Can we really dress up on formal nights?

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#21
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I have cruised Princess 12 times on six different ships with my last cruise being 12/16. On every cruise that was 7 days or more there were plenty of passengers dressed to the nines. You won't feel out of place. Enjoy.
#22
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Originally posted by Chunder Worthy
While I wore simply a nice business suit and tie, many did have tuxedos which I unequivocally consider EXTREMELY appropriate and wonderfully traditional. You (folks) will feel good about yourselves and you'll raise the enjoyment level of every attendee who are or aren't wearing them also. Definitely do (wear these)!
Thank you so much!! We will for sure be dressed to the nines!
#23
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Thank you everyone for your responses! We are still finalizing our destination, but I guarantee we will be dressing to the nines. You all have made me feel very comfortable about that!
#25
Chelsea MA
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Originally posted by Kat19702
My husband and I are hoping to dress up as in formal gown and tuxedo. It seems most of the cruise lines are very lax and most people prefer casual wear to the extreme that even jeans are acceptable on chic or formal nights. Can we dress up and not feel out of place on a Princess cruise? If so, which ship is best for this?
Yes you can!! My wife and I always do. Just look at my picture. I like to wear my tux.
I have cruise on 11 Princess ships.
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#26
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Originally posted by paul929207
I wear my tux every formal night
As do I......

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#27
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DW and I always dress up for formal nights . I have a vintage James Bond white tux for Caribbean cruises. We always get a formal portrait taken , no selfies for us , and hang our portrait on the "Cruise Wall" in our dining room.
#28
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My wife and I have worn a gown/tuxedo for every formal night on every Princess cruise we have taken, including two Alaska cruises (where people do tend to be slightly less formal). We have never felt out of place. Enjoy yourselves!
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#29
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Originally posted by Kat19702
Thank you everyone for your responses! We are still finalizing our destination, but I guarantee we will be dressing to the nines. You all have made me feel very comfortable about that!


Enjoy.....

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#30
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Originally posted by Kat19702
My husband and I are hoping to dress up as in formal gown and tuxedo. It seems most of the cruise lines are very lax and most people prefer casual wear to the extreme that even jeans are acceptable on chic or formal nights. Can we dress up and not feel out of place on a Princess cruise? If so, which ship is best for this?


Go for it! Love dressing up.


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#31
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Originally posted by Kat19702
My husband and I are hoping to dress up as in formal gown and tuxedo. It seems most of the cruise lines are very lax and most people prefer casual wear to the extreme that even jeans are acceptable on chic or formal nights. Can we dress up and not feel out of place on a Princess cruise? If so, which ship is best for this?
I think on formal night many people do still like to dress up. Yes, unfortunately, as cruise line have broaden their demographics, the cost to check bags with the airlines and a more casual society their has a been a vigorous push by some to reduce or eliminate formal nights. That being said you can certainly dress to the nines all you want and you shouldn't feel out of place on Princess. Enjoy.
#32
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It is a great pleasure for me on formal nights to see people dressed in their finest. We don't do the gown and tux thing any more, but I sure love seeing those that do.


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#33
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Originally posted by Kat19702
My husband and I are hoping to dress up as in formal gown and tuxedo. It seems most of the cruise lines are very lax and most people prefer casual wear to the extreme that even jeans are acceptable on chic or formal nights. Can we dress up and not feel out of place on a Princess cruise? If so, which ship is best for this?
When we are on a week cruise on Princess we always dress to the max. Hubby wears his tux and I wear a long fancy formal. It is our once or twice a year we get all dressed up!
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#34
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Originally posted by paul929207
I wear my tux every formal night
I do as well. As often as not have seen kids better dressed than parents. One 6 year old boy on last cruise had a tie on every night and a tux on formal nights. We don't get much chance to dress up at home so we use formal nights as an excuse. Besides, a tux was actually cheaper than replacing my old suit.
#35
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Originally posted by KristyMisty14
I agree with someone else that responded to book one of the specialty dining restaurants on the form nights!
I am not sure what ship you have been on but we always book at least one formal night in a specialty restaurant so that we do not have to dress in "formal" wear. I have noticed that some there will be in formal wear but most of the ones I personally have seen are not wearing formal wear of any kind. So not sure why one would want to go to a specialty restaurant and want to have others in formal wear. Incidentally I have seen pax in formal wear in the HC on formal night which really surprised me.
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#36
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Originally posted by satxdiver
I am not sure what ship you have been on but we always book at least one formal night in a specialty restaurant so that we do not have to dress in "formal" wear. I have noticed that some there will be in formal wear but most of the ones I personally have seen are not wearing formal wear of any kind. So not sure why one would want to go to a specialty restaurant and want to have others in formal wear. Incidentally I have seen pax in formal wear in the HC on formal night which really surprised me.
My DH dressed in a Tux and i have eaten in the HC on formal night they had some really great selections, like frog legs, oysters also cold lobster.
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#37
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Originally posted by satxdiver
Incidentally I have seen pax in formal wear in the HC on formal night which really surprised me.
We ate next to someone dressed in a tux in the Horizon one time & he said he thought the dress code applied to everywhere on the ship and was going to change right after eating.
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#38
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We too love to dress up for formal night. Makes going on a cruise more exciting when planning what "I" get to wear and to match my DH tie.
My DH and DS both will wear tux's (both have the white and black tux) with the awesome "spec" shoes.
Last cruise we were greeted by the maitre'd saying how wonderful it was to see man in those shoes.
And yes we too go to the buffet all dressed up as well. Great selection.
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#39
Vancouver, Canada
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Thanks for asking this question! Our first cruise is 10 months away and I am looking forward to dressing up (I bought a tux for the cruise even). But with allll the other threads about formal nights, I was worried that I would feel out of place. It sounds like it'll be just fine. I know there are the people who say wear what you want, don't let how other people dress affect your enjoyment. But if I'm the only person in a tux in a room of casual, I'll feel out of place. It's like being invited to a party but the practical joker of a host tells you it's a costume party
#40
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We just got back from a Rome to Barcelona cruise. My husband was in his tux on both formal nights and I had cocktail dresses. Many tuxes and fancy dresses. Of course some not but many were dressed up.


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