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Old 06-23-2006, 08:43 AM
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I am taking my kids (ages 13 and 15) on the Conquest this Aug. My daughter, the oldest is very excited about getting to dress up but my son, on the other hand, is fighting me tooth and nail. What do kids wear generally on formal night. he is very small for his age and looks younger. any insight would be much appreciated. thanks.
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:04 AM
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He could wear a pair of dockers, a dress shirt and a coat (I'm sure he wont go for a tie). He might change his mind if he meets a cute young lady on board. If you cannot get him to dress for formal night, he could get room service that evening or pizza or the buffet and meet up with you all later. They probably will not say anything if he doesn't wear a coat and at 13 I doubt he'd care if he as wasn't dressed up as the rest of the crowd. So if you can at least get him to wear a pair of slacks and a dress shirt, he should be ok. Who knows, once he's on board and having fun, he might even get into it. Have a wonderful cruise!!
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:11 AM
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Your the parent correct. Then if you tell him to dress up, he should dress up.
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:14 AM
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Thanks penny for the advise. I will get him to wear dockers and a nice shirt and bring along a tie (just in case) we are all so excited. I am traveling alone with the kids and am looking forward to a relaxing time. thanks again.
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:18 AM
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thanks for the advise luv2cruise, yes you are correct that i am the parent. I don't feel like vacation is the time to force something on to him. he is a good kid and i know that it is not hurtng anyone if he doesnt' dress up. i do enforce other issues tho', just not dressing up.
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Old 06-23-2006, 10:32 AM
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How about giving him a choice? Wear a jacket to the formal dinner ( picture taking night ) or eat in the windjammer and not be in the pictures. Let him know he can take the jacket off after dinner and doesn't have to wear a tie. Also, let him know the Captain thinks dressing up on formal night is cool.
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My son used to hate it because we made him wear a tie (clip on) and jacket. I then said he was old enough to wear a real tie, just like dad. Now he looks forward to the formal nights!

It is important to note that many people change into casual wear after dinner is over with. We do too.
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I then said he was old enough to wear a real tie, just like dad.
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Let me understand - you actually tie your own bow tie when you wear your tux? Cool, here I thought I was the last one that still does that since Ol' Blue Eyes passed away!
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Old 06-23-2006, 04:08 PM
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Just about everybody (kids included) dressed up on formal night on our ship. I bought a suit for my son (17 years old) at a resale shop before we left. I'm glad we did, just about all the men and boys had suits. The younger boys who didn't have suits, did wear ties. The other evenings he wore dockers and polo shirts.
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Old 06-23-2006, 11:55 PM
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Now I am confused, my sons will be wearing Dockers and Polo shirts for dress up evenings which I think is two nights. They have to dress up every night on the ship to go to dinner???
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