Are Formal Nights Disappearing on Cruises?

We have all been noticing that many passengers no longer dress up for dinner in the MDR even on formal nights. One reason is the weight restrictions placed by the airlines. Also our society is just getting more casual. Well Celebrity, moving with the times, has just announced that it is eliminating formal nights starting next month on cruises after December 4. Instead the dressier nights will be called Evening Chic. Jackets and ties are no longer needed. Here is the link for more information:

I am happy to report, though, that lobster has not disappeared from their menu on these Evening Chic nights. How do you feel about this change?HappyCryingSurprised

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26 Answers

We love the formal nights, it is part of the fun. There are other options on the ship if you do not enjoy dressing for the formal nights.

I'm not so sure about this. We cruised the Island Princess recently and booked dinner in Sabatini's on a formal night. We specifically asked and were told that formal attire applied to the MDR only... not to the specialty restaurant.

My suggestion is --- inquire where formal attire applies and don't forget, most of the time formal attire is a suggestion, not a requirement.

My first couple cruises I wore old wedding brides maid dresses, and enjoyed it (I can tell you its a pain packing as a woman, especially for formal).

My BF is not a big formal person. It was pulling teeth to get him in a button up shirt. I generally wear sundresses or a maxi dress to dinner each night anyways (its just easier for me especially after a day at the pool or beach). Its just hard to find/justify a "Fancy" dress when I don't use them enough, plus I have to match his level of fancy to not outshine him lol

formal nights suck big time. I go to the steak house in jeans etc as they(carnival) have casual night on the cruise(1 night) and that is when I eat there. The food goes in the same place whether you are formal or not. I go on vacation to RELAX, not to be stuffed in a penguin suit trying to impress the joneses

Your a lady, you always out shine him Big Smile

I enjoy formal night. I go to the office every day in a hawaiian shirt so it is nice to look good once in a while. Unfortunately on NCL formal night is very optional and the only place with a collar shirt dress policy is the Cagney's and Le Bistro. Depending on the cruise and the crowd there can be a few dressed up or very few. I have not seen more than 40% dressed up on formal optional night.

Do you wear your best jeans and shirt to T-Bonz, Red Lobster, BoneFish, Olive Garden, etc?!


If the MDR and specialty restaurants aboard would actually have 4+ star food then I could understand a dress code, but quite frankly, the food is OK...kinds like the big box restaurants I listed above.

Clothes don't make you you carry & conduct yourself does!

Big Smile

You are right, it is about how you carry yourself. I just feel formal wear is sometimes hard to pack and to maintain so that it looks good for the 1 night. Some outfits some of the people have on makes you wonder----no wrinkles, chiffon etc---how'd they do that????

They have items pressed on the ship. I had to do this after having my Tux packed in th suite case for a couple weeks in Europe before we got on the ship. Lucky I get some free pressing on Celebrity from my loyalty club level.



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