christopher middleton - Answered a Question by Huntingdon-Everett (09 Oct 08 21:42)

Generally speaking, the style is informal, with gentlemen wearing jacket and tie (lounge suit or sports jacket is fine) and ladies smartly dressed. On ‘Formal’ evenings, gentlemen will prefer to wear ‘black tie’ with ladies elegantly dressed in cocktail or evening dress. As a guideline there are usually four formal nights on a two-week cruise. Details will be supplied with your travel documents. For many of you, hiring or packing dress suits for formal nights can be a bit of a chore, but a solution is at hand. ‘Floating Formals’ is a suit hire service, which you can pre-book by telephone from your home. When you arrive on board, your tuxedo will be pressed and waiting for you in your cabin. When the cruise is over all you need to do is leave the garment(s) with reception. It’s that simple! Hire rates start from £67 for cruises of 14 days or less. Suit hire is available for longer cruises on request. The service is available on cruises departing from Dover or Southampton and orders can be placed up to 72 hours before your sailing date. Please call ‘Floating Formals’ on 0208 518 4171 for full details and booking..

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Marshall - replied to christopher middleton (09 Oct 08 22:09)

Nice bit of advertising .......... But can I make a pitch for cost effectiveness. If you are likely to do another cruise, go to a works do or any other formal event, far cheaper and nicer to buy your own!

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saltmarsh - replied to Marshall (09 Oct 08 22:33)

As a casual dresser on my 1st cruise now done 5 bought a dj worn it 18 times agree with marshall buy your own.

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craig - replied to saltmarsh (10 Oct 08 11:19)

I agree it is by far cheaper to buy your own. They never date and Matalans had some lovely ones and cheap.

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McConnell - Answered a Question by Huntingdon-Everett (09 Oct 08 22:33)

Olsen's A-Z guide says that (apart from formal nights) elegant casual applies in the Carribbean. Quote: Elegant casual – Stylish leisure wear is ideal. Open neck shirts with collars please, for the men; whilst casual separates or a summer dress will be fine for the ladies. It doesn't mention the informal dining room specifically. As this is my first cruise ever (Braemar on 13 November) I can't comment, sorry. Looking forward to your review!

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Wilba - Answered a Question by Huntingdon-Everett (10 Oct 08 06:59)

Following on from Chris Middleton's suggestion of suit hire at £67, Matalan last christmas were selling Dinner Suit, Shirt & Bow Tie 50 quid all in. Also Tesco, Asda, Charity shops, eBay, cheaper than jeans & a T shirt.

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