clothes for a cruise

Old Sep 13th, 2007, 04:39 AM
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clothes for a cruise

Our family is going on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Key West, Mexico and Belize in February. If we need to add anything to our wardrode, this is definitely the time of year to shop.
Please help me with what to pack for a week. I especially am wondering what to take for dinners on the cruise, including the formal night. How formal is formal....and the reverse, how informal can one get away with without standing out?
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Old Sep 13th, 2007, 05:22 AM
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Formal is suit, dress shirt, tie, real shoes for males.

For females it varies a bit more. Some woman will wear long evening dresses, but more common is a "cocktail dress" or long dress pants with some sort of sparkly top.

Regular dinners are for me, shirt with collar, perhaps a tie and sports jacket. For woman more casual dress/skirt, nice pants outfit.

For both sexes, one would feel out of place in main dining room with t-shirts, shorts, sneakers, flipflops.
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Old Sep 13th, 2007, 06:18 AM
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Non-formal nocs are smart casual, i.e. nice slacks and collared shirts for men. Actually you will see men wearing polos too. Formal nights for men are tuxes or a dark suit and tie. However most cruise lines will not strictly enforce these guidelines. In fact the trend is to be more casual all the way around. NCL has recently revised its dress code to include jeans, albeit "nice jeans" whatever that means. I usually bring 2-3 prs. of nice pants with shirts to match for non-formal nights and a black suit for formal nights.
Have fun, Larry
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I pack one long dress and one cocktail dress for a week long RCI cruise. My husband enjoys wearing a tux.

For other nights, he will wear a collared shirt and dress slacks and I like to wear a nice dress and heels to dinner.

You will see ladies in capris and slacks as well on nights that are not formal.
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Old Sep 15th, 2007, 03:39 AM
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Thanks. Your responses are a huge help.
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