I think cruise lines should enforce the dress code.The last few cruises we;ve been on,princess,royal caribbean etc.people were walking around in shorts & t shirts on formal nights.If these people don;t want to make an effort I suggest they go with ocean village.
Rest assured that if you attire yourself in what I would refer to as 'Basic Formal' you will be in the majority on these themed Formal Nights. It's dead easy on the Black and White night, speaks for itself. Masquerade Ball, a mask will suffice and a glamourous hat for Ascot Night. Whatever you do, don't panic, this is about enjoying yourself and even in normal Formal wear, they are great occasions. hope this has helped. Richard.
What's diff between Black and White ball and Neptune's ball in a dress scent?
Black and White is easy. Gentlemen can go the whole hog with a white tux or remain in black Dinner suit, variations could be a black shirt under the white tux. I've just had a new white silk scarf in my stocking, that will soon get an airing. Ladies have carte blanche as long as the two basic colours are prominent. Mrs O usually does black skirt/dress with opposie colour stole, pashmina or top. I have never come across a Neptunes Ball however the imagination could run wild for the ladies, an elegant outfit with a fishy, nautical flavour. As a chap though I would prefer to stick to my basic formal wear unless you have a mermaid bow tie. These functions are to be enjoyed.Hope this helps, happy New Year.
We went on our first cruise this year and like you were nervous about the etiquette on formal and theme nights. We found that on formal nights, some really went for it, some of the men just wore ordinary suits (with ties) and some ignored it altoghether, one man we spoke to said he had to wear a suit every day for business and he wasn't getting into a suit on holiday for anyone. The ladies, well most ladies enjoy dressing up anyway. As for theme nights, like the formal, some went the whole hog, some didn't bother. You have to take into account your baggage limit on your flight, so just be sensible with your packing, you can't pack for every event. As for the formal, you always have the option of hiring on ship. Judging by the numbers joining in the formal or theme nights against the numbers on ship, I would say probably 3/4 of passengers don't 'Tow the line' The main thing is - ENJOY your trip!
Cunard is one of the more formal lines(for which. many thanks!!) and we have found that the vast majority of passengers do "dress up" on formal nights i.e. DJ for the men and "best party frocks" for ladies--and very glam. it is too. So far as theme nights are concerned , we have never bothered to adhere to the "fancy dress" theme,we simply wear whatever the evening's dress code may be, and have found most do the same, with the possible exception of "black and white" when it is so simple to comply that even I usually do so (and i dont do fancy dress!).So take all your glad rags and have fun wearing them---there are few enough opportunities at home these days we find-----and in my case I find it a very useful way to justify to "him indoors " my conspicuous expenditure on evening clothes!!!!Have a fabulous time---on QM2 you are bound to!Cynthia.
Thanks for your help, panic over!
Hi we have cruised on QM2 twice! once transatlatic and once around the Med. we have also cruised on Dawn Princess Caribean and Diamond Princess to Alaska. We do like to "dress up" on the formal nights, we think it is all part of the holiday! I agree with the other comments regarding Basic Formal dress and evening dresses are perfect and on QM2 most people to do comply! unlike Princess we found majority dont confirm. We prefer Cunard's "british" traditional feel and I am sure once you embark you will feel so much at "home" as we do! we are booked on the Queen Victoria Med 2009 and cant wait to experience her! Have a great time I am sure you will be eager to book another one on board!
Jackie, Prittlewell, Southend on Sea, ESSEX.
Like other cruisers, I've found it varies from cruise to cruise, depending on the company, time of year and average passenger profile. I'm just back from a Med cruise on Celebrity Galaxy, where I was thrilled to see almost all passengers making the effort on formal nights - but the average age was older than normal (it being during school term time), which does make a difference, I think. I would like to see formal night dress code enforced in the formal dining areas on ships - those who don't wish to comply can always go to the self-serrvice buffet, after all.
Cruised on the lovely QE2 recently and yes, everyone dressed up! On formal nights the majority of ladies were in long dresses, men in dinner suits or tuxedos, and on semi-formal nights ladies were in cocktail dresses and men in dark lounge suits. A few passengers wore fancy dress on theme nights but they were definitely in the minority, though it added to the fun. At one Captain's cocktail party 1 man wore a lounge suit on a formal night and he stuck out like a sore thumb. I suppose other cruise lines have a less formal dress policy but I think that Cunard adopt this formality and it's all part of the enjoyment of this type of cruise. I loved it.