Is it OK to change into more casual clothes after dinner (shorts, sneakers, etc) for evening activities such as shows and the casino. We will be going on our first cruise next month on a RCI Voyager class ship.
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Most people do change after dinner. The cruise lines' guidelines say "evening" attire. I enjoy getting dressed up & staying that way. To me "evening" means all night but most people have interpreted it to mean during dinner & then they go back to the cabin to change.
a lot depends upon what you are planning on doing. If there are any special events going on that evening, most folks stay dressed up for those special events. If you are going to a show after dinner i find it easier to stay dressed up.
Listen to me man. I mean listen close. Without out even knowing you I can tell you your taking too much clothes. Typically, telling a man not to listen to his wife would be wrong, but turn a closed ear to her now man. Women are killers when it comes to clothing on the first cruise. I will save you lots of everything if you just get hold of yourself and listen.
1. Take nice attire for evening dinners. Women like to dress up. Dress up with her. She will really appreciate that. It also keeps cruises high class.
2. If you want to change into more comfortable cloths after dinner then just alternate 2 pair of pants or shorts with a few different shirts.
3. you will not need a different set of cloths for each day at sea during the day. Swim suit and after that the same pair of shorts you walked around in on the tropical Island the day befor will do just fine.
I think it depends on what you are planning on doing after dinner. If you are going to a show, casino, or lounge you should stay in the suggested evening attire. If you are going to walk around the deck, or go the the casual dining area, you can change.
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This is a tough one. In the "old days" you were expected to stay in your dining attire. I've cruised in the old days and recently as well. Todays' ships offer so much more to do after dinner...even a pool and a hot tub are open, which did not happen years ago. Heck, I even wore a dark suit for formal nights which I never would have dreamed doing 15-20 years ago (tux only). From what I saw on my last cruise (Voyager of the Seas, March '05) a lot of people did change. Personally, I see nothing wrong with changing...it is tough to sit in a hot tub in a suit : ).
another point to ponder - if you are in casual evening attire, unless you are planning on going for a swim, why would you want to change from your dockers (men) to a pair of shorts, or from your sundress(ladies) to a pair of shorts, seems like a lot of bother to me( go back to the room, dig out the shorts & tops, hang up the pants/dress, take off the shoes etc, etc) ,when my casual clothes are lightweight and comfortable.
I wear dress slacks and polo shirts on non-formal nights and change into the same thing after dinner on formal nights. My wife generally stays in her formal clothes which, in my opinion, are a lot more comfortable and cool than a suitcoat, shirt and tie. I have never worn nor ever will wear a tux.
I never feel out of place with my form of address on Carnival, RCI or Princess. I am not sure how I would have to dress on an up-scale line, and I probably will never find out.
I ALWAYS change after dinner on formal nights. The reason is because I am too hot.
I love the way I look in my formal clothes but between having heat in me from laying in the sun all day and also having my body temp rise after eatting a big meal, its just unbearable for me to stay all dressed up. Packing for me is easy...I TAKE A LOT OF STUFF! . I take formal clothes and also a pair of slacks and a silk or rayon shirt for all seven nights. Another reason I take a lot is because I never know whats gonna fit properly after a certain amount of time.
If I had my choice, I'd like to go on a cruise where we could wear our robes! Nothing is more comfortable than that.
Have a GREAT time!!!
So if your eating at the buffet in your casual wear (shorts polos and capris) you cant go to the shows after 10pm? I think you can wear anything but a swim wear durring any entertainment on a ship....what will the buffet people do if it was formal wear in the casino or at the nightly comedy show???? swim wear durring the day only then casual, semi casual and formal at night! You're on vacation!