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Old March 26th, 2006, 08:53 PM
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This will be my first cruise. No one has told me or my wife about a "formal" night(s). If we plan on eating at the regular dining hall do we need to bring formal wear or will our t-shirt and shorts be fine?
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Hi AlaskaGrown,

If you are on a 7 day cruise there will be two formal nights. You need to wear, at the least a dark suit and tie. (Some men will wear tuxes.) Your DW will be fine in "church" clothes, but most women will wear dressy pants and a "sparkly" blouse, a cocktail dress, or a long formal dress.

You don't have to participate in "formal" nights, but you'll miss something! You can dress as you want and go to the buffet those nights.

You won't be allowed in the dining room any night in shorts and a T-shirt. On causal nights you can wear khaki’s and a collared shirt. DW can wear a sundress or Capri’s and a nice top, or slacks and a nice top.
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exactly what Fern said. On any night shorts and t-shirts are not allowed in the main dining rooms and pay restaurants. You may wear shorts to the buffet.
Formal Wear for men - a dark suit, dress shirt/tie, dress shoes or tux or dark suit separates.
Formal Wear for women - long dress, long skirt with dressy blouse, dressy cocktail dressy, dressy pants with sparkly/dressy blouse, dressy suit, dress heels.
Casual - khakis or dockers type pants with a polo, collar or hawaiian shirt , casual shoesfor men.
Casual - nice pants w/blouse, capris with a nice top, sundress, sheath dress, casual dress w/flat sandals or kitten heels for ladies.
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exactly what Fern said. On any night shorts and t-shirts are not allowed in the main dining rooms and pay restaurants. You may wear shorts to the buffet.
Formal Wear for men - a dark suit, dress shirt/tie, dress shoes or tux or dark suit separates.
Formal Wear for women - long dress, long skirt with dressy blouse, dressy cocktail dressy, dressy pants with sparkly/dressy blouse, dressy suit, dress heels.
Casual - khakis or dockers type pants with a polo, collar or hawaiian shirt , casual shoesfor men.
Casual - nice pants w/blouse, capris with a nice top, sundress, sheath dress, casual dress w/flat sandals or kitten heels for ladies.
Thanks for the help. One other question. Is it okay for guys to wear colored shirts with their suits? I hate wearing plain white shirts, but also dont want to be the only male in the dining hall with a colored shirt on either. Also does anyone know how much it costs on board to get a suit dry cleaned? My suit will be traveling with me from Alaska to Florida so its bound to get wrinkles in it along the way. Should I send it to dry cleaning on board the first day we are on the ship, or is morning of the event enough time? Thanks for your help.
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AlaskanGrown,

Thanks for the help. One other question. Is it okay for guys to wear colored shirts with their suits? I hate wearing plain white shirts, but also dont want to be the only male in the dining hall with a colored shirt on either. Also does anyone know how much it costs on board to get a suit dry cleaned? My suit will be traveling with me from Alaska to Florida so its bound to get wrinkles in it along the way. Should I send it to dry cleaning on board the first day we are on the ship, or is morning of the event enough time? Thanks for your help.

Since the suit is a substitute for a tuxedo or dinner jacket ("formal" correctly means "black tie"), it would be best to stick with a white dress shirt.

If you don't want to lug dress clothes, you can rent a tuxedo or dinner jacket outfit through the cruise line. If you send in your measurements in advance on the form provided in your precruise information package, the cruise line will deliver the outfit to your cabin on embarkation day and you just leave it there at the end of the cruise.

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The Alaska cruises we have been on were a little less formal than others. My husband has been known to wear a black leather jacket cut like a sport coat and substitute bolo for a tie. I would not worry about color of shirt at all. I think that so long as you look nice almost anything goes. emphsis on almost!
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Marty,

The Alaska cruises we have been on were a little less formal than others. My husband has been known to wear a black leather jacket cut like a sport coat and substitute bolo for a tie. I would not worry about color of shirt at all. I think that so long as you look nice almost anything goes. emphsis on almost!

I'm not aware of any cruise line whose published standards of dress for cruises to Alaska are any different than for cruises going anywhere else. Cruises to Alaska draw a LOT of "first time" cruisers who don't know that "formal" means "modified black tie" and thus show up with less than formal attire. Although many cruise lines do tolerate such attire, such attire is neither proper nor acceptable within the the norms of social ettiquette.

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Norm,
We are hardly rookie cruisers! I did not mean that less formal is a good thing, but was simply making an observation. And, while I do dress up, hubby is really resistant and I care more about him than about proper social conventions. I leave those to elitists. Also, we live in Florida, so what suits he has are so lightweight that they were not appropriate for Alaska.
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