Formal nights

Has Carnival abandoned formal nights as on our last cruise the formal night wear was shorts and teeshirts for most of the diners. We will be sailing 17 Sept from Miami and as we are flying long haul don't want to pack formal wear if we don't need them. Can anyone who has been on a carnival cruise recently reply to what they experienced. Thanks

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Pretty much, yes! The call it "Cruise Elegant" and request no shorts, no tank tops and prefer long pants on men. It is not enforced evenly throughout the fleet. We have seen folks in cut-off turned away. To be safe, you might considered "church clothes". The DH often wears long pants, tropical print shirt and dress shoes. I wear a nice sundress and heels. Hope that helps.

You can always opt out of formal night on any cruise and dine where it's not required (if ship still has formal night). Think it's easier for women to pack a nice sundress as AuntPinkie suggests then it is for men who don't want to bring a tux or suit. Seems like anything goes nowadays ...

I cruised on last June and wore my suit. The one in my photo. I dont think I will bother with it again. Just pants shrt and tie or skip it all together.

I was just on the Victory last May for the 4 night Concert cruise, I wore nice jeans and a fancy long sleeve shirt and dark shoes, I was fine. Two years ago I was on the Glory for a 7 night cruise and I wore a pair of Dockers with a dress shirt and tie and was fine, some people still dressed up in sport coat or suite, but shirt and tie were just fine. When I have to fly cross country for a cruise I do not like to have to pack a large case and a suite (then I have to pay for checked bag).

It is your vacation, be comfortable and dress how you like, It is Carnival after all not Cunard.

I usually wear dress pants & a shirt with a collar & tie.

We wear church clothes - dress or skirt and pretty top with heels for me, and dress pants with button down shirt for hubby- a tie on the first elegant only.

On the Ecstacy a year ago, men in dress shorts and nice shirts were turned away but a few minutes later a different hostess permitted a couple of guys in torn jeans and muscle shirts in. We were by the MDR entrance, watching an entertainer below in the lobby lounge so we saw the difference in what was permitted.

What people wear has no affect on my dinner or diningroom enjoyment but I wish it was constant, especially for each evening.

The formal nights will probably be done away with as the cruisers change. I kind of like the notion of dressing up, It's like getting all spruce up for Christmas dinner when we were kids.

And, Yes, I own a tux....

I hope the formal nights don't leave. I know its YOUR vacation and dress the way you want to but I don't see what the big issue is dressing nicely for a evening.


I hope the formal nights don't leave. I know its YOUR vacation and dress the way you want to but I don't see what the big issue is dressing nicely for a evening.

I think even for the worst of us. The Tux is a James Bondish thing.... Even I look good in a tux....Happy

Actually, one of the reasons we like cruising on Princess is being encouraged to dress in formal clothing. We both enjoy dressing-up and seeing others dressed to the nines is enjoyable. The world needs more "James Bond" type fellows. I have several gowns from all the years my DH was active duty, it is so nice to have a place where I can wear them.


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