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Some women will be in long dresses and some will be in floaty trousers with glitzy tops. I usually wear a long dress on one formal evening and then floaty chiffon type trousers with glitzy top, or camisole and evening jacket on another. Either choice is acceptable. On informal evenings the women are usually in either cocktail dresses, dresses with strappy tops or again trousers with evening top. On smart casual evenings the women still tend to be dressy - the sort of thing you would wear to a meal in a very smart restaurant. Hope this helps. I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time.
If you are worried about the cost. Some Charity Shops (Barnados) sell new evening dresses at this time of the year at a fraction of department shop prices. Don't go with things with lots of beads if its a fly cruise they are very heavy. Do think about the weight. One long black skirt and a change of tops works well, and takes up less room cabins are small compared to hotel rooms.
If your a trouser person just stick to trousers and a nice top, if you got good legs were a short skirt or dress, if you prefer long skirts/dresses go with those. I've generally found that as long as you look tidy it's all OK! My boyfriend on the other hand curses as he's actually been told he can't go into the restuarant without the proper attire on a formal night, I was wearing a pair of black trousers, sandals and a sparkly top. Hope this helps!
No you do not have to wear long dress on formal night just an evening dress long or short your choice. our first cruise was last year on the P&O Oceana and I just took all short evening wear. There are all kinds of dress, trousers skirts long and short dresses, all kinds and colours except black and white night. don't worry. enjoy. Beryl. Birmingham.
My Husband and myself are looking forward to our first ever Cruise on the Ventura (Early April 2009. )Both in our seventy's ,I was very ill in 2007 and although quite well now have to use a Mobility Scooter. Our Daughters would like to come on to the Liner with us for a short while to help us settle in our Cabin.
I have tried to assure them that this would not be allowed. However thought I would enquire to find out if anyone knows different.