a lot of laughing and the pointing of fingers. But then, I'm a middle-aged guy, and not one of the ship's young female dancers who make up the majority of the thong wearing topless sunbathers.
When I was last on the Conquest, I met a group of six young women who all seemed to know each other, but I could hear at least three different accents. When I asked one of them about that, she told me that they were dancers on the ship. England, Australia, Canada and the US were all represented. When I was last on the Elation, I couldn't help but bring up the topic of the height of all the Elation dancers when I was sunbathing next to one. I didn't ask how tall she was, but I'm guessing close to six feet.
Anyway, if thong sunbathing is OK for the staff, nobody is going to give one of the guests a problem. You will run into gawkers though. The topless area is designed to keep you from offending anyone who doesn't want to see topless or thong sunbathing, not to keep people who want to get a peek from wandering up and just hanging around. That doesn't bother me, because I generally tan nude out at Hippie Hollow on the lake here in Austin, but some people get upset about it.
Just keep covered up until you get to the topless deck and you won't have a problem.
PS Nude sunbathing isn't allowed on the topless deck.
It's the caribbean. Thongs are actually overdressing at some beaches. No one that I have ever seen really will care. I have been on nine cruises and I actually appreciate thongs, however there are some who should "restrain." Once you leave the U.S. you leave the "sexually repressed" and enter the rest of the world. Wear what you like and enjoy it all! Have fun.
Thongs may be legal. But is not socially acceptable to the majority of fellow passengers. The reason people gawk is it is not the norm, and people are offended, or see something out of the norm. What is the purpose of offending people when you have the choice not to? If someone needs this much attention why don't they just dye their hair pink or something. The ship's common areas are just that. Common areas for families on vacation, it is not the show stage for pushing the limits of swimwear.