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Tarn - Answered a Question by mclean (07 Apr 08 21:11)

Hi, we wre on the sea princess in Feb. You;ll be pleased to know that the only thing compulsary on board is the lifeboat drill on the first day. After that it's really up to you what you do. We decided to make it a part of our holiday and was shocked to find i actually enjoyed it. On formal nights you can always eat in the Horizon Court Buffet or Pizza restuarent if you choose not to wear formal. My advise would be to give it a go, you never know, you might be shocked too. Either way, enjoy your cruise! ps got my tux from Matalan for £40 but don't tell anyone Curly, York.

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Bonnette - Answered a Question by mclean (24 Mar 08 22:46)

Hello....I would love to answer ...yes..... but it would be a falsehood. No one will compel you to go to formal occasions or even dress formally on formal nights. I think that you can even visit the speciality restaurants without dressing formally...Hope that helps....Heathe.

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Alexander - Answered a Question by mclean (24 Mar 08 22:49)

No you don't have to go to formal evenings on Sea Princess - you just choose to eat in an alternative restaurant - enjoy!!

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HUNT- 'Aplmac' - Answered a Question by mclean (25 Mar 08 00:30)

It isn't compulsory to attend Formal Evening on any cruise ship,these days.. It isn't School, you know! There is always a 'slumming-it' option, usually on Lido Deck at the self-serve buffet, where you can dress normally/nicely without having to get all dolled-up! The good news is that the old days of 'Formal Cruising,Cunard-style' are rapidly diminishing, much to most people's relief! Relax...you don't have to attend formal evenings. Enjoy your cruise the way YOU want to enjoy it.

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Bonnette - Answered a Question by mclean (25 Mar 08 14:59)

Hello...Goodness me "Aplmac" you'll be allowing jeans and T shirts at the table next. There are plenty of ships around where dressing down is the setting but do not assume that most people regard formal nights as onerous. However, I accept that it is not your style and am quite happy to go along with that provided that you do not try to force me to follow suit.....Heathe.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by mclean (25 Mar 08 19:19)

Hunt-'aplmac'Thanks for encouraging the yobbo attitude of do what YOU want to do & stuff everyone else.If people don't want to conform to dress codes, fine, go on a line where it's not required but don't drag the rest of us down to your level.Easycruise NCL Carnival are there for the Flip Flop & Baseball Cap Brigade. Bookings are available on line .

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HUNT- 'Aplmac' - Answered a Question by mclean (25 Mar 08 21:28)

Hi,Heather..sorry I hit a nerve somehow..I actually like dressing up for formal nights, but the enquirer's use of the word COMPULSORY made me think 'School',sorry! No, I do NOT recommend football shirts,jeans or T-shirts, you'll be happy to know! Notice that McClean used the phrase 'Is it compulsory to go' as in "have-to-attend". I would've thought you could stay in your cabin and sulk, if the paying customer so desired..but to each his own.

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Wilba - Answered a Question by mclean (26 Mar 08 09:47)

Sorry Aplmac but you hit a nerve with me also. Your choice of ‘Enjoy your cruise the way YOU want to’ does imply don’t bother conforming. Also Formal Cunard style rapidly diminishing to most peoples relief may be questionable, as the majority of posters on all these sites appear to favour Formal Nights as part of the cruise experience. Why anyone books a cruise on a line where formal nights are a known acceptance & then question it is beyond me, after all you can buy a second hand Tux on Ebay for the price of a bottle of wine on the average cruise ship.

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Williams - Answered a Question by mclean (03 Feb 11 16:00)

No, it's not compulsory. You can either wear a lounge suit, or a DJ. As others have mentioned, you can buy a cheap DJ from M&S or Matalan for say£50. Formal evenings, actually, are a "woman thing". Most women like to dress up, and a formal evening is one of those rare occasions, for many women, when they can "go for gold" ! Or of course, you can eat in the Horizon Buffet, nice scoff, or the Pizza Parlour.

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