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Old August 4th, 2002, 05:34 PM
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I just read a post on the Alaska forum from a recently returned cruiser who said that most people don't dress very formally for the formal nights on Princess cruises. I've rented a tux for my husband and have nice gowns for myself... we (OK mostly I) was looking forward to dressing up for the formal nights on our upcoming Dawn cruise. My husband doesn't mind dressing up and looks sharp in a tux, but he will be unhappy if very few are wearing tuxes (he asked me a few times if others would be in a tuxedo before agreeing to rent one). Please tell that at least some people dress formally for Princess Alaska cruises!

Other other returning Princess cruisers that can offer input?

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Hi Jeanm,
I can't speak for Princess in Alaska, but I too have an upcoming cruise on Celebrity and both my husband and myself will be dressing up on the formal nights, so go for it and don't worry about what everyone else is wearing, I'm sure that there will be plenty of cruisers in tux's and formal wear. Have been on a few Princess cruises, just not in Alaska, and they were all very formal, no question about that. In fact I've heard that even in Alaska Princess is still very formal, so both you and yoru husband should be just fine with what you are packing, enjoy!

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Jean,

I have been on ten Princess cruises and can tell you that the dress for formal night has tended to grow more dressy over the past five years. In particular, I have noticed a most women moving away from the sloppy "pant suits" that look like pajamas and toward either formal gowns or formal cocktail dresses. The gents tend to wear a roughly even mix of tuxedos and dark suits, so your husband definitely will not be out of place in a tuxedo.

Even the "smart casual" nights are a very dressy casual now. It's common to see ladies in cocktail dresses or skirts with snazzy blouses, with an occasional lady opting for dress slacks with her blouse. A shirt with a collar, dress slacks, and dress shoes are appropriate for gentlemen on the "smart casual" evenings, when some men invariably turn out in "coat and tie" even though the suggested dress does not require it.

I'm heading to Alaska for the first time in two weeks, but I would be quite surprised if evening dress on a Princess cruise in Alaska is any more casual than on a Princess cruise in the Caribbean or on the Mexican Riviera -- and I can tell you from personal experience that the passengers do observe the dress codes very strictly in both of those destinations. The few boors who don't usually draw quite a few stares from other passengers.

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Hi, Jean ...

Your husband will NOT be out of place in a dinner jacket. Send him to the casino then sneak up behind him and ask, "Are you Bond? James Bond?" He'll be so thrilled he might hit on 17.

My Alaska experience tells me that there will not be as many strapless or bare-top dresses as you might see in the Caribbean and that the "average" of what women wear would be a silk dress or pantsuit in a stunning color (I include black in "stunning") with some great jewelry. That doesn't mean you won't see almost anything.

For casual nights, think Lands' End for Alaska. I got a lot of mileage out of legging-type pants and big tunic tops with neat scarves.

I'm going to disagree with Norm (so what's new?) about the "sloppy pants suits". I am a big fan of the Karen Kwan school of evening pants suits and own several. They are definitely NOT sloppy and certainly don't look like pajamas.

Let us know what you decide, wardrobe-wise !!!

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Pamda,

I'm going to disagree with Norm (so what's new?) about the "sloppy pants suits". I am a big fan of the Karen Kwan school of evening pants suits and own several. They are definitely NOT sloppy and certainly don't look like pajamas.

I'm not sure what your disagreement is. I spoke of seeing fewer "sloppy 'pant suits' that look like pajamas" but never suggested that all pant suits are within that category. In fact, my wording was quite careful to limit the adjective "sloppy" to those pant suits that look like pajamas.

Am I missing something, or did you misread what I wrote?

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Thanks for the input everyone!! I feel better about the formal nights and I'm going to stick to my original plans and bring the gowns. There is so little opportunity to dress up anymore that this will be a treat. We're renting the tux from cruiselineformal - what a convenience - we don't have to pack it in addition to "layers" to be ready for any weather, hiking boots, formal wear, etc. Even with packing light, this one will be a challenge. But a fun challenge!
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Would a long dress that is all glittery be too much?
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When I sailed on the Grand to the Caribbean I saw very few men in tux's, mostly suits.By all means wear your gowns! It was on the QE2 where I saw the most men in tuxedos!
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I am in a wheelchair and have a very hard time getting dressed (My wife has to just about do everything for me). I will wear a Sport Coat with A clip-on tie to formal night. This is the best i can do, if anyone has a problem with this i would gladly change places with them. Go and ENJOY yourself! Do whats good for you a Tux, Ball Gown or a Sport coat or baggey pajamas. Enjoy your Life while you Can, lifes to short.... I will be on the Coral (Alaska) in June 2003.......

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