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Hello Everyone,

First of all, wanted to tell everybody how thankful I am that this forum exists:-) I booked Disney Fantasy September cruise couple of weeks ago, and I found tons of useful info here. Thank you everyone who takes time to ask newbies questions, and post many useful info!

Second, just wanted to make sure that I will wear appropriate dress during the formal night. Is the black cocktail dress OK, or should I wear long gown? Does my son (7) need to wear the jacket, or dress shirt is fine? Does my DH have to wear jacket and tie?

Thank you in advance! I am very exited!

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The black dress with some fun jewelry will be fine. As for your son, I think some kakhis and a dress shirt would be fine as well. I think DCL is amending their dress code for dinner to include shorts in the MDR. With that announcement, I think you'll see folks opting to be less dressed up. I think most folks have, and we too, have seen everything from formal gowns and tuxes to cocktail attire to jeans. So, I guess you'll have to leave hubbies options open for him. Once mine hears that the dress up night is more than optional, he'll opt out immediately.

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I agree - you will see all sorts of attire on formal night. There will be tux and gown wearers, suits and nice dresses/pant suits, business causal and just plain casual. Your black dress sounds just perfect. You son definitely does not need to wear a jacket and your husband....well, if you want him to wear a suit, you don't need to tell him that a lot of guys do not. I really think that at least 1/2 the people will be dressed nicely (we always do late dining, so maybe that makes a difference). We go the suit and nice dress route even though we have formal wear. It's a PIA to pack and we have other opportunities to wear it throughout the year.


Enjoy your cruise!!



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On our December cruise only a small number of people actually wore formal wear. I would say at least half were in something between sundresses, pantsuits, and semi-formals. Some were even very casual. Very few men wore a tux but many did have a jacket and tie although not all. Kids can get by very informal but they do look very cute all dressed up.

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If you plan to eat in the main dining room, there is NO requirement as to what can/must be worn on formal night beyond shoes and not swimwear. Yes, DCL "requests" no tank tops (the ones that look like underwear), but there is no enforcement. Yes, there are guests who opt for torn shorts and nasty looking tops. There are also guests who do the full formal with long dresses, tux/military dress uniforms, etc. MOST guests fall somewhere in the middle--nice cocktail dresses, something like one might wear to a wedding, etc. You'll see guys in t-shirts. ties, sport coats, and full suits. Bottom line, regardless of your choices, you'll fit in.


If you choose to dine at Palo or Remy on formal night, the standard dress codes for those locations apply and are enforced.

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Are you doing a 3-4 night or a 7 night? I think 7 nighters tend to dress up a bit more. We did a 4 day Dream in December; I think I saw 2 tuxedos, very few cruisers dressed in suits or gowns. I usually wear a dark suit; for the Dream I wore dress pants, dress shirt with tie, and I was probably better dressed than 75% of the cruisers.


PS: luggage restrictions, by the way, are the main reason I didn't pack a suit; tough to find room for nicer clothing if you're paying $25 a bag.

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There is no formal night (or semi formal either) on 3 or 4 night cruises. One night on the short cruises is called "Dress Up Optional" which means exactly what it says. Some people dress up, many do not. Most wear something like "Sunday clothing."


Sorry, I don't know about the 5 night cruises. Cruises of 7 nights or more have one formal and one semi-formal night. 14-15 night cruises usually have 3 nights but it has varied as to whether it is one called formal and 2 called semi or the reverse.


Since the original question referenced the Fantasy which does 7 night cruises, I answered for those cruise in my previous post.

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