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Changing clothes after dinner

Discussion in 'Royal Caribbean International' started by cillovely, Jul 21, 2004.

  1. cillovely

    cillovely Guest


    I've read numerous posts about the formal dress code at dinner and I'm fine with that. But I've also read that some of you change out of your fancy clothes into something more comfortable right after dinner.

    My question is what is the evening dress code on the ship, not at the main dinner, but say if you went to a show, or were going to the casino. Are shorts a no-no at night for both guys and ladies? How about denim, is that taboo?
  2. Walking shorts are commonly accepted if not part of the dress code. I believe Denim is not taboo, but not encouraged after day of embarkation. I don't remember seeing bathing suits on anyone younger than 10 during any of the shows we went to. Guys have it lucky though, they can have bathing suits that look like normal shorts!
  3. tarjaybuff

    tarjaybuff Guest

    Usually after dinner we go back to the room and change into shorts. I wear cotton/khaki shorts with a polo shirt. Its casual/dressy and comfortable. Once changed we go th the show and then to the casino or one of the bars. Every where on the ship is casual dress and you won't feel out of place. Your there to relax and enjoy yourslef; don't worry about the dress codes it only applies to the dining room.
  4. Trish1c

    Trish1c Guest

    The suggested dress code says evening attire -- not just dining room. It seemed to be honored more in the breech. Denim might not be taboo but IMHO it probably should be. =looking

    We prefer to dress up & were sort of sad when we were the only people at the poolside midnight buffet still dressed. I will say several women asked me how I "got" my SO to stay in his tux. I didn't have the heart to tell them he loves his tux.

    Be comfortable. It is your vacation.
  5. Ken_2001

    Ken_2001 Guest

    Hello Priscilla and welcome!!

    Here how Royal Caribbean prefers their pax to dress:

    What are the dress codes onboard?
    There are three distinct types of evenings onboard: casual, smart casual and formal. Suggested guidelines for these nights are: Casual: Sport shirts and slacks for men, sundresses or pants for women
    Smart Casual: Jackets and ties for men, dresses or pantsuits for women
    Formal: Suits and ties or tuxedos for men, cocktail dresses for women

    3 to 4-night cruises include one formal night and two or three casual nights.
    5 - nights include one formal, one smart casual and three casual nights.
    7-night cruises include two formal nights, one smart casual night and four casual nights.
    10, 11, and 12-night cruises include three formal nights and three smart casual nights, all other nights are casual.
    14 and 15-night cruises include three formal nights and four smart casual nights. All other nights are casual.

    We appreciate your usual parental guidance and cooperation in observing these easy guidelines with your children.
  6. Mbandy

    Mbandy Guest

    Love my tux too. Susan and I clean up pretty good and enjoy staying dressed in evening attire into the EVENING. Glamourous ship, glamourous clothing. For us it's part of the experience.

    Happy Cruising,

  7. Hal

    Hal Guest

    I agree with several of the prior posts that there is something just nice about being dressed for the evening. On each of our cruises, even our teen-aged sons, stayed dressed in the referenced evening attire for the whole evening. There is something special about attending the shows, sitting at the bar or listening to music or gambling like James Bond in a tux or suit. This is to say nothing about the special feeling of walking the decks at night with my wife, dressed to the nines, the stars, the waves . . .very romantic. We have every opportunity to wear jeans and shorts during the days and at home, but on the cruise we take advantage of the atmosphere.

    One of our major complaints about our attempt with NCL and its Freestyle concept was during a Christmas cruise. At the so-called formal Christmas dinner, some diners dressed down and even were in jeans and shorts. Many of the others expressed concern to the host in the dining room only to be told that it was their vacation too. We never went back to NCL. With the ships being so large and varied, if a specific dress code is not what an individual wants to do that night, there are plenty of options to choose from: casual venues, specialty restaurants, buffets, and even room service.

    For me, far too much has been said about be comfortable, it's your vacation. Part of the experience is the magic of a cruise is being dressed for these few occassions. We should try to embrace it and not fight to system.

    Probably this post will engender contoversy, but debate is healthy.

    Voayger - Christmas 2004
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    Norwegian Sea - Christmas 2002
    Monarch of the Sea - Christmas 2001
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  8. Mbandy

    Mbandy Guest

    No disagreement here Hal. That was my point. You just expressed it more eloquently but echo my feelings. Beach Bums by day...formal at night. How cool is that?

  9. Ken_2001

    Ken_2001 Guest

    I think these above posts echo my feelings here and I do appoligise in advance for souding off here midly, but on my last cruise, it was a very common site to see fellow pax wearing those pants that are either too short or too long, I think they are shorts that are to long, tank tops, open toe sandals. It's their vacation, this that and the third, I'm sure they were comfortable as can be, but whenever my wife and I saw a couple walking by us, the best word that comes to mind to me is shlameel.

    During a typical seaday, I prefer to wear shoes, dockers or close to it, a golf tee and anice black dress belt, and Debra wears loose fitting long cotton slacks with a nice blouse. We just find dressing like this, we get people approaching us, just striking up a conversation out of the blue. What a nice feeling that is.

    Casual night, I don't wear a tux, but a business suit during dinner. It's the whole atmosphere that been kept up through the decades and a nice tradition to keep up.

    but anyhoo..that's how I feel.. :grin
  10. serene56

    serene56 Guest

    The public lounges tend to get chilly in the evening.
    So take a sweater or sweat shirt.

    I tend to stay dressed. I like going to the show after dinner dressed up- cant do that at home..so once a year aint gonna kill us.. lol
  11. jrsygrl

    jrsygrl Guest

    The only time I ever get to wear a gown is when we cruise. We always have late seating dinner and part of our fun is to stroll the outside decks after dinner, arm in arm. Always makes us feel special and kind of "Titanic-ish"...........
  12. bicker

    bicker Guest

    I can understand your preferences Ken; I used to dress a lot more formally myself, even going as far as wearing long-sleeves in summer, even with a jacket, which I'd almost always wear, even when not necessary. I doubt anyone does, and surely no one should, think differently about you due to your choice to dress less casually than allowed. Such choices could readily be assignated as "stuff" and "up-tight" -- characterizations that perhaps don't fit you at all! For that reason, I suspect that most of the time when you're thinking "shlameel" you're way off-base.
  13. cillovely

    cillovely Guest

    I appreciate your feed back all.

    Ken I'm sorry, but the daytime shorts/tanktop/flip flop wearing person will be me and my husband and our other friends. The tank top will probably be a Harley Davidson one, to boot. So I do apologize for being "shlameel" but in all honesty I've got that poor white trash blood that I'm proud of. I'm on vacation, I want comfort.

    At night we will be dressed, not sure about the tux. Hubby is a officer of an organization, club if you will (again a pwt thing), that he is required to wear a tux. Both white and black jacket. He wears a tux more than James Bond. And I get to go to a lot of dinners with him where since he's in a tux, or suit, so naturally I'm dressed up as well. I get to do the "dress up" think a lot more that you folk, I'm probalby going to be one of those who runs back to the room and gets comfy. I'll try refrain from wearing my sweatpants.
  14. ssca

    ssca Guest

    My 2 cents!! My family including 2 teenage boys followed the evening dress code at dinner every night, even though there were several tables of non followers!!! My boys changed imediatly after dinner,in fact a few nights they excused themselves after dessert because they went to play basketball. My husband and I changed some nights, both formals not because we did not like being dressed up, but it was hot and we wanted to be comfortable and its vacation time not a fashion show. I believe we still fell under the "country club" attire. I still wore flip flops, they had beads on them does that count?
  15. lizardstew

    lizardstew Guest

    First, let me say that I love getting dressed up for formal nights. I'd never, ever dream of missing dinner in the dining room 'cause I don't get the opportunity to dress up very often. But it honestly never occurred to me (after 8 cruises) that the formal dress code was for the entire evening. There have been times when I have stayed formal and times when I have gone to the cabin and put on my jeans before heading off to the show. I guess it depended on how much I ate at dinner....:) I've never felt out of place wearing jeans to the show either.

    So, let me ask this question. There are those who prefer NOT to dress at all. I think this is entirely appropriate if they intend to eat at the buffet or room service, whatever. Should they not be allowed at the show, because they are not in formal attire? Seriously, I am wondering because I have always thought that the dress was for the dining room only. Thoughts?
  16. Dec Cru

    Dec Cru Guest

    New at this so I'm a bit confused. Ok ,First time Cruising 7 night Grandeur of the Sea 0n Dec 11. Looking at the required dress for formal: ladies cocktail, that really isn't formal, just dressy. So what do people actually wear. I always in visioned full length, full gown, beads, the whole deal. Now I'm afraid I'll be over dressed If I wear more than the little black cocktail dress.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
  17. lizardstew

    lizardstew Guest

    Wear the gown. I've done both and you'll see pretty much everything. I love to wear the long gowns and don't really care if everyone else is in cocktail dresses! :)
  18. defritz

    defritz Guest

    Everyone pretty much wears gowns. I wore a slim, floor-length black dress with some sequeins on it. I didn't feel out of place, but I defintetly looked a bit different.
  19. ssca

    ssca Guest

    I wore black formal short and long dresses and my husband wore a tux. I had to change the 1st formal night because I ate to much and the dress was already a bit tight. We had late seating so yes there were a lot more people that changed and there were a lot that did not.
  20. Trish1c

    Trish1c Guest

    Lizardstew --

    I understand where you developed the impression that the dress code was for the dining room only -- b/c that's what everybody says on these boards (all of 'em, not just this one). Plus if the dress code is enforced at all, it's only there. If you read the documents, they say evening attire. To me that means after 6 pm everywhere.

    I'm in the "I don't care what you wear, I'm getting dressed up" camp & I never looked down on somebody based upon what they were wearing. As I have said before however, I was dissapointed on my 1st cruise when on formal night at the midnight buffet we were literally the only people still dressed.

    As for how dressed up -- I say you can never be over dressed. You will see everything from casual to floor length full gowns. Personally I tend to wear short cocktail dresses -- something that you can't wear during the day -- b/c I think my legs are one of my best features & I can't be bothered trying to pack a gown. SO always wear a tux b/c he perfers that look.

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