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Old May 31st, 2002, 05:34 PM
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I am going on my first cruise on June 9th on the AOS. Question - I read somewhere that the dress for the dinner is required for all activities after the dinner (i.e. on formal nights - you are required to wear the same clothes for the after dinner activities). Any help would be appreciated... Thanks! Also - ae pantyhose required on formal nights - i have open toed shoes and do not prefer them? not sure on this one....

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Old June 1st, 2002, 09:10 AM
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Hi Beth,
I'm in the process of packing for my 7th cruise next Saturday, so hope I can be of help. While there will be many people who chose to stay in their formal clothes after dinner, my group usually does not. We usually stay in our formal wear until after the show we attend - then we change into business casual-type clothes. As for the pantyhose question - leave them home! One of my biggest "fashion don'ts" is SO apparent in a formal cruise photo. I have on this beautiful cream colored beaded outfit (Jacket & pants), lovely cream colored strappy shoes & cream hose. The hose show in the photo like a sore thumb! I'm not packing any this trip! Have a wonderful cruise!
Donna

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Old June 2nd, 2002, 09:11 PM
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Beth,

I think most lines say that the prescribed evening attire applies "throughout the ship" from 6:00 PM or so onward. Enforcement is another matter, and historically has been lax on many lines -- apparently drawing a recent firestorm of complaints from many passengers. As a result of the complaints, some lines probably are tightening enforcement of evening dress policies.

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Old June 3rd, 2002, 06:45 AM
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Beth, I'm on the nopantyhose team. Knee-highs, thigh-highs, etc. included. If you're comfortable w/o them (some are not), leave them off your packing list. My daughter told me recently that hose with strappy, open-toe sandals is a fashion no-no. Her sources were most likely those young women fashion mags. I, myself however, never pay too much attention to what's in fashion, so for once, I "belonged".

It was hard for me to break the dress-clothes-must-wear-hose rule, but on a cruise...why not?

Do whatever makes YOU comfortable.
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Old June 4th, 2002, 12:42 PM
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On our last cruise, I only ever ONCE wore anything resembling hose (panty-, knee high- or anything else ONCE, and that out of deference to the Captain when I was wearing a short dress to his dinner table.

Rest of the time, strappy sandals to show off my tres cool pedicure.

Personally, I like to see people stay in the dress code for the evening, but I'm totally olf-fashioned and should not be listened to. Just, please, don't go back and change into cut-offs and tank tops.

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Old June 18th, 2002, 05:04 PM
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My girl does change after the formal festivities if we head to the dance club or casino - and she never brings hose - has to wear them everyday to the office and refuses to wear them on vacation!
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Old July 19th, 2002, 11:27 AM
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Beth,
The recommended dress for the evening applies to the entire evening. Now it says recommended. I have never seen anyone told not to come to the dining room without the proper dress unless they were in shorts for formal evening. I have seen a gentlemen in short sleeves and slacks (for formal night) He stood out like a sore thumb. I don't think anyone complained. I guess he could come in his tux on casual night also if he so desired. It is only a recommendation. I guess it is there for us guys that bought a tux long ago. I go on a diet before every cruise to get into it. With all that trouble, I am going to wear it on the recommended night. I think it is nice for everyone to dress up and try to look nice. It is a hand me down from the old ship days. Remember the movie Titanic?
I don't think it hurts us to try and perserve a bit of nostalgia and dress for dinner. Now if it is going to make someone uncomfortable to dress formal, then I don't want them to do it. I kind of do it for my wife also who loves to put on her niceclothes. It is part of the parade to dinner and see all the other nice people dressed up. I always try and find at least one person usually a lady that looks nice and compliment her. Of course my first compliment is to my wife. Sometimes it is a man with a nice jacket.

It is all part of the fun. Don't let dressing on a cruise prevent you from having a good time. The New Orleans Mardi Gras is a wild dress up also, but you don't have to.
Remember the more you put into having fun the more fun you have.
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Old July 21st, 2002, 09:06 PM
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Joe,

"I don't think it hurts us to try and perserve a bit of nostalgia and dress for dinner. Now if it is going to make someone uncomfortable to dress formal, then I don't want them to do it. I kind of do it for my wife also who loves to put on her niceclothes. It is part of the parade to dinner and see all the other nice people dressed up. I always try and find at least one person usually a lady that looks nice and compliment her. Of course my first compliment is to my wife. Sometimes it is a man with a nice jacket.

It is all part of the fun. Don't let dressing on a cruise prevent you from having a good time. The New Orleans Mardi Gras is a wild dress up also, but you don't have to.
Remember the more you put into having fun the more fun you have."

In principle, I agree with you -- but there's another aspect to this issue called "responsibility." If you don't want to dress appropriately (tuxedo or dark suit) for formal night on a ship, you can book a cruise that does not have formal nights. There are cruise lines that don't have formal nights in several segments of the market. In the "mainstream" segment, Norwegian Cruise Line now advertises "formal optional" evenings. At the high end, I understand that dress on Radisson Seven Seas Cruises is "resort casual" every evening. Also, the sailing lines -- Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, Windstar Cruises, etc. -- are noted for more casual environments.

With such alternatives readily available, there's no excuse whatsoever for booking a cruise on a line that has formal evenings if you don't want to dress for such occasions.

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Old July 30th, 2002, 06:08 PM
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We are leaving this Sun. for our cruise on AOS. Just wondering how your vacation was. Which ports did you visit? Looking forward to hearing from you. Did you wear panty hose or not? Lorraine
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