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Are the Alaska cruise formal nights any less formal just by the nature of the destination? I guess my question is will be husband be ok without a "suit"? Are dress slacks and coat and tie acceptable?
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Old February 21st, 2007, 03:24 PM
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No........Alaska is just as formal if not a bit more....IMHO.......As long as they are black.....or dark.......just like any other cruise.......

Enjoy your cruise............Mercury is a great ship.......



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On our Alaskan cruise on Mercury, sport coat and tie were fine on formal nights. They didn't have to be dark. Purists might not like it but I heard no complaints about sports coats and ties.........
fyi, I wore a dark suit and was fancier dressed than most men although there were some tuxes..
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Are the Alaska cruise formal nights any less formal just by the nature of the destination? I guess my question is will be husband be ok without a "suit"? Are dress slacks and coat and tie acceptable?
Celebrity generally draws a much dressier crowd than other cruise lines, in part because the line still has "informal" evenings in addition to the "formal" evenings. On a seven night Celebrity cruise, that the first evening, the last evening, and one of the three evenings in the middle of the cruise will be "casual," the other two of the middle three evenings will be "informal," and the second evening and the next to last evening will be "formal." Tthe "formal" evenings definitely call for either "black tie" (that is, dinner jacket outfit or tuxedo) or a dark -- and I do mean DARK, though not necessarily black -- business suit for gentlemen. The dress slacks and sport coat or "blazer" (necktie apparently no longer required) are the proper attire for the "informal" evenings.

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Wow....some say sport coat and tie are ok and some say business suit or tux are required. Now I'm even more confused!!! We've never been on a cruise, so I don't know the lingo either - what does IMHO mean?
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Believe me when I say that nobody complained, at least outwordly, at the men who were wearing sports coats and ties on formal nights on any of our cruises. In fact I heard no complaints about the men who dressed even less formal than that. Oh, I'm sure some people whispered how horrible it was that they were under dressed.
Don't stress too much about it. Wear what you'd wear at a nice restaurant and you'll be fine.
If someone wants to ruin their dinner because some stranger at another table is underdressed........that's a bit sad IMHO.
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Wow....some say sport coat and tie are ok and some say business suit or tux are required. Now I'm even more confused!!! We've never been on a cruise, so I don't know the lingo either - what does IMHO mean?
I'm getting a sense that your confusion might be related to the fact that that Celebrity holds both "formal" and "informal" (which is not the same as "casual") evenings, as your original question asked whether attire that meets Celebrity's published dress standard for the "informal" evenings (that is, a sport coat) would be appropriate to wear on the "formal" evenings (which require either "black tie" or a dark business suit). Your cruise to Alaska will have two (2) "formal" evenings, two (2) "informal" evenings, and three (3) "casual" evenings -- that is, three distinct standards of evening dress.

In my experience (nine cruises on Celebrity within the last four years), over 99% of the line's passengers conform to or exceed the line's dress codes, so those who don't conform really do stand out. If you have any doubts about Celebrity's published dress codes, err on the side of overdressing rather than underdressing.

I should also mention that Celebrity is getting a LOT of passenger complaints when the line's ships fail to enforce dress codes. The line may well start stricter enforcement of dress codes -- without notice -- in response to the volume of such complaints.

And "IMHO" = "In My Humble Opinion."

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Thanks for all the advice!
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Even though the advice is conflicting?

You'll have a great cruise I'm sure.
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I agree with Peter............we seemed to be the odd balls.....we were dressed formal & others weren't........as long as you are comfortable don't worry about it.......just go to have a good time & relax & enjoy.......



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