Mixed signals about staying dressed up after dinner..
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Unless you are in your cabin, I think it best to be dressed at all times, no matter what cruise line you are on.Yikes!! Scary thought!!! Many scary thoughts !!!
HAL asks that you stay in the designated dress code for the evening, but due to the fact you can't even get people to agree to abide by the dress code for dinner, you can see why people won't agree on staying in the designated dress code after dinner.
We are people who seldom do much inside after dinner. We eat late, return to the cabin and "dress down", then stroll on the Promenade deck. Hang out by the aft pool, enjoy the night and the sounds of the ocean, then we're ready for the late night buffet
IMHO because there are other choices for dining (Lido, room service), it is silly for HAL to expect that only those who are dressed in the defined "formal wear" will be seen in public areas on formal night. As catl331 mentioned, there are no clothing police beyond the maitre d' in the dining room and the Pinnacle manager. I can't imagine a crew member asking you to leave the show or the casino because you aren't dressed in formal wear.
We've never tried to dress down and attend a show or anything, but we certainly go through public areas in our "deck-walking" clothes after dinner on formal night.
We are people who seldom do much inside after dinner. We eat late, return to the cabin and "dress down", then stroll on the Promenade deck. Hang out by the aft pool, enjoy the night and the sounds of the ocean,
I agree. The only thing we might do after dinner is go to the Cigar under the Stars if they have it. Otherwise, we just chill - watch a DVD, check the news, position/sea condition, etc in the cabin
Better yet, maybe I'll just wear an evening gown morning, noon and night, even to the Lido and I will have all my bases covered. Isn't that funny. I'm the crazy one in a ball gown eating a bagle.
Sorry, couldn't resist. Assuming you're talking about a formal night, it probably depends on what you want to do after dinner. I think you'll be okay so long as you're dressed up to HAL's version of smart casual standards anywhere on the ship after dinner. Might not be a good idea to go running around in normal clothes like shorts and t-shirts. Some of your fellow passengers might go But if that doesn't bother you, then go for it!
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My husband and I had late dinner and we not usually done with dinner until 9:30. Every night after dinner we went back to our room & changed. I usually left my dressier blouse on and put jeans and flats on. My husband changed back into his jeans also.
We went up to The Crow's Nest every night until around midnight to hang out and never felt under dressed.
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We are people who seldom do much inside after dinner. We eat late, return to the cabin and "dress down", then stroll on the Promenade deck. Hang out by the aft pool, enjoy the night and the sounds of the ocean, then we're ready for the late night buffet ...
I agree 100% I am dressing down to a comfort level. Not sweats, a robe and/or anything raggedy but definitely not formal. Possibly slacks and a nice blouse, but definitely comfort.. Basically smart casual, I think is what it is referred to.
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This is what I don't understand. If you go to the LIDO and wear something casual (jeans or shorts and a nice shirt) then you cannot be expected to change into something else for the rest of the evening even if you are going to the shows, casino, or bars. So why does everyone think that you have to dress a certain way all evening?Not sure I get that as well...but I did see it a few years ago. My husband and I went to Lido to eat, we were like the only ones in casual dress at show, I wanted to leave , since we did not have other clothes with us. I am not sure this is the case now though, this was a few years ago.. and this is what I am trying to find out!
JMO -- we stay dressed for the entire evening with whatever the dress code is.Me too. It's just too much bother to get another outfit out.
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So why does everyone think that you have to dress a certain way all evening?Because that is what HAL suggests?
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