Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Practical Advice > Cruise Dress / Packing
Register Forgot Password?

Cruise Dress / Packing Recommendations for the best clothes for traveling on ships

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old March 19th, 2012, 08:26 PM
Senior Member
Cruise Maniac
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 242
Default Formal Nights?

On a seven day cruise, there are usually two formal nights. One at the beginning and one at the end. Do people dress more formal on one night over the other?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old March 19th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Mike M's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 24,364

My observation is that formal has become less formal with fewer tuxedos and gowns and more suits and cocktail dresses. That is on lines like Celebrity, HAL and Princess. On Carnival the tuxedo is a rare sight and more people are opting for sport jackets and ties or just dress shirts and slacks.

Overall, the second formal night is the "least" formal.

Take care,
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old May 9th, 2012, 05:56 AM
Junior Member
Welcome Newcomer
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 6

I totally agree with Mike. On a seven days cruise if there are two formal nights, then people get well dressed in formals or look absolute formal at the first night of formals and generally nowadays the tradition of second formal night dressing is getting down as there are very less people who follow complete formal dress on second night.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old May 9th, 2012, 11:33 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 22,347
Default I differ

On my 2 recent 7 day cruises men wore the same type of attire on both formal nights.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old May 19th, 2012, 05:40 PM
Junior Member
Familiar Face
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 20

I feel its pretty much the same both formal nights
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old May 19th, 2012, 06:33 PM
johnthed0g's Avatar
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: UK
Posts: 2,676

Suppose it depends on the cruiseline, on those I frequent they are the same.
Some answer questions...I also question answers
JTD 2010
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old June 13th, 2012, 10:30 AM
Familiar Face
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: UK
Posts: 35

I love formal night and fortunately Costa have not dumbed down on Gala night...far from it, especially in Europe, Middle East and Far East cruises where its an almost 100% full on formal turn out by passengers.

They have 3 Gala nights per 7 day cruise...welcome aboard, Captains night & farewell.

My cruise next year is a B2B...and it'll be 7 formal Gala nights over the two cruises...and I cannot wait cos its wonderful, its traditional and it brings back very fond memories of the ocean liners of bygone years.

I have 10 full on formal dresses and I just love the experience of dressing to the nines
Next :

Costa Pacifica - Dec 2012
Costa Favolosa - June 2013
Costa Deliziosa - Dec 2013

Past :

1965 - Cunard Queen Mary, 1967 - Cunard Queen Elizabeth, 1970 - Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2, 1971 - P&O Oriana, 1972 - SS France, 1975 - SS Leopard, 1977 - P&O Canberra, 2005 - NCL Jewel, 2005/6 - NCL Crown, 2006 - FOCL Braemar, 2007 - FOCL Braemar, 2007 - FOCL Braemar, 2007 - NCL Gem, 2008 - Costa Allegra, 2010 - Costa Allegra 34 Day B2B, 2011 - Costa Victoria, 2012 - Costa Classica
Reply With Quote


12, 2012, breesze, breeze, carnival, costa, cruise, day, fascinosa, formal, legend, mediterranean, miracle, night, nights

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
what nights are the formal nights on Carnival miracle arie Carnival Cruise Lines 2 October 12th, 2008 05:02 PM
what nights are the formal nights on Carnival Legend ? Scoootch Carnival Cruise Lines 8 October 10th, 2008 08:17 AM
RCL Splendour for 5 nights - how many formal nights? cheezz Ask CruiseMates Staff 2 February 18th, 2007 02:13 PM
RCCL Splendour for 5 nights - how many formal nights? cheezz Royal Caribbean International 1 February 15th, 2007 08:27 AM
How many formal and semi-formal nights on a 16 night cruise? rastaman Cruise Dress / Packing 3 November 12th, 2006 08:56 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:21 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1