glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

How Formal Do You Dress on Cruises?

Years ago my husband & I would dress very formally on cruise - he would bring a tux & I would bring long gowns.  His tux is too big on him now & he is not sure that he wants to buy a new one at this point. Now I bring black dress pants and dressy tops.   How formal do you dress on a cruise?  Doe it change depending on the ship or cruise line? 

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Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

On Princess Cruises, I brought a Tux with me and My wife brought a gown. There is something James Bondish about a tux. On NCL, I brought a nice suit, but we bought a nice gown for Monique on board.

I guess it all depends on the cruise line, and the style you choose.

 

JusMe
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Contributor Level: Captain

For me it depends on the cruise. When I do the 3 or 4 night Baja party cruises on Carnival for "Cruise Fancy" night I wear jeans and a long sleeve shirt. On 7 night cruises out of the States I take a suit with me.

 

When in Europe on Celebrity I took my Tux with a couple of vest and tie sets, 1 white and 1 black Tux shirt and a couple of stud and cuff link sets so I looked different on the 3 formal nights. The European's in the cabin next to us were surprised that I dressed for formal night after only seeing me in jeans the rest of the trip, she said I "Clean up well".

 

I do not mind dressing up once in a while but not sure I'd want a long cruise where I'd have to be formal most nights.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Hi justMe,  I had 9 formal nights on a recent cruise but it was 78 days long - so not bad at all considering the length.  I did dress formally on those 9 nights.  I do not mind dressing up at all but it is harder, for me,  on a short cruise.  I have to bring special heels and evening bag etc.. and only use them once or twice.  I the longer cruises I used them 9 times. 

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Once my tux fell apart, I have started wearing a dark suit with a tie. Currently sailing on the Emerald Princess and have seen everything from tuxes to dark t shirts. 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Glomorrone:   9 formal out of 79 is not bad,   that is about 1 a week.   I was thinking about a Cunard Cruise where most nights are formal.   The 120 day round the world on the QM2 has sparked my imagination.   I'm just not sure I'd want to be in a tux that much.  Im more of a jean and tennis shoe kinda guy.   I'd try a 7 night Cunard cruise first to see if I like the ship and line before booking 120 nights.

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

Very! I love dressing up. It's a special part of the cruise experience for me.

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I am considering a 115 day cruise.  Am I crazy?

 

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I would say your not,  but then I'm looking at a 120 day cruise for 2016...... so I may not be qualified to give opinion  :-)

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

115 days, crazy? I think not. Have room in your suitcase for me.Happy

WeCruiseToo
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

Itinerary and cruise line definitely impact how much formalwear we pack but yes, we enjoy dressing up when it’s appropriate.  Have you ever seen a James Bond movie?  Tuxedos are cool! Big Smile

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