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Old March 3rd, 2006, 08:41 PM
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We are taking our very first cruise this summer to Alaska. "We" is hubby, me, & two teenagers.

My question is about the formal nights. I have read various things about the dress code on the ships, and friends have told me not to worry, as long as we dress nice. Can anyone that has cruised RCI to Alaska tell me exactly what 'formal' means?

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We cruised the Radiance to Alaska last September. Formal night was the same as when we cruised Mexico or the Caribbean. Dark suits or tuxes for men, pant suits, cocktail dress or long gowns for women. I personally wore a long black skirt, black tank top with a glittery jacket.
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Formal is formal regardless of where you sail. Tux for men and cocktail dress or evening gowns for women is always appropriate. You can also choose dark suits and nice evening dresses as well. Either way you won't feel out of place.

Unless your kids will be participating with you in the dining areas (either dining room or specialty restaurants) unless they want to get dressed up (or unless you want "formal" family pictures) they can get by less dressed.

My son likes wearing a tux so I have always rented one for him (we also do family pictures as well so it helps justify the hassel and cost).
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It is the same as if you are cruising in any other area. You will see a mixture of dark suits and tuxedos on men and gowns and cocktail dresses on women.

Suits will be fine for the teens.

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thanks everyone! So now tell me, if you choose not to eat in the dining room on those nights, what other options does one have? Are there a lot of people looking for alternative dining on formal nights or do most folks participate?

I'm trying to talk my husband into renting a tux for the cruise, can we do it through the cruise line? That way we wouldn't have to pack it or carry it with us everywhere else...
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Yes you can rent the tux through the cruise line. You can do it before sailing or even after you get on the ship. I have always rented my son's after we get on the ship (they provide everything for one price and you can keep it for both formal nights).

Alternative dining options include the Windjammer Cafe and any specialty restaurants (Portofinos and/or Chops depending on the ship they may have one or both--Radiance has both). Surprisingly, not a lot of people do the specialty restaurants on formal nights because the dining rooms usually have a fancier menu (for example, lobster usually on the 2nd formal night which you can't get in the specialty restaurant).
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Hi Ruby,

Here's the link to the tuxedo rental info:

http://www.royalcaribbean.com/allabo...FUw1:10ktdmqkf

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The vast majority of passengers choose to take part in formal nights. It is special.
Your casual options would be Windjammers or Johnny Rockets.
I belive that Portofinos/Chops do go formal also on formal nights.
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