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Thanks for the answer. Our cruise leaves Aug 1, and it is a 10 night cruise. Maybe last night at sea for formal night??
Here's what you can expect.
>> The FIRST evening of a cruise is ALWAYS "casual" (or "smart casual") because some passengers might not have received their luggage.
>> The SECOND evening of a cruise is ALMOST ALWAYS "formal" for the Captain's "Welcome Aboard," with deviation only if the ship is in port into the evening on that day.
>> On cruises with THREE "formal" evenings, there's usually a "formal" evening on either a day around the midpoint of the cruise when the ship either spends the whole day at sea or leaves port early.
>> On cruises with AT LEAST TWO "formal" evenings, the NEXT TO LAST evening is ALMOST ALWAYS "formal" for the Captain's "Farewell," again with deviation only if the ship is in port into the evening on that day.
>> The LAST evening of a cruise is ALWAYS casual because everybody has to pack their formalwear and set out their luggage before the night is over for disembarkation. (The ship's staff usually begin collecting luggage by midnight.) This is also "set in stone."
Also, days when the ship leaves port after 6:00 PM usually are "casual."
With regard to embarkation day, I strongly recommend either wearing evening casual attire to the ship or bringing a set of evening casual attire in your carry-on luggage so that you don't have to beg mercy from the maitre d'hotel if your luggage does not get delivered to your cabin in time to change for dinner. It's perfectly reasonable to travel to the ship in a polo shirt and slacks (gents) or either a sun dress or a suitable top and a skirt or slacks (ladies).