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Old January 19th, 2010, 06:38 AM
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I have read on a few posts there have been changes in the formal night attire. Is this correct? I am busting my butt to get into my suit and regardless of the changes will meet this goal and wear the suit but would like to know if now there will be a lot more casual dressers. Thanks!
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I have read on a few posts there have been changes in the formal night attire. Is this correct? I am busting my butt to get into my suit and regardless of the changes will meet this goal and wear the suit but would like to know if now there will be a lot more casual dressers. Thanks!
I am not even sure why they have formal night anymore given some of the dress you see on the ships, particularly the men.

For the most part, it seems like the women at least wear something upscale, but I see more and more men going without jackets - and plenty without ties even.

The days of the tuxedo and evening gown are mostly over, although you will see some couples who still subscribe to FORMAL.
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I agree, women do tend to dress up more than the men do. My husband usually wears at least a sportcoat, but he has put on some weight since last time and will have to go with shirt and tie this time around I think you should wear your suit after all your hard work! Who cares if you are the most dressed up...you will just have to show them how to work a suit!
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Carnival lowered the dress code requirements and change the name from formal night to elegant night. My hubby still wears his tux. He is one of the few that does. We drive into port so know baggage concerns.
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My hubby too still wears his tux. It is about the only time he gets to wear it. As a matter of fact it is packed and ready to go as I type. We leave tomorrow to fly to Tampa for our Sunday departure on the Legend.
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Frank, I hope you reach your goal, but if you don't, grab your sport jacket, some nice pants, a tie and go and enjoy!
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In the past few cruises I have been on in the past year it seems with each cruise things get more relaxed. My daughter and I enjoy the formal night and dress as we always have..with formal wear. Most of the guys just had long sleeved dress shirts and pants on. I actually saw one man with jeans on on formal night. I wish the cruise lines would just make one dining room completely relaxed and the other more formal and you be able to request which one you would like to dine in for your cruise-that way everyone would be the way they would like to be dressed and not have to think about it.
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As someone else pointed out there are no more formal nights on Carnival. They are now known as elegant nights, and for a man slacks and a dress shirt are all that are required for the "dress code". Personally I am one of the "you'll-never-see-me-anywhere-near-a-tux" people. On elegant nights I'm in dress slacks, dress shirt, and I do usually wear a tie - though as soon as dinner is over and we're out of there it's coming off.
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I love to put on a suit and tie but the only time I do put it on is on elegant evenings aboard a cruise ship. I will be going on the Victory in Feb and you can be sure I will take 2 suits with me for both elegant evenings.
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I just dont understand why some people get upset when some folks don't dress up. I have no problem sitting across the table from someone in a golf shirt and slacks, or a woman with capri's, dressy tee and nice sandles. I love to watch everyone getting family pics taken on formal night. Its like the red carpet to me. I love seeing the new fashions. I usually get ready for dinner early and go to the lobby and pepole watch.

In my opinion, when you're on vacation, you're on vacation. As long as someone is clean and neat, what difference does it make?
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I just dont understand why some people get upset when some folks don't dress up. I have no problem sitting across the table from someone in a golf shirt and slacks, or a woman with capri's, dressy tee and nice sandles. I love to watch everyone getting family pics taken on formal night. Its like the red carpet to me. I love seeing the new fashions. I usually get ready for dinner early and go to the lobby and pepole watch.

In my opinion, when you're on vacation, you're on vacation. As long as someone is clean and neat, what difference does it make?
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I enjoyed the formal night and enjoyed being formal but it did not matter to me at all that there were others that were "not so formal".
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I wear a Tux on the longer cruises, afterall it does have all the Carnival ships pins on it and does start a conversation expecially from the crew staff. On the shorter cruises I dont take the Tux. The 5 day im talking in April, im wearing a nice shirt and a black Utilikilt..
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I wear a Tux on the longer cruises, afterall it does have all the Carnival ships pins on it and does start a conversation expecially from the crew staff. On the shorter cruises I dont take the Tux. The 5 day im talking in April, im wearing a nice shirt and a black Utilikilt..
Where are you going on the 5 day cruise? I think were you cruise also determines how dressy you are. On my Europe cruise people were more dressy than on my Mexican cruise.
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As someone else pointed out there are no more formal nights on Carnival. They are now known as elegant nights, and for a man slacks and a dress shirt are all that are required for the "dress code". Personally I am one of the "you'll-never-see-me-anywhere-near-a-tux" people. On elegant nights I'm in dress slacks, dress shirt, and I do usually wear a tie - though as soon as dinner is over and we're out of there it's coming off.
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I'm the other way...I love to dress nicely for a cruise. Even though others may not be in a suit, I'm still going to wear it just for kicks.
Sometimes I may feel over-dressed, but Oh-well. ;-)
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I just dont understand why some people get upset when some folks don't dress up. I have no problem sitting across the table from someone in a golf shirt and slacks, or a woman with capri's, dressy tee and nice sandles. I love to watch everyone getting family pics taken on formal night. Its like the red carpet to me. I love seeing the new fashions. I usually get ready for dinner early and go to the lobby and pepole watch.

In my opinion, when you're on vacation, you're on vacation. As long as someone is clean and neat, what difference does it make?
I'm with you. How others dress isn't that big of concern, as long as they make an effort.
Of course there is the concern that someday the dress code will be merely..."no shirt...no shoes...no service"
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Where are you going on the 5 day cruise? I think were you cruise also determines how dressy you are. On my Europe cruise people were more dressy than on my Mexican cruise.
Im going to Cozomel and Calica Mexico on Fantasy Apr 19th 2010. To me, its not the type of cruise destination as to the way I dress for formal nights. Its who im with and how long the cruise. Taking a Tux and shoes, means taking a extra bag. On a short cruise (under 7 days), I just wear something "decent" and only take one medium sized suitcase and a carry on bag. Plus im going alone..The longer trips I take a Tux since I will be with other family members, etc.
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Also, those shorter cruises out of mobile attracts more rednecks and causual type of people then say a cruise of 7 days or more from miami. etc. Not that im a redneck....This is my first one from Mobile.
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I'm old school..I dress for my girlfriend (or in your case it would be your wife)..if she likes to dress up , then continue your effort to look good in your suit and compliment her outfit...it will make her feel special to have her husband be at her side and have the formal picture taken..I'm sure she will reward your efforts later

on the other hand, if your wife is more comfortable not dressing up, then you do the same....on a cruise, it's all about what makes her happy IMHO
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I think that dressing for dinner, whether it's formal/elegant night or not is entirely up to each person and their mood that night.

On my 1st cruise with my then 14-yr old son, we just wore shorts and t's - of course we didn't eat in the dining room, but we had a 'formal night" photo taken anyway...

But on this month's cruise with my mom' I'm wearing a little black dress and heels. it will be fun to play dress-up, since I have rare occasion to do so. I never care about who else vis wearing what.

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Also, those shorter cruises out of mobile attracts more rednecks and causual type of people then say a cruise of 7 days or more from miami. etc. Not that im a redneck....This is my first one from Mobile.
Mobile seemed to had the nicest and most well mannered passengers of my cruises. More than one member of the crew told me that they feel that way.
5 day cruises do seem to attract more party animal types though.
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Here we go again! relax the code, relax the code, relax the code anymore and you will be permitted to wear sweat clothes and flip flops. If I want to see trashy dress I'll go to wall mart late at night.
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after 5 cruises in the past 10 years im finally NOT taking a suit. sportcoat and a pair of dress pants and no tie. this is my time and my vacation. formal dress are for black tie affairs. my wife is not even taking a dress this time around. i think the biggest reason cruise lines have "elegant" nights is so you'll have more pictures taken and buy the $22.00 8x10. im not trying to be a fuddy duddy, i love cruising and really enjoy carnival but they really need to do away with so many of the pictures. (i know thats a new subject)
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The last 3 cruises its getting alot more relaxed in the dress up department, and alot that do dress up go back to the cabin after dinner and change back into shorts. Thats my game plan, that makes everybody happy. I must say the cruise last week there were some looked like they just came in from feeding the cowsm well maybe not that bad but it made ya think.
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