Cruise Elegant Events (Formal Night)

I will preface my question with the fact that this will be my first cruise ever, coming in Nov 2017, on Carnival.

So that I will know what to expect, is there a special event to meet the captain and officers during the Cruise Elegant night, or formal night? How popular/crowded is this event?
On this night, is the best time to have dinner early or late as far as minimizing impact of crowds?



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49 Answers

Agree, We are just of the Miracle. We went to dinner when it was time to meet the officers, walked right in. I wore slacks and a nice Tommy Bahama panel back shirt. (Tommy Bahama a bit of an addiction for me). I was one of the nicest dressed on elegant night. Don't get me wrong there were suits and a nice tux or two. Sport coat will be just fine.

What I think happened was, someone read my post, and then pictured themselves ( or their husband ) in the a$$less chaps in their mind. And THAT, is what they found offensive. But how is that my problem ?

Either that or when they found out how much they cost, I mean we’re talking real leather here, they decided to go with jeans and a nice shirt.

Chaps on a woman does make the eye of the brain put a smile on the face.

Remember the picture of a woman in a chain mail formal posted on FV taken on a Carnival cruise on elegant night?

I do have to agree that the chaps on formal night would make a statement, however I have found that I tend to get badly chaffed in the important areas if I wear them right after shavingSurprised

(Back to the OP) It seems that most mainstream lines have tended to relax the rules on formal night. As long as you wear at least a button down shirt (or a Polo shirt) and pants that are not ripped, you will be allowed in. There will be others dressed in everything from jeans and a polo to full-out tux. Generally, I will wear a jacket and tie regardless of whether it is formal night or not.

We do love formal nights, but from the looks of things formal night attendees are an endangered species. Most guests appear to prefer no formal nights at all. For us, it hearkens back to the days of yore, days of romantic ocean travel which many yearn for the return thereof. As of late, the first order of business for us, after boarding, is to make reservations in the specialty restaurants on all formal nights, table for two only. That has allowed us to enjoy what a formal night is all about and avoid any potential hassle that the MDR might subject us to.

As for meet the captain nights where virtually everybody on the ship lines up to pay homage to the Captain and paw over free hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, we try and shun those anymore. We do enjoy meeting with the Captain though, providing the crowds at a gathering are more modest. For instance, a cruise line's loyalty program sometimes invites their senior cruisers to a private event with the Captain. That allows the captain to be more relaxed and communicative, same goes for the other members of the crew who accompany him.

Completely Agree.

Thanks. BTW I live an hour drive from the port. My best friend will be driving to my house the day before. So things will be easier on us in that respect.

Thanks. Hope you enjoyed your trip.

Sounds like it is going to be a long night, from the picture you paint. Hope my best friend will have the patience, given this is our 1st cruise for both of us. Thanks for your reply.

I appreciate your reply. I'm really wanting to dress as you do to encourage my best friend to wear something nicer than she normally does.

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