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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 :-)

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

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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