My wife and I are sailing on the Mariner of the Seas on April 24th. I was not planning on bringing/renting a tux....I am planning to wear a dark suit the two formal nights and a sport coat pants, and tie the other nights...does this sound appropiate? Is a sportcoat necessary for ALL the informal nights (other 5) then it seems I may need to bring atleast 2 sporcoats and a suit..seems like a lot of luggage..just wondering what the men wear for the infortmal nights...
And for my wife, a long gown necessary for the formal nights? What about the infomal nights? a cocktail dress? skirt and nice top?
Your dark suit will be just fine and no your wife doesn't need to bring a long gown. Cocktail dress is just fine. I have worn nice black slacks with dressy tops and did not feel out of place. Also, no need for a sport coat or tie for the other nights. Polo or button down shirt is fine, just no t-shirts. There is no dress code for the specialty restaurants either...Chops or Portofino, just smart casual. Have a great time, she is a beautiful and huge ship. Be sure to check out the art work up and down both stairwells.
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The dark suit is fine for the 2 formal nights. Sport coat is only needed for the 1 night designated Smart Casual but, to be frank, Smart Casual has gone the way of the Dodo bird. Most now treat the Smart Casual night like the 4 Casual nights. For Casual- slacks, polo (golf) shirt or button down etc. Have a great cruise.
The same suit is fine, just remember to change your shirt. Women can get away with the "little black dress" by changing the accessories.
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I wore nice jeans with very nice tops. My husband did the same but with polo type shirts. Everyone at my table did the same. I brought slacks just in case but never used them. I guess it would depend on your table mates. Bring both and you can't go wrong. Most men wore a suit or tux on formal nights. If I was at a table with you and you wore a nice dress shirt, tie and dress pants, I would be as happy as a clam. I'm more interested if you're a nice person whom I can talk to then if you have a jacket to go with those pants.