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Old March 12th, 2013, 10:58 PM
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Not my bag. We cruise to relax and that doesn't involve a tux. Specialty restaurant or room service on formal nights for us .
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i do think it's a cool experience and i love that it's a tradition carried out by cruising.

i always participate in formal nights.

but... i hate packing for it. i usually prefer traveling light. cruises are an exception because there's so many scenarios of what type of attire. as we prefer the traditional dining rooms over the buffet but still want to be in casual wear out side of meal times and especially when going offshore, it's basically packing 3 different types of wardrobe.

well... maybe even 4 different types since i also want to pack my athletic and yoga wear.

now i'm cruising for the first time as a parent so there's the additional packing for my daughter. oye!

in the end, it's worth it. everyone has fun and as i usually have always sailed as part of a group of 3 to 4 couples, it's nice when everyone's all dolled up for the evening!
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Old June 14th, 2013, 09:26 AM
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As far back as our first cruise in 1992, on Holland America no less, I saw a drunk man admitted to the dining room in a muscle shirt and shorts, and on a formal night.
yeesh. that must not have been pretty!
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yeesh. that must not have been pretty!
Visual entertainment.
It gives some people something to complain about...after all what else would they have to talk about during dinner?
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I like them for the fact that it gives you an excuse to get dressed up for photos. Makes for nice memories in my opinion.
Why does anyone need an excuse to get dressed up for dinner. We've been on cruises where couples dressed up every evening just because they enjoyed it.
To each his own.
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I dress up for formal night and for the specialty restaurants. My last 7 day cruise I was in formal wear three nights out of seven, I even splurged and had my hair done for one of the nights.
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I am just back from my first cruise, Serenade, RCI, we were not to bothered about formal nights, just black pants and some mix and match glittery tops for me, my friend bought one after five dress, the first 2 nights were easy, and we felt good, the third? well we had decided not to bother, tired after a big day tour, but after a rest, we had to change anyhow, so we made the effort, and had a lovely night, and got some great pics of ourselves, so yes, semi formal, or after 5 is good, maybe not the full on ball gowns though!
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I could do without them! Guess that's one reason I like NCL's freestyle cruising so much!
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We dress up for formal nights not because we have to, it's because we like to!
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We love the formal nights! We also love traditional dining. We don't get the opportunity to do this very often, so it is a special treat. Some of our best family photos have been taken on cruises on formal nights. I wouldn't trade them for anything. Some people like the my-time dining, but after one try, we found it was not for us. We like having regular table-mates and the same wait-staff.
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When I first started cruising, I did the tux thing but it got tiring. My last cruise was a 3 nighter and there was 1 formal night. Really????? For the last 15 cruises or so I wore a suit or shirt and tie which was fine with me. As we are going on a transatlantic in about 1 month (my first TA btw) I thought it might be fun to revisit formal nights. I rented a tux to have ready in my stateroom with the shoes and am actually excited. I'll let you know how it works out!
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We love Formal Nights and formal dress attire. But since we've"been there and done that", our next cruise is for totally, and I mean TOTAL relaxation and a time for my dear husband and I to reconnect after a very hectic 2 years. I might not even pack a clock this time! No formals, casual only, dining, and cruising on our time clock. If you like to dress up I say do it and don't be bothered by how anyone else dresses. It's not a fashion show and we're not being graded or judged. It's YOUR night, YOUR cruise experience. Don't let others ruin your day by what they wear. jmho
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We will do at least one formal night per cruise....I love that we can get all dressed up, take numerous pictures and then decide later which ones to buy. Some of the best photos of us together have been on cruises...
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We love Formal Nights and formal dress attire. But since we've"been there and done that", our next cruise is for totally, and I mean TOTAL relaxation and a time for my dear husband and I to reconnect after a very hectic 2 years. I might not even pack a clock this time! No formals, casual only, dining, and cruising on our time clock. If you like to dress up I say do it and don't be bothered by how anyone else dresses. It's not a fashion show and we're not being graded or judged. It's YOUR night, YOUR cruise experience. Don't let others ruin your day by what they wear. jmho
I totally agree with you, but on some cruise lines, you can bet you ARE being graded and judged. And you can bet there will be some who go home and complain that their dinner was completely ruined by someone on the other side of the room who did not completely adhere to the code.

I enjoy wearing an occassional nice dress to dinner, but when I feel like it, not when I am told I must. Something I might wear to a wedding reception. But that is a far cry from "Formal", which calls for tuxes and long formal gowns. That is out of the question for me, no way. I would bet that many who say they dress up for 'Formal Night' have on black polyester pants with elastic waist bands and a glitzy top that they bought at Kohl's. ( And not a slam on them or the store. I love that store ). Not truly formal at all, but some would look down noses at someone wearing a more casual outfit, even a designer one. It is just too funny.

This is why I will steer clear of cruise lines with these requirements and stick with the ones which allow me to dress up on the nights I choose and with passengers who are cosmopolitan enough to not be fazed by what others wear.
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