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Old March 31st, 2007, 03:15 PM
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On Sensation, would this be considered okay on formal night?

white long bermuda shorts or capris
dressy camisole top

I hate to dress up unless it's a wedding and this is as dressed up as I"m willing to get on my vacation
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Old March 31st, 2007, 03:33 PM
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I wouldn't consider that to be formal wear on any ship.

I wore black slacks and a button/collar shirt for formal night (lost what I had planned!).

We saw women dressed in shiney evening dresses to slacks and nice blouses like I chose.

But capris or bramuda shorts I would not do, sorry.
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That actually would be fine for a casual evening, but I'm sure you have at least one nice dress, even a short cocktail dress will work.
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Umm..in a word no.

Definitely on any other night but not on formal night. You will feel out of place definitely on any ship. Do you have a cocktail dress? Even a plain black dress that you can dress up with heels and jewelry and a cute bag would work.

If you dont want to dress up then go to the buffet those nights. There is always that option. You will notice though that a lot of people dress up and like doing so.

I love it actually, getting my pics taken with DH and just the overall vibe. It is definitely something I look forward to!

Just so you know for next time Disney Cruise Lines has gone away with formal nights. Something to think about next time your booking!
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I'm not one to feel out of place anywhere, no matter what. I dictate what I"ll wear, not the place I'm paying to stay for my vacation. I will probably bring a dressy pants and shirt for the one "formal" night unless I decide to order room service instead or as you suggested, do the Lido deck. I'm going to be with my teenage son, and I don't need to impress others.
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I'm not one to feel out of place anywhere, no matter what. I dictate what I"ll wear, not the place I'm paying to stay for my vacation. I will probably bring a dressy pants and shirt for the one "formal" night unless I decide to order room service instead or as you suggested, do the Lido deck. I'm going to be with my teenage son, and I don't need to impress others.
We didn't mean to upset you, but you DID ask our opinion about the dress code. We gave our thoughts as past guests aboard Carnival ships.

We aren't on board to "impress others", but to follow the rules/standards set by the line for formal nights. These nights are special and they are what you make them.

Sorry if you took our answers as anything but what they were intended to be.
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Wow there was no need to get snooty. You asked for advice and then when it was given you get upset.

If you didnt want someone to give you an honest answer why did you ask the question?

No one is dictating what you can do on a vacation you pay for. Heck dress in a tank top and cut off shorts if you must feel comfortable, but dont ask if its ok to do so on a Cruise Message Board!
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Michelle, we are not the type to "dress up" either, but on the one formal night we had on our cruise I took a pair of black dressy pants and put a sparkley top with it and I was fine. I am very uncomfortable dressed up so I don't care to do it. We took advantage of being dressed up and had a formal picture taken of the two of us. It was nice. We only ate in the dining room one more night and that was only because it was Thanksgiving and the BF wanted the turkey and dressing. ALL the other meals we ate at the buffett. We did not starve and WE were much more comfortable doing that. You DO NOT have to dress up in beaded gowns and long flowing formal wear for formal night. Just something simple........don't worry about it and have fun.
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many things are lost in translation on message boards - I was not being "snooty", I was just stating that I don't want to be forced to dress up so I"ll just do my own version of casual/formal. I appeciate all your suggestions.
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Would silk slacks and a textured jacket with gold threads and gold thong sandals be okay? Can DH wear a suit? I don't want to look foolish but we definately are not lugging tuxes and gowns all over Europe.
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Hi Pam,
The outfit you discribed sounds fine and your DH can wear a dark suit, no need to lug a tux all over.

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I was hesitant about formal gowns as well. I have a beaded, black cocktail dress that I planned to bring, but was unsure of what to wear for the second formal night. I just happened to be shopping with a friend when I spied a formal gown that wasn't meant for a teen or a maw-maw (I know, I know...I AM a maw-maw, but that's beside the point. I don't want to dress like a maw-maw!). Plus, it didn't look like a mother-of-the-bride dress! It's just an elegant gown with one rhinestone clasp.

I tried the dress on and bought it! I'm all set now! I told DH he HAD to wear a tie with his black suit.

I guess you can tell that I'm thrilled!

Now, back to your questions, I've seen women in pants and tops on formal night. I have friends who have NEVER worn a dress in their lives. They wore pants and tops to formal nights. I've never seen them turn anyone away from the dining room, but no one ever wore capris either. I think your choice of nice slacks and a top would be fine. It probably packs better than a dress anyway!

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Michelle....I don't think that you were snooty....and I think that you will be just fine....after all it is "YOUR" time to shine !!!! Have a great cruise !
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It is up to the individual. Some ladies and men really dress up with evening gowns and tuxeods and some just wear a nice top with black pants.

You are there to have fun. You are not going to be thrown in jail or ticketed if you don't want to dress up really fancy.

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On the other hand, please remember that some of us look forward to a "glamorous" evening and it kind of ruins it when people show up in any old thing because they don't want to make the effort. Like the people who show up to a costume party in regular clothes. If you don't want to dress up there are plenty of alternate places to eat so everyone is happy and gets the most out of their cruise experience. It's part of being considerate to everyone and not just thinking about what makes you happy.
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I don't think that seeing others not all dressed up would ruin someone's evening. People shouldn't be concerned about others anyway... to each his or her own vacation experience.
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WOW...Touchy post :o
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I agree with michelle. What does what I have on have anything to do with what you have on or how good or bad your experience is?
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It can be very touchy.

Formal night is set up, just as the name says. It is a chance for those who want to attend, to dress up in their nicest clothes and dine together.

There is nothing wrong with only traveling with shorts or long shorts. But, this might be the night to dine at the buffet, or in one of the other eating areas.

On a Carnival ship, I don't think anyone would say anything, but wonder if you might be uncomfortable, sitting with others who dressed up, and you didn't. Would not want you to be uncomfortable.
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I agree with michelle. What does what I have on have anything to do with what you have on or how good or bad your experience is?
It does because it's FORMAL NIGHT. Seeing people who don't give a damn just brings it down to a lower level from what it could be if everyone made an effort to look special. Like a fly in the mashed potatoes. Yes, I could eat around it but somehow it taints the whole thing. Why have tablecloths or real silverware instead of plastic if appearance doesn't matter to the dining experience? If you don't get it, you don't get it, I guess. I'm just letting you know that it does matter to the people who are looking forward to a fancy night that they don't normally get in their lives.

What gets me is it takes so little effort and money to meet Carnival's definition of "formal". My dress was $35.
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many things are lost in translation on message boards - I was not being "snooty", I was just stating that I don't want to be forced to dress up so I"ll just do my own version of casual/formal. I appeciate all your suggestions.
Yeah, I didn't take your answer to be snooty either. It sounded to me like you were saying that if what you planned to wear wasn't going to work, you'll make other plans. Afterall, it's your vacation.
I too am going to try and make the formal dinner, (I don't have anything too formal) but If when I get there I feel I'm under dressed, (slacks and a blouse) I'm just going to change my plans and hit the buffet. No biggie, either way.
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In this day and age when casual is in, I enjoy dressing up on occasion as much as anyone else, however, when I go on vacation I may or may not want to do that. I have evening gowns, cocktail dresses, etc. It's just that I want to be able to wear what I'd normally presume to wear on board for dinner no matter if it's formal night or not. That might be anything from dressy white linen capris and a gold camisole top to a sundress. I don't think that is an affront to people who want to wear a tux or suit. People should not look down on others for their choise of clothing as long as it's in not in poor taste (i.e. short-shorts, tube tops, mesh tanks, etc.) We are all entitled to our own vacation experience, and I would respect yours as long as you respect mine. If I'm paying for the privilege of meals in the dining room, I can wear what I want, keeping in mind good taste. Anyone who lets what others wearing affect how they feel about themselves and their experience, well, I'll let that thought go unfinished.
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And some of the post above are exactly why I choose NOT to eat in the dining room all the time. We will attend the formal night and yes I will be dress appropiately so as not to ruin someone elses good time. That might be the only night I will be there, so if you are the only ones at your table, it's because we prefer to be someplace else for dining. Everyone have a great cruise, no matter how you are dressed!!
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In this day and age when casual is in, I enjoy dressing up on occasion as much as anyone else, however, when I go on vacation I may or may not want to do that. I have evening gowns, cocktail dresses, etc. It's just that I want to be able to wear what I'd normally presume to wear on board for dinner no matter if it's formal night or not. That might be anything from dressy white linen capris and a gold camisole top to a sundress. I don't think that is an affront to people who want to wear a tux or suit. People should not look down on others for their choise of clothing as long as it's in not in poor taste (i.e. short-shorts, tube tops, mesh tanks, etc.) We are all entitled to our own vacation experience, and I would respect yours as long as you respect mine. If I'm paying for the privilege of meals in the dining room, I can wear what I want, keeping in mind good taste. Anyone who lets what others wearing affect how they feel about themselves and their experience, well, I'll let that thought go unfinished.

*I did this same cruise last summer with some family members, we all decided before we left that the guys wouldn't be wearing suites/tuxes, and us ladies wouldn't be bringing along formal/prom style dresses, it was just too much to pack. We did just find with our casual wear, many people had the same idea as us and we all enjoyed the dinner and had several nice pictures taken while we were dressed "formal". Our formal wear consisted of dress pants, button shirts for the guys (no ties) the ladies wore dress pants, skirts and sleeveless tops, something that would be nice for church. We did see many people that were really dressed up but if that is what they wanted, go for it. We chose the more casual attire so after dinner we could hit the casino and be comfortable. Good Luck!
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I just want to say I hope everyone has a nice time no matter where you dine. Pants and a nice top would be fine.
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The outfit ensemble sounds nice but not enough for the formal night.
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my mom had a plain but nicer black tank dress and i suggested to her that she wear the same dress for both formal events and to wear a different dressy jacket over it to change the look. she opted for a velvet jacket one night and a beaded jacket the other night. she said that it worked very well since its less to pack but she was still able to have a different outfit for each formal night.
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