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Celebrity has again downgraded the dress code. Blu is now "smart casual" every night. The only place on a Celebrity ship where the dress code is formal is the Main Dining room. No where else on the ship.

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Celebrity has again downgraded the dress code. Blu is now "smart casual" every night. The only place on a Celebrity ship where the dress code is formal is the Main Dining room. No where else on the ship.

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Waste of time having one now really. Maybe the waiters will wear jeans & sleeveless shirts with nice display of armpit when they reach across.....
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As I get older, and, air carriers get more greedy, with their fees for bags,and overweight charges, I am going to ride the smart casual wave with a smile.
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Waste of time having one now really. Maybe the waiters will wear jeans & sleeveless shirts with nice display of armpit when they reach across.....
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I still laugh when I think of my first NCL cruise and the dress of the waiters. They were wearing T-Shirts with the imprint of a Tuxedo on front and back. I'm pretty easy so it didn't bother me but I sure would love to get a hold of one of those shirts..

I do agree it is a waste of time to have formal nights especially since for the most part they don't enforce it anyway and its only in the dining room...

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I personally don't care what the dress code is, but if there is one I respect it, if they don't uphold it I really don't know why they bother. I also don't know why they bother to have a code in the MDR only, ship wide or not at all I say. There is a very strange attitude where people who are dressed like they are doing the garden seem to think those who respect the dress code are wrong somehow.
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I think it is a great marketing strategy to get more bookings at the Specialty Restaurants on formal nights.

In a way I'm happy to see that the days of the buffet or room service, for those who did not wish to dress for formal night, are gone and there is a true alternative.

Formal nights lost their appeal a number of years ago. I believe one should make an effort to dress appropriately but going full blown tuxedo and gown are bit too much for me.

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I don't really understand the opposition to the tuxedo etc, you have to wear a shirt & trousers so slipping a jacket & tie on isn't a big deal? as for the dress, one is the same as another surely, they must be more comfortable than trousers, not that I have tried one...
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I still laugh when I think of my first NCL cruise and the dress of the waiters. They were wearing T-Shirts with the imprint of a Tuxedo on front and back.
Don, did you also notice that you could actually buy those teeshirts in the on board shop, so you too could look like a genuine NCL waiter

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Don, did you also notice that you could actually buy those teeshirts in the on board shop, so you too could look like a genuine NCL waiter

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No and I was actually looking for them, I thought they were funny....Oh well, maybe some other time....
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Very glad to see this change. I would definitely book AQ cabins going forward. I realize it's just my opinion but Tuxes and ball gowns have zero place on my vacation. Formal nights are antiquated and have no bearing on today's society. And please note I said "On My Vacation" wear what you want on yours.
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Very glad to see this change. I would definitely book AQ cabins going forward. I realize it's just my opinion but Tuxes and ball gowns have zero place on my vacation. Formal nights are antiquated and have no bearing on today's society. And please note I said "On My Vacation" wear what you want on yours.
I tend to look at cruises as more than a vacation, a complete change of lifestyle, so the dress code is OK but I can't think of any other holiday where you would take such a wardrobe to be honest. Don't care what they say formal, casual, whatever...we just do what they ask or don't go.
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I tend to look at cruises as more than a vacation, a complete change of lifestyle, so the dress code is OK but I can't think of any other holiday where you would take such a wardrobe to be honest. Don't care what they say formal, casual, whatever...we just do what they ask or don't go.
We dropped formal a few years ago with a couple of exceptions...but we don't eat in the MDR those nights, we either pay for the specialty restaurants or grab a pizza and bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset from our deck.
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We dropped formal a few years ago with a couple of exceptions...but we don't eat in the MDR those nights, we either pay for the specialty restaurants or grab a pizza and bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset from our deck.
A lot of people are doing the specialty restaurants on formal nights and the number appears to be increasing.
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I just returned from a Mediterranean cruise on the Equinox. On formal night, I noticed that, at the dining room entrance, the Maitre D had a coat rack with sport jackets on it. They were putting them on those men who had no coats on. I also saw several women come in who had on shorts. Nice shorts, but they were still shorts and also very short.
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I just told my wife about this and she's happy as a lark. No formal wear required for her. No "extra" shoes to match the different formal dresses.

Next year we are doing a fourteen day Southeast Asia cruise on Millennium. Pre-cruise we are spending ten days in Australia and Singapore and then five days in Hong Kong so it will be a month of travel and the less "formal" things we need to pack the better.

Don't worry we will still be dressed "appropriately". She plans on packing her "bejeweled" Daisy Duke's and I'll have an extra John Deere cap and t-shirt.

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On one cruise they allowed men in the MDR if they were carrying a jacket..ridiculous!
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On one cruise they allowed men in the MDR if they were carrying a jacket..ridiculous!
Often you will see men walk in, take the jacket off and put it on their seat.

I have been saying for a couple of years to either enforce the dress code or get rid of it....They will be smart casual soon for every night of the cruise, I just hope when they go to it they enforce it.
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I have just returned from a Celebrity cruise and advise that on some occasions, men arrived in MDR in a suit, felt so uncomfortable during dinner - left midway and returned wearing smart casual dress and no-one commented.

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Often you will see men walk in, take the jacket off and put it on their seat.

I have been saying for a couple of years to either enforce the dress code or get rid of it....They will be smart casual soon for every night of the cruise, I just hope when they go to it they enforce it.
I thoroughly agree, if they must have dress codes then stick to it or remove it, I mean how stupid is it to stipulate "Jacket required" but not insist on it being actually worn?? I also wonder though what people will turn up in if "casual" becomes the standard.
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On the same cruise, some gentlemen wore a tux at dinner and then changed back into leisure wear after dinner to attend the show.

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PS I predict that dress code will only apply to P&O and Cunard soon.
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On the same cruise, some gentlemen wore a tux at dinner and then changed back into leisure wear after dinner to attend the show.

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PS I predict that dress code will only apply to P&O and Cunard soon.
Celebrity's dress code used to provide that the mode of dress was for the evening after 6:00P.M and it was enforced in the dining rooms, theater, casino and bars. That was eliminated a couple of years ago when they went from three types of evening wear to the current system of "smart casual" and formal.
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Celebrity's dress code used to provide that the mode of dress was for the evening after 6:00P.M and it was enforced in the dining rooms, theater, casino and bars. That was eliminated a couple of years ago when they went from three types of evening wear to the current system of "smart casual" and formal.
P&O "officially" say that the dress code applies to most of the ship after 6pm...in reality it seems it doesn't matter....BUT do you risk it & get chucked out.
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P&O "officially" say that the dress code applies to most of the ship after 6pm...in reality it seems it doesn't matter....BUT do you risk it & get chucked out.
I have been on Celebrity since early 90s and they strictly enforced the dress code. Remember back then you could only eat dinner in the Main Dining Room, there were no specialty restaurants and on Celebrity no buffet for dinner. You actually would not be admitted to the dining room, lounges, theater and the casino.
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I have been on Celebrity since early 90s and they strictly enforced the dress code. Remember back then you could only eat dinner in the Main Dining Room, there were no specialty restaurants and on Celebrity no buffet for dinner. You actually would not be admitted to the dining room, lounges, theater and the casino.
Well if they are gonna have a code that's the way. If not forget the whole thing.
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No and I was actually looking for them, I thought they were funny....Oh well, maybe some other time....

I have never had trouble dressing to code but I like NCL for the simple fact theirs is so relaxed. It seems to me people actually dress a little better, I have never seen anyone in Daisy Dukes and midriff tops at dinner on NCL as I did on my last HAL cruise. I am with John the dog on this-why have a dress code when it is not enforced-and I agree with Linda, when flying and limited as to what you can take, I really appreciate a more relaxed code.

However, it really is not that hard to dress up a bit more some nights-black slacks can look casual or formal depending on the blouse or jacket they are paired with-so even when flying that does not wash as an excuse. Just do not take that bulky gown-and perhaps what I am referring is more "after five" than formal-but that is how I dress formal nights when I fly-I save the bulky gowns for when we drive to port. Perhaps formal shoudl go-and just have "after 5" a night or 2.

The downside of NCL is their food is mediocre at best. The pay extra restaurants are really a must when you cruise with them. That is why Celebrity is preferable to them.
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Seldom see actual "gowns" these days, just nice smart dresses or trouser suits, let's be honest boys ....virtually any man looks half decent in a Tux & IF you get the RIGHT SIZE it is no less uncomfortable than any other outfit. One thing though cruiselines....if you want us to dress like this turn the bloody HEAT down in the MDR, our recent P&O Oceana cruise it was SWELTERING in there!!
Did I see somewhere that the protocol for removing jackets is ...one Gent will ask if people mind then if they agree they ALL must remove their jackets??
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I have never had trouble dressing to code but I like NCL for the simple fact theirs is so relaxed. It seems to me people actually dress a little better, I have never seen anyone in Daisy Dukes and midriff tops at dinner on NCL as I did on my last HAL cruise. I am with John the dog on this-why have a dress code when it is not enforced-and I agree with Linda, when flying and limited as to what you can take, I really appreciate a more relaxed code.

However, it really is not that hard to dress up a bit more some nights-black slacks can look casual or formal depending on the blouse or jacket they are paired with-so even when flying that does not wash as an excuse. Just do not take that bulky gown-and perhaps what I am referring is more "after five" than formal-but that is how I dress formal nights when I fly-I save the bulky gowns for when we drive to port. Perhaps formal shoudl go-and just have "after 5" a night or 2.

The downside of NCL is their food is mediocre at best. The pay extra restaurants are really a must when you cruise with them. That is why Celebrity is preferable to them.
I've done two NCL cruises in the last three years and thought the manner of dressin the MDR was not fitting to such nice rooms. It started with the Tshirts that have the imprint of a tux on front and back, not anything like that which is presented on Celebrity.

One other comment, did Cagneys on NCL and didn't think it was any better than Outback...
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I've seen those t-shirts not really what you expect on a formal evening.

Is that protocol true, I've never heard that if one gentleman wants to remove his jacket and his table mates agree it's ok, surely the cruiseline set the standards.
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I've seen those t-shirts not really what you expect on a formal evening.

Is that protocol true, I've never heard that if one gentleman wants to remove his jacket and his table mates agree it's ok, surely the cruiseline set the standards.
Just something I seem to have remembered from somewhere. Nobody ever stopped anyone taking their jacket off, I never do but it does get hot sometimes!! I hope one of our better informed members sheds some light on it, I think I will Google...
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I have had a look for the etiquette regarding removal of jackets at the table & from what I see it depends on whether the host removes his thus giving "permission"...bit difficult on a cruise with people you don't really know.
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