dress attire on celebirty cruise ship

Jan 24th, 2012, 11:19 AM
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dress attire on celebirty cruise ship

I will be going on a cruise in March with my father. We both have NO desire to dress up and since i am going with my dad we would not want to participate in formal nights. My questions is, is it possible to go on an 11-day cruise and not have to dress up once, since I don’t want to waste luggage space on dress clothes? We want this to be a relaxing vacation, as we have to dress up for work every day and would like a vacation from that!!
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Jan 24th, 2012, 02:29 PM
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On an 11 day cruise, expect 2 formal nights and usually they are during sea days.

You do not need to dress formal if you eat elsewhere (not the main dining room). You can have room service as well. Some Celebrity ships will set up a small area at the buffet for the formal nights and you can eat there (they do table service), but you will miss out on the 'show" like the parade of the baked Alaska etc. Usually they do that, and the lobster dinner on the formal nights.

Formal is not really all that formal anymore. A jacket and tie for the men and for the ladies, any type of evening or cocktail dress is more than sufficeint. No jeans or t-shirts is really what they meant for formal nights, although you will see other people over dressed for the occassion.

I have seen men without a jacket so I wouldn't worry too much. You probably will never see the other passengers (or crew) for the rest of your life so there is no need to feel embrassed if you don't "dress up". They also have rentals available (but expensive).

Correction: if you cruise regularly, and on the same cruise line, you may come across some crew members over time. Unless you do something that is truly memorable (or lives on the ship), they won't remember you as they met thousands of passenegrs weekly and over the course of a year, they would have met over 150,000 passengers.

We were on the same ship twice over the course of 3 years and we recognized the Matri'd (but not the service staff as they have 6 to 9 month rotation contracts). Did he remember us? not even close.

So, no worries and don't be embrassed if you do not dress up as much as every one else.
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Jan 24th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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i am not worried about being as dressed up as others, i am worried if i still have choices of eatries if my outfit consists of a polo shirt and cargo shorts, since that is all i plan on wearing for the whole trip!!
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Jan 24th, 2012, 05:34 PM
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It used to be (don't know if it still is) Celebrity's policy not to permit shorts in the main dining room at dinner. You could eat at the buffet or have room service.
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Jan 24th, 2012, 05:51 PM
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You can be pretty relaxed most of the time, but formal nights in the dining room do require at least a jacket for men. If you do not wear one on formal night, the staff will either quietly or laughingly provide one, depending on your reaction - from very recent personal experience.
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Jan 24th, 2012, 05:55 PM
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Oops, just saw your plan for only cargo shorts - won't fly in the dining room at all. You could get away with cargo pants, but not shorts.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 03:58 AM
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You can do it but on Celebrity you might have to get room service on a couple of formal nights. When I go onebag.com
1 pair of casual dark cargo pants slacks 1 decent shirt with a tie rolled up in the pocket. Otherwise cargo pants.Cangetsuper chilly at nite rain pancho or sport jacket for that.Will get VERY cold in just shorts when sun goes down and rain breeze kicks up.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 05:32 AM
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Well on Celebrity on formal nights u will just have to try alternate venues. On our X cruise last Oct. a man came to dinner on formal night w/o a jacket and they provided him with one though it was way too big so they put it on the back of his chair.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 06:16 AM
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Just a pair of cargo shorts...? You'll be eating in the buffet every night. C'mon.

quo suggests a tie! lol. Fergeddaboudit. That's the one thing you don't need.

Wait till schuler hears of this. You'll be banned from Fodor's. She'll start a campaign.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 08:10 AM
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Actually she did inre to the other thread which got removed and then she started one in the lounge which also got removed.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 08:33 AM
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Hence my comment, jacket. lol. She's gunning for you.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 08:42 AM
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Larry, who was gunning for you? We'll defend you !

Travel4425, shorts won't work in the dining room at all, even on regular dinner nights. The expectation is "smart casual" or "country club casual" whatever that menas. (Those ugly baggy plaid pattern golf pants came to mind?)

They will allow shorts for breakfast and lunch (and we have breakfast and lunch at the dining room rather than the buffet as the coffee is better and the food is portioned so you won't over eat).

One pair of dress slack is not going to take up that much room in the suitcase. Besides, conmsidering that the ship is air-conditioned, a pair of long pants may not be a bad idea.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 12:31 PM
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Eschew: Talk about aimlessness on many levels. S:- Ah Eschew, reminds me of an older but really cool movie. "My bodyguard." It was actually filmed in Chicago too BTW. Well guess I have to go to the military surplus store for some kevlar.
But getting back to the OP it would be advisable to get some casual slacks like Chinos or khakis at least. Then you are fine for the MDR except on formal night.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 02:10 PM
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Basically in a nut shell, i could care less about the cruise ship itself. The only reason i am going on this cruise is that it allows be to be at many different countries in a short amount of time. As far as i am concerned the ship is a floating Las Vegas (which i am not a fan of by the way). I will be seeing 6 counties in central and South America. If i were to visit these countries individually is would cost a fortune. That is why i want to put as little effort while on the boat as possible.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 04:47 PM
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Well pal, you do have to eat, so take a pair of long trousers, just the same. You'll get very sick of the buffet.
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Jan 25th, 2012, 06:10 PM
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dogster,
yah, your probably right. and I will be spening my 36th B-day while on the cruise, so i am sure my dad might want to take me out to eat other than the buffet!
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Jan 25th, 2012, 07:00 PM
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Well for your BD maybe pop will pop for a specialty restaurant. You will need long pants. Have fun. BTEW be sure to mention the special occasion when making the reservation.
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Jan 26th, 2012, 12:16 PM
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If you are looking for a floating Vegas on the Celebrity, you will be disappointed

Celebrity is more resort like, nothing glizy or showy like NCL or Carnival. You will enjoy the quiet places you will find on board and this little boat may surprise it. By the way, they have real grass on the sports deck where the golf simulators are located. Want more surprises?

Tell the ship you are celebrating your BD while on baord when you book the passage and they will make it specail and memorable, then you are hooked on crusing.
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Jan 26th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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ESCHEW
no i think you misunderstood me. i hate vegas, and i DONT want the ship to be like that, gamelbing and shows that cater to people 60+ years of age.
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Jan 26th, 2012, 02:51 PM
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I am 60+ and don't like gambling and vapid shows. I think you put your foot in it now. You might enjoy my company
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