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Old December 27th, 2010, 11:13 AM
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The past few cruises, I have noticed that there are fewer men wearing Tux on formal night but then again those have been on the Mexico cruises. Is this also true on the other cruises?

Now I will most likely get some back lash on this but I think they should stick with the dress code in the formal dinner room. I see so many time that on formal night people come in jeans. IMO, if you don't want to adhere to the dress code, then there are plenty of other places to eat on the ship. JMO!
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I just returned from a cruise with 3 formal nights .I would estimate that 5% of the people were not properly dressed but only about 10% wore evening wear .I wore a black suit .
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I agree
I once went with polo shirt and khaki's and felt out of place
I think a shirt and tie should be min.
Next time I will wear a suit and tie JMO.
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I feel very different. I have to wear a shirt and tie to work so when I am on vacation I want to dress down. People should wear what the feel comfortable in. If the guy in the next booth wants to wear a tux more power to him. I never feel out of place, just on the cruise for a good time.................
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I never wear a tux but do wear a suit. My wife and I enjoy dressing up and taking the pictures etc...all part of the fun. However, it does seem more and more people don't dress up. The couple that we shared a table with on our last cruise never did.
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Not saying that people should wear a Tux but on formal night they could at least wear slacks and sport coat.

If you want to wear jeans, then there are other places to get a good meal.
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I normally wear a tux on the cruise. We like to dress up and take advantage of all the picture opportunities.
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I have to agree with the idea of "dressing up" occasionaly. I discovered that on Ebay I can often find a tux in my size, normally one from a rental place that may be unusual. I have a Western tux, a white and black satin tux, and the silver and black velvet one in this picture taken on the Maasdam, the only ship I've been on with an escalator. The most I've paid is $25, and 2 of the 3 were altered to my sleeve and inseam length as part of the auction!
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The thing I like about my tux is that I have a slider on both side of pants that I can let out so that I can breath after dinner.
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I also agree. Our recent cruise aboard the Carnival Glory, there were some people that just wore regular pants, (Dockers type), with a short sleve shirt and no tie. Some of the ladies wore outfits that looked like they just returned from a tour. My wife always purchases two new formal dresses for each cruise that we attend. She goes out of her way to look outstanding for each formal affair. I always wear my tux, I just change the color of the tie & accessories to match her different color dresses that she wears. I believe that they should enforce the dress code. If those people don't want to get dressed=up...well they can always go to the "Buffet" or another food station.
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Honestly, the attire is 50% of the reason I AVOID the dining room on ALL nights, expecially the formal nights. I'm on vacation and would rather be in more comfortable clothing. The other 50% of the reason I don't go to the dining room is the whole environment / experience itself. It's too la-ti-da for me. Essentially, I am intimidated by the whole experience. It's just not me. I would much rather have a meal at a Hard Rock Cafe or similar style restuartant. I much rather the instant service and wide range of food in the buffet, which IMHO is just as good.

On our first cruise, we ate in the dining room 50% of the time.
On cruise #2, we never set foot inside the place.
On cruise #3, we went once as the couple we were sailing with wanted the full cruise experience.
On cruise #4 (in less than 2 weeks) I doubt we will go at all again. No more than once for sure.

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How formal do the kids need to be?
The same levels of dress that apply for adults also apply to kids.

Having said that I will now say that kids would be fine if they were dressed in the same way you would dress them for perhaps church or a wedding.

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I also agree. You should dress properly, not necessarily a tux or a gown, but not in jeans.The last cruise I was on (Liberty),even on formal nights people were dressed pretty poorly. Some men were wearing ratty looking t-shirts and jeans that looked like they were rolled up in a ball for a week. If you can't follow the dress code, the are other options for eating.
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oooooh! I notice you are going on Miracle next week! Sweet! Be sure to check out Greg Gallello in the piano bar. Got him to play some Bruce Hornsby for us and he knocked it outta the park!

Have a good trip.

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My DH used to pack a tux - but with luggage restrictions ... even his suits weigh too much! When we last cruised as a family, he took one dark suit, and two shirts and two ties. When we cruised GOS for our annversary, it was a 5 night ... and he just wore dark dress pants and a nice dress shirt - no tie. He was still better dressed than most of the men.

As for kids, little girls are easy, but it is harder for boys. For casual nights my little guy (2 1/2) wore dress pants with a golf shirt. For the first formal night, he wore a shirt and tie. For the second formal night, both kids were matching traditional Indian outfits.
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Maybe some people would be better off on a "Booze Cruise" rather than a regular cruise.
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oooooh! I notice you are going on Miracle next week! Sweet! Be sure to check out Greg Gallello in the piano bar. Got him to play some Bruce Hornsby for us and he knocked it outta the park!

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Greg got best piano bar entertainer in John's unofficial Carnival awards! He's great.

I think on the Carnival site it said Greg was 2nd? Either way, if you said he was first, I am very glad I seen him on Miracle last month. He is quite the performer with quite a range of songs and genres that he plays.

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wow Glad you guys dont own the cruise line.

On "Elegant" night I wear slacks and a dress shirt. No jacket, no tie.

On casual nights i wear my docker shorts and Cariibean button down short sleeve shirt.

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I have been on nine cruises since my first outing in 2006. I have worn a tux for every formal night on every cruise but I am planning to downgrade to a dark suit on our next voyage.

On our first cruise the tuxes had about a 60/40 majority on formal nights. That ratio has been going the other way on every subsequent cruise and reached an all-time low on our November cruise on Carnival Elation where I was the ONLY passenger wearing a tux for the 8:15 dinner seating. I should have seen the handwriting on the wall when, on the second elegant night our October cruise on the Dream, I was stopped by some casually-dressed young cruisers and asked for the starting time of the show in the main theater.

I hate to see the change because, as mentioned earlier in this thread, the tux pants are extremely adjustable.
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