clifton - Answered a Question by MULLARD (11 Nov 08 19:59)

Does it really matter what everyone else is wearing!! If you and your partner want to, then go for it. Its probably the only oppurtunity you are going to get in one year apart from formal balls in your area. It certainly makes me feel like a million dollars!! We have cruised with RCI for the past 4 years. First year without any clothes as British Airways lost it!! I tell you I felt completely out of place in the restaurant in casual clothing. Go with what YOU feel right in and enjoy!!

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peter gibson - Answered a Question by MULLARD (09 Nov 08 21:44)

The standards are droping nowerdays. on formal nights i have seen jeans and a t shirt in the resteraunts on royal carribean, the last rci cruise i went on (brilliance of the sea) , less than half the men had tuxedos on, but please don't let standards keep droping, take your glad rags and wear them proudly.

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Aldrich - Answered a Question by MULLARD (09 Nov 08 21:57)

Goodness me Mr Gibson is a bit grumpy this evening - and I am afraid giving totally the wrong impressin. On RCI approx 80% will be wearing formal dress - those that don't go and eat in the cafe area. Of the formal dress I would say 40% in tux and the rest in suits. Americans tend to dress properly unlike the British 'trainer and tracksuit brigade'. On a 7n cruise there will be 2 formal nights. Dress up and enjoy.

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Bradbury - replied to Aldrich (10 Nov 08 12:33)

Sorry I have to disagree, I have cruised RCI many, many times and have particularly noticed when on Caribbean cruises less and less people dress up - mainly the yanks. Have sat in Main restaurant in evening in formal wear next to a table of Americans complete with baseball caps. What I also notice is the main restaurants becoming more and more empty as others chose they migrate to the Windjammer. Such a shame, I do agree with you on not letting standards drop and wish more people would stick to the proper dress code.

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Smith - Answered a Question by MULLARD (12 Nov 08 13:57)

I took my step-daughter (15yrs) and step-son (18yrs) on their first cruise this year. Both me and my husband wear formal clothing, however my step-daughter is a complete tomboy, so the one condition we made was she would have to wear a smart dress, as i knew i wouldn't get her into a formal dress. However the dress we got was a nice silver off the shoulder with some nice detatil on it from Debenhams in the January sale. My step-son again never wore smart clothes but agreed to wear a suit & tie. We bought him again one in the sales, he even got a comment from the photographer about what a nice suit he had. When it came to the second formal night my step-son borrowed one of my husbands dickie bow. They were glad that we had made them dress smart and enjoyed it, they had some lovely photo's with us but also on their own. My step-son saw someone when we were having the photo's done walking around in shorts and t-shirt and was quite surprised, and said what is the point coming on the cruise if you don't get dressed up! For two young adults that totally didn't like the idea of being smart but was the only way we would take them on a cruise, they really enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one. My step-son has alreay bought a dickie bow ready. We were on Legend of the sea's we were luckly i don't think i saw anyone that looked casual. It isn't always possible to buy formal clothing as it can be quite expensive. But i would say buy something smart. Also if you have booked quite a bit in advance, check out the sales as sometimes dresses can be up to half price!

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