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Old 10-28-2014, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Speaking for myself, and not yet having taken a cruise:

I find ties and shirts buttoned at the top button to be very uncomfortable. It doesn't quite feel like I'm being choked, but it isn't pleasant for me. Why would I want to be uncomfortable at dinner, while on vacation?

I can see something like a nice pair of slacks, a collared shirt and non-sneakers. I'd even go so far as a comfortable sport jacket. I understand that shorts and a T-shirt aren't always the most appropriate attire. But I don't see any reason to HAVE to wear a formal outfit to dinner on board a cruise if you don't want to, and one shouldn't be penalized for not wanting to get super dressed up while on vacation.
and that's reasonable. But be sure to avoid those cruiselines that require some degree of formal wear unless you want to eat in the buffet or pay extra for specialty restaurants. Celelbrity, P&O, Cunard and HAL would generally not be what you want. NCL is exactly what you describe, as well as the smaller, luxury cruise lines.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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The dress code for P&O for formal evenings is as stated here;

For men, dinner jackets or tuxedos are the norm, but a dark lounge or business suit and tie can be worn as an alternative.
I've never done P&O. As a comparison, here is Celebrity's stated dress code for men:

Gentlemanís attire for formal dining should comprise a tuxedo or dinner suit.

But the reality is that a sports jacket and tie with slacks is just fine. On some itineraries, they don't even bother with the tie.

I'm not suggesting this is a good thing OR a bad thing. I'm just pointing out that tuxedo and dark suit is not what is actually happening on board.
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Old 10-28-2014, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Type 0.7 Kardashev
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Living in Miami I truly see people like that on a regular basis and it truly makes me wonder 1. what is truly going through their mind when they are wearing it 2. what do they think when the realize NOBODY really dresses like this? 3. what kind of looks do they get at the checkout lane when they are buying this?
So, you see - on a regular basis - people who dress the way no one else dresses?



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Old 10-28-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Speaking for myself, and not yet having taken a cruise:

I find ties and shirts buttoned at the top button to be very uncomfortable. It doesn't quite feel like I'm being choked, but it isn't pleasant for me. Why would I want to be uncomfortable at dinner, while on vacation?

I can see something like a nice pair of slacks, a collared shirt and non-sneakers. I'd even go so far as a comfortable sport jacket. I understand that shorts and a T-shirt aren't always the most appropriate attire. But I don't see any reason to HAVE to wear a formal outfit to dinner on board a cruise if you don't want to, and one shouldn't be penalized for not wanting to get super dressed up while on vacation.
you would be within almost any cruise lines dress code. I don't think anyone would have a problem with how you want to dress or what you feel is appropriate. Many guys today, choose the dress or sport shirt without the tie and yes, maybe a sports jacket.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:23 PM
 
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Speaking for myself, and not yet having taken a cruise:

I find ties and shirts buttoned at the top button to be very uncomfortable. It doesn't quite feel like I'm being choked, but it isn't pleasant for me. Why would I want to be uncomfortable at dinner, while on vacation?

I can see something like a nice pair of slacks, a collared shirt and non-sneakers. I'd even go so far as a comfortable sport jacket. I understand that shorts and a T-shirt aren't always the most appropriate attire. But I don't see any reason to HAVE to wear a formal outfit to dinner on board a cruise if you don't want to, and one shouldn't be penalized for not wanting to get super dressed up while on vacation.
If the top button is too tight, why don't you simply buy a larger neck size?
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:24 PM
 
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I've never done P&O. As a comparison, here is Celebrity's stated dress code for men:

Gentlemanís attire for formal dining should comprise a tuxedo or dinner suit.

But the reality is that a sports jacket and tie with slacks is just fine. On some itineraries, they don't even bother with the tie.

I'm not suggesting this is a good thing OR a bad thing. I'm just pointing out that tuxedo and dark suit is not what is actually happening on board.
It might be fine on X, it would not be fine on all lines.
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Old 10-28-2014, 01:26 PM
 
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We have begun sailing on ships with a "elegant casual/business casual/country club casual every night dress code. It is enforced, and really--anyone who can't be bothered putting on chinos and a collared shirt should stay home in the barn they obviously live in. I've only seen one person ever turned away, and they returned after changing from their shorts to slacks.
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Old 10-28-2014, 02:35 PM
 
Location: SW France
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I've never done P&O. As a comparison, here is Celebrity's stated dress code for men:

Gentleman’s attire for formal dining should comprise a tuxedo or dinner suit.

But the reality is that a sports jacket and tie with slacks is just fine. On some itineraries, they don't even bother with the tie.

I'm not suggesting this is a good thing OR a bad thing. I'm just pointing out that tuxedo and dark suit is not what is actually happening on board.
If you turned up wearing a sports jacket and tie on a P&O formal evening you run a very good chance of being refused entry to the dining rooms, though not the buffet.
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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If you turned up wearing a sports jacket and tie on a P&O formal evening you run a very good chance of being refused entry to the dining rooms, though not the buffet.
So P&O demands that the men wear a tuxedo or a jacket that is a dark color and matches the pants?
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Old 10-28-2014, 03:06 PM
 
Location: SW France
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So P&O demands that the men wear a tuxedo or a jacket that is a dark color and matches the pants?
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