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Old July 8th, 2009, 12:38 PM
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This will be my second time cruising. I loved it the first time and cannot wait to go again. My dilemma is this, the cruise-line I previously went with was NCL, I loved it!! The dress code was very casual and formal nights were nonexistent. Now I am trying to find another cruise, and unfortunately NCL does not have what I am looking for. So I will be cruising either Royal, Princess, or Holland. What are the dress codes for those cruise-lines? How dressy do I and my fiance have to be, on the formal and regular nights?
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Old July 8th, 2009, 12:47 PM
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Princess offers an Any Time dining option (or something like that) that is probably a little more casual. Not sure if they have a formal night in that dining room.
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Even if they do have formal nights, you'll be okay in any outfit that looks nice. Except for the extreme high end cruises, the old days of all tuxes and long gowns seem to be over. I like to take dressy slacks and a couple of fancy tops. For non-formal nights, think casual dress up. Here in Florida, that's as fancy as we get for anything, even a wedding. But, nice slacks or capris with a clean, good polo shirt or comparable will do you fine.
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thanks, it's hard to figure everything out. Especially when you start reading all the dress code topics and people post pictures of dresses that are normally worn to weddings. Am I going on vacation or to a wedding?
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I will give you my personal experience and you can take it from there.
On my Princess cruises i will wear either a dressy cocktail dress or a dressy dinner suit on formal nights, dh always wears a suit and tie, we felt very comfortable in our attire. For smart casual nights i wear either a sundress, sheath dress with a pair of casual sandals, capris with a nice top or sweater or a nice pair of slacks with a nice blouse. DH wears dockers type pants with a polo or hawaiian shirt and casual shoes. I have worn long gowns in the past but recently went for the cocktail dress.

Royal Caribbean - did the same as above.
Holland American - can't help haven't cruise this line yet.

Also note that the dress code applies to the entire evening, many cruise lines plan special events during formal night and folk stay dressed up to attend these events.
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Princess offers an Any Time dining option (or something like that) that is probably a little more casual. Not sure if they have a formal night in that dining room.
Officially, all main dining rooms on Princess ships follow the prescribed evening dress code, regardless of whether they serve "anytime dining" or "traditional dining."

Unofficially, Princess seems not to enforce their dress codes. When the "personal choice cruising" campaign began a few years ago, it drew a lot of passengers whose basic attitude was "It's my %)*^% vacation so I'll do as I %)*^% please and %)*^% everybody else." And these imbeciles thought it quite acceptable to show up in the dining room in ragged jeans and a ratty "T" shirt on a "formal" evening.

I did not appreciate the attitude, the language, or the degradation of the "formal" evenings, and Princess did nothing about the situation. Thus, I took my business elsewhere. :-)

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Going on my 2nd cruise with my daughter. In another cabin will be my cousin and his buddy. 1st time cruise for my cousin and many cruises for his buddy. They informed me they will each be wearing a tux to dinner. I feel kinda intimidated as to what to wear. I certainly will look nice, but, I may be under-dressed compared to them. Should I go out and buy a formal or will I look alright in a long black skirt and nice top? I don't want my daughter and I to look too underdressed for tuxedos? thanks
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A long black skirt and nice top should go nicely with the tuxes. A guy in a tux makes his lady look good anyway! Some accessories, like sparkly jewelry, nice bag and shoes and you will be good to go.
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A long black skirt and nice top should go nicely with the tuxes. A guy in a tux makes his lady look good anyway! Some accessories, like sparkly jewelry, nice bag and shoes and you will be good to go.
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Thanks, I think I will go with your tip.
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funmaker i agree with Marty on this one, a long black skirt with a dressy blouse, silky or something with a bit of sparkle, dress heels, nice jewerly and maybe a bag and you are good to go.
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When we did Alaska on Celebrity, most of the men wore tuxes on formal nights and the women were dressed to the nines. On NCL is was anything goes and on Princess is was about 1/2 & 1/2. Pick an outfit that you find makes you feel fantastic on formal nights and you'll do great.
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Princess offers an Any Time dining option (or something like that) that is probably a little more casual. Not sure if they have a formal night in that dining room.
On Princess's ships that have two or more main dining rooms, one dining room offers "Traditional Dining" and the rest offer "Anytime Dining." The evening dress code, however, is the same in all dining rooms. On "formal" evenings, "modified formal" attire is officially expected.

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Someone said heels... well for us ladies who can't wear heels. A pretty pair of ballet flats work just as well. And you won't be in pain. :-)
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