Changing from suit and tie to casual wear after dining in MDR on Formal Night? Do you

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#1
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I have been asked by my DW to dress up and wear a suit and tie when dining in the MDR on Formal Night on our next cruise. 15 day Panama Canal Cruise Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco. It’s been years since I’ve worn a suit and tie to dinner in MDR on Formal Night. On recent cruises, I’ve worn a Guayabera shirt for dining in the MDR on Formal Night. But pressure to wear a suit and tie prevails. FWIW, I just feel more comfortable dining without wearing a suit and tie. That’s just me, YMMV.
So my question is: Do many of you change out of your suit and tie after dinner in MDR on Formal Night to casual wear to enjoy the entertainment and walking around the ship? Is it appropriate to change into a tee shirt and shorts?
I will be sailing on the Coral next week for 15 day Panama Canal cruise. I anticipate it will be very warm weather to wear a suit and tie all evening.
Thanks for guidance re: after dinner Formal Night dress rules.
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Lancashire
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I always remove my jacket and tie and sometime change my shirt and trousers.
Just me, but I don't wear shorts and t-shirts in the evening.
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When we first started to cruise we dressed to the "nines" and stayed dressed all evening!! Over the years DH does not order a tux any longer and no long gown for me. DH wears a suit and I wear dressy slacks and a fancy top. However, after dinner we change to our casual clothes of shorts and tops. My in-laws usually stay in the suit and fancy dress. Have a great cruise!!!
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Do many of you change out of your suit and tie after dinner in MDR on Formal Night to casual wear to enjoy the entertainment and walking around the ship? Is it appropriate to change into a tee shirt and shorts?
yes and yes. Well, it's a little cold in the evening, so casual pants and a long sleeve shirt/sweatshirt for us.
We don't even dress up that much anymore, but hubs is wearing a nice shirt and dress pants, and I sometimes wear a dress, but I feel very uncomfortable in such formal wear, and can't wait to change after dinner.
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The tie usually goes into a pocket at some point after dinner so I can open the collar a bit and relax. No need for me to stop back at the cabin to change. We don't stay out late anyway.
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I just take off my tie and continue to hangout instead of going back to the cabin to change


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There is no reason or rule that says you can not change clothes. That is the one of the reasons I do not wear suits on formal nights. I think it not right to have to dress up for just a 2 hour or so meal. I will continue to just wear long sleeve shirt and tie. After dinner the tie goes into my pocket.
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Here is what I normally do.
If going from dinner to the theater I normally stay in jacket & tie. The theater is normally cool and I feel more comfortable that way. Generally I will stay dressed all evening. At one time I didn't like jacket and tie, but it doesn't seem to bother me any more. I don't have any problem with it.
If not going to a show I sometimes remove the jacket & tie and change into a more smart casual outfit.
In hot climates I have changed into shorts and a nice shirt, like a golf shirt.
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We usually eat dinner late and stay dressed if we do any other evening activities. Once I get back to the cabin and out of my suit you would have a hard time getting me dressed in anything other than a robe or PJ's .
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You will see lots of casual dress after dinner but I can't say if they changes or never got dressed formal to begin with. formal dress on cruises is going the way of the dinosaur.
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My tux and shirt are very comfortable. I leave it on unless it gets hot.


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#13
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Originally posted by Kingofcool1947
I have been asked by my DW to dress up and wear a suit and tie when dining in the MDR on Formal Night on our next cruise. 15 day Panama Canal Cruise Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco. It’s been years since I’ve worn a suit and tie to dinner in MDR on Formal Night. On recent cruises, I’ve worn a Guayabera shirt for dining in the MDR on Formal Night. But pressure to wear a suit and tie prevails. FWIW, I just feel more comfortable dining without wearing a suit and tie. That’s just me, YMMV.
So my question is: Do many of you change out of your suit and tie after dinner in MDR on Formal Night to casual wear to enjoy the entertainment and walking around the ship? Is it appropriate to change into a tee shirt and shorts?
I will be sailing on the Coral next week for 15 day Panama Canal cruise. I anticipate it will be very warm weather to wear a suit and tie all evening.
Thanks for guidance re: after dinner Formal Night dress rules.
That’s the reason why I wish Princess would follow the lead of other cruise lines like Oceania and have smart casual every night. I have never seen anyone on those cruises dressed inappropriately at dinner or after dinner. Where I live, of the restaurants we frequent, the last one stopped requiring jackets a few years ago. Two thoughts on the subject. First I tend to believe that the money Princess makes from formal night pictures (especially first time cruisers) is a factor. No photographers on Oceania. And second, I have never gone to a restaurant with my husband and perhaps friends where we were encouraged to share a table with strangers. (And sometimes strongly encouraged!)
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Originally posted by oskidunker
My tux and shirt are very comfortable. I leave it on unless it gets hot.


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We leave the same clothes on all evening. DH used to wear a tux on formal nights but now he wears a dark suit. We have never changed into more casual clothes after dinner. We never wear shorts in the evening even on non-formal nights. DH always wears slacks and a long- sleeved collared dress shirt on non-formal nights.
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#16
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Originally posted by Kingofcool1947
I have been asked by my DW to dress up and wear a suit and tie when dining in the MDR on Formal Night on our next cruise. 15 day Panama Canal Cruise Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco. It’s been years since I’ve worn a suit and tie to dinner in MDR on Formal Night. On recent cruises, I’ve worn a Guayabera shirt for dining in the MDR on Formal Night. But pressure to wear a suit and tie prevails. FWIW, I just feel more comfortable dining without wearing a suit and tie. That’s just me, YMMV.
So my question is: Do many of you change out of your suit and tie after dinner in MDR on Formal Night to casual wear to enjoy the entertainment and walking around the ship? Is it appropriate to change into a tee shirt and shorts?
I will be sailing on the Coral next week for 15 day Panama Canal cruise. I anticipate it will be very warm weather to wear a suit and tie all evening.
Thanks for guidance re: after dinner Formal Night dress rules.
I would say it's very appropriate to change after dinner. We do the 8:15 dining, so by the time we are done, it's not something I will likely do. Hit a show, have a few nightcaps, maybe just hang around a lounge...it seems just as easy to stay dressed. Our group will all have the guys in tuxedos, but for the most part, they are rather comfortable.
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We usually change right after dinner unless we are up against getting a seat in the theater for a show. If we are just going to the casino or martini bar, we end up changing into comfortable clothing.
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If wearing a suit I will go back to our cabin to change into something more comfortable while DW gets seat at first entertainment venue for evening.

See no reason to be in a suit the entire evening.
#20
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I'd venture to say she'll keep you in that suit & tie all evening.
Your chances of changing into a tee shirt and shorts are practically zero.
Have fun.
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