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It's surprising how un-formal some people dress with Cunard, although probably 80% make a good effort. A man can get away with a dark business suit, but a Tux looks better!
The long dress and the long dressy two piece sounds as though you can get away with wearing both twice, but some female cruisers might say no you can't do that but with the credit crunch you can only go so far. We have now done a few cruises and my wife has a selection of 10 to chose from but she has built those up over the past 13 years. My funny story to go down a different route on the first formal night I looked out the DJ and found no trousers still lying on the bed back home but luckily I had a smart sports jacket and got away with not sticking out like a sore thumb, but there's more we were friendly with some of the waiters and the follwoing evening one appeared with a good pair in my
size, he got well rewarded, but I am not suggesting you chat up the waitresses, but seriously you will see after your first formal how things are shaping and you might find from the shops ashore you can get a great selection depending on your ports of call, if you really feel it necessary.
Same outfit twice? Cuanrd don't employ fashion-Police. ;-)
(Sorry but I could not resist - you need a woman's advice, not mine!).
We are fortunate to cruise three or four times a year so advise on dress is something I can comment on. We find that most passengers do make the effort to dress up. .As to wearing the same outfit twice this is perfectly acceptable ,Mixing and matching is also a very good idea ,A black skirt or evening trousers with different tops is very useful and helps to cut down on luggage if you have to transport your own cases at any time ( ie.public transport ) . You will also find there are those passengers that make no effort at all. Whatever you wear enjoy your trip and remember it is your holiday and what other people think shouldnot spoil it for you.
I think with so many people on a cruise, it wouldn't be noticed if someone wore the same outfit twice. On a 14 night cruise we had 3 formal nights. I took only two formal wear dresses and the dress I wore on the first formal night, I wore again on the final formal night - afterall there was a difference of 9 days! If anyone notices that you have worn the same outfit twice AND turns their nose up then they are a snob and a very sad person if all they can think about and remember is what someone was wearing a few days before.
The list of clothing you have provided seems fine to me. Go and enjoy your cruise!
Hi Dobson, your comments echo my thoughts wholeheartedly. Many thanks for your comments.
Never cruised Cunard but always choose formal cruises. For 14days, I take 1 ballerina length dress and a super really useful black split skirt/trouser outfit that I mix and match with silk camisoles and floaty overshirts for formal evenings. Your list sounds fine. In fact I'm impressed you have so much.It doesn't matter if you wear an outfit twice.As the poster Dobson says, wear your dress at the first and last formal evening.No one with any sense of decorum will bother and if comments are passed it's to their detriment, not yours. As a matter of interest,my parents who were world cruisers with cunard were invited to the 150th anniversary dinner in Hongkong and my mother wore one of her many charity shop buys. She looked a million dollars.
Hi Morton, think I have got myself reasonably well equipped now clothes wise, but appreciate your tip about wearing my 'best dress' on the first and last formal evenings. I cannot begin to explain the bargains I've got on eBay, and for a fraction of the price I would pay if I shopped in the 'real world'. Moreover, well done to your mother for wearing one of her 'many charity shop buys' for the anniversary dinner - that really gives me heart.
We sailed on the QM2 last March and also had 4 formal nights. I had one evening dress and 2 calf lenght cocktail dresses.I also had a coouple of little jackets.My husband had a dinner suit and two differant color bow ties. We had a lovely time and didn't feel at all put out. We have had some lovely photos taken in our differant outfits with some lovely QM backgrounds to remember it all . Some people only wore trouser suits and skirts and tops I wore my long dress twice and Im sure nobody noticed .Have a lovely cruise and enjoy it all. The photoghers on board are very good and have lots of photos taken .You only pay for the ones you like.
Hello Mcintyre, it's good to know that you enjoyed your cruise on the QM2. I've finally settled on a couple of long evening dresses, together with some long skirts and fancy tops, a few cocktail dresses, and some smart jackets, so think I will be fine. Hubby hates dressing up, but have sneaked a lovely cream tux (bought new for a snip on eBay) in his suitcase along with his dinner suit, bow ties and some snazzy gear from M&S (which I am sure will grow on him!). Am taking my own digi camera to take loads of pics, but am sure we will be tempted to purchase a few from the professional photographers on board.
Thanks for your useful response.