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KAWS January 13th, 2007 10:50 AM

? re Teens and Formal Wear
Travelling in March with DS (17). I have two questions:

1. Do most male teens rent tuxes or do they wear suits?

2. Do they usually change after dinner back to their casual clothes or keep the tuxes on for the evening?

We're prepared to do either the suit or the tux but just want to make sure that he'll fit in with what most of the other male teens are doing.

I tried to find a teen board to ask the kids directly but couldn't find one. Thanks for your help.


jacobs1617 January 13th, 2007 10:53 AM

in my exsperience on our 5 cruises with teen boys, i cant honestly remember a teen in a tux ever, most wear slacks and and dress shirt and tie and sport coats are rare, most will change back casual after dinner and go there own way to hang out with the other teens, hope this helps.

KAWS January 13th, 2007 02:53 PM

Yes it does. Thank you. He'll be happy to hear it's dress pants, shirt and tie and no jacket. Perhaps I'll have him wear the jacket ONLY for dinner with us (and a picture) and then he can ditch it immediately after.

Thanks again.


skymaster January 13th, 2007 06:37 PM

I agree 100% with Jacobs. I've never seen a teen in a tux aboard ship, and expecially aboard a Carnival ship. Nice slacks with shirt and tie will probably be the rule aboard. I'd not worry about it at all. Let him change after dinner, and hang with his friends.



mrspair January 13th, 2007 06:45 PM

I also agree, it is usually shirt, tie and slacks and afterwards they change back into their casual wear and go and hang out. My kids only went to dinner in the formal dining room that one night. They liked hanging with their friends on the lido deck and eating from the grill or pizza and ice cream!!!

Fern January 13th, 2007 08:27 PM


Here's the link to the Teen Board:

if you want to direct your DS to it!

Have a wonderful cruise!

bcklsh January 13th, 2007 08:42 PM

Wev'e only cruised Princess before (twice), so I may be off base for this one, we are headed on our first Carnival, the Destiny, on the 28th of this month.

My son took his first cruise at age 11 is now 13, looks much much older though, passes for Jr/Sr. in High School with both kids and adults. He hasn't been in less than a suit for any formal night dinner yet. On the first cruise he wasn't thrilled with me. . .but on the 2nd he even choose a new shirt and tie. We bought a black suit in JC Penney mens dept for around $100.00, he choose a white shirt for the first formal and a dark burgundy shirt (which was AWESOME with the black suit and looked "modern" but still very dressy) for the 2nd. Both nights he wore a Jerry Garcia tie(which he likes so much he now has two AT HIS request).

We never dress up at home and I think its good for him to learn there is a time and place,and how to dress and behave in that setting. And he actually made sure his suit still fit for this year without me hounding him! He seems to be looking forward to doing it this year. To each there own, I know kids that wouldn't be caught dead in a suit and thats ok too, I don't get offended by that. . . .just thought I'd share my two cents.

KAWS January 13th, 2007 10:38 PM

He wasn't objecting at all. In fact, he was the one that suggested that he rent a tux because he knew his dad was going to get fitted for one.

I told him no tux, but that he should wear his suit and could ditch the jacket after dinner and pics. He said that once onboard he'd ask the other kids if they were going to change back into normal clothes after dinner and whatever they did, he'd do the same.


P.S. Thanks Fern for the link to the teen board.

bcklsh January 15th, 2007 11:52 AM

Another bonus for dressing up? . . .the comments from the young ladies when they see those pictures back home!

Have a great March Cruise!

danacline January 15th, 2007 03:25 PM

Both of our sons do the formal night wearing a black suit, black shirt, and black tie. Generally the older one would get out of his duds pretty soon after dinner, while the younger one kept his on (with his black hat and all-black attire, he looked good!)

Good point about the Jerry Garcia ties - I've got one too <g>.

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