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Old August 17th, 2004, 12:40 PM
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Hi. Me again. Itinkso when you were on the Monarch recently, how was it? I still keep thinking about that formal night. lol So you think a long dress, its black with a tropical print will be fine. I also have a long dress, green linen. This probably sounds funny to some but we live in Arizona so we don't have the need for anything formal here.
Okey about the jewelry, I have some very nice southwest earrings, etc, do you think that would be okey to wear.? Or would gold jewelry be a better choice.
Now to the husband, this morning he had decided that maybe he better take a jacket with dress pants, does he really need a tie? Again we are living in Arizona and people seem to favor nice casual clothes, but I don't really see much in the way of glizty things. I have only worn panyhose 2 times since moving here.
Anything you can tell me about the Monarch cruise would be appreciated, I am really interested in going to Catalina Island.
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Old August 17th, 2004, 11:30 PM
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We live in the Central Valley of California....not a hotbed of fashion!! Your dress will be absolutely fine! I wore a plain black silk cocktail dress with just a silver bangle bracelet and didn't even care about earrings. I really didn't want to pack my "nice" jewelry because we hadn't cruised before and didn't know how safe everything would be. If your husband doesn't want to wear a tie he will be fine. The men's fashions ranged from black jeans with western shirts to dockers with sport shirts to suits. Didn't see any tuxes and the only formals were on teens who probably wanted to wear their formal one more time. They take formal pictures that evening with a number of different backgrounds. We went and had our pictures taken at 3 different portrait set-ups as we had time before dinner (late seating). My daughter and husband changed as soon as dinner was over as they were entered in the blackjack tournament and they didn't want their dinner clothes to wreak of smoke. I had been concerned about the formal night as my husband only dresses up for weddings and funerals...but we had a great time and he appeared to enjoy himself. We had fun taking part in many of the onboard activities...my older daughter was a finalist in the blackjack tournament, my husband won a prize and a medal in the free throw contest and my younger daughter did some of the contests in the teen area. If you'd like to e-mail me, I can answer any specific questions you may have!
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Old August 17th, 2004, 11:40 PM
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Regarding Catalina - we took the scenic tour which was a nice introduction to everything. You could also rent golf carts and do your own self-guided tour. Because my daughters (teens) wanted to shop, we ended up doing that. The family who sat at the table next to us for dinners enjoyed their kayak trip. If we go again, I would like to explore the Casino building. We didn't snorkel as we have done that many times in Hawaii and didn't think the fish would be as colorful. The water is very clear and we could see many fish from the tender boat!
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