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Old 10-11-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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The only ship that I am aware of that still has true Formal nights is the Cunard line (Queen Mary, etc.)

The other cruise lines have gone casual all the time, everywhere OR casual most nights with a few dressier nights during the cruise - typically two in a seven day cruise. For example, Celebrity calls those nights "chic". You would see a few women turn up in sparkly cocktail dresses and a few men in tuxes, but the majority are dressed far less fancy than that. I would describe it as 'Classic Country Club' type stuff. Men - long sleeves and slack, a few wear sportcoats or ties. Some men just go with a nicer polo shirt. Women - nice slacks or skirt with a nice blouse, or a dress. "Designer jeans" are also acceptable, but not shorts. In truth, the staff is unlikely to turn anyone away.

About the ONLY thing that is not allowed in the main dining rooms are bathing suits and 'wife-beater' T-shirts. Other dining areas do allow them.

Each cruise line has its stated 'dress code'. It's pretty loosie-goosie, to tell you the truth. And some of the participants on cruise critic get themselves into a snit when somebody asks if they HAVE to dress up on those slightly more formal nights. So don't get wound up about this. Just dress up or down as much as you are comfortable doing.

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Old 10-11-2018, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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On our two recent Windstar cruises, which had 2-3 dining option areas, all that was required was pants/slacks for men and no tee shirts or denim jeans, and obviously no beach wear for either sex, but Norway & Iceland were not conducive for those garments.

We have been on larger ships where a jacket was req'd one night, though they had a few available to borrow.

Whatever line/itin the OP chooses, just check out the Rs & Rs before and make sure they fit your wants and needs.

With the more 'adventuresome' itins and on shore travel these days, I personally would not get back on a ship that had a 'prom night' dress req'd, but everyone has their own bag.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We have been on larger ships where a jacket was req'd one night, though they had a few available to borrow.

It must have been a long time since you've been on a larger ship. The only line that I know of that requires a jacket for men is Cunard - and I doubt that they are lending one to anybody.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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No arm wrestle...
3 or 4 years ago on Princess ship cruise from Vancouver to Whittier. I guess that is considered a 'long time'...
At least one dinner night had a req of jacket for men.

I didn't have one, but our room steward rustled one up for me.

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Old 10-12-2018, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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No arm wrestle...
3 or 4 years ago on Princess ship cruise from Vancouver to Whittier. I guess that is considered a 'long time'...
At least one dinner night had a req of jacket for men.

I didn't have one, but our room steward rustled one up for me.

My apologies! Princess does still have a formal night, at least according to their written policy. I doubt that everyone follows it. And I doubt that we would sail them again if they enforce it. My days of lugging formal wear on a plane or done and over with.
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Old 10-12-2018, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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My apologies! Princess does still have a formal night, at least according to their written policy. I doubt that everyone follows it. And I doubt that we would sail them again if they enforce it. My days of lugging formal wear on a plane or done and over with.
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Old 10-12-2018, 08:02 PM
 
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Ships offer all kinds of options, if you are not inclined to go to any meal that has a dress code, there are about 40 other options for food.
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:47 AM
 
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Panama canal cruises tend to be longer and so, do not have many children.
that is why I booked one Nov 25th. Need less kids, although I love kids
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Old 10-13-2018, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Very smart (as long as Thanksgiving is over by that date).

Our favorite time for cruising are the months of December before Christmas and January after New Year's. Nearly always, it's Few kids, cheaper prices, less passengers. Win-win-win.

We do make exceptions for certain itineraries, but they are typically routed that wouldn't include many kids and/or longer cruises. Those 'special' itineraries usually produce sold out and more expensive cruises, but are the ones that still interest us.
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Old 10-13-2018, 11:25 AM
 
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Do the excursions in port all cost extra or are some included in the price of the cruise?
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