How do you define "Formal" and "Smart Casual"?

I define "formal" as anything from tux / long dress to nice dress pants with a nice top. I have read the pros and cons of formal night on cruises, but what is your definition of formal?

I define "smart casual" as neat clean outfits that can include shorts, pants, sun dresses, "Hawaiian or tommy bahama type shirts"  etc.  I do not include logo type t-shirts in this category but do include nice regular t-shirts.

Again, I can care less what anybody else wears on a cruise - I am more curious about your definition of cruise attire ...

17 Answers

Formal = tux / dark suit / evening gown.

Smart Casual = suit / collared shirt / cocktail dress / pants suit

Casual = nice jeans / leather shoes / polo shirt

Pool Wear = bathing suit / shorts / pool sandals (flip-flops) / t-shirts (logo or no)

Just my definitions - not my expectations.

Agreed. For Smart Casual I may even add dress pants/shirt. I tend to enjoy the longer, flowy-er dress pants.


Yep .. sums it up very well

Formal = Tux, dark suit, evening gown, long dress, pants suit

Semi-formal (old time cruisers will remember this one) = suite, slacks, dress shirt, tie, sport coat, cocktail dress, pants suite. Ok for light bright colors.

NO-NO's for MDR any night, swim suit, pool wrap, gym attire, tank tops, flip flop's, baseball cap, tennis shoes.

Smart Casual = slacks, dockers, nice jeans, long sleeve casual shits with a collar, polo shirts, sun dress, slacks, pants top with sleeves, Leather shoes.

Concur with all of the above.

I go by the cruise line's definition. How I define the terms is irrelevant.

BDRebel summed it up pretty well. That's how I view the dress code.Wink

I agree.

I would add capris to JusMe's smart casual list. On BDRebel's list, I wouldn't consider a cocktail dress as smart casual. I think it's more formal or semi-formal.


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