I am from the Caribbean and will be taking the Sept. 18 Alaska Cruise. I am having problems with the formal nights. How cold is it on board, can I wear nice pants with nice blouses and/or sweaters instead of cocktail or long dress neither of which I own? Thank you very much for your advice.
Yes, a nice long sleeve dress would by fine. I like to take a wrap or sweater to the shows, as that part of the ship is icy cold. I had a speggetti strap cocktail dress I wore one time the rest of the trip I had a nice top or fancy one for the formal night. I think they keep the ships to cold. I live in Florida so not used to the cool weather and Alaska can get cold for me. Any temp below 60* is cool for me, to each his own. <G>
We went to Alaska last year about the same time that you are going. I had short sleeves for both of the formal nights and a light wrap "just in case" I was perfectly comfortable. The rest of the nights I wore very light long sleeves and most of the time short sleeves. I think the key is layers. But keep in mind that when you go to the deck to watch the glaciers, be prepared to dress warm. It is something that you dont want to miss but with the wind it got a bit chilly. Hope this help.
Elena - a lot depends upon which cruise line your are sailing. Some are more formal than others, which line are you sailing on? Do you know that you can rent formal women's wear for your cruise? Women's formal wear consists of a long black skirt and a shimmery/silky blouse usually, this might be a good alternative for you.
If the pants that you own are of a dressy fabric and cut and the blouse is dressy (silky or shimmery) with dress heels or dress strappy sandals and nice jewlery you should do just fine.