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Percentage of people dressing formally on Oasis/Allure on formal night

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I am not sure if you are from the U.K., since this came up on the U.K. boards.  If you have ever sailed from Southampton, you know the large percentage that dress for formal nights on those sailings. 

 

If you are looking at an Oasis Class sailing in the Caribbean, figure the percentage that dress on those sailings is about equal to those who don’t on the sailings from the U.K.  

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4 hours ago, amurray88 said:

Hello folks,

 

On smaller boats just about everyone would dress for formal nights. What about on shops like oasis or allure? Would alot of people still dress formally?

Our experience is less than 10% dress formally (tux for gents) on formal night. Maybe 20% dress nicely (Coat and Dress shirt w/ or w/out tie) for gents. 55% dressed nicely (collared shirts and slacks for gents). And the remaining 15% casually (shorts).  RCCL gave up calling it formal night because formal dress went the ways of the dinosaurs. The big ships we have sailed on over the past 18 months include Allure, Symphony, Harmony, and Anthem. 

Edited by BirdTravels

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1 hour ago, taglovestocruise said:

Truly hope all is a go for you.  We did the L&S last week to Harmony 2021.  Last few Westbound TA'S always ended up with a few Brits at our large table, even with three formal nights they always dressed to a 10.  Last TA on Symphony we had a Scott at our table wearing a kilt,  took about 5 days to understand his Glaswegian. He thought my American accent was close to impossible to understand.   

Yes the Scottish accent can take some getting used to, we are from Newcastle just an hour from the border and often get asked if we are from Scotland!  

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Never thought I would say it, but I miss these threads. 😢 Glad to see some small things returning back to normal. 😃

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Mediterranean Oasis/Allure yes definitely dress formal. And people really do get turned away from the dining room.

Sailing from Southampton another yes.

Caribbean less so.

 

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To answer your question, not many, as for myself on formal night I'll wear by dark blue blazer, no tie.

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8 hours ago, Heymarco said:

Never thought I would say it, but I miss these threads. 😢 Glad to see some small things returning back to normal. 😃

We can only hope!!

Who knows, will the virus come back same time next year and that's our cruise off? I can't understand why it was so so cheap 😱 maybe they know something we don't!

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Like to wear my barong tagalog,  Filipino formal wear, get thumbs up from some of the crew.

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12 hours ago, BirdTravels said:

RCCL gave up calling it formal night because formal dress went the ways of the dinosaurs.

The Cruise Compass on some ships still called it formal up till the shutdown - we'll see what happens when cruises start back up.

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The traditional formal wear is a tuxedo, it is very rare to see now, some wear suits, sports jacket but most are now casual on the big ship. Remember the days when they would rent tuxedo and do dry cleaning. Problem is someone dress up and sit beside the couple with t-shirt and rip jeans. That's the mass market now. I don't see the difference between the big ship or small ship except maybe the itinerary. Alaskan, Baltic cruises are repeat cruiser who tend to abide by the dress code. Not complaining, just the fact that Royal now cater to first time cruisers, that is where the growth is prior to this COVID. 

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A big part in the more relaxed dress code other than global culture change is increased airfare restrictions. Back in the day, you could each fly with two bags for free and hang up a nice jacket in the closet. Today, no bags are free and jackets need to be either held on lap or stuffed in overhead bin. Some first class cabins still have a closet, but not always.

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We were a party of 11 aboard Allure last October on a B2B. We all dressed formally on every formal night. I personally took four Dinner Jackets (Tux's) which barely impacted on my flight baggage allowance (a pathetic excuse IMHO). They were all slim fit and considerably lighter than the Tuxedos from a by gone age.

 

All the girls in our party love dressing up and us guys were complimenting their attire. What others chose to wear around us on "suggested formal nights" made no impact whatsoever. We would have dressed the same if there were no official formal nights, perhaps when going to a speciality restaurant.

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I don't care what other people wear.  I don't even look around to make an assessment of how many are dressed how.  I wear what I am comfortable in and don't care what others think.

 

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On 5/27/2020 at 5:08 PM, taglovestocruise said:

Truly hope all is a go for you.  We did the L&S last week to Harmony 2021.  Last few Westbound TA'S always ended up with a few Brits at our large table, even with three formal nights they always dressed to a 10.  Last TA on Symphony we had a Scott at our table wearing a kilt,  took about 5 days to understand his Glaswegian. He thought my American accent was close to impossible to understand.   

 

Was he related to your cabin Stewart?

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10 minutes ago, Merion_Mom said:

 

Was he related to your cabin Stewart?

 

Carol, you are two much!😉

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IIRC, on the sailings of 5 nights or less and on some ships, formal night has been replaced with "wear your best".   On Oasis, Allure and Harmony I saw just about everything on formal nights.   To my knowledge there has never been the Formal Night Police.  Some people have been turned away in the MDR for wearing shorts, cut off T-shirts and flip flops but other than that if you are wearing clothes and shoes you'll be fine. 

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20 hours ago, Merion_Mom said:

 

Was he related to your cabin Stewart?

Yess, the cabon Stewart was named Steward and he was al so from Scott Land.  They both had relitives liveing in Englishland. This realy gives a workout to auto corect, Happy grammatically correct cruising.  

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We see fewer and fewer people dressing to the max - tuxes and full formals.  Now we see much more cocktail dresses and some suits for guys.  I would guess on our Symphony in Dec, maybe 25% in tuxes and full formals.

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This replaces the tuxedo and ball gown on "formal night".  The new outfits for "wear your best night". 

 

 

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On 5/28/2020 at 5:10 AM, Heymarco said:

A big part in the more relaxed dress code other than global culture change is increased airfare restrictions. Back in the day, you could each fly with two bags for free and hang up a nice jacket in the closet. Today, no bags are free and jackets need to be either held on lap or stuffed in overhead bin. Some first class cabins still have a closet, but not always.

Sorry, but I just think this is an excuse.  Someone pays $5K for a vacation and can bring a suit or dress due to $25 bag fee.  

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On 5/27/2020 at 1:41 PM, amurray88 said:

Hello folks,

 

On smaller boats just about everyone would dress for formal nights. What about on shops like oasis or allure? Would alot of people still dress formally?

Prolly 60% do. But we dont anymore either. We wear pants and a collar shirt and same for kids. But many wear shorts and tank tops. I really dont care what people wear. Is it really a big deal what others wear? If you want to get dressed up go a head or dont. Who cares if they arent in your party. Much easier after dinner not having to run to your room and change to be comfortable rest of night. Jmo

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When we go, i will be wearing dress pants pastel shirt, topical tie, and nice shoes. Probably not bringing jacket. Formal night may be casino night too... As long as there is limited to no smoke. Wife and daughter will wear a nice dress and shoes, but not ball gown.

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1 hour ago, Seville2Cabo said:

Sorry, but I just think this is an excuse.  Someone pays $5K for a vacation and can bring a suit or dress due to $25 bag fee.  

 

I honestly don't understand the weight difference in a tux and a suit

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1 hour ago, Seville2Cabo said:

Sorry, but I just think this is an excuse.  Someone pays $5K for a vacation and can bring a suit or dress due to $25 bag fee.  

“...passengers are now checking fewer, and lighter, bags to avoid the extra fees for heavy suitcases.“ -NY Times

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/07/business/07bags.html

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