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thebaron 05-05-2008 09:44 AM

How dressed up do you have to be on the formal night? I really don't want to be in a gown.
Thank you

Dave 05-05-2008 10:38 AM

Carnival recently revised their suggested dress codes and "formal nights" are now "cruise elegant". We have an existing thread on this subject which also has a link to the new dress code, and that thread can be found here .

You can also read a first hand account of the new dress codes here .

thebaron 05-05-2008 11:05 AM

Thanks so much for the info!!

7thSon 05-05-2008 10:30 PM

From what I have seen on my last cruise some couples would show up wearing sweats. I asked our waiter if they enforced the dress code and he even commented that it was getting pretty bad but they were afraid to say anything because passengers would write negatives or bad service on the comment card.

Dwayne 05-05-2008 11:10 PM

Are you sure this was in the Main Dining Room, and not in the Lido Casual? Just seems hard to believe.


PA Steve Rocky Mount 05-10-2008 04:11 PM

I guess I just don't understand. We really look forward to Formal Nights. We LOVE getting dressed up. If we go on a weeklong cruise where there's 2 formal nights, we may only do tux and gown for Captain's night, and suit and dress for the other. Come're on an elegant cruise line!! Dress up!

Dave 05-10-2008 04:14 PM


Come're on an elegant cruise line!! Dress up!
Not anymore, if ever.

Berick1234 05-10-2008 04:26 PM

Elegant cruising has gone the way of the dinosaurs....Dress up if you want but don't expect many of the others to do the with the charge for extra luggage now, one bag is what most people will bring...formal clothes take up too much room...Formal nights were great while they lasted.....Happy crusing...

Bob E

TrvlPro 05-10-2008 06:48 PM

There are great choices still out there for those of you who want to be formal. Try Cunard or HAL for your next cruise. Even Celebrity is a little more of a line where they still dress for dinner. I welcome the more casual approach but a sweat suit in the dining room is taking things a little too far. I don't really want to see guys hairy legs, so no shorts is a good rule for evening meals. No ball caps and a shirt with a collar works too. I can live without the jacket and tie on vacation but can live with it too if that's what's expected. I do like my jeans though, wifey wouldn't approve or I'd wear 'em with the jacket and tie to dinner.

Cheers, Neil

Dwayne 05-10-2008 07:18 PM

I am going to stick to my regular sport coat, tie, and dress shirt/pants for the elegant nights. Not exactly a suit, and not casual either. I actually enjoy seeing all the folks that dress to the nines getting their pictures taken.


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