Do You Dress For Themed Nights on a Cruise Ship?

On a recent cruise we had several theme nights:  A kimono night, a Dutch Night, Black & Gold Ball, Black & Silver Formal Night, Halloween Monster Mash Party, White Dinner Formal Night & Tropical Paradise Dinner.  I did dress up for many of these but with weight restrictions on airlines it is hard enough as it is to pack

.  I do feel though, that when you get into the spirit of things you do get more out of a cruise.  Would you go to the trouble of dressing up for themed events like Halloween on a cruise?  . 

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We try. Usually for us it's western or rock and roll. "We don't get out much"......

I don't get much of a chance to dress up either. If I can dress in something that is not too bulky to pack I do so.  This Valentine's Day I will dress in red and wear strand of valentine hearts around my neck at our condo's brunch.  Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Yes. It's so much fun. I miss the costume nights they used to have.

HAL used to provide hats and other accessories tfor passengers to wear.  I remember wear a Dutch Hat, a French beret and Gondolier's hat for Italian night..  My kidsw loved the dressing up part. At least we didn't have to pack anything extra.  On my Grand Voyage they gave us the masks pictured above of the Masked Ball.

I remember the Dutch hat!

Other than Tropical Deck Party night (which we do dress for) we don’t see too many theme nights any longer.  I don’t think Norwegian even does their White Hot Night any more.
Gloria, did you know about all those theme nights before you set sail so you could try to pack for them?

I remember Costa cruise line used to have a Roman Bacchanal on every cruise and would provide extra sheets and instructions in every stateroom so guests could all dress in togas.  We never got to try that, but it sounded like fun!  Does anyone know if Costa still does that?  Has anyone ever been to a shipboard toga party?  Share your photos if you can!

I used to pack White for NCL White Hot Night.  I also dress up in a Tux for formal nights on a long cruise.   Being a Jeans and Polo kind of guy a Tux is a "costume" for me.

No, but much of the reason is that they are not particularly well-publicized by the cruise line.  The event needs to be clearly announced before people get on the ship.  My experience has been every one of the theme nights has been a surprise that we've found out about on the daily newsletter.

Very true CruisingCM!  I can participate in “Tropical Night” because I normally have an Aloha shirt or two packed, but I’m certainly not prepared for “70s Night” or “Country Night”…

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