Clarke - Answered a Question by Robinson (17 Oct 08 10:37)

Depends which ship you are thinking of travelling on??most have formal, informal and casual nights. But it is part of the fun.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Robinson (17 Oct 08 14:57)

Hi Barbara, it depends what you mean by "dressed up". There are many cruise lines that have formal nights when most people wear evening dress and DJs or suits once or twice a cruise and there are others who are more casual with their approach. So now we have another question , what is your budget and what are your requirements. If you would be happy with a cheaper cruise, informal dress and atmosphere then I would suggest you look at Ocean Village. If you would like something more sophisticated with much better food and a gentile atmosphere then choose Azamara, it's a bit more expensive though. Others which may suit you include NCL and Island cruises both of which are more expensive, generally, than Ocean Village but cheaper than Azamara. Might I suggest that you either pop into a Travel Agent and pick up some brochures or look at the cruise line’s sites on the Web and order some from there. You could also look at the section on this site for people new to cruising. Good luck anyway. Neil.

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wilde - Answered a Question by Robinson (17 Oct 08 16:12)

Well clothes are required but if you dont want to dress at all there are nudist cruises on the market have fun .

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Russell - Answered a Question by Robinson (17 Oct 08 21:17)

The answer is simple, you do not have to dress up if you do not want to. The only problem we have ever had was when my son wanted to wear shorts to dinner on a casual night he was refused entry into the main restaurant and had to go back to the cabin to put trousers on. Dressing up on formal nights is part of the enjoyment for me, my husband and our daughter in law but our son just does not do dressed up and that has been ok.

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sherrington - Answered a Question by Robinson (18 Oct 08 11:10)

On Independence of the seas they have 3 formal nights ie Bow tie do's, But you dont have to go to the dining room there are so many other places you can eat being just casual, (No baseball caps some cretins wear!) I wore shorts all the time in the windjammer restaurant. We went to the 3 formal I wore a blazer and dark trousers with a bow tie but a lounge suit and tie is acceptable. TYhe rest of the time go casual. Its more free now than the stuff shirt days of yore!! john.

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Probets - Answered a Question by Robinson (19 Oct 08 17:42)

Having sailed on QM2, all of the three formal evenings were strictly observed (DJ's) however there were restaurants were the dress code was informal if required. I must say that everyone really enjoyed the 'dressing up' evenings! On a down note, when we sailed with Celebrity on the Mercury to Alaska in August, it appeared that it was only the Brits and the Japenese who seemed to have the curtesey of observing the dress code. The vast majority of American clientele struggled with any form of dress code and were amazed that shorts and T-shirst were not allowed in the formal dining area. I believe it was purely a matter of curtesey and consideration towards fellow passengers. Both myself and my husband wore evening wear on the designated evenings and felt extremely comfortable with it!

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Evans - Answered a Question by Robinson (20 Oct 08 10:36)

Hi Barbara Sometimes its a pain to dress up when you have been touring all day or are tired from the sun. But believe me when you have made the effort and you look the part its worth it. I cruise with my wife and two daughters and when I walk in the dining room with them I feel proud. There is a great feeling on a cruise when everyone is dressed up in a theatre watching a show.

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