Will you be looking out for faux pas on your summer holiday?

If you’re planning to set sail on a cruise to warmer climes this summer, how much thought will you put into your wardrobe before you join your ship and begin your adventure? For us Brits, it can be tempting to opt for skimpy outfits to make the most of the sunshine, but this isn’t always the best choice, according to a new poll.

Researchers asked some 2,000 Brits to name their top summer faux pas, with respondents citing socks and sandals, streaky fake tan and swimwear that is a size or two too small among the biggest no-nos on the beach.

Of course, this also applies to cruise ships, so it’s worth thinking carefully not only about your wardrobe, but also your beauty products, before you head off on holiday.

The survey, which was conducted on behalf of Swimwear365, revealed that women wearing full face make-up on the beach was considered to be one of the top mistakes. On a cruise, the lines can be somewhat blurred in terms of what’s expected where, but use a bit of common sense and you’ll be fine. A general rule of thumb is to stick to casual clothing with no make-up on the sundeck and around the pool, while more glamorous attire is certainly appropriate in the dining room and bars.

Similarly, you should avoid wearing anything too skimpy when you’re not around the pool. And with muffin tops, overly tight swimwear and saggy swimsuits all making it on to the faux pas list, it’s worth trying on all your beach gear before you pack your bags to make sure it still fits properly and isn’t looking too worn.

Most cruise lines will have dress codes to help you plan ahead and ensure you have everything you’ll need in your suitcase. On a Fred. Olsen cruise, for instance, guests are encouraged to wear casual clothes on deck and around the ship, but to put on something more formal for meal times.

Back to those summer holiday faux pas, though – and a few more for you to look out for (although hopefully not ones you’ll make yourself!). Among the other things that were considered to be bad choices on summer beach holidays were wearing Union Jack shorts, thongs and high heels, as well as displaying bright red sunburn, peeling skin and unsightly tan lines.

It goes without saying that you need to be careful if you’re planning to spend a lot of your cruise sunbathing, as bad sunburn doesn’t only look awful – it is also painful and could lead to conditions such as skin cancer. Use plenty of suncream, cover up if you feel as though you’re getting overly warm and spend time in the shade or inside during the hottest part of the day.

The great thing about cruises is that there’s so much to do onboard other than sunbathe – the best cruise ships are equipped with fitness centres that run a variety of classes, an indulgent spa where you can have pampering treatments, and a selection of shops where you can splash a bit of cash. Depending on the itinerary you choose, you may also be able to attend guest lectures about a whole host of subjects – if this interests you, make sure you ask about this sort of entertainment when you book your holiday.