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Old February 8th, 2002, 05:19 PM
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Although I enjoy dressing up on "formal nights", there are some people who don't like to go "whole hog". I suggest that most of the cruise lines change this to an option of "informal". People would still be dressed up (no shorts, jeans or t shirts), but they wouldn't feel intimidated by those who really "dress to the nines". I like NCL's rules. On formal nights, one dining room for those really dressing formal and one dining room for those who are just "dressed up". I don't like the idea of shorts, etc. after 6pm on the ship at all, but that is just my opinion.
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Although I enjoy dressing up on "formal nights", there are some people who don't like to go "whole hog". I suggest that most of the cruise lines change this to an option of "informal". People would still be dressed up (no shorts, jeans or t shirts), but they wouldn't feel intimidated by those who really "dress to the nines". I like NCL's rules. On formal nights, one dining room for those really dressing formal and one dining room for those who are just "dressed up". I don't like the idea of shorts, etc. after 6pm on the ship at all, but that is just my opinion.
Heck I think if you don't want to play by the rules you should be put off at the next port and allowed to fly home with no compensation, that'll teach you to bring a tux or an evening dress. And while I'm at it why are some people so lazy they go back to their cabins and get rid of the formal wear right after dinner?
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All of the other nights are informal, so why the fuss about dressing up on just one night?
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I don't mind the formal nights. I don't wear a tux, but I do go with suit and tie. I like to put-on-the-ritz once in a while. It is only one night out of the whole cruise.
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Or just go on a cruise line that does not have formal nights if that is not your thing.

Nothing worse than seeing shorts & baggy sweats in the dining room any night!!
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This guy NVAbill is a wind up, must be, he cant be serious under any stretch of the imagination.

"Heck I think if you don't want to play by the rules you should be put off at the next port and allowed to fly home with no compensation, that'll teach you to bring a tux or an evening dress. And while I'm at it why are some people so lazy they go back to their cabins and get rid of the formal wear right after dinner? "

yawn.....as a wind up...........could do better 8)

But if your serious. lets talk about how on todays cruising experience you could come up with such "a line", but then again even you dont actually believe that "view" you posted

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I don't know why cruise lines have dress-up nights for I was in Hawaii twice last year and most restaurants their let you come in wearing shorts and even swimsuits. I seen woman wear a bikini top and a matching skirt or shorts or sarong. If these cruise lines let NUDIST wear shorts and t-shirts and flip flops in the MAIN DINNIG ROOM we should have the same rights. I like wearing resort casual my self and save my tuxedo for BLACK TIE EVENTS. I have 12 suits about 17 sport coats but wear aloha shirts and polo shirts and long sleeves shirts mostly. Thats why I won't go on these cruises that say you must wear a suit or sport coat AFTER 6 PM. In LA Calif. dress code is relax at restaurants some require suits.
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With the airlines now charging for your bags and charging you for your bags being overweight that tuxedo and gown takes up a lot of weight. My carrying on bag has cloths to last me for 3 days just in case a bag gets lost. I had a bag lost on me so no tuxedo NEVER GOT IT BACK. My bags were insure but it took awhile to get pay so I bought cloths when we dock.
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I don't know why cruise lines have dress-up nights.
NCL might be the better cruise line for you and if not then there is always the buffet on formal nite.

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I have worn a TUX on cruises I just can't see the point when most people don't wear formal when they are going out at home. I use to be a wedding photographer and I was amaze how many people didn't dress up for the wedding. When I go to a wedding I wear a suit I even wear a suit when I go to a funeral that's the way I was raise. So I'm not against wearing a TUX I just can't see WHY when people are going out at home they don't dress up. I'm going on Norwegian Gem in Aug to cruise Europe and I will dress very nice in CCC I might bring 1 suit to wear for are 34 anniversary on Aug 11 my wife as of now says no need for it. But she bought a black lace dress to wear MAYBE. I'm bringing a casual sport suit just in case she changes her mind I pack my own cloths.
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"I just can't see WHY when people are going out at home they don't dress up."

I can
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NCL might be the better cruise line for you and if not then there is always the buffet on formal nite.

Unfortunately, it may come to that, imagine going to the buffet in your tuxedo or evening gown instead of having an elegant sit down dinner served to you by waiters. I can't see any cruise line, even Carnival transforming dinner into "Old Country Buffet" if they do they will lose plenty of loyal cruisers who like to dress up.

I realize not everyone can afford a tuxedo even renting one on a ship would be a stretch but if you can afford a cruise you can afford a jacket.
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while I'm at it why are some people so lazy they go back to their cabins and get rid of the formal wear right after dinner?
Dude, put on a pair of pantyhose and you would understand.
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Dude, put on a pair of pantyhose and you would understand.
Pantyhose!! :o :evil: :evil:
Thigh highs are better!!!
But best is get some color on the legs and go bare!
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We went to one of the two formal nights and loved seeing everyone dressed formally. I especially enjoyed seeing my wife who was and is stunningly beautiful. She wore her great grandmothers brooch that was the talk of the table.........MD
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We went to one of the two formal nights and loved seeing everyone dressed formally. I especially enjoyed seeing my wife who was and is stunningly beautiful. She wore her great grandmothers brooch that was the talk of the table.........MD
MD,

If she looked so nice you should have gone twice.

There's nothing wrong in wearing the same thing twice but there are women who will disagree with me.

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Hi Mike, I agree with you but I think most women would'nt. I can't remember why we did not go to both but I know it was not for a lack of wardrobe on my wife's part. Seeya.........MD
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I love the formal nights. The more the better!
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Dude, put on a pair of pantyhose and you would understand.
Pantyhose!! :o :evil: :evil:
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But best is get some color on the legs and go bare!
i dress up every night on cruises, and really go to it on formal nights. and i love it!!! it takes me sooo long to get ready though...

i hate pantyhose. i'm about as white as a white girl can be and show it off proudly minus thigh highs or color
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i hate pantyhose. i'm about as white as a white girl can be and show it off proudly minus thigh highs or color
CC the thigh highs stayed in the suitcase on the last cruise they never made it out. And I did not have any color. Oh well white ghostly legs.
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the option is NCL (or going to Luby's in your neighborhood....might even be better than NCL).

You put your money down, choose a cruise line that fits your tastes..

No need to jam a round peg in a square hole.

Celebrity ASKS you to remain in formal wear for the evening on formal nights. No big deal to stay in the tux. AND besides, my wife looks spectacular in her formal outfits!
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With most companies doing away with formal parties and now most allow business attire it is nice to have an occassional dress up night on the cruise.

I put on a cocktail or formal length dress and I go sans pantyhose just because their to hot and besides by then I have a little color on my legs.

My grip is those FLIP FLOPS - since when did this become part of formal attire, having rinestones on them does not make them formal. Nothing could be worse for the feet and they do not belong in the dinning room.
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Nice one, but the expectation of others,,,mmmm.

I just wish people could spend their cruise money and find others that think like them to make the cruise "special", but no, we rely on a bulk big market that can as part of that experience present the biggest snob, and the lowest trash and all in between in dress or in action.

That's todays cruise market.....you get all sorts. Me I do my own thing and let them get on with theirs.... not going to get stressed in seeing them.

As there is nothing I can do but take what I can out the vaction, think no barriers, no expectation of others, enjoy it for what it is and accept there are others doing it different to me but with the same thought in mind,,enjoyment

Cant win on this one, and that is basing the actions or reaction of others to make or break your vacation. It will never happen, do your own thing and let them do theirs. DO what you want, and not spend the time looking at what others do,,,no win
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With the airlines now charging for your bags and charging you for your bags being overweight that tuxedo and gown takes up a lot of weight. My carrying on bag has cloths to last me for 3 days just in case a bag gets lost. I had a bag lost on me so no tuxedo NEVER GOT IT BACK. My bags were insure but it took awhile to get pay so I bought cloths when we dock.
And the problem is not what the airlines are charging NOW, but what they will probably begin charging in the future. I wouldn't be surprised to see second bags go up to $50 to $75 dollars, and perhaps even more.

I don't think the cruise lines will continue with a formal dress code on certain nights much longer. A lot of people are simply gonna stop toting that stuff on their cruises. There's no way the cruise line could expect over half the ship to eat in the Lido on certain nights. First of all, I doubt the Lido would be able to handle the influx of all those extra passengers on formal night.

What I imagine happening is that the cruise lines will simply drop the "mandatory" formal nights. They may still designate one night of a seven-night cruise, but it will be an "optional" formal night.

I would like to see this. However, that said, I would also like to see people take some time to get dressed for dinner, and to look their best. You don't need to be dressed "formally" in order to be well-presented. I don't think that the elimination of mandatory formal nights should signal worn, torn, ripped jeans in the dining room, or shorts and tank tops, flip flops, etc. I think dinner should be a special experience, though one that can be enjoyed in a nice shirt or blouse, and a nice pair of pants or skirt. But I honestly can't see mandatory formal nights existing very much longer ... especially since most people have to fly to get to the embarkation pier.

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Formal dressing is all part of the cruising tradition. I could understand the case for eliminating formal night is it appeared that most of the passengers opted out. I do not feel that is the case. On every one of my 40 cruises, a majority of the passengers DID dress up. Some change after dinner but most stay in the formal attire all evening. Why should the majority of us that enjoy it be forced to give it up because someone is too lazy to get dressed. Room Service and alternate informal dining is available even on the smallest of ships. Why ruin our elegant evening by showing up to the dining room in shorts. I am not saying you need to be in a tux or formal gown. Just wear something simple and understated if you do not wish to participate in the dress code.
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Nothing I will say will change this discussion, but I will say this. Forget tradition, that was yesterday and gone.

So giving that up, we are left today with two types or more these days that as people we have to deal with. Some will get dressed for dinner and take it for what it is, respect of each others as humans.

OR those that don’t care and will turn up in what they feel like is appropriate, and that makes two big statements, one I don’t care what you are doing to make you happy regarding “eating”.....sorry but its not just about eating, its bigger than that.

And two, I will do what makes ME happy and to hell with the rest of you.

Unfortunately, I feel from a common sharing of “tradition” back then, we are now moving to a "I'll do what I want scenario" for a lot of people.

I could do that too, but I don’t as although I can be individual and vocal, in some scenarios, I still respect the majority as a an adult, I understand how I should act, react and dress to dine.

If you were brought up to eat your main meal at night with a tray on your lap and in front of the television, then there is a very good chance you don’t get this whole ‘dining’ experience.

But those brought up to sit at a table to eat, TV off etc, do appreciate how to dine and will talk and chat and be socially aware.

Personally, I will never give up that sit at the table and TV off upbringing to suit someone that up until they went on a ship placed their dinner on their knee on a tray and in front of the TV everynight, that’s their norm,...but not mine.

My problem is some people confuse "freedom to choose" with social acceptance as they dont know any better.
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I have never cared for formal, since I believe that coats and ties were the invention of some woman who hated men. By the same token, some man who hated women invented panty hose.

That being said, I have always dressed in a suit on formal nights and then quickly changed to a polo shirt and dress slacks right after dinner. I realize that this action probably infuriated some of the clothes police.

I appreciated Carnival's change to "elegant nights" since my dressy shirt and slacks are now in vogue. This will probably be the trend in other main stream cruise lines with changes in airline luggage policy.

Whatever other cruisers wear to dinner, it would be nice if it were something neat and clean, but I will never judge another person.

I do believe that the " tradition" of wearing formal clothes started with
the Titanic era cruise ships where the rich and famous strutted around
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Paul agreed, there was a third scenario and that one really winds me up, and that is those that go on a cruise and "expect".

By this I mean the people that "expect" everyone will act and think like them, in dress, in conversation and in action. No chance of that ever happening. The result is they dont see the people, they only see who does not fit into their world.

Why not just enjoy the fact that you are dressed up and having a good night, instead of concentrating on those that are not dressed up to your "standard",, I dont get it, but it seems important to some
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