I am a first-time cruiser on the Dawn Princess leaving San Juan on the 7th of April. I found a beautiful, long formal gown just for my trip. But after reading the postings about formal night, I'm actually worried about being overdressed. Is there any chance of that?
So far have gone on one Princess cruise and no, you will not be over-dressed, saw many women in long formal gowns on board Ocean last year. Go for it, you'll be just fine. Try to take some extra time and get a "formal" picture taken :-)
From a guy's perspective, I totally agree with Donna... go for it! I love seeing all the lovely ladies dressed to the "nines." The formal nights are really neat and you will not be over-dressed in a long gown. The passengers on Princess seem to take the formal nights a little more seriously than some other lines.
Be sure the "ole man" is decked out in a tux to go along with your formal gown. If he does own one, no problem, you can rent them through Princess and they will deliver it to your room and pick it up when you leave. It cost about 90 bucks for all week with two formal shirts and all the accessories.
As Donna said... be sure to dress early and get to the portrait locations early. The posing is free. They will take two or three shots. After they print the portraits, you decide if you want to buy any of them. My wife and I have had the best photos made of us on board the cruises.
Have fun and post a picture of you and your gown.
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I'm with you!! I've bought 2 gowns for our cruise on the Golden Princess in December. From what I've read, looks like sequins to
"church" style dresses. I am looking forward to dressing up and spending a formal evening (or two) with my handsome husband.
After seven cruises with Princess, I can assure you that there's no danger whatsoever of being "overdressed" on the formal nights. Since each seven-day cruise ordinarily has two formal nights, you might want to consider a couple different combinations of shawls or other accessories so that your outfit will look different if you have only one formal gown. Also, be sure to bring a cocktail dress for the semiformal evening in addition to the gown.
Your husband may wear a DARK -- and I empasize the word "dark" -- business suit on the formal nights if he does not own a tux. Additionally, he will need either a suit or a sport coat, dress slacks, and a tie for the semiformal night.
It's always a good idea to pack an extra semiformal outfit (basically, an extra dress shirt and an extra necktie for your husband and perhaps a different set of accessories for the cocktail dress) because there's sometimes an opportunity to attend a special event that requires semiformal attire.
Norm, they have done away with INFORMAL night on the Grand, so suspect that may follow through on the Golden. Although the pre-cruise packets did not contain this fact, it was printed and embossed in plastic in the large leather bound book in each cabin and repeated in the daily Patter. Formal nights on the Grand were now on Tuesday and Friday with a Sunday sailing, also the other 5 nights were Smart Casual dress. The mood seems to be that if you choose Personal Choice, the dress recommendation does not apply. However, we traditionalists disagree!