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Old February 28th, 2006, 09:23 PM
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Default Formal Wear

Hi Everyone, I am going to sign on to my first RCCL ship in May and am getting nervous about packing all the right things. The dress code for formal nights has some very specific details for dressing like no more than 6 inches below the base of the neck on long gowns. I'm not sure if these are just "old school" uniform specs but that is pretty near impossible to find, all dresses now are pretty much the less fabric the better and low cut/halter/tube top etc. Also for the casual nights I am assuming just cocktail dresses, short dresses? Any advice would be great!!!! Thanks!

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Old March 1st, 2006, 12:35 AM
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If that is the official dress code I would look hard for a dress that fits that code. The lines are quite strict with it.

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Old March 15th, 2006, 03:44 AM
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Ok first I've never worked for RCCL so don't absolutely take my word for anything, but here's my take.
Try to find something that conforms to what they want, they won't be coming to measure your neckline on formal night but if you wear something they don't think is appropriate they can tell you to change. (I got sent to change by the Captain once cos he thought my new dress was too transparent). There's lots of nice dresses that aren't mega revealing. You could go for a nice cocktail dress instead of a full-on evening gown, it's easier to get about in, and you'll find you're still better dressed than most of the passengers.
For casual night, simple dresses, skirt/top, or trouser suits are fine. Find what's smart and comfortable for you if you don't have to be in uniform.
As long as you look "respectable".
Shoes are the most important thing. Find some nice low heeled or flat shoes. Not only are there a lot of stairs on a ship, plus metal floors under the carpets which really tire your feet and legs, but officers and other officious types hate seeing girls in high heels (more than 2 inches) cos it's a safety hazard, ships move, even the big modern ones, and in bad weather they can move a lot.
I remember when I went on my first ship I searched and searched to find the right clothes, when I arrived I went and bought a whole new load anyway.
Hope this is of some help, have a really good time.
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