Hi, I have a question about formal night clothes. My son, 9, absolutely refuses to wear a jacket. He's got dress pants, a tie, dress shirt, dress shoes and a killer vest but won't wear a jacket. Will it be ok if he goes without?
Yes, sounds perfect what you have for your son, in fact--my son was 10 at the time and attended dinner with his "dressier dark pair" of tennis shoes on! So not wearing a jacket seems perfectly fine to me.
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My son 18 at the time we went and as soon as we got to dinner the tie and jacket came off. He saw others with out there's so he would not wear his. I did get one picture before he took them off. This cruise he says he will wear it to dinner then they will come off. He is 22 now and still don't like to wear a tie and jacket.
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I got your question about your son and the dress for formal night.
Some observations; many do not bother to dress at all, in fact the warmer the weather and the more mass marketed cruises all have about 75% participation for dress up evenings. We've seen kids in polo shirts and khakis or jeans and that was just fine. As a parent, I'd say if you can get him in a tie for dinner and a photo then you've done well.
We've sailed Carnival three times and RC three times and we went back to the cabin to change sometime after dinner to casual clothes.
I remember a four night sailing from Miami on RC one summer when only 1/2 the dining room was dressed out. It does look like more do, but the biggest crowds gather at the staircases and other photo spots. People not dressed up usually pass on the pictures.
Finally, I've gotten away with starched khaki golf shorts on Carnival and RC for at least one night of dinners for every cruise we've taken. I wear nice leather shoes or sandals and a collared shirt. No one complained, so a over 40 hairy legged man paying for his family to enjoy a vacation deserves a break now and then.
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