How dressed up do the children have to be? Can my teenage son wear a golf shirt with khaki pants? Does he have to bring a pair of black shoes? Can I get input as to what other families have done in past cruises with suitable dress clothes for kids? Thanks
He should wear whatever he would wear to a fancy evening wedding. I believe Adventure Ocean takes the kids for dinner (Johnny Rockets or Windjammer) on formal nights if the parents just want to dress up themselves and go to dinner in the dining room.
Absolutely not! A jacket and tie is an OK alternative to a suit, but not casual attire. He will soon be an adult and in the adult world you must dress up for formal dinner. It's better to teach him now.
Returned from Navigator one week ago. My sixteen year old son wore khakis with a long sleeve silk shirt and tie one formal night, and khakis with a plaid shirt and tie the 2nd formal night. All other nights in dining room he wore khakis or dockers with a golf shirt or a plaid sport shirt. He was perfectly attired. Then, most of the teens change after dinner so they can enjoy thier own activities. My teenage daughter wore sundresses and nice dresses, but then again girls enjoy getting dressed up a lot more than the males. My son does not have a suit, they grow out of them so fast, and I certainly was not going to purchase one just for 2 nights. He looked better than most.
I saw the teens wearing all kinds of things on Formal night when I went on the Navigator in March. I had my 6 year old in a suit and he fit in well. I would suggest a little more dressy than a polo and khaki's for your son. Although, I saw all kinds- you all would probably feel more comfortable with him being a little more dressy! Have fun! Tiff
my 2 boys chose to eat elsewhere on formal night. last year we insisted they dine with us, and they wore khakis with white dress shirts and ties. (i brought suitcoats for them but we noticed most kids didn't wear them). this year i let them eat at the casual windjammer cafe on formal nights. they ate with us in the dining room on all other nights. i guess it depends on how old your kids are. my boys are 12 and 15.
My 15 YO step son (not usually into dressing up) LOVES to get all gussied up for formal night...go figure. I buy his suits at thrift stores (he never wears the again) then donate them back after the cruise and take the tax deduction!!!!!
Also, it is a wonderful opportunity to get a nice formal portrait of the family ( and you wouldn't want him wearing a golf shirt in a formal portrait, would you?)
I would definately wear the khakis and golf shirt to the Windjammer ONLY (or room service) on formal night!
Both my sons (at the time 19 & 9) wore suits with dress shirts and ties and dress shoes for formal nights.
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We recently cruised on Empress. My almost 13 year old wore dress pants and a nice collared shirt on formal nights. No one seemed shocked. I did not want to buy him a suit when he will grow out of it quickly. I did not feel the least bit uncomfortable and neither did he. Let your kids do what he and you feel comfortable with. My teen girls byw got a lot more dressed than my son and they enjoyed it alot.
On our last cruise(which was actually our first cruise) my 10 y.o. son wore black dress slacks a dress shirt and tie with dress shoes for formal night and seem to fit right in with the kids there around his age. Most older guys did have the jackets and ties. hope this helps.
Personally I think these "formal" nights are just for the cruise ships to have an excuse to take another picture to sell to you. I have been on at least 5 cruises and each time dress up less (my husband wears khaki's and a polo shirt) and have seen people in the dining room in shorts on formal nights. I wonder if anyone has EVER had the experience of being turned away from the cruise dining room because of how they are dressed???
Dressing up for dinner is historical. Look back at the people on the original Queen Mary and the Titanic. It is called the Formal Dining room for a reason and only TWO nights are designated as Formal nights. The rooms are elegantly decorated. It not like anyone going on a cruise doesn't know what to expect. Would a gentleman go to a Black Tie affair in khakis and a polo? They are not asking for tuxes and my husband doesn't wear one but he does wear a suit. Because of those who don't like to or don't want to be bothered, they have the buffet and other choices. And yes, on at least 3 separate cruises, I have seen men in shorts not allowed in the formal dining room on CASUAL nights. It's just out of respect for the art of cruising and for their fellow passengers, the ones that enjoy the traditional style of cruising. You don't have to get your picture taken and you most definately don't have to buy a picture.
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Dressing on on formal nights is not "just" about following the rules and what "you can get away with". As a courtesy to the other passengers, you should make an effort to comply with the dress code if you plan to eat in the dining room, otherwise there are lots of optional places to eat for those that just aren't into getting dressed up, or can't afford it. If you do go to the dining room for formal nights, boys should at least wear a sports jacket and nice pants with a shirt and tie (what my 17 year old son wore) and girls can always dress up a nice sundress and wear nice shoes. It's only for about and hour and a half, they can stand it for that long.
In my opinion, very small children should not attend the late seating of formal night in the dining room, again as a courtesy to others on this special upscale occasion. I'm sure some will disagree with me but we had a table of very rude mothers who completely ignored their toddlers banging spoons on plates, running around the room and being very loud and rowdy, which really ruined our dining experience. it's one thing on the casual nights (and even that's still not considerate to others) but at least let us enjoy the formal nights.
> Would a gentleman go to a Black Tie affair in
> khakis and a polo?
Of course not! That's because it is a "Black Tie affair". Not a "suggested Black Tie affair" or even a "suggested formal" affair.
> They are not asking for tuxes and my husband
> doesn't wear one but he does wear a suit.
You do realize that this violates the "historical" aspect you highlighted earlier, with respect to the original QMII and the Titanic. Suits would not do, back then! Time change, and continue to change.
> Because of those who don't like to or don't want
> to be bothered, they have the buffet and other choices.
You can choose to see it that way, but other folks can as readily and legitimately choose to see those simply as faster dining choices. From their perspective, if suits were required, then the dress code would say "suits required" -- and they're just as correct and appopriate as you or I, dressing in a dress and a suit (respectively).
> It's just out of respect for the art of cruising
Cruising isn't an art. Rather, not wearing shorts in the dining room is out of respect for our hosts, the cruise line, who require long pants there.