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Old August 27th, 2002, 07:35 PM
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Having "NEVER" been there or done that. Can someone fill me in on just what a Formal night entails.. Is it "Everybody dresses up goes to dinner and done." Are there additional activities? The ship will be Dawn Princess in the Caribbean. A brief description and suggestions would be very helpful. Thanking you in advance.
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Old August 30th, 2002, 09:19 PM
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njbird,

Having "NEVER" been there or done that. Can someone fill me in on just what a Formal night entails.. Is it "Everybody dresses up goes to dinner and done." Are there additional activities? The ship will be Dawn Princess in the Caribbean. A brief description and suggestions would be very helpful. Thanking you in advance.

I agree with Mike -- formal nights are always special evenings on cruise ships. On Princess ships (and I suspect also on most other lines), there's usually a special event (the official "Captain's 'Welcome Aboard' Cocktail Party" on the first, to which the master invites all passengers, and the "Champagne Waterfall" on the last) that warrants formal attire. On longer cruises that draw a lot of repeat passengers, it's common to have additional formal evenings to accommodate smaller receptions for the members of the repeat passengers club (called the "Captain's Circle" on Princess).

BTW, the accepted rules of social etiquette stipulate that one must not refuse an invitation from the master of a vessel in which one is embarked, even if one must withdraw previous acceptance of another invitation. Also, the use of the term "suggest" in social etiquette, as in the prhase "suggested attire," for example, carries an expectation of conformance. Correctly, one never "suggests" a course of action to one's senior or one's peer. Rather, one "recommends" a course of action to those individuals.

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Funny ...

I've never heard the rule about "must accept" the Cap's invitation. Where'd you find that, Norm?

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Pamda,

Funny ...

I've never heard the rule about "must accept" the Cap's invitation. Where'd you find that, Norm?


In a handbook of social etiquette that lives on my bookshelf and even gets read from time to time.

Unfortunately, the rules of etiquette have been forgotten by a rather large segment of our society of late, but they do still apply in some social circles....

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Norm ...

I will agree that the Captain's invitation supercedes all others but when one's face is as green as the dress one intended to wear, begging off is probably the smarter track to take.

Just do it as soon as the invitation arrives.

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Pamda,

[i] I will agree that the Captain's invitation supercedes all others but when one's face is as green as the dress one intended to wear, begging off is probably the smarter track to take. [i]

Wait a minute. I thought that you were the chief proponent of the "LBD" ("little black dress") for formal night. If your face were (only) as green as your "LBD," (which isn't green), there would not be a problem....

But obviously one should send regrets even to the Captain if one is too ill to attend. My earlier post obviously presumed that one is well enough to socialize.

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