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Old June 16th, 2004, 09:43 PM
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First time cruiser here and am totally lost at what to where for dinner. Am going on Carnival Inspiration (Western Carribean) in August. I ordered some dresses through Victorias Secret catalog, and even though they look great, I am just not sure whether they are dressy enough. One is described as a 'cutaway racerback dress". I ordered it black. It is just above the knee, form fitting and kind of 'halter looking' front. The other is a very long (between knee and ankle) tight fitting kind of low cut tank top with a full sweeping bottom. The other is just a kind of sleeveless knit polo dress (navy). They are all a cotton/spandex blend. I love the dresses and am going to keep them regardless , but would like some input as to whether these are appropriate for dinner.
Also, being summer, is it OK to go without hose?
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Old June 17th, 2004, 09:22 AM
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The dresses sound fine. It's up to you whether or not you want to wear the hose. I didn't. When I was on the Inspiration in April I didn't notice many women wearing hose.
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Old June 17th, 2004, 09:57 AM
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Your dresses sound beautiful and will be perfect. It is oftentimes quite chilly in the dining room and the theatre. I bought a beautiful shawl that dressed up my outfits AND kept me warm!



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Sounds fine to me to. Carnival is not a fancy of cruiseline. Your sleeveless knit polo will be perfect for one of the casual nights. Dont know about formal, not seeing them. Hope you have fun.
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Hose are always optional, especially in the tropics. If you need the hose to control your tummy to fit into the dresses, that's a different issue.
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Old June 17th, 2004, 02:14 PM
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both of the black outfits sound fine, dress them up with a pair of high-heeled dress shoes or strappy sandals, a bit of sparkle in your ears and around your neck, do you hair & make-up and you are all set. Save the polo dress for casual nights. You might want to pick up a lacy sweater, or a wrap especially for the halter dress, it can get cool in the dining rooms and sometimes out on deck at night.
As for the hose, i personally think that dark ultra-sheer hose really dresses up and finishes off an outfit.
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