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Old 12-28-2004, 06:01 PM
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1st time cruise coming up 2/13 on Mariner of the Seas. I'm concerned about how dressed up we need to be on formal/semi-formal nights. Is a jacket and tie necessary? If so, will my husband be out of place in a light brown suit? (The only one he has!) Thanks for the help!!!!!
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1st time cruise coming up 2/13 on Mariner of the Seas. I'm concerned about how dressed up we need to be on formal/semi-formal nights. Is a jacket and tie necessary? If so, will my husband be out of place in a light brown suit? (The only one he has!) Thanks for the help!!!!!
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Old 12-28-2004, 06:59 PM
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My husband, family with 3 teenagers sailed on our first cruise, in June on Mariner. Although I was informed we would be okay with suit and ties, I was concerned we would be out of place. We were comfortable, as there was a variety of dress, from coat/ties, to formal tuxedos for men/boys. We took group pictures ourselves with different backgrounds, and they turned out so great, we used them for our Christmas cards this year. Have a great trip!

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1st time cruise coming up 2/13 on Mariner of the Seas. I'm concerned about how dressed up we need to be on formal/semi-formal nights. Is a jacket and tie necessary? If so, will my husband be out of place in a light brown suit? (The only one he has!) Thanks for the help!!!!!
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He will be fine in his suit. Formal night is really just an opportunity for those that want to dress to do so. I enjoy wearing a tux and enjoy formal nights to the max, but recognize others may not. He won't feel out of place whatsoever.

Have a great cruise.

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Old 12-29-2004, 04:07 AM
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Thanks for the quick responses! - He'd also like to know if there is any chance he can get by without a suit, and just dress slacks, shirt and tie?
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Old 12-29-2004, 07:36 AM
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I feel sorry for your husband only having a light brown suit (hopefully he also has a bathing suit). I am more fortunate because I have a suit for every day of the year. It is a black pinstripe. It fits all occasions: weddings, baptisms, cruises, and funerals. I find it amusing about how uptight people get about not wearing a Tuxedo. I own one for the faternal organization that I belong to. It is the cheapest "suit" that I have ever owned. $129 for the tux, shirt, cumberbun, cufflinks, buttons, bow tie, and vest. It is almost cheaper to get a new one that to have it cleaned.

The majority of the men wear a suit, or a sportcoat. I don't know if I would show up without a jacket as they might make you walk the plank. LOL. It seems rather silly to me to get dressed up to eat but that is the custom for the formal nights. After dinner most of the passengers rush back to their cabin and change into more comfortable clothes for the rest of the evening. Take the suit and enjoy your cruise.
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Old 12-29-2004, 07:43 AM
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For semi-formal nights he will not feel out of place without a jacket. But, I would suggest that if he really does not want to wear the suit, that on formal night you plan to dine at the alternative casual dining at the Windjammer. Although they won't kick him out of the main dining room, he (or perhaps you) may not be as comfortable.
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:19 AM
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I'd recommend he take and wear the suit, at least to try the first formal night. The second formal night is when they have the lobster/shrimp, so you won't want to miss that, if you love seafood. As noted earlier, you can always eat in the Windjammer, if you feel more comfortable there, or are short on time. You can save money from buying another suit, to spend on any extras, excursions, etc.
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Old 12-30-2004, 05:30 AM
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Although he's not a fan of putting on a suit, he's a BIG fan of eating! So I guess he'll just have to tough it out for a few hours for those 2 nights. At least it sounds like the color won't be a problem. So if anyone sees a guy in a beard and a brown suit on Mariner the week of 2/13, you'll know it's us! Thanks for all the responses.
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:39 PM
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So after all this, I now find out his brown suit doesn't even fit anymore, so we went suit shopping this weekend. Apparently he doesn't have as much of an aversion to suits anymore, and also bought 2 spiffy shirts and ties. Now I'll probably have to buy something nicer so I won't look shabby next to him!
 
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