My family and I are going on a Celebrity cruise to Alaska (on the Mercury) in July. My 16-year-old daughter has a dress that she originally bought/wore for an important solo music performance. It is full-length, has spaghetti straps, and is a sparkly red fabric with a draped section across the front and a "fishtail" at the back. It would also be suitable as a very nice prom dress. My question is, would this be all right for her for a formal night on our cruise, or would it be too fancy?
Also, if any of you have seen/wore those traditional Chinese dresses (silk or similar, with Mandarin collars and clasps and slits up the side), would those be suitable?
your daughter's dress sounds beautiful, fine for formal night. You will see everything from fancy ball gowns, cocktail dressess to pantsuits. The long oriental dressess with the mandarin collars are fine for formal night.
After having been on 5 cruises, I just recently found out that the expectation is that, on formal nights, passengers do stay in their formal wear for the evening. I guess we were just dunces, but we headed right to our cabins after dinner and changed into casual clothes so that we could really relax and enjoy ourselves. It was on one of these boards that I came across a thread about this very topic and I came to the realization that formal night was considered to be all evening, not just for dinner. But, nonetheless, we changed clothes, we were not the only ones to do so, no one looked sideways at us (not that we noticed, anyway) and we had a great time. Anyway, for what it is worth, we will do the same on our cruises next month, to the Bahamas and to Alaska, and will have a great time regardless.
a lot depends upon what you are planning on doing after your dinner. Technically if you look at your ships paper it will state "The dress code for this evening is....."
If you are planning on attending any kind of reception, party or on Princess the Midnight Champagne Waterfall and Party then you would want to stay dressed in your formal clothes.
Kids are more than welcome in the dining rooms on formal nights, they just need to get dressed up. If they dine with you on casual nights then there is no reason why they cannot dine with you on formal nights, the only things that change on formal nights is the ambiance and the food.