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    We are quite new to cruising and this fascinating forum has shown that life on different cruise ships can vary a great deal. We are going on a Voyage to Antiquity cruise and dining is said to be informal, either in the waiter served dining room or the buffet. However the suggested dress code is a cocktail dress for ladies. Can any experienced cruisers suggest the kind of thing this would be? The voyage is not until May but there are lots of nice things in the shops right now and also sales on of course. the Captain's Cocktail reception is also described as informal. The trip is Athens to Rome and it should be quite light in the evenings. There is a chance to eat on deck. What might a cocktail cardigan be like if it is chilly?Many thanks to anyone who can help.

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    Originally posted by Embarco, Oadby View Post
    We are quite new to cruising and this fascinating forum has shown that life on different cruise ships can vary a great deal. We are going on a Voyage to Antiquity cruise and dining is said to be informal, either in the waiter served dining room or the buffet. However the suggested dress code is a cocktail dress for ladies. Can any experienced cruisers suggest the kind of thing this would be? The voyage is not until May but there are lots of nice things in the shops right now and also sales on of course. the Captain's Cocktail reception is also described as informal. The trip is Athens to Rome and it should be quite light in the evenings. There is a chance to eat on deck. What might a cocktail cardigan be like if it is chilly?Many thanks to anyone who can help.
    Happy new year and welcome to the forum, if you think of smart casual that would be fine, you could wear a long dress, knee length, or even trousers and a sparkley top, buy clothes that you feel comfortable in,, but if you want to dress up every night then im sure that will be fine as well, have a great cruise. oh by the way, bettre start looking for your next cruise, just in case you get the bug,,:p

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      #3
      It would be helpful if you could say which cruise line you are going on. But in general I usually interpret cocktail dress to be mid to calf length rather than long evening dress. Many ladies now opt for the glitzy top and nice trousers option which are also suitable. Debenhams have a lovely range of light and floaty cocktail dresses at the moment and for a cover up light knitted bolero type cardis are very popular and easy to wear.

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        #4
        I agree with Bradbury. Mix and match tops and black evening trousers. Saves on packing and gives you many looks which can be glammed up for formal or toned down for informal. Also, one cocktail dress [knee/just below/ballerina] would suffice for a week. I always take two cashmere shawls [bigger than standard pashmina]with me. A baby pink one and the ubiquitous black. If we knew a few more details ie the length of the cruise and the ship etc, we might be able to be more helpful.

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          #5
          I'd put it like this..... choose something you might wear to a nice New Year's Eve party which is below the knee but not floor length. A lot of ladies on my summer cruise to the Med wore flowery dresses but which ever you choose you can dress it up with a bit of bling or a pashmina as Jo suggested. I also saw a lot of black trousers with sparkly tops. If you live anywhere near a Boundary Mill they have masses of wonderful things. I also saw some lovely little fur shrugs which would be nice with a sleeveless dress. (Not real fur).
          Liz

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            #6
            Thank you for your suggestions. The cruise is with a new company called Voyages to Antiquity and it only has one ship, newly refurbished, called Aegean Odyssey.It now takes 380 passengers. The cruise is for 15 days and is very destination intense going from Athens to Rome, with most of the time being spent going around Sicily. There is very little formal entertainment in the evenings, maybe a string trio and a little dancing. I think wine and good conversation is what is on offer. Anyway I will buy some new clothes with a little more confidence thanks to your help.

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              #7
              Wowee, I am very envious of your planned journey on board the Aegean Odyssey, formerly the Marco Polo which is undergoing a total refit to turn her in to an intimate cruise ship run on something along the lines of Swan Hellenic. Your particular cruise would suit me to perfection being port intensive in Sicily which is one of my most favourite places in the world! I completely agree with the advice of others regarding dressing for dinner. Personally I would almost certainly take a couple of pair of evening trousers and several mix'n match evening tops, and some tops which are more for daytime. Sequins are very much in style right now so anything in this line would be suitable for both 'formal' and informal dinners! A fine shawl and perhaps a shrug would complete the ensembles. Clever matching should also enable you to exist with at most two 'evening' handbags and the same goes for shoes! For daytime sightseeing, I would recommend long shorts/split skirts or trousers because you will inevitably visit some 'holy' places where shorts and bikini tops would not be considered suitable, i.e. holy places and sacred sites. A lightweight cardigan/shrug would also aid in the decency thing for sacred places.
              I do hope you will write a review on your return. The offerings from this new venture appeal to me enormously and I would love to hear that it is as good as it sounds! Happy cruising!

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                #8
                Originally posted by Embarco, Oadby View Post
                However the suggested dress code is a cocktail dress for ladies. Can any experienced cruisers suggest the kind of thing this would be? Many thanks to anyone who can help.
                We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.sigpic

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                  #9
                  Its great fun dressing up and cocktail dresses take up very little room so push the boat out!!!!

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                    #10
                    Again, thanks for the advice. The dress looks gorgeous. I am sure most would look lovely in it. I am rather too old and plumpish for this style but I get the idea. I am a retired OAP.Actually I have decided to start a New Year Diet and Fitness programme so that I can wear evening trousers on board but even more importantly, have the energy to slog round all the ancient sites. I realise this is not an unusual idea at this time of year! What exactly does one need an evening bag for? I have one small one that is mainly used to reserve our table at buffets. What should I put in it? Another question What size of suitcase will fit into the average cabin? Most of our trips are self catering easyjet type affairs and we only take hand luggage. We own medium and large suitcases. Will a large one be a nuisance in the cabin?

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                      #11
                      Hi there , no suitcases usually go under the bed or in the wardrobe, so don't worry, just enjoy

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                        #12
                        Thanks . Large suitcase then. Thanks also to M, Alloa for being enthusiastic about this cruise. We got into cruising by accident but now I spend a lot of time looking at adverts. There seems to be trend for longer cruises but with more days a sea and I can see that this ideal for those who want a good holiday. I am retired so do not need a holiday and wish to visit as many places as possible so this should be ideal. I will certainly write review afterwards.

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                          #13
                          What to put in your evening bag!

                          Originally posted by Embarco, Oadby View Post
                          Again, thanks for the advice. The dress looks gorgeous. I am sure most would look lovely in it. I am rather too old and plumpish for this style but I get the idea. I am a retired OAP.Actually I have decided to start a New Year Diet and Fitness programme so that I can wear evening trousers on board but even more importantly, have the energy to slog round all the ancient sites. I realise this is not an unusual idea at this time of year! What exactly does one need an evening bag for? I have one small one that is mainly used to reserve our table at buffets. What should I put in it? Another question What size of suitcase will fit into the average cabin? Most of our trips are self catering easyjet type affairs and we only take hand luggage. We own medium and large suitcases. Will a large one be a nuisance in the cabin?
                          A couple of essentials really but certainly not a lot! Your key/charge card! Lipstick. A small comb, coins for slots in the casino or cash for changing in to chips for the tables! That's about it!

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                            #14
                            I am in a state of utter confusion! After Ebarco posted details of her cruise, I dashed off to find out what I could about this new venture and that was where I found mention of the Marco Polo being completely refitted. HOWEVER, just this morning I received a brochure from Cruise & Maritime which features cruises on Marco Polo!. My apologies to everyone. The ship was apparently formerly Aegean 1. I will now undoubtedly spend the rest of the day trying to find out exactly where I read that it was the Marco Polo (No, I didn't automatically assume it because the ship's restaurant is called the Marco Polo!) It is all immaterial anyway because this venture sounds exactly like my kind of cruise! Ships tours are included at virtually every port and shuttle buses. Yes, you can buy alternative tours but this is down to personal choice. The ship sounds wonderful too as does the sample menu! I truly believe this will be a great cruise experience, particularly because of the small number of passengers on board. Another item of very good news is that there is no Single Supplement on selected cruises! I do hope you will write a review Embarco! On the question of luggage, the only advice I would give there is that you take hand baggage which is large enough to take a change of clothes and some toiletries etc! This is useful on two counts, 1. Just in case your luggage doesn't arrive on the same flight you do and 2. You need space to stow the clothes you wear on the last night on board!

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                              [QUOTE=Embarco, Oadby;21594]
                              Jo.

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