Dress Code Question

I keep reading that the dress code is casual - but are there formal nights or any reason to bring something formal? I'd really rather avoid having to dress up but I don't want to be turned away from the dining room for being too casual. Also, talk to me about this "white hot party."

Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Norwegian Bliss

12 Answers

Usually on a 7 day cruise, there's two formal nights. They're usually the second and sixth nights on the ship. It used to be that the dress code was really formal. Women weren't allowed to wear pants, we either wore skirts or dresses. It was kind of like going to a ship-wide prom. Everyone would have black tie attire. Women would get all glammed up (my favorite part!): diamonds, glitter, the works! Guys would wear tuxedos or suits.

Nowadays, since the cruise lines don't strictly enforce the dress code anymore, people are dressing more casually. I still dress for formal nights, as that's the only time I ever really get to dress up. If you don't want anything formal, you can always go to the Windjammer and get dinner there, no matter what you wear.

Your thinking about Royal's dress requirements. The OP is sailing on Norwegian, and other than some of the specialty restaurants having a more upscale dress code (as in no shorts) there is no formal, elegant, or chic nights on any of their ships that depart from US ports. So beyond a few universal no-nos, like no swimwear without cover-up and no men in sleeveless shirts, just about any clothing is acceptable in their MDRs for any meal.

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