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Nov 19th, 2010, 01:50 PM
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I need help with dress code

We will be doing our first cruise ( transatlantic) on QM II this coming September. According to my current information, there will be three formal nights, two semi-formal nights and an elegant casual night. Being a newbie to this, I'm not quite sure what actually comprises evening dress for women on the formal nights. I found a dress I really like. It's beaded/sequined, but it is short. Can I wear this for a formal night? In other words, does formal mean long gown?

I would appreciate any advice as to what to wear.

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Nov 19th, 2010, 02:16 PM
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Things have changed through the years. You will have people who dressed to the 9s for "formal nights", but really, any type of evening wear, buisness attires, cocktail dresses, gowns will be suitable for ladies and a suit and tie for men is sufficient. Formals does not mean long gown for ladies. It hasn't been for years.

The rest of the time, "smart causual" is the operative term and it would be items with collars and sleeves for men (golf shirt etc), no tees, no tanks; and similar for ladies.

Here is a link to some FQA for first timers. Hope it's helpful.
http://www.cruisecritic.com/features/area.cfm?ID=13
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Nov 20th, 2010, 05:49 AM
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Seeing as you tagged your question under "Cunard", I'd advise you to go over to the Cunard board/forum on Cruise Critic and ask your question there. Over the years the dress code has relaxed somewhat on most cruise lines, but I believe Cunard is a fairly unique "kettle of fish" when it comes to dress code.
I've read posts over there about hats, ascots, shirts with logos, upmarket clothing - perhaps you might be safer to discuss all your options over there, with people who are regular Cunard cruisers.
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Nov 20th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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Thanks for the replies. I agree that Cunard seems to be unique in its dress code and thus my query. I'm thinking that a short dress would likely be fine for formal nights if it is sufficently dressy but will check on Cruise Critic. However, I refuse to do a hat I believe that might be one of their special events which can be passsed up if one wants. Will check anyway.

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Nov 24th, 2010, 08:25 AM
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Cunard is, IMO, no more "unique" in its dress code than some of the other cruise lines. If you read THEIR information carefully you'll see they all would LOVE to have people show up in long gowns and tuxes but that just isn't happening anymore the way it used to (at least when I first cruised back in the early 1980's).

The Cunard information I read was quite clear that a tux OR a dark suit, etec., is perfectly acceptable

And let's face facts here...if you've goot decent legs and a great smile, NOBODY, except perhaps some jealous other woman, is going to

keep you out of the party
throw you over the side
do anything to ruin your cruise

GO for it
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Nov 24th, 2010, 04:57 PM
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Thanks for the input. I have bought the dress and will wear it for one of the formal nights. Not sure I have great legs, but they're okay, and I can manage a great smile I had the same thoughts...it's unlikely that they will throw me out, after all it is a very nice dress just not a long gown. One of the problems I've encountered is in trying to find a long dress with sleeves that doesn't look dowdy.
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Dec 31st, 2017, 09:27 AM
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Yes, of course you can wear a long dress. I was on the Queen Mary 2 in November for 12 days and will be again in 2018. Here is a good suggestion take along a full length black velvet skirt and a pair of black velvet pants and mix and match with some pretty tops, makes things simple. Daytime is very casual so no need to worry about that. A few tips other than clothing. If you enjoy coffee take a can and a French press for your room being as the coffee they provide is disgusting, bring a can of Air Freshener for your room to freshen the room you will be glad you did. Try the Kings Court the food is great. You will love the Queen Mary 2 and will probably get hooked like the rest of us and by the way if you enjoy soda bring some for your room it is priced very high if you use what is in your fridge. Have a great trip !!
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Dec 31st, 2017, 09:28 AM
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Sorry, meant to say short dress !!
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