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Old October 16th, 2003, 11:29 PM
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My husband and I will be going on a 7 night Cruise on the Voyager next month. The cruise documents state that there are 2 formal nights, 1 smart casual night, and 4 casual nights. I understand what formal night is. However, I guess I am a bit confused as to smart casual night versus casual night. What exactly is smart casual night?? What would be appropriate? Also, are shorts and sandals, flip flops allowed in the dining room on casual night? Help please!
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ib i can help you on this one. First thing, shorts and flip-flops are absoutley NOT allowed in the dining rooms even on casual nights. Casual nights means dockers type pants and a jersey type shirt with a collar (no T-shirts), or a hawaiian print shirt for the men, casual shoes . Capris, sundress, nice skirt/blouse or dockers type pants and a collared jersey (polo type) for the ladies., sandals or flats for shoes. Smart Casual ( i hate this term) is basically taking casual and dressing it up a notch, think something you would wear to a nice restaurant back home- dressier pants with a button-down shirt for the men, and a nice dress or skirt/blouse, dressier pants with a nice blouse a low heeled sandal or pump.
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Also smart casual night requires a sports jacket for the guys. Noticed on the last cruise with smart casual, I didn't see many sport coats at all, but a nice shirt and slacks for the guys will do and a dress or pants suit for the gals.

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Tha's the kind of smart casual I like, and wear a nice collared shirt and dress slacks on casual nights as well.
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Hi Paul,
I think that's the way we will go on our next cruise, leave the sports jacket at home, my husband was the only one at our table with one on, just wish RCL would drop that night all together like Princess and just have the 2 formals and the rest casual.

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Thanks everyone for the info! That clears alot up!
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What is wrong with flip flops? Not like old falling part ones (that I understand), but I have some pretty ones that are sparkly and have sequins, and I've seen lots of other pretty ones that are decorated. I don't see any problem with those kinds...
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If you are for real, flipflops are fine for a barbecue in the back hills Tennessee, your shower, the beach or your back yard but have no place in a cruise ship dining room.
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Old October 19th, 2003, 12:16 AM
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I think the term "flip flops" may be a very broad one. I have "sandals" that are similar to flipflops in that they are just a T strap, but they are all leather, braided gold and white .They have a slight wedge like heel and ARE definately suitable for casual night. When you say flip -flops I tend to think of beach wear type plastic or vinyl T straps( as many of you do also) but there are "dressier" versions.
I think in the spirit of the board, jedgar , your answer was a bit harsh.
By the way how do you think the people in Tennessee feel about your comment.
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P.G. just explained perfectly what I am talking about. There are all different types of flip flops. I am saying the $5 plain ones that are just plain colored foam are certainly not fine for a cruise ship dining room...

You can all laugh when I show up for a casual night in my white top, blue flowered capris and sparkly white "thong" sandals...how is that, better than "flip flops" jedgar?

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Plastic, foam beach flip-flops no-no, canvas, leather slides t-straps, kitten heels or thongs are a definite yes!
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Donna,

Also smart casual night requires a sports jacket for the guys.

If that's Royal Caribbean's definition, it's going to cause a lot of confusion. Princess uses the term "smart casual" to mean what casual has always been -- sport coats optional!

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Donna,

... just wish RCL would drop that night all together like Princess and just have the 2 formals and the rest casual.

But Princess coined the term "smart causal" to indicate more clearly that "casual" does not mean jeans, shorts, etc....

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What is wrong with flip flops? Not like old falling part ones (that I understand), but I have some pretty ones that are sparkly and have sequins, and I've seen lots of other pretty ones that are decorated. I don't see any problem with those kinds...

You might want to go dancing after the show, so shoes that stay on your feet when you spin on the dance floor are highly recommended for even casual evenings.

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