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Old November 14th, 2000, 05:50 PM
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My wife and I are going on our first cruise in Jan (Carnival Fascination 1/13), and are busy trying to figure out our appropriate wardrobes. As an Air Force officer I already own a formal military mess dress uniform, but aren't real sure how appropriate it is for wear during the formal nights. Its much cheaper than renting a tux so I'm leaning that way, but would like some other opinions.

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Old November 14th, 2000, 06:34 PM
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Absolutely.. go for the Military dress mess! I've seen many people on ships wearing their dress uniforms, and they look terrific!

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Old November 14th, 2000, 07:49 PM
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Hi Tom,
I'll second that, bet you look great in the military dress :-)

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Old November 14th, 2000, 08:10 PM
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I may have looked great a few years ago.....Its a bit of a tighter fit these days
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Old November 14th, 2000, 08:36 PM
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Hey Tom,
Just a little tip then, wear the tighest the first few nights, because believe me, they WILL get tighter as the cruise goes on :-)

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Old November 14th, 2000, 09:20 PM
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I tell myself I'll be sure to hit the aerobics room everyday and do lots of snorkleing, but I'm sure it won't account for all the food and adult beverages I'll be consuming. I'm sure I won't be the only person walking off a few pounds heavier than I walked on. You and Kuki have convinced me to go with the uniform, but I've also decided to go get fitted for a new one. My current mess dress was purchased as a young 2nd Lieutenant -- As I recall, Reagan was still president. Thanks for the advice and boost to the ego.
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Old November 14th, 2000, 09:40 PM
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Hi Tom,
Good idea getting fitted for a new uniform :-) Once last tip, instead of using the elevators, just use the stairs instead, great help and sometimes faster. Enjoy!

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I have seen many foreign nationals in their countires formal dress attire and believe me they look stunning. Go for it sir, you deserve the recognition for all of your dedication to protecting our country.

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An Air Force man going aboard a ship??? ;-)

For members of the armed forces who are in an "active duty" status, it's absolutely approprate to wear the uniform that corresponds to the prescribed civilian attire.

>> The so-called "mess dress" uniforms certainly are the equivalent of a "tuxedo or dinner jacket" and therefore are appropriate for the "formal" evenings.

>> The "Service Dress" uniform (equivalent to a civilian business suit) is appropriate for "semiformal" evenings.

Do have a great cruise!

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Old November 20th, 2000, 10:12 PM
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Military Mess Dress is most approprate for formal nights and in all likelihood you will see a couple others in dress uniforms.
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