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Old June 22nd, 2012, 06:23 PM
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Do you love formal nights?

Do you tolerate formal nights?

Do you eat elsewhere on formal night to avoid them?

I'm an avoid them kind of girl
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No, I won't avoid them, especially it we have a table with traditional dining. Long gone,and thankfully so, are the uber formal nights, when many women were in ballgowns. I never went that route though, I like the the ease of mix & match dressier pieces.
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I love formal nights, but not as much as I used to. It does make one feel special for a few hours. I cruise solo or with a female cruisepal now, so it's significance has dwindled compared to when I was married.
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We like them, but maybe not as much as we used to, what I REALLY WISH is if they have them please enforce the dress code or just do away with it. A rule no-one observes is a nonsense.
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We like them, but maybe not as much as we used to, what I REALLY WISH is if they have them please enforce the dress code or just do away with it. A rule no-one observes is a nonsense.
Exactly! We don't do formal nights anymore but we don't crash the MDR either. It seems a lot do and get away with it.
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These days I would have to say I "tolerate" formal nights. If I am cruising on a line that has a true "Formal" night I will dress accordingly.

If it's Country Club casual, such as Azamara, Oceania, or NCL then no jacket goes.

If it's a "Cruise Elegant" night on Carnival I probably won't wear a jacket and tie. On my upcoming Carnival Breeze cruise, and subsequent European vacation, the jacket and tie will stay at home. I will be nicely dressed on Elegant Night but without a jacket and stay well within their dress guidelines.

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Do you love formal nights? NO

Do you tolerate formal nights? Yes

Do you eat elsewhere on formal night to avoid them? YES

I'm an avoid them kind of girl
We don't do formal nights because then we need to check a
bag with the airlines. We save about $30/bag if we don't do formal nights.
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Do you love formal nights?

Do you tolerate formal nights?

Do you eat elsewhere on formal night to avoid them?
Counting the responses as best I can determine from what was posted, I count:

Like 7
Tolerate 5
Don't like 1

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Counting the responses as best I can determine from what was posted, I count:

Like 7
Tolerate 5
Don't like 1

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Which is exactly why ships these days offer choices. Keeps everyone happy.
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For many long time cruisers, we have seen things change so drastically with the lines themselves, and the airlines that take us to the ship. In the begiining wide eyed crusiers, read every word about what to bring and how to dress. We browsed the stores for just the right "look" for our formal nights.

We dressed to the nines, and did so gladly. Then, as years went on, the airlines started to charge for baggage,and it became harder to justify for many, the tux, the cocktail dresses,and all the ecoutremonts of dressing to the nines.

The cruise lines have diluted the formal nights, by allowing improperly dressed passengers in the dr,and by doing this, passengers who used to look with excitment about dressing, just decided it's easier to not partake, the way they used to.

I was one of those cruisers, who used to do exactly what they were supposed to do as far as dress codes. With age, comes my decision, to be well dressed, with nice dressy seperates, easy to pack, but not overly overdone. I am not willing to shlep the things I used to, and pay the airlines for baggage, that used to be at no charge.

Are we dressed appropriately, yes, and if we decide to do away with even bringing that type of clothing, we would eat in other venues, or sail with NCL exclusively. Things have changed in the cruise world, no matter how many of us don't want to admt it. I was one. I think the main complaint of many, is the fact, people who don't follow the dress code, still will flaunt the dress suggestions, and, dine in the main DR. anyway, with the, "my vaction" attitude.

These dress code threads have dwindled over the years, with more and more people coming over to the dark side
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I have to agree with Trip. We use to look forward to Formal night and I would shop for days looking for the right 'formal' wear that could fit into a suitcase. Then my husband would have to pack his slakes, ties, special shirts AND a tux. It was fun and exciting.

But now...you have to pay for any extra luggage on the airlines. You put all this effort into dressing up and in the dining room are passengers in JEANS, sundresses with flip-flops. The last time we cruise we were sooooooo put out because we had lugged these extra clothes around in heavy suitcases and felt it was mostly useless. (although we were seated at the captain's table, and everyone was well dressed at every meal) Passengers just didn't dress up!

We've decided to go light weight from now on. Light weight luggage, clothes etc. If we want to go to formal night, I'll bring an easy care dressy dress (plenty of choices) and my husband will rent a tux. More than that...we're not!...Times have certainly changed. It may not be what we like or prefer, but changed they have.
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...Times have certainly changed. It may not be what we like or prefer, but changed they have.
As I implied in an earlier post, it is inevitable formal nights will eventually be history. The only reason cruiselines still have them; itís a moneymaker. Picture taking and some Pax like specialty restaurants on format (non lobster) nights with wine.

But, I will be a holdout until I am out of place in my tux on formal nights or there isn't any format nights.

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Old July 3rd, 2012, 11:26 AM
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I like to dress up a little. After all I'm out with my wife.

I do not want to wear a tux or tie on vacation. I don't wear them for funerals either.

I do wear a dress shirt and slacks to dinner. Not shots and a tee shirt.
My wife says formal nights are OK. This translates into shed rather not
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As I implied in an earlier post, it is inevitable formal nights will eventually be history. The only reason cruiselines still have them; itís a moneymaker. Picture taking and some Pax like specialty restaurants on format (non lobster) nights with wine.

But, I will be a holdout until I am out of place in my tux on formal nights or there isn't any format nights.

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Thank you O F C'er, that has been my argument - Formal Nights is a moneymaker and that is all.

Am I alone in not liking photographers harassing you at meal-time?

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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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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.
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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 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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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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Way to go Aerogirl, totally agree with you....have a wonderful time and enjoy the nice weather....Nice escape from the Midwest...
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I'm really glad to hear that formal night, isn't so formal anymore. If I can get by with a nice blouse and pair of slacks, that makes me happy!
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I wish there were more than two per week. My wife really makes herself look GOOD! And not just what you can see.
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I wish there were more than two per week. My wife really makes herself look GOOD! And not just what you can see.
I love wearing a tux. And I love seeing the other people looking their best.
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