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Old July 8th, 2011, 01:56 PM
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How do you know which night is formal night? I don't see this information anywhere on my booking info. Trying to schedule certain activities but I want to make sure it doesn't interfere with formal night when we all can get together. Does formal night have a set rule, like its always on a Sea Day, or is it just by ship? If it helps, we are on the Freedom in August on the 8 night cruise.

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Old July 8th, 2011, 02:01 PM
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As a rule of thumb, usually the 1st and last sea day.

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Old July 8th, 2011, 08:46 PM
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The first one is the 2nd or 3rd night of the cruise, usually the 2nd night. The second one is either the 2nd or 3rd night before the end of the cruise. Some ships and itineraries do vary though.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 07:29 AM
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I asked a cruise line & my TA about this once, I booked speciality restaurants so that we could dress up in the MDR, got on board & it had all changed!!
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Old July 9th, 2011, 08:59 AM
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This question is not that easy to answer. Trip gave you the rule of thumb "but" if the last full day of the cruise is a sea day then it's very possible you won't have a formal night on that day. They will have it the 2nd to last night.

The first formal night is almost always the first sea day. The second is the hard one to pin down.

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I agree that the first formal night is almost always on the first sea day.
The second formal night is harder to predict, but it won't be the night before you get off the ship .
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I believe they now call it Elegant night. I use to always wear a tuxedo on those nights but that seems to be going away. Most men I have seen wear a suite and tie and some just wear a nice sport jacket.

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Ask someone on the cruise staff, then you'll know exactly when the formal nights will be.
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Old July 12th, 2011, 06:48 AM
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That info will be in your Funtimes. It should not interfear with your shore time at all. Don't plat your shore trips to soon. I saw the price of some shore trips fall as time got closer. The night before was a good time to buy. You can pay for the trips at the customer service desk as well.

On my trip the most fun I had was when I dumped the shore trip and we rented a jeep and went out and just had fun without the croud.
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In Mexico we could take a jeep tour around the island for $75.00 a person. We rented a jeep that seated four people for $55.50.
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