Nancy, For men it is a tux our a dark suit suggested and preferred. The first formal night on a 7 day cruise is often the 'more formal' of the two. On the first formal nite I wear black tie tux but on the second nite I wear the tux but with a colourful tie and cummerbund or vest. For the ladies a Gown, or evening wear is proper and even a nice pantsuit on the second formal night is fine IMHO. There are often nites when semi-formal is suggested but not many seem to take note but a man should wear at least a tie if not a sports coat and the ladies business type wear. On casual nights then for the guys dress slacks or dockers and a collared type shirt or polo style shirt and the ladies basically what one would wear to go out for a evening of dining and dancing is proper. Just my opinion.
Nancy, I have asked the same question, and other cruisers answered that formal nites now tend from long gowns & cocktail dress to fancy pantsuit.
I'm cruising (first time!) on the Vision in August. For formal nites (2), I plan on wearing black palazzo silk pants (very flowing, comfortable & loose) with a beaded top & slip-on sandals. For the 2nd formal nite, the black palazzos with a long-sleeved black shirt that has sheer sleeves and back, with a blank camisole underneath, with black slip-on sandals. The other nites i plan on wearing black dress pants with different tops.
No, pamda, honest, i haven't been in your cruise closet. I have a hard enuf time in mine! It only took me 5 minutes to decide to take the palazzos; it's everything else i'm obsessing over (except Tweety, of course)
PS (are there two pamdas? one pamda and the other Pamda?