Dressing up for dinners on cruise ships?

Old Sep 24th, 2001, 10:57 AM
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Dressing up for dinners on cruise ships?

I have never taken a cruise, but hear nothing but raves from everyone about them. When I'm on vacation I want to dress casually, and hardly ever take a coat & tie on any trips although I wear them everyday at work. I understand that at dinner meals on cruises men are expected to wear coat & tie plus tux at the Captain's dinner. I love to eat and enjoy good company, but dress up meals every night are for the birds!!! My tux of 20 years ago has shrunk 2 inches and I don't want to rent for a week or buy another tux. WHAT ARE DRESS REQUIREMENTS ON CRUISE TRIPS? LIV
Old Sep 24th, 2001, 11:45 AM
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NCL has instituted "casual dining".. you can dine in the evening when you want (up until 10:00 p.m.) in the main dining rooms or you can avail yourself of other dining rooms where the only request in the p.m. is long pants. If you don't care to wear a tux..forget it..nobody is going to stop you from going into the dining room. Other cruise ships now offer alternative dining..oh, my husband never wears a sport jacket at dinner
Old Sep 24th, 2001, 12:25 PM
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we took a Carnival cruise and one night was dress. my husband wore a sports jacket..no tie..
if you don't even want to do that, you can skip dinner on the formal night in the dinning room and eat at many other places which are available on most cruise ships.
Old Sep 24th, 2001, 12:52 PM
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We took our first cruise last April and it was far less formal then we expected. I realize that every cruise ship is different and some more dressey then others but we went on Celebrity, considered to be one of the nicest, and men wore jackets and ties for dinner but most wore just the jacket on formal night. Very few tux's at all.

For the other nights, most men wore a nice collared shirt.

There are other dining options too other then the main restaurant for dinner if youfeel like going casual.
Old Sep 26th, 2001, 03:49 AM
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Livingston, dear fellow, methinks your tux has stayed the same size. It is YOU who have grown two inches around!

Seriously, though, alot depends on which cruiseline... Holland America, for example, tends to be a bit more formal. You will need two jackets, but not necessarily ties every night. No tux required. I'm sure your mate will enjoy seeing you "dressed up" for her, not for work! You can "get away with" no jacket, but you will feel awkward, since others will be dressed up.
Old Sep 27th, 2001, 05:30 AM
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